Family-Friendly Audiobooks to Listen to on the Drive

Family Road Trip in the Honda Odyssey

If you’re driving around Sherwood, Arkansas, frequently as a family, there’s one great way to pass time – listening to audiobooks. Finding the right audiobook for your children, though can be difficult. That’s why Russell Honda has put together this list of family-friendly audiobooks that can help make your commutes and road trips both fun and educational.

“Walk Two Moons” by Sharon Creech

Focusing on the life of a young girl, this award-winning book combines three storylines seamlessly, making for a compelling read. There are threads of mystery, quirkiness and a lot of love woven throughout, and it’s beautifully narrated to make it a solid option for your family. Better yet, the story involves a road trip, so it’s fitting to listen to during your family’s drive.

“The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog” by John R. Erickson

This is the first book in an exciting series, which is ideal for driving trips of any length. The series is especially good for families that love dogs, seeing as it follows the life of an adventurous dog. Overall, each book is a laugh and a wonderful listen for the whole family.

“Matilda” by Roald Dahl

“Matilda” is a classic about an exceptional little girl who discovers she has incredible magical powers. Not only does she take on the mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, but she also shows listeners that it’s okay to be different along the way.

 

We at Russell Honda hope your family enjoys listening to these audiobooks. If you’re looking to buy a new vehicle to drive your family around, check out our new inventory online.

New 2021 Honda Insight Offers Tech-Savvy, Efficient Ride

The Updated 2021 Honda Insight Hybrid

If you’re looking for a vehicle that is both efficient and refined, consider the 2021 Honda Insight. This compact hybrid sedan received a range of updates for the 2021 model year, making it an even more appealing option for driving through the city.

The 2021 Insight now features the available blind spot information system with cross traffic monitor, allowing you to feel more confident behind the wheel as you reverse or changing lanes.* The sedan also comes standard with the Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assistance technologies.

The exterior of the 2021 Insight is stylish with LED headlights and taillights along with striking lines. You can select between six different exterior colors for the sedan, including the new Radiant Red Metallic color.

Inside the cabin, the 2021 Insight offers premium appointments throughout with available leather upholstery and heated seating. You can also opt for features, like an 8-inch touch-screen display with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration to keep entertained.

The 2021 Insight can even help you spend less time filling up at the gas station and more time driving on the road, thanks to its fuel-efficient engine. The engine gets an incredible EPA-estimated 55 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway.**

The 2021 Honda Insight is an exciting new option for commuting to work and taking on city streets. Learn about the different Honda models available at Russell Honda in Sherwood, Arkansas, by viewing our inventory online.

 

* The systems are not a substitute for your own visual assessment before changing lanes or backing up, and may not detect all objects, or provide complete information about conditions, behind or to the side of the vehicle. System accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object, and speed. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

** 55 city/49 highway/52 combined mpg rating for LX and EX trims. 51 city/45 highway/48 combined mpg rating for the Touring trim. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

Honda Will Offer the 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition

Honda will be bringing the capable and powerful 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition to the U.S. This track-focused model will come equipped with a range of enhancements to make it a fun-to-drive car.

In addition to having the updates of the 2020 Civic Type R model, the 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition will also be having exciting modifications, including lightweight aluminum wheels and specially tuned dampers. The car will have a lighter weight and recalibrated steering so you can have added control on the road.

The 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition will come in a bold new Phoenix Yellow color. Gloss black paint on the roof, intake vent and outside mirror caps will complement the Phoenix Yellow color. In addition, the dark chrome Civic badge will stand out on the rear hatch.

When it comes to performance, the car will come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which delivers 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. It will pair to a six-speed manual transmission and send power to the front wheels. To help you have peace of mind when hitting the road, the car will have standard Honda Sensing® safety technologies.

The 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition looks to be an impressive option coming to the U.S. Learn more about the thrilling cars that Honda offers when you give us a call at Russell Honda in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Best Podcasts for Your Daily Commute

2021 Honda Insight Interior | North Little Rock, AR

Driving to and from work every day can be stressful, especially if you’re stuck in rush-hour traffic. To add some additional enjoyment and relaxation to your drives, try listening to podcasts when commuting. These are some of the best podcasts to listen to during stop-and-go traffic.

“Stuff You Should Know”

“Stuff You Should Know” teaches you about an array of topics that are interesting to learn about. You can expand your knowledge on paramedics, John F. Kennedy’s assassination and more, making for commutes that are both educational and fun.

“Bon Appétit Foodcast”

If you’re a fan of cooking shows, the “Bon Appétit Foodcast” is essentially like listening to a cooking show on the go. It covers many food-related topics from how to make certain sauces to tips on roasting chicken, giving you the chance to learn how to improve your meals.

“Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations”

Oprah has taken her talk-show expertise to the podcast, “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations.” The thoughtful podcast features inspiring and informative conversations with experts, doctors, authors and public figures. It’s a thought-provoking way to explore a number of meaningful topics.

We at Russell Honda hope you have more relaxing commutes listening to these podcasts. If you’re looking for a new vehicle that has a variety of technologies to keep you entertained, visit us to view our inventory.

Top Valentine’s Day Locations in Arkansas

Couple on a Valentine's Day date in Arkansas

If you’re looking for a way to surprise your loved one this Valentine’s Day, plan to take them to a beautiful destination. Any of these Valentine’s Day locations in Arkansas can be the perfect backdrop for a romantic date.

Blanchard Springs Caverns

Blanchard Springs Caverns is a breathtaking three-level cave system that will wow you with its stalactites, flowstones and other formations. On Valentine’s Day, you can head out on a hike or take a tour of a cave. After your exploration, you can take in the natural beauty of Arkansas in the Ozarks, which has woods, streams and rock bluffs for you to view.

Garvan Woodland Gardens

The University of Arkansas features the Garvan Woodland Gardens, which is a relaxing botanical garden. Here, you can walk along the wooded shoreline, which stretches over 4 miles, and take in sights of the waves and pine trees.

Thorncrown Chapel

Surrounded by woods, Thorncrown Chapel is an architectural marvel that’s well-deserving of its many awards, including the 1981 Design of the Year Award from the American Institute of Architects. As such, it’s a great spot to take a few photos and unwind in the serene setting.

We at Russell Honda hope you get to spend an amazing Valentine’s Day with your loved one. Stop by our service department for routine maintenance before going on your date. 

Fun Winter Events Around Sherwood, Arkansas

Kids doing a science project

Even with the holiday season finished, there are still many fun activities to do this winter in Arkansas. Here are some fun winter events around Sherwood that you can enjoy with your family.  

Take a tour of a distillery

If you’re looking for an event more geared towards adults, head to the Rock Town Distillery. This distillery has guided tours throughout the year that highlight the process of making spirits, including the origins of bourbon, vodka and gin. While your children can also go on the tour, there is a delicious tasting included for those above the drinking age.  

Let your kids put their scientist hats on

The Museum of Discovery regularly has Wiggle Worms classes, which teach younger children about science in a hands-on way. Each week focuses on a different topic, so they can learn something new every time they go.

Discover more about animals

Your children can learn more about different animals during the Winter Zoofari Camp 2020 at the Little Rock Zoo. Specifically, the camp teaches children about endangered animals, what zoos do to save species and how children can help. You can sign your child up for an exciting day camp on Jan. 2, 3 or 6. 

We at Russell Honda hope you have an enjoyable winter season. Before heading out to these events, stop into our service department for seasonal maintenance.

2020 Honda Fit Takes the Stage at Tokyo Motor Show

2020 Honda Fit revealed at Tokyo Motor Show

Honda recently unveiled the 2020 Honda Fit during the Tokyo Motor Show, showcasing the fourth-generation model’s impressive features. Even as a compact car, the Fit has plenty of space for your family to enjoy the drive.

For the 2020 model year, the Honda Fit offers five trim levels: Luxe, Crosstar, Ness, Home and Basic. Each trim level boasts better visibility as a result of the more concealed windshield wipers, thinner front pillars and a lower instrument panel.

The 2020 Fit also comes with an array of standard Honda Sensing® driver-assistive technologies, including eight sonar sensors and a front wide-view camera. Other updates consist of added in-cabin storage, wireless Apple CarPlay® smartphone integration and a new LDC touch-screen interface

The Fit will continue to have the same Magic Seat® it had previously, but with more padding and flexibility so you can be more comfortable on road trips.

On the Home trim, you will find high-quality materials and coordinated colors as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Ness trim has an athletic look and comes with water-repellent seats. For the Crosstar trim, there’s roof rails and 16-inch wheels. In addition, the Luxe trim offers exterior chrome accents and leather seating for a luxurious appearance.

Learn more about the new features and other upgrades to the 2020 Honda Fit when you visit us at Russell Honda.

Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Program Was Rebranded

Couple with their Certified Pre-Owned vehicle at a dealership

Certified pre-owned vehicles are a great option for drivers since they allow you to purchase a used vehicle that’s still covered by warranties. The Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Program offers benefits for specific Honda vehicles and has recently been rebranded to add a new tier of coverage.

This new Honda CPO program is called HondaTrue Certified and it covers vehicles that are 2014 and newer models. These vehicles must have over 12,000 miles or be more than 12 months from their original in-service date.

HondaTrue Certified+ is the second tier, and it covers vehicles that are 2018 and newer models. These vehicles need to have under 12,000 miles or be less than 12 months from their original in-service date. Whether your vehicle is HondaTrue Certified or HondaTrue Certified+, you can receive the 7-year/100,000-mile limited warranty, which covers the powertrain.1

As for the Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Limited Warranty non-powertrain coverage, HondaTrue Certified vehicles are covered for an additional 12,000 miles or 12 months.2 Meanwhile, HondaTrue Certified+ vehicles are covered for an additional 50,000 miles or 24 months.3

Along with these warranties, Honda CPO vehicles receive the following services.

  • Three months of SiriusXM® Radio service
  • Emergency Roadside Assistance
  • Flat-tire change with a spare
  • Towing to a local Honda dealership
  • 24-hour Honda Dealer Locator
  • Battery boost
  • Lockout assistance
  • Emergency fuel delivery
  • Winch service
  • Concierge Service
  • Trip-Interruption Expense Reimbursement

Stop by Russell Honda to learn more about the Honda CPO program and view our extensive selection of pre-owned vehicles.

1 The Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Limited Warranty extends the powertrain coverage to seven years from the original in-service date or 100,000 total odometer miles, whichever occurs first.

2 The Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Limited Warranty provides non-powertrain coverage for 1 year /12,000 miles (whichever occurs first) beginning at the expiration of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty, or from the date of sale of the Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle if the New Vehicle Limited Warranty has already expired.

3 The Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Limited Warranty provides non-powertrain coverage for 24 months or 50,000 miles (whichever occurs first) beginning at the expiration of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty.

Honda Debuts 2020 Honda Civic Si

2020 Honda Civic Si | Russell Honda Blog

Honda has officially released a look at the 2020 Honda Civic Si, making performance enthusiasts everywhere happy. The 2020 Civic Si is the last member of the Civic family to be updated, offering multiple changes to improve the model’s athletic styling, safety, and drivability.

Exterior Look

For the 2020 model year, the Civic Si has a revamped exterior look. Though the changes aren’t huge, the Si does have a revised front end with a gloss black surrounding trim and a body-color crossbar. It has LED fog lights, along with multi-element LED headlights, providing better visibility.

Interior Look

Inside, Honda has updated the Civic Si model’s sport seats, emphasizing its athleticism with red stitching. A red trim outlines the instrument panel, along with the knobs and buttons on the center console.

Performance

Performance-wise, the Civic Si offers more responsive acceleration from its six-speed manual transmission. That’s because it now has a final-drive ration that is 6-percent shorter.

 

Finally, no matter the Si trim level you choose, your vehicle will come standard with the Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assistance technologies. This suite provides you with features such as the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS).*

 

Experience the 2020 Civic Si for yourself when you stop by Russell Honda for a test drive.

 

2019 Honda Civic Hatchback Triumphs over Toyota Corolla

2019 Honda Civic Hatchback | Russell Honda

The Honda Civic Hatchback has long been a fun and sporty car to drive, delivering great thrills and versatile space. Toyota has tried to get in on the action by launching a hatchback version of the Toyota Corolla. So how does this new entrant stack up against the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback? According to The News Wheel and Car and Driver, not quite well.

Before naming the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback the undisputed winner, Car and Driver pitted the two models against one another in several head-to-head challenges. The Civic Hatchback outperformed the Corolla Hatchback in most tests, including acceleration, braking, and handling. The testing crew also noted that the Civic Hatchback either had equal or superior fuel economy to the Corolla Hatchback. As for the interior, judges preferred the Civic Hatchback’s instrument cluster, practical rear seats, and cargo area.

“While other solid entries make for a highly competitive compact-car space, the choice between the latest Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla hatchbacks is pretty cut and dry,” remarked Mike Sutton of Car and Driver. “Along with the Civic lineup being broader as a whole, Honda’s hatch remains attractively priced, better packaged, and far more rewarding to operate . . . The Civic is simply the more satisfying machine for the money.”

You can find the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback at Russell Honda.