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Which Hondas are the best buys?

Which Hondas are the best buys?

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Which Hondas are the best buys? Recently editors at Kelley Blue book evaluated 3oo new models, choosing only 14 to honor with their annual Best Buy Awards. These awards were designed to provide consumers with clear guidance on which models offer the best investment due to high quality and value. Learn more about what Kelley Blue Book wrote about each of the winning Honda models below. 

In the Best Compact Car category, the Honda Civic was awarded the top honor. KBB editors write, “With fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engines, an affordable sticker price, and a history of trouble-free service, the Honda Civic continues to serve up 5-Year Cost to Own numbers that are impressive. All-in-all, its combination of low running costs, competitive pricing and great retained value makes a solid case for the 2019 Honda Civic as the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy among Compact Cars.

The Honda Accord won in the Midsize Car Category because “the Accord “isn’t just the finest midsize sedan money can buy, it’s the most sophisticated, most advanced and most impressive automobile not wearing a luxury badge.” We stand by that statement and the Accord’s return to the winner’s circle is clear proof of that judgment.

The best Compact SUV is the Honda CR-V. KBB writes “Whether you’re looking for a safe, practical, easy-to-drive and easy-to-own car for a younger driver or a leather-laden mainstream SUV that could give some luxury vehicles a run for their money, there’s a CR-V to fit your needs.

The best Midsize SUV is the Honda Pilot, with KBB editors sharing: “When you buy a Honda Pilot, you get a lot of useful features for the money. As you own the Pilot, you’ll enjoy the comfortable ride – one of many reasons this is a terrific road-trip car — and the family-friendly attention to detail throughout. The Honda Pilot, the Midsize SUV Best Buy of 2019, offers many forms of value from day one, and little to no compromise in the process.

In the minivan category, the Honda Odyssey impressed editors with all the “minivan essentials: a solid chassis, seats for eight, a pair of sliding side doors, a spacious cargo area and cupholders galore. And of course, the 2019 Honda Odyssey is loaded with safety features.

The Honda Clarity was named the best buy in the Electric/Hybrid category with KBB sharing, “Starting at just over $34,000, the newest Clarity serves as one car that could please electric-car fans and old-school long-distance road-trippers alike. Best of all, the 2019 Clarity is pure Honda. Imagine your favorite Honda sedan, Accord or Civic for instance, and rest assured the Clarity driving experience is just as rewarding.”

If you are considering any of these models for yourself or your family, make sure to stop by for a test drive so you can see if this Honda is a true match. For more Honda news, follow Wilde Honda Waukesha on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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The 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid has one of the best engines

The 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid has one of the best engines

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The 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid has one of the best engines! Even though gas prices have been dropping, choosing to drive a hybrid model can save you more money at the tank and help you lower your carbon footprint. Not only that, but according to WardsAuto, the Honda Accord Hybrid two-motor hybrid powertrain has one of the 10 best engines of 2019. The editors at WardsAuto spent October and November evaluating 34 engines and electric propulsion systems during routine commutes in Detroit to determine the winners of their 25th annual awards.

The editors at Ward’sAuto chose the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid because its “one very smooth operator. Yes, the fuel economy is great – most judges achieved close to 40 mpg (5.8 L/100 km) in their test drives. And the performance from the combination of the 2.0L DOHC iVTEC Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine and two electric motors is all anyone could ask for in a midsize sedan. But it’s the way the powertrain’s combined peak 212 hp is delivered to the front wheels that really wows us.

There’s a lot of complexity in this third-generation hybrid powertrain, with the propulsion system quickly shifting between electric, hybrid or engine drive as required, accounting for whether the driver has opted to run in normal, sport or economy mode. But the operation is all very seamless, quiet, amazingly responsive and affordable (with a $25,100 base price) – making believers out of even our staunchest hybrid skeptics.

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What is the Honda Passport?

What is the Honda Passport?

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What is the Honda Passport? Have you heard? Honda is expanding its light truck line with a new vehicle! Last week, Honda release a video teasing the all-new 2019 Honda Passport. The Passport will be unveiled on November 27th before making its global auto show debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto show. Honda plans to launch the model early next year.

“The new Passport is a more personal, powerful and off-road-capable SUV that hits the sweet spot between daily driving comfort and weekend off-road, all-weather adventure capability,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. & General Manager, Honda Division. “With customer demand for SUVs continuing to grow, the new adventure-ready Passport is going to further solidify our lineup, attracting new buyers and keeping existing customers in the Honda family.”

The new Passport is Honda’s fourth SUV and will join Honda’s light-truck lineup which includes the HR-V, CR-V, Odyssey, Ridgeline and Pilot. The new vehicle was designed and developed in the U.S. by Honda R&D Americas and will be manufactured at Honda’s Lincoln, Alabama plant. Check out the video Honda released about the Passport below.

The Passport reveal will be live-streamed and available for viewing on Honda’s YouTube channel starting at 3:30 p.m. PST on November 27h. For more Honda news, follow Wilde Honda Waukesha on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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Honda Impresses in 2018 Best Resale Value Awards

Honda Impresses in 2018 Best Resale Value Awards

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Honda Impresses in 2018 Best Resale Value Awards! Recently J.D. Power released their 2018 J.D. Power Resale Value Award, which recognizes the best resale value across 24 model-level vehicle segments.  J.D. Power provides consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. Many car-buyers know the J.D. Power name because of its association with satisfaction and vehicle dependability awards.

To choose the winners, 244 vehicle models were evaluated using a sample of over 650,000 transactions with an average of 3,500 data points assed on each vehicle. The award selection process also considers used vehicle wholesale prices (the price a dealer pays for a used vehicle) and then these prices are divided by the vehicle’s original purchase price. The calculations used are based on wholesale records from January through June 2018 for models that are three years old (2015 model year).

The Honda Fit won in the Small Car segment; the Honda Civic won in the Compact Car segment; the Honda Accord won in the Midsize Car; and the Honda Odyssey won in the Minivan segment. These are not the first awards that Honda has won this year, though. The automaker has taken home other awards including: Honda Accord named North American Car of the Year, Honda Accord named KBB’s Overall Best BuyHonda Odyssey and CR-V named Best Cars for Families, and Honda Accord and Honda Odyssey Named Best Cars of 2018. For more Honda news, follow Wilde Honda Waukesha on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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Honda celebrates 10 years production at Indiana plant

Honda celebrates 10 years of production at Indiana plant

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Honda celebrates 10 years of production at Indiana plant! Earlier this month, Honda Manufacturing celebrated its 10th anniversary of automobile production at is Greenburg, Indiana plant. Honda initially announced plans to build the auto plant in Greensburg in June 2006 and broke ground on the new plant in March 2007.  In October 9, 2008, Honda began production in Indiana by producing the 4-cylinder Honda Civic Sedan with the aid of 1,000 employees on one shift.

“Since launching production a decade ago today, Honda has had a lasting positive impact on the city of Greensburg, the southeast region and the entire state, helping propel our workforce and strengthen Indiana’s reputation as a manufacturing powerhouse,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “With more than 290 Japanese business facilities in Indiana, we are proud of the friendships we have established with companies like Honda and look forward to even more milestones ahead. Congratulations on 10 years of excellence and thank you for your commitment to our state.”    

In October 2011, the plant added a second shift, doubling the production capacity to 200,000 vehicles per year. Since then, the plant has grown to hire 2,500 associates who operate two shifts, producing the Honda Civic Sedan, the 2019 Honda Insight, and Honda CR-V. The cumulative production at the plant is more than 1.8 million vehicles, producing roughly 250,000 vehicles annually. 

“This milestone is the result of the commitment our Honda associates in Indiana have made every day over the past decade to build products of the highest quality for our customers,” said Isao Matsuzaki, president at HMIN. “Indiana is our home and with the strong support of our local communities, the state and beyond, we are excited about our future here in Greensburg.” 

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New Honda Technology Allows Vehicles to See Around Walls

New Honda Technology Allows Vehicles to See Around Walls

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New Honda Technology Allows Vehicles to See Around Walls! Responding to a statistic that shows roughly 40% of all collisions 20% of the nearly 35,000 traffic deaths that occur each year in the U.S. occur at intersections, Honda recently demonstrated its new “Smart Intersection” technology. This vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology was developed in partnership with the City of Marysville as part of the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor pilot project, which seeks to address the limitations of on-board vehicle sensors in addressing traffic collisions at roadway intersections.

“Honda believes that V2X technology is an essential component of a smarter and safer transportation ecosystem and can play a role in our dream for a zero-collision society,” said Ted Klaus, vice president of strategic research at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “By partnering with the City of Marysville and the State of Ohio, we believe this research will give us a better understanding of how V2X technologies can be further advanced and most effectively deployed for the benefit of all road users.”

The “Smart Intersection” technology allows cars to virtually see around and through walls and buildings in nearly all weather conditions through object recognition software that works in conjunction with intersection-mounted cameras and V2X communications.

“Research underway in Marysville and along the U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor holds great promise in advancing world-changing transportation technologies and is the 21st century version of Huffman Prairie where the Wright Brothers made their early aviation discoveries,” said Governor John R. Kasich. “With the help of strong public- and private-sector partners, and our unmatched Transportation Research Center, Ohio is aggressively working to maintain its leadership role for developing vehicles and smart technologies of the future.”

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Honda Releases North American Environmental Report

Honda Releases North American Environmental Report

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Honda Releases North American Environmental Report! Over the years, Honda has shown its dedication to the environment, whether through the development of electric cars such as the Clarity or more powerful hybrids like the Insight. Recently, Honda released their annual environmental report to highlight measures the company is making to reduce its environmental impact. The 44-page report explains Honda’s views on public policy initiatives as they pertain to energy use and development of alternative fuel technologies and vehicles. 

“We continue to make important progress in reducing the environmental impact of our products and our business operations in North America,” said Toshiaki Mikoshiba, president & CEO of Honda North America, Inc. “We have set forth challenging targets, including the halving of our company’s total CO2 emissions by 2050 and the transition to electrified vehicles, an important direction in the future of personal mobility.”

 2018 North American Environmental Report Highlights:
Product Development

  • Twelve of 15 models produced in FY18 have PVC-free interiors
  • Honda is recycling fabrics, using soybean-based foam as sound insulation in vehicles

Manufacturing  

  • The CO2 emissions from powersports production was reduced 23 percent from a year ago.
  • Waste-to-landfill from manufacturing operations was reduced 23.7 percent.
  • Water use per automobile produced decreased 4.1 percent in FY18

Sales and Service

  • Ninety-nine percent of the waste from Honda’s 12 U.S. parts warehousing and distribution centers was recycled in FY18, the highest rate in company history
  • The CO2 emissions intensity of U.S. service parts shipments fell 4.4 percent from a year ago, and has been reduced 46.6 percent over the past six years.
  • In FY18 more than 210 U.S Honda and Acura dealers received a Honda Environmental Award and combined for an annual reduction of 24,000 tons of CO2

Products In Use

  • The unadjusted fleet-average fuel economy of Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S.i was 38.7 mpg in model year 2017 (MY17), outpacing the automobile industry average of 32.3 mpg by 6.4 mpg, or 19.8 percent.
  • The unadjusted fleet average CO2 emissions of the company’s U.S. automobile fleetii is 19.1 percent below (better than) the industry average.
  • The fleet-average fuel economy of Honda motorcyclesiii is up 69.8 percent from the MY2000 baseline.

Additional information on Honda’s environmental performance outside of North America can be found in Honda Motor Company’s Sustainability Report. For more Honda news, follow Wilde Honda Waukesha on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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Honda Civic gets Sport Trim for 2019

Honda Civic gets Sport Trim for 2019

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Honda Civic gets Sport Trim for 2019! The 2019 Honda Civic is set to launch at dealers beginning October 10 with some small changes including refreshed designs, standard Honda Sensing technology on all trims, and a new Display Audio system with a volume knob and physical buttons. This model year will also introduce the Civic Sport trim which features unique styling, 18-inch wheels and tires, enhanced handling and value-added feature content.

The 2019 Honda Civic Sedan will be offered in five total trims the LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring, while the 2019 Honda Civic Coupe will be available in LX, Sport, EX, and Touring trims. The full model line will also include the Civic Hatchback and Civic Type R. More details regarding these models will come later. 

The 2019 Civic Sedan and Coupe Sport Trim utilizes a  2.0-liter engine paired with either a 6-speed manual transmission or optional Continuously Variable automatic Transmission (CVT).  Unique exterior styling for the models includes fog lights with gloss black trim, 18-inch wheels wrapped in the same all-season tires as the Civic Si, a black-painted decklid spoiler, Sport badging and a sport muffler capped by a wide, center-mounted chrome exhaust finisher styled after Civic Si complete the package. For the interior, the Sport trims get red gauges, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, paddle shifters (CVT-equipped models), textured aluminum sport pedals, and unique seat materials with a combination of synthetic leather and cloth. The sport trim also gets upgraded tech over the LX model along with an 8-speaker audio system.

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The 2019 Honda Insight is an IIHS Top Safety Pic

The 2019 Honda Insight is an IIHS Top Safety Pic

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The 2019 Honda Insight is an IIHS Top Safety Pic! Recently, we shared all you need to know about the Honda Insight! The hybrid sedan, which was released this summer, marks Honda’s fifth electrified vehicle introduced over the past year. The Insight holds five passengers and includes standard Honda Sensing technology.

The model offers an EPA rating of 55 mpg, class-leading power and passenger space, as well as a sporty style that aims to bring a new level of sophistication to the compact hybrid market. The new model has already begun production in Indiana and gets an impressive output of 151-horsepower. The Insight will be available in the LX, EX and Touring trims and include standard multi-element LED headlights, push-button start, and the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. It will also offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The model has now earned the 2018 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest overall safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+. The Insight received top ratings of “GOOD” in all crashworthiness tests, a standard “GOOD” rating for the Insight’s LED headlights and a “SUPERIOR” rating for the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) feature of the standard Honda Sensing® suite of advanced driver safety technologies.

“Insight continues to prove that it’s much more than just a pretty face with great fuel-efficiency ratings.” said Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Automobile Sales. “With standard Honda Sensing® active safety tech and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, Insight is a hybrid with some serious safety chops.” For more Honda news, follow Wilde Honda Waukesha on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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Which Honda Model is Best for a Dog Lover?

Which Honda Model is Best for a Dog Lover?

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Which Honda Model is Best for a Dog Lover? The Honda Fit! Last week, we shared that U.S. News and World Report chose the 2019 Honda Fit as the winner for the “Best New Cars for Teens Under $20,00” award. The U.S. News and World Report picks cars with the best combination of overall quality, reliability, safety ratings, and accident-avoidance technologies across five different price brackets. Not only is this affordable and hip Honda perfect for teenagers, but it is also perfect for dog lovers! 

Autotrader editors write about their decision sharing, “Although it qualifies as a subcompact car, the Honda Fit is surprisingly roomy inside, making it the ideal dog/human mobility device for those on a tight budget. A tall roof, low step-in height and a unique rear-seat design go a long way to accommodating dogs of all sizes, and the Fit’s reputation for reliability and strong resale value make it a good used car choice. Along with a pleasant ride and great fuel economy, you’ll find a number of dog-friendly aftermarket accessories for the Fit, ranging from simple seat covers to cargo-area mats and beds. The Honda Fit is a great car for dog owners as a new or used car.”

But which features make this model the perfect choice? The Fit has a friendly and roomy interior, tall roof, low step-in height, and multi-configarable second-row Magic Seats® that give the model unequaled cargo capacity, boasting a class-leading 52.7 cubic-feet of space with the rear seats folded down.

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