Honda reached a new milestone this year, and it’s decided to celebrate with more than just cake and candles. The Japanese carmaker recently celebrated its 60th anniversary in the United States, creating a display at this year’s SEMA Show that highlights the brand’s ability to be accessorized – and its appeal for outdoor and performance enthusiasts.
To celebrate Honda’s 60th anniversary in America, the brand’s display showcased both past and present vehicles. It highlighted the company’s “longstanding commitment to the enthusiast community.”
The display itself had ten models that had been modified to appeal to different fans. At the center of the SEMA Show lineup were two versions of the 2020 Honda CR-V. The first CR-V was based on the brand’s all-new CR-V Hybrid model. Called the “Do” Build by Jsport Performance Accessories, this hybrid was turned into a vehicle perfect for the “weekend warrior,” offering a roof rack, side steps, mountain bike rack, 1.5-inch lift kit, and all-terrain tires.
Another CR-V was also showcased, built with outdoor adventures in mind. The “Dream” build was also created by Jsport and offered camping comforts like a slide-out refrigerator and a clamshell-style rooftop tent.
Other featured models include a Ridgeline that was outfitted for rugged adventures, a Rally Passport with a performance focus, and multiple Civic Si models. There was even a 1968 S80 Coupe Outlaw, and a heritage Chevy truck that was used as a delivery truck after the company first opened for business in 1959.
A legacy as rich as Honda’s doesn’t develop without good reason. Join the family today at Bryan Honda.
Safety has always been a top priority for Honda, and the automaker recently announced its latest innovation in the field. Honda’s engineers have unveiled a new, advanced airbag design that should be more effective at protecting occupants in frontal collisions.
Honda developed this new airbag at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Ohio. The carmaker worked alongside Autoliv, one of its major safety system suppliers.
“This new airbag technology represents Honda’s continuing effort to advance safety performance in a wider variety of crash scenarios and reflects the innovative thinking that our engineers are bringing to the challenge of reducing traffic injuries and fatalities,” said Jim Keller, President of Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
Conventional airbags typically use a single inflatable compartment to help reduce injury and fatalities during frontal collisions. The new Honda airbag goes one step further, offering four major components. These include three inflatable compartments and a “sail panel” that combines the two side chambers at their outermost edge.
These components work to protect the occupant’s head in an angled frontal impact collision, since the lateral collision forces can cause the passenger’s head to rotate or slide off of the airbag, reducing its effectiveness. The “sail panel” acts like a baseball catcher’s mitt, cradling the occupant’s head to soften the impact.
Honda will begin implementing this potentially life-saving system in 2020. In the meantime, plan a trip to Bryan Honda to take a look at some of Honda’s current safety innovations, including the standard HondaSensing® suite of technology.
The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla are long-time rivals. Now, they’re competing on an entirely new front. While the Civic has been available as a hatchback model for a while now, Toyota recently introduced a Corolla Hatchback model to its lineup, adding a new competitor for the Honda hatch. This comparison examines the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback and the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, looking at how they stack up against one another.
As you might expect from the hatchback segment, both of these models come with an athletic silhouette that is enhanced by its five-door body. That being said, the Civic Hatchback puts forth a sportier style. This hatchback has sculpted lines and an integrated spoiler that gives it an aggressive look, while its sloping rear roofline makes it unique.
Performance and efficiency
Peppy performance is available in both the Civic Hatchback and the Corolla Hatchback. Each comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, though the Civic is peppier than its Toyota competitor. The Civic Hatchback produces 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, while the Corolla’s four-cylinder engine only puts out 168 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque.
While the Corolla does offer better fuel efficiency on some of its trims, the Civic comes out in front when it comes to standard efficiency numbers. The Civic’s standard powertrain offers 31 mpg in the city 40 mpg on the highway, while the Corolla powertrain offers 28 mpg in the city 37 mpg on the highway.*
There may be a new hatchback on the block, but true hatchback lovers will probably prefer the proven Civic Hatchback over Toyota’s new model. See for yourself at Bryan Honda.
*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
American carmakers have lost out to Honda in the Cars.com American Made Index. In a recent study that examines which vehicles in the U.S. automotive industry are actually made in America, Honda has come out on top for the second year in a row.
The Japanese carmaker came out with six of the top 10 most American-made models sold in the United States. Last year, Honda was also awarded this honor with four models in the top ten.
The following vehicles were recognized in the Cars.com American Made Index:
2019 Honda Odyssey (Lincoln, AL), 2nd place
2019 Honda Ridgeline (Lincoln, AL), 3rd place
2019 Honda Passport (Lincoln, AL), 4th place
2019 Acura MDX (East Liberty, OH), 6th place
2019 Honda Pilot (Lincoln, AL), 7th place
2019 Acura RDX (East Liberty, OH), 10th place
To determine the top ten vehicles in their American Made Index, Cars.com considered several factors. This includes the location of each vehicle’s assembly plant, the origin of the engine and transmission, the domestic-parts content, and U.S. factory employment adjusted by sales. In the case of a tie, curb weight is used to break it.
Honda is proud to note that nearly two-thirds of Honda and 99% of Acura vehicles that are sold in the United States are also made there.*
If you ever find yourself looking for American brands when shopping for a new car, you’re not alone. Many people value buying domestic, whether it’s because they think it will do more to help the American economy or they believe American-built vehicles are better made. But as it turns out, despite the Japanese badge, buying Honda is the way to go if you care about cars built in America. Visit Bryan Honda to explore Honda’s lineup and discover the quality of American-made cars.
The 2019 Honda Accord is known for being a well-rounded vehicle, and its list of features reflects that. Here, we look at the 2019 Honda Accord features that make this midsize sedan a suitable choice for most consumers.
The Honda Accord now comes standard with the Honda Sensing™ suite of
safety technologies. This means every Accord owner will have access to
driver-assistance features like Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Lane
Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and more.
Keeping connected on the go is important. That’s why Honda
offers Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration on all trim levels but
the base model. These features allow you to use some of your favorite
smartphone apps, right on your Accord’s touchscreen. Whether you want to
connect to Spotify or need to send a voice-to-text message through your phone,
you can do so with this tech.
Along with the technology you receive in the standard Honda
package, you can also opt for a head-up display. This tech blends safety and
innovation, allowing you to gather information like your speed, turn-by-turn
directions, and driver-assistance technology alerts without having to look away
from the road. It does so by displaying all of this on your Accord’s
Buoyed by the success of larger vehicle offerings such as the Odyssey minivan, Ridgeline pickup, and Pilot SUV, Honda reports that truck, SUV, and minivan sales saw the greatest increase in April. Perhaps the spike in sales has something to do with the prospect of road trips with the whole family, but we venture to guess it has a lot to do with the strength of Honda’s current lineup of trucks, SUVs, and minivans.
April’s heaviest hitters were the Honda Odyssey and the Honda Pilot, which were up 31.3% and 32.2% respectively on a daily selling rate basis. This means the Odyssey saw 8,464 daily sales for April while the Pilot moved 11.891 daily units. That’s a lot of SUVs and minivans!
These numbers hardly surprise us, though. The Honda Odyssey is the top retail-selling minivan in American, after all, while the Honda Pilot offers an impressive combination of full-size SUV convenience and flexibility and economical fuel efficiency.
While models such as the Civic, CR-V, and Accord continue to see some of Honda’s strongest sales numbers, the trend toward larger Honda vehicles is indicative of America’s growing preference for trucks and full-size SUVs such as the Odyssey and Pilot that offer a lot of flexibility, and a lot of fun.
See for yourself why Honda truck and SUV sales have done so well by checking out the full lineup at Bryan Honda!
Finding an affordable, family-sized crossover might seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Designed to give drivers more for their money, the 2018 Honda CR-V recently made Kelley Blue Book’s “ Best Family Cars” list.*
The 2018 Honda CR-V features the Honda Sensing® safety suite. The package includes innovative technology perks such as Automatic Emergency Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control. With these driver assist amenities combined with its standard safety features, the new Honda CR-V scores a top five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
A crossover designed for the modern family, the Honda CR-V boasts an abundance of entertainment technologies. Each trim level comes equipped with a streamlined infotainment system as well as Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™. Easily find your vehicle in a crowded parking lot with the convenience of the Parking Reminder function.
Featuring spacious seating for five, the Honda CR-V makes every road trip a comfortable one. The popular crossover also boasts class-leading cargo space, coming in at just shy of 76 cubic feet when you fold down the rear seats.
As for performance, drivers will enjoy fuel-efficiency no matter which version they select. The 2.4-liter liter four-cylinder engine yields an EPA-estimated 34 mpg when equipped with FWD, while the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine achieves up to 32 mpg.**
Stop by Bryan Honda and we’ll set you up for a test drive in the 2018 Honda CR-V.
*For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.
**Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
The smaller version of the Pilot, which would have much of the same build but be built on a shorter wheelbase, would compete with other segment leaders like the Nissan Murano and the Ford Edge. Autoblog suggests the mid-size SUV may be around 187 inches long and be priced at about $27,000, squarely between the CR-V and the Pilot and on par with other vehicles in the segment.
WardsAuto came out with the news about the mid-size Pilot first, and while they have no guesses as to what the name will be, Car and Driver thinks they may revive the Passport moniker. Autoblog disagrees, saying it may go the way of Hyundai and Mitsubishi and call it the Honda Pilot Sport or just come up with an entirely new name.
Production on the new mid-size SUV will begin in September of next year. For more information on this or the Honda SUV lineup, give us a call at Bryan Honda!
Using its versatile Ridgeline pickup truck, Honda has restored an OFA Little League Field in Houston that was damaged throughout 2016 by flooding. Honda donated $55,000 to the Honda Ridgeline Little League Community Project to get these facilities back up and running.
Honda performed a huge range of renovations and upgrades including regrading their fields, restoring their dugouts, replacing the protective netting, and installing new equipment for the concession stands. Local Honda dealers participated to make the renovations a reality as well as volunteers and the Honda Ridgeline truck.
The Honda Little League project is a reflection of the long-standing relationship between Honda and Little League Baseball and Softball. Honda has been a Little League sponsor since 1996 and has donated more than $1.2 million to underfunded teams in the last 21 years. Susie Rossick, the Assistant Vice President of Honda Automobile Marketing, said that “Honda is dedicated to helping young people strive to pursue their dreams” through the Honda Ridgeline Little League Community Project.
The Ridgeline, which was named the 2017 North American Truck of the Year, is packed with design innovations like an in-bed trunk that makes it the perfect truck for projects like this one.
For more information about the Honda Ridgeline or what Honda is doing for your community, give us a call at Bryan Honda.
When it comes to the minivan segment, the Honda Odyssey is a game-changer. With extremely thoughtful features like a rear-seat entertainment system, an in-van vacuum cleaner, and a 115V power outlet, there’s no doubt that this van is ahead of the curve. Yet, it’s about to become even more advanced, thanks to Honda’s investments in its northwest Georgia Plant.
When Honda’s Georgia plant receives $100 million in investments from Honda, it will be put towards developing the first-ever 10-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel drive vehicles. The first vehicle to receive the new 10-speed automatic transmission will be the 2018 Honda Odyssey. Later, the same transmission will go into other Honda and Acura vehicles, but for now the Honda-engineered transmission is getting tested on the minivan.
So, why the change? The new 10-speed automatic transmission is expected to greatly increase fuel efficiency as well as acceleration. It should also change gears more quickly, making highway driving more productive and responsive.
Over 18,000 Georgians are employed at automobile factories of some kind. Honda’s new transmission isn’t just good for its lineup, but it’s positive for the job market, too. We can wait to test it out at Bryan Honda, and invite you to join us as soon as it’s available to test drive.