2017 Civic Lineup Turbocharged with Extended Availability of Manual Transmission


The 2017 Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe aim to retain their position as members of the best-selling compact car nameplate in America with the expanded application of manual transmissions. Building on the fun-to-drive character of the 10th-generation Civic lineup, the 2017 Civic offers customers more choice with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard equipment on the turbocharged Civic Sedan and Coupe in EX-T trims.

For 2017, the Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe EX-T now feature the sporty and engaging six-speed manual transmission paired with a 1.5-liter direct-injected and turbocharged DOHC engine producing a peak 174 hp and 167 lb.-ft. of torque  – up 5 lb.-ft. compared to models equipped with the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The CVT remains optional on turbocharged EX-T trims, while standard on EX-L and Touring. Civic EX Sedans also now add HD Radio and XM Satellite Radio.

"This has been a tremendous year for Civic, starting with the Sedan and Coupe setting sales records and leading the compact segment," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "For 2017, we're thrilled to boost the Civic lineup by pairing the manual transmission with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine – something we know our customers are very excited about."

Since the introduction of the 10th-generation last year, Civic has received numerous awards and accolades, including the 2016 North American Car of the Year for the Civic Sedan, and has earned the highest-available collision performance safety ratings from both NHTSA and IIHS with the addition of Honda Sensing. The Civic has led the compact car segment in sales for nine of the past ten months and has been the most popular car in America with under 35 year olds in each of the past six years, with the exception of 2014, when Honda Accord was #1.  Late last month, Honda added a sporty new Civic Hatchback variant to the lineup, with Civic Si and a radical new Civic Type-R joining next year.

For more information, please visit SmailHonda.com. 

Highly Anticipated 2017 Civic Hatchback is Here!

At long last, the Euro-inspired 2017 Civic Hatchback is now available in the United States. Check out these videos showing off some of the features. In our First Gear episode, we get some close looks at the exterior and interior features, as well as taking a brief test drive. We also get a closer look at some specific features on our #FavoriteFeatureFriday video. We'll be getting to film some more videos about the 2017 Civic Hatchback later this week, so watch our YouTube channel for those coming soon. 




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Here Comes the 2017 Honda HR-V - Fresh New Color and Green Credentials

2017 HR-V - Smail Honda Blog

Alabaster Silver is out. Lunar Silver Metallic is in. That is just one of the changes coming for Honda's increasingly-popular crossover SUV.

The 2017 HR-V is on its way to Honda dealerships nationwide. As a "crossover" SUV, it has a sporty coupe-like styling with an SUV versatility and functionality. Some of the standard features include: "17-inch alloy wheels, push-button electric parking brake with Automatic Brake Hold, rearview camera with guidelines, Pandora® radio and Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, the 2017 HR-V also adds a sophisticated new color – Lunar Silver metallic – to its palette, replacing Alabaster Silver."

You have plenty of options beyond what comes standard, as there are plenty of available premium features to accommodate a wide variety of consumer needs. The HR-V has 3 different trim levels, (the LX, EX, and EX-L Navi) and can come 2WD or 4WD, and with continuously variable transmission (CVT) or with an engaging 6-speed manual transmission, available on LX and EX models with 2WD.

Standard safety and driver-assistive features include four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) electronic stability control system; a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; driver and front passenger side airbags; side-curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions; and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Honda LaneWatch® display is included with EX and EX-L Navi trims.

For more information, visit SmailHonda.com.



First Gear: 2017 Honda Ridgeline Review and Test Drive


On this episode we take a detailed look at the all new 2017 Honda Ridgeline. You can watch and explore along with me as we review the interior controls and features like the lift-up rear seats, as well as the exterior and truck bed with the dual action tailgate. There's so many features on that truck bed, the cooler with the drain might be the best invention for tailgate parties ever.

During the test drive I discover that putting on the right hand turn signal activates a camera which shows a view of the right side of the vehicle. It's the first time I've seen a feature like that, and it kind of blows my mind, to be honest. Check it out, it's a great feature to assist with blind spot warning while changing lanes or parking.

We'd love to hear from you! Like our video, subscribe to the channel, and leave comments below. All feedback is welcome as we are developing this new vehicle exploration series. Want to see us review and test drive a specific vehicle, let us know in the comments below!!

For more information about the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, visit us online at SmailHonda.com. And be sure to check out our playlist of other First Gear episodes for more videos.

Thanks for watching.

Cars.com Honda Fit Buying Guide

2015 Honda Fit - Pre-Owned Guide and Tips - Smail Honda Blog

The Honda Fit has recently been in the news quite often. We just did an article about how the 2017 model celebrates 10 Years of the Honda Fit in America, it's also been appearing in several Back-to-School lists as of late. With its growing popularity, the sporty and compact hatchback is seeing increased sales in the pre-owned market as well. 

With the Fit popping up so frequently lately, I actually found myself curious to learn more about the vehicle's history. I spent some time bouncing back and forth between the Honda website and Wikipedia, reading about the evolution of the Fit over its decade in America. The model has gone through three generations and has seen several changes over the years, so when shopping for a pre-owned Fit it would be important to know certain small details. For example, there was a redesign between the 2008 and 2009 models, so there may be more significant differences between those model years than 2009 and 2010.

Cars.com has actually put together a great feature they're calling a "Used Honda Fit Buying Guide" where they break down each model year of the Honda Fit and review the changes and upgrades through time. It's a great resource of reference for seeing which Honda Fit will be best suited to your needs.

We have new and used Honda Fit vehicles ready for you take a closer look at and test drive. Go to SmailHonda.com for more information.


2017 Honda Fit - 10 Years of the Honda Fit in America


First introduced in 2006 as a 2007 model, the Honda Fit has racked up acclaim in the subcompact hatchback category. Now, 10 years and three generations later, the 2017 Honda Fit looks to continue to offer "the functionality, fun and refinement that defines the model together with modern styling, a dynamic driving experience and available technology and luxury features."

One of the new changes for the 2017 model year sees Lunar Silver Metallic replacing Alabaster Silver Metallic in the exterior color palette. Comparing the two online, it appears that the Lunar Silver is a slightly darker shade of metallic versus the Alabaster Silver, but not quite as dark as Modern Steel Metallic. Once we get some in stock here on the lot, we'll see if we can't get more photos. Here's a photo that came with the press release from Honda, appearing to show the Lunar Silver:


The Fit has recently been praised by US News & World Report as Best Hatchback for the Money, and was one of the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2016 according to KBB.com.  

For more information about available Fit vehicles at Smail, please visit SmailHonda.com

All-New 2017 Civic Hatchback to Make Much-Anticipated Debut this Fall

All-New 2017 Civic Hatchback to make North American debut this fall - Smail Honda Blog

Already a super popular car in Europe, the all-new 2017 Civic Hatchback will be making its North American debut this fall. This Civic combines "stylized, Euro-inspired styling" and five-door versatility with the with the Civic's world-class driving dynamics and Honda direct-injected turbo engine technology. 

"The Civic Hatch has been a staple for Honda in Europe, but has long been the forbidden fruit for Honda fans in the U.S.," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Now, we're bringing this sporty, stylish and versatile Civic Hatchback to North America, as we amp up the performance of our incredible Civic lineup with each new Civic model."

Here's the engine specs from Honda:

"The Civic Hatchback will be available in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring trims, and will feature a single engine for the U.S. market: a 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected turbocharged in-line 4-cylinder with peak output of 174 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque in LX, EX and EX-L trims and 180 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque in the Sport and an all-new Sport Touring grade, which feature a high-flow center-mounted exhaust.

The turbocharged engine will be offered with either a sporty CVT (all trims) or a performance-inspired 6-speed manual transmission (LX, Sport, and EX trims). Anticipated EPA fuel economy ratings of 31/40/34 mpg (city/highway/combined) for CVT-equipped models, based on the newer, more stringent model year 2017 EPA ratings requirements, put the 5-door Honda Civic Hatchback at the top of its class."

All-new 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback - Smail Honda Blog

The interior will feature the modern, sophisticated and premium quality of the 10th-generation Civic lineup, with high grade materials and finishes. And the Honda Sensing suite of safety features will be available on all models, including Collision Mitigation Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Road Departure Mitigation and more. Other available features include Honda Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Be sure to visit our Civic inventory at Smail Honda to watch for when the 2017 Civic Hatchback lands stateside.

2016 Honda Fit Tops KBB List of 10 Best Back-to-School Cars 2016; Also Joined by Civic and HR-V

If you're going to scour a dealership lot for a back-to-school car, statistically your best bet is to make it Smail Honda. Kelley Blue Book's list of 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2016 has come out, and not only were 3 of the top 10 a Honda vehicle, but the reigning champion - the Honda Fit - once again claimed the top spot. 

These cars were handpicked by KBB as the "best" cars for students, which often means that these are the cars that are best in its class for features like safety, affordability, practicality and style. Among the class of 2016 were the Honda Fit, Honda Civic, and Honda HR-V.

Honda Fit

Honda Fit - KBB's 10 Best Back-to-School Cars 2016

The Fit is described as having an "unmatched mix of affordability, efficiency, versatility, reliability and fun."  Honda’s subcompact car is "positively cavernous inside," with a flipping/folding second-row Magic Seat that makes it the most flexible car in its class. "Standout styling and a lively demeanor add student-friendly sizzle, while strong resale value, a reputation for trouble-free ownership and a NHTSA 5-star Overall Safety Rating all speak to the hearts, minds and wallets of parents."

Honda Civic

2016 Honda Civic - KBB's 10 Best Back-to-School Cars 2016

KBB calls the Honda Civic the "Overall Best Buy for 2016" and is tops on this year’s list of their favorite new cars. "The boldly styled new Civic is among the roomiest, most comfortable, most fun to drive, most efficient, most feature-packed cars in the class. It’s also among the likeliest to make it through grad school, thanks to all the refinement, reliability and reputation that ride along with the Civic name and Honda badge."

Honda HR-V

2016 Honda HR-V on KBB's 10 Best Back-to-School Cars 2016

The HR-V, Honda’s newest, smallest SUV is the early leader in the burgeoning subcompact SUV segment. Mixing the roomiest, most flexible cabin in the group with all the goodness that accompanies the Honda badge, the HR-V is arguably the smartest choice in this increasingly popular segment. It’s also more stylish than its CR-V big brother, helping it win favor with the student set.

For more information about the Honda Fit, Honda Civic and Honda HR-V, please visit SmailHonda.com.

Sneak Peak at "Power of Ridgeline" TV Spot to Debut During Summer Games in Rio

Honda is gearing up for a big media push for its all-new 2017 Ridgeline, and the campaign will kick off at the Summer Games in Rio with a new 60-second TV spot, "Power of Ridgeline." The ad, produced by stop-motion artist PES, features the Ridgeline as an integral part of a construction project. As the commercial progresses, the construction project gets more eccentric, showing a "visually spectacular demonstration of the Ridgeline's innovative capabilities."

See the ad here, before it debuts on TV:


In addition to Rio, look for the Ridgeline to show up in a many more places later this year:

Stop-Motion on Social Media 

Later this month, be on the lookout for four new videos showcasing specific features of the Ridgeline. These stop-motion clips will show off the impressive cargo and cabin space, robust payload capacity along with the Honda-exclusive In-Bed Trunk® and Dual Action Tailgate. We'll make sure to post them here to this blog when they're live.

"The Wood Whisperer"

There will also be a series of videos in conjunction with "The Wood Whisperer" that will see the Ridgeline's features be used to build a BBQ cart, a giant connect-four game, dog steps, and bench. Again, this "Saturday Projects" series will be shared here when available.

Tested.com with Adam Savage

The Honda Ridgeline also will be featured on Tested.com created by Mythbusters star Adam Savage, this fall, with six custom builds highlighting the truck's unique features. The Ridgeline "Features Not Standard" episodes will rollout on Facebook, YouTube and on Tested.com, with links here when available.

"The Ultimate Tailgate Vehicle"

Honda prepares to take college football by storm this fall in a new series of "Hometown Tailgates" to be filmed this summer. As part of the program, Honda Ridgeline will present the "Battle at Bristol's Tailgate Party" staring Kenny Chesney and The Band Perry and will be a part of the largest college football game in history the following day.

It's clear that the All-New 2017 Honda Ridgeline is primed to have a busy road ahead. Be sure to check out SmailHonda.com for more information on available 2017 Ridgelines in Greensburg, PA.

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Honda Debuts Custom Designed "Sonic Civic" at Comic-Con

One-of-a-Kind Sonic Civic - Smail Honda Blog
Ok, I want one.

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog, Honda made a one-of-a-kind custom "Sonic Civic" to celebrate the iconic SEGA video game character. The vehicle, a customized and turbocharged 2016 Civic Touring Sedan, debuted this weekend during the San Diego Comic-Con at an anniversary event at the House of Blues. 

"What better way to showcase the incredibly sporty performance capability of the 10th generation Civic than by pairing it with gaming industry's ultimate athlete – Sonic the Hedgehog," said James Jenkins, Public Relations Manager for the Honda Division. "As the fan favorite game and character celebrates his 25th anniversary on the scene, we hope that all Sonic fans – those who remember playing years ago and those who continue playing today – rejoice in his all-new ride, as much as we enjoyed creating it."

One-of-a-Kind Sonic Civic - Smail Honda Blog

Created by Fox Marketing Cars in York, PA, the Sonic Civic is customized pretty much from top to bottom, with video games built in (so you can play Sonic video games, of course) and my favorite part, the gold ring wheels. Here's the specs:

  • Custom wheels and tires representing Sonic's infamous red shoes and gold rings featured in the game.
  • Custom exterior including a one-of-a-kind vinyl Sonic the Hedgehog design and bespoke paint scheme – a Sonic Black Grill, BASF R-M Candy Sonic Blue painted exterior with custom Sonic Yellow throughout including a Sonic Yellow Honda logo.
  • Custom interior features Sonic the Hedgehog front and rear seats with Katzkin Blue Leather and custom "Sonic the Hedgehog" 25th Anniversary embroidered logos.
  • Custom trunk design with Rockford Fosgate audio-visual system featuring two 500-watt T1S2 10-inch subwoofers, two 500-watt TM400 400-watt amplifiers, and a floor-mounted flip-up/down 32-inch television for video game fans to play classic "Sonic the Hedgehog" games.

Wedding-rings-155343_640The Civic Touring Sedan has 14.7 cu ft of cargo room, and a passenger volume of 95.0 cu ft. That equates to plenty of room for your gold ring collection, if you happen to be a certain speedy blue hedgehog.

For more information on the Honda Civic and/or the Sonic Civic, go to SmailHonda.com and Sega.com.