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

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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:

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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.

 


Lordy, Accordy, Look Who's Forty!

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Birthday wishes go out to the Honda Accord, which has recently celebrated its 40th year in America. This milestone reinforces the principle after which it was named, using technology to bring accord [agreement and harmony] between people and the automobile.

In 1976, the launch of the Honda Accord in America was significant, as the America's oil crisis caused gas prices to skyrocket and cars to line up at gas stations around the country. The Accord's fuel efficiency and gas mileage was its strongest initial appeal, and Honda's commitment to technology has over the years and through nine generations, has helped the Accord become the best-selling car in America.

Through the years, the Accord has had significant history making moments. When Honda built a factory in Ohio, the Accord became the first car built by a Japanese automaker in America, using American workers, building quality cars. A few years later, the Ohio factory began exporting the Coupe model to Japan, proving that an American-made car had the quality and reliability to sell in a Japanese market. Since local production began in Marysville, Ohio, more than 10 million Accords have been built in America.

Honda pays tribute to the rich heritage of the Accord with its "40 Years of America in Accord" video:

You can also see a side-by-side view of a 1976 and 2016 Accord with this fun "Then and Now" video:

 

For four decades, the Accord has defined Honda's core values, and more importantly, helped shaped the American consumer's expectations of an automobile.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ACCORD!!!

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Puppies, Kitties and Cars! OH MY!!

Smail Honda employees volunteered at Animal Friends of Westmoreland County in Youngwood as part of Honda's National Week of Service, June 10th-19th 2016. Over the course of the week, 25 of our finest volunteered at the shelter spending time with the animals, walking the dogs, playing with the cats, as well as doing laundry and cleaning the facility.

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Animal Friends of Westmoreland is a no-kill shelter located in Youngwood, PA, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh. Founder/President Candy Nelson says, "Our mission is to help abandoned, abused and neglected animals and out passion is to educate the public to spay and neuter, to spread awareness on embracing pet adoption and to inspire others to become advocates."

Linda Paul, Parts Manager at Smail Honda, volunteered her time over three days our volunteer week, becoming close with a chow chow mix named Bear. "There was one dog that was special to my heart... a beautiful black dog that was so gentle," she said. "He carried his Christmas bear in his mouth all the time. He never even barked. I grew very fond of this dog and it was really rewarding to be able to volunteer my time to spend with all the dogs.  I am glad to say 2 weeks later Bear was adopted by a wonderful man.  I think he will be very happy."

 

As part of Team Honda, we were excited for the chance to work together toward the common goal of strengthening our local community. The week we spent with Animal Friends of Westmoreland County was just a small part of saying "thank you" for helping build and sustain our business in this region for over 40 years.

For more information about Animal Friends of Westmoreland County, please visit their website at animalfriendswestmoreland.org

 


2016 Honda Pilot Named Winter Vehicle of the Year

Honda Pilot Named Winter Vehicle of the Year

    The New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) held its annual awards dinner May 26, where they announced the 2016 winner of the NEMPA Winter Vehicle Awards.

    "After a winter of driving dozens of contenders, the voting members of the New England Motor Press Association selected their top winter rides, the vehicles that offer the best combination of winter-specific features and options plus the dynamic qualities that make for safe, enjoyable and competent all-weather driving." (NEMPA)

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All-New 2017 Honda Ridgeline to Start at $30,475

2017 Honda Ridgeline Pricing Announced

    The all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline will start at $30,475, which is a mere $70 increase over the previous generation (2014) model. The base model is front-wheel drive RT. The $900 destination charge is reflected in the price.

    The base RT model is powered by a 3.5-liter direct-injected i-VTEC V6 mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Features include push-button start, multi-angle rearview camera, 5-inch color LCD screen, Bluetooth, MP3/auxiliary input jack, brake assist, dual-action tailgate and in-bed trunk.

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