2017 Honda Pilot Gets Upgrades - Apple CarPlay, Android Auto & more


Honda continues to strengthen its position in the three-row SUV segment with fresh updates to the award-winning Honda Pilot for the 2017 model year. The 2017 Pilot will now be available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, a new fingerprint resistant touchscreen and an expanded interior color palette. 

"The all-new third-generation Pilot has been a huge hit with SUV buyers," said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager. "For 2017, we're making Pilot even more appealing with new technology and options that our customers are seeking."

Honda was among the first automakers to incorporate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, starting with the 2016 Accord and Civic. For 2017, Pilot EX and above trims will now feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality integrated into an improved 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen. These models will also see application of a new coating to reduce the appearance of fingerprints on the screen while retaining high glare resistance. Customer choice is also further enhanced for 2017 with extended availability of a black interior, now available on all trims optioned with the White Diamond Pearl exterior paint (previously available only on Elite).

Since its introduction in the summer of 2015, the Honda Pilot has earned a host of awards and accolades, including being named one of the "Best Cars for the Money" by U.S. News & World Report; "Best SUV of 2016" by Hispanic Motor Press; "Best Family Cars of 2016" by KBB.com, Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com; and as a finalist for 2016 North American Truck/Utility of the Year.

More at SmailHonda.com.

Honda Civic Type R Makes North American Debut at the 2016 SEMA Show

Honda Civic Type R Prototype

Honda will showcase a large presence at the 2016 SEMA show, headlined by the North American debut of the radical new Civic Type R prototype, straight from its global introduction in Paris. The Civic R Prototype offers a glimpse into the styling of the next-generation Civic Type R, which will top off the 10th generation Civic lineup when it launches next year.

The radical Honda Civic Type R Prototype builds on the low and wide proportion of the new Civic Hatchback and is enhanced by muscular body styling and modifications to aid aerodynamic performance. The exterior is wrapped in a highly reflective, finely-grained brushed aluminum-effect finish, which is unique to the prototype car. At the front, the aggressive fascia is accentuated with a winged carbon fiber splitter and sporty red accent line. Additional slatted ducts add width to the fascia, and diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes.

Honda's iconic red "H" badge, which adorns all Type R models, sits prominently on the front grille at the nose of the car. There is a new intake on the hood, with an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess. Smoked lenses for the LED headlights, indicators and side indicator repeater lights reflect the Type R Prototype's more aggressive character. Carbon fiber side skirts run the length of the side sills, between 20-inch piano black alloy wheels with red accents and 245-section high-performance tires. A beefy carbon fiber diffuser runs below the wider rear fascia, which frames three fully-functional tailpipes flanked by a pair of directional strakes. The smaller diameter central tailpipe is highlighted in bright metallic red. Model-exclusive vortex generators at the rear edges of the roof point backward toward a visually striking rear wing.

Meguiars Project Civic Interior - Smail Honda Blog

First Gear - 2017 Honda Fit EX - 6 Speed Manual


On this episode of First Gear we review the 2017 Honda Fit EX - 6 Speed Manual Transmission. Does our host, David Fedor​ even know how to drive a stick, or will Albert Blevins​ have to come to the rescue? Watch to find out!

With our First Gear series, you get a detailed look at the interior and exterior of vehicles before going on a brief test drive. You'll see our host David Fedor give his initial impressions of each vehicle as he explores and discovers the features. After, we follow up any questions by asking a Smail sales representative for answers.

On this episode of First Gear we review the 2017 Honda Fit EX 6 Speed Manual Transmission.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.