2017 Honda Civic Wins Kelley Blue Book “Best Auto Tech” Award


The 2017 Honda Civic was awarded the 2017 Kelley Blue Book Best Auto Tech Award by the expert team of editors and evaluators at KBB.com. The Civic's available touchscreen Display Audio interface, featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver assistive technologies were prominent in helping the model win the award that honors the vehicle with the most advanced infotainment, convenience and active safety features at a great value to car buyers.

KBB says:

"Our perennial Best Buy winner also happens to be a technological powerhouse. Wrapped in a value-intensive, fun-to-drive package is a compact car laden with cutting-edge features once reserved for vehicles costing three times as much. Aside from more conventional equipment like a moonroof, automatic transmission, capless fuel filler and automatic climate control – all for just under $23,000 including destination fees –  the Honda Civic EX fitted with Honda Sensing includes intelligent gadgetry like passive entry with push-button start, automatic headlight control, an electronic parking brake with an auto hold feature that holds the brakes for you at stoplights, a fully digital driver information display, a multi-angle backup camera, and an 8-speaker audio system tied to a quick-witted 7-inch capacitive touchscreen infotainment center with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.

Active safety comes in the form of Honda’s exclusive Lane Watch system, which employs a small camera mounted in the passenger-side mirror to display a view down the right side of the vehicle onto the infotainment screen, as well as full-range adaptive cruise control that maintains a user-defined distance behind the vehicle ahead, automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist, which gently and seamlessly nudges you back to the center of the lane if the car begins to drift.

It’s hard to imagine that one of the most recommendable cars in the industry also happens to offer the latest infotainment, convenience and safety technology at a remarkably affordable price. But Honda made it so with the 2017 Civic, thus earning it a Best Auto Tech award in the area of value."

For more information, visit SmailHonda.com.

Honda Returning to the Super Bowl with All-New 2017 Honda CR-V


Honda is set to return to the big game in 2017 with the television debut of the completely redesigned and reengineered 2017 Honda CR-V on Sun., Feb. 5 during Super Bowl LI, where more than 100 million viewers will get a closer look at the newest edition of America's best-selling SUV.

This is the third time CR-V will be featured during the big game, including the 2012 launch of the previous generation CR-V in a commercial paying homage to a well known coming-of-age character in "Matthew's Day Off," and following the CR-V's first appearance in 2007, coinciding with the launch of the first-generation CR-V. Last year's highly successful "A New Truck to Love" ad introduced the new Ridgeline pickup to Queen's iconic "Somebody to Love," generating more than 100,000 handraisers for Honda's innovative new truck.

"The Super Bowl is the appropriate stage to introduce America to the bold and sophisticated new Honda CR-V," said Susie Rossick, Assistant Vice President, Honda Auto Marketing. "With the largest audience and reach of any single television event, the Super Bowl is a platform befitting the CR-V's status as the best-selling SUV in America, and the perfect place to celebrate CR-V's 20th anniversary."

Watch our 2017 Honda CR-V episode of First Gear.

The 2012 Honda CR-V "Matthew's Day Off" spot featuring that well-known coming-of-age character was created to connect with the 2012 CR-V's youthful target audience. The spot was a big hit four years ago and quickly became one of the most talked-about ads even before it aired during the game.

The 2017 CR-V went on sale on Dec. 21 and boasts bold new styling, a more premium interior, the model's first-ever turbocharged engine and a host of new features and technologies aimed at maintaining CR-V's status as the outright benchmark in the highly popular compact SUV segment. The 2017 CR-V also expands the application of the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, now offered as standard equipment on EX and higher models.

The all-new 2017 CR-V is the fifth-generation model of the best-selling SUV of the past 20 years, and nearly 4 million CR-Vs have been purchased since the debut of the first-generation CR-V in 1997. In 2016, CR-V is on its way to its best sales year of all-time and will mark seven straight years of U.S. sales growth for CR-V and the model's fifth year in a row of being the outright best-selling SUV in America.

For more information, visit SmailHonda.com.

Bold, New and Unexpectedly Upscale 2017 Honda CR-V Hits Showrooms


The all-new, completely redesigned and reengineered 2017 Honda CR-V, the fifth generation of America's best-selling SUV, is now available. Packed with segment-busting quality, features and performance, the 2017  CR-V was recently chosen as one of Car and Driver magazine's 10 Best Trucks and SUVs for 2017.

The 2017 CR-V boasts bold and sophisticated new styling, a more spacious, versatile and premium-quality interior, the model's first-ever available turbocharged engine, and a host of new features and technologies for improved connectivity, comfort and convenience. Based on an all-new platform architecture, the new CR-V also targets the highest levels of quality and driving refinement in its class, including top-in-class cabin quietness, steering precision, ride comfort and body control—all designed to imbue the CR-V with a polished, fun-to-drive persona. 

The top-selling EX trim includes the new 1.5-liter, 190 horsepower turbocharged engine, boasting exceptional performance and receiving best-in-class EPA fuel economy ratings of 28/34/30 mpg2 city/highway/combined, along with a comprehensive selection of premium features. EX trim also brings standard the Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, 18-inch alloy wheels (+1 in.), auto headlights, heated side mirrors, push-button start and dual-zone climate control.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline is the First and Only Pickup Truck to Earn TOP SAFETY PICK+ Rating from IIHS


The 2017 Honda Ridgeline, a finalist for the 2017 North American Truck of the Year award, is the first and only pickup truck to earn the highest possible safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

For the 2017 model year, three Honda models earned a TOP SAFETY PICK+ and three models received a TOP SAFETY PICK rating under the Institute’s more stringent 2017 ratings requirements, making Honda a top leader in safety ratings in the automotive industry.

2017 Honda TOP SAFETY PICK+Vehicles:

  • Ridgeline with Honda Sensing™ and LED headlights
  • Accord Sedan with Honda Sensing™ and projector beam halogen headlights
  • Pilot with Honda Sensing™ and LED headlights

2017 Honda TOP SAFETY PICK Vehicles:

  • Accord Coupe with Honda Sensing™
  • Civic Coupe with Honda Sensing™
  • Civic Sedan with Honda Sensing™

Honda vehicles offer a broad range of active and passive safety features, including the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, which can help avoid a collision or mitigate its severity. There are more than 300,000 Honda Sensing-equipped vehicles on U.S. roads today. Honda Sensing is available on the Civic, Accord, CR-V, Pilot and Ridgeline. Honda Sensing technologies include Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

All 2017 Honda models come equipped with a multi-angle rearview camera as standard equipment. Additional standard safety equipment on all Honda models include Advance Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure; Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control; Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags (some vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor as well); advanced front airbags; and front side airbags.

For more information on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, please visit SmailHonda.com.

Honda Pilot Tops Cars.com "Three-Row SUV Challenge"


After extensive testing in the Cars.com "Three-Row SUV Challenge," the completely redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot has been named the best midsize SUV of 2016 and the overall Challenge winner. Testing, which included expert evaluation on a set course, a 170-mile drive to determine real-world MPG, and driving by an in-market family, revealed Pilot as the clear leader within its segment. Recognized for its interior space, versatility and utility with comfortable seating for up to eight passengers, the Pilot is now also available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.

"The Pilot leads the pack here in smartly designed family features and attention to details," Fred Meier, Cars.com Washington, D.C. bureau chief said, "including two levels of storage built into the front doors, the big roll-top console bins, child-seat Latch anchors even in the third row, a conversation mirror and height-adjustable armrests for multiple drivers." Meier added, "The light and airy interior enhances the spacious feel and expands visibility."

"Just push the button on the Pilot's second-row seats, and they fold and slide forward," Jennifer Newman, Cars.com managing editor said. "Kids will be able to get into and out of the third row by themselves." And, she noted, "it's the only SUV in our challenge to fit three car seats across the second row."

For more information about the Honda Pilot, visit SmailHonda.com. And visit Cars.com for more about the "Three-Row SUV Challenge."


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.

More information on available Honda Fit vehicles, visit: SmailHonda.com.

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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