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2019 Honda Ridgeline Receives IIHS Top Safety Pick Rating

2019 Honda Ridgeline IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is a pickup truck that manages to stand out from its segment, especially when it comes to safety. This truck was recently named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick when it is equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights, making it the only pickup truck to earn this rating from the IIHS.*

 

Along with this safety rating, the Ridgeline also earned the top “Superior” rating from the IIHS for its available Collision Mitigation Braking System™. This system applies the brakes when a potential collision is detected on the road ahead and is part of the larger Honda Sensing® suite of safety technologies.

 

The Honda Sensing® package comes standard on the Ridgeline RTL-E and Black Edition Models. It includes features like Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

 

The Ridgeline is the seventh Honda model to be recognized by the IIHS. Along with this pickup truck, the 2019 Accord, CR-V, HR-V, Pilot, and Odyssey all received the IIHS Top Safety Pick title. The Insight was awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ title. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also given all 2019 Honda models that have been tested so far, including the Ridgeline, its top five-star overall vehicle score.

 

Learn more about the 2019 Honda Ridgeline at Avery Greene Honda.

 

*Award applies to RTL-E and Black Edition trims. As of 3/21/2019.

Honda Pastport April Fool’s Day Joke Brings Back ’90s Nostalgia

Honda Pastport April Fool’s Day

 

On the first of every April, people across the country get up to some major hijinks, thanks to April Fool’s Day. This year, Honda was no exception. The Japanese carmaker got into the April Fool’s Day spirit this year by posting about the brand-new Pastport trim for the 2019 Passport — an entirely fictitious model, but one that we really, really wish were true.

 

The fictional Pastport trim is a ’90s-inspired version of the Passport, which features a throwback interior that highlights popular ’90s features, including automatic windows, a cassette player, and plush micro-fiber seats. It even has a mount for your beeper!

 

“From TV reboots to fashion, the ’90s are making a huge comeback, and we saw an opportunity at Honda for consumers who want uniqueness and simplicity, so we decided to reach back and bring the Pastport to market this spring,” said Zack Tanner, historical innovations manager for Honda. “We think the new Pastport is all that and a bag of chips.”

 

While this nostalgic trim level isn’t actually available, you can come in to Avery Greene Honda to check out the actual Passport. This ruggedly handsome SUV is the newest addition to Honda’s SUV lineup. It comes with an available all-wheel-drive system, standard safety technologies, ample power, and an abundance of interior space to make it a solid choice in its segment.

Explained: What Torque Means and How it Compares to Horsepower

auto gearWhen you are looking at the specifications of a vehicle, you are bound to see many numbers and figures, some of which you might not understand. One technical detail that tends to confuse tons of drivers is torque.

If a vehicle produces 300 lb-ft of torque, what exactly does that mean? And how is it different than horsepower?

The term torque describes your car’s ability to accelerate, in layman’s terms. If a vehicle has higher torque, it can accelerate quickly. For example, if a car accelerates from zero to 60 mph in four seconds, it has better torque than a vehicle that requires six seconds to perform the same task.

And while torque is related to horsepower, they are not the same thing. In fact, horsepower is determined by combining a vehicle’s torque with its engine abilities. So really, horsepower is just one, simple number that is easier to swallow than the finer details, creating an easy way to communicate how powerful a car is.

If you are still confused or would like to know more about what torque means in detail, feel free to contact us or visit Avery Greene Honda, where we want you to understand exactly how your car works.

Spring Car Care Tips

The harsh winter weather can do a seriously number on your car, especially if it’s an older model. In order to get it into tip-top shape for spring, love and attention is all your car needs. Best of all, getting your car ready for the fast-coming warmer weather is easy. Here are a few quick spring car care tips from at Avery Greene Honda’s service department!

  1. under the hoodUnder the Hood – Winter is a harsh season and if you parked outside, it’s time to take a look under the hood. Make sure to check all of your belts and hoses for wear and cracks. Verify that your coolant isn’t too old to ensure your car won’t overheat. If you aren’t car-savvy, a dealership service department can check for you. Better safe than sorry!
  2. Wiper Blades – Ensuring your wiper blades can handle the spring rains should be a top priority. You never know when you’ll be driving through a storm, after all. Look at the blades for cracks and wear. Ice can do a number on your wiper blades so don’t skimp on new ones.
  3. Wash – Last, but not least, wash your car. Dirt, grime, and road salt can build up over winter and each can do damage to your paint if left unattended. A simple car wash will remove most of the residue and leave you with a sparkling car!

Honda’s Clarity Line to Expand

Honda FCEV Concept

Honda FCEV Concept

Honda introduced the Clarity FCV fuel-cell vehicle at the 2016 New York Auto Show and now the automaker is ready to expand. The Japanese manufacturer plans to add three new models to the Clarity line over the next three years. A midsize car, the Honda Clarity is designed to compete with the Toyota Mirai fuel-cell vehicle.

The first of the three models added to the Honda Clarity’s line is the Clarity FCV fuel-cell vehicle itself. That model is already on sale in Japan and will initially be available in California later this year.

Following that, Honda also plans to add a Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In in 2017 and 2018 respectively. All three models will ride on the same platform and offer seating for up to five passengers.

The Clarity FCV has been undergoing testing for a few years with 40 units leased to customers in California. Honda expects the driving range to reach upwards of 300 miles. Meanwhile, the Clarity Plug-In will be able to hit 40 miles on a single charge.

“The Clarity series will occupy a unique position in the market, providing customers with a well-equipped, premium, midsize vehicle with a range of ultra-low-carbon powertrain options to suit their lifestyle needs,” said John Mendel, Honda of America Executive Vice President.

The addition of more fuel efficient models is part of Honda’s goal for two-thirds of the vehicles it sells to be eco-friendly.

We at Avery Green Honda can’t wait to see the newly expanded Honda Clarity line.

Honda Releases New HT3 Civic Driving Shoes

2016 Honda CivicThe Honda Civic is a popular, reliable, and iconic car, though not one that most people would commonly associate with the term “sporty.” That’s what Honda is hoping to change by introducing fashionable new Civic driving shoes. According to the brand, the shoes were the brainchild of online publication Thrillist, who approached both Honda and fashion retailer JacksThreads.com in order to make it happen.

Thrillist is a repeat partner with the brand, having collaborated with Honda in the past for various branded content projects. The partnership arose out of the two brands brainstorming on how better to connect with their buyer bases. When Honda questioned personal preferences of Civic drivers, one common thread appeared: many of them had an interest in fashion and style, according to Honda’s manager of media strategy Phil Hruska.

JackThreads sneaker designer Michael Vincent worked together with Civic exterior designer Jarad Hall in order to capture the overall feel of the car while designing the shoes, named the HT3s. The name ‘HT3’ reportedly refers to the three core design cues that went into designing the Civic: high-touch, high-tension, and high-tech.

The shoes, which feature a sleek design with a folding cover that hides the laces, went on sale March 29th, making their debut in Los Angeles. On the JacksThreads site, the HT3 Civic driving shoes retail for $100 and the product description highlights the shoes’ connection to the sedan, complete with a link to a Honda-sponsored backstory regarding the creation of the HT3s.

Next-Generation Honda Amaze Expected By End of 2018

HondaWord on the street says that we’re in for a next-generation Honda Amaze, and it may be on its way by 2018. The compact sedan is a big hit in its market in India. Rumors regarding a new generation come on the heels of the Indian government tightening restrictions on vehicle safety, with officials at Honda going into the preparations for the new Amaze with a focus on safety in order to comply with the upcoming restrictions.

The new Amaze will reportedly undergo a number of cosmetic changes in addition to the installation of cutting-edge safety technology. These changes include an updated, entirely redesigned exterior with a more modern and stylish appearance, plus an interior made from improved materials offering more space, a new dual-themed dashboard, and automatic climate control.

The safety restrictions themselves are very heavily geared toward protecting the driver and passengers in the event of a collision, particularly a frontal collision. Honda leaped at the opportunity, announcing that all vehicles in its lineup will have standard dual front airbags starting April 2017. Additionally, all vehicles in its lineup sold in India run on the Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, which maintains rigidity and structural integrity during a crash.

The next-generation Honda Amaze will be engineering and constructed in Japan, at Honda’s Greater Noida and Tapukara plants. Production is slated to begin June 2018, with vehicle launch likely happening sometime that year. While the Amaze likely won’t be coming to US shores, the innovation of new safety technology and platforms in order to keep up with tightening government restrictions bodes well for Honda’s global market, as its worldwide lineup eventually adopts the newest tech.

New Honda Sport Hybrid i-MMD Powertrain Gives Two Motors to Hybrids

Honda recently announced yet another game-changing technology upgrade: adding a two-motor hybrid system–being called the Sport Hybrid i-MMD powertrain–to its larger vehicles, starting with the Odyssey minivan found on Japanese market

This will not only increase the power of the already large vehicles, but also the two-motor hybrid system will seriously improve vehicles’ fuel economy, which is typically a weak point for large models on the automotive market.

The brilliant engineers at Honda were able to make the two-motor hybrid system work for the Odyssey by cutting down on the size and weight of some of the heftier components, such as the battery.

It’s unclear when the Honda Sport Hybrid i-MMD powertrain will find its way into American vehicles, but it’s safe to assume that it’s on its way, particularly for Honda minivans and other vehicles similar in size.

In the meantime, visit us at Avery Greene Honda any time to check out what we currently have available!

Honda Odyssey

Current Honda Odyssey

Truths and Myths About Car Color

2016 Honda HR-V

Red 2016 Honda HR-V

Everyone’s heard the “fact” that red cars get pulled over more than different colored cars, but is it actually true? And what other myths about car color are there? There are actually quite a few urban legends on the subject, most of which are false.

First of all, no, red cars aren’t pulled over more often. According to Snopes, this myth might have sprung from a few different ideas, the most prominent that red cars are more eye-catching. Red cars have also been said to create an illusion of going faster than they really are. However, statistics show that red cars aren’t pulled over any more often than other cars.

Red cars also aren’t more expensive to insure, another popular myth. This has roots in the previous myth about red cars being ticketed more often. It also comes from the idea that red cars are associated with sports cars and thus are more likely to go dangerously fast. But, car insurance companies don’t actually take this into account.

Finally, the one true fact is that car color can affect resale value. Crazy colors get less money and are harder to resell than neutral colors like black, grey, and white.

Save Money (and the Earth!) with These Easy Fuel Efficiency Tips

fuel gauge

Save fuel with these efficiency tips!

If you haven’t gotten yourself into one of those high-tech all-electric cars yet, have no fear: there are still plenty of ways to make your ride cheaper, cleaner, and greener. We’ll get you started with some quick and easy fuel efficiency tips.

  • When you’re driving, especially on the highway, make sure to avoid hard acceleration and sharp braking. Both will increase the amount of fuel being used by your engine.
  • Make sure you’re at the correct PSI (tire pressure). Following the PSI suggested in your owner’s manual can increase your car’s efficiency up to 3% per month.
  • If there are any mechanical problems with your car, fix them as soon as you can. Small issues can decrease your efficiency by 4% monthly, and large problems can absolutely destroy your efficiency numbers, losing up to 40%. In other words, go get that tune-up!
  • Don’t idle! Idling costs you 1-3 cents each minute, or 2-4 cents if you’re AC is on.
  • Consider all your transportation options before hopping in your car: carpool, walk, bus, train, etc. A few avoided rides a month can save you a lot in the long run.

These fuel efficiency tips are sure to keep your car – and your wallet – happy.

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