Honda CR-V Earns Superior Rating


Honda CR-V Earns Superior Rating

The Honda CR-V for the 2018 and 2019 model years has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest pedestrian detection and crash prevention rating of “Superior” based on new testing of CR-V’s available Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist technologies, which includes the award-winning Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS). In previous tests by the IIHS, the CR-V’s CMBS was also rated “Superior” for Crash Avoidance and Mitigation.

“IIHS’ pedestrian crash avoidance tests can be unnerving to watch, since they are set up to look like an impending collision with a pedestrian. The tests highlight the need to consider the safety of all road users when designing advanced safety systems like those included in Honda Sensing,” said Jay Joseph, assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We have sold nearly 1.8 million Honda vehicles equipped with Honda Sensing in the United States, underscoring our leadership and commitment to the widespread application of these important technologies.”

Beyond crash avoidance, the 2019 CR-V was engineered for top collision safety ratings, earning a “TOP SAFETY PICK” rating from the IIHS, when equipped with LED headlights and Honda Sensing, and is expected to earn a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)(1).

The Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist technologies is standard equipment on EX and above trims of CR-V, accounting for 81% of U.S. CR-V sales in 2018. Honda Sensing helps provide the driver with greater awareness of conditions around the vehicle, and in some cases can help drivers maintain lane position and, under certain conditions, is capable of slowing or even stopping the vehicle if a potential frontal collision has been detected. Comprising the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistive technologies in the 2019 CR-V are Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning; Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) incorporating Lane Departure Warning; Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

The CR-V has been America’s best-selling crossover over the course of two decades, since its launch in 1997, with cumulative sales of 4.7 million units. The CR-V was the very first Honda model to feature Honda Sensing technology, in 2014. Since then, Honda Sensing has been expanded to all U.S. Honda models. For model year 2019, more than 80 percent of Honda vehicles purchased in America are equipped with Honda Sensing technology.

For more information on the award-winning CR-V or to schedule a test drive, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314. To view our online inventory of new Hondas, pleaseĀ click here.

(1) Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (

Why You Should Never Leave Your Garage Without Duct Tape in Your Car

Why You Should Never Leave Your Garage Without Duct Tape in Your Car

Astronauts won’t leave earth without duct tape (it saved three astronauts aboard Apollo 13). And here’s why you shouldn’t leave your garage without it.

1. Emergency Fix
Remember “Houston, we’ve had a problem”? You probably won’t need to make an emergency CO2 scrubber in space, but duct tape is great for automotive emergencies. Is your side mirror dangling after going through the car wash? Duct tape it back in place. Did you get rear-ended, and your bumper is dragging? Duct tape is a great “holder-upper.” Smashed taillight? Duct tape can keep the pieces together.

2. Lint Brush
Have you ever been about to get out of your car and then noticed you had pet hair all over your black pants? Duct tape substitutes nicely for a lint roller.

3. First Aid
Duct tape can be used to make bandages, slings, and splints that will suffice until you can get proper medical care. If you use it as a bandage, you might cover the wound first with a piece of a paper towel or tissue and then apply the duct tape.

4. Radiator Hose Repair
A hole in your radiator hose will result in coolant gushing from the cooling system, which will cause the engine to quickly overheat. Once the system has completely cooled off, duct tape can be a perfect temporary patch so that you aren’t stranded on the side of the road.

5. MacGyver Options
You can use duct tape to cover a blister, waterproof shoes, identify your luggage, or to make a cup, a cup holder, or even a stretcher!

Some people claim that if you can’t fix the problem with duct tape, you’re just not using enough. Bottom line: don’t leave home without duct tape in your vehicle.

Walkaround of the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Walkaround of the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Curious about what a plug-in hybrid is? Or even, how it works? We make it easy to understand. See how the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid combines an electric motor with a gas engine to help you get where you’re going, in style.

What Is a Plug-In Hybrid?
An advanced hybrid that lets you drive on electric power alone, or tap into the gas engine for longer drives.

What Are the Advantages?
Save money charging at home, spend less time at the gas station and enjoy the reassurance of a long-lasting, high-voltage battery.

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A Secret Emergency Feature on Your Phone

A Secret Emergency Feature on Your Phone

Is a stranger following you late at night? Now you can easily call for help AND alert your emergency contacts without fumbling for your phone’s keypad. This works on iPhones as well as Android phones. Here’s what you need to know.

For iPhones:
If your iPhone is running iOS version 11 or newer, you have access to a powerful feature known as Emergency SOS. You can initiate a call to local emergency services by pressing the power button 5 times in a row, even when your phone is locked.

When you make a call with SOS, your iPhone automatically calls the local emergency number. In some countries and regions, you need to choose the applicable service. For example, in China you can choose police, fire, or ambulance.

You can also program in your emergency contacts. After an emergency call ends, your iPhone alerts your emergency contacts with a text message, unless you choose to cancel. Your iPhone sends them your current location, and, for a period of time after you enter SOS mode, it sends updates to your emergency contacts when your location changes.

The video above explains how to set this up.

For Samsung Galaxy Android Phones:
Samsung has included a powerful feature in the operating system called SOS Messages. It isn’t enabled by default, but once it’s set up, you can send an emergency alert to four preselected contacts by pressing the power button on your device three times in a row.

When triggered, an emergency message with your location, a picture of your situation, and an audio message will be sent automatically. See the video below for instructions on setting this up.


Honda Offers More Driver-Assistive Technology.

Honda Offers More Driver-Assistive Technology

Honda Sensing is our exclusive intelligent suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies designed to alert you to things you might miss while driving. Honda Sensing is available on more Honda vehicles than ever.

We know that the people who matter to you could be drivers or passengers in one of our own cars, occupants of another vehicle or even pedestrians. That’s why we study real-world situations to develop new safety technologies for everyone.

To see how this technology works, please take a look at the video above.

To find out more about which Honda vehicles are equipped with Honda Sensing, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

The New Honda Passport is Here

The New 2019 Honda Passport is Here

The all-new 2019 Honda Passport is arriving at Honda Oakland, filling out Honda’s award-winning SUV lineup and delivering a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road capability along with best-in-class interior space. The entry-level yet well-equipped Passport Sport carries a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 of $31,990 (excluding $1,045 destination and handling).

Designed for adventure-seekers who want the exceptional on- and off-road capability of Honda’s available i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system, the power and towing capability of its 280-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6, and the more personal and rugged character of a five-passenger SUV, Passport fits between the refined and compact CR-V and the larger, family-focused three-row Pilot. Using Honda’s reinforced unibody Global Light Truck platform, the 2019 Passport features a fully-boxed floor structure, and the latest generation of Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure along with a sophisticated fully independent suspension offering exceptional on-and off-road driving performance.

Available in Sport, EX-L, Touring and Elite trims, all Passports come standard with 20-inch wheels, a blackout grille, the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, as well as higher ground clearance and wider track than the three-row Pilot. Inside, Passport offers best-in-class passenger space and total interior volume and features a large “basement” cargo area ideal for storing dirty gear or keeping valuables out of sight. Key premium technologies available on Passport include in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, a high-resolution 8-inch Display Audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, and more.

The 2019 Passport is also available with a wide array of Genuine Honda accessories including the Adventure Package and Urban Package that provide cost-efficient ways to enhance the character and functionality of the new SUV. Other accessories allow Passport to accommodate a broad variety of outdoor gear, from bikes and kayaks to skis and snowboards.

For more information on the new Passport, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

How to Clean Bird Droppings without Scratching Your Car.


How to Clean Bird Droppings without Scratching Your Car

The problem with bird droppings is that many birds use small rocks to help digest their food and some of these rocks end up in their poop which can easily scratch your vehicle’s paint. Bird poop also contains uric acid, seeds, and other abrasives that will destroy your clear coat if removed aggressively.

Our first tip is to act fast. Bird excrement is much easier to remove when it is fresh.

Our second tip is to ensure the droppings are soft. The best way to do this is to put a damp cloth or car cleaning wipe over the area for a few minutes – saturating it with club soda can be very helpful. Once you’ve done this, you should find the mess comes away from the surface easily.

The final tip is to avoid scraping or rubbing hard to dislodge the droppings. If not all of the droppings are removed the first time, just place another damp cloth or cleaning wipe on the spot again and repeat this process until everything is removed.

Your Garage is a Bigger Risk than You Think

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Your Garage is a Bigger Risk than You Think

Fires originating in residential garages tend to be larger and spread farther than fires that start in other areas of a residence.

Detection of a fire in a garage takes longer due to the absence of smoke alarms which gives a fire time to grow larger and ultimately cause more damage. Even more challenging is the fact that the garage usually contains fuel sources such as flammable liquids, paint, various chemicals, ammunition, newspapers and stored items.

As a side note, smoke alarms should generally not be installed in garages because garages are not temperature controlled and alarms are not designed to work in extreme hot or cold. Additionally, vehicle exhaust fumes will cause nuisance alarms and may lead to degradation in smoke alarm performance.

The leading cause of fires is an electrical malfunction. This may be due to shorts in wires, damaged wires, and overloading electrical outlets.

Keep your home safe by following a few easy tips.
– Store oil, gasoline, paints, propane, and varnishes in a shed away from your home.
– Keep items that can burn on shelves away from appliances that produce heat.
– Plug only one charging appliance into an outlet.
– Don’t use an extension cord when charging an appliance.
– Avoid using carpets or rugs on the garage floor.
– Remove excess clutter and trash. (Trash is the first item to catch fire in about 8 percent of the garage blazes.)
– Install a heat alarm (rather than a smoke alarm) that will sound when it detects dangerously high temperatures. Make sure the alarm is interconnected with the rest of the alarms in your home.