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All-New 2019 Insight Brings Style, Sophistication and 55 mpg

The 2019 Honda Insight offers class-leading power and passenger space, universally appealing styling, and received a 55 mpg(2) city from the EPA (LX/EX), while simultaneously bringing a new level of driving sophistication and style to the compact hybrid market. Boasting a high level of standard premium features, Insight’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price(1) starts at $22,830 (excluding $895 destination and handling).

Insight’s body, chassis and powertrain combination provide a surprisingly satisfying driving experience. Total system output of 151-horsepower provides brisk acceleration compared to other hybrids, yet it also received a 55 mpg city rating (LX/EX), putting it among the best hybrids on the market. Furthermore, with its comparatively low starting price, Insight makes it easier than ever to save at the pump while looking good doing it.

Insight comes in three different trim levels: LX, EX, and Touring. All Insights come standard with multi-element LED headlights, push-button start, and the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Among other features, Insight EX adds an 8-inch Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, while Insight Touring adds leather seating surfaces, an 8-way power driver’s seat, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more.

The 2019 Insight is powered by the third generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid drivetrain. A 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine with 40.5-percent thermal efficiency is paired to an electric propulsion motor that produces 197 lb.-ft. of torque for a class-leading total system output of 151 horsepower. Thanks to its clever two-motor design, Insight operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission.

Insight helps drivers maximize energy regeneration through the use of steering wheel-mounted Deceleration Selectors. Working similar to transmission paddle shifters, Insight’s Deceleration Selectors let the driver toggle between three different levels of regenerative braking performance. Tap the left selector to increase regenerative braking, and the right to reduce it. This system not only increases battery charging via regeneration, it also helps reduce stress on the brakes, and lets drivers tailor their regenerative braking level for different driving conditions.

Insight’s hybrid powertrain uses power from the gasoline engine and electric motors to accommodate the current driving conditions, seamlessly shifting through three distinct drive operations. In EV Drive, Insight is powered solely by its electric drive motor, drawing power from the battery. In Hybrid Drive the gasoline engine drives a generator motor to supply electrical power to the drive motor. In certain circumstances, Engine Drive operation connects the gasoline engine directly to the drive wheels.

The 2019 Insight’s battery is housed in a compact intelligent power unit (IPU) mounted under the rear seats, allowing Insight to offer an uncompromised 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space (LX/EX) that rivals many midsize sedans, and a folding rear seatback for long loads (60/40 split in EX and Touring trims). With up to 97.6 cubic feet of interior space and class-leading rear legroom, Insight’s interior packaging also offers the best passenger space in its class.

The 2019 Insight joins an expanding lineup of electrified Honda vehicles that includes the Clarity series – Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid – and the recently introduced Accord Hybrid. These models represent the next generation of Honda vehicles as the company advances toward its global initiative to grow electrified vehicle sales to two-thirds by 2030.

The 2019 Honda Insight for the North American market is manufactured, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, exclusively at Honda’s Greensburg, Indiana auto plant alongside Civic and CR-V. Its hybrid powertrain, including the 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle, two-motor system and intelligent power unit (IPU) containing the hybrid battery pack, is produced in Ohio.

For more information on the all-new 2019 Honda Insight or to schedule a personal driving experience, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

(1) MSRP plus $895 destination charge, excluding tax, license, registration and options. Dealer prices may
vary.
(2) Based on 2019 model-year EPA ratings for LX/EX models. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPG
will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery
pack age/condition and other factors.

Drivers Who Merge at the Last Minute Are Annoying, but They’re Right

Drivers Who Merge at the Last Minute Are Annoying, but They’re Right

Summer is full of road construction and lane closures. What’s the best way to merge to another lane when yours is closing? You have two options:

1. The courteous approach
Immediately turn on your blinker and patiently wait until somebody lets you merge in.

2. The zipper approach
Ignore the early mergers, zoom ahead and move over at the end of the lane to merge like a closing zipper. (You’ll want to avoid making contact with the early mergers who most likely will not appreciate your “cutting in line” tactic.)

Surprisingly, studies show that the zipper approach is actually the best one to keep traffic moving efficiently. In this system, every car in the lane that’s ending drives all the way up to the front of the line and takes turns merging with the other lane of traffic. (From above, it looks a bit like teeth on a zipper coming together.) Because the system uses all of the available road space for as long as possible, it cuts congestion by 40 percent. It also reduces crashes because all traffic is moving at the same rate of speed rather than some cars going very fast while others poke along.

Some states like Missouri have even created their own videos to help educate drivers about this more efficient approach to merging in heavy traffic – see below.

What do you think? After reading this information, will you merge immediately when you see lane closure signs, or will you wait until the last possible moment?

2018 Accord and Odyssey Named the Best

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2018 Accord and Odyssey Named the Best

The all-new 2018 Honda Accord and Odyssey have been recognized on the list of “10 Best Family Cars 2018” from Parents magazine and Edmunds.com. The winners will appear in this month’s issue of Parents magazine.

To determine winners of its Best Family Cars awards, Parents magazine and Edmunds chose the winners from among 300 vehicles by considering safety ratings, car seat installation and other family-friendly features, as well as overall vehicle attributes such as driving dynamics, comfort, price and fuel efficiency. More information about the “10 Best Family Car” awards can be found at Parents.com/BestCars.

The 5th-generation Odyssey was completely redesigned for the 2018 model year raising the bar for performance, cabin quietness, family-friendly interior space, comfort and connectivity to even better meet the needs of changing American families, such as CabinWatch, the industry’s first in-vehicle rear-seat camera, and the available Honda Sensing suite of active safety and driver assist systems.

The reimagined 2018 Accord is the 10th-generation of Honda’s iconic midsized sedan, boasting premium styling focusing on an aggressive stance and proportion, a spacious interior, torque-laden turbo engines in both 1.5- and 2.0-liter capacities, agile driving dynamics and rich feature content that includes standard Honda Sensing on all models.

For more information on the award-winning Accord or Odyssey, please give us call at (866) 822-9314.

Top 3 Car Wash Mistakes

 

 

Top 3 Car Washing Mistakes

This video shares some simple solutions to help you avoid the car-washing mistakes that can ruin a vehicle’s paint.

Here’s a quick summary:

1. Sponges used for bathing are designed to rub or scrub away dead skin. If you use these on your car, your paint may be scratched as abrasive grit is pushed against the surface. Instead, use car-wash mitts that are designed to pick up the dirt and carry the debris within the fibers until it is released into a bucket of clean water.

2. Avoid using dish soap to wash your car, because it’s harmful to the paint. Soaps have specific purposes. For instance, you wouldn’t use hand soap to shampoo your hair. Soaps for washing your car are formulated to remove the dirt with as much lubrication as possible in order to leave the paint’s clear coat or wax unharmed.

3. Avoid using the same towel on both the wheels and the paint, since that will quickly damage the clear coat and require a polish or even a compound to remove. Instead, use separate towels or tools for the different parts of the car.

Questions or comments? Please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

How to Operate a Manual Transmission

How to Operate a Manual Transmission

Honda offers manual transmissions across an array of models and trims, which is why we produced a video to not only help you learn how to drive a manual-equipped vehicle, but also explain why you’re doing it.

Not only do cars with manual transmissions costs less, but they are great vehicles for a teen drivers – if you need to use your right hand for shifting it’s hard to be talking on your phone. 🙂

For more information on Hondas available with manual transmissions, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.