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The Odyssey and Accord: Some of Many Award-Winning Honda Vehicles

The Odyssey and Accord are both award-winning Honda vehicles, and they’re receiving recognition from a wide range of venues and organizations. Good Housekeeping magazine recently gave these vehicles the 2018 “Best New Car” awards, each of which took first place in sedan and minivan segments, respectively.

award-winning Honda vehicles

According to Honda, the Good Housekeeping award works in tandem with Car and Driver in order to rate the top vehicles in the industry, which only adds to the prestige of these awards. Good Housekeeping is looking for new vehicles that have the best value, safety, reliability, handling, interior design, comfort, and technology. The judges for the award also look for “NVH,” or noise, vibration, and harshness. In short, Good Housekeeping is looking for an all-around, real-world experience.

The magazine was particularly impressed with the infotainment on the Accord, stating, “A winner of the second year, this car had a roomy interior, a large trunk and above-average standard safety features that our experts appreciated…You won’t find a better ride at this price.”

The Odyssey also has some smart design features that set it apart, as well as a roomy interior and tons of safety features. If you’re looking for a minivan that’s safe and reliable, the Odyssey is for you.

You can test drive the 2018 Odyssey and the 2018 Accord at Lee’s Summit Honda. See all of their features up close and in person during your next visit.

The 2018 Honda Accord Named the Detroit Free Press Car of the Year

When Motor City makes a proclamation about a motor vehicle, consumers should take note. This year, the 2018 Honda Accord has been named the Detroit Free Press Car of the Year.

Detroit Free Press Car of the Year

Despite the fact that many new car buyers are opting for crossovers, SUVs, and trucks over traditional cars, the Honda Accord has maintained strong sales numbers for over 40 years thanks to its well-known reliability, fresh styling, and overall high quality. This tenth generation of the Honda Accord model features a sleeker exterior aesthetic, a more spacious cabin for front and rear seats, the biggest trunk in its segment. Plus, it comes with a 192-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, a first for the Accord model line.

The winner of the Detroit Free Press Car of the Year award is determined after automotive experts thoroughly assess mainstream vehicles in seven categories: value, innovation, design, technology, safety, capability, and efficiency. The judging process is rigorous, but that did not stop the Honda Accord from scoring the top spot.

If you would like to see just what it is about the 2018 Honda Accord that has Motor City’s motor experts so excited, stop by Lee’s Summit Honda today and take it for a test drive!

2018 Honda Accord Leads to $267 Million Investment

The 2018 Honda Accord brings unprecedented style and athleticism to the mid-size sedan segment. Designed to stand out from the crowd, the new Honda Accord features a turbocharged engine, improved fuel economy, and more safety features. All of that and more has led to the Japanese automaker making a $267 million investment in its Ohio production facilities.

The $267 million investment will bring 300 new jobs and increase total production capacity at the Marysville, Ohio facility. That plant will receive the majority of the investment, $220 million, while the Anna, Ohio engine plant will see $47 million.

The Marysville location will have $165 million going to the construction of a new welding department that will house 342 new welding robots. The massive investment will increase total production capacity to 440,000 vehicles per year with the possibility of adding more volume to accommodate high 2018 Accord sales.

While Honda executives aren’t giving exact sales projections, they’re expecting sales increases thanks to the Honda Accord’s new design.

The Anna, Ohio engine plant will use the $47 million for retooling. That facility will build the Accord’s new turbocharged engine.

We here at Lee’s Summit Honda are proud to see Honda continuing to invest in American facilities!

2018 Honda Accord
2018 Honda Accord

Rare Honda S2000 CR Goes Up for Auction

The Honda S2000 CR was a special trim level of the popular roadster. It saw a limited run for the 2008 and 2009 model years before the model was discontinued altogether. While production was limited, it never reached the expected amount. As a result, only 699 examples of the Honda S2000 CR are available, and one of them recently went up for auction.

The Honda S2000 CR drew attention from enthusiasts around the country when it went up on Bring a Trailer. The model is currently in located in New Jersey and has had four owners, according to the vehicle history report. At nearly 10 years old, it has 89,000 miles on the odometer.

The rare roadster comes stocked with a 2.2-liter F22C four-cylinder engine that delivers 237 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Inside, the roadster features Alcantara and cloth seats instead of the standard leather seating.

Perhaps most interesting is the paintjob. Of the 699 S2000 CRs produced, only 200 bore the Apex Blue Pearl color.

The 2008 Honda S2000 CR ended up topping the $15,000 mark, further proving that demand is still high for the limited-production roadster.

We here at Lee’s Summit Honda are proud to see Honda vehicles proving their longevity on the roadways.

Money jar
Honda S2000 CR Goes Up for Auction

10th Generation Honda Accord Leaves V6 in the Dust

As engine technology improves, cars can do a lot more with a lot less. That is why the 10th generation Honda Accord is saying goodbye to the V6 engine in favor of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. While some shoppers may be disappointed in this change, all indications show that this will be a thrilling update.

The base engine, though, will be a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder, which is the same engine found in the Civic and CR-V. It will be paired with a continuously variable transmission.

As for the 2.0T engine, it could very well be the most powerful one in its class. In addition, this engine will come standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can also opt for a six-speed manual with either engine.

Along with a new engine lineup, the 2018 Accord will have sleek new styling. While the official design hasn’t been released, we have seen quite a few spy photos of camouflaged prototypes out on the road for testing. Based on the details we can see, the Accord will have more dynamic styling that will help it stand out more from the crowd.

The redesigned 2018 Honda Accord will be coming to Lee’s Summit Honda later this year.

10th generation Honda Accord Coming Soon
10th generation Honda Accord Coming Soon

 

2018 Honda Odyssey Sneak Peak

2018 Honda Odyssey | Lee's Summit Honda | Lee's Summit, MOThe Honda Odyssey has long served as the golden standard for the minivan segment, and the upcoming model looks to up the ante one more. While the Odyssey was never slow to develop and add new technologies, the 2018 model will certainly step ahead of the competition with ease. The minivan segment isn’t nearly as competitive as it used to be, but the 2018 Honda Odyssey is about to leave the competition in the dust.

The new Honda Odyssey brings an updated, modern interior packed with available features at an affordable price. Several of the optional premium features include a heated steering wheel, foot-activated power liftgate, Auto Brake Hold, and ventilated front seats.

Performance isn’t usually at the top of the list when it comes to minivan specifications, but the Odyssey is about to change all that. The 3.5-liter V6 engine brings a whopping 280 hp, mated to a nine-speed or 10-speed automatic transmission, depending on the trim level.

The 2018 Honda Odyssey features a standard Active Safety Technology package. The package includes active safety systems like Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Collision Mitigation Braking.

Comfort, convenience, performance come standard in the new Honda Odyssey, arriving this June. We here at Lee’s Summit Honda can’t wait for the 2018 Odyssey to arrive next month!

Next-Gen Honda Ridgeline Named Truck of the Year

The next-gen Honda Ridgeline was introduced with an all-new design for the 2017 model year last summer, and was met with wild success when consumers were drawn to its more American-inspired appearance. The panel of 60 judges at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show recognized this incredible success and innovation by sizing up the Ridgeline among a variety of other competitors and naming it the 2017 Truck of the Year.

 

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline was designed from the ground-up to appeal to the U.S. market, and was even produced at the brand’s factory located in Talladega County in Alabama. When the Ridgeline took home its major win in Detroit, the executive vice president of Honda’s American division credited the team behind the truck for understanding and catering to the needs of U.S. buyers.

 

With a more traditional pickup look and features like a 400-watt power inverter and an audio system built into the truck bed, the Honda Ridgeline was designed to appeal to tailgaters at football games.

 

The next-generation Honda Ridgeline was the result of incredible creativity and innovation on behalf of Honda’s design team, and their hard work paid off when it was rewarded with the recent Truck of the Year award in Detroit.

Honda Vehicles Place in Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buys

Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buys
Honda does it again!

Consumer Guide is known for creating a list of Best Buys designed to help consumers spend their money wisely. Each year, editors test drive more than 150 new vehicles, review them, and then pick the top choices in a number of categories. This year’s Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buys show Honda vehicles taking three separate categories.

The Honda lineup grabbed the Compact Pickup Truck, Midsize Crossover/SUV, and Subcompact Crossover/SUV segment with ease.

The new Honda Ridgeline took the top spot in the Compact Pickup Truck category. The editors cited the model’s comfort, convenience, technology, and utility features as deciding factors. Features like a built-in bed speaker system and dual-hinged tailgate set the Ridgeline apart from the competition.

The Honda Pilot took home the title of the Midsize Crossover/SUV Best Buy. Editors cited the Pilot’s roomy interior, seating for up to eight, overall comfort, and abundant safety features.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Honda HR-V and the title of Subcompact Crossover/SUV Best Buy. Editors named the HR-V top dog due to its interior space, exceptional cargo room, and a balance between responsive handling and a comfortable ride.

We here at Lee’s Summit Honda are proud to stock some of the best vehicles in the automotive industry!

2017 Honda HR-V Updates and Specs

2017 Honda HR-V Updates and Specs
What’s new, HR-V?

Earlier this month Honda announced information about the 2017 Honda HR-V updates and specs. The 2017 HR-V compact crossover doesn’t have a lot of updates, but it does have a fresh new color option and better fuel economy. Now available in Lunar Silver metallic in addition to four other color options ranging from white to black as well as blue, red, and green options.

The 2016 HR-V was the Green SUV of the Year, and Honda has improved on the HR-V’s fuel economy even more for the 2017 model year. With an EPA estimate of 34 mpg on the highway, the HR-V really stands out among the crowded crossover market.

The HR-V keeps its standard 4-cylinder engine, which has a max horsepower of 141 and is paired with a CVT or a 6-speeed manual transmission available on the LX and EX trim levels.

In terms of safety, the HR-V has already earned a 5-Star rating from the NHTSA thanks to its Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure and standard features including a multi-angle rearview camera and Vehicle Stability Assist. More active safety technology such as Honda LaneWatch is available on the EX and EX-L Navi trims.

Covered by a three-year or 36,000-mile warranty, the new Honda HR-V also comes with Honda Roadside Assistance, making it a smart choice for buyers in the compact crossover segment.

Have Fun with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Voice text, get GPS, and jam to your playlists!

When you’re behind the wheel, you don’t only want access to entertainment, you want access to information, too. Now, you can have it all thanks to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto! This innovative system allows you to mirror your Apple or Android smartphone for easy, hands-free use while driving.

Apple CarPlay

With Apple CarPlay, you’ll have an automatic copilot. CarPlay makes it easy to do the things you want to do without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the steering wheel. You can connect to your music, access your navigation, and even make texts or calls all thanks to Apple CarPlay.

CarPlay uses Siri voice control to allow you to access anything you want to. You can use your voice or your car’s controls on your steering wheel to play music or make phone calls.

Android Auto

So what about those Android users? You’re covered, too! Since most cars come compatible with just Apple CarPlay, the solution was to plug in your Android device to access Android Auto. But now, an update to Android Auto means that it can be as simple as placing your phone into a dash-mounted cradle to minimize your distraction!

Get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in a new 2016 or 2017 Honda today at Lee’s Summit Honda.