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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.

Best Used Hondas

2014 Honda Civic- Best Used Hondas
Which Hondas are best used? Keep reading!

So you’re thinking about buying a Honda? You have come to the right place! We know that some people just can’t afford a brand new Honda, but would still like the reliability of the Honda name. That’s where used Hondas come into play.

Here are the top 4 Best Used Hondas that are even sweeter used.

Civic- Honda Civics are known for getting great gas mileage. So if you’re looking to save some cash at the pump, you should definitely consider a used Honda Civic.

Accord- The Honda Accord gives you options. It comes in coupe or sedan, 4 or 6 cylinder engines, and has many trim levels for you to choose from. Since it has a higher new price tag, a used Accord might be better for your budget.

CR-V-  For the SUV side of things, the Honda CR-V is a staple in that market. It’s reliable, sporty, and has lots of room in the trunk for all your stuff. You can still get some great technology (Bluetooth, Keyless entry, and backup camera) in older models, like the 2013 or 2014 models.

Pilot- The next step up from the CR-V is the Honda Pilot. The Pilot is a great fit for someone who doesn’t want to be known as the “Minivan Mom” but still needs truck space and lots of seats for the kids.

Of course, all the Honda models are great, new or used. Lee’s Summit Honda can help you get in a new or used Honda today. Pay us a visit!

Honda Keeps People Safe with PhoneDownEyesUp Campaign

PhoneDownEyesUp Honda campaign
Honda encourages you to put your phone down while driving!

We at Lee’s Summit Honda are proud to be part of a company that cares about their drivers. Honda is currently running a social media campaign titled PhoneDownEyesUp. This campaign supports Distracted Driving Awareness month (which was April) and promotes safer driving habits.

Most people in American society try to multitask every moment of the day. Distracted driving is usually caused by multitasking, which is dangerous and difficult. Honda’s new video series features people attempting to text and complete an easy task. If someone cannot successfully garden and text, then they should not text and drive. As a disclaimer, even if you think that you can text and garden, you still should not text and drive!

The “Distracted Texting” videos are going to be shared through multiple social networks to remind people of the dangers of texting while driving. This campaign is easy to understand and is designed to be relatable, to reach millennials and all individuals tempted to text and drive.

Honda is committed to keeping all drivers safe on the road, so be sure to watch the videos found at honda.us/PhoneDownEyesUp.

Watch the Honda N600 Serial One Get Restored to its Former Glory

Recently, Tim Mings’ dream came true when, quite by accident, he came across the very first Honda N600 built in the United States. Given that Mings happens to be an expert who has restored more than 1,000 N600s over the course of his life, it couldn’t have been found by a more appropriate individual.

According to Mings, only three of the first 50 N600s that Honda brought the United States still survive. This is doubly significant because it was also the first nameplate that Honda ever sold in the U.S.—in other words, he got his hands on the car that started Honda’s American history. If not for it, Lee’s Summit Honda might not even exist!

Over the next few weeks, he’ll be restoring the Honda N600 Serial One back to its former glory, and you’ll be able to keep up with the whole story on the official Honda-sponsored website and down below.

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Honda Sweeps KBB.com Best Family Cars of 2016 Awards

KBB.com Best Family Cars of 2016 - 2016 Honda Civic
The incredible 2016 Civic was one of the many Honda vehicles to be awarded by KBB!

Out of the four categories in the KBB.com Best Family Cars of 2016 Awards, one or more Honda vehicle was selected in each category, confirming that Honda is an excellent choice for any size family thanks to its vehicles’ comfort, safety, and performance. Honda is the only brand to be selected in every category.

The categories were Sedan, Two-Row Crossover or SUV, Minivan, and Three-Row Crossover or SUV. The 2016 Honda Civic and Accord were chosen for the Sedan category, the Honda Odyssey for the Minivan, the Honda HR-V for the Two-Row category, and the CR-V and Pilot for the Three-Row.

Kelley Blue Book editors chose their top 16 list from nearly 30 family vehicles. KBB.com praised the Civic, its Overall Best Buy of 2016, for its safety features, while the Accord was recognized for its premium interior. KBB took particular notice of the CR-V’s resale value and versatility and mentioned the HR-V’s practicality in the city thanks to its small size and roomy second row.

The Odyssey’s handling and features were recognized as well, but perhaps the best praise of all went to the Pilot, which KBB called “the family-friendliest mid-size SUV in existence.”

Read more: 2016 Honda CR-V gets an upgrade

Impressive Record Honda Sales Reported in 2015

Record Honda Sales - 2016 Honda CR-V
The CR-V has contributed to the 2015 record Honda sales.

While other major players in the automobile industry saw overall losses in 2015, the folks at Honda were proud to recently announce that they sold 1.58 million Honda models and Acura models last year, which is up 3% from 2014 and is 2.2% higher than its best annual sales tally from 2007.

Plus, more specifically, the Honda division’s 1.41 million vehicles sold was a record for them, while the Acura division’s 177,165 sales saw their best numbers since that prosperous 2007 year.

Honda’s MVP of the year was easily the Honda CR-V, of which 345,647 units were sold, making it the best-selling crossover model in the entire country. This vehicle is particularly popular with young drivers, solo drivers, and small families.

Here at Lee’s Summit Honda – we can’t say we’re too surprised by these record Honda sales. Come visit us and explore the innovative, powerful Honda models we have available, and you’ll figure out just why so many were purchased last year.

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