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Acura RLX and MDX Named Among ‘25 Safest Luxury Cars of 2019’ by U.S. News & World Report

Acura’s range-topping luxury performance sedan, the  RLX, and America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV1, the MDX, have been named to U.S. News & World Report’s list of “25 Safest Luxury Cars of 2019.”

For inclusion of this year’s list of “25 Safest Luxury Cars,” the criteria U.S. News & World Report used included the safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), each vehicle’s standard and optional safety features, and the vehicle’s overall U.S. News Score.

Both the 2019 RLX and MDX received 5-star Overall Vehicle Scores in the NHTSA New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and were awarded TOP SAFETY PICK ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Among numerous standard active and passive safety features, both the Acura RLX and MDX feature Acura’s Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure; Advanced Front Airbags (SRS); Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control; and the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies.

Article Quotes (U.S. News & World Report: “25 Safest Luxury Cars of 2019”)

  • “…the [RLX] sedan has a great safety score of 9.9 out of 10. Beyond safety [scores], the RLX has a spacious cabin, refined powertrains, and loads of safety features.”
  • “With the MDX, you’re getting a long list of tech features, good fuel economy [ratings], and confident handling. Safety [performance] is also something that the MDX excels at, as the SUV has a U.S. News score of 9.8 out of 10 in this category.”

Article Link
https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/safest-luxury-cars

Acura Commitment to Safety
Acura is advancing safety through innovations in vehicle technology and design, including its AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, now standard equipment on every new Acura sedan and SUV. AcuraWatch™ technologies include Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).

About Acura
Acura delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of exceptional quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features and specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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2020 Honda Accord Hybrid Achieves EPA-Rated 48 MPG City and Best-in-Class Horsepower; On Sale Tomorrow

  • Accord is the most affordable midsize hybrid sedan in America
  • Honda Sensing® standard on all trims; includes Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Accord Hybrid leading Honda to another electrified vehicle sales record

Featuring best-in-class horsepower, EPA city and combined fuel economy ratings of 48 mpg1 , and standard Honda Sensing® technology, the 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid begins arriving in dealer showrooms tomorrow with a starting price of $25,4702 (excluding $930 destination and handing), making it the most affordable midsize hybrid sedan in America.

With sales up 70 percent through the end of August, the Ohio-made Accord Hybrid is helping power Honda toward a second consecutive annual record for sales of electrified vehicles in America. The Accord Hybrid is in a tight race with its compact-class cousin, the Honda Insight, to be Honda’s top selling hybrid. Sales of the two hybrid models combined are up 139 percent for the first eight months of the year.

New to the Accord Hybrid for 2020 is an updated Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) that functions whenever the car is operating on electric power only (unless in Park), enhancing awareness for pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users.

The 2020 Accord Hybrid is powered by the third generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid-electric powertrain, with an EPA fuel economy rating of 48 mpg in city and combined cycles1. The two-motor hybrid-electric powertrain joins a 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC® Atkinson-cycle engine with 40-percent thermal efficiency to an electric propulsion motor that churns out 232 lb.-ft. of torque for a class-leading total system output of 212 horsepower. The unique two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission and was named to the 2019 Wards 10 Best Engines list.

The 2020 Accord Hybrid offers midsize sedan shoppers the same combination of performance, refinement, technology, and value as the non-hybrid Accord, a recipe that has made Accord the winner of dozens of awards and accolades since its introduction, including 2018 North American Car of the Year. The 10th-gen Accord has been called “America’s Best Sedan” by Car and Driver,and Accordis the all-time leader in the magazine’s “10 Best” awards with 33 appearances on the coveted list.

All Honda Accords for the U.S. market are manufactured exclusively at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio, auto plant. The Accord Hybrid’s 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder is manufactured at the company’s Anna, Ohio engine plant, and the two-motor system is assembled at the company’s Raymond, Ohio transmission plant. All are manufactured using domestic and globally-sourced parts.

2020 Honda Accord Hybrid Pricing & EPA Ratings

Trim / Engine MSRP2 MSRP Including $930 Destination Charge EPA Mileage Rating
City/Hwy/Combined1
Hybrid $25,470 $26,400 48 / 47 / 48
Hybrid EX $29,370 $30,300 48 / 47 / 48
Hybrid EX-L $31,870 $32,800 48 / 47 / 48
Hybrid Touring $35,140 $36,070 48 / 47 / 48

Safety and Driver Assist Technology

Standard on every 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid is a suite of Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies that includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR). Also standard are automatic high-beam headlights, a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and a driver attention monitor. Additional available driver-assistive features include blind spot information (BSI) and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Thanks in part to its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and advanced safety systems, Accord Hybrid achieves a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA in its NCAP safety ratings, along with a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including the highest available IIHS rating of “Good” in all crashworthiness tests.

Cutting-Edge Connectivity

All Accord Hybrid trims come standard with Bluetooth® music streaming and Hands Free Link®, as well as Pandora® compatibility. Accord Hybrid EX and above trims add an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, along with a range of leading-edge connectivity features, including HD Radio™ and SiriusXM® satellite radio.

The range-topping Accord Hybrid Touring adds HondaLink® subscription services (subscription required) which allow a wide range of remote services such as locking and unlocking doors from virtually anywhere via a compatible smartphone, automatic emergency calling, stolen-vehicle tracking, automatic collision notification and enhanced roadside assistance. Accord Touring also comes with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi (subscription required) and can even accept in-vehicle package deliveries via Amazon Key (subscriptions required, including Amazon Prime).

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2020 Honda CR-V: America’s Most Popular CUV Gets New U.S.-Built Hybrid-Electric Version, Standard Honda Sensing® and Freshened Styling

  • CR-V is America’s most popular CUV over the past 22 years
  • Honda’s first hybrid-electric SUV leads plan to electrify light trucks
  • New investments and jobs to build 2020 CR-V Hybrid in Indiana

America’s best-selling crossover of the past two decades gets a major boost with the introduction of the 2020 Honda CR-V, sporting freshened styling, new features and upgraded powertrains—including a new CR-V Hybrid to be built in the company’s Greensburg, Indiana plant1. The 2020 CR-V Hybrid is the first electrified SUV from the Honda brand in America, joining the Accord Hybrid and Insight as the third electrified Honda manufactured in the U.S. as the company moves to apply its advanced two-motor hybrid-electric system to all of its core U.S. models in the years ahead.

In addition to the new hybrid-electric variant, major upgrades to the 2020 CR-V include bolder front and rear styling, re-designed wheels and standard Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technology (previously available only on EX and above trims). All non-hybrid 2020 CR-V models are now powered by the 1.5-liter VTEC™ Turbo engine, previously available only in EX and above trims. The 2020 CR-V will go on sale at Honda dealerships nationwide this fall, followed by the launch of the all-new CR-V Hybrid in early 2020.

Production of the CR-V Hybrid for the U.S. market will take place at Honda’s Greensburg, Indiana plant alongside CR-V and the Insight hybrid sedan. The company will invest $4.2 million and add 34 new jobs in the plant to support production of the CR-V Hybrid. Honda’s Russells Point, Ohio, plant will manufacture the CR-V Hybrid’s two-motor power unit, and the company’s Anna, Ohio, engine plant will produce its 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine.

“The Honda CR-V is the best-selling CUV over the past two decades and the updates we’ve made to the 2020 model, including a new hybrid-electric variant, solidify its position as a leader in the compact SUV market,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of Automobile Sales at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “The CR-V Hybrid also signifies our direction to bring Honda hybrid-electric technology to all core models and to invest in the production of electrified vehicles in America.”

Honda Electrification Initiative

Honda is targeting two-thirds of its global automobile sales to come from electrified vehicles by 2030. In North America, Honda is focusing on the expanded application of its advanced two-motor hybrid-electric technology as the most effective means to meet customer needs while realizing significant near-term gains in fuel efficiency and accompanying reductions in CO2 emissions that contribute to global climate change.

U.S. sales of electrified Honda vehicles are on track for a third consecutive year of growth. For the first eight months of 2019, sales of Accord Hybrid, Insight and Clarity have reached 42,270 combined sales, propelling Honda electrified vehicle sales to year-over-year gains of 67.9 percent. In 2018, Honda set a new record of 49,914 electrified vehicle sales in the U.S., which were nearly double 2017 results.

Advanced Powertrains

The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid promises substantially improved fuel efficiency while maintaining CR-V’s award-winning balance of interior space, driving dynamics and comfort that has made CR-V such a success with American buyers. The CR-V’s advanced two-motor hybrid powertrain, shared with the current Accord Hybrid, combines two electric motors with a 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC Atkinson cycle engine with greater than 40 percent thermal efficiency, the highest for any mass-produced Honda engine.

The CR-V’s two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission for smooth and seamless power delivery similar to a pure electric vehicle, and boasts a broad range of electric-only operation. The compact intelligent power unit (IPU), containing the hybrid battery pack and its control systems, is mounted under the cargo floor, allowing the new CR-V Hybrid to retain excellent cargo utility, including a 60/40 split rear seatback with a flat load floor. Peak total system horsepower is 212, up from 190 HP on the CR-V, along with an anticipated 50 percent increase in the EPA city fuel economy rating compared to the CR-V.

The CR-V Hybrid also marks the first application of all-wheel drive to Honda’s two-motor hybrid system in the U.S. When available traction is low, an electronic clutch activates, sending the appropriate level of power from the electric motor to the rear wheels. Detailed specifications on the new CR-V Hybrid, including EPA fuel economy ratings, will be provided closer to on-sale timing early in 2020.

Also for 2020, all non-hybrid CR-V models, including LX, are powered by the efficient 1.5-liter DOHC, direct-injected VTEC™ Turbo powerplant rated at 190 horsepower (SAE net), with responsive and refined performance across the engine’s full operating range. Available in front- or all-wheel drive configurations, power is transmitted through a smooth yet sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda G-Shift control logic.

Sophisticated Interior and Exterior Styling

Exterior styling updates to the 2020 Honda CR-V result in a more upscale and rugged appearance. In front, broad openings for the fog lights are fully integrated into the bumper, giving the 2020 CR-V a more aggressive look, while the chrome grille is more pronounced. CR-V EX, EX-L and Touring trims get round LED fog lights, while CR-V Hybrid models in the same trims get distinctive bar-type fog lights with five LEDs.

CR-V Hybrid models will also get hybrid badging and a distinctive blue Honda logo in the center of the grille. In the rear, all CR-V trims feature sophisticated new dark-tinted taillights and a new dark chrome treatment for the garnish below the rear glass, better integrated with the more darkly tinted rear window. In addition to hybrid badges on the hatch, CR-V Hybrid Touring trims receive a unique rear bumper. CR-V Hybrid also has a hidden tailpipe, while non-hybrid CR-V Touring trims get new chrome exhaust finishers for a sporty appearance. All CR-V EX and EX-L trims, including Hybrid, get newly designed 18-inch wheels with a dark gray and machined finish, and Touring trims get a new, larger 19-inch wheel and tire (+1 inch).

Three new exterior colors are available for 2020: Sonic Gray Pearl and Radiant Red Metallic on standard and Hybrid models, and new Aegean Blue Metallic is available exclusively on non-hybrid models.

Inside, the new CR-V Hybrid is distinguished from non-hybrid models through its unique interior trim. Most apparent is the new push-button gear selector flanked by three switches for Econ, Sport or EV mode. Econ mode alters throttle inputs to help driver’s maximize fuel efficiency, while Sport enhances throttle response for a more aggressive feel, with the engine sound enhanced by Active Sound Control for a sportier note. EV Mode allows the CR-V Hybrid to operate under electric-only power when the hybrid battery has a sufficient charge.

The instrument panel also is unique to CR-V Hybrid models, and features a display for power/charge status, as well as a driver-selectable display for power distribution and regeneration. CR-V Hybrid models also receive deceleration selector paddles on the steering wheel. By clicking the left paddle, drivers can increase the amount of regenerative braking from the hybrid system’s electric motor when decelerating.

All 2020 Honda CR-V models and trims benefit from a redesigned center console bin that is easier to use and offers more flexible storage options, and CR-V Touring trims now come standard with Qi-compatible wireless cell phone charging. Additional in-vehicle technology includes a color TFT driver-information interface (DII) center meter display, available 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio interface with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, and an available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™. Also available are remote engine start, dual-zone climate control, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB), rear USB charging ports, front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment, driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support, and heated front seats. All CR-V models, including the hybrid model, continue to offer top-class interior space with legendary Honda versatility.

Advanced Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology

With the 2020 model year, all Honda CR-Vs now come standard with the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS)

Additional driver-assistive technologies include the available blind spot information (BSI), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM) and Auto High Beam headlights.

CR-V Hybrid models benefit from a new Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) designed to increase awareness by pedestrians when travelling under electric-only power. A speaker mounted in the front bumper generates a distinct audible alert that varies in volume depending on vehicle speed and is easily noticeable to pedestrians, but nearly inaudible to the driver or passengers under most circumstances.

The 2020 Honda CR-V also incorporates Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, helping CR-V achieve the highest possible collision safety ratings, including an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and targeting a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Chassis Technology

The 2020 Honda CR-V and CR-V Hybrid maintain the same agile and confident handling, greater refinement, additional ground clearance and superior overall versatility versus its competition. Its front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension use specially tuned low-friction dampers, with both FWD and AWD models including tubular front and solid rear stabilizer bars that promote responsive turn-in and flatter cornering. Dual-pinion, variable ratio Electric Power Steering (EPS) also contributes to the CR-V’s direct and satisfying steering feel. For CR-V Hybrid, an electronic servo brake pedal maintains a firm and linear brake feel like its non-hybrid sibling.

About CR-V
With U.S. retail sales of the Honda CR-V approaching 5 million units since its U.S. launch in 1997, the CR-V has been America’s best-selling crossover SUV over the past 22 years. The current-model, 5th-generation CR-V is manufactured in plants in North America, in Marysville and East Liberty, Ohio; Greensburg, Indiana; and Ontario, Canada. Retail sales of CR-V this year tally more than 200-thousand units, putting CR-V on-pace for its seventh year in a row for sales of 300-thousand units or more.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In the first half of 2019, nearly 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, while nearly two-thirds were manufactured in the U.S., using domestic and globally sourced parts.

For More Information
Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of all 2020 Honda models is available at hondanews.com. Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com. To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/honda.

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American Honda Marks Best Month of Sales in Company History, Setting Multiple All-Time Monthly Records

  • American Honda smashes all-time monthly sales records for total vehicles and trucks 
  • Honda brand also records its best-ever month, driven by record truck sales, and robust passenger car sales
  • Honda CR-V and Passport post best-ever sales; HR-V has best August; Civic and Accord each top 30,000 sales
  • Acura sales rise in August, with ILX jumping 58%, and RDX and MDX combining for over 10,000 sales

“At a time of great change in our industry with the growth of light truck sales and introduction of new technologies, it’s gratifying to see American Honda post an all-time best sales month based on great products and maintaining a disciplined approach to the market,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of Automobile Sales at American Honda Motor Co. The month of August 2019 demonstrates that the success of the Honda and Acura brands, and our timeless focus on the customer, continue to resonate in the marketplace.”

 

BRAND REPORT

 


Sales Highlights

It was an especially hot August for Honda as the brand set four all-time monthly sales records, including overall brand, total trucks, and model bests for CR-V and Passport. The Honda Civic and Accord also represented a dynamic duo to continue as industry leaders among passenger cars.

  • The Honda brand made company sales history with its best month ever, gaining a robust 19.6% on sales of 158,804 vehicles in August.
  • Honda trucks scored a best-ever month, gaining 19.5% as CR-V (+ 27.8%) and Passport each set all-time monthly records. HR-V had best Aug. (+4%).
  • Honda cars also enjoyed a hot August, with Civic (+25.8%) and Accord (+14.3%) each topping 30,000 units in sales, and Fit gaining 58.2%.
  • Electrified vehicle sales again topped 6,000 units, with Accord Hybrid leading the brand with 2,629 sales, a gain of 56.5% for the month.

Model Notes

Honda electrified vehicle sales are on track for a second consecutive record year and double-digit YoY sales increases on the strength of the Accord Hybrid and Insight sedans.

 

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the U.S.-made Odyssey has gained over four points of retail share in 2019 and is quickly approaching 40% of all minivan sales en route to being the #1 minivan in America for a decade.

 

 

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Honda to Offer Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery for Eligible HondaLink® Remote Services Subscribers

  • Key by Amazon allows Honda customers with Amazon Prime memberships in 50 cities and surrounding areas to securely receive deliveries in their vehicles
  • Enhanced ownership benefits through HondaLink® Remote Package
  • Available on select trims of Accord, Accord Hybrid, Insight, Passport, Pilot and Odyssey

Starting today, Honda is offering Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery service for subscribers of its HondaLink® Remote Services connected-car system. Through the Key by Amazon app, owners of select Honda vehicles with compatible HondaLink®Remote Package and Amazon Prime membership can now opt to have their packages delivered to their vehicles.

“The addition of Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery to our HondaLink Remote Package of in-vehicle services comes at no additional cost to subscribers, yet another way we are creating new value for Honda customers,” said Daniel Tiet, project leader, connected business development for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “This latest addition to HondaLink provides a new service, heightening the Honda owner experience in this increasingly connected world.”

How Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery Works

Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery is available at no additional cost to owners of select trims of Accord, Accord Hybrid and Insight sedans, Passport and Pilot SUVs, and Odyssey minivan with a HondaLink® Remote Package subscription. Customers must also be Prime members and located in one of 50 cities and surrounding areas supported by the Key service. For more information on supported locations, please visit Amazon.com/keyforcar.

Members download the Key by Amazon app to their smartphone, log-in with their Amazon.com account information, and then select the year, make, and model of their Honda. The Key by Amazon app requests the user’s HondaLink® credentials, which enables Amazon delivery agents limited use of the remote features through HondaLink®. Once setup is complete and a delivery location is registered, customers can shop on Amazon.com and select the “In-Car” delivery option at checkout.

On delivery day, customers should park within two blocks of their selected delivery address. Customers will receive a 4-hour delivery window and an “Arriving Now” notification when the delivery driver is headed to their vehicle. Once Amazon determines that the customer’s car is within range of the delivery address, the driver will locate the car using its GPS location. After the vehicle is identified, the driver scans the package and requests for the vehicle to be unlocked. The driver then places the package inside the car and requests for the vehicle to be relocked. Once the in-car delivery is completed, customers receive a notification from the Key by Amazon app letting them know that their car is locked and their package is waiting inside.

For a limited time, Amazon customers will receive a $10 Amazon gift card after placing their first In-Car Delivery order.

Honda Models Available with Key by Amazon In-Car

Model Trim Model Years
Accord Touring 2018-2019
Accord Hybrid Touring 2018-2019
Insight Touring 2019-2020
Odyssey Touring and Elite 2018-2019
Passport Touring and Elite 2019
Pilot Touring and Elite 2019

HondaLink®

HondaLink® is Honda’s cloud-based connected car system, which links owners’ compatible smartphones and data packages to their Honda’s embedded telematics system. The subscription-based HondaLink® system works any time the phone and the vehicle both have a data connection, and allows Honda owners a wide range of features and functionality. Basic and Link services are complimentary, with Security, Remote and Concierge services available for an additional charge after a trial period.

The addition of Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery expands the already robust capabilities of the smartphone-based HondaLink®service and app, offering a wide variety of complementary services, such as the ability to make service appointments, get roadside assistance, and receive recall and vehicle notifications directly on the driver’s smartphone. Additional HondaLink services available on a subscription basis include geofencing and speed alerts for parents of teen drivers, a stolen vehicle locator, enhanced roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, remote start, and even personal concierge services.1

HondaLink® Services by Package1

Basic (Complimentary)
Vehicle Guides
Recall Notifications
Service Appointments
Roadside Assistance
Link (Complimentary)
Dashboard
Vehicle Notifications
Favorites
Send Destination
Security ($89/year after 12-month complimentary period)
Automatic Collision Notification
Emergency Call
Personal Data Wipe
Enhanced Roadside Assistance
Remote ($110/year after 3-month trial)
Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery (new service)
Remote Start
Remote Lock & Unlock
Geofence Alert
Speed Alert
Security Alarm Alert
Stolen Vehicle Locator
Find My Car
Destination by Voice
Concierge* ($260/year after 3-month trial)
Personal Concierge
*Includes Remote package

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Honda Conducting Research with American Electric Power to Develop 2nd Life for Used EV Batteries

  • Automaker and utility will study the integration of renewable energy, energy storage, and electric vehicles
  • Project seeks to provide 2nd life for used EV batteries, critical to future expansion of EVs

As part of its ongoing effort to reduce CO2 emissions from its vehicles and operations, Honda is conducting research with Ohio-based electric utility American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) to develop a network of used electric vehicle (EV) batteries that could be integrated into AEP’s electricity system.

The project seeks to address multiple challenges related to the expansion of EVs, including the repurposing of used EV batteries, the expected impact of EV demand and renewable energy on the nation’s utility operators and the integration of EV batteries as a storage solution for the electric grid.

The increasing volume of EVs has the potential to strain the power grid, including spikes in demand during early evening hours when drivers plug in their EVs after work. Storing additional power in used EV batteries can help utilities meet demand by using renewable energy resources.

“Together with AEP, we are exploring opportunities to use the 2nd life battery to improve energy security, reduce CO2 and prepare for broad scale electrification of the transportation ecosystem,” said Ryan Harty, manager of Connected and Environmental Business, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Neither automakers nor utilities can address these complex technical, policy and business issues alone.”

Honda will provide used Fit EV batteries to AEP, which will study integrating the batteries into the utility’s electricity grid.

“AEP is focused on building a smarter, cleaner energy grid and putting in place new technologies that will benefit our customers. We are excited about the possibilities of this collaboration as we work to create the energy system for the future,” said Ram Sastry, AEP’s vice president of Innovation and Technology.

AEP and Honda will jointly gain knowledge and expertise from the pilot project that will help both companies to develop technology and standards for future vehicle grid integration, as well as new business models to improve the value of EVs.

The Honda Fit EV launched in 2012 with a fuel economy of 118 MPGe. The lease-only vehicle gained a loyal following among passionate EV customers. Although replaced by the Honda Clarity family of electrified vehicles, including the Clarity Electric, the Fit EV’s durable battery will continue to support Honda’s efforts to reduce CO2 emissions through its 2nd life in the vehicle grid integration project.

Honda has set a voluntary goal to reduce CO2 emissions from its vehicles and operations by 50 percent by 2050 compared to the year 2000, and toward this goal has announced plans to electrify two-thirds of its fleet by 2030. In addition to producing zero emission vehicles, the company is developing vehicle grid integration solutions, including the beta Honda SmartChargeTM program, which incentivizes Honda EV customers to charge their vehicles when more renewable energy resources are online. At CES 2019, Honda introduced its prototype Wireless Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) bi-directional energy management system that has the potential to reduce CO2 and create new value for Honda customers.

About Honda 
Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for Our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns. In North America, the Honda Electrification Initiative will see Honda’s electrified powertrain technologies applied to an expanding portfolio of cars and light trucks in the years ahead. Honda’s electrified vehicle lineup today includes the Clarity series of vehicles, featuring fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains, along with the new Accord Hybrid and Honda Insight.

Honda is focused on reducing the environmental impact of its products throughout their life cycle, including reducing waste, emissions and further improving the energy efficiency of producing, distributing and selling Honda and Acura products in North America. This includes a 93 percent reduction in waste sent to landfills from Honda plants in North America. Seeking to further minimize its carbon footprint, Honda is actively deploying renewable energy throughout its operations, including wind and solar.

Through its “green purchasing” and “green dealer” initiatives, the company also is committed to promoting more environmentally responsible business practices with its more than 650 original equipment suppliers and 1,300 retail dealer partners.

About AEP
American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s approximately 18,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with more than 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including more than 5,000 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana, east Texas and the Texas Panhandle). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners, and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide. For more information, visit aep.com.

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2019 Honda Clarity Wins Cars.com 2019 Eco-Friendly Award

Cars.com has recognized Honda’s environmental leadership this Earth Day by naming the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid the winner of its 2019 Eco-Friendly Award. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, with an EPA-estimated electric-only range of 47 and a total driving range of 340 miles, is America’s top-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle.

The 2019 Civic EX earned runner-up status, with Cars.com noting its exceptionally fuel-efficient 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid also beat out theToyota RAV4 Hybrid and 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV in earning top environmental status. For this award, Cars.com considers all vehicles that reduce consumption and/or minimize the release of carbon and pollutants, regardless of fuel type.

The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is part of a family of electrified midsize five-passenger vehicles that also includes battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell, all on one model platform, offering Honda customers an array of electrified vehicle choices to suit their individual tastes and driving needs.

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Honda Named 2019 ‘Best Value in America: Passenger Car Brand’ by Vincentric with 2019 Honda Fit, Accord Hybrid and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Topping their Categories

Honda has been named 2019 “Best Value in America” in the Passenger Car category by automotive analysis firm Vincentric in their annual “Best Value in America” awards. Together with the overall passenger car award, the 2019 Honda Fit won in the Subcompact Hatchback category, the 2019 Accord Hybrid topped the Hybrid segment and the 2019 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid beat out all competition as the best Electric/Plug-in Hybrid.

Winners of the Vincentric awards are determined by a cost of ownership analysis that factors depreciation, fuel and maintenance costs plus other factors. More information about the Vincentric 2019 “Best Value in America” awards can be found at vincentric.com/Home/Best-Value-Awards.

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Honda Accord Hybrid Powertrain Receives 2019 Wards 10 Best Engines Award

WardsAuto has named the Honda Accord Hybrid two-motor hybrid powertrain to its 2019 Wards 10 Best Engines list. Lauding both its fuel efficiency and its responsiveness, plus the seamless and quiet way power is delivered to the Accord Hybrid’s drive wheels, WardsAuto also commented on the model’s affordability.

The 2019 Accord Hybrid is powered by the third generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid powertrain, which pairs a 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC® Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine with 40-percent thermal efficiency to an electric propulsion motor that churns out 232 lb.-ft. of torque for a class-leading total system output of 212 horsepower. The Accord two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2017, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Electrified and Enhanced: 2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Hits Showrooms

  • Acura’s Sport Hybrid three-row luxury SUV receives an expanded color palette
  • NSX-derived three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain delivers 321 horsepower and receives 27 MPG combined EPA rating
  • MDX Sport Hybrid gains 31 horsepower and nearly 37 percent higher EPA city fuel economy rating compared to the conventional MDX SH-AWD, while seating up to seven passengers

The 2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid begins arriving at Acura dealerships nationwide tomorrow featuring four new exterior color options and new interior wood treatment. The 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid will open with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $52,800 (excluding $995 destination and handling). This price reflects only a modest price premium of $1,500 over the conventionally powered MDX SH-AWD® with Technology Package despite offering standard adaptive dampers and an additional 31 horsepower while also receiving a nearly 37-percent higher city fuel economy rating.2

Similar in design to the NSX supercar, the MDX Sport Hybrid’s powertrain features Acura’s signature three-motor Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system, making it the brand’s most powerful and efficient production SUV. The Acura MDX lineup continues to lead the industry as the best-selling three-row luxury SUV both of this year and of all-time.3

Similar to the conventional MDX, the 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid features a number of enhancements, including driver and front-passenger 4-way power lumbar support (up from 2-way), authentic Desert Olive Ash wood highlights, high-contrast seat and door panel stitching, and matching wood center console trim for Advance Package models.

Technology and Advance grades include unique interior trim, exterior badging and stainless steel sport pedals. Technology Package models include seating for seven, while the range-topping Advance Package incorporates a 6-passenger interior configuration with second-row captain’s chairs and a large second-row center console in place of a three-occupant bench seat.

For 2019, the exterior color palette has been expanded to eight options, including new Gunmetal Metallic and three new premium colors: Majestic Black Pearl, Performance Red Pearl and Canyon Bronze Metallic.

White Diamond Pearl Modern Steel Metallic Lunar Silver Metallic Fathom Blue Pearl
(New)
Gunmetal Metallic
(New, Premium)
Performance Red Pearl
(New, Premium)
Majestic Black Pearl
(New, Premium)
Canyon Bronze Metallic

NSX-Derived Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)
Engineered for customers who desire the ultimate in driving refinement, technological sophistication and prestige, the MDX Sport Hybrid’s 3.0-liter, i-VTEC™ V6 engine and three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system delivers decisive power and control as well as instant torque. Despite turning out 321-peak horsepower and 289 lb.-ft. total peak torque, all MDX Sport Hybrids receive an impressive EPA combined fuel economy rating of 27 mpg2.

An advanced 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT) is standard – a feature closely related to the NSX supercar’s 9-speed DCT. Unlike a conventional automatic transmission, MDX Sport Hybrid’s DCT offers ultra-fast gear changes and operates without the need for a torque converter, significantly improving efficiency. The 7DCT can operate automatically or manually via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The MDX Sport Hybrid’s electric SH-AWD® system operates independently of the gasoline engine, as the two rear-mounted electric motors dynamically apportion torque directly to the rear wheels. When cornering, the MDX Sport Hybrid delivers positive torque to the outside rear wheel, much like mechanical SH-AWD®, to create a yaw moment. In addition, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® can simultaneously apply regenerative brake torque to the inside rear wheel during cornering to further enhance cornering control.

Key Features

  • Three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® powertrain
  • 3.0-liter, i-VTEC V6 engine
  • 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT)
  • 4-mode Integrated Dynamics System with SPORT+ mode
  • Active Damper System (ADS)
  • Electric Servo Brake System
  • Body-color lower side sills and front/rear skid garnishes
  • SH-AWD badge on rear and Hybrid badges on front fenders

Every 2019 MDX includes the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment. AcuraWatch™ bundles together Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC with Low-Speed Follow) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW). Additional safety and driver assistive features consist of Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control, Blind Spot Information (BSI), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Acura’s Advance Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure.

Along with every other version of MDX, the 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid is manufactured exclusively at Honda’s East Liberty Auto plant located in East Liberty, Ohio using domestic and globally sourced parts.

2019 MDX Sport Hybrid Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Trim MSRP1 MSRP
Including $995 Destination Charge
EPA MPG Rating2(City/Highway/Combined)
MDX Sport Hybrid (SH-AWD®)
with Technology Package
$52,800 $53,795 26 / 27 / 27
MDX Sport Hybrid (SH-AWD®)
with Advance Package
$59,550 $60,545 26 / 27 / 27

Summary of What’s New for 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid

  • High-contrast seat and door panel stitching
  • New interior wood treatment
  • Driver and front-passenger 4-way power lumbar control
  • Driver and front-passenger 12-way adjustable seats
  • New exterior colors: Majestic Black Pearl, Performance Red Pearl, Canyon Bronze Metallic and Gunmetal Metallic

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, representing the original values of the Acura brand – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability.

The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium, luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.

Using a mix of domestic and globally sourced parts, five of the six models in the Acura lineup are made exclusively in central Ohio, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

For More Information
Additional media information including pricing, features and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels. 

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