2019 Honda Buyers Guide

14 Jan 2019 | 513 views | No Comment
Welcome to the second round of articles for Automobile Journal's 2019 Buyer's Guide.  Today we are featuring the Honda and Kia lineups for 2019.  Thursday, look for articles on Hyundai, Cadillac,  and Audi. Hope you enjoy our Buyers Guide articles. Happy browsing! Don Hammonds, executive editor and publisher of Automobile Journal By Don Hammonds Looking for style, durability, performance, and an invaluable sense of security about your next vehicle? Look no further than Honda. Honda has undeniably had a successful year in 2018.  Just look at the all-new-mid sized Accord with its sleek, glamourous profile, strong performance and high end interior designs. Or, if you are one of the many looking for an SUV or crossover, it's pretty tough to beat the CR-V, a roomy, economical and strong handling crossover that still sits atop that competitive end of the market. But never one to sit on its laurels, Honda for this model year is introducing the Insight, a beautifully styled hybrid built on the Honda Civic platform that we expect to be a strong seller for the company--especially if you want a hybrid that looks like, well, a normal, pretty sedan. But prettiness isn't the only thing that the Insight offers. The hybrid sedan is rated at a whopping 51 miles a gallon in the city, and yet, still hit 60 in a respectable 6.6 seconds. And on the value end of the equation, the Insight will [provide you with standard features like active safety technology and LED headlights. It is powered by a hybrid system which, comprised of a 1.5 liter four  plus a battery, produces 151 horsepower backed by  a CVT automatic transmission. Even better--the Insight can move pretty nicely, with published ratings of 7.7 seconds to 60. Base price is $28,985  and the car carries a three year/36,000 mile warranty. As for that Accord, with its Audi-like, sleek looks, and its availability of a hybrid version that produces 47 miles pe4r gallon, don't look for any big changes.  There may be a new color or two, who knows?  But that's just about it. [caption id="attachment_9833" align="alignnone" width="1200"] 2019 Honda Accord[/caption] Accord prices run about $24,000 or so to a high of $36,000 if you are interested in the hybrid sedan. The base engine is a 1.5 liter 192 horsepower turbocharged four, with an optional 2.0 liter,, 252 horsepower turbocharged four, and a hybrid power system that totals 212 horsepower. Transmissions include a six speed manual, a CVT transmission or a 10 speed automatic transmission. The basic warranty, like all Hondas, is thrtee years//36,000 miles. The biggest news arguably for Honda this year is the all new Passport. [caption id="attachment_9832" align="alignnone" width="1200"] 2019 Honda Passport[/caption] This one should be a big seller for Honda because the brand has not had a product to fit the big market niche belonging to mid-sized five passenger crossovers. But this one should fill the bill and then some. First it has a 280 horsepower v6 and an all-wheel drive system, a standard equipment package called Honda Sensing, which includes a lot of safety and driver assist technology all the way up and down the line.  And better still, there's tone of options available for you to make your Passport a customized crossover made just for you.     Honda says the "reinforced unibody frame, powerful direct-injected i-VTEC® V6 engine, fully independent suspension and nimble steering make it an ideal choice for driving long distances or around town. In addition, the robust off-road capability offered by the available Honda i-VTM4™ torque-vectoring all-wheel drive and its four-mode Intelligent Traction Management system means Passport can tackle the kind of tough terrain normally reserved for less refined body-on-frame or off-road focused SUVs." The all-new 2019 Honda Passport 5-passenger V6-powered SUV made its world debut today. Going on sale early next year, Passport provides a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road adventure capability along with best-in-class interior space. So here's a rundown of the key features: Standard 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter, direct-injected V6 engine with i-VTEC® valvetrain mated to latest-generation 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Available Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4™) torque-vectoring all-wheel drive enhances on- and off-road performance
  • Intelligent Traction Management system with available Snow, Sand and Mud modes help optimize performance for varying surface conditions
  • Standard Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technology
  • Standard 20-inch alloy wheels and tires on all trims
  • Best-in-class underfloor cargo storage
  • Wide range of Honda accessories for active lifestyles, including Adventure and Urban accessory packages
The all-new 2019 Honda Passport's rugged exterior design and stance is highlighted by standard 20-inch wheels, a matte-black grille, floating roof design, aggressive wheel arches, increased ride height and a tailgate design that emphasizes width. Honea is claiming best in class passenger space for the Passport--(115.9 cu.-ft.) and total interior volume (157.1 cu.-ft.) for carrying family, friends and weekend adventure gear. Passport features a large (best-in-class 2.5 cu.-ft.) segmented underfloor cargo compartment for carrying dirty gear or keeping valuables out of sight. Passport will be offered in four trims: the well-appointed Sport, upgraded EX-L, high-tech Touring, and the fully equipped Elite. All models except the line-topping Elite can be configured with 2- or all-wheel drive – all Elite trims come standard with all-wheel drive. All trims will feature 20-inch alloy wheels and tires, the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technology, LED headlights, fog lights, taillights and DRLs, Smart Start and Smart Entry and three-zone automatic climate control. EX-L and higher trims utilize Honda's latest Display Audio interface with an 8-inch touchscreen, a physical volume knob and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration. Additional exterior upgrades, depending on trim, include a power tailgate with available hands-free operation, a one-touch tilt/slide moonroof and heated auto-dimming and power folding side mirrors. Furthermore, the blind spot information system, rear cross traffic monitor, and front and rear parking sensors are available driver assistive technologies. Available premium features include second-row sunshades, wireless phone charging, embedded Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi, premium audio, and HondaLink® cloud-based services, including remote unlocking, concierge services, stolen vehicle tracking and more.

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