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Trucks Deliver October Sales Records for AHM, Honda and Acura Brands as Sales Rise Across Divisions

  • Honda brand sets new October sales record with an 8% gain; trucks gain 17.5% and a new October mark 
  • Honda CR-V nets new October record and cumulative sales top 5 million 
  • Honda HR-V sets a new all-time monthly record with sales of over 10,000 units
  • Acura trucks set October record as division nets 2.4% gain


“With the Honda CR-V topping the 5 million cumulative sales mark to reaffirm its position as the best-selling crossover for over two decades, it’s fitting that Honda crossover and light truck models led Honda to an all-time October sales record
,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of Automobile Sales at American Honda Motor Co. “Both the Honda and Acura brands are marching forward as we head into the final two months of the year on pace to see American Honda post a sales increase for 2019.”

 

BRAND REPORT

 


Sales Highlights

The harvest moon shone brightly on Honda sales, with new October overall and truck sales records and cumulative CR-V sales cresting 5 million. Several models made major gains with trucks leading the way as HR-V set an all-time monthly record and CR-V a new October mark. Civic and Fit also made major gains.

  • HR-V set a new all-time monthly record, jumping 104% on sales of 10,130 units.
  • CR-V sales climb 20% on sales of 33,344 for a new October record.
  • Fit gained a whopping 204% while Civic gained 5% and Accord topped 21,000 deliveries.
  • Odyssey now holds an incredible 42% share of the minivan segment with October sales of over 7,800 units.

Model Notes

Honda is the retail best-selling passenger car brand in America in 2019 – with Fit, Civic, Insight and Accord #1 or #2 in their respective segments — gaining the most share of any mainstream brand this year.

 

Honda has led the industry in sales to under-35-year-old buyers since 2010, with Civic and Accord the #1 and #2 cars, CR-V the #1 CUV/SUV and Odyssey the #1 minivan

 

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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 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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2020 Honda Insight Combines Head-Turning Style and Premium Driving Experience with Outstanding Fuel Efficiency

  • Honda Sensing® standard on all trims
  • EPA-rated 55 mpg2 city fuel economy (LX, EX), with best-in-class passenger space, cabin appointments and acceleration performance

Featuring a new Platinum White Pearl exterior color, the 2020 Honda Insight begins arriving at dealerships tomorrow with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $22,930 (excluding $930 destination and handling). With a an EPA-rated 55 mpg2 city fuel economy (LX, EX) in combination with premium sedan design and driving performance, Insight brings the style consumers desire with fuel efficiency that’s easy on the wallet. The 2020 Insight carries forward all the elements that have made it one of America’s top-selling compact hybrids.

The 2020 Insight combines best-in-class passenger space, premium interior appointments, upscale styling, and a driving experience that far exceeds its hybrid competition. With 151 horsepower Insight offers brisk acceleration, yet its city fuel economy rating is among the best in its class. Additionally, its low starting price and generous level of standard equipment means Insight buyers don’t have to compromise to save fuel.

Available in LX, EX, and Touring trims, all Insights come standard with multi-element LED headlights, push-button start, and the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. 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.

2020 Insight Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

TRIM MSRP MSRP Including $930 Destination Charges EPA Fuel Economy Ratings
(city / highway / combined)
Insight LX $22,930 $23,860 55/49/52
Insight EX $24,310 $25,240 55/49/52
Insight Touring $28,340 $29,270 51/45/48

The 2020 Honda Insight for the North American market is made exclusively at Honda’s Greensburg, Indiana auto plant, alongside Civic and CR-V, using domestic and globally-sourced parts. Its 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle, two-motor hybrid powertrain is produced in Ohio.

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 2018, 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.

For More Information
Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of all 2019 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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Five Honda Models Earn 2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards

With a win in every vehicle type Honda produces—electrified vehicle, passenger car, SUV, minivan and pickup truck—the brand won multiple accolades in the 2019 Kelley Blue Book Resale Value Awards. The all-new 2019 Insight plus 2019 Civic, HR-V and Odyssey were top-ranked in their respective segments with the 2019 Ridgeline included in the top 10 for Best Overall Resale Value.

The 2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards honor automakers’ outstanding achievements in producing vehicles that best retain their value over the first five years (60 months) of new-vehicle ownership, a very good indicator of a model’s overall value-retention ability.

Honda’s 2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Award winners are:

  • Best Resale Value: Hybrid Car – 2019 Honda Insight
  • Best Resale Value: Compact Car – 2019 Honda Civic
  • Best Resale Value: Subcompact SUV/Crossover – 2019 Honda HR-V
  • Best Resale Value: Minivan – 2019 Honda Odyssey
  • Best Resale Value: Top 10 – 2019 Honda Ridgeline

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Honda Continues Advancing Toward a Safer Future with 2018-2019 Model Lineup

  • NHTSA 5 Star Overall Vehicle Score for every model tested
  • Seven models receive 2018 IIHS TSP or TSP+
  • 70 percent of Honda vehicles sold now feature Honda Sensing®

Honda’s model year 2018-2019 car and light-truck lineup features vehicles with the highest available safety ratings issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Every tested Honda vehicle has earned an NCAP 5-Star Overall vehicle safety rating from the NHTSA, and seven Honda models have earned a TOP SAFETY PICK (TSP) or TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) for 2018 from the IIHS when equipped with Honda Sensing and specific headlights.

Leading the lineup is the all-new 2019 Honda Insight, the only compact hybrid car to earn a 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+ for all trim levels, owing to its top ratings of “GOOD” in crashworthiness tests and headlight performance, and also a top rating of SUPERIOR for frontal collision protection, thanks to standard Honda Sensing® technology. The 2019 Pilot with specific headlights was also named a 2018 TSP+ by the institute. Earning 2018 TSP ratings are the 2018 Honda Accord1, CR-V2, Odyssey2 and the 2018-2019 Ridgeline2.

Honda’s crashworthiness is enabled in part by the latest generation of Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, a network of front frame structures designed to absorb and deflect the energy from a frontal collision.

Also key to Honda’s safety rating achievements is the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, now standard equipment on the 2019 Accord, Civic3, Clarity, Insight, and Pilot, and available on every Honda nameplate. Since its introduction on the 2015 CR-V, Honda has sold nearly 1.6 million vehicles equipped with Honda Sensing®. Today, upwards of 70 percent of all new Honda vehicles sold are equipped with Honda Sensing®, totaling more than 750,000 vehicles through the first 11 months of the year.

Honda Sensing® helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle, in some cases helping drivers maintain lane position and, under certain conditions, slowing or even stopping the vehicle if it detects a potential front collision. Comprising the Honda Sensing® suite are Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning; Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) incorporating Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

Honda Safety Ratings

Model NCAP Overall Vehicle Score IIHS Crashworthiness IIHS Frontal Collision Protection with Honda Sensing® 2018 IIHS TSP or TSP+
Fit 5-Stars GOOD4 SUPERIOR  
Civic Coupe 5-Stars GOOD SUPERIOR  
Civic Sedan 5-Stars GOOD SUPERIOR  
Civic Hatchback5 5-Stars GOOD SUPERIOR  
Insight 5-Stars GOOD SUPERIOR TSP+
Accord 5-Stars GOOD SUPERIOR TSP1
HR-V6 5-Stars GOOD Not Tested  
CR-V 5-Stars GOOD SUPERIOR TSP2
Ridgeline 5-Stars GOOD SUPERIOR TSP2
2018 Pilot 5-Stars ACC/GOOD7 SUPERIOR TSP2
2019 Pilot 5-Stars ACC/GOOD7 SUPERIOR TSP+1
Odyssey 5-Stars GOOD SUPERIOR TSP2

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.

About Honda Safety Leadership
Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies designed to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders and pedestrians. The company operates two of the world’s most sophisticated crash test facilities, in Ohio and Japan, and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety.

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2019 Honda Passport Makes World Debut: Adventure-Ready All-New 5-passenger SUV on Display at 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show

  • Passport provides a unique blend of on- and off-road prowess with exceptional occupant and cargo hauling capability
  • 280-horsepower V6 and available sophisticated all-wheel drive system give Passport robust towing and off-road capabilities
  • Standard Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive tech on all trims
  • Multiple accessory options to personalize Passport ownership

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.

The all-new Honda Passport will slot between the compact CR-V and three-row Pilot in Honda’s award-winning SUV lineup. The model’s 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 provides the on-road comfort and nimble handling buyers will appreciate on their daily commute with the robust off-road and all-weather capability that make for a great weekend adventure vehicle,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and general manager, Honda Division. “We saw an opportunity to deliver something that Honda is uniquely capable of making and the new Passport is in a great position to capture buyers looking for a more personal, powerful and capable Honda SUV.”

Designed and developed exclusively by Honda’s North America R&D teams in Torrance, California, and Raymond, Ohio, the Passport and its V6 engine will be manufactured at the company’s Lincoln, Alabama plant.

Additional key product highlights include:

  • 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.

Inside, Passport offers best-in-class passenger space (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.

 

Powertrain

All 2019 Honda Passport trims are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 280 peak horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net), placing Passport in the top of its class for standard horsepower in a segment where some competitors offer less powerful 4-cylinder engines as standard equipment. The Honda i-VTEC® V6 is mated to the latest-generation of Honda’s 9-speed automatic transmission (9AT) that is among the most advanced in the class, offering smooth and responsive power delivery.

At the heart of the robust all-weather and off-road driving capabilities is Honda’s available i-VTM4™ all-wheel drive system. Unlike most competing systems, i-VTM4™ uses active torque vectoring to send up to 70 percent of engine torque to the rear axle and 100 percent of that torque to either the left or right rear wheels. This capability gives Passport excellent handling in all conditions, such as rain-slicked or snowy roads or sandy trails, while also contributing to more responsive performance by overdriving the outside rear wheel in turns. In addition, the Intelligent Traction Management (ITM) is standard on both the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive Passport. In all-wheel drive applications, the four-mode ITM systems works in conjunction with i-VTM4™, allowing drivers to customize powertrain performance for different weather and terrain, including sand, snow and mud. In front-wheel drive models, the system has two modes for normal and snow conditions.

Tested in the world’s harshest environments, including the sands of Dubai, muddy country roads of Russia, and snowbound trails in Minnesota, the combination of i-VTM4™ and Intelligent Traction Management make Passport more capable off road than many unibody SUVs, giving drivers the confidence to tackle not just wet or rainy conditions, but a variety of harsh off-road terrains.

Passport is well equipped for towing, with 3,500-pound capacity on front-wheel drive models and 5,000 pounds on all-wheel drive models when both are equipped with the optional towing package. Passport is the gateway to adventure being able to tow camping trailers, boats, or “toy” haulers, over more rugged terrain. The standard multi-view rear-view camera makes connecting to a trailer easier than ever with its “overhead” option giving the driver a bird’s eye view of the hitch and trailer.

Exterior Design and Platform

Honda’s most rugged light truck yet, Passport’s expressive design leaves no doubt of its adventure-seeking mission and is highlighted by its higher ride height, standard 20-inch wheels, 245/50R all-weather tires and sporty styling cues, including a matte black grille and bumper, blackout headlights and black wheels. LED headlight accents, gloss black trim, a “floating” C-pillar, and chrome exhaust finishers hint at Passport’s around-town sophistication. Trim-exclusive wheel designs are available across the lineup, and Touring and Elite trims offer upsized 265/45R20 tires as standard equipment.

Beyond good looks, Passport’s design offers superior functionality as well. Ground clearance is up 0.5 inches on front-wheel drive models and 1.1 inches on all-wheel drive models compared to Passport’s three-row sibling, Pilot, while its shorter overall length and shortened rear overhang offer improved approach, departure and breakover angles, suitable for more rugged terrain.

Passport’s wider wheels and tires complement its athletic and sporty stance and support both responsive around-town handling and increased grip off-road. A ruggedly styled front end stands out on the road with its scratch-resistant matte finish grill suited to the off-road adventures Passport is designed for.

Passport is based on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform and shares much of its underlying structure with the three-row Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup, including its highly rigid unibody construction. This platform has a fully boxed floor that is sophisticated yet strong with a four-wheel independent suspension, with MacPherson struts in front and a multilink independent rear. The latest generation of Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, provides outstanding frontal collision protection and collision compatibility with larger and smaller vehicles.

Interior Design and Packaging

Passport’s modern and sophisticated interior design offers ample space for five people and provides class-leading passenger volume of 115.9 cu.-ft. and best-in-class total interior volume of 157.1 cu.-ft. From Sport to Elite trims, Passport features high-quality interior appointments including attractive and durable cloth on Sport or perforated leather on EX-L, Touring and Elite trims, a blackout headliner, and generous use of soft-touch surfaces on the dash and doors.

Passport’s interior also offers class-leading utility. Behind the second row of seats is a cargo area generously sized for weekend camping trips or excursions to the home improvement store, with 41.2 cu. ft. of space, expandable to 77.9 cu. ft. with the second row folded flat, which is more than enough to accommodate mountain bikes or a week’s worth of camping gear. From the cargo area, the second-row seatbacks fold with the push of a button, and Passport’s main cargo floor is reversible between carpeted and easy-to-clean hard plastic surfaces. Passport features class-leading underfloor storage, with 2.5 cu. ft. of easily accessible compartmented storage, which can be accessorized with removable washable bins, including a custom bin for storing the available accessory trailer hitch receiver.

There’s also plenty of space for small stuff. Passport offers generous storage space for front seat passengers, including a huge center console bin between the front seats with a rolling cover that serves as a tray when closed. Additional storage is found in the doors and ahead of the push-button gear selector.

Technology

Packed with available modern amenities such as an audio and connectivity system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration and a digital driver’s meter, Passport delivers all the modern technology that today’s SUV buyers demand.

Passport Sport trim comes standard with a 215-watt audio system with a 5-inch display monitor and 6 speakers, plus a subwoofer. Passport EX-L, Touring and Elite trims feature Honda’s 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration and manual power/volume knob. The Display Audio system uses gestures common to smartphones and tablets, such as swipe, tap and pinch, to control the vehicle’s audio system, display settings and other advanced features. Intuitive and easy to use, with a simplified menu structure, it also offers customizable shortcuts for commonly used features and customizable app locations. Passport Touring and Elite trims come with a 590-watt 10-speaker premium audio system.

Passport’s instrument cluster uses a 7-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) screen with a wide range of information content. In addition to displaying typical vehicle functions such as vehicle speed and RPM, the full-color digital meter includes a Multi-Information Display (MID) with customizable features, such as audio system information, a detailed trip computer, phone information, and turn-by-turn route guidance on Passport models equipped with navigation. Drivers navigate the new TFT using steering wheel controls designed for intuitive operation, such as Bluetooth® phone buttons that are more easily distinguished by touch.

Touring and Elite trims of Passport provide 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi TCU that can supporting up to seven devices and a free 90-day/3GB trial period AT&T data plan. The TCU is key to Passport’s support of numerous HondaLink® cloud-based services. Using an app, owners can keep track of maintenance and even book appointments, remember their Passport’s location and numerous other functions.

Safety and Driver Assistance Technology

The Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies is standard on all 2019 Passport trims. Honda Sensing® helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle, in some cases helps drivers maintain lane position and, under certain conditions slowing or even stopping the vehicle if it detects a potential front collision. Honda Sensing® includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) featuring Forward Collison Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) including Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assistance System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The new Passport was designed to provide a high level of active and passive safety performance and targets an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score safety rating and an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating. All tested 2019 model-year Honda vehicles achieve an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score safety rating.

All Passport trims come equipped with a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with overhead “bird’s eye” view, ideal for trailer hookups. Additional available driver-assistive technologies include dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, blind spot Information system (EX-L, Touring and Elite) with Rear Cross-Traffic Detection, and front and rear parking sensors (Touring and Elite).

Accessories

A wide variety of Honda Genuine Accessories are designed for Passport, including roof boxes of various sizes, a roof basket, and roof-mounted bike, kayak and ski or snowboard racks. Inside, Passport owners can weatherproof their cargo area with hard plastic covers for the floor, sides, and seatbacks. The underfloor storage can be divided with separate, removable and washable bins.

For those seeking a more sophisticated urban look, a variety of cosmetic exterior items are available, such as a colored graphics package, undercarriage welcome lights, and lighted door sills. From the outset, Passport will be available with two accessory packages. The Adventure Package adds running boards, a trailer hitch, fender flares and more for outdoor weekend getaways. The Urban Package adds front and rear underbody spoilers, unique 20-inch wheels, cargo storage bins and roof rails and crossbars for a sophisticated in-town look.

2019 Honda Passport: Major Specifications

Powertrain Engine Type V-6
Displacement 3471cc
Horsepower (SAE Net) 280 @6 000 rpm
Torque (SAE Net) 262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
Fuel Injection Direct
Transmission 9-speed automatic (9AT)
All-Wheel Drive System
(AWD Models)
Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VM4™) with Intelligent Traction Management with Normal, Sand, Snow and Mud modes
Chassis Front Suspension MacPherson strut
Rear Suspension Multi-link
Steering Electric power-assisted (EPS) rack-and-pinion
Wheels 20-inch alloy
All-Season Tires 245/50R 102H (Sport, EX-L);
265/45R 102H (Touring, Elite)
Towing Capacity, 2WD (AWD) 3,500 lbs (5,000 lbs) with tow package
Exterior Wheelbase 111.0 in.
Length 190.5 in.
Height 71.6 in.
Width 78.6 in.
Track Front/Rear, 2WD (AWD) 67.0/67.0 in. (66.7/66.7 in.)
Ground Clearance, 2WD (AWD) 7.8 in. (8.4 in.)
Approach/Departure Angles, Degrees, 2WD (AWD) 20.6/26.8 (21.4/27.6)
Interior Cargo Volume (Behind 2nd Row) SAE J1100 41.2 cu.-ft.
Cargo Volume (Behind 1st Row) SAE J1100 77.9 cu.-ft.
Cargo Volume (Behind 1st Row) SAE J1100 plus floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position. 100.7 cu.-ft.
Passenger Volume 115.9 (114.9 w/sunroof)

 

2019 Honda Passport: Major Features

SPORT (2WD / AWD)
20-Inch alloy wheels
245/50R20 Tire
Honda Sensing®
9-Speed Automatic Transmission
Auto Stop-Start
Headlight – LED Projector
LED Fog Lights
LED DRL
LED Taillights
Smart Start
Smart Entry
Remote Engine Start
8-Way Power Driver’s Seat
Driver’s Power Lumbar Support
Three-Zone Automatic Climate Control
215-watt Audio System with 6 Speakers, Plus a Subwoofer
2 USB ports
Cloth Seats
3-Way Backup Camera
Dual Exposed Exhaust finishers
Black Bumper Skid Garnish
Gloss Black Grille Surround
Matte Black Front & Rear Bumper Skid Garnish, Door Sash Garnish, Tailgate Garnish, Mirror Base

 

EX-L (2WD / AWD) adds or replaces Sport
Leather-Trimmed Seats
One-Touch Power Tilt and Slide Moonroof
Power Tailgate with Remote
Blind Spot Information
Cross-Traffic Alert
Heated Front Seats
4-Way Power Passenger Seat
Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror
Driver’s Seat and Door Mirror Memory
Display Audio
CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
2nd Row Sun Shade
XM Satellite Radio
HomeLink®
Auto Up/Down Power Windows
Heated outside Mirrors
3 USB ports
HD Radio
Illuminated Sunvisors
3-Way Backup Camera with Dynamic Guidelines

 

Touring (2WD / AWD) adds or replaces EX-L
Navigation
4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot
Front and Rear Parking Sensors
LED Inline Hi/Lo-Beam
Heated Rear Seats
Roof Rails
Power-Folding Outside Mirrors
Ambient Lighting
Power Tailgate with Remote and Hands-free Access
590-Watt Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers
Outside Mirrors with Integrated Turn Signals
AC Inverter (115V – 150W)
High Gloss Instrument Panel Trim
Acoustic Glass
265/45R20 Tires

 

Elite (AWD) adds or replaces Touring
Ventilated Front Seats
Auto-Dimming Side Mirrors
Heated Steering Wheel
Rain Sensing Front Wipers
Wireless Phone Charger
Gloss Black Front & Rear Bumper Skid Garnish, Door Sash Garnish, Tailgate Garnish, Mirror Base

 

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2019 Honda Insight Named Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal

The 2019 Honda Insight has been named the 2019 Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal, the fourth time Honda has won the award. The all-new, made-in-Indiana Insight was recognized for its fuel economy, which doesn’t come at the expense of style or performance.

“Today’s driver wants more from a hybrid than just great fuel economy. Insight truly represents the direction Honda is pursuing with electrified vehicles, delivering style and sophisticated driving dynamics with outstanding fuel economy,” said Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Auto Sales. “We appreciate Green Car Journal for recognizing Honda for the fourth time with Green Car of the Year for the 2019 Honda Insight.”

The 2019 Insight is the fourth Honda to win Green Car of the Year, joining prior winners the 2012 Civic Natural Gas, the 2014 Accord, and last year’s winner, the 2018 Clarity series of advanced powertrain vehicles: the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, Clarity Electric and Clarity Fuel Cell.

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Statement by American Honda Regarding SRS Control Unit Recall: 2019 Honda Insight, Odyssey and Ridgeline

  • 118 vehicles are affected; recall only in the United States
  • SRS Control Units will be replaced, free of charge
  • Issue discovered during quality control check at the control unit vendor; No customer reports related to this issue

Honda will voluntarily recall 118 model-year 2019 Insight, Odyssey and Ridgeline vehicles, only in the United States, to replace Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Control Units, free of charge. A circuit board on the affected SRS Control Units may have been damaged during production. A damaged SRS Control Unit may not properly deploy the side, side curtain and knee airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners during a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Honda has received no customer reports related to this issue, which was discovered during quality control checks at the vendor.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage owners of affected vehicles to take them to an authorized dealer as soon as possible for the free repair. Mailed notification to owners of affected vehicles will occur in late-November 2018. Owners of these models can also determine if their vehicles require repair now by visiting www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.

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2019 Honda Insight Receives Highest Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

  • Insight also recently named 2018 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+
  • Received top 5-star ratings in every category evaluated by NHTSA
  • Insight is the ninth current Honda model to earn NHTSA’s 5-star Overall Vehicle Score

Receiving top ratings in all evaluated categories, the 2019 Honda Insight has received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, the top available safety rating in the U.S. government’s New Car Assessment Program1 (NCAP). Firmly establishing its leadership in third party safety ratings, Insight was also recently awarded an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, the institute’s top award.

“If you’re in the market for a stylish sedan with top third-party safety ratings, look no further than the Honda Insight.” said Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Automobile Sales. “On top of its class-leading safety features, Insight is also a comfortable 5-seat hybrid with great fuel economy ratings.”

On sale since June 29, the 2019 Honda Insight offers class-leading power and passenger space, universally appealing styling, and an EPA fuel economy rating of 55 mpg2 city (LX/EX), while simultaneously bringing a new level of driving sophistication and style to the compact hybrid market. All 2019 Insights are equipped with the Honda Sensing® suite of active safety and driver assistive features as standard equipment.

Insight’s standard Honda Sensing® helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle, in some cases helping drivers maintain lane position, and, under certain conditions, is capable of slowing or even stopping the vehicle if it detects a potential front collision. Comprising the Honda Sensing® suite are Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBSTM) with Forward Collision Warning; Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) incorporating Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

The 2019 Insight is the latest of nine current Honda models to earn a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from NHTSA. The other eight are Accord, Civic (except Type R, which was not rated), Fit, HR-V, CR-V (2018), Pilot, Odyssey and Ridgeline.

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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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