Honda Reveals Colors, Availability for 2020 Gold Wing Line

Honda today disclosed the colors and pricing of the 2020 models in the Gold Wing family, all of which will be available beginning in January.

In addition to new colors, the Gold Wing models feature several convenience/comfort refinements for 2020:

  • Fog lights standard on Tour models, for improved visibility in varying conditions.
  • On Tour models, reshaped rear-seat grab handles provide improved ergonomics for passengers of all body types.
  • Saddlebag-mounted USB charger on all models (previously standard only on Airbag model) joins dash-mounted charger for increased charging options.
  • Updated front and rear suspension settings.
  • Revised button on center storage pocket features improved action.
  • Minor software updates on navigation system.
  • Blacked-out engine, frame and wheels now available on Pearl Glare White Tour and Tour DCT.
  • All-new black with anodized surfaces available on Gold Wing and Gold Wing DCT.

Gold Wing Tour

  • Colors: Pearl Glare White, Candy Ardent Red/Black
  • MSRP
    • Pearl Glare White: $27,500
    • Candy Ardent Red/Black: $28,000

Gold Wing Tour DCT

  • Colors: Pearl Glare White, Candy Ardent Red/Black
  • MSRP
    • Pearl Glare White: $28,500
    • Candy Ardent Red/Black: $29,000

Gold Wing Tour DCT Air Bag

  • Color: Darkness Black Metallic/Gray
  • MSRP: $32,300

Gold Wing

  • Color: Matte Black Metallic
  • MSRP: $23,800

Gold Wing DCT

  • Color: Matte Black Metallic
  • MSRP: $25,000

More information can be found at powersports.honda.com

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Honda Reveals Colors, Availability for 2020 Gold Wing Line

Honda today disclosed the colors and pricing of the 2020 models in the Gold Wing family, all of which will be available beginning in January.

In addition to new colors, the Gold Wing models feature several convenience/comfort refinements for 2020:

  • Fog lights standard on Tour models, for improved visibility in varying conditions.
  • On Tour models, reshaped rear-seat grab handles provide improved ergonomics for passengers of all body types.
  • Saddlebag-mounted USB charger on all models (previously standard only on Airbag model) joins dash-mounted charger for increased charging options.
  • Updated front and rear suspension settings.
  • Revised button on center storage pocket features improved action.
  • Minor software updates on navigation system.
  • Blacked-out engine, frame and wheels now available on Pearl Glare White Tour and Tour DCT.
  • All-new black with anodized surfaces available on Gold Wing and Gold Wing DCT.

Gold Wing Tour

  • Colors: Pearl Glare White, Candy Ardent Red/Black
  • MSRP
    • Pearl Glare White: $27,500
    • Candy Ardent Red/Black: $28,000

Gold Wing Tour DCT

  • Colors: Pearl Glare White, Candy Ardent Red/Black
  • MSRP
    • Pearl Glare White: $28,500
    • Candy Ardent Red/Black: $29,000

Gold Wing Tour DCT Air Bag

  • Color: Darkness Black Metallic/Gray
  • MSRP: $32,300

Gold Wing

  • Color: Matte Black Metallic
  • MSRP: $23,800

Gold Wing DCT

  • Color: Matte Black Metallic
  • MSRP: $25,000

More information can be found at powersports.honda.com

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Powerful Stories About Safety Performance from Honda Customers and Family Members Expand Honda “Safety for Everyone” Brand Campaign

  • Raw and emotional, Honda brand campaign showcases real customers involved in serious collisions, who credit Honda vehicle performance with saving their lives
  • Honda “Safety for Everyone” Customer Stories will run across the brand’s social media channels and on video-on-demand (VoD) through 2020
  • First featured customer story tells of surviving collision in her HR-V and rollover event (https://honda.us/safetyforeveryone-nicolestory)

Drawing on emotional storytelling from the real world, Honda is launching the next iteration of its “Safety for Everyone” brand campaign, with a series of raw and compelling stories as told by actual Honda customers involved in serious collisions. The customers featured in the series were involved in major collision events, but walked away without serious injury, crediting the performance of the Honda vehicle with saving their lives. The stories featured in the powerful new social video series are taken from social media posts and letters that Honda received from these appreciative customers.

The Safety for Everyone Customer Stories campaign begins today, and will run through 2020 across Honda social channels and on VoD. Each story embodies the central theme from the brand spot that launched in September (https://honda.us/safetyforeveryone-commercial) – that collisions affect more than those directly involved, including family members, loved ones and close friends. The new videos also direct viewers to a “Safety for Everyone” website (https://honda.us/safetyforeveryone-web) where Honda engineers explain how they develop Honda vehicles to help protect customers in various collision scenarios, along with other safety information.

Nicole Hart’s Story
The first customer story featured in the new series involves Nicole Hart, who shared on Facebook and in a letter to Honda, that in April 2019, she reached for a tissue while driving her 2018 HR-V and found herself drifting into oncoming traffic (https://honda.us/safetyforeveryone-nicolestory). Hart’s vehicle hit the utility trailer towed by a pickup truck and her Honda HR-V rolled over multiple times. Hart walked away with only a sprained wrist and minor cuts and bruises, crediting the thoughtful engineering design of her Honda vehicle with her survival: “I truly believe your well-built vehicle saved my life,” she wrote.

“I am grateful to those who designed and engineered my Honda HR-V. The amount of consideration Honda puts into the safety of each and every vehicle they put on the road makes all the difference,” said Hart. “Not only did I have a guardian angel the day I crashed, but I had a Honda.”

Following the crash, HondaLink® Assist, a feature of Honda’s cloud-based connected car system, HondaLink®, automatically prompted a call to a response agent who immediately requested that emergency personnel arrive on the scene. In the case of an emergency, trained response agents can deliver priority attention and request that help be sent to the scene.

“I truly believe that the structure and safety features in my vehicle saved my life,” added Hart. “I applaud Honda for the work they do and for being pioneers when it comes to customer safety.”

“Safety for Everyone” Customer Stories Series
Additional videos in the Safety for Everyone Customer Stories series will be released in the coming weeks, featuring onscreen interviews with family members directly impacted by the safety and well-being of a Honda customer involved in a collision.

In addition to telling customer stories, the new creative shows a long line of falling dominos – an artistic element popular on social media – as a visual metaphor demonstrating how one collision can affect many people: https://honda.us/safetyforeveryone-chainreaction.

Honda’s Safety for Everyone brand marketing campaign will feature an assortment of customer stories and creative available in :30, :15, :08 and :06 formats. The music featured in the new series also was used in Honda’s Safety for Everyone brand commercial, currently airing during primetime cable and major sports games.

Honda’s Safety for Everyone Approach
Safety for Everyone represents Honda’s unique approach to vehicle safety and vision for a collision-free mobile society where its customers and everyone sharing the road – pedestrians, motorcycle riders, cyclists and occupants of other vehicles – can safely and confidently enjoy the freedom of mobility. With nearly 40,000 lives being lost each year in the United States due to motor vehicle crashes, Honda is committed to developing and deploying advanced passive safety and active safety systems that help protect passengers in a wider variety of collision scenarios, such as the recently announced new front passenger airbag technology designed by Honda engineers.

HondaLink® Assist
HondaLink® Assist1, an additional new feature available on HR-V EX and above, can help request emergency assistance for drivers. If a compatible phone is paired through Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, there is a cellular connection and an airbag deployment sensor is triggered by a collision, the system is designed to automatically attempt to notify an operator, report the car’s current location, and allow you to talk directly to the operator. The operator can then contact emergency services if needed.

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.

HondaLink® offers drivers 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.2

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.

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.

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Powerful Stories About Safety Performance from Honda Customers and Family Members Expand Honda “Safety for Everyone” Brand Campaign

  • Raw and emotional, Honda brand campaign showcases real customers involved in serious collisions, who credit Honda vehicle performance with saving their lives
  • Honda “Safety for Everyone” Customer Stories will run across the brand’s social media channels and on video-on-demand (VoD) through 2020
  • First featured customer story tells of surviving collision in her HR-V and rollover event (https://honda.us/safetyforeveryone-nicolestory)

Drawing on emotional storytelling from the real world, Honda is launching the next iteration of its “Safety for Everyone” brand campaign, with a series of raw and compelling stories as told by actual Honda customers involved in serious collisions. The customers featured in the series were involved in major collision events, but walked away without serious injury, crediting the performance of the Honda vehicle with saving their lives. The stories featured in the powerful new social video series are taken from social media posts and letters that Honda received from these appreciative customers.

The Safety for Everyone Customer Stories campaign begins today, and will run through 2020 across Honda social channels and on VoD. Each story embodies the central theme from the brand spot that launched in September (https://honda.us/safetyforeveryone-commercial) – that collisions affect more than those directly involved, including family members, loved ones and close friends. The new videos also direct viewers to a “Safety for Everyone” website (https://honda.us/safetyforeveryone-web) where Honda engineers explain how they develop Honda vehicles to help protect customers in various collision scenarios, along with other safety information.

Nicole Hart’s Story
The first customer story featured in the new series involves Nicole Hart, who shared on Facebook and in a letter to Honda, that in April 2019, she reached for a tissue while driving her 2018 HR-V and found herself drifting into oncoming traffic (https://honda.us/safetyforeveryone-nicolestory). Hart’s vehicle hit the utility trailer towed by a pickup truck and her Honda HR-V rolled over multiple times. Hart walked away with only a sprained wrist and minor cuts and bruises, crediting the thoughtful engineering design of her Honda vehicle with her survival: “I truly believe your well-built vehicle saved my life,” she wrote.

“I am grateful to those who designed and engineered my Honda HR-V. The amount of consideration Honda puts into the safety of each and every vehicle they put on the road makes all the difference,” said Hart. “Not only did I have a guardian angel the day I crashed, but I had a Honda.”

Following the crash, HondaLink® Assist, a feature of Honda’s cloud-based connected car system, HondaLink®, automatically prompted a call to a response agent who immediately requested that emergency personnel arrive on the scene. In the case of an emergency, trained response agents can deliver priority attention and request that help be sent to the scene.

“I truly believe that the structure and safety features in my vehicle saved my life,” added Hart. “I applaud Honda for the work they do and for being pioneers when it comes to customer safety.”

“Safety for Everyone” Customer Stories Series
Additional videos in the Safety for Everyone Customer Stories series will be released in the coming weeks, featuring onscreen interviews with family members directly impacted by the safety and well-being of a Honda customer involved in a collision.

In addition to telling customer stories, the new creative shows a long line of falling dominos – an artistic element popular on social media – as a visual metaphor demonstrating how one collision can affect many people: https://honda.us/safetyforeveryone-chainreaction.

Honda’s Safety for Everyone brand marketing campaign will feature an assortment of customer stories and creative available in :30, :15, :08 and :06 formats. The music featured in the new series also was used in Honda’s Safety for Everyone brand commercial, currently airing during primetime cable and major sports games.

Honda’s Safety for Everyone Approach
Safety for Everyone represents Honda’s unique approach to vehicle safety and vision for a collision-free mobile society where its customers and everyone sharing the road – pedestrians, motorcycle riders, cyclists and occupants of other vehicles – can safely and confidently enjoy the freedom of mobility. With nearly 40,000 lives being lost each year in the United States due to motor vehicle crashes, Honda is committed to developing and deploying advanced passive safety and active safety systems that help protect passengers in a wider variety of collision scenarios, such as the recently announced new front passenger airbag technology designed by Honda engineers.

HondaLink® Assist
HondaLink® Assist1, an additional new feature available on HR-V EX and above, can help request emergency assistance for drivers. If a compatible phone is paired through Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, there is a cellular connection and an airbag deployment sensor is triggered by a collision, the system is designed to automatically attempt to notify an operator, report the car’s current location, and allow you to talk directly to the operator. The operator can then contact emergency services if needed.

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.

HondaLink® offers drivers 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.2

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.

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.

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Honda’s Alex Albon Earns Career-Best F1 Finish in Japan

  • Pierre Gasly has best weekend since returning to Toro Rosso
  • Max Verstappen retired due to opening-lap contact

Honda returned to its roots this weekend as the quartet of Formula 1 cars carrying its powerplants did battle on the Suzuka circuit developed by company founder Soichiro Honda at Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.

The weekend took on a rollercoaster feel for the Honda-powered Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team and Toro Rosso teams, as frontrunner Max Verstappen had his day blunted by opening lap contact while rookie Alex Albon took his Red Bull machine to a career-best fourth-place finish. On the Toro Rosso side, Pierre Gasly put together his best weekend since returning to the team, turning a ninth-place starting spot into an eighth-place finish and Daniil Kvyat made up a pair of positions to place 12th.

The rollercoaster feel started well before the lights went out to start Sunday’s race. Typhoon Hagibis cancelled Saturday’s qualifying, forcing the series to run its qualifying session on race-day morning for just the fifth time in the last 20 years. Verstappen led the charge by gridding fifth, joining teammate Albon in locking down the third row. Gasly advanced into the final qualifying session to start ninth while Kvyat took the 14th spot.

When the race started three hours later, Verstappen got a strong start and swept to the outside of Charles Leclerc to make a pass for third, but Leclerc slipped left and made contact with the Red Bull car, causing damage that would end the Dutchman’s day after just 15 laps.

Albon used a two-stop strategy that kept him comfortably near the lead pack all day, and the late change for tires allowed him to make a strong pass of Lando Norris to secure the fourth-place finish. Meanwhile in the Toro Rosso camp, Gasly pitted just once for tires and managed his Pirellis admirably over the final laps, holding off Sergio Perez to place eighth.

The result dropped Verstappen into a tie fourth in the season standings with Sebastian Vettel while Gasly fell to seventh. Albon continues to hold down the eighth spot, narrowing the gap to seventh to just nine points. Kvyat is 13th with four races to go but is just two points out of a berth in the top 10.

Formula 1 will have a weekend off to travel to the North American continent for back-to-back races beginning with the Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City on October 27.

Toyoharu Tanabe
Technical Director, Honda F1
“This was a busy day for all the teams, with the unusual schedule, during which we managed to get three of our four cars into the top ten in the morning qualifying, which was satisfactory. Verstappen’s realistic chance of a podium disappeared almost immediately after his collision with Leclerc, which led to him retiring in the garage with a badly damaged floor. For a first visit to Suzuka, Albon did exceptionally well as did Gasly, who finished in the points after just missing out on the top ten last year in Suzuka.  It was great to see the grandstand with 12,000 Honda fans and overall, a bigger crowd than in recent years. Everyone in the Honda team appreciated their support. Today’s result did not live up to our expectations, so we want to come back stronger next year and give our fans something more to cheer about.”

Max Verstappen
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
Start: 5th, Finish: DNF
“I had a really good start and I think I was up to third place. I stayed on the outside at Turn 2 but Charles drove into the side of my car. It’s a long race so there was no need to risk so much so early. I re-joined at the back of the field but my car was severely damaged and we had to retire on Lap 15. From my side I don’t think I could have done anything different. It’s very frustrating as I think we had a good chance of being on the podium again especially after such a good start, which would have been amazing for all the Honda fans supporting us. We are definitely improving and the gap is closing but there is still more work to do before Mexico.”

Alex Albon
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
Start: 6th, Finish: 4th
“This weekend has definitely felt like my best with the Team. Immediately from FP1 I felt comfortable with the car, which is important for a track like Suzuka where you need a lot of confidence, especially on your first visit! I felt like I could have done better at the start but I had too much wheel spin off the line and lost a couple of places to the McLarens. I managed to get back past them but by then I had already lost a lot of time to the lead pack. The move on Lando (Norris) for P5 was on, he gave me space and left the door open but it was a bit tight! We then managed to get past Carlos (Sainz) with some good strategy, but from then onwards we were in no man’s land in P4. It was just about managing the tires to the end but with Max’s DNF it was good to score some points for the Team and fourth was the best we could do. I’m still finding my feet but I’m happy with my progress and we took a step forward this weekend.”

Daniil Kvyat
Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
Start: 14th, Finish: 12th  
“Everything was OK until the last lap of my qualifying. I don’t know why I was so slow on the last lap, the car felt a bit different to Friday – the conditions were quite different – but we all had to deal with it. Starting the race from P14 was not ideal and I knew it was going to be tricky. I feel like the race itself was strong, and even if we lost a couple of places at the start, from then on it was a solid recovery. It’s a shame not to score points because the pace was really good. We will need to work in order to improve our qualifying.”

Pierre Gasly
Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
Start: 9th, Finish: 8th
“I’m very happy with today! It started really well this morning as I made it to Q3 and qualified ninth. I spent most of the race running in P7 and P8, it was really intense as Renault and Racing Point were pushing very hard. We had a suspension issue in the middle of the race which made it quite tough, so I just gave it everything I had to keep the position. There were some intense battles and I really wanted to make it to the end for the team, Honda, and for the Japanese fans who came out to support us. I’m really pleased to score points for the team, especially in Japan…it feels really special! We can be pleased with the day and we can’t wait for the remaining races.”

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Gateway to the Brand – 2020 Acura ILX Arrives in Dealerships

  • ILX is retail #1 and fastest-growing model in the premium compact sedan segment1
  • ILX captures the most first-time, millennial and multicultural buyers in Acura lineup2
  • ILX combines sporty styling with array of high-tech and premium features, including available Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration and standard AcuraWatch™  

Arriving today in Acura showrooms, the 2020 ILX looks to continue its success as the retail best-selling model in segment. ILX is a critical gateway to the Acura brand, capturing the most first-time, millennial and multicultural buyers of any model in the Acura lineup. Receiving major upgrades for the 2019 model year, ILX became the fastest growing model in its segment and earned its best sales month in more than three years this August. The 2020 Acura ILX will be offered at a starting price3 of $25,900 (excluding $995 destination and handling), unchanged from the previous model year.

Just a year ago, Acura completed a design transformation of its lineup – introducing a significantly updated ILX with sportier styling, standard AcuraWatch™ technology as well as updated cabin tech, including available Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration.In the first eight months of 2019, ILX has picked up more than nine points of retail segment share1 and captures the largest percentage of sales from under-35 buyers of any model in the premium compact sedan segment.

Additionally, for the past two years, ILX has earned the top spot in Kelly Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own rankings among entry-luxury cars, indicative of the Acura brand’s strong reputation for high quality and strong value retention.

2020 ILX
The 2020 Acura ILX is available with three distinct packages: Premium, Technology and the popular A-Spec sport appearance package – each powered by a 201-horsepower (SAE net), 2.4-liter, DOHC i-VTEC™ engine and quick-shifting 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Every 2020 ILX receives an EPA fuel economy rating of 24/34/28 mpg (city/highway/combined)4.

Additionally, all 2020 ILX models come equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of active safety and driver-assistive technologies, which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

2020 ILX Key Features Include:

  • 2.4-liter direct-injected 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC™ engine
  • 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Standard AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies
  • Available On-Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™ 2.0) interface with 7-inch lower touchscreen and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration
  • Driver 2-way power lumbar control
  • Front and rear sport seats (with available high-contrast piping and stitching)
  • Silver-finished dash trim with chrome insert
  • Machine-finished ignition button
  • Premium interior including available Milano leather-wrapped steering wheel with Euro-style stitching and Milano leather seats with high-contrast piping and stitching
  • Acura 7-element Acura Jewel Eye™ LED headlights and LED taillights
  • 17-inch split 5-spoke alloy wheels with trim-specific finishes
  • 7 exterior color options: Premium colors include: Majestic Black Pearl, Performance Red Pearl, Canyon Bronze Metallic and A-Spec-exclusive Apex Blue Pearl. Additional exterior colors include: Platinum White Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic and Modern Steel Metallic. 
  • Interior color options: Espresso, along with Graystone and Ebony. Exclusive A-Spec interior colors include Ebony and Red, both with black Ultrasuede™ inserts

2020 ILX A-Spec Features:

  • A-Spec exclusive 18-inch wheel with aggressive design and Shark Grey finish
  • Front grille and lower fascia with dark chrome trim
  • LED fog lights
  • Dark treatment headlights and taillights
  • Gloss-black decklid spoiler
  • Graphite-silver dash accent with chrome insert
  • A-Spec badged steering wheel with contrast stitching and aluminum sport pedals
  • Sport seats finished in A-Spec exclusive Ebony or Red leather with black Ultrasuede® center panels and high-contrast stitching
  • Exclusive A-Spec exterior color: Apex Blue Pearl; Interior colors include Ebony and Red, both with black Ultrasuede™ insert

Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Trim

MSRP1

MSRP
Including $995 Destination Charge

EPA MPG Rating
(city/highway/ combined)2

ILX

$25,900

$26,995

24/34/28

ILX with Premium Package

$27,750

$28,745

24/34/28

ILX with Technology Package

$29,650

$30,645

24/34/28

ILX A-Spec with Premium Package

$29,750

$30,745

24/34/28

ILX A-Spec with Technology Package

$31,650

$32,645

24/34/28

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Honda’s Rebelle Rally Teams Navigate 2019 Honda Passport and 2018 Ridgeline Across Nevada and California Desert

  • Honda engineers ready for adventure of a lifetime in all-women 2019 Rebelle Rally off-road navigation event
  • Honda Passport and Ridgeline showcase off-road capabilities of Honda light trucks across 1,600 miles of challenging terrain

A group of Honda engineers will pursue their outdoor passions and take the company’s product development efforts to the next level as they tackle the 2019 Rebelle Rally, an all-women off-road navigation event in the United States. Starting October 10, two driver/navigator teams of engineers from Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA) in California and Ohio will compete in the Rebelle Rally, the second straight year Honda has participated.

Kicking off on October 10 at Lake Tahoe, the Rebelle Rally covers eight days of competition that traverses the western portion of Nevada, crossing into Southern California to finish at the Imperial Sand Dunes. It’s not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding event where the teams strategically navigate from checkpoint to checkpoint – within set windows of time – using only maps, compasses, and a roadbook.

Team Challenging Spirit (#203) to Drive the 2018 Honda Ridgeline

Team Challenging Spirit #203 features Sharon Moore, HRA senior engineering technician based in Torrance, California, and Michelle Klein, HRA crash safety test engineer based in Raymond, Ohio, who will return for her second Rebelle Rally to navigate the 2018 Ridgeline. Moore’s role at HRA is to create full-scale models of future Honda and Acura vehicles, helping designers and engineers realize their ideas in three dimensions. Past projects have included the first-generation Honda Ridgeline, first-generation Honda Element, and the Acura CLX concept car (1995), as well as contributing to the Honda GRX (2006) and Acura Bike Tour Trike (Velomobile) concepts.

Klein is the only returning Rebelle Rally competitor from 2018, and has been a mentor for her teammates. As part of the safety engineering team at Honda R&D Americas, she conducts whiplash testing to study and improve the safety of Honda and Acura products. Klein has worked on safety testing for many vehicles, including the 2016 Honda Pilot, 2016 Honda Civic, 2016 Honda Odyssey, 2016 Honda Ridgeline, and the 2019 Acura RDX.

“I want every woman to experience this type of life-changing event of facing their own inner fears of failure with bravery, endurance and determination,” said Klein. “Last year’s Rebelle Rally was a transformational experience for me and I am grateful for the opportunity to mentor and help new drivers cross the finish line.”

Team Sand Mode (#208) to Navigate the 2019 Honda Passport

Team Sand Mode #208 features Liz Casteel, HRA chassis reliability test engineer based in Raymond, Ohio, and Tasha Krug, HRA engine systems and drivability test engineer – also based in Raymond, Ohio – who will compete in the 2019 Passport. Casteel helps guarantee the reliability of Honda and Acura vehicles through subframe and suspension testing, which includes in-lab and on-car strength, durability, and marketability analyses. She has been a member of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline and 2019 Acura RDX development teams.

“I am excited for the Rebelle Rally and look forward to facing the challenges that it will throw at us,” said Casteel. “It is a unique event that will bring our Honda team even closer through the adversities we will overcome.”

In her role at Honda R&D Americas, Krug calibrates engines and automatic idle-stop systems, which can enhance fuel efficiency and reduce emissions in city driving. She has tested on-board diagnostics failsafe systems and was on the 2019 Acura RDX development team.

Design Inspiration for Honda Vehicle Wraps

The Rebelle Rally wrap for the 2018 Ridgeline was designed by Honda exterior designer Lili Melikian and celebrates Honda’s performance development heritage. The Ridgeline’s wrap is a simple expression of performance and dynamic motion, with the intent to make it look sporty, energetic, and eye-catching. The side of the Ridgeline features a “Triangulation” pattern, which was inspired by the navigation method drivers use to pinpoint their location in the wild. This involves mapping three nearby landmarks to determine where you are. Honda Rebelle Rally team members and supporters in Ohio and California also are represented in the wrap design.

The Rebelle Rally wrap for the 2019 Passport pays homage to Honda’s off-road heritage and offering accessibility to off-road adventures – much like the Rebelle Rally – by featuring an illustration of Honda’s iconic Mini Trail 70 on the 50th anniversary of its introduction.

Proving Ground for 2019 Honda Passport and 2018 Ridgeline

The Rebelle Rally provides a unique opportunity for Honda engineers to test the 2019 Passport and 2018 Ridgeline in the type of environments they’re designed to be driven in. Both vehicles are only lightly modified from stock. These modifications are mainly custom front and rear skid plates, more all-terrain off-road tires, auxiliary lights, roof rails, and an in-cabin tire rack.

The 2019 Passport is the newest addition to Honda’s award-winning SUV lineup and delivers a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road capability along with best-in-class interior space. The 2018 Ridgeline pickup truck won North American Truck of the Year for this generation’s first year in 2017, and is the only unibody midsize pickup available in the U.S. Both vehicles feature Honda’s highly advanced Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system that includes Intelligent Traction Management (ITM) modes of Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand that allows the driver to select the best all-wheel drive parameters for the environment.

To follow Honda’s teams during the Rebelle Rally, visit https://www.rebellerally.com. Additional photos and video are available to media upon request.

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.

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Honda’s Rebelle Rally Teams Navigate 2019 Honda Passport and 2018 Ridgeline Across Nevada and California Desert

  • Honda engineers ready for adventure of a lifetime in all-women 2019 Rebelle Rally off-road navigation event
  • Honda Passport and Ridgeline showcase off-road capabilities of Honda light trucks across 1,600 miles of challenging terrain

A group of Honda engineers will pursue their outdoor passions and take the company’s product development efforts to the next level as they tackle the 2019 Rebelle Rally, an all-women off-road navigation event in the United States. Starting October 10, two driver/navigator teams of engineers from Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA) in California and Ohio will compete in the Rebelle Rally, the second straight year Honda has participated.

Kicking off on October 10 at Lake Tahoe, the Rebelle Rally covers eight days of competition that traverses the western portion of Nevada, crossing into Southern California to finish at the Imperial Sand Dunes. It’s not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding event where the teams strategically navigate from checkpoint to checkpoint – within set windows of time – using only maps, compasses, and a roadbook.

Team Challenging Spirit (#203) to Drive the 2018 Honda Ridgeline

Team Challenging Spirit #203 features Sharon Moore, HRA senior engineering technician based in Torrance, California, and Michelle Klein, HRA crash safety test engineer based in Raymond, Ohio, who will return for her second Rebelle Rally to navigate the 2018 Ridgeline. Moore’s role at HRA is to create full-scale models of future Honda and Acura vehicles, helping designers and engineers realize their ideas in three dimensions. Past projects have included the first-generation Honda Ridgeline, first-generation Honda Element, and the Acura CLX concept car (1995), as well as contributing to the Honda GRX (2006) and Acura Bike Tour Trike (Velomobile) concepts.

Klein is the only returning Rebelle Rally competitor from 2018, and has been a mentor for her teammates. As part of the safety engineering team at Honda R&D Americas, she conducts whiplash testing to study and improve the safety of Honda and Acura products. Klein has worked on safety testing for many vehicles, including the 2016 Honda Pilot, 2016 Honda Civic, 2016 Honda Odyssey, 2016 Honda Ridgeline, and the 2019 Acura RDX.

“I want every woman to experience this type of life-changing event of facing their own inner fears of failure with bravery, endurance and determination,” said Klein. “Last year’s Rebelle Rally was a transformational experience for me and I am grateful for the opportunity to mentor and help new drivers cross the finish line.”

Team Sand Mode (#208) to Navigate the 2019 Honda Passport

Team Sand Mode #208 features Liz Casteel, HRA chassis reliability test engineer based in Raymond, Ohio, and Tasha Krug, HRA engine systems and drivability test engineer – also based in Raymond, Ohio – who will compete in the 2019 Passport. Casteel helps guarantee the reliability of Honda and Acura vehicles through subframe and suspension testing, which includes in-lab and on-car strength, durability, and marketability analyses. She has been a member of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline and 2019 Acura RDX development teams.

“I am excited for the Rebelle Rally and look forward to facing the challenges that it will throw at us,” said Casteel. “It is a unique event that will bring our Honda team even closer through the adversities we will overcome.”

In her role at Honda R&D Americas, Krug calibrates engines and automatic idle-stop systems, which can enhance fuel efficiency and reduce emissions in city driving. She has tested on-board diagnostics failsafe systems and was on the 2019 Acura RDX development team.

Design Inspiration for Honda Vehicle Wraps

The Rebelle Rally wrap for the 2018 Ridgeline was designed by Honda exterior designer Lili Melikian and celebrates Honda’s performance development heritage. The Ridgeline’s wrap is a simple expression of performance and dynamic motion, with the intent to make it look sporty, energetic, and eye-catching. The side of the Ridgeline features a “Triangulation” pattern, which was inspired by the navigation method drivers use to pinpoint their location in the wild. This involves mapping three nearby landmarks to determine where you are. Honda Rebelle Rally team members and supporters in Ohio and California also are represented in the wrap design.

The Rebelle Rally wrap for the 2019 Passport pays homage to Honda’s off-road heritage and offering accessibility to off-road adventures – much like the Rebelle Rally – by featuring an illustration of Honda’s iconic Mini Trail 70 on the 50th anniversary of its introduction.

Proving Ground for 2019 Honda Passport and 2018 Ridgeline

The Rebelle Rally provides a unique opportunity for Honda engineers to test the 2019 Passport and 2018 Ridgeline in the type of environments they’re designed to be driven in. Both vehicles are only lightly modified from stock. These modifications are mainly custom front and rear skid plates, more all-terrain off-road tires, auxiliary lights, roof rails, and an in-cabin tire rack.

The 2019 Passport is the newest addition to Honda’s award-winning SUV lineup and delivers a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road capability along with best-in-class interior space. The 2018 Ridgeline pickup truck won North American Truck of the Year for this generation’s first year in 2017, and is the only unibody midsize pickup available in the U.S. Both vehicles feature Honda’s highly advanced Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system that includes Intelligent Traction Management (ITM) modes of Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand that allows the driver to select the best all-wheel drive parameters for the environment.

To follow Honda’s teams during the Rebelle Rally, visit https://www.rebellerally.com. Additional photos and video are available to media upon request.

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.

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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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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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