2019 Honda Models Earn Top Safety Pick+

2019 Honda Pilot

IIHS Top Safety Picks+

Honda has long been a name associated with reliability and safety, especially with recent features like the Honda Sensing® suite of safety systems in the field of driver assist and alert technology. Thanks to Honda’s research and development in this area, 2019 Honda models are starting to make a name for themselves when it comes to earning top-notch safety ratings. So far, the 2019 Honda Insight and 2019 Honda Pilot have already taken home the title of Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS.

IIHS Requirements

Requirements for achieving the top score from the IIHS have been increasingly more and more difficult to meet, with many vehicles on the market only qualifying for the standard Top Safety Pick title or no title at all. In order to qualify for the extra plus sign at the end of the title, Top Safety Pick+ vehicles need to pass all crash tests with flying colors, as well as pass evaluations for headlights and crash-prevention safety systems.

How They Performed

The 2019 Honda Insight was honored with perfect marks in every category from the IIHS, judged to have adequate illumination from its headlights with minimal glare. The 2019 Pilot came close, passing almost all crash tests with top ratings. Both vehicles earned Superior ratings for their respective Honda Sensing® crash prevention systems. 2019 Honda models continue to represent the brand’s commitment to safety.

If you want to learn more about the 2019 Honda Pilot or the 2019 Honda Insight, contact us at Visalia Honda.

Three California National Parks to Visit This Fall

California is celebrated for plenty of reasons, the least of which being is gorgeous natural attractions. There are so many places one could visit in this state, but this list showcases three favorite California National Parks that make perfect road trip destinations for the fall.


Yosemite National Park


Yosemite National Park features towering granite structures left behind from glaciers around 3 million years ago. Its stunning landscape is scattered with wildlife like mule deer, bears, coyotes, and bighorn sheep. In addition to wildlife watching, visitors can hike, camp, fish, or rock climb one of the granite structures.


Joshua Tree National Park


There’s nothing else in the world that resembles this unique park. It’s named for its strange trees, a particularly tall species of yucca, which scatter the desert. The park is also filled with its own collection of beautiful rock formations, also great for climbing. Joshua Tree is a favorite spot for camping, particularly because of its clear skies and the exceptional stargazing it has to offer.


Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park


This park is home to two other iconic California trees—the Redwood and the Sequoia. This park sits southeast of Yosemite and offers 40 miles of trails that run through a forest of trees that are up to 275 feet tall and up to 3,500 years old.


If you need the perfect vehicle to take with you on your National Park adventures, contact us at Visalia Honda.

2019 Honda SUV Lineup Includes Updated Pilot, HR-V

2019 Honda SUV Lineup | Visalia Honda | Visalia, CA

Known for form, function, and reliability, Honda has been a name associated with stylish family haulers and safe commuters for decades. The award-winning Honda SUV lineup is getting an update this year with a refresh for both the 2019 Honda Pilot and Honda HR-V, both of which will boast cool new styling cues, new tech, and updated safety systems.

What’s New

Both the Pilot and the HR-V have gotten significant makeovers, with Apple CarPlay ™ and Android Auto ™ integration as well as the expanded availability of the HondaSensing ® suite of safety features. The Display Audio systems in the cabins of the Pilot and HR-V will also be new.

2019 Pilot

Honda Sensing ® will be standard on all trims of this eight-passenger SUV, making it one of the most family-friendly options in its segment. The Pilot also boasts aggressive restyling, as well as a number of new available features like a Rear-Seating Entertainment System, hands-free power tailgate, and the CabinTalk ™ rear-seat camera.

2019 HR-V

As of 2019, the addition of Honda Sensing ® as standard equipment on the HR-V’s upper trim levels means the entire Honda SUV lineup is now equipped with the cutting-edge safety tech. Other new features include upgrades to the HR-V’s standard CVT, a more slick and confident exterior design, and sound-deadening acoustics.

For more information about what’s coming soon from Honda for the new model year, contact us at Visalia Honda.

All-New 2019 Honda Insight is Both Stylish and Efficient

All-New 2019 Honda Insight | Visalia Honda | Visalia, CA

It’s been almost five years since the Honda Insight has been in production and ever since it made its original debut in 1999, the hybrid electric vehicle has gone through multiple facelifts and updates throughout the years. Now in its third generation, the all-new 2019 Honda Insight is back and looking better than ever.


Since its unveiling as a prototype at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the new Insight has been on the minds of many green car enthusiasts. Now, the innovative vehicle is nearly ready to go on sale at dealerships and there’s even more to be excited about.

With a starting MSRP of less than $23,000, the 2019 Insight is an affordable option for those wanting to make an impact on their carbon footprint.1 The sophisticated midsize sedan gets an EPA-estimated 55 mpg in the city and offers ample passenger and cargo room, an expansive list of premium standard features, and peppy performance.2

“The Honda Insight shows consumers that the efficiency of a hybrid car doesn’t mean sacrificing style, refinement or performance,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “The Insight is another symbol of a new era in the evolution of Honda electrified vehicles, where customers can have everything they want with no compromises.”

The 2019 Honda Insight is slated to debut at dealerships in late summer 2018, so keep your eyes peeled to see if we get this impressive new vehicle on the Visalia Honda lot!

1MSRP plus $895 destination charge, excluding tax, license, registration and options. Dealer prices may vary.

2Based on 2019 model-year EPA ratings for LX/EX models. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPG will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery pack age/condition and other factors.

Why Small Cars are a Smart Buy

2018 Honda Fit Interior | Visalia Honda | Visalia, CA

For decades, the Honda Civic has been one of the go-to compact cars. It remains a reliable, zippy, and efficient choice for drivers. It’s just one of a few small cars available from Honda. Small cars are a great choice for a wide range of lifestyles, and here is why.

Fuel Efficient

It’s no surprise that a compact car is going to use much less gas than a big SUV or truck. If cutting back on gas is your priority, a small car is the way to go.


Generally speaking, small cars have lower starting prices than mid-size or full-size sedans. They’re great starters for new drivers or smart choices for recent graduates.

Surprisingly Spacious

You might expect passengers to be cramped and cargo room to be nonexistent, but today’s small cars are finding ways to make the most space in the interior while still maintaining a compact size. For instance, both the 2018 Honda Civic and the 2018 Honda Fit feature 60/40 split rear seats to accommodate cargo when needed.

Fun to Drive

A compact car often goes hand in hand with a peppy driving experience. Their smaller size makes then nimble performers, so you can expect an enjoyable ride. And when it’s time to park, you’ll have no trouble squeezing into a tight parking space.

To take a look at Honda’s small car offerings, come visit us at Visalia Honda and take a test drive.

Welcome to Visalia Honda’s New Blog

2019 Honda Ridgeline | Visalia Honda | Visalia, CA

Welcome to brand-new blog of Visalia Honda. In the coming months, this space will be where we’ll post news about developments from Honda, tips and tricks to keep your car in tip-top shape, and fun ideas for life in our corner of the Golden State. If you have any ideas or suggestions for upcoming posts, let us know here or on our social media (Facebook or Twitter).

In case you’ve never visited Visalia Honda, let us introduce ourselves. Our dealership joined the Groppetti Automotive Family in 1997 and we are committed to offering the best sales and service experience possible while living up to our “You Can Count On Us!” motto. No matter if you’re looking for a new or used vehicle, our lot is well-stocked with the most popular options, including the Honda Accord, Pilot, and Civic. After your purchase, the service department and our well-trained technicians are ready to help you keep your investment on the road for many years.

There’s plenty of space for our 15 service bays, parts department, and sales floor at the 28,000 square foot facility on Ben Maddox Way that we opened in 2008. If you have any questions about anything, please contact us and we’ll make sure you get all the answers you need.