How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

2019 Honda Passport | St. Elyria, OH

The temperature is dropping, which means that winter is on the horizon. As the weather station starts predicting the chance of snow, it’s important you make sure your car is ready for this cold weather. Here are some tips on how to prepare your car for winter.

Keep an eye on your tires. Lower temperatures will cause your car’s tire pressure to decrease. Check your tire pressure regularly to ensure it’s always in the recommended range. Also, make sure your tires have a good amount of tread on them to ensure your car will get good traction out on the road.

Top off your fluids. There are a number of fluids that your car needs to keep it running smoothly in the colder weather. Make sure your car’s antifreeze – the fluid that keeps your engine from freezing over – is at the appropriate level, along with your car’s windshield wiper fluid. This fluid is necessary for ensuring you have perfect visibility when the roads get salty and winter weather hits.

Pack an emergency kit. You never know when you might find yourself stranded on the side of the road. Because of this, it’s important to be prepared. Pack an emergency winter kit for your car that is filled with supplies that will help you in winter weather. This includes items like blankets, warm clothes, extra gloves, a bag of sand for traction, a flashlight, road flares, a first-aid kit, an extra ice scraper, and some non-perishable snacks like granola bars.

Winter is a beautiful season full of celebrations and family get-togethers, but it can be extremely dangerous if you’re not well prepared. Set up an appointment with the service department at Jack Matia Honda and let our certified technicians prepare your car for winter.

2020 Honda Civic Si Makes Debut

2020 Honda Civic Si - Elyria, OH

Over the past few months, Honda has slowly been revealing its 2020 Civic lineup. Now, the brand has released its last updated model – the 2020 Honda Civic Si. These are some of the changes you can expect from this performance-oriented ride.

A new exterior look. While the Civic Si hasn’t undergone a complete design overhaul, it does have a revised front end that features a gloss black surrounding trim and a body-color crossbar. Its fog lights are now LED, while the primary lamps are multi-element LED headlights.

Standard safety tech. For the 2020 model year, the Civic Si will now come standard with the Honda Sensing® suite of safety technologies. This means you will receive a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), a Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and a Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) no matter which Si trim you choose.

A sportier interior. Inside the Si’s cabin, you will find updated sport seats that are highlighted by red accents. A new red trim will highlight the instrument panel and the physical buttons and knobs on the center console.

Increased responsiveness. The six-speed manual transmission now has a final-drive ratio that is 6% shorter, making the Civic Si’s acceleration more responsive throughout the gears.

With the 2020 model, Honda has taken the crowd-pleasing Civic Si to another level altogether. We’re looking forward to seeing you here at Jack Matia Honda when the new Civic Si finally hits roads later this year.

3 Best Cleveland Metroparks Near Elyria

Metroparks - Elyria, OH

Fall is right around the corner, bringing with it cooler weather and changing leaves. As the weather cools off and you’re thinking of enjoying the outdoors before Northeast Ohio’s harsh winter sets in, then you should consider heading to one of the best Cleveland Metroparks near Elyria.

Bradley Woods Reservation

Located in North Olmsted and Westlake – only a 25-minute drive from Elyria – is Bradley Woods Reservation. Situated around old quarry sites, this park is considered the only swamp forest in the park system. It is naturally beautiful with forests of red maples, sour gums, tupelos, and yellow birches; it is also home to Bunns Lake and has more than two miles of hiking trails, making it an appealing choice for those looking to spot water fowl.

Rocky River Reservation

Just 30 minutes from Eyria is the Rocky River Reservation, which stretches through multiple towns. This metropark was the first land ever purchased for Cleveland Metroparks back in April 1919. Since then, it has grown exponentially to include land that has massive shale cliffs, a variety of tree species, and wildlife of all sorts, including the white-tailed deer.

Mill Stream Run Reservation

From fishing to hiking – and even tobogganing – Mill Stream Run Reservation has an activity for everyone to enjoy. This metropark is located less than 30 minutes from Elyria, offering a range of trails and picnic areas for visitors during the warm weather. It is also home to the Chalet, which has twin toboggan shuts, and offers fall hayrides.

If you need a capable SUV to survive the Cleveland winter and take you to picturesque parks, check out the HR-V or RAV4 at Jack Matia Honda.

End-of-Summer Fun

summer fun - Elyria, OH

Jack Matia Honda is proud to be a part of the Elyria community. The area is full of wonderful people, and there is always so much to do and see. Here are some can’t-miss end-of-summer fun events near Elyria as we close out the summer:

  • Elyria Farmers Market: Head to East Falls Riverwalk on Kerstetter Way every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to purchase locally grown and sourced produce. The last one for the summer takes place on Sept. 14; don’t miss your chance! Learn more here.
  • BrewFest Waterfront District: Nearby Lorain, Ohio, will host this year’s BrewFest Waterfront District on Saturday, Aug. 10, from noon to 6 p.m. If you love craft beer and live music, this event at Black River Landing is for you. Learn more here.
  • Firewalk 2019: Not far from Elyria is Oberlin, which will be hosting the 13th Annual Gregg Gilder Memorial Firewalk on Sept. 7 at the Common Ground at the Cindy Nord Center for Renewal. The workshop is limited to just 100 participants, so sign up now. Learn more here.
  • Tee’d Off for the Kids Charity Golf Outing: This ninth annual golf event includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, a steak dinner, and beer (and other drinks). It takes place at Bob-O-Link Golf Course on Saturday, Aug. 17. Learn more here.

Need your car serviced to ensure your safe travels to these fun Elyria summer events? Stop by Jack Matia Honda and we’ll take good care of you and your car.

2019 Honda Civic Type R Update

Civic Type R - Elyria, OH

The Civic Type R combines power with an athletic styling, making it a solid option if you like to have ample power under the hood of your car. For the 2019 model year, this model has seen some updates. Here, we take a look at what you can expect from the updated 2019 Honda Civic Type R.

Interior additions

Some of the most notable chances to the Type R can be seen in its cabin. This performance-oriented vehicle has larger cupholders in the center console, better steering-wheel-mounted controls, and an indicator light on the electronic parking brake. It also includes physical buttons and a volume knob, which the outgoing Type R didn’t offer.

New color option

For the 2019 model year, the Type R has a new blue-gray paint color called Sonic Gray Pearl. This color is new to the American market, but has been available in Europe since the hot hatch’s debut.

Powerful performance

As you might expect from such a performance-focused vehicle, the Type R offers a fierce powertrain. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine puts out 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. It comes paired to a six-speed manual transmission with no automatic transmission option. This allows the focus to stay on providing you with the best possible driving experience.

The Honda Civic has many options available, from coupe and sedan to hot hatch. Stop by Jack Matia Honda to see our Civic inventory and the rest of the Honda models.

Three 2019 Honda Models Named Best Family Cars of 2019

Three 2019 Honda Family - Elyria, OH

If you’re in the market for a family vehicle, the Honda lineup has three solid options you should consider. Three 2019 Honda models, the 2019 Honda Odyssey, 2019 Honda Accord, and 2019 Honda CR-V, were recently named on the Best Family Cars of 2019 list for their respective segments.

According to, the 2019 Accord earned its title as Best Family Sedan due to its roomy interior and trunk, along with its standard Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistance technologies, which help keep you confident out on the road.

For the 2019 Odyssey, its Best Family Minivan title was awarded because of its Magic Slide™ seats, Cabin Watch™ technology, and Honda VAC®.

The 2019 CR-V was also recognized for its Honda Sensing® availability, along with its ample cargo space, solid fuel-efficiency numbers, and available hands-free rear liftgate. This allowed it to be named the Best Small Family SUV title.

To determine the winners of each segment, editors at put eligible vehicles through extensive, engineer-led tests. Each vehicle is then rated using more than 30 criteria in five main categories – driving performance, comfort, interior, utility, and technology. The availability of safety features, along with technology and convenience features that appeal to families, is also considered.

Visit Jack Matia Honda to test drive one of these Best Family vehicles for yourself.

A Closer Look at Classic Honda Models

Classic Hondas - Elyria, OH

Over the past few decades, Honda has established a reputation for offering stylish, powerful, and efficient vehicles. The following classic Honda models helped the Japanese carmaker establish its name.

Honda S600

The S600 was a roadster that raised the bar in the industry. Its styling stood in good company with other popular roadsters like the Triumphs and Austin-Healeys. The S600 was also the first-ever Honda production vehicle to be available in two trim levels.

Honda Z600

Quirky elegance comes to the forefront with the Z600 hatchback. As one of the first Honda models for sale in the United States, the Z600 appeared on motorcycle dealership lots from 1970 to 1974 because no Honda dealerships existed across America. This hatchback became well-known, despite its short-lived lifespan. Eric Burns broke the land-speed record in 2008 for stock body production cars with 750 cc engines for this model.

Honda NSX

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, supercar performance at the fraction of the price of competitors became a reality. The NSX was sold under the Acura nameplate in the United States. This sports car debuted as a 1990 model, offering a 3.0-liter V6 engine, before eventually being discontinued in 2005.

Take a closer look at our used Hondas at Jack Matia Honda in Elyria, OH.

The Top 2019 Honda Pilot Features

2019 Honda Pilot - Elyria, OH

Family vehicles can generally sound boring and dull, but the 2019 Pilot includes bold, sophisticated, and fun characteristics. From its dependable performance to its thoughtful tech, the Pilot delivers an excellent family driving experience. Here are the top 2019 Honda Pilot features that are good to know.

Smart power

The 2019 Pilot is both powerful and efficient. It comes with a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 280 horsepower and averages 27 mpg on highway.*

Cutting-edge safety technology

The Pilot features standard Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies, including its Collision Mitigation Braking System and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Smartphone integration & advanced interior connectivity

Connective features inside the Pilot include Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, which allows you to stream your favorite tunes and access your maps app on the infotainment system’s large color touch-screen display.  The 2019 Pilot also keep you up-to-date with available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi® and wireless charging.

Convenience features

A range of convenience features elevate your overall driving experience. Turn on your Pilot with Remote Engine Start.

Versatile space

The Pilot comfortably seats eight passengers and offers up to 83.9 cubic feet of cargo space.

Test-drive the 2019 Honda Pilot in Elyria, OH, at Jack Matia Honda.

*19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT trims. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT trims. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards Goes To Honda

2019 Honda Odyssey

Depreciation is a huge drawback in a brand-new car purchase. Within the first year of owning a car, it loses about 30% of its value. To help you find a vehicle that won’t experience too much devaluation, Kelley Blue Book introduced the Best Resale Value awards. This year, Honda walked away with five of these awards.

Each vehicle type from Honda — electric vehicle, passenger car, SUV, minivan, and pickup truck — earned recognition.

Here’s a look at Honda’s models that took away 2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards in their segments:

  • 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*

To determine what vehicles were worthy of the Best Resale Value accolade, Kelley Blue Book examined the latest research and analysis. This includes current sales data, market conditions, competition within segments, future economic factors, and current vehicle specifications. The award winners retain their value over the first five years of new-car ownership better than their competitors.

Visit Jack Matia Honda for a closer look at this award-winning lineup.

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Honda Wins Big in AutoWeb’s Buyer’s Choice Awards

2019 Honda Civic

Honda has come away from the AutoWeb’s Buyer’s Choice Awards with multiple accolades. The 2019 Honda Accord and 2019 Honda CR-V received the overall titles of Best Car of the Year and Best Utility Vehicle of the Year, respectively, while Honda came away with an industry-leading seven awards in total.

Honda received recognition in the following award categories:

  • Best Car of the Year — 2019 Honda Accord
  • Best Utility Vehicle of the Year — 2019 Honda CR-V
  • Best Compact Vehicle of the Year — 2019 Honda Civic
  • Best Hatchback of the Year — 2019 Honda Fit
  • Best Sedan of the Year — 2019 Honda Accord
  • Best Van of the Year — 2019 Honda Odyssey
  • Best Small SUV of the Year — 2019 Honda CR-V

With these awards, Honda showcases the diversity of its lineup. From its vehicle that has the lowest cost of entry — the subcompact Fit — to its range of family-friendly vehicles including the Odyssey and CR-V. To determine the winners of the AutoWeb awards, the website looked at the number of submitted vehicle price quote requests from more than 120 million consumers over the course of 12 months.

To experience the depth and breadth of the 2019 Honda lineup, stop into Jack Matia Honda and take a test drive.