About Jeff Russ

Lead blogger and content writer for the Waikem Auto Family in Massillon, Ohio. Product specialist in Ford, Nissan, Subaru, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, and Mitsubishi models. 2008 Graduate of Kent State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Married to wife Christina. Resides in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

2016 Honda HR-V Trim Levels and MPG Emerge

Details such as trim level, starting MSRP and fuel economy have emerged on the highly anticipated 2016 Honda HR-V. We now know that the HR-V will reach up to 35 MPG with MSRP starting less than $20,000.

We also know that it should be at Waikem Honda sometime in May. Our first models have been entered into our inventory, and now that we have learned more, we’re excited to finally see one for ourselves.

The Honda HR-V will come with three trim levels and eight configurations:

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2016 Honda Pilot Details Emerge

New trim levels, improved fuel economy and better safety technology was introduced today for the new 2016 Honda Pilot.

For the first time, we’ve seen more than just the outside of this all-new SUV that debuted in the Chicago Auto Show last month. First off, the Pilot adds a new Touring Elite top of the line. All-in-all there are five available trim levels, and the Touring Elite is the most luxurious of them all. Touring Elite gives you all the great features of the modern vehicle, including:

  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • LED Headlights
  • Blind Spot Indicators
  • Rear Heated Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Rear Captain’s Chairs (first time Honda has offered this in the Pilot)
  • Lane Watch

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Honda Named Best Car Brand

Gorgeous vehicles like this 2015 Honda Civic put the brand at the top of KBB'S Best Brands List again for 2015.

Gorgeous vehicles like this 2015 Honda Civic put the brand at the top of KBB’S Best Brands List again for 2015.

Honda has again received the best overall brand and best value brand from Kelley Blue Book.

KBB released its 2015 Brand Image Awards. It’s the third consecutive year Honda was awarded Best Overall Brand, and the fourth time in total it was awarded the Best Value Brand.

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Hondas Recognized for Long-Term Reliability


A number of Honda models were honored by Consumer Reports for their ability to last forever. The Honda Civic, Pilot, Odyssey, Accord and CR-V were in the top of the list of “Best cars for making it to 200,000 miles.” So if you’re looking for a long-term investment in your next vehicle, look no further than Honda.

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Consumer Reports looks at real-world reports and survey data from readers and mechanics to create this list. Each vehicle also had to be Consumer Reports recommended to qualify. We here at Waikem Honda are not surprised that all of Honda’s top models we made the top ten.

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2015 Honda CR-V Voted Best Family SUV

The 2015 Honda CR-V was named best Family SUV by U.S. News and World Reports. Redesigned for the new year, the CR-V makes the list thanks to innovative technologies and improved safety.

The SUV’s 8.6 out of 10 score makes it the highest-rating SUV in its class. It also comes in No. 1 for the most affordable compact SUV on the market today. It earns the marks as best family SUV for roominess. U.S. News and World Reports talks about the back seat in particular, mentioning it might be the most comfortable back seat in its class. The 70.9 cubic feet of cargo space is more than you will get in most of the competition.

The standard features also blew away the judges. All CR-V models come standard with Bluetooth, backup camera, USB capabilities, Pandora radio and so much more.

The CR-V is also one of the perfect blends of technology and safety thanks to a number of new Honda Sensing safety features include forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane watch and lane keeping, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.

The CR-V also added more airbags to the 2015 CR-V, and it even earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Award for 2015.

Earlier this month, the CR-V also earned the best Family Car Award from Kelley Blue Book.

So it’s no wonder that the Honda CR-V continues to win family car awards. Luckily Waikem Honda has full inventory of these great SUVs just waiting for you to drive home. Bring the entire family in to our Massillon dealership to see why the voters fall in love with this great SUV.

Honda Debuts 2016 Honda Pilot

The all-new redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot debuted  Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show.

The all-new redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot debuted Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show.

The totally redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot made its world debut Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show. The new SUV has an all-new look inside and out and it has shed  300 pounds for better fuel economy and cabin quietness.

The new 2016 Honda Pilot will hit the dealership in summer 2015. If the first reviews are any indication, you’re really going to like this new family-friendly SUV.

Brand New Look 

The third-generation Honda Pilot looks nothing like the previous model. Instead of the boxy look of the current models, the new Pilot has a modern, sleek look with a smaller, thin front grill, wide headlines and creases leading down the sides. The Pilot has new thin rear headlights and overall it looks much more like a modern vehicle. Think about an extended CR-V when you think about the new Pilot.

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2015 Honda Fit earns five-star crash rating

The amazing 2015 Honda Fit has earned the top 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is one of the most important safety awards given to a vehicle, adding to a number of other safety awards claimed by the new Fit this year.

The redesigned 2015 Honda Fit received the perfect overall score, and it also received perfect scores in front and side crashes. In rollover crashes, the Fit received a four out of five star score.

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2015 Honda CR-V Tops Resale Value Awards

The all-new 2015 Honda CR-V is one of the top ten nationally vehicles nationally for resale value.

The all-new 2015 Honda CR-V is one of the top ten nationally vehicles nationally for resale value.

The 2015 Honda CR-V was in the industry’s top ten nationally for resale value in the 2015 Kelley Blue Book resale value awards. As the first Compact SUV to ever appear in KBB’s top ten, there are few better choices for projected future value in your next vehicle.

The Resale Value Awards calculate a vehicle’s five-year projected resale value. In simple terms, what’s the vehicle going to be worth to you when you’re ready to trade it in? The CR-V is projected to retain 50.8% of value at 60 months, putting it tenth overall out of everything in the industry today.

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Honda Fit Tops KBB Resale Value Award

The 2015 Honda Fit was voted the Best Subcompact Car in the annual KBB Best Resale Value Awards

The 2015 Honda Fit was voted the Best Subcompact Car in the annual KBB Best Resale Value Awards

The 2015 Honda Fit topped the Best Subcompact Car category in the annual Kelley Blue Book Resale Value Awards. Looking at which cars in their class would hold their value best five years after ownership, KBB said there is no better choice than the amazingly spacious Honda Fit.

The Best Resale Value Awards are among the most important and prestigious awards in the industry today, because resale value is one of the most important, and sometimes overlooked aspects of car shopping. You want your vehicle to have value at the end of your ownership, and often times depreciation — or loss of value — is typically a car buyer’s primary expense during ownership.

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Honda Odyssey Voted Best Commuter Van

The 2015 Honda Odyssey was voted the best minivan for commuting and carpooling.

A number of sources — Consumer Reports, Forbes, Yahoo Autos and Gas Buddy, combined in making the list of best commuter vehicles. With its Consumer Reports high score, great fuel economy and all the comfort you need for your next vehicle.

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