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Little Honda is King of the Hill Again
Kelley Blue Book, a longtime trusted consumer publication and website devoted to providing the latest in car news and reviews, has named the 2017 Honda Civic as its overall Best Buy in the automotive marketplace. KBB evaluates what constitutes a “best value” not only from the initial price of the vehicle, but also how it drives, what emotions it invokes and all the fun stuff that a new car should have. Best Buy evaluations are conducted over an entire calendar year, with 6 weeks before the announcement devoted to in-depth reviews of the final qualifiers. From its design and performance to a fun-to-drive feel, the 2017 Honda Civic was the clear winner among a strong group of competitors. See what makes the Civic the top dog by taking a test drive at Chapman Honda.
Civic ‘Blows Away’ the Competition
“The 2017 Honda Civic won this year’s Small Car Best Buy Award because it simply blows away everything else in its class,” KBB editors wrote. “And for the second year in a row, it takes the Overall Best Buy trophy for the same reasons: The 2017 Civic so dominates its class, it was an obvious choice.” The Civic ticks off all the boxes that other compacts do: It’s affordable, gets great gas mileage and is dependable. After that is when the Civic really starts to pull away from the competition. A spacious interior is more like that of a much larger vehicle, allowing room for grown adults to actually stretch out in the back seat. Along with being fun-to-drive with superb acceleration and handling, the Civic is the beneficiary of some world-class attention to detail, creating tight fits and that unmistakable thud of a well-constructed car.
Three Models of Excellence
Whether you choose the 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan or new hatchback, the 2017 Honda Civic provides a sporty alternative to other small car options. It doesn’t matter whether you pair it with the 1.5L turbocharged motor or the base 2.0L naturally aspirated engine, the continuously variable automatic transmission delivers seamless transitions through the gears for a smooth, powerful ride with top-notch efficiency. Add on the available Honda Sensing Suite for a whole basketful of driver assistance features that recognize trouble before it happens. One example is active cruise control that keeps a safe distance between you and the vehicle immediately in front, slowing as needed and even applying the brakes as necessary to avoid a collision. Feel free to look at competitors, but then take a trip to Chapman Honda for a test drive in the Civic before making any commitments. Price, performance and added features all add up to the Civic being the best buy in the market.
Part of 10th Generation Civic Next Year
After its unveiling at the Paris Auto Show, the new Honda Civic Type R made its first U.S. appearance at the SEMA convention in Las Vegas the first week of November. This radical take on the popular small Honda is based on the Civic Hatchback, but has a wider, more muscular build. More modifications contribute to outstanding aerodynamics, which improve handling and fuel efficiency. A brushed finish resembles aluminum, which may or may not be the final exterior on the production model. A centrally-located air scoop and a fascia with attitude give this car an aggressive look, broken up only by the iconic red “H” Honda badge on the nose. Keep in touch with Chapman Honda for the latest news on the Honda Civic Type R.
Civicapalooza Display Provides Strong Showing
Civics, Civics and more Civics were on display at the SEMA show as Honda saturated the Las Vegas Convention Center with variations on its award winning compact. The 2017 Civic Hatchback is now the third different body style for the 10th generation, joining the Sedan and Coupe. The one on display at SEMA was equipped with a Honda Factory Performance package that included a spoiler, larger brakes and badging, along with underbody spoilers and special wheels. Honda also provided a Global Rallycross Civic, Civic Coupe racing concept and SEGA Civic Sedan based on the video game “Sonic the Hedgehog.” For those familiar with the game, the wheels and tires represented the rings that Sonic travels through. A unique paint scheme and custom interior features that included a 32-inch television added to the uniqueness of this Civic.
Civic Body-in-White is a unique concept that lets racing teams, both pro and amateur, build race cars without having to disassemble a production vehicle. Along with a touring car chassis, Honda Performance Development will also have a complete line of high-end performance parts available to let teams build a competitive car. The team will also provide direct engineering support to those who need help. An ultimate street cruiser from aLL STaR Performance and fun versatile coupe from MAD Industries were also on display at SEMA.
Versatile Civic Makes Perfect Commuter
Although you can’t buy any of the aforementioned concept Civics, if you head over to Chapman Honda you can take your pick from a wide inventory of Civic Coupes, Sedans and Hatchbacks. With a rating of up to 40 mpg on the highway, the Civic not only stands the test of time, it makes a perfect car for commuting, hauling the kids to school or navigating tough urban traffic. A turbocharged engine and choice between automatic or manual transmission mean you can customize your own driving experience.
Honda Gives SUV First Turbocharged Engine
Honda has taken the gloves off in the redesign of the all-new 2017 CR-V, America’s best-selling SUV. Along with a completely new look, an upscale interior and more technology, the Honda CR-V now comes with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 190 horsepower. “The new Honda CR-V raises the bar in every imaginable way, delivering more performance, space and premium content together with higher fuel economy ratings and value than ever before,” according to senior Honda VP Jeff Conrad. “Customers are going to love what they see and what they experience behind the wheel of this new CR-V.” You can experience the latest thing from the Honda lineup by taking a test drive at Chapman Honda.
Sporty Styling Emphasizes Aggressive Attitude
With a sharp new front-end, stylized headlamps and a wider, athletic stance, the new Honda CR-V displays more of an attitude on the road. The long hood draws the eye back into the sloping body, which ends with a short rear porch. Dual exhausts complete the sporty look that also delivers an air of sophistication. This new Honda also has an active shutter grille that reduces drag while increase fuel efficiency. You’ll get 17 or 18-inch wheels, depending on the trim package you select. A power tailgate makes loading the groceries easy when your hands are full.
Premium Materials Make Interior Special
Head over to Chapman Honda to look at the new CR-V and you’ll notice the use of upscale materials that make the interior both refined and comfortable. Starting off, the cabin is bigger than before, allowing adults room to spread out. With the best rear seat legroom in the compact SUV market, adults can ride in back with comfort. The instrument panel is soft to the touch, and you’ll notice intricate stitching that stands out on the plush seats. New technology includes a color driver information interface, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and the ability to connect with either Apple or Android smartphones. Other available features include remote start, heated mirrors, USB ports in the rear and power seats for both the driver and front seat passenger.
Honda Sensing Suite Now Standard on EX and Above
If you choose the EX trim level or above, the spectacular Honda Sensing safety suit comes standard. This sensor and camera-based system helps avoid collisions with systems like forward collision warning, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. The technology works in conjunction with Honda’s ACE body structure that’s designed to divert energy away from the cabin in case of a crash.
Bold New Design Appeals to Rebel
With piano black accents setting off a bold new design, the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback is set to appeal to the smart consumer who has a bit of a rebellious nature. A rear roof spoiler and honeycomb panels in the back and front are little touches that lend an air of attitude to this perfect commuter. Throw in the efficient turbocharged engine, spicy 18-inch alloy wheels and a dual exhaust that gives a bit of rumble to your drive and you get an affordable sporty car with the dependability of a Honda. Stop by Chapman Honda to see all the new touches that come with the Civic Hatchback.
Technology and Comfort Combine for Premium Drive
Drivers who like to drive are the intended market for the new Civic Hatchback, which is outfitted with the latest technology to improve the road experience. Choose the EX model and above and you get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that not only produces phenomenal sound, but utilizes a select number of apps on your phone through Android Auto. Opt for the Driver Information Interface and you get a set of dynamic LED gauges that provide all the necessary vehicle information in a brilliant display. Controls for the audio and hands-free communication system are mounted conveniently on the steering wheel, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road.
Choose From Five Trim Levels
Whether you choose the base LX, the Sport Touring model, or any trim package in between, the Honda Civic Hatchback is loaded with features. The LX offers premium standard features such as an electric parking brake, hill start assist and a multi-angle rearview camera. LED running lights are also standard, as is automatic climate control and Bluetooth streaming audio. The Sport model has a little larger engine and comes with dual mode paddle shifters to give the feeling of a real race car. An underbody spoiler, fog lights and textured aluminum pedals add to the list of amenities. Opt for the EX and remote start is on the list, along with a standard automatic, Honda LaneWatch, heated front seats and heated side mirrors. The EX-L Navi adds leather to the equation along with Honda’s Satellite Navigation System. Go for the Sport Touring package and you get the best of all the other trim levels, along with rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED headlights, heated rear seats and a premium 540-watt sound system. Check out all the trim levels at Chapman Honda and choose the Civic Hatchback that best suits your needs.
34 MPG Makes Hybrids Nervous
By delivering up to 34 mpg on the highway and qualifying as a Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle, the Honda HR-V earned “Green SUV of the Year” honors from the “Green Car Journal” last year. The ability to attract environmentally-conscious buyers by combining the utility of hauling people, cargo and still delivering a fun driving experience is what’s making the hybrid market nervous. Building a vehicle that is thousands less than most hybrids while still delivering comparable fuel quality is what has Honda beaming about the potential for the new model year. “The Honda HR-V is a truly unique new subcompact crossover, delivering the space, utility, comfort and feature content of a larger vehicle, with the sporty driving dynamics and class-leading fuel economy ratings on par with a small car,” according to Honda VP John Mendel. Now on sale at Chapman Honda, the 2017 HR-V comes with a new color option as Lunar Silver metallic takes the place of Alabaster Silver.
Design Optimizes Safety and Performance
With a body structure designed to divert any crash damage away from the occupants, the 2017 Honda HR-V earns top safety ratings for its class. The design is augmented by a number of standard and available safety features, including anti-lock brakes, stability control, rearview camera, dual-stage airbags, lane watch and hill start assist. A tire pressure monitoring system is standard on all models, alerting you when its time to get your tires checked for a possible impending flat. The unique placement of the fuel tank allows for a second row seat that collapses completely into the floor, providing more room for large cargo items. The aerodynamic shape and attention to tight fit and finish make for a more pleasant, and quiet, driving experience. Electric power steering teams with fully independent front suspension to give the driver the feel of the road.
Choose From Three Trim Levels
The 2017 Honda HR-V comes in three different trim levels with a number of variations, fitting every price point. Starting with the LX priced at just over $19,000, the HR-V offers a choice of manual or continuous variable transmission, as well as two-wheel or all-wheel drive. The EX and EX-L models provide more standard features including navigation on the top models. The HR-V is powered by a peppy 1.8L engine that produces 141 horsepower. Head over to Chapman Honda today for a test drive and see why the new HR-V needs to be on your list of new car choices.
Compact Crossover Continues Sales Crush
The Honda CR-V, one of the best reviewed compact crossovers in America, kept setting sales records in August as buyers continue to fall in love with its look, comfort, performance and utility. The CR-V helped Honda to a good sales month in spite of industry concerns that a slowdown is imminent. Honda sold more than 36,500 CR-Vs for a 5 percent increase from August of 2015. “Our continued success with strong sales of both passenger cars and light trucks demonstrates once again that the key to great sales is a great product,” according to Honda senior vice president Jeff Conrad. “As we continue with our rapid cadence of new models, our focus will remain on selling vehicles one at a time to individual customer.” For a great buying experience from a dealership that treats you as a valued customer, head on over to Chapman Honda.
Truck Division Remains Powerhouse
The Honda truck division, which includes the new Ridgeline pickup that just went on sale in August, sold 66,802 units in August for a 4.5 percent increase. Along with the CR-V, the truck division includes the HR-V, Odyssey minivan, Pilot and Crosstour. The HR-V had the largest sales jump in the division, rising 66 percent from last August. Car sales show the Fit commuter subcompact with the largest increase at 85 percent, with the popular Civic also showing a slight bump upwards. Honda has sold just under a million vehicles through August for 2016.
Reviewers Love Honda CR-V
By giving it 4 1/2 out of 5 stars, the reviewers at Car and Driver have no qualms about proclaiming their love for the Honda CR-V crossover. Rated at 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, the CR-V is an efficient people and cargo hauler that still has plenty of performance. The 2.4L four-cylinder engine combines with a CVT transmission to generate a respectable 7.5 seconds in the race from 0 to 60 mph. Although you may never attempt to get there, the CR-V also has a top speed of 117 mph to go along with superb handling and a comfortable ride. With available 4-wheel drive, more than 70 cubic feet of cargo space and a modern infotainment system that delivers hands-free communication, its no wonder the CR-V is claiming a large share of the compact crossover market. Head to Chapman Honda today and see why people all across America are making the CR-V their vehicle of choice.
Third Generation Now on Sale
Head to Chapman Honda and help celebrate the 10th birthday of the subcompact Honda Fit, the perfect urban commuter vehicle for people who like value and efficiency. The versatile Fit is the industry leader in its class for both passenger and cargo volume. Because of the innovative Magic Seat, the Honda can accommodate up to five passengers or as much as 52.7 cubic feet of cargo. This makes it the perfect car to be part of the office carpool during the week and hit the yard sales on the weekend. The Fit is designed so that people in the back seat can spread out, with leg room greater than many mid-size vehicles.
Space-efficient Design Combines With Rigid Chassis
The 2017 Honda Fit looks great on the outside with a stylish design and plenty of room, but the key is the rigid chassis and long wheelbase. Along with providing more interior room, the length of the vehicle and its stiff structure provides superior handling that makes the driver feel integrated with the vehicle. The Earth Dreams technology 1.5L 4-cylinder engine works with either a manual 6-speed or automatic transmission with G-Shift Control to deliver the most fuel efficiency and performance possible. The engine is a Honda first, combining a DOHC cylinder head and valve and timing control with fuel injection to provide up to 40 mpg on the highway while still generating a healthy 130 horsepower.
Offered in Three Trim Packages
Whether you just want the basic transportation model or don’t mind paying a little extra for some luxury, the Honda Fit has all bases covered. The LX model with a 6-speed transmission starts at just $15,990 and still has features like automatic headlights, Bluetooth connectivity, LED brake lights and a spacious console that doubles as an arm rest. Move up to the EX and EX-L models and more goodies become available, including push button start, power moonroof, touchscreen infotainment system and heated leather seats.
Fit Safety is Priority One
Because it is a subcompact car, Honda engineers have included a number of extra safety features to make sure you and your passengers get home safely each night. Along with the rigid chassis that diverts energy away from the cockpit, the Fit also has a number of active and passive safety features that contributed to it earning a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Active safety features include stability assistance, rearview camera and brake assist. Passive features such as dual-stage airbags, 3-point seat belts with an automatic tensioning system and child-proof rear door locks help reduce or eliminate injuries. The best way to evaluate the new Fit is to head over to Chapman Honda and take one for a test drive today.
Innovative Campaign Shows Versatility of New Pickup
By choreographing long-exposure and stop-motion camera techniques, Honda is promoting the release of the new Honda Ridgeline pickup truck through an intensive TV commercial campaign. “A one-of-a-kind truck like the all-new Ridgeline deserves an innovative marketing campaign to communicate how this truck stands out among its competition,” according to assistant VP of Honda marketing, Susie Rossick. Unique features like a swing open tailgate, in-bed audio system, and locking trunk are just some of the items focused on in the ad campaign. The new Ridgeline is available now at Chapman Honda.
Ridgeline Invading College Football Tailgates
When you’re barbecuing and enjoying a cool beverage this fall prior to your favorite college’s football game, consider the new Ridgeline as the perfect tailgate vehicle. Honda is emphasizing its party potential in a series they call “Hometown Tailgates.” The Ridgeline will be featured at the “Battle at Bristol’s Tailgate Party” this fall with country western star Kenny Chesney and The Band Perry. Honda is also reaching out to the Latin community with a new Hispanic marketing blitz focused on soccer. These ads promote the Ridgeline as a “mid-size pickup with a big-sized heart.”
New Ridgeline Takes Innovation Up a Notch
When the Honda Ridgeline originally debuted in 2005, it was a pickup perfect for people who needed the interior room for five adults but also had to haul some occasional cargo. The 2017 reinvention of the truck adds more impressive handling, a roomier interior and all those special features discussed previously. You can choose from two-wheel or all wheel drive powered by a 280 horsepower engine that delivers 26 miles to the gallon on the highway. Available in six different trim levels, the Honda Ridgeline starts at $29,475.
Black Edition Sets Ridgeline Apart
If you want your Ridgeline to be a bit more unique than the rest of the crowd, take a look at the special Black Edition. Crystal Black Pearl paint gives a luminescent shine accented by black chrome and black wheels. Black Edition badging including embroidered headrests give the truck a special sophistication. Sit back, relax and enjoy the tunes provided by the Honda infotainment system that also provides hands-free communication and navigation with real-time traffic updates. A 4.2 inch information display with steering wheel controls lets you view important vehicle information, talk on the phone or change to your favorite artist. See the new Ridgeline now at Chapman Honda.
Sales Heating Up to Make Room for New Models
The Honda Summer Clearance Event is going strong at Chapman Honda as the entire popular lineup of vehicles has some special finance deals going on. The Honda Summer Clearance Event goes on through September 6, so if you’re looking to get the best deals on the outgoing models, it’s time to brace yourself for the summer heat and head on over. The highly-reviewed CR-V crossover vehicle has a special lease offer of just $199 a month for 36 months for qualified buyers. Or, if you’d rather have a normal purchase, Honda is offering 0.9 percent interest for up to 60 months on the CR-V, Accord (sedan and coupe) and the industry’s most popular minivan, the Odyssey.
Commuter Fit CVT LX Available for $149 a Month
If fuel efficiency and a vehicle that can easily maneuver through tight urban traffic are important to you, take advantage of the Honda Fit lease special for just $149 a month for three years. The Fit has room for five, making it the perfect car for hauling the family around or taking part in the office carpool. Even though the LX is a base model, it comes with standard air conditioning, power windows, power locks, cruise control and a security system with remote entry. Five different interior configurations allow you to haul everything from bicycles to surf boards. When equipped with the automatic transmission, the Honda Fit gets an estimated 41 mpg on the highway, which is higher than many expensive hybrids.
Odyssey LX Offers Eight Passenger Seating
At just $259 a month for three years, the Honda lease special for the popular Odyssey LX minivan is a steal. The LX may be at the bottom of the Odyssey price scale, but it still offers power windows, power doors, cruise, rear window defroster and dual air conditioning. Both the driver and front passenger’s seat have power adjustment. The other seats are adjustable to make room for all different sizes of cargo. The LX also comes with a number of safety features, including stability assistance with traction control, daytime running lights, electronic brake distribution and a rearview camera.
Honda Safety Starts at Bottom and Goes to Top
Although Honda meets all government regulations when it comes to securing the safety of its passengers, the company is constantly striving to develop new safety technology. The ACE body structure of every Honda distributes the energy from a crash away from the occupants to help reduce injuries. Multiple dual-stage air bags surround the passengers with a cushion of air in case of a collision from any angle. Rearview cameras help avoid minor fender benders, while an entire suite of sensor-driven driver assistance features help keep you safe on the road. Stop by Chapman Honda and take advantage of the incredible deals at the Honda Summer Clearance Event.
Consumer Mag Says Reliable Honda Still No. 1
In a recent article, “Motor Trend” magazine writer Chris Walton took the time to compare a wide selection of 2016 and 2017 compact cars. Along with the Honda Civic, he evaluated the Hyundai Elantra, VW Jetta, Nissan Sentra, Chevy Cruze and Toyota Corolla. Making a long story short, Walton said the Civic earns the Gold Medal. Honda spent its money packing features that provide more efficiency, safety and performance than its competitors. The Honda “drives better, it feels better, it’s engineered better, it’s got special sauce – the X factor- and this thing has it in spades,” Walton wrote. Experience the X factor of the new Civic when you take a test drive at Chapman Honda.
Civic Provides Lowest Cost of Ownership
The 2016 Honda Civic not only delivers a safe vehicle with outstanding performance, but it is also cheapest to own when considering all the factors that go into the cost of a vehicle. When compiling all the state fees, depreciation, insurance, fuel, maintenance and repairs, the Civic had the lowest 5-year cost of ownership of all the judged vehicles. Maintenance and depreciation costs were so low they catapulted Civic to the front of the pack. At an estimated $1,660 for maintenance, the Civic beat its closest competitor by almost $200. The Sentra had the highest cost of maintenance at $2,886.
Honda Wins Again in Value Category
Walton used a points system to evaluate what you get for your money when you buy any of the judged vehicles. Different vehicles offer different features, so he used a weighted evaluation system to judge more expensive options with more worth. He then figured in the as-tested price of the vehicle to come to an equitable comparison. At just $440 per feature, the Civic again took first place. The Jetta was the most expensive, coming in at $691 per feature.
Civic Aces Forward Crash Prevention
Many new cars come with all types of safety features, ranging from air bags to driver assistance systems that help avoid a collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have both awarded the Honda Civic their top honors, as they have for some other vehicles in the comparison. Where Civic distinguishes itself is in the forward crash prevention test, where it earned a superior rating. The Civic also proved to be effective in low and high speed braking, where it avoided collisions in both tests. The choice is simple. For the best price on a dependable vehicle that delivers performance, efficiency and safety, head to Chapman Honda and examine the entire Honda Civic inventory.