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Honda Celebrates 20 Years of Popular CR-V

Super Bowl Ad Enlists Celebrity Yearbook Pictures

Anyone who watched Super Bowl LI had to take notice of the Honda commercials featuring a number of celebrities and their talking yearbook pictures. Much like the Honda CR-V, which is celebrating 20 years as the country’s most popular SUV, the technology that made still pictures “talk” was quite remarkable. Actors and other celebrities such as Steve Carrell, Magic Johnson and Amy Adams shared their high school dreams in an entertaining fashion that the automaker hoped would showcase “The Power of Dreams.” You can find your dream vehicle today when you take a test drive at Chapman Honda.

CR-V Birthday a Time to Share Stories

“Since its introduction in 1997, CR-V has set the standard for efficiency, practicality and driving fun, becoming a customer favorite and taking the title as America’s best-selling SUV over the past two decades,” according to Honda assistant VP Susie Rossick. “To celebrate the all-new, fifth-generation CR-V, we wanted to share inspiring stories that bring to life what we mean with we talk about ‘The Power of Dreams.’” Video engineers layered together the original high school photographs of the stars along with 3D scans and visual effect footage to help each celebrity tell their story.

New CR-V Offers Upgraded Features

As the best-selling SUV in America, the Honda CR-V probably could have done fine with few or no changes from the 2016 model year. Instead, Honda made the new model with more upscale materials on the interior, an athletic new look and the first turbocharged option in the model’s history. The 2017 CR-V also offers the Honda Sensing Suite of driver assistance technology to help avoid collisions and minimize damage in the event of a wreck.

CR-V on Pace for 4 Million Sales

The Honda CR-V will hit the 4 million mark in total sales this year, a testament to its efficiency, dependability and fun-to-drive quotient. The Honda CR-V comes in four different trim packages, starting at just a hair over $24,000. All models feature LED daytime running lights, a rearview camera and the ability to haul a lot of cargo by utilizing the 60/40 fold flat rear seat. Step all the way to the top-of-the-line Touring model and you get navigation, a hands-free power liftgate and rain sensing windshield wipers. Compare all the models today when you take a test drive at Chapman Honda.

Innovative New Minivan Coming This Spring

Stay in touch with Chapman Honda to be first in line to test drive the all-new Honda Odyssey minivan when it arrives on the showroom floor this spring. The new Odyssey has a whole suite of new features, including the “Magic Slide” second row seat, in-cabin communication systems and a new Honda-developed operating system that controls the touch-screen infotainment center. The Odyssey has consistently been the best-reviewed minivan on the market and this new incarnation is sure help Honda keep that crown.

“This new Odyssey raises the stakes for family-friendly packaging, performance and technology in the minivan segment,” according to Honda VP John Mendel. “In all aspects of its design, the new Odyssey is made to keep every member of the family happy, no matter the seating position, no matter the destination.”

Art of Conversation Gets Technology Boost

One of the drawbacks to minivans and large SUVs in the past has been the inability of the driver and front seat passenger to converse with the people all the way in the back. Now with the quietest cabin on the minivan market and a little technological breakthrough called “Cabin Talk,” everyone can carry on a conversation easily. Cabin Talk allows the people in the front to converse with the back, and vice versa, through a speaker system that includes the rear entertainment system headphones. CabinWatch allows the driver to also keep an eye on all the passengers through the video display screen. Rounding out the technological trifecta, CabinControl lets users download an app on their smartphone to command the cabin temperature, entertainment system and even send route planning to the Odyssey navigation system.

Magic Slide Makes Entry and Exit Easy

Getting in and out of the third row seat in some SUVs and minivans can be a challenge. That’s no longer the case with the Honda Odyssey thanks to the implementation of the Magic Slide seating configuration. Magic Slide has four different modes that allow for easy access of passengers by simply sliding the seats horizontally and vertically. It also allows for quick configuration to haul large cargo items.

Honda Safety Important Priority

When you’re looking for a new minivan this spring, keep in mind that all the Odyssey minivans in trim levels EX and above will have the Honda Sensing safety suite included. This includes the collision mitigation braking system, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and much more. Do yourself a favor and stop by Chapman Honda to see how the new Honda Odyssey is taking the minivan market to a much higher level.

Redesigned Ridgeline Perfect Truck for Urban Dwellers

With its light hauling capability and roomy interior, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is the perfect truck for people who need to move stuff in a crowded environment. That’s part of the reason the Ridgeline was voted North American Truck of the Year, the second time it has won that honor. “This award is a prized validation of the innovations and advantages the Ridgeline offers midsize pickup truck customers and a great recognition of the American development team’s work,” according to Honda VP John Mendel. “This is a terrific way to kick off 2017 and we’re looking forward to sharing more innovative Honda products in the year ahead.” The Honda Ridgeline is ready and waiting for your test drive at Chapman Honda.

Ridgeline Features Industry-exclusive Features

The all-new Ridgeline is not only nimble, athletic and capable of hauling a significant load; it is also packed with features no other truck offers. Unibody construction, an in-bed locking trunk, scratch-resistant bed, dual-action tailgate and truck bed stereo system are all unique to the Ridgeline. It’s also the only truck on the road to have earned a Top Safety Pick + rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, when it has the optional front crash prevention system and LED headlights installed. The Ridgeline follows the lead of the 2016 Civic, which won North American Car of the Year last season.

Resurrection of Ridgeline Produces Versatile Truck

After a few years off the market, Honda brought the Ridgeline back to try and seize a sizable share of the midsize truck market. The ploy seems to be working, as consumers have welcomed the latest incarnation with open arms. “We’ve advanced the best and most beloved elements of the original Ridgeline and combined them with an outstanding new platform and the most advanced technology to create new value in the midsize pickup segment,” according to Honda senior VP Jeff Conrad. “The result is an amazingly versatile Honda truck with uncompromised capability.” The rugged, yet sophisticated, midsize pickup is perfect for a daily driver, recreational activities and hauling cargo. It has a 1,584 pound payload capacity along with the ability to tow 5,000 pounds.

New Truck Gets New Engine

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is powered by the all-new 3.5L direct injection V6 that produces 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That’s 30 horsepower more than the original Ridgeline, which helps account for the increased hauling and towing capability. Head to Chapman Honda and you can choose between two- or all-wheel drive to help maintain control when road conditions get tough. An Intelligent Traction Management system lets you choose between different types of driving elements to provide the most control for your situation.

Honda Tops Sales in American Market

Accord, Civic, Odyssey, CR-V Lead Individual Sales

Now that 2016 has come to a close, Honda has the honor of announcing it is the automaker with two best-selling cars, the top selling minivan and the leader in SUV sales when it comes to individual customers (not counting fleet sales). The Civic, an automobile icon for the past 44 years, posted its best sales figures ever to lead all vehicles in individual USA sales. The Accord is second in sales, while the Odyssey and CR-V top their respective categories. For the best selection and price on the entire Honda lineup, take some time this new year to head to Chapman Honda.

All Honda Sales Up 4.5 Percent

With final figures tallied through the end of November, the entire Honda Division posted sales up 4.5 percent from the previous year. That amounts to approximately 1.3 million cars and light trucks. “We want to thank out customers for the trust they’ve placed in Honda, which is the basis for everything we do,” according to senior VP Jeff Conrad. “Retail sales are the results of customers voting with their wallets and pocketbooks, and we think that’s the only true measure of customer demand and product appeal.” With a whole lineup of new and redesigned vehicles heading into 2017, Honda executives expect to keep up the record sales pace through the entire year.

Civic Si Coupe, Sedan Unveiled

One of the reasons the Honda Civic has been so popular for more than four decades is the variety of options offered to customers. Along with the traditional models, Honda recently unveiled an Si Coupe and Sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show. This new model, available later this year, is powered by a peppy high-torque 1.5L turbocharged engine with dual variable cam timing. “With the new Honda Civic Si, we’re injecting even more sporty goodness into our 10th-generation Civic lineup,” Conrad said. “This will be, hands down, the fastest, best handling Si we’ve ever offered to our customers.”

Revamped 2017 Odyssey Now on Sale

If you’re looking for the most well-reviewed minivan on the planet to solve your family and cargo hauling needs, head to Chapman Honda and take a close look at the new Honda Odyssey. The Odyssey leads the minivan class with 27 mpg on the highway while offering premium comfort and safety features. U.S. News and World Report recognized the 2016 Odyssey as the best minivan for families for the sixth year in a row, a testament to its drivability and utility. An in-vehicle cleaning system is just a little special touch to help your new Odyssey stay looking like it came off the showroom floor.

2017 CR-V Refines Most Popular SUV


Fifth Generation SUV Benefits From a Few Tweaks

If you bought a fourth generation Honda CR-V last model year, there’s no reason to lament. There is a reason it was the best selling SUV in America by a wide margin. So instead of throwing out the baby with the bathwater, Honda decided to just make a tweak here and there for this year’s fifth generation model. The 2017 Honda CR-V is a bit longer, a bit taller and just a smidge wider than last year’s entry. With a longer wheelbase, the ride has improved as has the interior legroom. There are a few more refinements which you can see when the new CR-V arrives soon at the Chapman Honda showroom.

Cabin Full of Improvements

Those familiar with earlier versions of the CR-V will notice a vast improvement in the cabin area of the 2017 model. Upgraded materials give a more sophisticated look to the interior, and all but the base LX model receive a flat-panel touchscreen that is simple to use when controlling the audio and communication systems. All 2017 CR-Vs come with climate control, noise control and Bluetooth audio and phone streaming. Keyless passive entry, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto comes with the EX trim level and above, as does the Honda Sensing Safety suite that includes forward collision warning, smart cruise control and systems to help keep you from drifting out of your lane. If you choose either the EX-L or Touring trim package you’ll get leather upholstery, dual power front seats and a premium audio system.

Consumers, Choose Your Engines

Honda offers an old-school naturally aspirated 2.4L 4-cylinder engine, which has served the company well, or a brand new 4-cylinder that comes with turbocharging. You get a bit of a boost in horsepower from the turbocharged engine, and you will notice considerably more torque off the line from this model over the 2.4L engine. The turbocharged engine also delivers better gas mileage, earning 33 mpg on the highway compared to the naturally aspirated motor’s 31 mpg. Both engines are paired with Honda’s smooth CVT automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is the standard option, but all-wheel drive is also on the menu.

Tuned Suspension Delivers Sporty Ride

Honda has chosen to tune the CR-V suspension to produce a sporty ride where drivers feel a part of the action as they power through corners. Dual-pinion electric power steering is an upgrade over the 2016 model, producing more road feel and high-speed stability. Take the 2017 Honda CR-V for a test drive when it gets to Chapman Honda and see why America has fallen in love with this little SUV.

Happy Honda Days to You


Great Deals for Ultimate Presents

If a new car, SUV or truck would make the perfect present for that special someone in your life, now is the time to head over to Chapman Honda to take advantage of the great deals during Happy Honda Days. Qualified buyers can get rates as low as 0.9 percent for terms up to 60 months. If you’re looking for a low payment, a well-qualified lessee can get a monthly rate of $139 on a 2016 Fit CVT LX with just $2,199 down. Special savings on Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles and discounts for recent college graduates and active Military personnel are also going on this month.

2016 Odyssey Ultimate in Family Transportation

The Honda Odyssey minivan is consistently the top-rated vehicle in its category by consumer auto publications. During Happy Honda Days, a 2016 Odyssey LX with a 6-speed automatic offers a lease payment as low as $259 a month to qualified lessees. That’s an astounding payment for a vehicle with a sticker price of more than $30,000. If you’re interested in a straight purchase, Honda is offering a 0.9 percent APR for this particular model for up to 36 months. If you need to stretch out the payment terms longer, Honda Financial Services can offer 1.9 percent financing for up to 60 months for buyers with approved credit.

Accord Hybrid Offers Low Lease Rate

With a down payment of just $2,699 and approved credit, qualified buyers can drive home a 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid from Chapman Honda today. The Accord Hybrid has a 49 mpg rating on the highway, utilizing innovative EarthDreams technology that includes two electric motors. One motor gets you moving, then the second not only charges the first motor, but starts the gasoline engine when you start to run low on battery power. The Accord Hybrid offers features such as 10-way power seats with memory, push button start, dual zone climate control and the ability to control up to three devices in your home.

Most Popular SUV in America Just $199 a Month

Because of its superior handling, powerful performance and ample interior room, the Honda CR-V has become the most popular SUV in America. For a limited time, qualified lessees can score a 2016 CR-V CVT 2-wheel drive LX model for just $199 a month on a 36-month lease. The CRV is an efficient and fun urban commuter, delivering a combined 27 mpg in the city and on the highway while still providing plenty of room for five adults. The CR-V comes in a variety of trim packages, from the base LX to the fully-loaded Touring model. Inspect the entire inventory at Chapman Honda and then pick the one that’s right for you.

KBB Calls 2017 Civic ‘Best Buy’

2017 Honda Civic Coupe

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.

Civic Type R Debuts at SEMA

SEMA 2016

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.

Styling and Power Combine in New CR-V


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.

Hatch is Back on All New Civic


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.