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The Honda Accord (picture above) is one of the many vehicles offered with exclusive rates for grads.

Earning a college degree is an admirable achievement; people are rewarded for this achievement in many different ways. Chapman Honda is now rewarding recent graduates for their work by offering the Honda Graduate Program. The program offers exclusive deals on all sorts of Hondas and is a great way to buy a car during the sometimes awkward transition period between graduation and starting a career. Honda understands that funds aren’t usually abundant immediately after graduation, and that a car is sometimes a necessity when starting a career. The Honda Graduate Program solves these problems and allows recent, qualified graduates an opportunity to become a car owner as well as degree-holder.

The program is designed for prospective car buyers who have recently graduated and obtained work or have a work start date within 120 days of contract signing. The program offers exclusive financing rates, an introductory interest free period and an option to defer the first payment for 90 days. To qualify, one must have earned a Master’s, Bachelor’s, or associate degree from a United States accredited college or registered nursing school in the past two years or the next 4 months. Also, a 5% down payment is required as is a non-adverse credit history and proof of current or future employment. These benefits make it possible for students and former students to obtain a Honda yet postpone the payment a short while until recent graduates get that first post college paycheck.

The Honda Graduate Program is offered on many different trucks, SUVs, minivans, coupes and crossovers. While not all Hondas are available with the Graduate Program, there is sure to be a style of Honda that will match your personal needs. The Program is offered on coupes like the Civic Si and sedans like the award-winning full size Accord. Also available with the Honda Graduate Program is the Ridgeline truck, Pilot SUV, Odyssey minivan and revolutionary CR-V crossover. To learn more about the Honda Graduate Program visit your Tucson Honda dealer.



For first-time drivers, choosing the appropriate car might be difficult. With a plethora of choices, ranging from new, used, and salvaged cars, new drivers have more options than ever. However, some wheels are better equipped to handle first time drivers than others. The best car for a beginner tends to have a longer list of accessories and safety gear than most other cars. First-time drivers need safe, reliable transportation that won’t break the bank. Honda offers a variety of models from compact to SUVs that are perfect choices for brand new drivers, all of which are available at a Tucson Honda dealer. recently named the Honda Fit as one of the top cars for first-time drivers, judging on overall value, safety features, gas mileage, exterior styling and interior comfort. With a unique folding backseat that can lodge a variation of things, the Honda Fit hatchback takes pride in versatility. The Fit also celebrates Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering, a body structure designed to engage the crumple zones of taller vehicles optimally in a collision. As for fuel economy, the fit gets 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.*

However, the Fit is not the only Honda that is a good choice for new drivers. The ever popular Honda Civic is another top-quality pick. Sedan or coupe, the Civic combines a spacious interior and silky four-cylinder engine with top mileage and legendary resale value. All Civics now have a standard backup camera, setting it apart from other compact cars. Other standards across the Civic include Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, Honda’s i-MID display screen, iPod connectivity, Pandora internet radio compatibility, steering-wheel audio controls, an outside temperature gauge and a sliding center armrest. Standard safety features include everything from anti-lock brakes and curtain airbags to whiplash-protection headrests. The Civic boasts 28 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.*

Among compact SUVs, both the Honda CR-V benefits from Honda’s ongoing effort to be an industry leader in safety. Features include sophisticated body configurations that also aim to reduce pedestrian injuries if struck in an accident. The CR-V is well-equipped with high-tech new standard features, including a 5-inch information screen, a backup camera, Bluetooth, a USB input, Pandora internet-radio capability, and cruise control. Other high points for the CR-V include a comfortable and sensible interior, top crash test scores and agile handling. Fuel economy for the CR-V is 23 mpg city and 31 mph highway.*

For more information on Honda vehicles fit for first-time drivers, visit Chapman Honda.

*Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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The 2014 Honda Odyssey features some of the most exciting selections out there. Assortments such as HD radio, a text message reader, and a vacuum sets the Odyssey apart from ordinary minivans.

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The inside the 2014 Odyssey displays an all-new center stack that deeds as a host of new features. Standard technology on the minivan brings new levels of ease and connectivity to owners, including keyless Smart Entry with Push Button Start, HD Radio, an SMS text messaging function, and HondaLink featuring Aha Mobile interface. This particular feature enables Odyssey owners to connect quickly and easily to a fortune of cloud-based content. The free HondaLink™ smartphone app uses the owner’s favorite online content to create live, personalized radio stations, allowing drivers to put away their phones and hear updates and news feeds from Facebook and Twitter, as well as check out restaurant reviews or find entertainment nearby. To check out these features in action, visit Tucson Honda.

The Odyssey also provides a wide second-row seat that’s roomy enough to fit three car seats side-by-side. Altogether, there’s seating for up to eight passengers. Keeping with a unique theme, the Odyssey includes a removable center console with a handy flip-up trash bag holder and a “cool box” beverage cooler built into the bottom of the dash’s center section.


Yet, the most innovative technology featured in the 2014 Odyssey is all the way in the back cargo area, behind the third-row seats. Honda has created an industry-first: a built-in vacuum cleaner called HondaVac, developed in unification with ShopVac and standard on the Touring Elite trim level. Completely enclosed into a rear cargo panel, the vacuum features a removable canister and expandable hose with attachments. Honda says it is able to reach any corner of the van, even all the way up front. It is easily as powerful as a hand-held unit, and can run continuously when the vehicle is on or for eight minutes after the van has been shut off. According to, their testing found the system to be completely effective in cleaning up things like cereal that had been ground into the rear cargo area carpet or Peanut M&Ms scattered throughout the van. Honda says that it does not recommend using the vacuum for wet spills, as it could mean liquids would stay in the stored hose system.

The 2014 Honda Odyssey will be released early this summer. For more information, visit Chapman Honda.


U.S. News & World Reports has assembled a wide-ranging list of family-friendly vehicles that spans from compact cars to full-bodied SUVs. The Best Cars for Families awards combine quality, size and family-friendly features into a composite score. Within each of the 19 categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the Best Car for Families in that category. Honda is among the leaders with the Honda Odyssey and CR-V; which can both be found at Tucson Honda.


If general carting of a family and its stuff is what you expect from a car, the 2013 Honda Odyssey is one of the best choices among minivans. Redesigned in 2011, the current Odyssey is fuel-efficient and quiet with seating for up to eight passengers. The Odyssey comes with a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 248 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. The LX, EX and EX-L models send that power to the front wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission. According to, EPA estimates for the five-speed automatic-equipped versions are 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined*. As for safety, the 2013 Honda Odyssey comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags that cover all three rows.


If you’re in the market for a CR-V in Tucson, you will find LX, EX and EX-L trim levels, each equipped with either front- or all-wheel drive. Every 2013 Honda CR-V comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. All-wheel drive sends power to the front wheels exclusively until slippage is detected, at which point power is sent to the wheels with the most traction. EPA estimates for the front-drive model are an estimated 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined*. These ratings make it one of the most fuel-efficient choices in its segment. Standard safety equipment on the 2013 Honda CR-V includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. All CR-V models also come with a back-up camera.

To further inquire about these distinguished family cars, visit Chapman Honda.

*Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.