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2015-honda-fit

The 2015 Honda Fit is cleverly designed along with being inexpensive, reliable and economical. This new Fit has done quite a bit in a small package.

The Honda Fit can be deceiving at times. It seems bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside. By placing the gas tanks under the front seats, the Fit has the illusion of a tall cargo area. There is even enough space for two bikes standing up once the back seats are folded down. There is a cargo area just behind the rear seats accessible under the seat bottoms that is perfect for carrying grocery bags.

The 2015 Fit can comfortable seat two adults in the back seats and there is more foot room for the driver. The Fit received good scores on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test, which is an improvement from previous models.

The new Fit is powered by a new 1.5 liter direct inject 4-cylinder engine that produces 130 horsepower. It comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, but most people will probably opt for the automatic with a continuously-variable-transmission (CVT).

Fuel economy has improved with the new powerplant and in mixed driving condition, saw a 38 mpg performance. The new Fit has more pep than previous models that may feel sluggish and a bit underpowered by comparison.

While the new Fit has improved noise reduction, the CVT can get a bit noisy if accelerating quickly. The ride quality has also improved from previous years.

By no means is the 2015 Fit built as a luxury car, however with the new model you can get upgrades that were not available on previous models like heated leather seats, lane watch blind spot camera, push button ignition, and touch screen radio with HondaLink, which is smart phone compatible.

All 2015 Honda vehicles come with rear view cameras as standard.

The interior has been upgraded with more padded parts for a more comfortable ride. While the selection of playback options on the audio system was impressive, it may take some getting used to the upgraded controls.

People that were expecting the 2015 Honda Fit to mimic features of Honda’s luxury models, like those within the Acura division, may be a bit disappointed. But Honda’s improvement to several important features like more interior in an a small size vehicle, better fuel economy and better ride compared to previous models, still make the Fit an appealing option.

To find out more about the 2015 Honda Fit or to take one for a test drive visit Chapman Honda.

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Makes Fit EV Easier to Own

Current and prospective customers can take advantage of new Fit EV options that includes a lower payment. Current customers can have their lease payment reduced from $259 to $199 per month by extending the lease two years. This also includes an extension on the mileage, collision and maintenance coverage purchased in the original lease. For prospective customers, Honda is no longer manufacturing new Fit EVs, but Honda is offering two-year leases on used models at the same $199 per month prices. Check with your Honda in Tucson dealer, Chapman Honda for availability of the Fit EV.

Fit EV Gets Equivalent of 118 MPG

Although Honda is moving on with hybrid technology in the Accord in lieu of the all-electric Fit, Fit EV drivers love the efficiency of their vehicles. “Most Fit EV drivers tell us they love their vehicles and many requested lease extensions,” said Honda VP Steve Center. What’s not to love about getting the equivalent of 118 miles per gallon and a range of 82 miles? It makes the Fit EV the perfect commuter vehicle as it only takes 3 hours to completely recharge the car when connected to a 240-volt circuit.

Honda Continues to Research Alternative Energy

Honda’s commitment to saving the planet is evident in its Earth Dreams Technology car lineup that continues to offer increased fuel efficiency. Plans are on the drawing board for a new battery-electric car and plug-in hybrid to go into mass production by 2018. Hybrid technology continues to advance with two and three-motor designs that push the envelope of energy efficiency. Current and prospective Fit EV customers can also cash in on Honda’s alignment with Solar City. Owners have the option to install home solar power with no initial payment, providing an environmentally-friendly way to recharge the Fit EV.

Chapman Honda Stocked With Fuel Efficient Vehicles

Head to Tucson to see Chapman Honda’s well-stocked inventory of fuel-efficient Hondas. The Accord Hybrid is rated for 50 mpg in the city, while the Accord plug-in model gets the equivalent of 115 mpg. The Civic hybrid scores 47 mpg out on the highway, while the natural gas model of the Civic gets an outstanding 38 mpg with cleaner emissions. Even the standard Civic coupe is rated at 39 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg in the city, starting at just $18,290. If you need a larger vehicle for hauling a family, the top-rated Odyssey seats eight and gets 28 mpg on the highway.

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Honda has taken the Study of Crash Test Simulations to another level with the introduction of Visualization Technology to study crashes. And they are the first car manufacturer to do so.

Honda is constantly advancing the design and building of safer automobiles for all road users. They have developed the new groundbreaking and innovative 3D crash-simulation visualization technology. The technology is driven by DELTAGEN, a cutting edge 3D visualization software developed by 3DXCITE.

The technological innovation uses the output from a widely used state-of-the-art simulation software program, called LS DYNA CAE, and makes the occurrence in a three-dimensional display. The visualization technique was initially created for use in the animation and motion picture field; however it allows Honda engineers to quickly examine the outputs of an accident simulation, experiment with various design strategies and put into action adjustments much faster and with better efficiency.

Honda engineers can modify the rendering, twist the perspective in every position and remove elements of the automobile to segregate an area or part for further comprehensive research. The crash barrier can be made transparent in the simulated environment so the instant outcomes of a collision can be seen from several perspectives, such as the driver’s seat.

The technology has given Honda the ability to make better decisions faster and minimize the time needed for finalizing the vehicle design, by increasing the communication of outputs from crash simulation tests. All engineers across the vehicle development process will now have a much better understanding of vehicle safety design.

Previously, to generate realistic renderings of just one collision simulation with unchanging viewing parameters, took several weeks of work. However with the 3D technology, engineers can make and adjust the simulation at the touch of a button and achieve a project in hours rather than weeks. Honda engineers carry out over 6,000 crash simulations annually, and evaluating those results really slowed down the vehicle development process. With this new technology, workers can get answers much quicker and thus speed up the production process.

Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies designed to enhance the safety of all road users; including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders and pedestrians. American Honda leads the industry in third-party crash test ratings, with more Honda and Acura automobile sachieving top safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) than any other automaker. The company is also broadly applying advanced driver-assistive technologies, such as Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning, to its product lineup. Also, American Honda has applied rearview cameras as standard equipment to all of its light truck models and 95 percent of its passenger cars for model year 2014. Honda plans to achieve 100-percent application of review cameras by 2015.

You can look forward to the introduction of Honda’s newest safety technologies at Chapman Honda Tucson. We have an incredible lineup of the newest Honda vehicles. Learn more by visiting our dealership today!

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Civic Type R Boasts 305 Horsepower

In an effort to increase sales in its line of hatchbacks built in Europe, Honda has plans to start importing both the Civic Type R and Civic Sport in 2016. Recently unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the Type R is a living breathing road monster, sporting a turbo-charged engine and tons of attitude. With a 0-60 miles per hour time just a little over 5 seconds, the Type R has a top speed of 167 miles per hour. It is the fastest front wheel drive hatchback in existence, which is saying something. It’s not coming until next year, but Chapman Honda does have a complete line of Honda Civics to hold you over until the Type R rears its head on American blacktop.

Not Your Mama’s Civic

The Honda Civic Type R sports a new 2.0-liter turbo engine that delivers 400 foot pounds of torque, or enough to sink your spine well into its comfortable bucket seats. The aggressive styling makes the car look more at home in a European rally run than a middle school carpool, but the deviation from the norm is what Honda hopes will attract those people seeking a little fun in an otherwise mundane life. Get the car out on the open road and feel how the amped up suspension helps you keep control during hairpin corners. Dual pinion electric power steering lets the driver feel the road while improving response times.

GT Pack Provides Added Technology

If you like all the bells and whistles that come in new cars today, make sure and order your Type R with the GT Pack. This upgrade includes parking sensors at the front and rear, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, electric folding mirrors and Garmin navigation. The Honda Connect infotainment system keeps you connected with the world while providing concert hall quality sound to drown out the roar of the engine during your Sunday fun run.

Could Replace S2000 as Honda’s Sports Car

Honda fans have been clamoring for a sports car ever since the demise of the S2000 in 2010. The problem has been that front wheel drive sports cars are a niche market that doesn’t usually generate enough sales to justify gearing up for a production run. By bringing the European Honda Civic Type R to the U.S., Honda will be giving drivers what they want while taking advantage of an already-existing production facility. Stay in touch with Chapman Honda for news of when the new Type R will hit American shores.

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Honda recently released the package of aerodynamic parts and improvements their teams will utilize in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series. The auto maker is looking to enhance an already remarkable number of achievements in American open-wheel auto racing.

Made by Honda Performance Development, Honda’s auto racing division in North America, the 2015 Honda Indy car “aero kit” consists of almost 200 different parts. All of which can be attached to the current chassis of the Honda-powered Dallara Indy car. The parts are designed to provide Honda’s 6 IndyCar Series racing teams the capability to maximize overall performance at all of the 15 race tracks that make up the 2015 championship timetable.

The aero kits are reportedly a result of thousands of hours of research, development and testing. Honda is hoping that this tool will give their teams and drivers a chance to win races and championships. The kits were developed using cutting edge Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technology.

Design ideas for the Honda aero kit were confirmed by utilizing Driver-In-Loop (DIL) Simulators, reducing waste at the prototype phase and making it possible for an aerodynamic path to be identified before the production of full-size elements. Finished parts were then evaluated in a full-scale wind tunnel to verify true aerodynamic performance properties, and develop aero maps to be used while on-track testing. A final series of on track tests were used for the final proof-of-concept correlation.

Aerodynamic safety was also a major concern for Honda during the development of the aero kit. Honda is well known for their safety designs in the IndyCar environment. They were the ones who developed the fuel safety interlock system, which is now a standard piece of equipment on all Indy cars.

Honda is eagerly looking forward to the 2015 IndyCar season, which officially begins on March 29 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida. They focus not only on winning the big races like the Indy 500, but also the overall championship for drivers and manufacturers.

The public will get their first glimpse of Honda’s Indy car aero kits at some pre season races from March 16-17 at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Alabama.

Your nearest dealer won’t have an Indy car completed with the new aero kit for you to test drive, but you can test drive the next best thing Honda has to offer; test drive one of their latest model Hondas. Visit Chapman Honda today to find out more about Honda’s latest line up and take your favorite one for a spin!

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Odyssey Selected for Fifth Consecutive Year

When “U.S. News and World Report” releases its annual “Best Cars for Families” list, it evaluates the opinions of reviewers worldwide relating to safety, reliability, family features, seating and cargo space. The popular Honda Odyssey minivan made the list for the fifth year in a row, following a number of safety and equipment feature upgrades. As the best selling SUV in America, the Honda CR-V was already a family favorite vehicle before receiving a number of upgrades this year. A new engine and transmission combination delivers improved performance, while a number of driver assist sensors help keep your family safe on the road.

CR-V Mixes Creature Comforts with Fuel Efficiency

With the standard 4-cylinder engine providing 27 miles per gallon in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, the Honda CR-V is a great vehicle for morning commutes or being part of the school carpool. Although the vehicle doesn’t appear large from the outside, roomy rear seats provide plenty of leg room for tall adults and the large interior allows three children to sit side by side without invading another’s space. Although the base model has cloth seats, it only takes a step up to the EX-L model to get leather seats and a moonroof as standard equipment. An available infotainment system feature a 7-inch touch screen to command all your music, communication and navigation functions. Steering wheel mounted controls also give you complete command of your audio, phone and navigation without ever taking your hands off the wheel. Take a look at the new CR-V and see what everyone is talking about today with a trip to Chapman Honda.

Odyssey Remains Top-of-the-Line for Family Minivans

The Honda Odyssey combines a stylish exterior, powerful engine, great fuel economy and a multitude of interior features to create a people hauler that is, quite simply, a joy to drive and own. Delivering a combined 22 miles per gallon utilizing a 24-valve i-VTEC engine that produces 248 horsepower, the Odyssey is the perfect combination of power and efficiency for daily errands or long road trips. Dual sliding doors make loading and unloading passengers or cargo a breeze. Four different trim levels, starting well below $30,000, provides consumers a wide selection of choices to meet any budget. One of the coolest things about the 2015 Honda Odyssey is the Honda-VAC, a built-in vacuum cleaner that helps keep your vehicle as nice as it was when it came off the showroom floor. Chapman Honda has a wide selection of Odysseys from which you can compare.

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Even with a higher retail price than its rivals, the Honda CR-V has been the number one selling SUV for 10 straight years in North America. In 2015 so far, the trend is holding true.

In 2014, Honda CR-V sold almost 60,000 units more than its rival Toyota Rav4, even though it cost $185 to $2700 more on average more than the Rav4.

The 2015 Honda CR-V was available for sale at the beginning of October 2014 and since then its rise could only be described as meteoric. Since then it has cemented it position as the bestselling SUV/crossover in the US for 5 consecutive months! It gets even better for the CR-V within the Honda family. Since bursting onto the market in October 2014, the CR-V has out-sold the Civic and the Accord and doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon.

If you look at Honda, overall (minus the CR-V sales) they experienced a 7% year over year improvement. For the same period, the CR-V sales jumped a whopping 27% or 4,979 extra units sold.

What is it that separates the Honda CR-V from its competition? It is probably the engine. The Earth Dreams engine is a direct injected, 2.4-liter high output 4 cylinder gas engine that produces more horsepower and torque while consuming 10% less fuel compared to the Rav4. The CR-V has the highest average MPG in its class getting 26 mpg in the city and 33mpg on the highway as a direct result of its very efficient direct fuel injection, cylinder control, computer controlled electronic CVT, variable timing transmission technology.

Honda CR-V’s interior is superior to the competition with the materials used and overall cabin ergonomics. The materials, construction, and craftsmanship of the front and rear seats of the CR-V were superior in every way to their strongest competition the Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue, and Toyota Rav4. The construction and operation of the second row-folding bench was second to none. Along with good driver visibility, the instrumentation and controls are balanced and intuitively placed.

A re-styled exterior includes improvements on the front and rear bodywork, wheels and mirrors giving the CR-V a sportier, bolder style that is unmistakably Honda. Honda also reduced the brake pedal pressure by several pounds on the CR-V, which greatly improved the braking. The 2015 CR-V was better refined and drove better than previous models. The interior also had a quieter driving environment.

Across their lineup, Honda has included over $750 of active safety feature and convenience upgrades at no extra cost to the customer.

Come visit our lineup of 2015 Honda CR-Vs at Chapman Honda. Witness for yourself why the CR-V is so popular among drivers.

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Everyone knows how important vehicle crash tests are for determining the safety of a car. The Insurance Institute creates a yearly top list of vehicles that have made a superior safety impression. At the end of 2014, a new top list arrived and the Institute has awarded the Highway Safety Top Pick+ to the 2015 Honda CR-V, which alongside its stellar safety rating, offers great road performance.

According to the Insurance Institute and the Honda press release, the new 2015 Honda CR-V received the superior ranking from a combination of 5 different tests. These safety tests included a frontal crash, in which most cars tend to be destroyed in the process. To combat frontal crash issues, the CR-V has implemented an effective front crash prevention technology and manages to provide astounding results during real life trials.

The 2015 Honda CR-V is the newest model to receive the Honda Sensing safety assistance technology. The model also hosts a multitude of other features as well, such as a new automatic braking system and lane assist system. Other useful driving features of the CR-V include lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

Honda wants to avoid traffic collisions at all costs. However another reason why Hondas is adding so many safety technologies to their cars, is to prioritize the driving experience of both driver and passenger. Thanks to these advance safety assist technologies, vehicle owners can now drive comfortably and safely on the road. And all the while, knowing that they are fully protected.

Another creative feature that helped the CR-V obtain its top safety pick, is the Honda’s new Advanced Compatibility Engineering technology. With this feature created by Honda, vehicles can now handle frontal collision crashes and small overlap scenarios much more effectively.

The 2015 Honda CR-V has a total of 60 different engineering changes that allow the car to be safe for the road and viable for any type of situation. For instance, the side frames have increased in durability and are newly designed under the front fenders. They are also located within the main frame rail, allowing the CR-V to absorb more damage.

The fact that the CR-V received a high merit in safety exemplifies Honda’s commitment to bringing the public a better driving experience. Hopefully more car manufacturers will soon follow suit.

Are you on the lookout for a new 2015 Honda CR-V? Come visit us at Chapman Honda and speak to one of our friendly associates to help you.

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Did you see Honda’s new synchronized parking commercial during the last Super Bowl? That was Honda’s way of announcing their initiative to provide rear view cameras as a standard feature to all future vehicles in their line up.

Quite a few automakers already provide rear view cameras to many of their vehicles, but Honda is the first to make it standard on all their models. Honda is already known for making some of the safest cars available. Therefore, the move to provide the cameras as a standard feature is no surprise. So exactly how do these rear view camera work? We’ll show you how these standard cameras work on Honda vehicles.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently released a study showing that rear view cameras are much more effective compared to parking sensors, at preventing drivers from hitting objects when reversing. Close to 300 people are killed to drivers who are reversing. In addition 18,000 are injured due to reverse driving, according to IIHS. Thus, making rear view cameras standard on all future vehicle models could be Honda’s way of minimizing these numbers.

Since Honda is the very first auto manufacturer to make rear view cameras standard, they were acknowledged by the US Department of Transportation. According to the US Department of Transportation, Honda was the first automaker to satisfy the organization’s Advanced Technology Feature performance requirements.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also recognized Honda for making the cameras standard for their entire line up. Honda is now part of the 5 star Safety Ratings program of the NHTSA.

It is quite understandable why the quantity of Honda customers continues to go through the roof. The automaker continues to be the trendsetter for other manufacturers in the motor industry. No other car manufacturer has made an announcement of providing rear view cameras as standard on all their vehicles. However it is likely that others will soon follow suit.

The death and injury estimates made by the IIHS are totally avoidable. Therefore more automakers should be making the push to include rear view cameras or other driver assist programs as standard for new models.

If you are looking to buy a new car for yourself or your family, a Honda should definitely be on the top of your list. With the new reverse camera feature now being standard, Honda has taken another leap forward in terms of safety. You can expect many other car manufacturers to follow Honda’s example very soon.

Looking for a safer vehicle this year? Consider a Honda vehicle, complete with all the safety features you will need on the road. If you are searching for a Honda in Tucson, visit the Chapman Honda dealership. Equipped with the largest lineup in Honda cars available, you’ll be sure to drive one home!

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Honda revealed at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show that the all-new redesigned Ridgeline pickup would be available by 2016. The current model will end production in mid 2014.

In 2006, the original Honda Ridgeline was awarded the Motor Trend Truck of the Year and North American Truck of the Year. Honda is not only hoping to retain the award-winning performance, utility and comfort of the original, but to take it to a new level. This new level model will feature completely new styling that replicates a pickup, while still maintaining the Honda brand.

At the time, the first generation Ridgeline was the only pickup truck that was produced on a closed-box unibody platform. It amazed the market by offering a smooth ride and handling for a pickup truck while providing comfortable seating for 5 passengers and a half ton capability.

So far, Honda has only released a design sketch of the new Ridgeline, but enough was revealed to provide the following info:

It appears to have a more rounded front and a steeper windshield angle. Also, the back of the truck now looks like an ordinary pickup with a bed that is attached separately. This is something new for the Ridgeline.

From the sketch, the chassis has been enhanced and appears to be more rigid. On closer inspection, it looks like the new Ridgeline is longer that previous models. The tailgate looks like it will have a split rear gate capability that will allow the tailgate to open like a set of doors or drop like a regular pickup.

There have been no further official details about the power plant of the new Honda Ridgeline, but if the rumors are true, it will contain a 3.5 litre V6 unit that produces over 250 horsepower.

If Honda uses their Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology in the new Ridgeline, you can expect much better fuel mileage, especially if hybrid technology is integrated.

Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc., said that the new Ridgeline is going to advance the concepts of form and function in the pickup truck market. Honda believes that the new Ridgeline will spearhead the portfolio of their future products, while enhancing their line of light trucks.

The original Honda Ridgeline had strong sales through 2013, strengthened by a Special Edition 2014 model. The 2013 sales of the Ridgeline were up almost 30% over 2012 figures and have sold 16,160 units in the first 11 months of 2013.

Keep an eye out for news updates from upcoming auto shows, where Honda will surely release more details on the new Ridgeline. In the meantime visit all of the previous models of the Honda Ridgeline, available at Chapman Honda.