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The 2016 Honda Pilot will give drivers many reasons to fall in love with it. The new redesign has a sleeker look compared to the previous boxy look. So far reviews have been glowing and have stated that the 2016 Pilot is a great choice and one of the best 3 row SUVs available. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently awarded the 2016 Honda Pilot as the Top Safety Rating for 2015. Not only did the SUV perform above average in collision testing, Honda went the extra mile by equipping the vehicle with the most updated safety and driver-assistive technologies on the market.

SUVs like the Honda Pilot have long been a favorite for family drivers. The 3rd row seating is an attractive feature for families of 5 and over. Safety is also a very important feature in family vehicles and the Pilot is a leader in this area.

It got attention because of its rigid and protective design but its collection of technologies makes it among the safest vehicles around. Here’s what you can expect from Honda Sensing™:

– Adaptive Cruise Control
– Collision Mitigation Braking System™
– Forward Collision Warning
– Lane Departure Warning
– Lane Keeping Assist System
– Road Departure Mitigation

During testing, the Pilots numerous sensors and cameras have predicted road departures and crashes and actually initiated braking in appropriate situations. Even more the system can pinpoint pedestrians, cars and obstacles. Although the system isn’t perfect, it definitely will minimize crashes and therefore injuries.

The bad news is that some of the safety features are extra, but for safety minded parents paying extra for the safety features is an easy choice.

Besides safety, the 2016 Pilot is still a great option. The 280 hp 3.5-liter V6 is standard which is more powerful than its predecessor and is surprisingly quick for its size. It also comes with a class leading fuel economy of 23 mpg combined.

The interior while not exactly luxurious is certainly comfortable and flexible. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is fairly low for this reason starting at $31,000 for the base level but it is still better than its immediate predecessor. There is more sitting space and the cargo area is larger. You can also use it for towing up to 5,000 lbs., which is more than enough to attach a trailer when going camping.

Visit the Chapman Honda dealership today to take a look at the brand new Honda Pilot.


Important Cog in Production at Alabama Plant

The importance of Honda maintaining, or growing, its sales figures on the populary Odyssey minivan cannot be overstated, at least for the people of Talladega County, Ala. The plant in that county employs 4,000 local people and boosts the economy by doing business with countless local suppliers. The Honda Odyssey is responsible for about 40 percent of the production from the facility, so you can bet locals are rooting for a home run when Honda releases its new version of the minivan sometime next year. Stay tuned to Chapman Honda in Tucson for more news as to an official roll-out date.

Minivan Buyers Loyal, but Market Shrinking

Edmunds, one of the leading consumer websites for the auto industry, says that total minivan sales in America have shrunk from over a million in 2002 to just 556,000 last year. That comes at a time when new car sales are booming. Much of the loss can be attributed to the popularity of SUVs and the stigma that minivans are only for “soccer moms.” Still, there are very few players in the minivan market with any significant share of the business. Along with Honda, the Chrysler and Dodge vans and the Toyota Sienna all continue to fight for the top spot in sales. In the last four years, the top sales spot has changed five times. Honda had the lead as recently as 2013, but dipped a bit last year, prompting the need for change.

Profit Margins Keep Automakers Committed

Most minivan sales are well above $30,000, with the most luxurious models topping out near $50,000. There’s a lot of profit in those numbers for manufacturers, so it makes sense that they continue to provide upgrades to seize as much market share as possible. Features like DVD systems, power reclining seats, dual moon roofs and even an in-van vacuum cleaner attempt to lure customers to a particular brand. Although Honda hasn’t announced exactly what changes it is making for the 2017 model year, it’s safe to bet that they will be technology-based.

Nine-speed Transmission One Rumored Change

The last major re-design of the Honda Odyssey came in 2010. The only rumor about the upcoming changes are from Automotive News, which says there will be a nine-speed automatic transmission on the top trim levels. You can see the latest incarnation of that model for yourself at Chapman Honda. Take a test drive and see why loyal minivan buyers love their vehicles.


LED Lighting and Dynamic Styling Provide Fresh Look

As the most popular automobile in America for both 2013 and 2014, the designers at Honda could be forgiven for not wanting to change too much about the Accord. Instead, they provided a mid-model refresh with dynamic styling, an improved chassis and body and new features to give the car a whole new look and feel. Both the coupe and sedan are now on sale at Chapman Honda, offering features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 19-inch wheels and even heated rear seats. Honda Sensing, a suite of sensors and cameras that provide greater assistance for drivers, is also available on the new Honda Accord.

2016 Accord Starting Price Same as 2015

Despite the refreshed look and additional features, the new Honda Accord Sedan LX and Coupe LX-S both have the same price as last year. The Sedan LX with 6-speed transmission is just $22,105, while the Coupe LX-S starts at $23,775. Automatic transmissions are available on both models for well under $1,000 more. “The best is getting better with the launch of the redesigned 2016 Accord,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda vice president. “With more customer-relevant technology, an even more refined and sporty ride and top-class fuel economy and safety ratings, the 2016 redesign keeps Accord at the top of its class.”

Accord Holds Record for “10 Best” List

“Car and Driver” magazine has named the Accord to its “10 Best” list 29 times, the most of any automobile. It’s expected to make the list again this year, with improvements like Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, which disperses energy to safe zones in the event of a crash. Those who love creature comforts will enjoy the sophisticated styling of the interior with new fabric and colors, including a gloss black trim for the Accord Sedan LX and Sport, as well as the Coupe LX-S. New seat bolsters help wrap around and secure you in the comfortable upholstery. A wood instrument panel adds a touch of class for the EX and above trim levels in the sedan.

New Features Include Remote Engine Start and 10-way Driver Seat

Start up your new Accord from the comfort of your living room on those polar vortex morning and let the heater blow for a few minutes by using the remote engine start. Once you get inside your toasty vehicle, take a moment to adjust the 10-way power driver’s seat to the perfect position for your drive. Explore these and all the new features of the Honda Accord by taking a trip to Chapman Honda.