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Honda Offers Unique Ability to Meet Family Needs

When leading consumer authority Kelley Blue Book (KBB) speaks, the car buying public listens. That’s why it’s particularly impressive that KBB picked a Honda as the best family vehicle in each of its separate categories. For 2016, the Civic, Odyssey, Pilot, CR-V, HR-V, and Accord all were chosen for a variety of factors, including dependability, performance and safety. “This recognition by the experts at Kelley Blue Book of six of our core models is affirmation that Honda has the best possible choices for families of any size,” according to Honda senior vice president Jeff Conrad. See why Honda was the top choice by KBB by viewing the entire inventory at Chapman Honda.

Safety at Top of Criteria List

The editors at KBB put all the cars tested through a real-world experience that involved installing baby seats, pairing phones and loading and unloading people and cargo. While all those features and more were taken into account, the number one criterion was safety. Along with certifications from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Association, the vehicles were judged on the ease of installing car seats of different sizes and types, including front and rear-facing configurations.

Civic, Pilot, Odyssey Pull Double Duty

The Honda Civic sedan, midsize Pilot SUV and Odyssey minivan were the recipient of dual awards from KBB. Along with being the best family vehicles in the compact sedan, midsize SUV and minivan categories, they also won Best Buy of 2016 for all three groups. The Civic was also the winner as the Best Buy of 2016 for all categories. With a fresh new look on the outside and a roomy interior, the Civic provides plenty of comfort and bragging rights on the highway. The Honda Pilot has an easily accessible third row that brings the seating total to eight. It’s easy to drive and extremely comfortable with a whole host of sophisticated technology. The Odyssey is consistently rated as the top minivan in America, offering seating flexibility, a dynamic driving performance and enough luxury options to think you’re driving a much more expensive vehicle. Swing by your Tucson Honda dealer and see which vehicle is right for you.

Test Drive a Honda Today

With a long history of dependability, Honda is also offering a new refined look and a suite of technical features that offers improved handling, state-of-the-art safety and enough entertainment to keep the kids quiet on those long vacation road trips. Swing by Chapman Honda today and take a test drive to see just how a Honda can be your next great family vehicle.

Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype

Prototype Showcases Aggressive Design

When the wraps come off the new Honda Civic Hatchback prototype at the March 22 opening of the New York International Auto Show, spectators will see a sporty new design filled with premium features. The hatchback will become a reality later this year, showing up in dealerships like Chapman Honda in the fall. It is the third new Civic model in what is quickly becoming a lineup of dependable and affordable sports cars. The new hatchback has a turbo engine and driver assistance safety technology along with a flexible seat layout that takes full advantage of its five-door configuration.

Expect Turbo Engine With Plenty of Power

Although Honda isn’t releasing any details on the new hatchback until closer to the date of its unveiling, industry experts predict it will be powered by the new Honda turbocharged engine that produces 300 horsepower. In keeping with the car’s sporty appearance, expect the standard configuration to be paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Adaptive dampers will help you control the suspension when you want to put the car through a few hairpin turns and higher than recommended speeds. As the pictures indicate, the hatchback will have low profile tires on some crazy sport wheels, adding to the belief that this is one five-door that isn’t built for just hauling groceries.

Civic Hatchback Designed Inspired by Supercar

If you can’t afford a quarter of a million dollars for a supercar, why not consider a much more affordable choice based on the design? Honda chief designer Daisuke Tsutamori told “Autoguide” that his inspiration for the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback was simply “Lamborghini.” Tsutamori told Autoguide that the prototype is “very close to production,” meaning you can expect the center dual exhaust in the version finally sold to the public.

Civic Remains a Dependable and Affordable Option

Although Honda hasn’t released pricing on the new hatchback, expect it to come somewhere in the mid to low $20,000 range. The Civic has long been one of the most dependable and affordable options for someone who needs reliable and safe transportation. As it morphs into some sportier options, expect it to stay true to the Civic legacy. Whether you choose the sedan, coupe, hybrid or hatchback, a Honda will always deliver many miles of comfortable and reliable transportation. See the entire Civic lineup for yourself by visiting Chapman Honda and taking a test drive.

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Popular Among Millennials, Lineup Adds Sporty Coupe

Safe, dependable and affordable are three words that have been used to describe the Honda Civic for the last few decades. No one is ever going to mistake a Civic for a Porsche, but the target demographic millennial group that needs reliable transportation also wants something with a little flash. The sixth generation of the Honda Civic has a new coupe that delivers a much more athletic appearance then the staid old four-door sedan. If you are a millennial who thinks four doors are two doors too many, check out the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe at Chapman Honda.

Big Little Engine Provides Turbocharged Option

Although the biggest engine available in the Civic is a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder that generates 158 horses, the little turbocharged 1.5-liter actually produces 174 horsepower and almost 30 foot pounds of torque. This is the first turbocharged engine Honda has offered in the United States since a motorcycle more than 30 years ago. It provides plenty of punch to get the small car up on the freeway or test your mettle on some sharp corners. Right now you can only get an automatic transmission coupled with the turbocharged engine, but expectations are high for a six-speed stick in the very near future.

Motor Trend Calls New Civic an ‘Entertaining Ride’

The editors at “Motor Trend” magazine put the Honda Civic Coupe through its paces and found it an “entertaining drive.” They liked the stiff suspension’s ability to keep the car on track through corners as well as the feel provided by the steering setup. They said the turbocharged engine provided good throttle response and “the torque converter helps the automaker avoid having to tune throttle tip-in to be overly aggressive, ultimately making the Civic much easier to drive in heavy traffic.” Along with great handling and response, the Civic Coupe delivers up to 41 mpg on the highway.

New Coupe Has Latest Technology

The turbocharged engine isn’t the only new technology gracing the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe. Expect a more connected driving experience thanks to the addition of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Sirius XM Radio and a handsfree SMS text message capability. The Civic Coupe just adds to the total Civic lineup, which includes a Civic sedan, Civic SI and the Civic Type R, a high performance vehicle. With plenty of choices and a legacy of providing safe, reliable transportation, the new Honda Civic is a must-see choice for modern car buyers. See the entire lineup at Chapman Honda, your Tucson Honda dealer.