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Economic Bust of 2008 Caused Some Rethinking

Remember the downturn of 2008 when the banks, automakers and general economy came crashing to a halt? That was just before the last redesign of the Honda Civic, causing the Japanese automaker to cut out frills and creature comforts in the anticipation that people would just want an inexpensive, basic car. Turns out that was a bit of a misstep. “There was a greater sensitivity to excess,” John Mendel, Honda VP told Yahoo Finance. “We tried to back off the bling. We put the car back to its roots, made it more austere, more practical.” Honda misjudged the strength of the economic rebound and how much consumers liked their technological gizmos and comfort. The result was a Civic that no one cared much about, so it was time to retool again during 2013 and put the popular little Honda back on the map. You can see the latest incarnation of this vehicle and the entire Honda Civic inventory at Chapman Honda.

New Honda Design in Record Time

It took little time for Honda to remake the previously popular Civic into a car that the public would clamor for once again. The 2013 Civic added back an upgraded interior, improved the handling and horsepower and provided a sportier design. That quick fix put the compact car back at the top of most consumer rankings, and the total redesign that came for 2016 improved the product even more. It has won awards from Car of the Year to Best Value in a Compact Sedan. The most important award for Honda is that sales are up 37 percent from the previous year as consumers love the long list of standard features and sporty look.

Civic Coupe Leading the Way for Next Generation

Younger drivers generally consider any car that has four doors as two doors too many. That’s why the all-new Civic Coupe, with its sleek aerodynamic design, updated feel and load of standard features is expected to boost Honda sales even higher. The swooping lines, bulging fender wells and aggressive front fascia are reminiscent of sports cars at more than twice the price. Step into the cockpit of the new Civic Coupe and you’ll find futuristic displays and comfortably placed controls that make driving a sheer joy. A center console is a great place to store your tablet, phone and everything else you need on a trip. Modern features like an electronic parking brake not only provide more room in the cabin, but make securing your vehicle on a hill as simple as pressing a button. See the new Honda Civic Coupe, Sedan and Hybrid in all its variations by taking a quick trip to Chapman Honda.

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Honda Designers Think Outside the Box

Pickup trucks have been pretty much the same for the past few decades. Although there have been an improvement in creature comforts, you basically get a place to sit in the front and a place to put all your stuff in the back. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline, coming to Chapman Honda this spring, not only thinks outside the box, it even reinvents the box. With features like a dual-action tailgate, in-bed trunk that doubles as a large cooler and truck-bed audio system, the all-new Ridgeline is designed for people who need the functionality of a truck and the ingenuity of a Honda.

Ridgeline Coming Back After Two-year Hiatus

Honda is bringing the Ridgeline back to its lineup after discontinuing the previous version two years ago. The Ridgeline shares the same unibody platform and popular 3.5-liter V6 engine as the popular Honda Pilot. Something new this time around is the option to choose either all-wheel drive or front wheel drive, the only truck in production with that choice. The new Ridgeline looks more like a pickup than the previous model, with a stouter front end, larger tailgate and muscular fender arches. The tailgate opens like a normal truck, but also has the option of swinging to one side like a door for times when that is more appropriate. To help keep items secure, a lockable in-bed truck provides plenty of room for your shopping trip to the mall. It doubles as a cooler for tailgating or camping, with an easy drain plug to keep things clean. Honda’s innovative technology also turns the entire bed into an audio system that can play music streamed from any Bluetooth device. The audio system features 540 watts of power and a creative system involving six “exciters” that turn any surface into a quality speaker.

Creature Comforts Aplenty in New Honda

Honda hasn’t skimped on the creature comforts in the new Ridgeline, with three-zone climate control, leather upholstery, an 8-inch audio touchscreen and push-button start all available. When the new Ridgeline comes to your Tucson Honda dealer later this spring, expect a truck loaded with driver assistance safety features like LaneWatch and a rearview camera. An on-board 400 watt power inverter will power tools, televisions and any other electric gizmo you happen to need on the road. If you’re considering a new pickup, it’s worth the wait for the new Ridgeline. Test drive this unique truck at Chapman Honda later this spring.

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Roomy and Refined With Sporty Appeal

The all-new Honda Civic Coupe is now on sale at Chapman Honda, offering a sophisticated driving experience that’s also sporty and fun. A new chassis delivers an incredibly comfortable ride with aggressive handling when you want to unleash your wild side. The Honda Civic Coupe comes with your choice of a 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine or 1.5-liter turbo that produces up to 41 mpg on the freeway. “This new Civic Coupe exemplifies Honda’s focus on fun-to-drive character with two powerful engine options and a chassis tuned specifically for driving fun,” according to Honda senior vice president Jeff Conrad. “As the second model in our sportiest and most ambitious Civic lineup ever, the coupe sets the bar for performance, refinement and connectivity in the compact coupe segment.”

Everything About the Coupe is Brand New

Honda engineers broke the mold when coming up with the new design for the Honda Civic Coupe. Everything from the architecture, interior and exterior is all new, with a roomy cabin finished off with high quality materials. There are tons of new technology features, including automatic dual climate control, an audio touchscreen that pairs with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, remote engine start and rain sensing wipers. The body is made up of 63 percent high strength steel and 12 percent ultra high-strength steel to provide a driving experience without flex or unnecessary wind noise. A new crash stroke design absorbs energy and diverts it away from the occupants in the event of a crash. Multi-link rear suspension and hydraulic compliance bushings provide a premium ride. Dual pinion electric steering helps deliver handling that you’d expect in a much more expensive vehicle.

Driver Assistance Features Help Avoid Wrecks

As the world moves closer and closer to autonomous cars, every step toward providing driver assistance creates a safer world. The new Honda Civic Coupe has a number of features to help avoid collisions, including lane departure warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation and a multi-angle rearview camera. Head to Chapman Honda and test drive the Civic today and you’ll be amazed at how many great things can be stuffed into a small package. The new Civic Coupe has received five star crash ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as well as a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

New Civic Coupe Produced in North America

The Honda Civic Coupe is manufactured in Ontario, Canada using engines and transmissions produced in the United States and Canada

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People Recognize Iconic Automaker for Long History of Service

When anyone talks about a Honda, chances are the sentence “Those things will run forever” will work its way into the conversation. It’s no surprise that the Japanese automaker has been honored as “Best Value Brand” by the readers of consumer publication and website “Kelley Blue Book.” “This Best Value Brand award from KBB validates the efforts of Honda engineers and our dealers to offer our customers products with high levels of quality, reliability and value,” according to American Honda vice president Jeff Conrad. From the new smart and sporty Civic to the three-row SUV Pilot, Hondas are known for dependability and a fun driving experience. Test drive the model of your choice with a trip to Chapman Honda, your Tucson Honda dealer.

New-car Shoppers Vote on Best Brand

KBB takes a poll of its new-car buyers to come up with the best auto brand. The poll is divided into luxury and non-luxury segments. “Our Kelley Blue Book expert vehicle reviewers consistently praise Hondas for their overall excellence and strong value story, so it is not surprising that car shoppers fell the same way, naming Honda as Kelley Blue Book’s Best Value Brand again this year,” according to KBB.com market analyst Jack R. Nerad. “Based on the brand’s legendary quality and reliability, Honda previously won that title in 2015, as well as 2011-2013.”

Honda Dealers Selling in U.S. for More than 30 Years

You’ll still see those little Honda Civics that were popular in the mid-1980s running on the streets today, a testament to the reliability of Honda engineering. Along with Chapman Honda in Tucson, there are more than 1,000 independent dealers in America that sell the complete lineup, including the Fit, Accord and Civic sedans and coupes, HR-V, Pilot and CR-V crossover vehicles, as well as the top-rated Odyssey minivan. Expectations are high for the new version of the Ridgeline pickup truck coming out this fall. Although Honda began in Japan, over 99 percent of all the company’s vehicles that are sold in the U.S. are built right here in America.

KBB Leading Source for Auto Information

Both consumers and auto industry executives use KBB and KBB.com on a daily basis to garner information on the market and individual cars. Kelley Blue Book is a well-known publication that details the value of a used car on any given day. KBB.com details trade-in values and fair purchase prices for consumers so they can expect a fair deal when they get to the car lot.