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Consumer Mag Says Reliable Honda Still No. 1

In a recent article, “Motor Trend” magazine writer Chris Walton took the time to compare a wide selection of 2016 and 2017 compact cars. Along with the Honda Civic, he evaluated the Hyundai Elantra, VW Jetta, Nissan Sentra, Chevy Cruze and Toyota Corolla. Making a long story short, Walton said the Civic earns the Gold Medal. Honda spent its money packing features that provide more efficiency, safety and performance than its competitors. The Honda “drives better, it feels better, it’s engineered better, it’s got special sauce – the X factor- and this thing has it in spades,” Walton wrote. Experience the X factor of the new Civic when you take a test drive at Chapman Honda.

Civic Provides Lowest Cost of Ownership

The 2016 Honda Civic not only delivers a safe vehicle with outstanding performance, but it is also cheapest to own when considering all the factors that go into the cost of a vehicle. When compiling all the state fees, depreciation, insurance, fuel, maintenance and repairs, the Civic had the lowest 5-year cost of ownership of all the judged vehicles. Maintenance and depreciation costs were so low they catapulted Civic to the front of the pack. At an estimated $1,660 for maintenance, the Civic beat its closest competitor by almost $200. The Sentra had the highest cost of maintenance at $2,886.

Honda Wins Again in Value Category

Walton used a points system to evaluate what you get for your money when you buy any of the judged vehicles. Different vehicles offer different features, so he used a weighted evaluation system to judge more expensive options with more worth. He then figured in the as-tested price of the vehicle to come to an equitable comparison. At just $440 per feature, the Civic again took first place. The Jetta was the most expensive, coming in at $691 per feature.

Civic Aces Forward Crash Prevention

Many new cars come with all types of safety features, ranging from air bags to driver assistance systems that help avoid a collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have both awarded the Honda Civic their top honors, as they have for some other vehicles in the comparison. Where Civic distinguishes itself is in the forward crash prevention test, where it earned a superior rating. The Civic also proved to be effective in low and high speed braking, where it avoided collisions in both tests. The choice is simple. For the best price on a dependable vehicle that delivers performance, efficiency and safety, head to Chapman Honda and examine the entire Honda Civic inventory.

2017 Honda Accord Sport Special Edition

Sport Special Sure to Keep Popularity Streak Going

With standard leather seats offset with red stitching, a “Special Edition” nameplate and heated seats just some of the new features, the 2017 Honda Accord Sport Special Edition trim package is sure to continue Honda’s 3-year run as the most popular sedan in America with individual buyers. “Accord continues to set the bar in its class with customers making it the top retail selling car in America for 3 years running,” according to Honda VP Jeff Conrad. “We’re proud to offer an expanded lineup with the new Sport Special Edition and the 2017 Accord Hybrid as we continue to advance Accord’s position as a true benchmark in its class, offering an unbeatable combination of style, efficiency, fun-to-drive performance and connectivity in the midsize sedan segment.” See all the new Accords right now as they continue to arrive on the Chapman Honda sales floor.

Sedan, Coupe Offer Many Choices

The 2017 Honda Accord sedan and coupe come in a variety of trim levels, including the most powerful hybrid the company has ever produced. Starting at just a hair over $22,000, the base Sedan comes with the efficient 2.4L four-cylinder engine in the LX, Sport and EX models. Step up to the EX-L (the L stands for leather) and you can get the more powerful 3.5L V6 without sacrificing much in gas mileage. The V6 produces an outstanding 278 horsepower and 252 pound feet of torque while earning an EPA rated 33 mpg on the highway. If you really want great gas mileage, opt for the powerful hybrid that scores 49 mpg.

Choose Manual or Automatic Along With Other Features

Even the base Accord Sedan LX gives you the choice of driving like a race driver with a 6-speed manual transmission, or you can choose a bit more sedate and effortless drive with the CVT automatic. Add the Honda Sensing suite of safety features and you get lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking system and road departure mitigation system. All these sensor-based safety features deliver audible warnings when possible danger is ahead. They are standard on the Touring model and optional on all other trim levels.

Accord Racks Up Awards Over Years

As one of the most popular cars in America for the past 40 years, the Honda Accord has racked up dozens of awards, including landing on the “Car and Driver” magazine “10Best” list a whopping 30 times. Dependable transportation doesn’t have to be boring, which you’ll find out when you head to Chapman Honda and take a test drive in the new Honda Accord Sport Special Edition.