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Stay in touch with Chapman Honda to get dibs on the first test drive of the all-new Honda Civic Type R, coming to the showroom later this spring. The Civic Type R is an affordable sports car for the driving enthusiast, featuring a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 306 horsepower and a cartilage rattling 295 pound feet of torque. Serious drivers will appreciate the short-throw six-speed manual transmission, which is the only gearbox that comes with the Type R.

Civic Type R Ready to Race

From the stiffly-bolstered lightweight front seats that hold you in place as you power around corners to the customized driving modes that help you adjust to various road conditions, the Honda Civic Type R is ready for the track as soon as it comes off the showroom floor. The +R driving mode selector lets you pick any of three customized settings that adjust the steering, throttle and suspension for optimal performance and handling. Adaptive dampers read the road and adjust on the fly to give the most stability, while a limited slip differential makes sure the wheels get traction as needed for better cornering.

Aero Kit Gives Racing Advantage

The Honda Civic Type R offers an aerodynamic kit that has the advantage of going through thousands of track runs to fine tune the use of air for handling and efficiency. Side and front splitters, along with vortex generators and a large rear wing work together to keep the wheels glued to the road. Large 20-inch wheels can handle the special tires you need for such a monster of the track. The triple-exhaust system delivers a rumbling roar that lets the world know this is not your aunt’s Civic.

Dual Axis Struts Increase Feel of Road

Drivers of the new Honda Civic Type R will notice an increased road “feel” from other Civic models, due to the addition of Honda’s new “dual axis” front strut setup. This engineering marvel separates the steering knuckle from the strut to treat the steering and suspension forces differently. The new Civic Type R is expected to start in the mid-$30,000 range and only comes with a Touring trim package. This does include a 7-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration for both Apple and Android. Automatic climate control and a power 540-watt sound system are both standard. Check in often at Chapman Honda to see when the new Type R will be available for a test drive.

New Generation Reveals New Features

When the new generation of Honda Odyssey minivans arrives at Chapman Honda this spring, expect a whole new suite of features. The Odyssey is already America’s most popular minivan, but a new MagicSlide second row seat and a communication system to bring the front and third rows together promise to make the Odyssey more popular than ever. “This new Odyssey raises the stakes for family-friendly packaging, performance and technology in the minivan segment,” according to Honda executive VP John Mendel. “In all aspects of its design, the new Odyssey is made to keep every member of the family happy, no matter the seating position, no matter the destination.”

CabinWatch, CabinTalk Brings Passengers Together

One of the problems with minivans and large SUVs is the distance between the front and third rows. It can make communication difficult, and sometimes keeps parents from seeing what the kids are doing. CabinTalk lets the driver speak to the second and third row passengers through the speakers and entertainment system headphones. CabinWatch lets the driver and front passenger keep an eye on the whole cabin through the display screen on the infotainment system. CabinControl is another new feature that lets anyone download an app to control the rear temperature and entertainment system through their smart phone.

MagicSlide Eases Quick Configuration

The Honda Odyssey’s new MagicSlide second-row seating makes it easy to move chairs around for third-row access or to haul cargo. Remove the center seat and the two outside seats slide through five positions. Super mode gives the most access to the third row, while wide mode provides a center aisle for passengers to walk through. The movable seats aren’t the only upgrades to the cabin. More attention has been paid to sound proofing with triple door seals and optional acoustic front and side glass. Sound deadening materials under the floor help keep the road noise on the outside where it belongs.

Powerful Engine Pairs With New Transmission

The powerful 3.5L i-VTEC V-6 engine powers the Odyssey by generating up to 280 horsepower, a 32 horse improvement from the previous model. You’ll have your choice of a 9-speed or all-new 10-speed automatic transmission that provides the utmost in power and efficiency. A new lightweight body and improved chassis technology provides superior handling, making this minivan a fun-to-drive people hauler. Test drive the new Honda Odyssey soon when it arrives at Chapman Honda.

2017 Honda CR-V, HR-V, Pilot and Odyssey All Earn Honors

Kelley Blue Book, one of the most trusted consumer advocates in the auto industry, has named four Honda models to its “Best Family Cars of 2017” list. KBB evaluated a wide list of competitors by focusing on a number of different categories, including safety, technology, value, reputation and the ability to meet the needs of a modern family. The result proves Honda continues to offer families the best value for fun, dependable transportation. Check out the entire Honda inventory by visiting Chapman Honda.

2017 Honda CR-V Best 2-Row SUV

For smaller families, the popular Honda CR-V continues to be the best value. Now with a fresh makeover for 2017, the CR-V is more attractive than ever with a large adjustable cargo area, a new turbocharged engine option and an infotainment system that allows everyone a chance to play their latest selections from a smartphone, whether you use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Safety is also a prime consideration for the CR-V, with the Honda Sensing Suite of driver assistance features standard on the EX model and above.

2017 Honda HR-V Delivers Good Things in Small Package

The Honda HR-V crossover is the smallest vehicle on KBB’s list, but it’s filled with plenty of good things for family transportation. To start with, it has 60 cubic feet of cargo space when you fold the rear seats down, which is plenty for that monthly Costco trip or to haul those infrequent large purchases. Starting at just a smidge over $20,000, the HR-V is also the least expensive option on the KBB list. With 34 mpg on the highway, it also means you can pass up those gas station fillups a little more frequently.

Refined Pilot Offers Seating for Eight

If you’re struggling to find a vehicle that can fit the whole family, head to Chapman Honda and look over the Honda Pilot inventory. This three-row midsize SUV offers the ability to zip through urban traffic without making a couple of the kids stay home. The third row seat has belts for three people and is plenty big enough for adults if you’re part of the office carpool. The second row offers either captain’s chairs or a bench seat. The sliding and reclining seats offer a variety of options for people and cargo.

2017 Honda Odyssey Impresses With Special Value Editions

As this year’s Honda Odyssey minivan generation makes room for an all-new model for 2018, the company is offering a special value edition that’s packed with features at an attractive price. The Odyssey has consistently been the best-reviewed minivan on the market, offering supreme handling, plenty of power and a configurable interior that works for hauling both people and stuff. The Special Edition offers features such as tri-zone climate control, power driver seat, 12-volt power access throughout and a DVD entertainment system.

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