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Should I Buy a Used Honda Odyssey?

By NANCY DUNHAM   04:10PM Aug 09, 2016

Source: http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/best-cars-blog/2016/08/Should_I_Buy_a_Used_Honda_Odyssey/

1995 Honda Odyssey (American Honda Motor Co., Inc.)

Think of the Honda Odyssey as the straight A-student that rarely makes a misstep. If you want steady, reliable excellence that is designed for a growing family, the Honda Odyssey is likely the minivan for you.

Debuting in 1995, the Honda Odyssey entered the minivan market a decade after established players like the Chrysler Town and Countryand Dodge Grand Caravan. Honda quickly sought to distinguish the Odyssey from the competition by offering standard safety features, like dual air bags and four-wheel disc brakes, which competitors lacked. The Odyssey also had a hefty dose of practicality, thanks to seating for up to eight, a dual glove box and efficient and reliable 4-cylinder engine. Times have changed significantly since the Odyssey debuted, so credit Honda with keeping pace with market demands but never forgetting that its customers are family-centric. For them, safety and convenience never goes out of style.

Honda delivers just that as evidenced by its consistent No. 1 and No. 2 rankings and industry awards over the past decade. In fact, the Odyssey has won our Best Minivan for Families award every year since 2012

Model Years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

2007 Honda Odyssey (American Honda Motor Co., Inc.)

The Honda Odyssey was in its third generation by 2007, and reviewers gave it high marks for power, road handling, and cargo/passenger versatility. U.S. News and World Report ranking gave it an overall score of 9.5 out of 10. Indeed, that model year received many accolades including Car and Driver “5Best Trucks,” Edmunds“Most Wanted,” and Consumer Guide “Best Buy” awards.

Of course, no car is perfect, and some reviewers knocked the Odyssey for its transmission, steering, and suspension. Still its V6 engine, expansive and versatile cargo room, and safe, solid performance more than made up for the shortcomings.

Honda gave the Odyssey a face-lift for the 2008 model year, adding auxiliary audio input jacks, daytime running lights, and programmable power door locks. Other family-friendly extras include upgraded climate controls, updated navigation, and available Bluetooth options for phone connectivity..

Thanks to the updates, the 2008 model got excellent ratings, with some reviewers calling its combination of power, sporty-for-a-minivan handling and versatility, the best in its class. A bounty of standard convenience and safety features netted the minivan a wealth of critical kudos and excellent crash test ratings.

To the consumer eye, the Odyssey remained the same through model year 2010, but Honda didn’t neglect it. The automaker continually tweaked the vehicle, refining styling and adding colors.

Reviews remained high through the 2010 model, though it did slip into third place that year in the U.S. News and World Report ranking of minivans behind the Toyota Sienna and Kia Sedona.

Models Years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015

2015 Honda Odyssey (American Honda Motor Co., Inc.)

In 2011 Honda gave its tried-and-true Odyssey a complete redesign.

Critics gave thumbs ups to the 3-mode second-row seat that folds, an optional rear seat entertainment system, and five LATCH child seat positions, more than any other in its class.  Reviewers also cheered the handling, calling the Odyssey the best driving experience available in a minivan.

The 2011 models offered a variety of trim levels with features ranging from rear privacy glass and forward power seating to a remote to HomeLink, the wireless home access system, power sliding doors, and a 16.2-inch HD video display with surround sound.

With all those extras, it’s likely not surprising there were few changes for model years through 2015. Although, the Odyssey was given minor upgrades – such as standard back up camera and Bluetooth in 2013 – that paid off big with its customers.

The bottom line – If you’re in the market for a used minivan, the Honda Odyssey has an excellent combination of safety, reliability, and family-friendly features, no matter what model year you shop.

How to Get the Most Tread Life from Your Tires

The dog days of summer turn to crisp autumn weather before you know it. Then, the chilly blast of Old Man Winter brings an early snowstorm. You find yourself sliding around on the slippery roads, missing your turn and blowing through stop signs. It’s because your tires don’t have any tread left, and you haven’t done anything about it yet.

If your tires are worn out, there’s no going back. You need to have them replaced, but you can help them last longer next time with a few routine actions.

Check your tire pressures

While “set it and forget it” works for your crockpot, it’s not good for your tires. Your tire pressures should be checked and adjusted every month at least, and when the weather changes. Temperature fluctuations between summer and winter can affect your tire pressure by 7 PSI or more. That means that your tires are probably under or overinflated if you haven’t checked them. Improper inflation can increase your tire wear – 5PSI too much air can reduce your tire life up to 25 percent!

Rotate your tires

Your tires wear the most on your drive wheels. On front wheel drive vehicles, that’s the front tires, and on rear wheel drive, well, you get the idea. Left alone, you’ll wear the tread off of your drive wheels at more than twice the rate of the non-drive wheels. Rotating your tires means even wear on all four tires so you have the optimal traction for as long as possible.

Get a wheel alignment

Nothing destroys your tires faster than improper wheel alignment. It can be something as simple as driving over a pothole just right or bumping a curb with your tire that sets it out of alignment. Yet, something so seemingly harmless can mean you’re spending hundreds of dollars on new tires way too soon. If your steering wheel is pulling in either direction when you drive, your steering wheel shakes, or you notice uneven or excessive wear on your tires, you need a wheel alignment. Make a wheel alignment part of your annual vehicle services so you can make your tires last as long as possible.

Does your Honda need new tires? Do you have symptoms of improper wheel alignment? Or do you need tire services performed on your vehicle? See the tire experts at Cambridge Centre Honda to get your tires looked after today.

Honda Indy Toronto and Make-A-Wish Canada

Honda Indy Toronto Raises More Than $75,000 for Make-A-Wish® Canada
Seven years of fan and partner generosity exceeds half-million-dollars

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Honda Indy Toronto Raises More Than $75,000 for Make-A-Wish® Canada (Photo: Business Wire)

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Honda Indy Toronto was once again the backdrop for an incredible show of generosity from race fans, the Ontario Honda Dealers Association (OHDA) and the Honda Canada Foundation (HCF). Total donations for Make-A-Wish® Canada were a sizeable $75,000, thanks to a $30,000 contribution by fans matched by the OHDA and HCF, and generous contributions of $5,000 and $10,000 from new partners Tim Hortons Inc. and Johnsonville Sausage.

This was the 30th year of racing on the streets of Toronto and the seventh straight year for Make-A-Wish® fundraising efforts at the Honda Indy Toronto. Over that time, spectators and partners have raised more than $500,000 for Make-A-Wish.

“This is a true reflection of how big people’s hearts are and I know that everyone at Make-A-Wish shares in my excitement and sincere gratitude to Indy fans, the Honda Canada Foundation and Ontario Honda dealers,” said Jennifer Klotz-Ritter, president & CEO, Make-A-Wish Canada. “Programs like this play an instrumental role in our ability to bring strength and happiness to the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions.”

Race fans of all ages were once again treated to the speed and spectacle of the race and fun of the surrounding festival on Fan Friday. Instead of admission, attendees were encouraged to make a contribution to Make-A-Wish. Donations were also accepted throughout race weekend for games and activities including face painting, racing simulators and Honda Junior Red Riders off-road riding program. All contributions over the weekend were matched dollar-for-dollar by Honda Canada Foundation, the company’s national charitable arm.
“This is exactly what the Honda Canada Foundation is all about and the common values we share with Canadians,” said Dave Gardner, senior vice president of operations, Honda Canada Inc. “We’re thrilled about what we’ve accomplished together with thousands of Indy fans, our dealers and this year, a host of new Honda Indy Toronto partners including Tim Hortons and Johnsonville.”

New levels of cooperation and seven years of Fan Fridays

Joining Honda during the seventh year of Fan Friday were two new Honda Indy Toronto partners. Tim Hortons Toronto Restaurant Owners committed all proceeds from the on-site sale of coffee and lemonade which totaled $5,000, while Johnsonville Sausage pledged a $10,000 donation.

“We’re thrilled with the support we’ve seen from the fans and partners and hitting this half-million-dollar mark is a huge win for everyone involved in Fan Friday,” said Kevin Pearson, president, Ontario Honda Dealers Association. “I’m very proud of the work we’ve done together in support of Make-A-Wish and I know that’s a sentiment shared by Honda dealers across the province.”

the 2016 event weekend, with the Mazda Road to Indy, Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks and Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama rounding out the on-track action. The event is owned and operated by Green Savoree Racing Promotions. For more information visit hondaindy.com,facebook.com/HondaIndyToronto or follow the event on Twitter @hondaindy

2016 Honda Indy Toronto Highlights

Victor Genova

Victor Genova is the host of the Media People Podcast and a freelance racing writer. @VicGenova

SOURCE: http://www.hondaindytoronto.com/more-news-a-announcements/466-highlights-of-the-2016-honda-indy-toronto

Congratulations to Will Power, WINNER of the 2016 Honda Indy Toronto!

Will Power celebrates’ his victory! Source: http://www.hondaindytoronto.com/

Congratulations to Will Power! This is Will Power’s third victory at the Honda Indy Toronto! Power is now tied with Dario Franthitti for the second most Honda Indy Toronto victories. Michael Andretti holds the all-time record with seven first-place finishes.

James Hinchcliffe on the victor’s podium! Source: http://www.hondaindytoronto.com/

Congratulations to James Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ontario, who finished in third place in front of his hometown crowd!

Thank you to all of the fans who come out to support 30 years of racing in Toronto!

“We are thrilled. This weekend we saw our best crowd in years and by far the largest since Green Savoree began the promotion of the IndyCar race in Toronto,” said Jeff Atkinson, president of the Honda Indy Toronto.

What is VTECH and Why is it Important?

If you drive a newer Honda vehicle, chances are it’s equipped with some version of VTEC. In fact, some Honda models started using variable valve timing starting in the 80’s. That’s what VTEC is – Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control. Those are just fancy words to say that your engine’s valves can open and close at different times and at varying heights, all controlled by the engine management system.

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What does VTEC do?

Variable valve timing advances or retards the movement of your engine’s valves depending on what the engine requires. If you’re under hard acceleration, it could open the intake valves slightly ahead of time to allow more air into the combustion chamber for the ignition stroke.

How high the valves lift is also moderated by the engine computer, activating a solenoid to engage higher lift camshaft lobes inside the engine to achieve maximum performance and efficiency.

Another benefit of VTEC – a cleaner burning engine. The exhaust valve can close slightly earlier than usual to allow some exhaust gas in the cylinder while fresh air is drawn in. It helps prevent harmful NOx and burns cleaner, operating much like the EGR system on your car.

Why is VTEC important?

With VTEC, you get the best of both worlds. Your Honda gets the best performance possible, no matter how you drive through intelligent variable valve timing and precision valve lift height control. It means the same engine size can produce more power than ever. Better yet, it can do so without harming your fuel efficiency. In fact, VTEC improves your fuel efficiency significantly!

VTEC-E and i-VTEC both focus on improving fuel efficiency. They use variable timing control (VTC) through a camshaft phase adjustment. It optimizes torque when accelerating while providing superb fuel economy, all by adjusting the engine timing.

VTEC Turbo, the most recent VTEC development, takes it one step further with direct fuel injection and a turbocharger. Now your Honda can get surprising power from a smaller engine while still maintaining excellent fuel efficiency!

There are. All the different variations of VTEC, whether i-VTEC, VTEC-E or VTEC Turbo, function relatively similarly and serve the same purpose – to improve power and fuel efficiency. Some Honda motorcycles even have VTEC technology!

Are you interested in a Honda vehicle with the class-leading VTEC engine technology? You’ve made a good choice. Contact us today to find out how you can get behind the wheel of a VTEC-powered Honda.

Why Honda Overhauled the Civic

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STEVE MERTL
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jul. 07, 2016 5:00AM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Jul. 07, 2016 12:01PM EDT

Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/news/industry-news/why-honda-overhauled-the-civic/article30765195/

Honda’s Civic has been Canada’s best-selling passenger car for 18 consecutive years but the stakes were high when its latest generation debuted last fall.

The previous Civic’s design and quality faced criticism in the media while North Americans’ growing love of crossovers and compact SUVs threatened the entire compact sedan segment.

“The previous generation of the Civic was not a hit,” said Bernard Swiecki, senior analyst at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Honda performed a mid-cycle revamp of the ninth generation but the 10th-generation Civic underwent an overhaul for 2016.“In this case, it was being replaced into the teeth of a market where sedans are really struggling, especially here in the U.S.,” Swiecki said. “It’s especially important for Honda because so much of its corporate identity is tied up in the Civic brand.

“So there was a heck of a lot of pride on the line with this vehicle.”

Regardless, the reboot was more than welcome, said Hayato Mori, Honda Canada’s senior manager for product planning and business development.
“We were already at the No. 1 ranking, but to remain there you can’t just be better than the other competition,” he said in an interview. “You have to be much, much better.”

Honda ditched everything, Mori said, giving the Civic a new platform, new engines, new styling, “new everything, to leapfrog the competition to keep our dominance in the market intact for the next considerable future.”

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The Civic’s longer, wider and lower platform improves interior space, with added head and shoulder room for the front and rear occupants and more legroom in the back. In LX trim, the sedan has 91 litres of additional passenger volume compared with 2015 while a lower seating position creates a sportier feel.

“The hip point is actually equivalent to an Audi TT on the sedan and the coupe is slightly lower than that,” Mori said.
Swiecki also points to the swept-back C pillar that gives Civic a more coupe-like silhouette while still offering good rear-passenger space. “At Honda, they are masters of packaging,” he said.

Honda claims improved body rigidity with increased use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel while achieving a 31-kilogram weight reduction in the sedan despite it being bigger that its predecessor.

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Honda

The redesigned body and frame elements improve collision performance, and there’s a claimed 58-per-cent improvement in air-leak performance to help reduce cabin noise.

The chassis redesign features a new multilink independent rear suspension and larger stabilizer bars to cut body roll. It’s the first Civic to use hydraulic compliance bushings and rigid aluminum rear damper brackets, which help isolate the cabin from road vibration and boost ride quality.

Handling is aided by new dual-pinion electric power steering with variable gear ratios and Honda’s trademarked Agile Handling Assist that lightly applies braking to selected wheels during cornering.

Thinner A pillars improve outward visibility, and a tilt adjustment for the driver’s seat cushion provides better thigh support. Other upgrades include increased use of higher-end soft-touch materials plus the requisite array of electronic driving aids and infotainment features.

Previous Civic owners will notice a redesigned electronic dash layout. Gone is the two-tiered display.

The old design put the big speedometer at eye level so drivers could check it without taking their eyes off the road, with secondary gauges on the lower tier. The interior redesign ruled it out.

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Honda

“The new generation, because you sit lower, most of that stuff was at eye level anyway,” Mori said.

The biggest change, however, is under the hood, with the availability of a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine, a first for a Honda-branded model in North America (a previous Acura RDX offered a turbo). The turbo motor, available on EX-T and Touring models and only with a paddle-shifting continuously variable automatic transmission (DX and LX models get six-speed manuals), produces 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque as early as 1,800 rpm, using regular gas. The base 2.0-litre engine puts out 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque. The turbo pips the base engine slightly in fuel economy, especially with the CVT.

Honda expects about two-thirds of buyers will stick with the 2.0-litre that comes with the DX, LX and EX models.

“Most of the customers who buy Civics wants to be in a certain price range,” Mori said. “The 2.0-litre combination seems to be the right mix for them.”

Honda Civic, a Canadian love story

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Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jul. 07, 2016 5:00AM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Jul. 07, 2016 12:01PM EDT

Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/news/industry-news/honda-civic-a-love-story-with-canadians/article30765150/

The word “dynasty” instantly conjures up names such as the New York Yankees, Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Cowboys, Boston Celtics and Edmonton Eskimos – unless your mind naturally bends toward Ming, Han and Duck.

As successful as those dynasties have been at times, all but the Ming pale in comparison to a Canadian juggernaut that is on an unprecedented 18-year winning streak.

The Honda Civic has been Canada’s bestselling passenger vehicle since 1998. In that time, pretenders such as the Mazda3 and Hyundai Elantra have knocked at the door and even grabbed quarterly leads. But in the end, the Civic has won out, with Canadians buying 1.2 million of the compacts in that period.

That’s a lot of metal.

“It really is a remarkable feat,” says Tony Faria, an auto-industry expert at the University of Windsor. “It’s not that it ekes out the lead, either. Every year, it outsells the next best by 10,000 to 20,000 units. It’s the clear leader.”

However, just a year ago, the picture wasn’t as rosy. The previous generation model’s design and quality was widely criticized and, faced with the fast-rising popularity of crossovers and sport utility vehicles, Honda had to act. The Civic was overhauled for 2016 and the move has paid dividends. Honda Canada reported record Civic sales in May, a 10-per-cent increase over the previous May. In June, Civic sales were up 3.3 per cent over June 2015. In 2016 so far, sales are up 12.2 per cent, year over year. Let the good times roll. Again.

Just like the aforementioned sports dynasties, there’s not one obvious reason for the Civic’s winning streak.

There are plenty of them, but first and foremost, you don’t sell that many cars unless people believe they’re making a good investment.

“A lot of it has to go to the equity of the product,” says Dave Gardner, Honda Canada senior vice-president of operations, noting that the streak has endured a few years when the models “weren’t that great.

“I can’t remember talking to anybody about Civics and having anything but positive comments come up,” he says.

Of course, a Honda executive might be a tad biased. So we leave it to an independent observer to talk about the Civic’s quality.

“Most everyone who owns a Civic really loves it,” Faria says. “It gets good reviews all the time, just like the [recently released] 10th generation has gotten wonderful reviews.

“The car is astoundingly reliable. It maintains really strong retail value. It drives very well. And you can buy it for under $20,000, which is a wonderful price for a vehicle like that.”

There are plenty of quality compacts on the market, such as the Mazda3 and Elantra, but they haven’t been able to solve whatever magic it is that has kept the Civic on top.

One key could be the way Honda keeps upgrading the model, such as the improvements made to its latest generation of Civics. According to reviews, it’s sportier and more comfortable to drive with significant upgrades.

“They renew it often enough to keep it fresh and jam-pack it with all the goodies,” industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers says. “They’ve been very smart in doing that.

“It never gets stale, and it drives people to think about getting a new model.”

But while Japanese car makers used to be well ahead of the domestic boys in reinventing their products, that gap has narrowed, even though the gap in sales hasn’t.

Frequent updates may help, but the key to the Civic’s success in Canada may be the loyalty Honda has ingrained in its buyers.

The main reason for that may be the fact that the Civic has been built at Honda’s Alliston, Ont., plant since 1988.

“Canadians are far more loyal in this regard than most other buyers,” Faria says. “It’s made in Canada and Canadians show a lot of loyalty to vehicles made here, just as they make the Chrysler minivans the dominant bestselling minivan in Canada with well over 50-per-cent market share year after year. A big part of that is that like the Civic, they’re built in Canada.”

The fact that no other country has made Civic No. 1 with any regularity supports that claim.

Finally, there’s the Civic’s rare ability to appeal across generations, with Civics driven by twentysomethings – accompanied by a set of migraine-inducing speakers – sharing the road with Civics piloted by grandparents grooving to Sinatra.

“With the reintroduction of the five-door hatchback this fall and the Si models coming back next spring and, after that, a type R version, I think it’s going to widen that appeal even more,” Gardner says.

That cross-generational appeal has many faces. Take the case of 12-year-old Aidan Moore, of Kitchener, Ont., who won one of two Civics given away at Toronto Blue Jays games last year. (Two more were awarded on Canada Day this year as part of Honda’s 39-year sponsorship of the team.)

While father Michael claimed the car for obvious reasons, Aidan applied one condition to the deal: He gets the car when he’s old enough to drive.

If there’s a threat to Civic’s reign, it isn’t other compact passenger cars – it’s the compact SUVs that have begun to dominate the market.

“It will be interesting to see if that hurts Civic sales in the future,” DesRosiers says.

Reasons to Lease

Reasons to Lease

Have you been unsure about leasing a vehicle? Do you wonder if there is any value in leasing your next Honda? You’re not alone. While leasing may not be for everyone, it is an option that is more attractive now than ever, and is applicable to a much wider crowd.

Consider these 13 reasons why leasing might be a good choice for you:

1. You always have the option drive a new Honda. When you lease your Honda, it’s never long until you can get behind the wheel of the latest release. Whether it’s the Accord or the Ridgeline, Honda leases let you be seen in the latest model all the time. If you enjoy the looks you get when you drive a new car, this might be your reason to lease a Honda.

2. You get the best technology and safety equipment. New vehicles are constantly improving, particularly with safety equipment such as Honda Sensing, a driver-centric suite of enhanced safety features. Tech advances like HondaLink and satellite-linked navigation elevate your driving experience. When you lease, your next vehicle is always a step forward with safety and technology.

3. Avoid high maintenance costs. When you lease, you avoid costly maintenance items that are required at higher mileage because you always have the option to drive a new car. Services like timing belt replacement, transmission services, and even brake replacement are seldom required during a leasing period, resulting in a lower cost of ownership.

4. Leases are transferable. Is your current life status going to change? Are you getting married or adding a little one to the family? You never know what might happen in the future, but with a Honda lease, you can always be ready. If your vehicle unexpectedly doesn’t fit what you need, your lease can be transferred to a friend, family member, or complete stranger with ease so you can lease the Honda that you need.

5. Leases are smart for business. A vehicle leased for company purposes may be easily written off as a business expense, even if you use it as a personal vehicle as well. Not only can you write off a portion of your lease payments but a portion of your fuel, registration costs, and insurance qualify as well!

6. Flexible residuals. If you know that you don’t drive much, you can choose a lease term with a lower mileage allowance which has a higher residual value. Or if you expect to rack up the mileage, you can choose a term with a higher mileage allowance that has a lower residual. Lease terms are flexible according to your vehicle usage, unlike vehicle finance payments, which makes it easy to pay for only the part of the vehicle you actually use.

7. Lower payments. Leasing a vehicle usually means lower payment options than financing. So if you are someone who likes to drive a vehicle that’s slightly above their means, leasing is an excellent option. If you’re curious how so many people can afford to drive a new Pilot or CR-V, it’s because of the lower payments of leasing. Because you’re only borrowing the portion of the vehicle you’re going to use – not the whole vehicle, like financing – financial institutions are more comfortable with leases.

8. Flexible terms. Leases range from 24 months to 60 months. With that kind of flexibility, virtually all drivers can find a lease term that suits their needs. Whether you drive a little or a lot, want a new vehicle every two years or five years, and everything in between, there’s a leasing option that works for you.

9. Leases are easy to get into. The requirements for leasing a vehicle are very similar to those you need to finance a car. For your convenience, we have finance professionals who are able to help you assess your suitability for leasing. In most cases, if you can finance a car, you can get into a lease as well.

10. You get more car for the money. If you have a set car budget, you can get the most bang for your buck with leasing. Because of competitive interest rates on leases, the flexible terms that are offered, and with payments lower than financing, you can lease a more premium vehicle than you’d be able to buy.

11. Initial costs are lower. Typically, you can get into a lease with no down payment (or a small one) and your payments are lower than financing. As a bonus, you only pay tax on the portion of the car you lease, not the whole thing, keeping the cost of leasing even lower.

12. You get peace of mind. When you lease a Honda, you can rest easy knowing you’re driving the most reliable, long-lasting vehicle on the market, combined with the financial flexibility of leasing. You can ensure your lease is covered by warranty during its whole term with convenient Honda Plus Extended Warranty, which you can wrap into your lease payment as well.

13. If you love it, you can keep it. If you decide during your lease that you simply don’t want to part with your Honda, you have the option to buy it out. Our finance managers can help you find the best option to buy out your lease so you can enjoy your Honda for years to come.

If you would like more information on which lease is right for you, call us or drop in today! Our professional sales consultants are here to make your Honda ownership experience as easy and comfortable as possible.

2016 Honda Civic Coupe: Driving Pleasure Returns

The ninth generation of the Honda Civic was largely unloved by the automotive press. Although it very well, it quickly gained the reputation of being a little flabby, and didn’t improve much over its predecessor. Honda simply decided to rest on its laurels while the competition was quickly approaching.

However, the all-new Civic reclaimed its place at the top of the compact-car segment. After the arrival of the redesigned sedan, it’s time for the new coupe to see the light of day. Afterwards, a hatchback version will join the line-up.

Breathtaking
The coupe’s styling truly sets it apart from the sedan. To give it a different look, no less than five design studios worked collaboratively; under the supervision of Guy Melville-Brown and his team in California, the Civic coupe took shape.

Its stubby rear end distinguishes itself from the rest of the cars on the road, while its LED taillights are spread across the trunk’s width that also integrates a rear spoiler. The A pillar has been thinned and its flatter angle sharpens the car’s profile. Finally, 17-inch wheels (16 inches on the base trim) complete the car’s dynamic design.

New stuff under the hood
Mechanically, the Civic Coupe is virtually identical to the sedan. It’s built on the same platform and it uses the same suspension components—with a few tweaks in damping and stabilizer bar calibrations—as well as the same powertrains.

In the base LX grade, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine resides underhood. Its 158 horsepower are sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission or an optional CVT automatic.

In the EX-T and Touring trims, Honda has installed its first turbocharged engine sold in North America, a 1.5-litre four that develops 174 hp and 162 pound-feet of torque. For this engine, the CVT is mandatory, while the manual gearbox isn’t offered… for now. As a matter of fact, the automaker will make the manual available with the turbo engine next year. Meanwhile, the force-fed Civic Coupe gets wheel-mounted paddles, allowing the driver to “choose a gear” (actually pre-programmed gear ratios), a Canadian-market exclusivity.

Fun to drive and a promising future
The new 2016 Honda Civic Coupe should be wildly popular. It’s fun to drive, modern, attractive and benefits from the reputation of being bulletproof (with a resale value that goes with it!). It succeeds in bringing back driving pleasure at Honda, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this charming little coupe.

By: Frédérick Boucher-Gaulin