Civic Type R Coming to the United States

For the longest time, there were foreign cars that just weren’t available to drivers in the United States; the Civic Type R was one of those cars. However, there’s good news for Honda fans everywhere. The Civic Type R is coming to the United States this spring. Here’s everything that you need to know about this highly anticipated vehicle.

 

For those who do not know, the Civic Type R is a specialty vehicle created by Honda that was previously limited to countries outside the United States.

 

“The fastest, most powerful Honda ever sold in America, the Type R caps off the incredible success story of our 10th-generation Civic lineup,” Jeff Conrad, a senior vice president at American Honda Motor Co., said in a statement. “We’re happy to inform our US enthusiasts that the long wait for the forbidden fruit of Honda Type R performance is nearly over.”

 

Drivers will not be disappointed. Under the hood, they’ll find a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that gets an impressive 306 horsepower.

 

For more on the new Civic Type R, keep your eyes and ears open. You’ll start seeing them on the road beginning in the spring and you can read more about it here. Of course, you’re also welcome to check in with us at Brighton Honda for any updates!

Honda Civic Type R

New 2018 Honda Odyssey Offers New Passenger-Friendly Features

It’s hard to believe that the Honda Odyssey could adapt even more to a family’s needs, but the new 2018 Honda Odyssey is the minivan will prove that a family ride can get even better. This model will be coming out soon!

Not too much has changed in the Honda Odyssey’s silhouette; however, a redesigned front end does show off a new chrome grille. Where this new minivan shines is on the inside. There is plenty of flexible room for cargo and passengers, whether children or adults. The Honda Magic Seat technology makes it easy to fold seats in different configurations, depending on your cargo needs. A sliding second row provides easy access to the back seats and allows you to keep your second row passengers within arm’s reach.

No matter where your passengers sit, they’ll have plenty to do. A rear seat entertainment system features a ceiling-mounted 10.2-inch screen that can connect to services like PBS Kids and Spotify. But even tucked away in the third row, no one will feel excluded. The 2018 Honda Odyssey creates a social ride for all.

A new feature called Social Play List allows all passengers to upload their favorite songs from their smartphones so that everyone gets a turn on the playlist. Features like CabinWatch and CabinTalk use the 8-inch display screen, rear cameras, and the rear speakers to let parents monitor their kids in the back seat.

With these features and more, it’s clear that the 2018 Honda Odyssey will offer a new kind of ride experience.

Three Simple Reasons to Buy a Used Car

Buying a vehicle is one of the most important financial decisions that people have to make. The right car will provide you with many years of value, while the wrong car can continue to cost you more and more money with each year that passes. Here are three simple reasons why you should buy a used car.

Depreciation

This is maybe the biggest reason why you should avoid purchasing a brand-new car. The minute that you drive your new car off of the lot, it loses approximately 20% of its value. After one year of driving it, it will lose another 10% of its value. Purchasing something that loses value that quickly simply is not a strong investment.

Reducing Hidden Costs

When purchasing a new car, many people think that the sticker price is the only thing that they have to pay. However, both insurances fees and registration fees are generally higher for new cars. Buying a used car can help you keep those prices down.

Finding Real Value

While buying a used car may have once had a stigma attached to it, there are now so many ways to check a vehicle’s history to ensure that you are purchasing a quality vehicle. Also, many new models of cars are almost exactly the same as the previous year’s model, so purchasing a two year old car will essentially be the same as a brand new car.

Why It’s Better to Service Your Vehicle at a Dealership

Your car is one of your most important assets. It allows you to travel to work, take your kids where they need to go, see friends, get food, and all other kinds of important life activities. Unfortunately, many people do not treat their cars as they should. Here is why you should service your car at a dealership.

Quality

Dealership mechanics are backed by major car companies, which means the car companies put their word behind their service technicians. Local mechanics range from very good to very bad, but you know exactly what you’re getting when you take it to a dealership.

Better Tools

As they are backed by major corporations, dealerships often have the latest and most effective tools for their mechanics to use. Local garages can’t always afford access to these tools right away.

More Organization

Dealership garages are generally much cleaner and more organized than local garages, which leads to efficiency and less problems. There are also usually nicer waiting areas for customers at dealerships to allow you to wait in comfort.

While it’s always good to support locally owned business, you simply don’t always know what you’re getting at a local mechanic. When you’re talking about your car, one of your most important investments, it’s often better to go with the sure thing.

Guide to Buying a Used Honda

Buying a car is an important investment, and doing your homework beforehand can potentially save you thousands of dollars. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best options for used Hondas.

2009 Honda Fit

While it is a small car, the 2009 Honda Fit has as much space as many compact SUV options. In 2009, it was named US News and Ranking’s Best Subcompact Car for the Money, and it’s still a great value.

2011 Honda Civic

Honda Civics are known to be reliable, and this year’s model was named the US News Best Used Small Car between $10k-$12k. It was also named the 2011 Best Compact Car for the Money.

2012 Honda Accord

The 2012 Honda Accord is a fairly economical car for its class, getting up to 34 MPG on the highway. It was named the Best Used Midsize Car $15k and up.

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

The 2014 Accord Hybrid comes standard with a four-cylinder engine that switches easily to an electric motor. It gets up to 50 MPG, so it’s very economical, and it comes standard with a lot of great technology features.

Honda cars are known to hold their value over the years, so choosing Honda for your pre-owned vehicle is a great choice.

Honda Ridgeline Review Takes You Through a Test-Drive

Midsize trucks like the Honda Ridgeline occupy a niche, in-between market that can be hard-pressed to find an audience. However, since its inception in 2005, the Ridgeline has continuously impressed critics and found itself a good reputation as a more unconventional truck. In a recent Honda Ridgeline review by Car and Driver that test drove the latest 2017 model, the Ridgeline was confirmed to still hold true to its quirky ways while still coming out on top as one of the best trucks in its class.

The Honda Ridgeline comes standard with a single engine in its range, a 3.5-liter V6 that cranks out 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. That may sound average for its class, but the Ridgeline’s nimble performance allowed it to reach 60 mph in as little as 6.6 seconds during the test-drive. Additionally, the 2017 Ridgeline is the first to offer front-wheel drive, which provides a lower base price and better fuel economy unless you choose to opt for the AWD version. Either way, the Ridgeline gets up to 26 mpg on the highway in the FWD model, or 25 mpg on the highway in the AWD model, so AWD doesn’t affect fuel consumption that much.

The Honda Ridgeline review goes further into the details of the truck, including its unique two-way tailgate design that makes loading the cargo bed easier and the well-appointed interior that is packed with comfort and technology.

2017 Accord Hybrid Design: Unparalleled Style

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid is getting some exciting upgrades including design changes and technology additions. This new model gets 49 mpg in the city, which is impressive even for a hybrid. The new Accord Hybrid is bound to be a great car for virtually any driver.

According to Forbes, the 2017 Accord Hybrid design will feature a revised front and rear fascia. This includes a more pronounced grille, with an expansive look and bright accents. It also has LED lighting—with Daytime Running Lighting (DRL)—and fog lights to add a sporty appeal. The Hybrid also gets unique blue accents and light housings, as well as distinct colors for this model.

“The Accord has always been one of the sportier vehicles in the midsize sedan segment, and even though it wears a ‘green’ label, the Hybrid features several elements that continue to bolster that trend,” said auto writer Karl Brauer at Forbes.

The Accord Hybrid design will also have a more rigid and lightweight body thanks to ultra-high-strength steel and an all-aluminum hood. Amplitude Reactive Dampers also work to control steering and handling, giving you better response. Best of all, the lithium-ion battery system has been shrunk over 30 percent, which increases space for cargo and passengers. There’s nothing quite like the new Accord Hybrid design.

2017 Honda Ridgeline’s Bed Beats the Competition

Recently, Chevrolet wanted to show how the steel bed in its Silverado pickup is stronger than the aluminum bed in the Ford F-150. It did this by dropping a big pile of landscaping stones straight into both beds. The Silverado came away with some dents and scratches, but the F-150 actually suffered a handful of punctures straight through the bed.

While these results may be surprising, just wait until you see what happens when Honda does the same thing to the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline.

 

The Honda Ridgeline’s bed is made with a composite plastic material that, as you can see in the video, only gets a few scratches, which are nearly invisible.

In addition to showing off the bed’s durability, we also get to see how the dual-opening tailgate works and get a peek into the built-in hidden trunk!

The Ridgeline can not only take a beating; it offers a payload rating of 1,580 pounds. The Ridgeline is the only pickup in its class that can haul four-foot-wide items flat, like drywall or plywood panels, between the wheel wells. And, to take your tailgate party to the next level, the Ridgeline has an available world’s first Truck Bed Audio System that literally turns the bed into a giant speaker.

Come check out more of the Ridgeline’s great features today at Brighton Honda.

What Does Honda Make?

By Vanillase - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17300496
By Vanillase – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17300496

You love your Honda car, but did you know the overall Honda Motor Company has a long lineup of products? We’ll take a look at some of the other things they produce and answer the question, “What does Honda make?”

  • Motorcycles. After automobiles, motorcycles are one of Honda’s most popular products. Honda has been producing motorcycles since 1955, but first came to the United States in the 1960s.
  • Power equipment. Honda has a full lineup of power equipment that ranges from engines, lawn mowers, pumps, generators, and various outdoor small power tools (hedge trimmers, blowers, etc.).
  • Robots. For decades has been working on building robots that can work alongside humans. The most recent build is ASIMO, which can climb stairs, walk, talk, dance, and do other human actions.
  • Aircraft. In 2006, Honda branched out to form the Honda Aircraft Company, which now produces the HondaJet, a small business jet.
  • ATV. Honda offers a lineup of four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles.
  • Engines. Of course Honda produces engines for its own vehicles, but many other manufacturers use Honda engines in their vehicles. In the 2010 Indianapolis 500, all 33 cars were powered by Honda engines.

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Available this Spring

When you crave a vehicle with stunning design, great engineering, and excellent fuel efficiency, be sure to consider the redesigned 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid. Coming out this spring, this hybrid features a more powerful and more efficient two-motor hybrid powertrain. This hybrid system delivers class-leading EPA-estimated fuel efficiency at 49 mpg in the city.

Not only will the new Accord Hybrid be more efficient, but it is more powerful too, with 212 horsepower combined.

“The new Honda Accord Hybrid is the ultimate Accord – the most refined, technologically sophisticated and, of course, most fuel efficient in the lineup,” said John Mendel, Executive Vice President of the American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in a statement. “With Accord already America’s most popular car three years running and the best-selling midsize car to younger buyers, we think this new hybrid model will add considerable momentum for the Honda brand.”

Along with its powertrain upgrades, the 2017 Accord Hybrid comes with the latest in-car technology, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the advanced Honda Sensing suite of safety features.

Be sure to test drive the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid available at Brighton Honda later this spring. If you’re interested in this fantastic new hybrid, give us a call, and we’ll let you know when it arrives.