Archives for April 2016

The 2016 Honda Civic and Honda Accord Both Among Best Sedans Under $25,000

2016 Honda Civic Sedan

The 2016 Honda Civic and the 2016 Honda Accord both earned the honor of being named among 2016’s 10 best sedans under $25,000 by Kelley Blue Book*. The trusted automotive guide annually gives out awards for the ten best models in any given category that start at less than $25,000. Honda models routinely make the list. Find out more here at Community Honda of Orland Park, where both the Honda Accord and Honda Civic are on sale now!

Civic And Accord: Affordable Sedans

If you have unlimited funds, then maybe you’re not worried about finding the best sedan for under $25,000. Most of us aren’t so lucky, so considering the cost of a car when shopping is a big factor. The Kelley Blue Book 10 Best Sedans Under $25k in 2016 is a big help for anyone shopping for a high-quality car that offers top-tier features and performance at a low price. Both the 2016 Honda Accord – starting at an MSRP of $22,205** in the LX trim with six-speed manual transmission – and the 2016 Honda Civic – starting at an MSRP of $18,640 in the LX trim with six-speed manual transmission – do just that. No other automaker had two entries on the list.

Of the 2016 Honda Accord, Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor at Kelley Blue Book, said, “It not only continually sets the benchmark for all other family sedans, it has one of the most loyal followings in the industry. Honda’s 2016 Accord sedan and coupe offer exceptional value, yet they don’t ask buyers to sacrifice in the areas of styling, features or performance.”

With regard to the 2016 Honda Civic, Allyson Harwood wrote: “Completely redesigned for 2016, the Honda Civic sedan has beautiful new exterior styling, two new engines that are both more powerful and more fuel-efficient, and is sportier than ever without sacrificing ride comfort. The Civic is known for its reliability, resale value and safety, yet injects entertaining driving dynamics into the equation. There is no shortage of value, either, as many safety and convenience features come standard and, even though there are more features for 2016, some trim levels are near (or below) 2015 prices.”

Based on those glowing reviews, it’s easy to see why the Honda Civic and the Honda Accord both land on the 25 Best Sedans under $25k list from Kelley Blue Book!

Visit Community Honda of Orland Park Today

You can find the latest 2016 Honda Civic and the 2016 Honda Accord right now at Community Honda of Orland Park, your local leading Chicago and Frankfort area Honda dealership. We’re located at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, IL, so stop by to find out more about these two leading sedans!

*For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. – http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/best-sedans-under-25000-2016/2100000491-9/
**Excludes destination and handling fees

The Honda Fit Wins 2016 J.D. Power Dependability Study Rankings

2016 Honda Fit

The 2016 Honda Fit is an exciting small hatchback that gives you plenty of interior space, cargo room, efficiency, and the latest technology. We also know that the Honda Fit offers class-leading dependability, thanks to the latest 2016 J.D. Power and Associates Dependability Study*. The 2013 Honda Fit – the study takes into account three total years of ownership, so this is the latest year – has been named the most dependable subcompact car by J.D. Power. Find out more about the latest Fit at Community Honda of Orland Park here in the Frankfort, IL and Chicagoland area!

J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability

The 2016 J.D. Power Dependability Study uses a thorough method to compile a dependability score via a comprehensive survey of vehicle owners who have purchased a new car in the past three years. The organization surveys thousands of vehicle owners to find out about any issues that have arisen through the course of normal driving and use. Any problems are compiled, and in the end J.D. Power assigns a “problems per 100” score, which relates how many issues drivers faced during the first three years.

The Honda Fit from the 2013 model year saw owners having the least problems, so it received the top billing in the Small Car segment. “The 2013 Honda Fit ranks highest in the Small Car segment to earn a dependability award,” writes Christian Wardlaw, for J.D. Power. “The 2013 Nissan Versa and 2013 Hyundai Accent rank second and third, respectively.”

The J.D. Power study found that many of the current problems faced by drivers in the first three years of ownership aren’t including issues with components like the engine or transmission, but rather with in-car technology. New infotainment systems, smartphone pairing, voice recognition technology, and other technology, result in many issues, even while the rest of the car is getting more reliable.

That the Honda Fit won its segment, and the Honda brand overall was well above the industry average and ranked seventh overall in the brand reliability study, indicates that Honda vehicles give drivers fewer problems. The Honda brand had only 126 problems per 100 vehicles – well above the 152 problems per 100 vehicle average industry-wide.

Visit Community Honda of Orland Park Today

Find the latest Honda Fit, as well as the rest of the current Honda lineup, here at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, IL. At Community Honda of Orland Park we serve the Frankfort and Orland Park area, so contact us online with any questions about current Honda models, and stop in today!

*According to J.D. Power and Associates press release – http://www.jdpower.com/press-releases/2016-us-vehicle-dependability-study-vds

What are the Warning Signs That Your Battery Needs to be Replaced?

Auto mechanic checking car battery voltageThe service center at Community Honda is here to help you with all your maintenance and repair needs. If you’re wondering about the condition of your battery, we can offer some helpful tips that can make sure you won’t be stranded due to a dead battery.

Battery Warning Signs

How can you tell if your battery is about to give out? Luckily there are some warning signs. Here are some tips that might help you prevent disaster:

  • Is your engine cranking slow? Does it take a while for it start up? Does it make that characteristic labored sound when you turn the key in the ignition? It’s probably because your battery is low on charge or having trouble holding charge. Might be time to have your battery replaced or at least have the charge checked.
  • Is the check engine light on? Are any other indicator lights on? If you see a warning light on, you should always check it out, but sometimes, any or all of your indicator lights that show could be related to a low or dead battery! Better get it checked out.
  • Low battery fluid level is a sign that you need to check or possibly replace your battery. It’s relatively easy to check your battery if you have a battery with a translucent section where you can see the fluid.
  • If your battery is three years of age or older, it’s probably time to get an upgrade or at least have your battery tested. Battery life cycles are generally three to five years, so pushing it beyond that range is dangerous.
  • Bad smells, especially a rotten egg smell, can indicate that your battery is leaking. This can require a battery replacement, or at least some service.

Let Community Honda Help!

Come visit Community Honda and let us check your battery’s condition and charge so you can drive with confidence! You can always stop by our dealership at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, IL or call us at 855-207-0308 to discuss you options. You can also schedule a service appointment online now and let our team of service experts take a good look at your battery to make sure it’s ready to roll!

Tire Safety Tips from the Experts at Community Honda

Putting Tire on CarHere at Community Honda of Orland Park we have some important information that every driver should know, so read on for a few tips from the experts at our Tire Center on safety. Remember that your tires might seem simple, but they’re one of the most important parts of your car – they are, after all, the only part of your car that touches the ground!

Tire Safety Tips

Make sure you follow these tire safety tips to keep your vehicle operating at peak performance:

  • Check your tire pressure regularly. That means you need to check your pressure with an accurate gauge at least once a month. You should probably check your tire’s pressure more often if the temperature or weather has changed dramatically or you’ve noticed any change in performance or ride.
  • Inspect tires regularly for damage, cracks, foreign objects, or trauma. Remove any bit of glass or other debris stuck in the treads to prevent possible future problems.
  • Check for uneven wear. If your tires have wear on one edge, then you probably need to change your tire rotation schedule. If you have erratic wear on other parts of the tire, then you might be having alignment or suspension issues.
  • Make sure that your tire’s valves have valve caps. Your tires won’t lose air without the caps, but the caps do protect the valve from damage.
  • Check your tire tread. A bald tire is unsafe, and checking your tread is easy: just use a penny. Put the penny, head down, in the tread, and if the tread does not come up over the top of Lincoln’s head, then you need to replace your tires.

Visit Community Honda of Orland Park Today

Here at Community Honda we’re happy to help with any tire issues you might be having. You can schedule a service appointment with our mechanics right now to make sure your tires are performing perfectly – we can do any balancing, rotation, or tire replacement or repair necessary for your vehicle. You’ll find us at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, IL near Frankfort; we hope to see you soon!