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!

The 2016 Honda Civic Receives Top Reviews From Critics

2016 Honda Civic Sedan

The 2016 Honda Civic has been a critical hit, to put it lightly. Critics have called it a lot of things, but few, if any, have had much bad to say about the new tenth generation of one of America’s favorite compact cars. Take a look at some of the reviews from some of the leading critics in the country.

2016 Honda Civic Reviews

These are just a few highlights from our favorite reviews on the current 2016 Honda Civic:

  • Jalopnik: “Honda aims to do even better with the all-new 2016 Civic. And after spending a week in one, I can tell you Honda hasn’t just succeeded, they hit a gigantic home run.”
  • Kelley Blue Book: “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.”
  • Edmunds: “The reinvented 2016 Honda Civic returns to form with daring looks, turbocharged power and a spacious, technology-rich interior. It’s once again a must-drive compact sedan.”
  • Left Lane News: “No longer a strong buy on name recognition alone, the 2016 Honda Civic is a genuinely good car that is now leading the compact sedan class. Stylish, agile and peppy (at least in 1.5L guise), with several new tech features to boot, the Civic is the total package. We can’t wait to see what Honda has in store for the Civic’s future Si and Type-R performance models.”
  • The Car Connection: “The 2016 Honda Civic drops almost all the economy-car pretense; in Touring trim, it could easily wear a premium label,” writes Marty Padgett. He also praises the Civic for its “striking new shape, soaring fuel economy numbers, and best ride quality in its class.”
  • Car and Driver: “The improvements cannot be understated,” writes Steve Siler on the new Civic. He continues to write that it offers “a refreshing sense of lightness and sharpness” and a cabin that is “simultaneously more modern and more intimate.”
  • AutoWeek: “Still, this is probably the best Civic to date when it comes to comfort, power and safety, and with base models starting at $19,465, it will be worthy of at least a look — if not a drive home.”

Visit Community Honda of Orland Park Today

Come drive the current 2016 Honda Civic 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, and we have the current Civic in stock, so visit us today!

How to Improve Your Fuel Economy in Cold Weather

Winter Weather ConditionsYou probably drive almost as much in the winter as you do in the summer, but did you know that testing by the Environmental Protection Agency shows that your vehicle’s gas mileage can drop by as much as 12 percent at 20 degrees Fahrenheit overall compared to 77 degrees Fahrenheit? In short trips, of less than four miles, it can drop by as much as 22 percent! Here are a few ways you can maximize your fuel economy even when the temperature is lower.

Improve Your Cold Weather Fuel Economy

There are some easy things that you can do to improve fuel economy. Here are some tips from the EPA:

  • Don’t warm up your car. Today’s cars don’t need to sit running to warm up before you drive them, and believe it or not, idling gets exactly 0 miles per gallon. That means that you’re just wasting gas going nowhere, and the engine will warm up faster while it’s driven. Don’t idle more than 30 seconds.
  • Minimize heater, defroster, and heated seat use. While it may be somewhat painful, you can help boost your fuel economy by reducing the use of your heated seats, window defrosters, and heater fans. All use power that drags on the engine’s efficiency!
  • Check your tire pressure. Low air temperature will reduce tire pressure, so you need to adjust according to the seasons, to make the most of your vehicle.
  • Use the right oil. If your manufacturer recommends a cold weather oil, follow the directions. In cold weather, oil and other lubricants get thicker, increasing friction. If you use a cold weather oil, you reduce friction and can improve fuel economy.
  • Drive slower. Colder air is denser and adds aerodynamic drag while you’re driving. Driving the speed limit is a good way to improve fuel economy all year round, but especially in the winter.

Visit Community Honda Today

Visit Community Honda at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, IL to find your perfect winter vehicle or to have your regular maintenance performance to make sure your vehicle is getting the most out of every gallon. You can also contact us online for more tips!

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Upgrades the Truck Bed With Innovative Features

2017 Honda Ridgeline

When the Honda Ridgeline debuted in its first generation in 2005 one of the standout features of the pickup was the under-bed trunk, which provided secure, out-of-sight storage. Another important feature that the Ridgeline offered then was a composite molded bed with built-in tie-down hooks. The new 2017 Honda Ridgeline, which debuted at the North American International Auto Show recently, will retain those features, and it will get some important new innovations. Read on to learn more!

How to Improve the Truck Bed

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline isn’t just about offering towing and hauling capacity – it’s also going to improve your tailgate party. That’s because the whole truck bed can effectively act as a speaker. While the Ridgeline won’t offer actual speakers in the truck bed, six exciters mounted inside the bed can vibrate the bed, producing crystal clear sound – even if you’ve got a load of lumber or gravel in the back.

“Now, you can’t see it, there are no speakers to get bashed and scraped when you’re hauling mulch or lumber. But you can hear it,” said John Mendel, Executive Vice President for American Honda, about the new Ridgeline. “Especially with its 540-watt audio system, it’s good old-fashioned Honda engineering magic.”

Another important feature that will go a long way to improving your tailgate party? The Ridgeline gets a 400-watt AC power outlet in the bed that can provide power for tools or electronics. Plus, that under-bed trunk that the Ridgeline is famous for offers a drain plug in the bottom, so you might as well use it as an ice box for your food or frosty beverages. It’s easy to hose out afterward.

The Ridgeline should go on sale here at Community Honda of Orland Park, as soon as this summer. Honda says that the Ridgeline will target both best-in-class fuel economy and best-in-class acceleration figures.

Visit Community Honda of Orland Park Today

Come visit us here at Community Honda of Orland Park to find out more about the current Honda lineup, or talk to our sales team about the forthcoming Honda Ridgeline. We’re the leading Frankfort area Honda dealer, so visit us at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park today!

REVISED Community Honda – Customize Your 2016 Honda Civic With Honda Accessories

2016 Honda Civic Sedan

The 2016 Honda Civic is already a hit, and it’s just arrived here at Community Honda of Orland Park. The Civic is all-new and redesigned for the model year as it enters the vehicle’s tenth generation. With the new styling and new engineering comes a long list of available accessories and parts to customize your Honda Civic. Here are a few of our favorites available for the Civic at Community Honda of Orland Park!

Exterior Accessories

Show off your 2016 Honda Civic exactly the way you want with the following exterior accessories:

  • Spoilers: You can upgrade to a decklid spoiler, a wing spoiler, a side underbody spoiler, or a front underbody spoiler to add sporty and aggressive styling to your Civic.
  • Unique Alloy Wheels: To add a custom aftermarket look to your Civic, you could upgrade to a unique set of lightweight alloy wheels.
  • Moonroof and Door Visors: If you’d like to block out some of the sun, you could upgrade your Civic with tinted moonroof and door window visors. These have the added benefit of reducing wind noise and glare.

Interior Accessories

Make your 2016 Honda Civic a haven for those long drives or commutes with some of these interior accessories:

  • Wireless Charging: Upgrade the interior of your Civic with a new wireless charging station for your smartphone. All you have to do is put your phone on the charging mat and the battery gets filled with energy – no wires necessary!
  • Remote Engine Start: If you hate getting into a cold car on a snowy morning, then pick up a remote engine start system for your Civic. This lets your climate control do the work while you wait in the comfort of your home or office.
  • All-Season Floormats: Winter is a wet, muddy, messy time here in the Chicagoland area, so all-season floor mats are practically essential.
  • Trunk Tray: To keep the interior carpet in your trunk clean and neat, cover it up with a rugged, easily washable trunk tray.

Visit Community Honda of Orland Park Today

Come check out the new tenth generation Honda Civic right here at your leading Chicago and Frankfort area Honda dealership, Community Honda of Orland Park. We’re located at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, IL, and we’re happy to help you get behind the wheel of a newly accessorized Civic!

What You Need to Know About the All-New 2017 Honda Ridgeline

2017 Honda Ridgeline

2017 Honda Ridgeline

The Honda Ridgeline, the only Honda pickup offering, has been on hiatus for a couple of years while the new model was developed. Now Honda has unveiled the new generation of the Honda Ridgeline at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. We’re here to fill you in on the details of the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline and what you can expect here in Frankfort and Orland Park, IL, so read on if you’re thinking a midsize Honda pickup truck is just what you need.

The Details of the New Honda Ridgeline

The new 2017 Honda Ridgeline has been dramatically reengineered and redesigned for the new model year. The vehicle shares its platform with the Honda Pilot, so it will be provided in both all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive, making it the only available front-wheel drive pickup in North America.

The Ridgeline will also get the same 3.5L V6 engine from the Honda Pilot. Specifications have yet to be released, but expect at least as much output as the Pilot, which makes 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Honda says that the Ridgeline will be able to pull more than the Pilot, which has a maximum towing rating of 5,000 pounds, but specifics are unavailable at this time.

The Ridgeline will continue to get the unique under-bed trunk space for secure, hidden storage. Additionally, the new Ridgeline will offer four feet of space between the wheel wells in the bed – it will be the only midsize truck to do so – so 4-foot sheets of drywall will lay flat. That’s a huge deal for contractors or even DIY-ers.

Honda is aiming at best-in-class fuel economy and best-in-class acceleration figures. You can expect something in the range of 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway* – that’s what the Pilot earns with six-speed automatic transmission, according to EPA estimates.

Finally, the Ridgeline will offer the high-tech Honda Sensing suite of safety technologies, making it one of the only pickups on the road with features like automatic forward collision prevention braking.

Visit Community Honda of Orland Park Today

You can find the newest 2016 Honda Pilot along with the rest of the Honda light truck lineup right now at Community Honda of Orland Park. We’re the leading Frankfort area Honda dealer, so visit us at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park today!

*Based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

REVISED The 2016 Honda Civic Named 2016 North American Car of the Year

2016 Honda Civic Sedan

The 2016 Honda Civic has been named the 2016 North American Car of the Year. This award goes to a single new vehicle every year, and it is selected by a panel of automotive journalists. This year the newly redesigned tenth generation Honda Civic took home the award, beating out the other finalists, which were the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. You can find the latest Honda Civic right now here at Community Honda of Orland Park!

2016 North American Car of the Year: 2016 Honda Civic

The 2016 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards are widely respected, at least partially because they’re elected by a panel of judges from around the automotive world – this helps prevent bias. Every year, all-new or significantly redesigned models are eligible, and this year there were 49 eligible vehicles. Late last year the finalists were announced, and this month, the 2016 Honda Civic was announced the winner.

“I think the Civic is improved in every possible metric,” said Tony Swan, a cofounder of the North American Car of the Year award. The North American Car and Truck of the Year awards have been ongoing for 23 years.

The Civic enters its tenth generation with new engineering, new styling, and new technology. It’s lower, wider, and longer, and it offers more space in the cabin and in the cargo area. Perhaps the most important improvement when compared to the outgoing Civic is the advancement in fuel economy made possible by two new engines and better aerodynamic design. The new Civic can now be had with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine or a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder. This is the first time that Honda has sold a turbocharged engine in the United States.

Visit Community Honda of Orland Park Today

You can find the latest 2016 Honda Civic 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 visit us if you want to find out more about the newest Civic!

The 2016 Honda Civic Named Overall 2016 Best Buy by KBB.com

2016 Honda Civic

2016 Honda Civic

The 2016 Honda Civic earned the top honors in the Kelley Blue Book 2016 Best Buy awards, winning both the small car category and the overall award. The 2016 Honda Odyssey, the 2016 Honda Pilot, and the 2016 Honda CR-V also took home the 2016 Best Buy awards in their respective classes. All four Best Buys are available now here at Community Honda of Orland Park. Find out more about why these models won Best Buy awards below!

2016 Best Buy Overall Winner: 2016 Civic

The 2016 Honda Civic took home the Overall Best Buy honor as well as the Small Car Best award in Kelley Blue Book’s annual Best Buy Awards. Previously, the Civic had won the small car category in 2015, but Kelley Blue Book said that the fresh redesign of the tenth generation Civic made it a clear winner overall.

“The completely redesigned 10th-generation Civic has raised the bar for compact cars in general to a new level,” said Kelley Blue Book. “This Japanese compact sedan alters the playing field with its attention to detail, use of high quality interior materials and world-class drivetrain featuring Honda’s first mass production turbocharged engine.”

The Honda Civic is clearly the car to beat in the compact sedan class. Kelley Blue Book pointed out the all new 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but even the new 2.0L four-cylinder base engine offers more power and more efficiency than the previous generation Civic. The new model is rated by the EPA at 31 mpg city/41 mpg highway* with continuously variable transmission and the 158 hp 2.0L engine, or 31 mpg city/42 mpg highway with the new 174 hp 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder.

But Kelley Blue Book says that these models aren’t even the most exciting bit of the new tenth generation Civic: “The best part of the 2016 Honda Civic story is yet to come as the sedan will soon be joined by other variants, including a coupe, 5-door hatch, and sporty Si and Type R performance models, the latter of which hasn’t been seen in the U.S.”

Visit Community Honda of Orland Park Today

You can find the latest 2016 Honda Civic right here at your leading Chicago and Frankfort area Honda dealership. We’re located at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, IL, so stop by today to learn all about the new Civic or any other Honda model!

*Based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle. For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.