Honda Makes Some of the Best Back to School Cars

At Community Honda in Orland Park, we’ve always known that the Civic is a great car for students, but we’re always glad to hear that auto experts like the reviewers at 2014 Honda Civic SedanKelley Blue Book agree with us. They just named the 2014 Honda Civic and the 2015 Honda Fit to their list of 10 Best Cars for Back to School. So, what is it about these vehicles that makes them great for teen drivers? Let’s take a look.

The 2014 Honda Civic

The Civic has had a reputation for affordability and efficiency for decades, and those are two of the most important factors in finding the best back to school car. Of course, your average student is going to want some of the best in features—like Bluetooth connectivity for their smartphone—and Honda gives them to you as standard on the 2014 Civic.

The 2014 Civic LX with automatic transmission earns an EPA-estimated 39 mpg on the highway,* and combined with its features and affordable entry-level price, it’s clear why it made KBB.com’s list.

The 2015 Honda Fit

Though it’s a 2015 model, the 2015 Honda Fit is available now at Community Honda in Orland Park, and it’s one of the best small hatchbacks we’ve ever seen. Honda took everything that made the older Fits popular and amped it up for the new generation, giving drivers a touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, Honda’s Magic Seat technology, and more to make it one of the most versatile vehicles in its class.

And the 2015 Fit LX with that CVT earns an EPA-estimated 41 mpg on the highway.* We think it’s certainly earned its name, because it feels like a perfect fit for a student driver.

Find Your Student’s Car Today

Whether you’re a student doing your own shopping or you’re a parent shopping for your student, it’s time to be looking at back to school cars. We think we have some of the best here at Community Honda in Orland Park, but you need to see it for yourself. Visit us today and take a test drive of a Fit or a Civic to see if they’re right for you. And don’t forget to ask us if we have any current incentives for students or graduates!

*Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

The Honda Civic Natural Gas Puts Safety First

As technology continues to advance and fuel options continue to evolve, Honda Civic drivers can feel confident that not only will Honda continue to keep up with the changes in the industry, but that it will also take all of the necessary precautions to keep drivers safe behind the wheel of these new vehicles. The 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas is one such vehicle, and comes chock full of well-tested safety features to keep you safe.

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There are many different crash situations that drivers can be involved in, but one of the most dangerous is Small Overlap Frontal Crash Test, and Honda has taken steps to ensure safety in this kind of accident. A small overlap frontal crash is a collision against a rigid barrier that only a small portion of the front of the car makes contact with. This type of crash can be particularly dangerous because there is the potential for a lot of intrusion into the cabin of the vehicle if the car’s body structure isn’t strong enough to withstand the impact. Another factor of these crashes is that the off-center collision point can cause momentum that is difficult for seat belts to contain, creating potentially dangerous in-cabin situations, even if the passengers were wearing their seatbelts properly.

In the latest round of crash test safety ratings conducted by the IIHS, both the two- and four-door versions of the Honda Civic Natural Gas have been given the highest safety rating of “good.” The Civic earned this rating for three main reasons:

  • The cabin structure of the vehicle didn’t collapse in on the occupants of the car.
  • The steering column remained stable during the impact, which allowed the driver’s side airbag to properly protect the driver’s chest and head.
  • The side airbag deployed at the right time to prevent the driver from falling out the side of the vehicle, which can happen in these types of crashes.

See for Yourself at Community Honda

When you are ready to add the Honda Civic Natural Gas to your personal fleet, stop by and see us at Community Honda. Our dealership is conveniently located at 8340 W. 159th Street in Orland Park, IL and we are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas is Fuel Efficient and Affordably Priced

Gas prices don’t seem to be coming back down any time soon, something we may just have to live with. Well, we do if we drive cars that run on gasoline. The 2014 Honda Civic has a special version of it that runs on natural gas—appropriately called the Civic Natural Gas—and it is priced at just $26,640 (MSRP).* It doesn’t use a drop of 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas 800x300gasoline to get you where you need to go, and it’s available now at Community Honda in Orland Park.

How Fuel Efficient is It?

There are two main reasons that drivers have been switching to the Civic Natural Gas, and they both have to do with the fuel:

  • The Civic Natural Gas is more cost effective for day-to-day driving than gasoline-powered vehicles
  • Natural gas is friendlier for the environment, with a cleaner burning fuel

So, just how fuel efficient is it, then? The 2014 Civic Natural Gas earns an EPA-estimated 38 mpge on the highway.** That “e” in mpge stands for “equivalent,” and it’s a ranking that’s been created by the EPA to properly compare vehicles with their gasoline-powered siblings.

That sounds about the same as the normal 2014 Civic, though, so what’s the difference? What sets the Civic Natural Gas apart is that natural gas is frequently much less expensive than gasoline. There is a lower demand, and new methods of mining natural gas have made it far more prevalent, dropping its overall cost.

What About Features?

You didn’t think that Honda would give you a fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vehicle while skimping on the features, did you? Here’s just some of what’s standard on the Civic Natural Gas:

  • 5-inch i-MID touchscreen infotainment interface
  • Bluetooth connectivity for both phone and streaming audio
  • Pandora internet radio and SMS texting capabilities
  • Built-in rearview camera

In short, it comes with many of the great new features drivers love about the standard Civic and adds on a unique new powertrain. What’s not to love?

Check Out the Civic Natural Gas Today

It’s not just one of the best equipped vehicles in its class, it’s also one of the most environmentally friendly, burning natural gas instead of gasoline for fuel. Yet another way that Honda is pushing their Earth Dreams ideology even further.

The only way to know if the Civic Natural Gas is for you is to take it for a test drive. Visit Community Honda today and let our sales team know that you’re interested in this special vehicle. We’d love to put you behind the wheel!

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $790.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

**27 city/38 highway/31 combined miles per gallon (gasoline-gallon equivalent) rating. Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

The 2014 Honda Civic Resale Value Impresses

Anytime you buy a car, you want to make sure that you’re getting the best deal possible. That includes not only looking at the sticker price, but also looking at outside costs and what your car might be worth three, five, or ten years from now. With proper research, anyone can see that Honda models offer some of the best resale value on the market, with the 2014 Honda Civic proudly leading the pack.

At Community Honda in Orland Park, we’re proud to be able to offer our area customers a great selection of the latest silver-civic-sedan-front1Honda vehicles, including the Honda Civic. Let’s take a look at how this compact sedan’s resale value compares with its competitor, the Mazda3.

More Features on the Civic

You’ll find that the 2014 Honda Civic offers more standard features than the 2014 Mazda3 with cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, iPod connectivity, HondaLink which includes hands-free calling, keyless ignition, and text messaging functionality. Many of the same features can be found on the Mazda3, but certainly not all. When selling used, these super-modern features are sure to be coveted items to help retain the Civic’s impressive value.

Powertrain and Fuel Economy

When looking to sell your Civic, you’ll also find Honda’s impressive powertrain and fuel economy go a long way. Under the hood of the Civic LX is a 1.8L four-cylinder engine that delivers 143 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque that can achieve an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city/39 mpg highway.* The Mazda3 may produce similar numbers, but doesn’t boast the legacy of durability the Honda brand powertrains offer, something that won’t be missed for resale value.

Award Winning Value

Additionally, when looking to sell your Honda, you’re selling the most popular car from the brand that won ALG’s 2014 Residual Value Award for Best Mainstream Brand two years running. There is simply no other automaker out there who produces vehicles that last like Honda does, and owners of a 2014 Civic will certainly reap the benefits of such durability.

Visit Community Honda in Orland Park Today

For questions about the 2014 Civic or any of our vehicles, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (855) 207-0308. As always, if you’re looking to sell your current Honda, we encourage you to come and visit Community Honda in Orland Park. There’s no brand we love selling more!

*30 city/39 highway/33 combined mpg rating for CVT models. Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

Orland Park Drivers Will Love the 2014 Honda Accord Colors

Whether we acknowledge it or not, color is a big deciding factor in the things we choose to surround us, and this personal color palette extends to our cars as well. It can 2014-honda-accord-sedan-side1be so disappointing when searching for a new vehicle to find a car that has all of the amenities you are looking for, but is available in colors that are just all wrong for your personal style. Orland Park drivers interested in the 2014 Honda Accord will not run in to such a problem, however. The 2014 Accord comes in a variety of interior and exterior color combinations that are sure to please even the choosiest drivers in the area.

Style Inside and Out

You don’t have to worry about not finding the right color scheme for your new car when you choose to drive a Honda Accord. The sedan offers eight different exterior paint colors to choose from and each exterior color has been expertly paired with interior color selections as well. Orland Park drivers can look forward to choosing from the following colors:

  • Basque Red Pearl II paired with Ivory interior
  • Hematite Metallic paired with Black interior
  • Obsidian Blue Pearl paired with Gray interior
  • Crystal Black Pearl paired with your choice of Black or Ivory interior
  • Modern Steel Metallic paired with your choice of Black or Gray interior
  • White Orchid Pearl paired with Ivory interior
  • Alabaster Silver Metallic, paired with your choice of Black or Gray interior, and
  • Champagne Frost Pearl, paired with Ivory interior

With these beautiful options to select from, Orland Park drivers are sure to find a color palette that perfectly fits their lifestyle.

See For Yourself at Community Honda

When you are ready to add the beautiful color and style of the 2014 Honda Accord to your personal fleet of vehicles, stop by and see us at Community Honda. Our dealership is just a short drive away for Orland Park drivers at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, IL. Our doors are open to serve you six days a week: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., so swing by and see which gorgeous Accord color is the right match for you!

Should You Drive a 2014 Honda Accord or Mazda6?

The 2014 Honda Accord has been a mainstay of the compact sedan segment for years, regularly offering class-leading figures in performance, efficiency, and 2014 Honda Accordavailable features. These days, the segment is more crowded than ever, with competitors from every manufacturer taking on the behemoth that is Honda. We at Community Honda are obviously pretty biased when it comes to the Accord’s superiority, but we have seen an up-and-coming competitor put out some considerable heat in the 2014 Mazda6. While both vehicles are pretty comparable when it comes to fuel economy, power output, and even price, there is one area of the auto market that Honda has been redefining for the past few years: features.

Setting a New Standard for “Standard”

One look at our new vehicle inventory, and we think you’ll see something stand out that you don’t typically see in a modern auto lineup. While Honda vehicles have always been affordable and practical, the last couple of model years has them taking the role as some of the best-equipped vehicles in their class, and that includes the Accord.

In every Accord from the LX trim all the way up to the top-of-the-line are the following features:

  • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink for phone and audio connectivity
  • Honda’s i-MID infotainment system with touchscreen interface
  • Built-in rearview camera with guidelines
  • Expanded-view driver’s mirror
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls for cruise and technology
  • Pandora internet radio and SMS texting capabilities

Now, most modern automakers make features like these available, and that includes Mazda, but in order to put the 2014 Mazda6 on par with the entry-level Accord’s standard features, you would have to upgrade. Honda gives drivers what they want from the start without any need to upgrade.

A Sense of Class

While the Mazda brand certainly has a penchant for style and flair, the 2014 Accord embraces many of the design elements of popular luxury cars, giving it a sense of class that you don’t tend to find in the mid-size sedan market these days.

Test Drive an Accord Today

If you want to see if the 2014 Honda Accord is really the best mid-size sedan for you, then you’ll want to see it from the driver’s seat. Visit Community Honda of Orland Park today and let one of our team members put you behind the wheel for a test drive of the 2014 Accord. We think you’ll agree that there’s not much else like it.

The 2014 Honda CR-V Named a Best AWD SUV by Kelley Blue Book

Kelley Blue Book is one of the most well-respected auto information databases in the industry, and when they make a list of best all-wheel drive vehicles for 2014, we 2014 Honda CR-Vpay attention. We pay special attention when we see the 2014 Honda CR-V on their list, praised as an affordable AWD SUV.

Not Just On this List

One thing that we love about the Honda CR-V is on display right here on Kelley Blue Book’s list. It’s not just on this list; Honda’s crossover topped the list of 10 Best SUVs under $25,000. And this isn’t the first time, either.

Drivers looking for an affordable all-wheel drive option need only look so far as their nearest Honda dealer—and for many of you, that’s Community Honda of Orland Park. We can’t actually say it better than Kelley Blue Book does: “It’s one of those vehicles that does everything it’s supposed to do, and does it all just right. And with available all-wheel drive, it does it even better.

There’s so much more to the CR-V than its all-wheel drive, though. Honda recently revamped the idea of “standard features,” and if you drive home even the basic CR-V LX (with 2WD or 4WD), you get access to incredible technology features like:

  • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink for phone and audio streaming
  • Pandora internet radio and SMS texting capabilities
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls for audio, tech, cruise, and more
  • Honda’s i-MID infotainment system with touchscreen
  • Built-in rearview camera system for easier backing up and parking

Honda includes all of this at the entry-level CR-V, while many other automakers expect drivers to upgrade for similar features. Honda is changing the auto game yet again, and we’re excited to be a part of it. Available all-wheel drive, a package of great features, and an iconic crossover. What more could you ask for?

Test Drive a CR-V Today

If you want to see just what it is that drivers are loving about the 2014 Honda CR-V, you only need to come by Community Honda and take one for a test drive. Contact us today and let one of our sales experts schedule you some quality time behind the wheel.

The 2014 Honda CR-V Among the Most Affordable Crossovers

A lot of families these days are turning to compact crossover utility vehicles for their needs. By going smaller, you spend less money and get to take advantage of higher 2014 Honda CR-Vfuel economy while still providing plenty of usable interior space. The 2014 Honda CR-V carries an MSRP of $22,945* and according to U.S. News & World Report, ranks #1 in Affordable Compact SUVs, Affordable Crossover SUVs, and Affordable SUVs with 2 Rows.

Don’t mistake affordable for cheap, though. The 2014 Honda CR-V is nothing of the sort.

Spacious and Versatile

One of the joys of owning a Honda CR-V is how much space you get. Even though they call it a compact, there’s plenty of room for passengers in both rows. Honda also gives you plenty of storage options with useful areas built into the cabin like a large center console bin.

With a full load of passengers, the CR-V is already quite spacious with an available 37.2 cubic feet of storage space. When you don’t have anyone sitting in the back, the seats can fold down easily at the touch of a lever. That gives you up to 70 cubic feet of space, which not many competitors can touch.

Impressive Features

Though affordable, the base 2014 Honda CR-V LX gives you lots of features. Bluetooth connectivity is standard along with Pandora internet radio and a rearview camera to make backing up safer. You can also plug in an iPod via a USB port or other audio source using the auxiliary audio jack. Higher trims offer many more features like a touchscreen interface, navigation system, satellite radio, and a rear entertainment system.

Fuel Efficiency and Performance

Each CR-V model feature a 2.4L four-cylinder capable of 185 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque. With the standard five-speed automatic, the 2014 Honda CR-V is rated at 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.** You also have the option of selecting all-wheel drive to make your CR-V capable of tackling snow, bad weather, and some off-road terrain.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $830.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

**Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

Looking for a Best Selling Sedan in 2014?

In addition to looking up critical reviews, a good way to narrow down all the choices available is to look at the cars that sell well. One of the best selling sedans in 2014 2014 Honda Accordhas been the Honda Accord selling 24,622 units in February alone. That’s more than twice as much as the 2014 Hyundai Sonata, which moved only 11,190 vehicles that month. So exactly why are drivers so taken with the Accord? Let’s take a look.

A Combination of Performance and Efficiency

A standard Accord comes with a 2.4L four-cylinder that’s rated at 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. These can reach 60 mph in only 7.8 seconds, a fast time for this class. Fuel economy is also quite high for a midsize sedan. The 2014 Honda Accord sedan with the CVT transmission is rated at 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.*

Drivers also have the option of more performance by choosing the available 3.5L V6 or improving fuel economy with the new 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid.

Comfortable, Well-Equipped Interior

Besides getting a nimble-handling sedan, drivers and passengers will enjoy the roomy and comfortable cabin. In particular, the backseat is quite spacious and all passengers will enjoy how quiet the ride can be.

Many drivers are also impressed when they see all the standard features on the Accord Sedan LX. There’s dual-zone automatic climate control so each side can be comfortable and have plenty of connectivity. Bluetooth lets you connect your phone to the car, which can be controlled from the eight-inch display screen. There’s also Pandora connectivity, an auxiliary audio jack, iPod interface, and CD player, so you can play your music how you want to play it. A rearview camera comes standard as well in order make backing up a little safer.

Test Drive the Accord Today in Orland Park

Come to Community Honda of Orland  Park where you can test drive the 2014 Honda Accord Sedan (we carry the Accord coupe too along with the rest of 2014 Honda lineup). You can find us at 8340 W. 159th Street in Orland Park, Illinois.

* 24 city/34 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 4-cylinder Sedan 6MT models. 27 city/36 highway/30 combined mpg rating for Sedan CVT models. 26 city/34 highway/29 combined mpg rating for Sport Sedan CVT models. 21 city/34 highway/26 combined mpg rating for V-6 Sedan models. Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

What is the 2014 Honda Civic Si Price?

In the last Community Honda blog, we took a look at the horsepower for the 2014 Honda Civic. This time around, we’ll take a look at the 2014 Honda Civic Si price. 2014-honda-civic-si-sedan-front2First off, it has increased since last year’s model, however, only by a very small amount. Like the standard Civic, the Si trims are available in both coupe and sedan body styles. No matter your preference, you’ll be able to take home these performance upgrades.

Breaking Down the Costs

As we said, the price increase this year is quite minimal, only $275 in fact. Considering all the improvements that were made for just the base 2014 Honda Civic, it’s quite impressive how Honda was able to keep costs so low.

The 2014 Honda Civic Si coupe carries an MSRP of $22,790.* Pricing for the 2014 Honda Civic Si sedan is a little higher for having the two extra doors, but not much. These have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $22,990.*

There are also a couple of additional features you can add to the vehicle if you’re burning a hole in your pocket. Summers tires are available for an extra $195—great timing now that the snows have cleared—and navigation can be added for $1495.

Who Should Buy a 2014 Honda Civic Si?

While the Si is still quite affordable, anyone looking for a low-priced commuter car should stick to the other Civic trims. The Si models are for people who want something sportier than the average car and those looking for a very fun driving experience. Compared to the regular Civic, the Si models look more like they should be on race tracks and feature plenty of performance upgrades.

If you want a sharp car waiting for you in the garage each morning, come to Community Honda of Orland Park. We’ll put you behind the wheel where you can feel what 205 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque actually signify. Community Honda is located at 8340 W. 159th Street in Orland Park. We’ll see you soon with the keys ready.