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November 18, 2016

Honda “Injecting” More Sport into the Civic with New Si Model

The Honda Civic, already recognized as Kelley Blue Book’s 2016 Small Car Best Buy, Kelley Blue Book’s 2016 Overall Best Buy and AutoGuide’s 2016 North American Car of the Year just got even better with two recent announcements. Not only has the 2017 Honda Civic been named Kelley Blue Book’s Overall Best Buy, but the lineup is expanding with the announcement that the Civic Si will be joining the family. The 2017 model is said to be the fastest and most powerful Si to date from Honda and will come in both a coupe and sedan body style.

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The Rallye Red Pearl Civic Si Prototype comes with a full factory performance aero kit that includes front and rear splitters and a rear spoiler. Both the sedan and the coupe will be powered by a high-performance, high-torque 1.5-liter engine with dual variable cam timing. The direct-injected and turbocharged engine will be paired with a short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission, according to Honda. Furthermore, the Si variants will both feature performance upgrades that include a new active damper system, active steering system, limited-slip differential and available high-performance tires making this one of the best-handling Si models offered.

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The interior of the vehicle sports Si-exclusive front sport seats with red stitching that includes stitched Si logos. The red sport stitching carries through to the doors, steering wheel and leather shift boot with aluminum shift knob. The Si Prototype interior also features a red driver’s TFT meter and audio system illumination, aluminum sport pedals and Dry Metal Carbon instrument panel trim.

 

The Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan are expected to hit the market next year as the latest additions to the 10th generation of the Honda Civic lineup that includes the Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe and the euro styled Civic Hatchback. Call us at 913-782-3636 to schedule a test drive of one of the fabulous award winning models today.

 

November 12, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Aids Customers Choose Between Civic Hatchback and Sedan

Honda has released several different models of their ever popular Civic model including the TypeR, Coupe, Sedan and the new Hatchback. When Honda first announced that a Hatchback model would be making its way to the U.S. market, the anticipation was immense. Honda is now predicting that the new model will make up nearly 15 percent of all Civic sales in the U.S. with an expected 50,000 units annually, according to Wards Auto.


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To help consumers choose between the Civic Sedan and the Hatchback, two models one of the most popular cars on the road, AutoGuide decided to detail key differences between the two. One of the key differences between the two models is in the use of interior space. The Sedan comes with more legroom in the back, making it a much cozier ride for rear seat passengers than its Hatchback counterpart. However, what the Hatchback lacks in passenger room, it compensates in storage space. The new model comes with an available 25.7 cu-ft of space behind the rear seats, almost twice as much as the Sedan.

Another key difference is that the Hatchback comes exclusively with a turbocharged engine that puts out over 170 horsepower and comes in two sport trims. The Sport and Sport Touring models boast a subtle body kit and an increase in power from the rest of the Civic family. While the turbocharged engine is also available for the Sedan, drivers can opt to go with the more modest 158 horsepower 4-cylinder engine as well. While the 4-cylinder engine is available in every trim of the Sedan, the turbocharged engine is exclusive in the EX-T trim and above.

 

If you still aren’t sure which model is right for you, we encourage you to stop by our dealership to test drive both models. We have a full selection of both models and would be happy to assist you in finding your next car. Call us at 913-782-3636 to schedule a test drive today!

 

August 19, 2016

Honda Announces the 2017 Civic Hatchback to be Released in North America Later This Year

 

The top selling Honda Civic Sedan got a fantastic facelift this year, especially with the coupe. Later this year, the new Honda Civic Hatchback will be released in North America. According to Honda, the 2017 Hatchback combines striking Euro-inspired styling and five-door versatility with the Civic’s world-class driving dynamics and Honda direct-injected turbo engine technology. The new model is scheduled to serve as a foundation for the new radical Civic Type-R launching in the U.S. in 2017.

According to Jeff Conrad, senior VP and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co., “The Civic Hatch has been a staple for Honda in Europe, but has long been the forbidden fruit for Honda fans in the U.S.”

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The vehicle is built on the same platform as the current generation of the sedan and coupe. The turbocharged engine will be offered with either a sporty CVT (all trims) or a performance-inspired six-speed manual transmission (LX, Sport and EX trims). The interior of the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback carries through on the modern, sophisticated and premium quality of the tenth generation Civic lineup, with high-grade materials and finishes applied liberally throughout. In terms of packaging, the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback delivers class-leading volume and cargo capacity including a roomy interior (122.9 cu. ft.), best rear seat legroom (36.0 inches) and largest cargo carrying capacity in the competitive set.

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According to CNET, the new trim being introduced with the car, the Sport Touring, will make a number of optional technologies standard. These technologies will include Honda Sensing, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, LED headlights and heated rear seats. The Sport Touring will also add a center-mounted exhaust. Honda Sensing is available on most trims, and includes autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control.