2018 Honda Accord and Honda Odyssey Named ‘Best New Cars” By Good Housekeeping

Being named ‘Best New Cars’ is an honor for any vehicle, especially when it comes from a publication like Good Housekeeping. This year, the 2018 Honda Accord and Honda Odyssey took the titles with pride. The popular midsize sedan and minivan were evaluated in a long list of categories, including comfort, technology, and safety.

Good Housekeeping Institute worked with experts from Car & Driver magazine to evaluate hundreds of vehicles. By the end, it was clear the 2018 Honda Accord and Honda Odyssey were the winners in their respective segments.

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With its latest redesign, the 2018 Honda Accord marks the beginning of the 10th generation. The midsize sedan has stood the test of time as one of the industry’s top selling sedans. The redesigned vehicle brings a more aggressive stance paired with premium styling. The standard turbocharged engines and precision handling ensure this midsize family sedan is more agile than ever before. Inside, passengers will enjoy premium comfort and access to the industry’s latest technologies.

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The 2018 Honda Odyssey underwent a full redesign for the model year. The latest model brings a quieter cabin, thrilling performance, and more interior space. Passengers will also enjoy improved comfort as well as innovative connectivity technologies.

To see these award-winning vehicles up close and experience their power, style, and technology, visit Bill Walsh Honda for a test drive.

Learn More about the Honda Clarity

Honda Clarity - Bill Walsh Honda BlogThe Honda Clarity is one of Honda’s newest models and was designed to be a dedicated alternative fuel vehicle.  It is available in three variations — plug-in hybrid (PHEV), 100% battery electric, or fuel cell. However, the most popular variant, at least in the first few years, will most likely be the PHEV model.

While it has its own design, the Honda Clarity is about the same size as the Accord. According to the EPA, the Clarity should deliver an electric driving range of 47 miles and gets 110 MPGe.* When the gasoline engine is in use, it delivers a combined rating of 42 mpg. Thanks to its long electric range, you will find that you rarely use the gasoline engine.

Along with its excellent powertrain system, the Clarity PHEV comes well-equipped with tech features like Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ and a full suite of active safety features such as Honda LaneWatch™.

If you want even more information about the 2018 Honda Clarity, stop by Bill Walsh Honda. The Clarity will be arriving on our showroom floor very soon.

*110 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 44 city/40 highway/42 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 47-mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 340-mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition and other factors.

2018 Honda Clarity Review

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The 2018 Honda Clarity is the brand’s latest entry into the plug-in hybrid segment, and it does so admirably. Multiple drive modes and smooth, quiet shifts between the electric motor and gasoline engine make it quite the comfortable ride. The third in the Clarity line, the Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is a great car for fuel-conscious drivers.

While the Honda Clarity is a midsize sedan, it’s far from an Accord clone. Its powertrain offers drivers more efficiency as well as multiple drive modes. It has three powertrain variations: fuel cell, electric, and plug-in hybrid.

“The Clarity is intended to be an environmental halo vehicle for Honda,” said spokesman Chris Martin, “so it has to be a distinct model from Accord.”

The Honda Clarity features a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor, a combination that delivers 212 horsepower. In addition to that kind of power, the fuel-efficient model also features three driving modes: Eco, Normal, and Sport.

In short, the Honda Clarity is a value-oriented, eco-friendly car that comes loaded with features. From the Honda Sensing® safety suite to an eight-inch touchscreen display, it’s clear that the Japanese automaker wanted to give drivers plenty of incentives to check out its latest model.

We here at Bill Walsh Honda are always happy to see the Honda lineup expanding to include more eco-friendly vehicles.

Fun Holiday Activities in Ottawa, IL

The holidays are in full swing, but there’s still time to take part in some activities exclusive to the season. Check out these fun holiday activities in Ottawa recommended by us here at Bill Walsh Honda.

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Holiday Arrangements Workshop

Making the holidays a little more festive is easily done with a themed tabletop centerpiece. The Holiday Arrangements Workshop will help you learn how to create your very own festive arrangement. The event takes place on Dec. 7, at the Wasco Nursery & Garden Center. Bring your gardening gloves and pruners to this hands-on activity.

Plainfield Holiday Lights Tour

A scenic tour of Plainfield can only be made better by some holiday lights. The Plainfield Holiday Lights Tour features a tour of Plainfield’s neighborhoods and holiday lights. The tour begins at the Wine and Cheese by TCC. Entry fees will support the Will Country Center for Community Concerns. The holiday lights tour takes place throughout the month.

Warren-Sharpe Center’s Annual Holiday Jazz Soiree

Is there anything that says “Christmas” better than live music and dancing while simultaneously supporting a good cause? The Warren-Sharpe Center’s Annual Holiday Jazz Soiree will feature an evening of live music put on by the Euphony Band. Dance the night away while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The event kicks off on Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips: Make the Most of Your Trip

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year, whether you’re driving or flying. Driving is a great way to save money, especially if you have a large family, but flying may be quicker if you’re travelling long distances. Whichever way you choose to travel this November, just be sure to follow these Thanksgiving travel tips.

According to ABC News Writer Rick Thanksgiving travel tips - Bill Walsh Honda - Ottawa, ILSeaney, planning is everything. If you don’t know your plans yet, contact family and friends as soon as possible to see what times and dates work best. When driving, it’s best to avoid the holiday itself (which is on November 23 this year) by arriving to your destination a few days early. When flying, you lose about $2 per day when you delay a purchase; however, on Thanksgiving rates can double or even triple.

When travelling, packing is key. If you’re staying at your destination for several days, you might consider doing laundry while you’re there instead of bringing an entire wardrobe. If you’re uncomfortable doing laundry at a friend’s or family member’s house, go to a drycleaner. Space is precious on a long road trip, so if you can limit your bags, you’ll be more comfortable. If you’re flying, you’ll also save money by not having to check luggage.

Finally, look for hubs. If you’re driving, you may want to take a less direct route if you can avoid going through a big city. Even if this takes a little longer, you’ll avoid traffic. When flying, you want to do the opposite. Head to a major city if it has a bigger airport—rates are usually lower at big airports, especially if you can avoid a connecting flight. These are just some of the many tips we at Bill Walsh Honda recommend.

Honda Civic Si Features: An Ideal Sports Car for Any Driver

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2017 Honda Civic Si

The Honda Civic is a high-quality sedan with a reliable build and next-generation technologies. However, with new trims like the Civic Si, this car is quickly becoming one of the top affordable sports cars on the market. If you want added performance behind the wheel without breaking the bank, the Honda Civic Si might be the right car for you.

The Honda Civic Si features include a responsive six-speed transmission that, along with a powerful engine, allows the Civic Si to do zero to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds. According to the Chicago Tribune writer Robert Duffer, the Civic Si also has a top speed of up to 137 mph, and with its sleek exterior, the Civic Si is one sports car you won’t want to stop driving.

The Civic Si has a contoured exterior and a long hood, as well as a bold grille and alloy wheels. It also has a stiff suspension for better handling on the track with responsive steering and a lightweight design. Inside the cabin, the Civic Si comes with a digital instrument cluster to provide bright, visible displays to provide easy-to-read information when you’re travelling at high speeds. Check out the Civic Si in person at Bill Walsh Honda. This is one sports car you simply must see in person.

Explore the Area: Ottawa Fall Events

Fall is the perfect time of year to explore the outdoors. You can take the whole family on a trip in your new Honda, exploring the many events and activities in your community. In fact, there are multiple Ottawa fall events that you don’t want to miss.Ottawa fall events - Bill Walsh Honda - Ottawa, IL

According to Pick Us Ottawa, one of the top events this year is the Summer Concert Series. Held in Washington Park on Sept. 15 starting at 7 p.m., this concert series will feature music from the band Crash. This is actually the final event for the series, so you definitely don’t want to miss it.

You should also check out the “parkrun” event held at Heritage Harbor on Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. Held every Saturday, this free timed 5K event lets you run, walk, or job along the path. You can register online for the event, which follows the Harbor Wall Trail.

Oktoberfest will be held all-day on Sept. 22 and 23. There will be a wide selection of beers, bratwurst, and other German cuisine. Don’t forget to enjoy some traditional polka music or to participate in the 5k beer run/walk.

Finally, visit the local library to learn Mandarin Chinese or how to knit and crochet. Held at the Reddick Public Library on a Sept. 30 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., the Loop Group welcomes knitters, whether you’re a beginner or a pro. You can also learn Mandarin Chinese at the library that day at 3 p.m.

There are so many great things to do in the area that we at Bill Walsh Honda were only able to list a few. Be sure to visit at least one of these fun events during the fall.

2017 Honda Odyssey

The 2017 Honda Odyssey is a minivan that knows just what families want in a vehicle. The spacious design and ample amount of safety features add to its overall appeal. It seems critics from across the automotive industry agree. Here’s what some of them are saying about the Honda Odyssey.2017 Honda Odyssey - Bill Walsh Honda

Motor Trend cited the Honda Odyssey’s flexible seating arrangements and plentiful cargo space in its overall 4/5 rating. There’s plenty of storage space thanks to the plethora of pockets and cup holders. The Odyssey also offers a smooth ride and excellent handling, even on bumpy roadways.

Edmunds.com saw fit to note on the Honda Odyssey’s expansive yet quiet cabin and versatile third-row seating arrangements. The standard V6 engine offers refined performance and excellent fuel economy. On top of that, the minivan’s handling is, according to reviewers, similar to that of a midsize sedan.

U.S. News & World Report found the interior to be of superior quality. A number of useful cabin features and versatile seating arrangements reinforce what other critics said. An acoustic windshield comes standard in some 2017 Honda Odyssey models, further reducing the minimal cabin noise.

Visit us here at Bill Walsh Honda to see how well the 2017 Honda Odyssey lives up to your expectations!

Honda’s Week of Service Spreads Across the Country

For the second year in a row, Honda’s Week of Service helps communities all across the country. More than 20,000 volunteers came together to help do the work of local charitable organizations.

The Events

From June 9-18, there were 450 group activities spread throughout 43 states, along with Canada and Mexico. Those events included activities like blood drives, adopt-a-pet events, food drives, home repairs, beach clean-ups, and more.

The Results

Altogether, the teams collected from than 54 tons of food, served more than 162,000 meals, collected almost 1,000 bags of trash, donated nearly 700 pints of blood, and collected more than 11,000 health kits.

“We are so proud of our associates and business partners who took time out to help improve the lives of people in their communities,” said Jeffrey Smith, Vice President, North American Corporate Communications for Honda North America, Inc. “This week shows what can happen when a team of people come together to make a difference.”


You can see video highlights from Week of Service on Honda’s YouTube channel.

Here at Bill Walsh Honda, we are proud to be part of a company that dedicates so much time and effort into helping communities all around the United States. Here in Illinois, there were 17 events.

2017 Civic Si Is Sporty Take on a Classic

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The 2017 Civic Si is a sporty sedan that’s returning for the latest model year. This model, known for its impressive performance and design, is being released alongside the Civic Type R. Both the Type R and the Civic Si are highly anticipated this year, building on the tenth-generation of Civic design to improve various facets of driving.

New Features

According to Forbes, the latest Civic will have a 25 percent increase in torsional rigidity and a 100-pound weight reduction, two aspects that will carry over to the new Si version. The Si will receive a few added features including a revamped front bumper, 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, center exhaust outlet, and a lower ride height.

Fun Factor

“A car like the Civic Si certainly benefits from increased power, but the Si’s real focus is the total driving experience. Enhancements to the Si’s suspension and wheel/tire package keep the 2017 Si true to previous models’ reputation,” remarks Forbes auto-writer Karl Brauer.


In addition to the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine you’ll find under the hood, there are some exciting new aspects to the Civic Si include the brand’s first use of adaptive dampers. There’s a standard limited-slip differential, selectable “Normal” and “Sport” modes, and special Si badging for the interior. There’s nothing quite like the new Civic Si. Come in and see the 2017 Honda Civic Si at Bill Walsh Honda today!