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.
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 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 Seaney, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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!
Purchasing a car is one of the most significant financial decisions that you may have to make this year. Since many people decide that buying a brand new car is not for them, they move on to the idea of buying a used car. Here are a few simple steps that you can take before buying a used car to make sure that you get the best deal possible.
Set your budget
Before you even look at a single car, set a budget that you can afford. If you’re going to be making monthly payments, calculate how much you will be paying each month and how many months it will take you to pay off the car.
Get a car in mind
Once you have a budget in mind, think about the car that you want. If you’re looking for a Civic, for example, search only for Civics before moving on to anything else.
You can’t be afraid to negotiate for your car. When someone is selling a used car, they rarely expect to receive the list price. As long as you’re willing to negotiate, you should be able to get a decent chunk of money dropped from the list price.
All of us here at Bill Walsh Honda know how difficult it can be to purchase a used car. If we can help you in any way, please feel free to give us a call.
While the new Honda Civic isn’t a lightweight when it comes to performance, the upcoming Civic Type R definitely puts it to shame. The Japanese automaker revamped the entirety of the Civic a few years ago, but left enthusiasts wanting a Type R as well. Now thrill seekers and speed demons are about to get their wish. The 2017 Honda Civic Type R is officially heading to American shores!
Europe and parts of Asia have had their own Honda Civic Type R for years now, but the North American market did not. Instead, we got red-badged Civic Sport models and video game simulations. Now the 2017 Honda Civic Type R is officially arriving on American shores in all of its glory. The standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers a heart-pounding 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque via 91 octane fuel. That engine comes mated to a six-speed manual engine control unit.
The entire model rolls out on 20-inch aluminum wheels equipped with Brembo front brake calipers, cross-driller rotors, and a suspension tuned for the track. Expect pricing for the 2017 Honda Civic Type R to come closer to the official launch date. Until then, prepare yourself for a hotshot unlike any other.
We here at Bill Walsh Honda can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the new Civic Type R!