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Millennials Prefer the Honda Civic and CR-V

The 2017 Honda Civic and Honda CR-V are both favorites when it comes to millennial shoppers. Millennials, defined as between 25 years old and 39 years old, have different preferences than other generations like Generation X and the baby boomers. They prefer to buy new cars, and they don’t plan to keep them for more than 5 years, according to a study by

Honda Vehicles Are Favorites Among Young Buyers
“For cars, millennials like the Honda Civic,” said USA Today, “while members of Generation X prefer the slightly pricier Honda Accord. … The most common SUV for millennials is the Honda CR-V as opposed to the Gen X's Toyota RAV4.”

The AutoList survey found that younger buyers also prefer cars that have a lower environmental impact. They put a bigger emphasis on this than their Generation X counterparts. The study went on to say that millennials generally plan to keep their cars for five years or less, while older buyers had planned to keep their cars for ten years or more.

It’s easy to chalk up this difference to the fact that technology is changing fast, and millennials want the latest tech in their new cars. “The millennial taste for more efficient cars with better technology,” Alex Klein of AutoList says, “means car makers need to keep up.”

Clearly the Honda Civic and the Honda CR-V have managed to stay ahead of the curve. The 2017 Honda Civic and 2017 Honda CR-V both offer fuel economy estimates that put them among the best in their classes. They’ve achieved remarkable safety scores, and they both come with lots of the latest technology. Not only that, they still manage to offer very affordable pricing. It’s no wonder that these two vehicles appeal to young buyers!

Test Drive a New Honda Today!
Visit Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake, the leading Elgin area Honda dealer, to check out all the latest Honda models. We have the Civic and the CR-V in stock now. You can find us here at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, so stop by today!


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The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Back After Yearlong Hiatus

The new Honda Accord Hybrid is available now here at Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake. The Honda Accord Hybrid was not on sale as a 2016 model while Honda took the year off to figure out manufacturing and supply issues – if any of you tried to buy a Honda Accord Hybrid during the 2016 model year, you may have found that it wasn’t as easy as you hoped. That’s because the demand was so high that Honda couldn’t make enough.

Now the Accord Hybrid is made in Japan, while the rest of the Honda Accord lineup is still built in Ohio like it has been for the last three decades. The Accord Hybrid is available now, so if you’re looking for a fuel efficient midsize sedan, make sure you visit Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake to test-drive the new 2017 Accord Hybrid today!

Efficiency and Performance
The Honda Accord Hybrid is now offered with a sophisticated hybrid powertrain that combines the forces of a 2.0L gas engine with an electric motor for a total system output of 212 hp. The Accord Hybrid achieves an EPA estimate of 49 mpg city/47 mpg highway/48 mpg when paired with the standard continuously variable transmission.

High Tech Safety
The Honda Accord Hybrid comes standard with the Honda Sensing system. This bundles together important driver assistance and safety technologies including lane departure warning, lane departure prevention, forward collision warning, forward collision prevention braking, a road departure prevention system, and adaptive cruise control.

Visit Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake
You can find out more about the latest 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid right now at Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake, your local Chicago and Elgin area Honda dealer. We’re located at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, IL, and if you’re shopping for an efficient new family sedan, then come drive the Accord Hybrid. Contact us online now with any questions!

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Honda Fit, Other Small Models Are Best Used-Car Values According to

If you’re shopping for a small used car, then you’re in luck. Right now, prices on small used vehicles are down, and the Honda Fit, along with other small Honda models, offer a better value than ever on the used market. Here at Brilliance Honda in Crystal Lake, we’re happy to help you find the right used or new vehicle for your needs, and we always have used Honda Fit, Honda Accord, and Honda Civic models in our inventory. Find out why Edmunds recommends that you buy now!

Honda Fit and Other Models Represent Value
Since this time last year, small cars like the Honda Fit have dropped in price on the used car market by 6.3 percent. That means that these small models are more affordable than ever! Subcompacts aren’t the only kind of models that have dropped in price. The Honda Civic, as well as other compact cars, have dropped by about 2 percent in the past year. The midsize category, which includes the Honda Accord, has dropped by 1 percent.

Edmunds senior analyst Ivan Drury explained, "If you're a used-car shopper in the market for a small vehicle, this is a great time to buy. Prices are down for these vehicles because there is so much more demand for used trucks and SUVs. There are also lots of smaller cars coming back to the used-car market as people trade up into larger vehicles. So not only are prices low on used small cars, but there's also a wide selection available."

If you’re in the market for a small car, you can find a great deal here at Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake!

Visit Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake Today
Here at Brilliance Honda in Crystal Lake, we’re happy to help you find a used car to meet your needs as well as your budget. Our sales and financing team is here to help from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. We’re always happy to assist Elgin area drivers, so come visit us today and drive home in your next used car!

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Check Out the New Honda Accord Lineup Here at Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake

The 2017 Honda Accord lineup includes multiple body styles and powertrain options, so there’s almost certainly a model to fit the needs of you and your family. The Accord is entering its 40th year on the market, and it’s available right here at Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake.

2017 Honda Accord Models
The latest Honda Accord is available in both Sedan and Coupe body styles. The Sedan and Coupe both come standard with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine, and upgraded trim levels include a 3.5L V6 engine. The Sedan is also available with the newest Hybrid powertrain from Honda. Take a look at the specifications for each model:

• Accord Sedan: The base LX trim Accord Sedan gets a 2.4L four-cylinder that makes 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. This model nets 27 mpg city/36 mpg highway/30 mpg combined with available continuously variable transmission (CVT) in EPA estimates1. At the EX-L V-6 and Touring trim levels, the Accord Sedan comes with a 3.5L V6 that makes 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. With a standard six-speed automatic transmission (6AT), this vehicle earns up to an EPA estimated 21 mpg city/33 mpg highway/25 mpg combined1.
• Accord Coupe: The base LX-S trim Coupe gets the same 2.4L four-cylinder sedan, and fuel economy is rated at 26 mpg city/34 mpg highway/29 mpg combined2 with continuously variable transmission. At the EX-L V-6 and Touring levels, the V6 powered Accord yields 21 mpg city/32 mpg highway/24 mpg combined2 with six-speed automatic transmission in EPA estimates.
• Accord Sedan Hybrid: The Accord Hybrid, available only in the Sedan body style, achieves 143 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque with its 4-cylinder engine, and 181 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque with its AC Synchronous Permanent-Magnet Electric motor. It also receives a big boost in fuel efficiency, with all trims reaching an EPA estimated 49 mpg city/47 mpg highway/48 mpg combined3.

Visit Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake
Find the 2017 Honda Accord here at Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake, your local Chicago and Elgin area Honda dealer. We’re located at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, IL, so stop by soon or contact us online now with any questions!

1 23 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating for 6MT models. 27 city/36 highway/30 combined mpg rating for CVT models. 26 city/34 highway/29 combined mpg rating for Sport CVT models. 21 city/33 highway/25 combined mpg rating for V-6 models. Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
2 23 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating for 6MT models. 26 city/34 highway/29 combined mpg rating for CVT models. 18 city/28 highway/21 combined mpg rating for 6MT V-6 model. 21 city/32 highway/24 combined mpg rating for 6AT V-6 models. Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
3 49 city/47 highway/48 combined mpg rating. Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition, and other factors.

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Learn About Honda Car Extended Service Plans

Here at Brilliance Honda in the Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL area we know that nobody likes to plan for expensive major repairs. It’s not fun to think about, and it’s easy to imagine your reliable, well-made Honda vehicle will just keep running forever. Unfortunately, there are sometimes issues that arise later in the life of your vehicle. Fortunately, you can protect yourself against major repair expenses by purchasing a Honda Care Extended Service Plan. Learn all about the Honda Care offerings here at Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake.

Honda Care Service Plans
When your vehicle is approaching the end of its New Vehicle Warranty Coverage or Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Warranty coverage, that’s when you should think about purchasing #HondaCareExtendedWarrantyCoverage.

Honda Care Coverage is available for all vehicle components. If you’re looking for New, Pre-Owned, and Certified Additional Coverage here’s what you’ll find covered:

• Drivetrain: Engine, Transmission, Differential and Axles
• Electronics: Computers, Electronic Components and Electrical System
• Chassis: Suspension, Steering and Brake Systems
• Heating/Cooling: Air Conditioning, Heating and Cooling Systems
• Honda Genuine Accessories: Audio and Communication Devices and Accessories, Navigational and Security Systems

When you have an issue with a covered component with #HondaCare, you don’t just get a repair. You also enjoy a number of exclusive benefits from Honda Care. All of the following perks are included:

• Rental car reimbursement of up to $35/day for up to six days
• Honda Care Coverage is transferable
• 0% interest payment plan
• Roadside assistance
• Family plan covers your Honda vehicle and your family’s Honda and Acura passenger vehicles or Honda motorcycles as well
• Trip Interruption Benefit covers up to $100/day for up to three days
• 24/7 Concierge Emergency Services

Honda offers both full #Coverage and powertrain coverage for affordable prices. Plus, with 0% interest plans, you can enjoy the benefits of Honda Care with only a low monthly payment, and when your vehicle is serviced using your Honda Care warranty, you can enjoy expert service by Brilliance Honda technicians using only Honda OEM parts and accessories.

Visit Brilliance Honda Today
Brilliance Honda is located at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, IL, so contact us today if you want to learn more about the Honda Care service plans available for your Honda vehicle. Our team is also on hand Monday through Saturday if you’d like to stop in!

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The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe: New Looks and More Performance

The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe is the sporty two-door version of the Honda Civic. While the high performance Civic Si and Civic Type R trims are still forthcoming, the Civic Coupe with its new turbocharged engine is one model that’s already quicker than the outgoing Civic Si, with a considerably more powerful engine. That’s something that should make the Civic Coupe appealing to any enthusiast on a budget here in Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL. Find out more about the Civic Coupe here at Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake!

Reengineered Under the Hood
The #2016HondaCivicCoupe delivers serious performance plus exceptional fuel economy. For a fun-to-drive compact car, it’s hard to do better. You’ve got two options this year when it comes to powertrain configurations.

The lower level trims use a 2.0L four-cylinder engine good for 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. According to EPA estimates, the #CivicCoupe with this engine and continuously variable transmission earns 30 mpg city/41 mpg highway/34 mpg combined.

Higher level trims use a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. This version comes standard with continuously variable transmission and earns an EPA estimated 31 mpg city/41 mpg highway/35 mpg combined.

Safety and Security
The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe also provides plenty of the latest safety and security features. It’s offered with standard traction and stability control, standard anti-lock brakes, and standard front, side, and side-curtain airbags. Plus, the #HondaCivicCoupe is offered with the Honda Sensing system, which includes adaptive cruise control, automatic collision prevention braking, and a lane departure prevention system.

Comfort and Convenience
The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe is packed with premium features you might be surprised to see in a compact car in this price range. Some of the highlights include features like:

• Automatic climate control
• A rearview camera
• Bluetooth connectivity
• Smartphone app compatibility
• A 5-inch central display screen
• Automatic headlights
• Full power accessories
• USB connectivity
• And much more!

The Honda Civic Coupe is also available with premium features like a navigation system, heated seats, leather upholstery, and much more.

Visit Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake
Brilliance Honda is the leading Honda dealership serving Schaumburg and Elgin, and we have the current Honda Civic Coupe in stock now. Visit us today at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, IL, to learn more about the current sporty two-door Honda Civic Coupe!

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Kelley Blue Book Best Family Cars Include Six Honda Models

No other automaker this year had so many appearances on the Kelley Blue Book Best Family Cars of 2016. Honda, with six vehicles, has so much success with the Kelley Blue Book list because all Honda models offer exceptional safety scores, high fuel economy, smart and versatile design, and family-friendly features. What more could you ask for here in Chicagoland, from Elgin to Crystal Lake, IL? You can find the Honda lineup here at Brilliance Honda right now.

The #KelleyBlueBook staff named the 2016 Honda Civic compact sedan, 2016 Honda Accord midsize sedan, 2016 Honda CR-V compact crossover, 2016 Honda HR-V subcompact crossover, 2016 Honda Pilot midsize crossover, and 2016 Honda Odyssey  minivan as some of the #BestCarsForFamilies this year.

“For two weeks' time we drove, lived-with, folded-down-seats-of, paired-phones-to and installed-baby-seats-in each and every one of the contenders,” said Jack R. Nerad, of Kelley Blue Book. “We loaded cargo, contorted ourselves into third rows, watched movies on rear-seat screens, toted rowing teams to marinas – in short, we did everything that you and your family might do with a vehicle day-to-day.”

Kelley Blue Book did all that comprehensive testing to get an accurate impression of just how well any specific vehicle will perform for a family in the real world. This comprehensive method helps provide accurate information that you can depend on. To find the #Best16CarsForFamilies , Kelley Blue Book first picks out 25 cars out of more than 250 models. They then conduct that testing to narrow it down further.

Take a look at what Kelley Blue Book said about the Honda winners:
Honda Civic: “Our Overall Best Buy of 2016 is also our most affordable top family car.”
Honda Accord: “Honda’s venerable midsize sedan shows up on just about every list for which it qualifies.”
Honda HR-V: “Honda’s latest SUV is the roomiest, most family-friendly entry in the burgeoning subcompact SUV segment.”
Honda CR-V: “Family appeal is just one reason the CR-V is the best-selling SUV in the country.”
Honda Pilot: “The closest you can get to the family-friendliness of a minivan without buying a minivan. Also our Midsize SUV Best Buy of 2016.”
Honda Odyssey: “Even if it didn't offer a built-in vacuum, the Odyssey would still be a top family car as well as our Minivan Best Buy of 2016.”

Visit Brilliance Honda Today
Visit Brilliance Honda in Crystal Lake and drive these family-friendly Honda models. We’re at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, IL, so stop by today!

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The Honda CR-V Might Offer 7-Passenger Model in 2017

The 2016 Honda CR-V is available now at Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake. The next generation model might debut as a 2017 model year, and it might include both the familiar five-passenger model, as well as a seven-passenger three row model. Or, it could simply be a seven-passenger model. Spy shots by the automotive press show a Honda CR-V testing in camouflage that is unmistakably longer than the existing model. While Honda is notoriously secretive about development of new and future vehicles, it seems probably that a longer CR-V would see a third row of seats. Read on to find out more about what you can expect next year in the Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL area!

Next Generation CR-V
The new 2016 Honda CR-V should get fully reengineered for the next model year, whenever it debuts. This will likely be for the #2017ModelYear , either late this year or early in 2017. While Honda has unveiled little about the forthcoming CR-V, it’s easy to speculate about the future model.
Three rows of seats would be one way that Honda could differentiate the #HondaCR -V from the newly introduced Honda HR-V subcompact crossover. Of course, a third row of seats in the CR-V might sap sales from the Honda Pilot, which just entered a new generation for the 2016 model year. It seems like a possibility that Honda would offer a third row of seats as an options – this isn’t unheard of, and some competitors do offer small optional rear seats in compact crossovers like the HR-V.
If you want to anticipate #FutureHondaVehicles and what to expect, the best place to look might not be at spy photos, but at the Acura lineup. The Honda luxury brand generally gets advanced features before their Honda counterparts. You might see, for example, the CR-V offered with a V6 engine, borrowed from its luxury counterpart the Acura RDX. This engine upgrade might be necessary if Honda plans to add a third row seat.

Visit Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake
You can drive the current 2016 Honda CR-V , the Honda HR-V, and the Honda Pilot today at Brilliance Honda. We are your local Elgin and Crystal Lake area Honda dealership, and we’re located at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, so stop by today!

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*The 2013 Honda Fit Earns Best Dependability Rating *

Here at Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake we’ve got both new and used versions of the famed Honda Fit. This efficient and versatile little hatchback is the perfect car to ferry you and the whole family, plus luggage, groceries, pets, or anything else, around the Chicagoland and Elgin, IL area. J.D. Power and Associates has awarded the 2013 Honda Fit with its top ranking when it comes to dependability in the Small Car Segment, so that’s one more reason to choose the Fit!

J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability
The #J.D.PowerDependabilityStudy is a comprehensive survey of vehicle owners who have purchased a new car in the past three years. To determine the vehicles that are the most dependable, #J.D.Power asks drivers if they have experienced any issues in a variety of categories. Each car is assigned a “problems per 100” score, where the lowest number of issues is the best ranking. That’s what the Honda Fit did to earn the top spot in the Small Car segment. 

“The #2013HondaFit ranks highest in the Small Car segment to earn a dependability award. The 2013 Nissan Versa and 2013 Hyundai Accent rank second and third, respectively,” writes Christian Wardlaw, for J.D. Power. “Available in limited quantities, an electric version of the Fit went on sale for 2013, offered in a handful of states. It promised 82 miles of range and a full recharge of the battery in about 3 hours when using a 240-volt home charging station. Otherwise, except for a new paint color, the Fit was unchanged.”

Many vehicle problems these days are related to technology. There was actually an average increase in problems per 100 vehicles this year compared to last year, and many of them were related to things like infotainment systems, smartphone pairing, voice recognition technology, and other technology. 

It’s worth noting that Honda ranked seventh overall in the brand reliability study, with only 126 problems per 100 vehicles – well above the 152 problems per 100 vehicle average industry-wide. The study only considers three year old vehicles, and the parts per 100 is the count in those three years of ownership. No doubt, the new generation of the #HondaFit, which debuted as a 2014 model, will also land on this J.D. Power list next year. 

Visit Brilliance Honda Now
You can find the current 2016 Honda Fit today at Brilliance Honda. We’re located at at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, IL, and we’re happy to help you find the new or used Fit that works for you!

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We Provide Chicagoland Drivers With Top-Notch Customer Service
Here at Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake our top priority is customer service. We know that we offer expert repair and maintenance, we know that the latest Honda vehicles are exceptional, but when it comes down to it, the only thing that really matters is that you have a fantastic experience every time that you contact us or walk through the doors of our dealership. Every one of our departments is proud to provide friendly, knowledgeable service, so you can take care of your automotive needs with the least amount of hassle and stress possible.
Sales Department
A user at writes, “This is the third car I have gotten from Brilliance and every time the experience is awesome! There is no pressure, no mind games, they are open and honest and care about you getting what you want to the best of their abilities and inventory that they have. We will be back to get another car in the future!! And Fred was awesome!”

That’s exactly what we go for when it comes to #Sales. No pressure. No mind games. We just honestly want to help you find the right vehicle for your needs. 

Financing Department
Another user says, “The sales people were very helpful. I walked in to the dealership expecting to just look at cars, but walked out with a certified used car. I felt I got a good price. Again, the sales people and financial people were very helpful.”

When it comes to financing, #OurTeam is here to help you get behind the wheel of your dream car. We don’t want to stand in the way! We can help you find the auto loan to meet your needs even if your credit isn’t that great. Just apply for #Financing online now.

Service and Repair
At, Bill S. says, “All the people involved were professional and courteous. I look forward to having my new vehicle serviced here.” That’s how we want you to feel about our service department – it’s something to look forward to! Schedule a #ServiceAppointment online now.

Visit Brilliance Honda Today
Brilliance Honda is at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, IL. Visit us to see firsthand what it means to put customer service first. If you’ve had a great experience here at Brilliance Honda, we encourage you to leave a review!
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