"Jack-of-All-Trades Sedan. Honda does everything well."4.5 starson by gumshoeman
Pros: Honda reliability. Surprising V6 power. Sporty handling for a large sedan. Outstanding highway mileage. Roomy interior, especially for rear seat passengers. Good sound system. Excellent voice command recognition. Nice climate control.
Cons: Cheap interior door handles. Front seats are too firm for some. Rear trunk reflectors are iffy styling touch. Center console/shifter looks cheesy.
Summary: We bought our Accord EX-L V6 w/Navi new. Just over 1000 miles on it to date. I've put the car through lots of paces. Gas mileage has been outstanding. On a recent 285 mile trip to Los Angeles and back, including 30 minutes in bumper-to-bumper traffic jams on L.A. city streets, I averaged a solid 32 mpg overall. I do use premium gas and drove (this time) keeping an eye on the ECO mode - meaning that I used the number 3 lane on the freeway and didn't pass much, but still kept up with traffic running between 60-70. Honda's VCM "Variable Cylindar Management" means that when cruising, the engine will shut down two or three of the six cylindars to save gas. This really seems to work well. Worst average so far is 26.2 driving 50/50 city/highway withour regard to special fuel management.
Very impressed with the reserve power and snappy handling. Steering is as quick and tight as some of my previous sports cars. Sure, the Accord isn't going to win many drag races off the line. But it isn't sluggish either. It scoots from a dead stop. And it has plenty of "grunt" above 50 mph when you want to pass.
I like the looks and the car feels solid. Navigation is precise and easy to follow. The actual maps are busy and somewhat clunky looking compared to the latest hard drive (vs DVD) systems but the split screen warning and distance countdown to turns is clear and clean.
I know this is not meant to be a true luxury car. There are 3 things separating it from that catagory. It needs a couple of upgrades to the interior: Nicer door handles. C'mon Honda. The interior door handles are awful. Next would be a nicer center console with a stainless shift selector guide like the Camry, Lexus, etc.. Finally, the seats. These will be a bone of contention for many. It's almost a surprise to sit down in them because they're so firm. You fit into them, they don't fit around you. My wife doesn't like them. I find that they're like the seats in sports cars that I've owned. Easy chairs they're not. Instead, they support you and don't allow you to move much while driving. Turns out to be very comfortable over 2+ hours of driving because your back muscles aren't continually compensating for movement in your seat. I have a bad back and they work for me. The firm seats also contribute to road feedback from a very firm suspension. Desirable for those who like sporty rides. Undesirable for those who like isolation from what's going on outside. Honda could probably solve everything with a softer seat cushion while leaving the back alone.
Tire noise and interior noise are comparable to the Lexus ES350 that I ride-share. Engine is almost undetectable while idling. I'm in agreement that the control buttons are numerous and busy. Less than an hour with the instruction book and everything was explained. Mp3, bluetooth, voice commands, climate control, audio, hands free talk all work fine. While driving recently I was talking on the telephone, listening to XM radio, receiving voice commands from the navigation system and checking instantanious/average mileage on the trip computer screen. The computer cut in and out for each operation flawlessly.
In sum, I'd say the Accord EX-L w/Navi is a Jack-of-All-Trades. It excels at being a roomy, classy economy car that gets better-than-advertised mileage. The navigation syster, hands free talk, radio, mp3 player are all excellent. Softer seats will please some. Chrome door handles, sharper console, maybe a 6 speed transmission and a bit more noise damping are all that keep this model from being the equal of much more expensive luxury cars. Factor in this V6's outstanding fuel economy with gas well over $3/gallon and this is still a great car for the money. No regrets.
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