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2013 Accord: Honda’s great leap forward
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—When the first Honda Accord hit the streets in 1976, few people knew how significant it would become. Technically, the two-door hatchback was essentially a stretched Honda Civic, which had created something of its own sensation...Read the full review
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Hands down the BEST update I have seen in a long time through Honda. I have recently taken a loaded (Touring) V6 Sedan out for a drive and let me tell you... So much better than the last! The handling is superb, the way it puts down the power is incredible, I felt like I was driving a vehicle worthy of the luxury mid-size title. Best bang for your buck right now IS the Accord. Fit and Finish, quality of materials, ease of use.... 100% over its competition. I was never truly a Honda guy but this car makes me want to make an excuse to drive it. Don't waste time or money, if your in the market, this enthusiast Highly reccomends the 2013 Accord. P.S: Try to go for the higher trims... The lower levels feel like your traditional Honda simplicity, where the WoW Factor comes up in the leather and such.
I have 2003 Honda Accord with 267,000 Km. Never I had serious problem. Minor problems like the starter failed couple time in all this time that I have the car. Now I notice that the car start to consume more oil and you need to keep one eye on it. Show some rust in some point. I don't know for how long I wil keep driving it. Still good to think about replace for new one.
This latest Accord reminds me of the one from the early 90's (1990 - 1993 4th gen to be exact). It wasn't the most revolutionary from a design standpoint (the Taurus and Sable were still selling like hot cakes back then), but it still improved on the basic formula that made it a continual strong competitor; easy to drive, easy to park, fairly affordable and efficient, strong reputation for reliability - you get the picture. But along the way, I think Honda lost its way with the 5th gen, found it again a bit with the 6th, and I think its been a bit lost ever since then. This latest seems to show they've found their way back again with a car that is a large leap better than its previous gen yet still familiar enough to be called an Accord.
This may be the end for the car enthusiast. Ending the double wishbone suspension--which has always been Honda's bread and butter since the 80s--will ultimately reveal Honda's shortcuts. Honda has always been praised for their suspensions whether it was the front and rear double wishbones, or the multilink rears. It was always ahead of the competitors that were using McPherson Struts when it came to handling. Not only that, this also shows that Honda is starting to follow other manufacturer's footsteps--when it used to be the other way around--. There are good news though. The manual transmission is now a 6speed. And Honda's manual transmissions has always been silky smooth, and refined. The CVT however... We've seen this path before. It's a major step to go from a 4/5speed auto for more than twenty years to a CVT. Whether that is a good or bad thing, we'll just have to wait and see. We've seen it with Nissan's Altima, and although that car is great...The CVT is unimpressive. Not only the transmission and the suspension, but also the steering. I understand that Honda is trying to push fuel economy, but going from hydraulic power steering to electric power steering will again, repel car enthusiasts. The Accord was praised for driver feedback, and by switching from hydraulic to electric--and we've seen this path before with the Civic--will leave other's scratching their heads wondering if this was a good idea. Although the Civic Si has the e-powered steering and delivers mediocre feedback, I guarantee it that the Accord won't be tuned the same.
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