2012 Honda AccordMichael Smith - Wilmington, NC08/10/2015
If you want an affordable manual (6 speed) transmission with a peppy V-6 engine in a two-door coupe, this may be the car for you. The EX-L line is generally pretty well built (though the 2012 has a bit more plastic than my previous 2004 EX-L V6 coupe) and the gas mileage is 3 mpg less (on long trips). But, it uses unleaded fuel, gets 30 mpg, handles well (though the larger wheels with the nitrogen fill make it a bit bouncy on choppy concrete roads such as I-95). The 2012 has a smaller rear window view (need the side mirrors) and the trunk is slightly smaller (and no cargo net). The fold down rear seat is much better than the 2004. The controls of the radio/media system are a bit backwards, but you can figure them out easily.
Honda makes SAFE, dependable, well-built vehicles that get great gas mileage! The Accord has plenty of interior and cargo space. None are built for luxury, smooth ride or quiet cabin (which are the only reasons I traded in)... But the Accord does have great interior and cargo space. The benefit: Having a vehicle that can take some wear and tear from kids, and you don't have to stress over expensive repairs. Parts are priced well... but mainly because they rarely need reparing!!
Roomy interior. Back seats can handle an adult as easily as the front seats can. Quick acceleration and the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) eliminates traditional automatic shifting points and helps to keep vehicle highway speed constant when going up inclines. Few if any blind spots.