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Old 05-25-2018, 01:22 PM
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It's looking like I may accept a job offer that includes a 60 mile (each way) commute. If I accept the position I plan to get a daily driver commuter vehicle because 120+/day in the Ford Expedition EL 4WD would get old at 17 mpg. Looking at the options in the $30K range I'm thinking my preferred option is the 2018 Accord EX-L. I test drove the Accord hybrid (47/47/47 mpg) first which was pleasantly surprising as far as not being the total dog I expected. Next I test drove the 1.5 turbo/CVT which I didn't really care for. Finally I drove the 2.0 turbo with 10 speed (23/34mpg) which felt as quick/quicker than my Infiniti G35/37s (As long as rapid acceleration does not come with simultaneous turning ). I'm definitely leaning towards the 2.0 liter turbo (252 HP, 273 Torquees). I plan to keep this vehicle for 8-10 years so the hybrid power system concerns me regarding expensive repairs after the warranty ends.

I also test drove a 2015 Honda Accord with the 2.4 (NA) and CVT which wasn't bad, but the road/tire noise was awful at 70+ MPH compared to the new 2018 generation (which include active noise cancellation).

Thoughts on the new Accord or other options in the $25-30K price range?

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IIRC, the warranty on the Honda batteries is 10 years/100K miles.

Have you looked at a Toyota Camry SE with the 4 cyl? Won't have the grunt of the hybrid Honda, but 200+ horsepower and will probably give you 200K trouble-free miles.
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Look into recent Honda's issues with gas diluting the oil...
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Don’t over complicate it. Get the best MPG gasser you can if it’s long term. keep It Simple Stupid.
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
Don’t over complicate it. Get the best MPG gasser you can if it’s long term. keep It Simple Stupid.

Camry LE or SE 4 cyl. Naturally aspirated engine, no battery pack or turbo, will easily give 200K+ trouble-free miles and 35-40 mpg in highway driving.
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I know, I know, you want a Honda but look into a Camry Hybrid (52mpg or is it 47). When you sent your want list to a few dealers include the Toyota Extended warranty for 125,000 miles. Have them bid on that as a package.
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A Kia Optima or Hyundai Sonata might be a good alternative as well. They are nice to drive, inexpensive to buy, and the warranty is a plus. They also lease for dirt cheap. Just a thought.
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I test drove the 2.0t with the 6 spd and thought it was a nice ride. It was classic Honda, with all the power up top. One thing I thought was odd was that of the three I sat in or drove, two had what I would consider quality control issues: one had a shift knob that was loose that made downshifting difficult, and the other had a broken seat mechanism. These cars had like 10 miles on them. I also read of boost pipe issues, where something wasn't tight enough and you'd have to limp home. Sure, warranty would cover all these but it nevertheless struck me as odd and unhonda like.
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Can't go wrong with a Honda
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I have the 2015 Accord.
Get it.
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I know, I know, you want a Honda but look into a Camry Hybrid (52mpg or is it 47). When you sent your want list to a few dealers include the Toyota Extended warranty for 125,000 miles. Have them bid on that as a package.
An extended warranty might be wise to get with any electric/hybrid car. I was waiting for my Toyota to be serviced and heard some hapless soul get the bad news that his just-over-10-years-old and just-over-100,000-miles hybrid had a faulty battery pack, the warranty period was over and the replacement cost would be about $5,000. At 100,000 miles, a Toyota 4 cyl gasser is very unlikely to have such an expensive problem, or even at 200,000 miles for that matter.
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Originally Posted by mv rapscallion View Post
I test drove the 2.0t with the 6 spd and thought it was a nice ride. It was classic Honda, with all the power up top. One thing I thought was odd was that of the three I sat in or drove, two had what I would consider quality control issues: one had a shift knob that was loose that made downshifting difficult, and the other had a broken seat mechanism. These cars had like 10 miles on them. I also read of boost pipe issues, where something wasn't tight enough and you'd have to limp home. Sure, warranty would cover all these but it nevertheless struck me as odd and unhonda like.
IMO Honda is loosing some of its reliability in the last few years.
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An extended warranty might be wise to get with any electric/hybrid car. I was waiting for my Toyota to be serviced and heard some hapless soul get the bad news that his just-over-10-years-old and just-over-100,000-miles hybrid had a faulty battery pack, the warranty period was over and the replacement cost would be about $5,000. At 100,000 miles, a Toyota 4 cyl gasser is very unlikely to have such an expensive problem, or even at 200,000 miles for that matter.
My father had a 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid that recently had an issue with the hybrid battery not charging. The local Ford dealer told him there was nothing they could do but to replace the battery system for around $4500. That's what scares me about the hybrid. My dad ended up trading the Fusion in on a Honda Clarity.
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Wife has a 18 sport with the 1.5 turbo. msrp was just over 26k. I've been really impressed with it. plenty of room, well equipped and mid 30's on the road. She does about 30k per year so resale was key for me. I swap her out every year or two.
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My son has a 2018 Accord 2L automatic. He really likes it. I am 6'7" and have ridden comfortably in the back seat. Only negative is that it is not a truck
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
It's looking like I may accept a job offer that includes a 60 mile (each way) commute. If I accept the position I plan to get a daily driver commuter vehicle because 120+/day in the Ford Expedition EL 4WD would get old at 17 mpg. Looking at the options in the $30K range I'm thinking my preferred option is the 2018 Accord EX-L. I test drove the Accord hybrid (47/47/47 mpg) first which was pleasantly surprising as far as not being the total dog I expected. Next I test drove the 1.5 turbo/CVT which I didn't really care for. Finally I drove the 2.0 turbo with 10 speed (23/34mpg) which felt as quick/quicker than my Infiniti G35/37s (As long as rapid acceleration does not come with simultaneous turning ). I'm definitely leaning towards the 2.0 liter turbo (252 HP, 273 Torquees). I plan to keep this vehicle for 8-10 years so the hybrid power system concerns me regarding expensive repairs after the warranty ends.

I also test drove a 2015 Honda Accord with the 2.4 (NA) and CVT which wasn't bad, but the road/tire noise was awful at 70+ MPH compared to the new 2018 generation (which include active noise cancellation).

Thoughts on the new Accord or other options in the $25-30K price range?

Thanks.
have a 2017 accord wifes car and its a great comphy car,handles and rides real nice. have a 2002 camry that the accord replaced and we kept for a spare and wish she would have got another camry instead of the accord. About everything on the Toyota is much better than the Honda. i could go on for a while about the two but she likes her accord. I would get the 4cyl camry.
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I have a 2018 1.5 Turbo Sport and really like it. I've had an Infiniti the last few years and the 1.5 doesn't have the power it did, but the 2.0 probably would. Had it for 6 months and zero issues.
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IMO Honda is loosing some of its reliability in the last few years.
why do you say that?
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If you will consider another brand, look at VW. I did the 40k a year commute and found them (Jetta and Passat) to be dead nuts reliable, and for me more comfortable. German cars seem to fit my 6’2” / 240 frame better.

I adhere to keep it simple mantra for commuter cars. I’d be afraid of hybrids for high mile use. Too many expensive things to fail.

Congrats on the the new job!
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