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Honda Accord: Old or new?

Old 01-07-2019, 02:16 AM
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My daughter is graduating in June and headed off to college. I will be getting her a newish car to get her through college. She wants a Honda Accord EX-L. My wife has a 2013 with 250K on it that my daughter loves. We have had very good service out of our Hondas. Need to decide between a 2017 and the "NEW" body style. She does not care as they are very similar in style. I am a little leery of a new model.

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In reading that why not pick up something newer for the Wife and pass on the hers to your doughtier and you'll maybe find that both of them are happy. Win, win situation.
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Aren't all Honda anythings perfect?
I always believed the newest technology is the best investment. I have proved my self wrong on multiple occasions.
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I have a 2014 that I recently bought used with 27k on it , Put another 25k on since I have a long commute , gets 32 mpg and has been a great car for sure .
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250K miles on a 2013? I guess your wife drives a lot!

The new body style for 2018 has been a sales flop so I would expect a mid-cycle redesign quickly.

Honestly, I would look for a low mileage 2016 or 2017 V6 Touring model. These are near luxury cars with great performance and all of the safety features.
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250K miles on a 2013? I guess your wife drives a lot!

The new body style for 2018 has been a sales flop so I would expect a mid-cycle redesign quickly.

Honestly, I would look for a low mileage 2016 or 2017 V6 Touring model. These are near luxury cars with great performance and all of the safety features.
And also gets the 6 speed auto instead of the CVT. I know the Accord CVT's have a good track record, but they still drive like a CVT.
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:59 AM
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In reading that why not pick up something newer for the Wife and pass on the hers to your doughtier and you'll maybe find that both of them are happy. Win, win situation.
If my daughter is driving to and from college, I'm not putting her in a car with 250k miles and risking the chance of a breakdown on the road. I love Honda and Toyota, but I'm not trusting one with that much mileage for long trips involving my wife or daughter. I just bought my wife a low mileage Nissan Rogue because she sometimes drives 4 hours to visit her mother when I'm on the road working and I didn't want to take the chance of her driving her Rav4 with 225 miles. I gave the Rav to my daughter who drives it to/from local college.
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If my daughter is driving to and from college, I'm not putting her in a car with 250k miles and risking the chance of a breakdown on the road. I love Honda and Toyota, but I'm not trusting one with that much mileage for long trips involving my wife or daughter. I just bought my wife a low mileage Nissan Rogue because she sometimes drives 4 hours to visit her mother when I'm on the road working and I didn't want to take the chance of her driving her Rav4 with 225 miles. I gave the Rav to my daughter who drives it to/from local college.
Mainly would depend for me on how far away college is. I went to school an hour from home. Especially with Uber/Lyft availability these days, a breakdown is just an inconvenience. Several hours away, I agree completely.
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Originally Posted by Bamby View Post
In reading that why not pick up something newer for the Wife and pass on the hers to your doughtier and you'll maybe find that both of them are happy. Win, win situation.
It is actually a graduation gift for my daughter. Wife will be getting something soon also.
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Originally Posted by gf View Post
250K miles on a 2013? I guess your wife drives a lot!

The new body style for 2018 has been a sales flop so I would expect a mid-cycle redesign quickly.

Honestly, I would look for a low mileage 2016 or 2017 V6 Touring model. These are near luxury cars with great performance and all of the safety features.
Wife commutes 150 a day.
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Originally Posted by rickpcfl View Post
If my daughter is driving to and from college, I'm not putting her in a car with 250k miles and risking the chance of a breakdown on the road. I love Honda and Toyota, but I'm not trusting one with that much mileage for long trips involving my wife or daughter. I just bought my wife a low mileage Nissan Rogue because she sometimes drives 4 hours to visit her mother when I'm on the road working and I didn't want to take the chance of her driving her Rav4 with 225 miles. I gave the Rav to my daughter who drives it to/from local college.
My daughter will not be driving back and fourth. The newer car is her graduation gift. She was a great student and daughter and deserves it. The wife commutes 150 a day and will be getting something soon also.

Just torn between something we have had very good luck with and the new model!
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I own a 2014 Accord EX-L V6 and itís been a great car. The V6 is super smooth on the highway, and I bought this car to specifically stay away from the rubber band effect of the CVT transmission. I still get 32-33 mpg on my 55 mile round trip commute that is 95% highway. 90% city mileage will yield you around 18-20mpg with the V6, but the power still makes you smile & is worth it.

I have a neighbor who is a tech at the local Honda dealer, and he has told me that there are some teething issues with the new turbo Accords. Mainly blown turbos, but he didnít go into much detail. I am not a fan of the new Accord styling either, but thatís a personal preference.

I would look for a lightly used 9th gen accord for your daughter rather than the 10th gen. The V6 is super smooth on the highway, still gets great highway mileage, and has nearly as much power as the turbo engines without the added complication.


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I own a 2014 Accord EX-L V6 and itís been a great car. The V6 is super smooth on the highway, and I bought this car to specifically stay away from the rubber band effect of the CVT transmission. I still get 32-33 mpg on my 55 mile round trip commute that is 95% highway. 90% city mileage will yield you around 18-20mpg with the V6, but the power still makes you smile & is worth it.

I have a neighbor who is a tech at the local Honda dealer, and he has told me that there are some teething issues with the new turbo Accords. Mainly blown turbos, but he didnít go into much detail. I am not a fan of the new Accord styling either, but thatís a personal preference.

I would look for a lightly used 9th gen accord for your daughter rather than the 10th gen. The V6 is super smooth on the highway, still gets great highway mileage, and has nearly as much power as the turbo engines without the added complication.


Thanks for the input. After some more research I think I will put her in a low mile 2017 and call it a day.
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The K series in the later model (until 2017) Accords are rock solid. Only thing that happens to them is the timing chain tensioner starts to rattle on cold starts after they get old, but it is not typically catastrophic and fairly easy to change if you want. My wife has a 2012 Accord with 100k-ish miles. It's been the best car we've owned. Only every needed gas, tires, brakes, and oil. She wants a SUV. I'm going to be sad to see the Accord go.
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And also gets the 6 speed auto instead of the CVT. I know the Accord CVT's have a good track record, but they still drive like a CVT.
i like my accord with the cvt. I find the ruberbanding fun. No shifts ever.
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Just traded wife’s 14 EXL with 50k on the clock. Somebody’s gonna get a good car. Rode and drove great, had all the technology a person could want (and it all worked) and consistently got 30+ mpg with all sorts of driving.

oops - just saw that op has decided on a 17...
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I realize this thread is dying, but thought I'd add a little info for anyone else looking...

In my opinion, the 6th generation of the Accord is their best, in terms of quality, reliability and value - the exception to this is the automatic transmission coupled with the V6, please avoid those as they are prone to failure. Honda was at their pinnacle in the late 90s. Like most other mfrs, their quality/reliability has taken a hit with all of the new tech required/demanded by regulations/customers since the early 2000s. That being said, i would put their short-term reliability on par with GM/Ford, but still put their longterm reliability ahead of the Big3.

My daily driver is a 2002 Accord coupe with I4 and 5-spd manual. I can easily afford a new car, but i really have no reason to buy, other than modern comfort, convenience and safety items. The car has 160k on it, and I would not hesitate to drive it across the country tomorrow. Other than routine maintenance, it has needed the recommended timing belt change at 120k, an airbag recall (no charge), a seat belt sensor repaired last year (no charge, under Honda's lifetime belts & buckles warranty), a $3 replacement light bulb on the dash clock, and i think i blew the internal amps on the factory head unit (i can still listen to the radio at normal volume, just can't crank the volume too loud anymore). Car still gets 33mpg in mixed driving, with a high of 40mpg during interstate driving. Still has almost 1/4" left on the original brake pads (did i mention it's a stick?).

My wife has a 2008 Accord (6th gen) sedan with V6. It is a rocket, very smooth, silky, fast. She only gets 28mpg on the highway, but she drives it hard. 125k on it and still runs like new. It recently had the timing belt change, and is probably about due for its third set of brake pads.

Both cars go through a new battery about every five years. My cloth interior is nicer than her leather interior. I doubt they make their cloth interiors as nice nowadays.

The 6th gen Hondas had some issues with the VCM (variable cylinder management), although my wife's car has never exhibited any symptoms, such as increased oil usage. Newer V6s have had the VCM re-worked and have not shown any issues.

2017 was the last year you could get a V6 Accord, or an Accord coupe. All new Accords are turbo fours. The smaller turbos have had some oiling issues, i think, in the CRV, and possibly Civic, but haven't heard of any problems in the Accord yet. The larger 2.0 turbo seems pretty durable, is more powerful than their outgoing V6, especially at lower rpms, but seems to be rather buzzy and not silky smooth like their V6. Their new 10-speed seems to have some rough shifts in the first couple gears, but otherwise seems to be pretty awesome.

You can get good deals on new Accords, or any sedans for that matter, as sales for all sedans are tanking because everybody is buying SUVs and trucks instead. Speaking of SUVs, the new Passport is starting to show up on dealers lots now. The OP might check those out for his wife, or even the Pilot for its comfort on longer commutes.

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Thanks for the input. After some more research I think I will put her in a low mile 2017 and call it a day.
I would say thatís the way to go and if you can get it certified it would be better. Iím currently considering a 2014-2017 Accord Hybrid EX-L or Touring. Good luck!
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