I'm new to the board, but not new to Honda. I just picked up an '18 Still Night Pearl 2.0T Sport (auto, 300 miles) this weekend. I traded in my '13 Genesis 5.0 R-Spec (white, 55k miles). What the Accord lacks in muscle, it more than makes up for it in aesthetics (inside and out), road feel (responsiveness and handling) and technology.
Previously, I've owned the '99 AV6 Coupe (red, new to 106k miles), '05 AV6 Coupe 6MT (red, new to 32k miles), '06 TL 6MT (gray, new to 56k miles), '08 TL Type S 5AT (black, certified 14k miles to 106k miles) and we also had an '07 MDX Sport and Tech (steel blue, used 79k to 125k miles).
I hung onto the Type S for 7 years before jumping into the Genesis R-Spec. While I loved the Type S (and still do), I needed something a bit larger to comfortably accommodate three car seats across the back, was engaging to drive, classy and at an affordable price - hence the shift to the Genesis. For the money, later offerings from Honda/Acura didn't meet those needs from my perspective. As expected, it was a blast to drive straight, could get up to 130+ in a blink and was willing to let the back-end get squirrely. To be clear, the more spirited sessions took place w/o anyone else in the car except the driver :wink:. The car wasn't without it's issues, however:
- the radio/cd player/aux input/satellite - no matter the source, would intermittently lose signal and send white noise through the speakers (really a jarring experience while driving)
- the HD Radio stopped working completely,
- the bluetooth audio signal transfer was scratchy and irritating to the ears,
- the bluetooth phone volume was nearly inaudible when on the highway regardless of volume level,
- the bumper and lower side panels began to discolor from the main body, visible even after details,
- random plastic interior pieces started appearing after having snapped or broke off and were difficult to find where they came from and needlessly expensive to replace, and
- most egregious was the "hiccup" I experienced while driving where the power seemed to cut-off; while on the gas, the pedal went limp and the dash and stereo electronics blacked out for about one second (everything came back, the transmission slammed back into a gear, operation continued as normal and I was not able to replicate it)
I've kept my link with Honda, as we also have a '15 Odyssey Touring (black, new with 26k miles at this point). It has been great for our family of five. Never thought I'd be a minivan guy, but there are real benefits for sure. A few months ago, while I was waiting for service on the Ody, I decided to test drive the 1.5T Sport to get acquainted with the latest Accord offering. The styling captured my attention, the price was inviting and so I kept my hand on the pulse of the car by reading reviews and watching videos, and anxiously awaited the arrival of the 2.0T for a test drive. I gave it a little time and waited for dealers to begin marking them down before pursuing prices through TrueCar. The rest is history.
I really like this car. It looks really good, has a potent-enough motor and sits three across the back comfortably. Where was this car 4 years ago? Honda has brought me back into the sedan fold and it feels good to be back!