Last post on Dec 05, 2013 at 12:05 PM
You are in the Sedans
What is this discussion about?
Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Maxima, Mazda MAZDA3, Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Lexus IS 250, Acura TSX, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#2173 of 3637 Sonata ltd vs Accord Ex-l please help
Apr 27, 2011 (4:00 am)
I am stuck. I cannot decide between the two. Let me give you some background. I currently drive a 2000 Accord that I purchased new that has 240k miles on it. Best car ever imho. It has been a real blessing to me considering all of the repair issues I had with my other cars. I'd drive it until the wheels fell off but I promised my niece a car and she said she'd take this one and I guess it's time to get another car anyway.
I have test driven both cars. I'm used to an Accord so it has the edge there. It also has lower insurance costs, I can get .9% financing for 60 months. The Sonata is a bit fancier looking and has a few more bells and whistles (the key thing, better stereo, etc.) and offers 2.9% financing. However, it also has a fantastic warranty 100k on the power train and 60k for non wear items compared to the Accords 72k/36k warranty. And that is a very large consideration for me. For the past 11 years I've only had to pay for regular maintenance. A few weeks ago I paid $500 for various repairs (oil leaks, hose leaks) and that is the most I have paid at one time for repairing this car. I want something that is going to last and not break down.
I thought this was going to be simple; I was going to buy an Accord and that was that. However I am hearing people say that the Accord has slipped in reliability and that the car I have now is a better car than the new Accords. I find it hard to believe that Honda has slipped on quality but I have heard nothing but good things about the Sonata. I want a car I can keep for many years and not have to worry about repairs. Surprisingly, I can get both cars for about 23,600 plus ttl, so the Sonata will cost a bit more (2.9% vs .9% and about 150 extra a year for insurance), but if it saves me money in the long run on repairs it will be worth it. Hate to turn my back on the Accord though, after having had such a great experience with the one I have now.
What do you guys think? And response would be greatly appreciated. I'd like to purchase soon.
#2174 of 3637 Re: Sonata ltd vs Accord Ex-l please help [sjack1]
Apr 27, 2011 (6:09 am)
You have an 11 year old car with 240k miles on it and you are complaining that you had to spend $500 on various repairs??
How has your Accord done overall in reliability? Did you have a lot of problems with it over its lifetime, i.e. defects vs. just parts wearing out, as they do on an old car with lots of miles on it?
IMO you should not base your decision only on warranty. Both the Accord and Sonata are likely to be reliable. If warranty is a big deal for you, you can get a Honda extended warranty. You say you keep cars for a long time. So buy the car that you think you will enjoy driving more, vs. the one with a longer warranty.
#2175 of 3637 Re: Sonata ltd vs Accord Ex-l please help [backy]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Apr 27, 2011 (7:27 am)
No, he's not complaining! He (or she) said that's the most he's ever had to spend in repairs - meaning that's a GOOD thing. If you re-read the whole post, he's saying he'd like something just as reliable as this one has been.
#2176 of 3637 Re: Sonata ltd vs Accord Ex-l please help [sjack1]
Apr 27, 2011 (8:21 am)
One other thing to consider is that this generation of Accord has been around since 08 so a lot of the bugs have been worked out. Although you want to play the odds, every manufacturer will have a lemon on occasion so there still won't be any guarantees on reliability.
You've had a great experience with your old Honda but you were open enough to look at other cars so you're not going into this blindly. When people talk about Hyundai these days, they usually talk about how much more you get for the price. It is interesting that the Accord is going to be cheaper up front than the Sonata.
I'm a fan of loyalty if a company serves you well in the past. If cost per year is better going into the deal, that could pay for any repairs that come along... and if none do, you are money ahead. As Backy said, if the warranty is a huge concern, you can use the money you save on an extended warranty that you can get online. (Personally, I don't think you need to do that.)
Of course, this all assumes that you liked them equally when you did the test drives and that any additional bells and whistles on the Sonata are no big deal to you.
Good luck and let us know what you decide.
#2177 of 3637 Re: Sonata ltd vs Accord Ex-l please help [kirstie_h]
Apr 27, 2011 (9:36 am)
And if you re-read my entire post, I am saying he should do just that.
#2178 of 3637 Re: Sonata ltd vs Accord Ex-l please help [backy]
Apr 27, 2011 (12:34 pm)
Actually, though, the current generation "Accord" is actually a model down from the Accord that's currently sold in Japan. They re-badge the Japanese Accord as the Acura TSX here in the U.S. So, if you want the same quality as the last generation Accord, you actually need to get a TSX.
I'd recommend a 1 year old CPO TSX for the same price as a new Accord EX.
* An Accord EX-L is $23,700 for the 4 cylinder model, and $25,600 for the V6. (truecar)
* A 2010 CPO TSX with under 20K on it is $25K/27K(4cyl/6 cyl)
The difference in first year registration and insurance fees will essentially make it a wash, since we're talking about a $1300-1400 difference. Actually, if you factor in depreciation and the fact that it's a whole trim level up, it's a clear win of a couple of thousand dollars in your favor of you intend to keep it for as many years as you did your last car.
Just buy the *real* Accord and enjoy
#2179 of 3637 Re: Sonata ltd vs Accord Ex-l please help [plekto]
Apr 27, 2011 (1:02 pm)
So, if you want the same quality as the last generation Accord, you actually need to get a TSX.
Considering that this was the same situation in the last generation of the Accord, this doesn't make much sense. The "Japanese Accord" was the TSX then too.
#2180 of 3637 Re: Sonata ltd vs Accord Ex-l please help [tallman1]
Apr 27, 2011 (4:44 pm)
They refreshed the Accord in Japan. This is the same model that they sell in the U.S. as the TSX.
The old TSX was based upon an Accord as well.
The current U.S. Accord is based upon an entirely different car a model down from the current Accord in Japan. For such a small price difference, it's penny wise and pound foolish to not get the CPO TSX instead. Because it's a step up from the previous generation Accord as you'd expect (and much nicer overall, as well)
Apr 27, 2011 (5:35 pm)
Just remember, Acura's call for premium fuel so be prepared. Not a big deal for some...but a conssideration for others!
#2182 of 3637 Re: Premium [sandman_6472]
Apr 27, 2011 (7:34 pm)
20 cents a gallon out of $4-$5 a gallon isn't worth really contemplating, to be honest.