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#2439 of 3640 Need Help Deciding
Oct 24, 2011 (1:28 pm)
I really need help deciding what to lease as nothing I can afford is really standing out to me. Which is disappointing. I currently have a 2009 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L. It has low miles (23K) and I've had to have the brake pads fixed 3 times! To me, that is unacceptable. Honda dealers tell me they have fixed the brake issue, but then, they are trying to sell cars. I need to know from those who have a 2011/12 Honda if the brakes still squeal, etc. and have this issue.
The choices are:
2012 Honda Accord coupe V6
2012 Acura TSX 4 cyl.
2012 Kia Optima SX
2012 Buick Regal TURBO
The Kia is the only one I have not test driven. I would have loved to have gotten a Mustang V8, but can't afford the lease and the V6 was underpowered IMO. I also test drove the VW CC and was appalled at the amount of throttle lag. I can't believe Edmunds never commented on that in their review. To me, acceleration is unpredictable and unsafe. Again, would have leased a CC in a heartbeat but for that unseamless turbo. If anyone can recommend something I have not thought of, or if you feel that Honda has improved brake quality enough to recommend the V6, by all means do so! Basically I'm looking for something on the sportier side of handling with good safety.
Thank you for any suggestions...
#2440 of 3640 Re: Need Help Deciding [mskitka]
Oct 24, 2011 (5:50 pm)
How about a Certified 2008 TSX? General opinion seems to be they are superior to the 2012s. Maybe you could find an Acura dealer that would do an even-up trade on your Accord... you just pay title/fees and you're on your way.
Or how about the new Mazda3 with Skyactiv? Great handling, peppy if not blistering, and up to 40 mpg EPA rating on the highway.
#2441 of 3640 Re: Need Help Deciding [mskitka]
Oct 25, 2011 (6:26 am)
Umm... well, if you have a low mileage Accord Coupe now, I have NO IDEA why you'd replace it with another. You are just asking for disappointment, IMHO.
I would have loved to have gotten a Mustang V8, but can't afford the lease and the V6 was underpowered IMO.
You lost me here, too. The 2012 V6 Mustang will run circles around all the other cars you listed. Did you drive a 2011??
#2442 of 3640 Re: Need Help Deciding [mskitka]
Oct 25, 2011 (8:51 am)
The tsx would win my vote hands down. Upscale, reliable, comfortable, holds its value.
Have you test driven the other cars in your list?
#2443 of 3640 Re: Need Help Deciding [qbrozen]
Oct 25, 2011 (10:05 am)
I have test driven everything but the Optima. I test drove the V6 and it was fun, perhaps the dealer did have me drive a 2011. However, my 190 hp Accord outran a Mustang V6 believe it or not! The reason I am replacing the car is because basically it isn't my choice. My father is helping me out and he is calling the shots. What we are dealing with here is a chronic leasee and therefore he apparently is getting me into his situation since I'm not able to do this on my own unfortunately. I have been trying to seek out a different model car this whole time then the Accord, but again, nothing has really grabbed me except the stronger engines that are obviously more difficult to afford. Maybe I need to re-drive the Mustang and make sure its a 2012.
Other then that, I have to say the TSX's suspension felt the sturdiest, if maybe a little bland in the feel of the drive. Remember, I'm looking at the 4 cylinder not the 6. Thank you everyone for the feedback! Much appreciated.
#2444 of 3640 Re: Need Help Deciding [mskitka]
Oct 25, 2011 (1:12 pm)
The 2011 and earlier stang V6 was a very antiquated 4 liter 240hp lump. The 2012 is a completely new 300 hp (meaning as much power as the previous GT model), does 0-60 in well under 6 secs (no stock Accord ever built can touch it), AND gets 30mpg highway. Its a pretty impressive "entry level" package.
#2445 of 3640 2012 Mustang test drive
Oct 26, 2011 (10:38 am)
So I made sure I test drove a 2012 V6 this time. It was a lot of fun! I really liked it, but now I have to see if I can even afford a lease on it, as Ford isn't really kind in this area. If I can't afford it, back to the drawing boards....
#2446 of 3640 Re: 2012 Mustang test drive [mskitka]
Oct 26, 2011 (2:49 pm)
Plus, it's inexpensive. Though, you really do want one with manual unless you are so weak and old that you can't use your left leg. The difference between the manual and automatic in the Mustang is dramatic, to say the least, in city driving. So much so that I'd drive a manual over an automatic and I live in Los Angeles.
#2447 of 3640 Re: 2012 Mustang test drive [plekto]
Oct 26, 2011 (4:15 pm)
I personally would only have a manual on my as yet tbd weekend high performance car.
For daily driving a modern automatic does the job, gets better mileage and is much easier to contend with in traffic.
After driving a manual for 12 years, I gave it up due to the congestion. It wasn't worth on the clutch off the clutch every 3 inches.
#2448 of 3640 Re: 2012 Mustang test drive [kdshapiro]
Oct 26, 2011 (8:08 pm)
Nah, it's technique. You have to seriously get into the "I don't care" big trucker mode.
Pick a gear. stay in it and ignore the surrounding traffic during a jam. Stay7 in 1st or 2nd gear and shift as little as possible. Ignore distance between yourself and the cars around you. That is, don't care about if it's 10 or 30 ft between you and the car in front.
Traffic jams are a snap. The last one I was in I shifted a total of 6 times in 30 minutes.