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Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#15203 of 20194 Re: 2011 Accord changes... [tlong]
Jun 25, 2010 (4:05 am)
I have to agree, I'm a Honda fan myself and I think they really need to rethink their design. I dont think the new Accord is ugly, it's just not where it should be. The Camry looks better imo, on the outside anyway. Toyota interiors are awful and I like the Honda much better.
I own a 2009 CR-V and I think it's great inside and out. I know a few people with an Accord and it's a nice car, just not very sharp looking.
#15204 of 20194 Re: 2011 Accord changes... [dash5]
Jun 25, 2010 (4:14 am)
I actually preferred the inside of the Camry. The SE is even sharper, but the LE isn't bad. I think the dash is better organized than the Accord. And the transmission gearshift is much better looking than the Accord too. I like how you can also manually shift it, can't do that with the Accord (at least the LX models). And as I mentioned before, the interior of the Accord's dashboard just seems poorly engineered, the way it juts out at you. Plus you sit lower, so the Camry just seems easier to get in and out of. I'm sounding like an old man here! And I'm not really, lol. I like the power seat in the Camry a lot too. The Honda's seat seemed good, but driving position on the Camry is a little better I thought.
#15205 of 20194 Re: 2011 Accord changes... [dash5]
Jun 25, 2010 (4:16 am)
Nobody makes an "awful" interior these days.It's just a matter of personal taste.The only "awful" dash I have seen in a Toyota is the gen II Prius,because in bright sunlight it's difficult to see any of the displays.
#15206 of 20194 Re: 2011 Accord changes... [mickeyrom]
Jun 25, 2010 (6:39 am)
IMO the interiors of the Sebring and Avenger are pretty darn awful, compared to the rest of the mid-sized class. I could live with any of the rest of them, although the Malibu's is borderline (I think it's cheap looking, except in high-end trim).
#15207 of 20194 Re: 2011 Accord changes... [backy]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Jun 25, 2010 (7:03 am)
I'm with you, backy. They're ugly and very downmarket-looking.
I have always had an issue with GM's interiors, though they have improved on some of their styling. I still don't like the Malibu's interior a lot, and we have an older Chevy truck to remind us that GM apparently used to get design assistance for all of their vehicles' interiors from Fisher-Price. They stuck with the big, plastic knobs for their controls after competitors had more sleek- and modern-looking interiors. I rented a GM in the early 2000's with an interior that would've looked more at home in this car:
Really turned me off GM vehicles, though I might take a peek when I'm ready to buy again (soon).
#15208 of 20194 Re: 2011 Accord changes... [kirstie_h]
Jun 25, 2010 (7:15 am)
My issue with GM interiors (in addition to what you already said) was their insistence on using that dull light gray plastic. They are doing much better now but still have a ways to go.
Judging by the new Grand Cherokee I think Chrysler is also improving a lot but we'll have to wait and see how much makes it into the midsized cars. Then again, they had nowhere to go but up.
#15209 of 20194 Re: 2011 Accord changes... [akirby]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Jun 25, 2010 (7:20 am)
Yup, that's exactly what they used for our '99 pickup. We bought it (way) used and (way) cheap as a third utility vehicle, so it's not a big deal, but it certainly wouldn't be an asset if we were evaluating the purchase of a replacement for it, or any of our vehicles.
#15210 of 20194 Re: 2011 Accord changes... [dash5]
Jun 25, 2010 (8:30 am)
Toyota interiors are awful and I like the Honda much better.
Right! I had a current version Camry for a week as a loaner while getting my Tundra repaired. I liked the ride and, contrary to a lot of people, thought the exterior styling is low key and stylish in a long lasting sort of way. The thing I didn't like was the cheap look and feel of the interior materials. The door was all scratched up from people trying to access the power windows and scraping rings/watches. The centerstack was real cheap plastic looking as well. The seats were very comfortable but the fabric felt cheap. Just not up to par with earlier versions. Kind of like what GM did to their interiors in the 90s.
Now Honda I think has very nice interiors but the seats could be more comfortable. But design, my god, when is Honda going to hire some decent designers. Just about every vehicle in the Honda and Acura line has just odd proportions and is either ugly or at least not attractive. Maybe the RDX/MDX are OK but everything else is overdone or there is a couple of aspects that just seem to not fit the rest of the vehicle.
#15211 of 20194 Re: 2011 Accord changes... [m6user]
Jun 25, 2010 (8:41 am)
Haven't seat tested either but pictures of both seats look great in leather. If the camry hip point is a bit higher, that would sway me big time-- I am old enough to appreciate the easier in and out.
#15212 of 20194 Re: 2011 Accord changes... [kirstie_h]
Jun 25, 2010 (8:45 am)
There's some nice design elements in the Malibu, but the thing that screams "cheap" to me is the black plastic knobs on the light-colored fascia. That is a common design theme for recent Chevy cars (including Cobalt, but even worse there) and it mars what would otherwise be a decent interior. The LTZ is nicer looking, due to the two-tone treatment and I think the plastic on the center console is darker also. Based on more recent Chevys, including the Equinox and Cruze, I can see they are improving a lot on the interiors.