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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
#17017 of 18209 Test Drove 2013 Accord LX
Oct 24, 2012 (2:09 pm)
For full disclosure - my car history has been:
1996 Accord: My first car. Cramped for my 6'4" frame, and not particularly peppy (130hp) but it had a personality. I miss that car.
2006 Accord: Great to drive. Had some road noise, felt more powerful than it was.
Currently have a 2009 Sonata GLS V6: Quiet, smooth riding, lots of power with good MPG (averaging 29-30mpg on my highway commute), absolutely no fun to drive around a bend.
The 2013 Accord was still disapppointingly noisy compared to my quiet Hyundai. I'm not sure I could go back to that level of road noise every day after commuting 100 miles a day in my quiet coffin of a car, the Sonata. However, the engine felt good under my foot, but made a noise that was not pleasant like previous Honda fours. Part of DI, I suppose.
The CVT didn't feel that different from an automatic. It had obvious "shift" points. When I gunned it to merge, it had definite "shifts" in ratio. Frankly, I liked the feel of the 2012 Altima I drove, and how it smoothly ramped up the revs, and dropped them back. The Accord didn't feel as "rubber-bandy" I suppose, but it wasn't nearly as smooth as the Altima was, either. Overall, not a deal maker or breaker for me. It was good enough.
The interior had loads of space. My Sonata is a "Large Car" by EPA standards, with a moonroof, and the Accord felt at least as spacious. No problems there. My seat in my Hyundai offered more travel/front legroom for me, but not by much. The Honda offered comfy seating and rear vents, a nice touch.
In the end, these were the items I focused on; powertrain, space, and noise levels. While the Honda was definitely more spry than my current Sonata, nothing about it made me pine for a new car right now. I'm content with what I have (and no car payment).
#17018 of 18209 The Suzuki Kizashi has fallen behind that...
Oct 24, 2012 (3:01 pm)
badly...already? Huh? No way! I don't even have to re-test drive the car to know that it hasn't. Oh well, if nobody buys one that will mean all the more Kizashi's left for me. Mine-mine-mine!
Hurry...catch a glimpse of it before it becomes a little red X
Look at that car, gentlemen. Simply the coolest midsize car on the market. And it is the smallest midsize car as well. This car looks mah-vel-ous in silver. Best color for the Kizashi.
#17019 of 18209 Re: Having read all these since I last praised... [cski]
Oct 24, 2012 (3:24 pm)
I got your message but was just adding to it. However, don't really equate boring with needing an update or their heart isn't in it. Suzuki is huge in Japan and Asia, one of the best selling brands there. They just can't figure out the US market very well.
#17020 of 18209 Re: The Suzuki Kizashi has fallen behind that... [iluvmysephia1]
Oct 24, 2012 (3:25 pm)
What happended to the red one you were gaga over about a year or so ago?
#17021 of 18209 Re: The Suzuki Kizashi has fallen behind that... [iluvmysephia1]
Oct 24, 2012 (3:25 pm)
The front end looks like a hillbilly on nitrous oxide.
Oct 24, 2012 (4:02 pm)
#17023 of 18209 Re: Test Drove 2013 Accord LX [thegraduate]
Oct 26, 2012 (12:11 am)
I heard no mention of the new "Fusion". I drove the 2013 accord and Fusion and the Fusion is much more quiet and better sounding engine (1.6L ecoboost). Accord has better ergonomics though.
#17024 of 18209 Re: The Suzuki Kizashi has fallen behind that... [iluvmysephia1]
Oct 26, 2012 (4:10 am)
I actually like the front end. It has a nice quality mesh upper and lower grill that looks rich and better than cheap plastic fake one's on most cars. (including mine).
I like that it has fog lights, the wheel's are nice. This model looks decked-out with a sunroof as well.
How much was sticker?
#17026 of 18209 Re: Good mid size values... C/D comparo.... [cski]
Oct 26, 2012 (4:39 pm)
You can't go wrong with either one of these 4 now. Each has its pros and cons to the others but these 4 keep appearing at the top of the pack in comparison tests.