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#76 of 336 Re: Honda Accord 4 cylinder engines [serenity185]
Mar 14, 2010 (12:09 pm)
My first Honda - a 2003 Accord LX 4 cylinder was quite refined and powerful in my opinion. My mother purchased a 2008 Accord LX-P upon introduction of the new generation with the 177hp engine.
I have rode in it a few times and can truthfully say during cruising and light acceleration it is just as refined if not more than my 160hp 2003 model.
Only under hard acceleration does it sound slightly less refined than the previous generation 4.
My second Honda was a 2008 Accord EX coupe with the 190hp engine, and as the reviews state it is a bit more refined, but not enough to justify the price increase in my opinion.
Give them both a try and I think you'll agree... Good luck!
#77 of 336 Re: Honda Accord 4 cylinder engines [serenity185]
Mar 14, 2010 (1:47 pm)
I've driven both versions of the 2.4L 4-cylinder (177hp and 190hp) and found them both to be quiet and very refined, just as Accord engines have always been! Actually, the 190hp engine in the EX models is simply a slightly tweaked version of the 177hp standard engine with a less restrictive exhaust setup. Neither engine should have any noise. refinement or performance issues! Both versions are even rated to have the same fuel economy- 22mpg city and 31mpg highway.
There are two trim levels that come with the 177hp engine- the LX and LX-P (P=Premium). The LX-P adds the following features to the standard LX model:
16" alloy wheels (base LX has 16" steel wheels with plastic wheel covers)
8-way Power Driver's Seat
Chrome exhaust tip finisher
Auto Up/Down for Driver & Passenger Windows
Illuminated Window Switches
The LX-P is priced $1,000 above the regular LX model with automatic transmission. It's well worth it, in my personal opinion! The wheels look much nicer than the standard plastic wheel covers and the security system will get you a discounted insurance rate with most major insurance companies. The power seat and other minor upgrades are also nice features.
I also suggest taking a look at the following competitors before making a final decision-
2010 Mazda6 i Touring
2010 Ford Fusion SE 4-cylinder
2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium 4-door
2010 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.4L
2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS
They are all very competitive and currently sell for significantly less than the Accord LX-P and/or they have more features & better warranty coverage! For example, both Hyundai Sonata models have a 60-month/60,000-mile Basic Warranty, 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Warranty & 5-year/Unlimited mileage roadside assistance. The Accord has 3-year/36,000-mile Basic and 5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain coverage. The 2010 Sonata Limited has Heated, leather seats, Infinity 7-speaker/6CD/360W audio system, Moonroof, 17" alloy wheels, automatic climate control and gets slightly better highway mileage than the Accord.
You can't go wrong with Accord, but it's wise to explore all your options before making a final decision. Note- the Accord will have a higher residual value than any of the cars above (or any other mid-size, for that matter). If you don't plan to keep the car for at least three or more years, the Accord will retain the highest percentage of original value...
#78 of 336 Accord Recall
Mar 14, 2010 (1:52 pm)
I have received a "safety accord recall" concerning 2008-2010 hondas. It states that if I have a 'Honda Genuine accessory nose mask," I should remove the nose mask immediately and make an appointment with the dealer to replace it.
I don't know what a "Honda Genuine accessory nose mask" is, and where to find it. The recall letter does not specify.
Please help. Thanks
#79 of 336 Accord EX-L
Mar 14, 2010 (2:41 pm)
#80 of 336 Accord EX-L Spoiler
Mar 14, 2010 (2:43 pm)
I am purchasing an 2010 Accord EX-L. It does not have a spoiler. Does anyone know if that is suppose to be standard with this model and trim. Thanks.
#81 of 336 Re: Honda Accord 4 cylinder engines [igozoomzoom]
Mar 14, 2010 (4:50 pm)
Thanks very much! I just thought it was odd how Consumer Guide said in 2007 how great the four cylinder was and how they were a little disappointed in it in the 2010 review despite it being the same engine. Despite the nice upgrades the LX-P has, my budget is still fairly tight, so I'm not sure if I'll pay the extra $1,000 for that model. I'm coming out of a 1998 Dodge Neon with manual windows and locks, so I'm pretty impressed with all of the standard equipment on the LX.
And igozoomzoom, great minds must think alike because the other two cars I'm looking at are on your list- the 2010 Ford Fusion SE 4 cylinder (with Sync) and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4 cylinder. I'll probably keep the car for four years at most, so resale may be fairly important, but Hyundai's warranty may tip the balance in its favor in the end. I guess I'll see what I think after the test drives.
Again, thanks for the input. I'll have to post my review in the midsize thread when I get a chance to test drive the cars.
#82 of 336 Re: Accord Recall [imscf]
Mar 14, 2010 (9:09 pm)
I don't know what a "Honda Genuine accessory nose mask" is, and where to find it.
You can look at the accessories on Honda's website or see it on HandA's site at the link below. It is a vinyl covering that fits over the front of the car. You may have seen them referred to as bras.
Nose Mask on HaA
#83 of 336 Re: Accord EX-L Spoiler [rar1]
Mar 14, 2010 (9:16 pm)
Does anyone know if that is suppose to be standard with this model and trim.
Accords do not come with spoilers. Of course, you are buying one without so I'm guessing that is obvious.
You can have your dealer install one. They have two kinds: A wing and deck lid version. You can check them out here (and the previous poster can also see the nose mask at the same link): Accord Sedan Accessories
#84 of 336 Re: Accord Recall [tallman1]
Mar 16, 2010 (7:33 am)
Thank you. It turns out that this is one of the items the dealer was trying heavily to get me to get on my leased car. (I turned down all of them.)
Mar 23, 2010 (8:33 pm)
What is the going prices for 2010 Accord LX or LX-P automatic for Southern California area?