Last post on Mar 26, 2013 at 2:42 PM
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Honda Accord, Car Buying, Car Comparisons, Interior, Coupe, Sedan
#5 of 14 Re: Please Help: Leather vs Cloth Seats [drezhere]
Feb 26, 2013 (6:46 am)
The EX sedan in cloth is a great choice! The cloth is even a bit upgraded from the LX model, plus it's a 10 way power seat, you get moonroof/sunroof, side camera, push button start, V-rated tired and larger wheels etc.
And you can carry people in the back seat easily...
#6 of 14 Re: Please Help: Leather vs Cloth Seats [benjaminh]
Mar 08, 2013 (11:16 pm)
Honda has always used very high quality fabric on Accords with the cloth interior. I owned a ’92 Accord EX 4-door until late 2005 and the seats didn’t show any signs of wear or fading. That’s pretty impressive for a 13-year old car that was exposed to Atlanta heat and sun every day and not kept in a garage. It was all the more impressive because the cloth interior was Dark Blue, which would have faded to a ‘Smurf’ blue in any other car!
I wasn’t a fan of 2008-2012 Accord, but the 2013 Accord Sedan is a much better vehicle! I had a 2013 Accord Sport 4-door CVT for a weekend-long extended test drive a few months ago. I also drove an EX 4-door CVT after the Sport and I really liked both of them. There is a very good chance that a 2013 Accord Sedan (Sport or EX trim level) will be my next car!
The Sport comes with the same Black Fabric used on the EX Coupe. The EX Sedan has a unique Fabric that looks and feels more upscale and high quality than the cloth on lower trim levels, even though the entry-level LX cloth is nicer than most already. The EX Sedan cloth comes in Black, Ivory and Gray, depending on exterior color; all Sport models have Black regardless of exterior color.
In typical Honda fashion, there are some features included on the Sport that aren’t on the EX and vice versa! The Sport is my favorite with sporty 18” alloy wheels, rear spoiler and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. My only complaint is that it has the same 4-speaker 160-watt Audio System found in LX models.
The EX has a Power Moonroof, Push Button Start, and Honda LaneWatch, all of which I can do without. It does get an upgrade to 6-speakers over the LX/Sport, but it still has the same fairly basic 160-watt system.
It really ticks me off that you can get a 7-speaker Premium Audio System with Subwoofer & XM Radio…if you get the EX-L!!!
BTW, I currently have a 2006 Mazda3 that I bought new in 12/2005. I had to travel 430 miles round-trip to Knoxville, TN (from Atlanta) to get a 5-door in the color I wanted with a 5-speed manual and WITHOUT leather seats! I was very excited about the recently introduced 2014 Mazda6 and expected that it would be my next car. It comes in three trim levels- Sport, Touring and Grand Touring and the mid-level Touring is expected to be the high volume model. It is also the model with all the features I want except for the seats- the Sport has cloth, the Grand Touring has perforated leather but the Touring has “leatherette”!?!? It has fake leather (pleather?) but it isn’t even heated, which sucks even more…..
#7 of 14 Re: Please Help: Leather vs Cloth Seats [igozoomzoom]
Mar 09, 2013 (8:58 am)
Kind of funny that you mentioned the Sport vs EX comparison. I just went through the same exact process. I chose the 2013 Accord EX Sedan and added the spoiler. The cloth interior is very nice and I enjoy the Power Moonroof, Push Button Start, and Honda LaneWatch. The LaneWatch is a great feature that I have used to squeeze between cars, so that I did not miss my exit! The 17" wheels look pretty nice on the EX and the moonroof is a nice feature. We have had moonroofs in our last three vehicles, so why stop now. The pushbutton start is just a fun toy, but was not a must have. The six speaker audio system sounds nice, but I think the EX should come with a subwoofer like the EX-L. The Honda spoiler that I added does make a big difference in the appearance, so you can have the best of both worlds! Now I am getting the Wheelskins leather steering wheel cover and putting that on myself (it will look factory installed.
#8 of 14 Re: Please Help: Leather vs Cloth Seats [drezhere]
Mar 09, 2013 (12:31 pm)
Hey, drezhere. I couldn't agree with you more. I could care less about the push button start, but not having a moon roof is a deal breaker for me. Could you post the link to the steering wheel cover you are referring to?
#9 of 14 Re: Please Help: Leather vs Cloth Seats [drezhere]
Mar 09, 2013 (12:45 pm)
Just googled Wheelskins and took a look at their product. Take a close looks at the pics. I don't see them remotely resembling a factory installation. I think the steering wheel would really look better without it. Just my opinion.
#10 of 14 Leather a better option for me
Mar 11, 2013 (6:55 am)
Just purchased a 2013 Honda Accord Sedan EXL V6 that comes with perforated leather seats. I can attest that these seats are extremely comfortable, much more so than the last generation Accord. Leather generally cleans up much easier than cloth and that is a huge consideration for me especially after a few drink spills. I, too, will use a leather cleaner and and a leather conditioner on my seats 4 or 5 times per year and I have never had a problem, historically with cracking. Also the new perforated leather on my EXL seats should vent very well and be cooler in the summer heat.
#11 of 14 Re: Other thoughts[choppedntubbed]
Mar 24, 2013 (3:59 am)
After much consideration, I think you are right. What is your opinion on the Body Side Moldings to prevent door dings? I was considering buying them and putting them on myself, but I do not think they match the lines of the car (Sedan or your Coupe). Did you buy an extended warranty?
#12 of 14 Re: Other thoughts[choppedntubbed] [drezhere]
Mar 24, 2013 (4:49 am)
Hey, drezhere. Just like you, the moon roof was an important option for me, as I have had in on my cars for years. I just got the 2013 Accord EX I4 6MT coupe in black on black (actually, the only color it comes in). I have had leather seats in my Hondas for years, and I really wanted a change to the cloth (also have a 2010 Accord EXL V6 Navi coupe). However, like you, I miss the leather wrapped steering wheel. They do make Honda OEM, but it looks like we will have to wait on the Accord. It appears they are out there, but just not for the 2013 Accord just yet, e.g., http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Genuine-OEM-2009-2013-Honda-Fit-Leather-Steering-Whe- el-Cover-08U98-TK6-120-/350580575323#vi-content
I have asked this ebayer if they have it for the '13 Accord, and will let you know what they say.
As for the body side molding, my last Honda to have it was my 2003 Honda EXL Sedan )not an option at the time, the car came with it). I agree with you that on the later model sedans and coupes, they do not match the body lines and don't plan on getting them. The only mods I did were to tint the windows (along with a sun strip), in addition to tinting the fog lights.
I did get the extended warranty, 8 years/120K/0 deduct. In view of Honda's reliability, it is probably a waste of money. But all factory installed electronics are covered, and it simply gives me piece of mind.
#13 of 14 Re: Other thoughts[choppedntubbed] [drezhere] [choppedntubbed]
Mar 24, 2013 (2:47 pm)
I emailed bernardiparts.com to see if they have the OEM leather steering wheel cover. I will let you know what they say.
Concerning the extended warranty, I can go either way. One day I do not think it is a good idea, then the next day I believe it is a good idea considering it is the first year of the redesign and all of the new electronics. I have a quote that is good through the end of the month, so I might get the extended warranty. I guess it depends on how I feel that day.
I bet the tinted fog lights look nice!
#14 of 14 Re: Other thoughts[choppedntubbed] [drezhere] [choppedntubbed]
Mar 26, 2013 (2:42 pm)
According to Bernardi, Honda has not made a leather steering wheel cover for the 2013 Accords. Who knows if they will later this year...
I am still up in the air on the extended warranty. We will see how I feel tomorrow.