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Pros: 127 HP engine
Cons: Lack of bodyside moldings
Advice: 4-Door Civic EX Coupe -- has bodyside moldings and more headroomThe Civic 2-Door EX coupe is a blast. Lack of headroom in EX (moonroof lowers roof) is something to watch for folks over 6 feet. It's unclear why Honda does not put bodyside molding to protect the 2-door coupe from dings. Dealers seem confused as to whether it's available. Engine is a little revved at 65-70 mph highway speed. Car's safety rating is excellent. I knocked the comfort due to headroom problem. Otherwise, excellent. I knocked the quality because they MUST have bodyside molding on these cars AND the gearing needs to change to reduce engine speed on highways!
Pros: Interior Comfort, Performance
Cons: Styling is rather uninteresting
Advice: Shop around - these are a commodity, and you can get good dealsVery comfortable, performs well (it's not Ferrari, but it'll merge beautifully, and is very happy at speeds a lot higher than the Mass State Police will ever allow), and it was a darn good deal. I'm happy with it. My dealer treated me very well, and sells them at a flat $200 over invoice, fixed price.
Pros: Excellant fit and finish; and materials for $26,000.
Cons: Vanilla styling.
Advice: Don't believe everything you read from such rags as 'Motor Trend' magazine. You will only need an afternoon of test driving to understand that for $5,000 less than the new Toyota Camry you get so much more.I had purchased a 2001 Accord EX w/leather and kept it for about 9 months. Traded it in for a 2002 Accord EX V-6 w/leather. Both cars are well balanced machines. Predictable handling, ample brakes, good comfort for a commute or short day trip, and enough power to get you down the road. If you can part with 3-4 mpg, than the V-6 is certainly the way to go. Obviously better acceleration with the 50 additional horsepower.
Pros: Sunroof, Color, Large Back Seat
Cons: 4 Cylinders
Advice: Be sure to pay invoicefor most driving the 4 cylnder has enough pickup, but you don't get the feeling of power as you would with a 6. After 3 months of driving it it as been a pleasure to drive.
Pros: Quiet ride.
Cons: Weak engine.
Advice: Find a good dealer. There are some rogue ones out there...Although the Accord VP has the weakest engine of the Accord lineup (as does the DX), it has just enough punch so as not to feel weak. And that engine is the weakest part of this otherwise great, albeit bland looking car. The construction quality, the general feel and truly quiet ride are terrific. Although the plain cloth seats are not the most comfortable, the price - similar to that of a souped up Civic, is worth it. Go for it!
Pros: Styling, resale value, reputation
Cons: blind spots! black is very hard to keep clean!
Advice: take your time and shop all of the honda dealers in your area.. let them know you areToo bad they don't offer the manual transmission with the V-6 Accord, but other than that i think that it is really a great car. I just purchase the 4cyl Accord Sedan and loved it. After trading in a 1997 Accord that i loved, i think they really did a great job. Was very unhappy with the dealership that i bought it from, but at least i have the car and no longer have to deal with the sales dept. Still a great buy.
Pros: Good gas mileage.
Cons: High price, low value, unreliable.
Advice: Honda's reputation for quality and reliability is a joke. You couldn't make a bigger mistake than buying this car.The biggest mistake I've made this year was buying this car. After a horrible experience at the dealership, I ended driving home a car that was a different color than I wanted, had more options (and thus a higher price) than I wanted, and broke down on the way home. Turns out, the transmission was not filled to specs by the factory and the transmission locked up. Since then, (the dealer did replace the transmission) I have had various dashboard lights come on on a daily basis. I will never make the mistake of buying a Honda again.