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Pros: The ride - choppy, but responsive. You can't feel the gears shift in automatic.
Cons: The seats are uncomfortable, rear of car is ugly.
Advice: The best in its class - best resale too.Test drove the Nissan Sentra and Toyota Echo too. The Echo felt really cheap, and the Sentra, even with 10 more horsepower, performed poorly. Mazda's commercials kept me from even test driving the protege. The better-looking Sentra was cheaper with the same features and good reliability, but so-so resale and sluggish performance. The echo was too expensive and came with NO features. The civic was the best hands-down, but if Nissan can sell the same car with the same features for less, so should Honda. Why Honda discontinued the hatchback, I have no idea - it was their best-selling, best looking model. Everything is top quality the car is roomier than its competition.
Advice: Don't Buy one! Buy a Passat!We Owned a 1999 Honda Accord EX.It was the worst Car we've ever owned in our ENTIRE lives! The only good thing about it is Reliability........otherwise it was JUNK as the old Honda's used to be.It had Nothing going for it Accelaration,comfort,ride,handleing,fit and finish and more! Everybody says they are great don't beilieve them they are Terrible.
Cons: Tires---The Michelins are not good in rain, and cost 131.00 ea
Advice: You cant lose with this car. They never breakMy fouth Accord, this is the best one I have owned. The build quality of this car is only matched by the Toyotas. I just traded a Subaru for this, and it is not in the same league. The AWD offered better traction, but thats it. My V6 cost $6k less, and offers better mileage, its more comfortable, and reliability is better. I drive a lot, so mileage piles up, and the Honda never has problems. A lot of parts wore out on the 99 Outback, the quality was not at all like the Honda. I added a few items on my Accord for performance, and spent time with people who live cars. They all marvel at the level of quality, how well built the Accord and Civics are, how everything fits, nothing is cheap. This car is fast, handles well, and is excellent in bad weather for only front wheel drive(std traction control). The bottom line is you cant lose with this car, I paid 23k for the V6 EX Coupe. At 100k, this car will be in excellent condition, that why they hold their resale value like Mercedes. The Accord is the best car for its cost, read the reviews. My only complaint is the stock tires,the Michelins are just OK, a Continental Contact, which cost 40 dollars less per tire, would be better
Pros: Appearance, the quality of material & components and technological features.
Cons: Lack of additonal exterior and interior color chocies.
Advice: If you're looking for overall quality, attention to detail and a good value, purchase any Honda product.Overall ride quality: smooth, quiet and very controlled. Love the powerful V6 power-train this car has. Also, love the car overall appearance and form.
Pros: The overall vehicle design, convenience, safety ratings
Cons: The fact it is a mini-van
Advice: Buy one!Smooth at highway (+) speeds, nice on corners
Pros: My favorite feature would have to be the automatic transmission. I've been driving a manual transmission for much too long.
Cons: The location of the gear shifter.
Advice: Be wary of the gear shift lever while reaching for the radio.I really enjoy driving my CRV. It's a smooth ride and the sound system is great. I had been looking for an automobile that would be comfortable on long drives, and large enough to hold all the family needs. But not so large that it would be like driving a boat. I found it in the CRV. There's plenty of storage space, and room for five average size adults. On the least liked feature. The location of the gear shifter took some getting use to. On 3 occasions, while driving to work in the early morning darkness, I accidently bumped the lever when reaching for the radio. It was enough of a bump to push the lever into neutral! I'm aware of the possibility now, but still find that having to reach around the lever to select a radio station is a bit of an annoyance.
Pros: the emergency brake.
Cons: that the running boards are extra
Advice: The $2000 difference is completely worth it for purchasing the EXI got my Honda on the strength of someone's recommendation who has the 1999 CR-V. I LOVE my car. It's totally cute, easy to handle, great interior features like storage bins and lots of floor space which is great for getting my 2 year old in and out. The gear shift (automatic) is on the dashboard and the emergency brake is hidden under the radio, and makes absolute design sense.