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Pros: automatic engine shut-off when waiting at a red light
Cons: only cloth interior availableAfter two and a half years I have yet to have a problem. I usually get 50 miles to the gallon (better than the EPA estimate) and I've put 5 adults - comfortably - in the car.
Pros: Auto stop at red lights, no fuel burned
Cons: actual milage against factory ratingsI have a new Honda insight, and the car is fantastic. The only thing I do not like is that it will not get the miles per gallon that they say. In Europe where I bought mine, they say, 4.7 liters per 100 klm city, 4.1, highway and 4.4 combined. Not true, I have done everything possible and the best I can get is 5.8 per 100 klm and most of the time it is 6.2 per 100. I think all car makers should be realistic about milage. we do not drive on flat leval roads as set speeds. cars should be tested in actual city driving and regular highway driving, not test tracks. Other than that it is a great car and well priced under the Toyota Prius.
Pros: Great gas mileage and so much cheaper than Toyota Prius.
Cons: The getting in and out of the car for me since being so big and handicap
Advice: Buy the EX not the LX so much difference and see about one with Nav. system.I get around 38.5 mpg around town, but 45-55 on the Highway. I am a big guy 6 FT. 312 pounds and it is roomy for me. fold down rear seats and you have plenty of storage. It handldes very well. Has a very nice stereo. I usually go over 400 miles on tank of gas just driving around town before hitting empty. Has nice inf center for basic car.
Pros: The auto stop engine.
Cons: Limited color choices
Advice: Realize and learn the driving methods for this car!! Great information available at Greenhybrid.com and CleanMPG.comQuiet ride, great milage. Lots of fun challenging the equipment for the best MPG. Love the high mount spedometer -- no need to take your eyes off the road.
Pros: Powertrain performance
Cons: Seat comfort
Advice: Go for the V6Bought a 2005 LX V6. I just found this site and read the reviews. First Japanese car I have owned. Been a loyal GM fan until I bought 2 new GM vehicles in the last 5 years. I no longer own them and I won't buy another. I only have one major complaint. The seat is not comfortable to me. The side seat cushion bolsters hit me in the side of my bottom and cause it to go numb after more than 45 minutes while driving. Maybe the leather seats are more comfortable? I was told the seats are the same shape just offered in different finishes. I have read other reviews and they report very good comfort ratings so it must just be me. I love the way the car drives. The engine and transmission combination is the most perfectly matched I have ever driven. I am not an auto transmission fan, but this is the best auto I have driven. It almost does everything I want, but is not perfect. During full pedal accelerations the shifts are instantaneous and stay in the sweet spot. The cold transmission shifts are a little harsh, but I would prefer that over a Ford slush box any day. The downshifts felt during decelerations were a little annoying at first, but I am used to them now. It kind of gives me the feeling of a manual trans. I love the fact that when I remove my foot from the accelerator pedal the vehicle actually slows down. Most domestic vehicles continue at the same speed. I cannot stand constantly riding the brake to overcome 'auto' cruise! The fuel economy is very good. The least I calculated was 26 mpg and the best I had was 30.6 mpg (all were a mixture of city/highway). The ride is surprisingly sporty. Some bumps are a little harsh but that is more reflective of the poor quality of Michigan roads. The handling through turns is confidence inspiring. Initial brake feel is a little too strong, but I would rather have that then lack of feel. I did have the front rotors turned after 4000 miles because of vibration/noise during braking. I am told that Honda has not figured out they need to design better rotors from the factory. Turning the rotors is not the best solution, but the dealer told me if they fail again new rotors will be installed free of charge. The gear selector goes past overdrive and into 3rd too easily. You just need to pay attention and count the clicks when in a hurry. Overall I love the car and see why it is one of the best selling cars. Fantastic typical Honda quality. I am a very difficult customer to please! I just wish the seat was more comfortable to me and will have to find a solution to this. I will get the manual trans next time!
Pros: the inside of the car, it's very roomy
Cons: the popping noise from applying the brakes constantly and wind noise.
Advice: If you don't buy a honda please buy a toyotaTest drive went well. But the couple of things I didn't like was when you apply the brakes there is a poping sound. I had the service advisor check it out, he said it suppose to do that.....like I'm stupid........The wind noise make you think your windows are down when they are not. I only bought this vehicle because it was a honda and you can put at least 140,000 miles on it before you have any major problems.
Pros: V6 power
Cons: Center counsel is fussy
Advice: Drive the V6 and the 4cyl before you buyLove this car. Sold my 2000 BMW 323 to get it. People say the 4 cyl is enough, and maybe for some it is. But traffic is aggressive where I live and the V6's power is very strong. I did drive the 4cyl, and it's really good, but the V6 is addictive. Stock Michelins are rough, so I changed to Goodyears 'Triple Tread' tires. I highly recommend them as these new tires made the car ride much better. I really like the XM radio, dual climate control and extremly comfortable seats. It would be nice if Xenon headights were an option like the Maxima. Great ride, lots of features, plus Honda relibiblity. Love this car.