Pros: "handling, look, durable upholstery, gauge panel"
Cons: "poor rear visibility in rain, not that comfy"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"I own the base model Accord coupe, 2010, and bought it brand new. Unfortunately, I did all my research on/intended to buy the Civic and went to the dealer with my messed up trade-in. When I test drove the Civic, it didnt handle potholes well. I needed something with a quieter cabin and a heavier body. So I upgraded to the base model Accord that night, because I was afraid my trade-in may not have made it back home. The 4 door Accord that year was butt ugly in my opinion, and since I had no children or plans for them, the coupe was what I gravitated toward.
Yay for Honda handling...It hugs the road, not spongey. Decent gas mileage (but of course Civic is way better.) Classy look. Standard sound system sounds good to me, but weird location for MP3 jack (in middle at bottom of deep covered console between seats.) Gauge panel clear and easy to read without bifocals. Under the hood not too convoluted for the inexperienced. You will be able to check and top off your fluids without mystery. The value overall is pretty good.
In seven years (and with 83000 miles) I have had brakes replaced (pads twice, rotors turned once), replaced the battery, the rubber trunk gasket (the rubber had cracked in two tiny places but it was enough to cause a little water to leak in a hard rain or through the carwash), various filters, on my third set of tires (stick with the manufacturers recommendation, even though the Michelins are expensive. I made the mistake of getting Rikens for my second set because they were considerably cheaper and they handled differently and the car was notably noisier, not just to me.)
There were two recalls on the car, both supposedly remedied at the dealer. Dont get black, unless you have the time and money to constantly hand wash and wax your baby. Its not the most durable paint I have experienced. Driver window rattles a little, unless it is rolled all the way up or completely down. I havent decided if I want to spend the money to fix this, as I fear itll be a hurried glue job, and since it isnt leaking and is only mildly irritating I am putting up with it.
Trunk design is ridiculously useless, and even though the rear seats fold down, the rear deck of speakers prevents this making much difference. Get a different vehicle if you intend to put anything other than your groceries in the trunk. You will sit low in this car, so if you are trying to appear tall, this vehicle isnt for you. No bluetooth, but that is a great excuse not to talk to that person you really didnt want to speak with anyway and instead crank up the music, because even the basic sound system is tight rather than sloppy (like the handling.) I was irritated to find the insurance went up because supposedly many people got in wrecks in this years model of coupes. It gets decent pickup (and I have the 4 cylinder.) I would probably get tickets if I had the V6. You will hear it lumber a little (as though you dowshifted too early if you had a manual) but it is nothing compared to my boyfriends 2015 Golf Sport Wagon (yuck.)
In seven years and with daily use, I have never had to replace the key battery, head or taillights. No trouble with the cloth upholstery, though if your can buy a vehicle with a light colored interior (mine is just about black) every flake of dandruff wont show.
Of all things to be cheap about, the chrome colored Honda emblem in the center of the wheel rubbed off within the first year, so instead of looking like shiny chrome, it wore to sulfur yellow (kind of neat in its own right, but Im sure not Hondas intention.) I have had to put a toddler and her car seat in the back a time or two...could be worse. The front passenger seat does slide forward and then pivot. But obviously, dont pick the coupe if you have children.
Another thing: As mom ages, this car is uncomfy for her to get in and out of. Too low. And if you need to come up a driveway, keep that in mind. I have to really take it slow (with the way my drive way inclines) to keep undercarriage from scraping. These changes in my life I didnt consider, so Im sharing to prevent you the headache. I understand that isnt a Honda thing, so not trying to make them the scapegoat here.
My main gripe with my car is a safety one: When it rains, I find rear visibility poor...like they should have put a rear windshield wiper (think Crosstour or Kompressor, though I recognize a coupe is not a hatch.) , because the rear window slants severely, (aerodynamics, I guess?)
I would not seek a 2010 Honda Accord Coupe, but if you get a great deal, sure. It is reliable, Ill say that. Has not broken down on me once."
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