Good car, but a little disappointed
By Joe on Wednesday, June 8, 2016
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000
overall rating 8 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Comfort, looks, efficiency, features"
Cons: "Several repairs already, infotainment system, CVT"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I've been a Honda guy for a long time. I've owned 5 previous to this one: 1993 Civic DX, 1994 Accord EX, 2000 Civic Si, 2003 Accord LX, and a 2009 Accord LX. The '93, '94, and '03 I drove until they were well over 100k and had no real problems with any of them. I've also owned 3 American-made cars, but with so much success, when I decided it was time for an upgrade to the '09, I looked to Honda again.
I purchased the 2015 Accord EX-L in January 2015, a little ways into the 2015 car cycle. This is my first brand new Honda. I actually went into the process planning to get an SUV like the CR-V, but I got such a good price on the Accord I decided it was the best option.
Some of the things I really like about this car:
Looks - I think it's refined and handsome. I have the white exterior with tan interior and love the color combination.
User-friendly - Like every Honda I've owned, 99% of what you want/need is exactly where you'd expect it. The infotainment system takes away from that some but overall it's very good.
Comfort and space - This is a large and roomy car, and the leather seats are quite comfortable and supportive. Road trips are comfortable, I've never experienced any fatigue from being in the car. Trunk space is good too.
Efficiency - I get 27 in the city pretty consistently and usually about 33 or 34 on highway road trips. Oddly enough, I get significantly worse efficiency (and performance) when using Eco mode, so I keep it turned off.
Features - Bluetooth, blind spot camera, backup camera, Bose system, power seats, keyless door/trunk opening and start, auto up/down windows and sunroof, it's all there. There are cars that have more features, like a 360 camera or Apple Car Play, and I expect future Accords will too. This one does have a lot of features though.
So I like the Accord generally, but some of the product quality I expect from Honda is not as present as I would like.
From day one, the infotainment system has been pretty spotty. For example, when returning from a bluetooth phone call, sometimes it just freezes and won't do anything. No sound, buttons don't work, can't turn it off or on, can't change source, etc. Sometimes it does similar things when returning from blind spot or back up camera. I've brought this to my dealership's attention a number of times but they've looked at it and say there's nothing they can do.
I also had to go in twice for AC overhauls in the first 16 months of ownership. There's apparently a faulty component that causes the freon flow to stick open and just discharge into thin air... and that's happened twice. It's about $1000 to fix and I'm concerned about it happening again once I get out of warranty.
The latest thing is that the rear deck (the part between the back seat and the rear window) has started vibrating like crazy against the rear window when standard bass plays through the speakers. It seems like the deck has just worked its way loose. So I'm heading back to see if they can resolve that too.
There are other things that frustrate me, like when the (CVT) transmission seems to skip around and hunt for a gear. This sometimes leads to a shudder or a lull instead of immediate acceleration. That can be especially frustrating in tight spots and/or heavy traffic, where timing is important.
So, all in all, driving this Accord has been a positive experience. I got a good value, it's nice-looking, comfortable, efficient, and has a good feature set. There have been enough negatives though that I'll be looking at other options/brands the next time I'm in the market."
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