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    "So your girlfriend rolls a Honda, playin' workout tapes by Fonda"

    But Fonda ain't got a motor in the back of her Honda...

    I went and leased a 2013 Accord LX Sedan last night. I got hooked up with a sweet deal at work, got it for well under invoice, was given a good amount for my trade (way more than a friend offered) and got window tint thrown in for cost. Ahh, the joys of working at a large Honda dealer!


    I needed a more reliable mode of daily transportation than my LeSabre. In the last three months, it spent significant time off the road, in the shop, getting miscellaneous crap fixed. It was constantly one thing after another, which wouldn't be a big deal if I LOVED the car or if I was mechanically inclined, but I'm not. It sucks spending your day off at the mechanic, explaining again what it's doing. No bueno. Also constantly putting money into a car worth $1000 on a good day was not a wise investment.

    Since I started at Brookdale Honda last month, I've really been eyeing up the all new 2013 Accords. They've gone from a design that was ugly and stale to one that was classy and fresh. It's more powerful, more fuel efficient and quicker. I was always driving our demo Accord LX, as well as a Civic EX, to see which I liked more. I always leaned towards the Accord LX, but would go to the Civic EX if the payment was much lower, but it wasn't significantly different AND the insurance was higher on the Civic.

    So last night, I decided to pull the trigger on an Accord LX Sedan, in the super classy, rich looking Basque Red Pearl II with the ivory (wheat) cloth interior. Since the Ivory interior was a must have for me (as opposed to the claustrophobic all black interior or the sterile grey interior), it's only offered in a few exterior colors (Champagne, Pearl White, Black and Basque Red) black is too common and impossible to keep clean, champagne is an old man's color, pearl white would be OK if I had to, but Basque Red is my color of choice. This is the 3rd maroon car I've owned....I'm a huge fan of red cars!

    I'm very happy to lease an Accord!

    1) The Accord has won many awards in it's lifetime, biggest of which being Car and Driver's "10 best" award, received 24 of the last 28 years. The 2013 Accord was also voted one of the 10 best cars sold in America by Automobile Magazine.
    2) Leasing is easy. The only things I have to budget for are the payments and gas! No surprises, no headaches! Just a modest once monthly bill that's easy to plan for! Plus, I can buy out the Accord at the end of the lease if I want to.
    3) Is there anything MORE reliable than a new Honda?
    4) 27/36 MPG!
    5) It's great to have a car that I sell. Adds credibility to the conversation.
    6) My grandpa owned or leased Hondas from the late 70s to the mid 2000's. Grandpa was a financial planner, so he knew what a good investment was. I have many memories riding around in grandpa's '90s era Accords, which planted the seed in my brain early in life that Hondas were good cars. Grandpa actually bought a new Lesabre in 1996 or 1997 and hated it, haha. Had it for a year then traded it off on another Accord. If he were still alive, I'm sure he'd be proud of my choice.

    This is my first brand new car, first lease, first car from a Japanese brand (All Accords have been built in Marysville, Ohio since 1982 though), first four cylinder and first CVT equipped car.

    Even though it's a four cylinder with a CVT, performance is never a question. It feels very sprightly and fun to drive. 2.4L, direct injected, dual overhead cam....185hp. 0-60 in about 7.5 seconds, very tossable, quick steering and confident handling. What's not to like?

    I almost leased a Kia Optima LX at my old store, but decided to fix my LeSabre. Never considered an Altima, as I liked the Kia more, but I definitely like the Honda most. Much better quality.

    I've gotta get ready for work, but I'll post pictures later.
    "They call Alabama the Crimson Tide, call me Deacon Blues."

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    Congrats man. Those accords are pretty sharp. At first I was hesitant, but they've grown on me a lot. Sounds like its performance, acceleration wise, is identical to my 14 forte. Surprisingly quick for a standard 4 cylinder. Looking forward to pics

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    Re: "So your girlfriend rolls a Honda, playin' workout tapes by Fonda"

    Very nice! Congratulations! Hope this new Honda serves you well. As for the first new car, I know, it feels strange in a very pleasant way! My ATS is my first brand new car too! Please let us know how you feel about that CVT system.

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    Re: "So your girlfriend rolls a Honda, playin' workout tapes by Fonda"

    Congrats.
    Was the mileage allowance sufficient ? The residual value should be good enough to walk away at the end of the lease.

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    I'm not sure I could ever get use to a cvt. constantly feeling like the transmission is slipping just doesn't seem appealing. I've only driven one tho. In a scion IQ or what ever that scion is that competes with cars like the smart car. Maybe I'd like it more in a car like the accord.

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    Quote Originally Posted by truckinman View Post
    I'm not sure I could ever get use to a cvt. constantly feeling like the transmission is slipping just doesn't seem appealing. I've only driven one tho. In a scion IQ or what ever that scion is that competes with cars like the smart car. Maybe I'd like it more in a car like the accord.
    First off, its an excellent CVT. And for me to ever say that? Weird...

    I've test driven a few of the newer Accords. They're very, very good cars. If the numbers were a little better for me last fall, I'd be in one right now and not only driving the TC everywhere.

    And you should see the red/ivory combo in person. If you like the style of the new Accord, that color makes it twice as nice.

    But, Chad, swap out to some EX or Sport wheels pronto!

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    Oh, the numbers and the fact that if you want a manual you'd better like black and grey and not care about options...

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    Ill prob regret knowing but ill ask. Lol. I never even thought to look at the accord when I bought my forte. Which model of accord could I have gotten for the same sticker price as my loaded forte? Lol. Sticker was 25.6k. I'm just curious lol.

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    Re: "So your girlfriend rolls a Honda, playin' workout tapes by Fonda"

    Everyone should have a brand new car at least once in their life! Then you can decide if being "brand new" is important to you.
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    Congrats on the ride..you will like the accord.


    Since the 13s came out I have been thinking about trading in my 2010 sedan for one!

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    Re: "So your girlfriend rolls a Honda, playin' workout tapes by Fonda"

    Congrats on the Accord. It always amazes me how much more car you get jumping from a Civic to an Accord. I don't know what they sell/lease for in the real world, but on Honda's website a Civic LX was $18,900 and an Accord was $22,500 or so. For $3500 its an absolute no brainer IMO, go with the Accord.

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    Re: "So your girlfriend rolls a Honda, playin' workout tapes by Fonda"

    In the CVT's defense, first time I drove a car with CVT system was an 2005 A4, and to be honest I didn't realize the CVT's effect. Maybe I was too much distracted by the car itself. Then, when I realized that it is a CVT (the dealer had no idea it was or not and even he didn't know basically what CVT is!), I started to pay attention to RPM. It was the only thing that felt weird! Other than than it was OK. I passed all A4 CVTs because they are not as reliable as the regular automatic systems or manual gearboxes.

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    Re: "So your girlfriend rolls a Honda, playin' workout tapes by Fonda"

    Congrats, Chad! Enjoy your new ride!

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    Re: "So your girlfriend rolls a Honda, playin' workout tapes by Fonda"

    Subaru and Honda do okay with their CVTs. They're less than thrilling but perfectly adequate for casual driving. Nissan's CVTs are the worst, both unreliable and miserable to drive. Otherwise, an "excellent CVT" is like poop that stinks a bit less.

    The trade-off is outstanding fuel economy.

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    Chad! The pics aren't loading!

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    Re: "So your girlfriend rolls a Honda, playin' workout tapes by Fonda"

    From a song quickly approaching "oldie" status by the young people of today. I like it!!!!

    ----OH,,,,Congrats on the car too!!

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    Re: "So your girlfriend rolls a Honda, playin' workout tapes by Fonda"

    I'll post pictures later, been very busy at work.....month end.


    Honda's CVT feels a LOT different from Nissan's because it's much quieter (Nissan's is really whiny in the I-4 Altima), is much smoother and feels like it has more low end grunt. I would never have leased an Altima, partially because I hated Nissan's CVT, but this is a lot better. With the throttle tip in on the Honda and transmission gearing, it pulls along at low rpm like a traditional automatic transmission.

    It's weird not feeling it shift during heavy acceleration, but it's very smooth and is quicker than a traditional five or six speed.
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