I have been driving the iCTDi 2.2 Exec for just under two years and I regard it as one of my best friends.
I can't claim to have driven every car on the market so I can't say with authority that it's the best car on the road, but the 55,000 miles I have driven so far in this car have been an unqualified pleasure.
I get an average 52 mpg and it's low on CO2.
It has every comfort and all the power I would ever want. And I have total confidence in it.
The dealer service is a bit pricey and the boot isn't that big. Those are the only negative things I can think of.
I got to drive this car at the Motorshow last year.
It was the 2.4 Type-S model, and had an auto 'box. When we got to a straight bit of the test track, the instructor said to just put my foot down and see what it could do - I got up to nearly 80 mph.
My only gripes if I did own this car would be the running costs, as the instructor said that it had already used a full tank of fuel throughout that day, and that the servicing costs could be quite a lot.
The Accord has been my company car for the past 3 years, 75,000 miles and I would rate it as the best car I have had to date.
The diesel engine is smooth and refined and despite the first two years involving a 90 mile daily cross country (a lot of twisty B roads) commute fuel economy has not been far off the 50 mpg mark. Driving the car is an absolute delight.
As a company vehicle its low emmission rating and high standard spec frankly puts the competition trailing in its wake - and I would include in that category the BMW 3 series and Audi A4.
Absolute reliability so no mechanical issues to report - someone else obviously pays all the serving costs so all I can say it that the Grantham Honda dealership has been a pleasure to deal with. Only slight glitch with the CD interchanger which was speedily rectified plus Honda covered the full replacement cost of the damaged CDs.
Ideal for family holidays with the capacious boot comfortably handling everything a family of five can throw into it and still leave room for several dozen bottles of duty free! No need for the embarrassment of a roof box.
Only complaint is that water can drip into the boot when opened as at least one other reviewer has pointed.
Final downside is that I have to give it back in less than 3 months. Finding it hard to find anything that provides the same drive, spec and low tax bill for the money.
Having not bought a new car for nearly 20 years I did a lot of research before opting for the Accord. I decided that technically, and in appearance, it looked as good as the Lexus is220d, Mercedes C220 diesel and BMW320d but was massively cheaper. At a similar price, it was better equipped than the Audi A4.
Supply was a bit slow and the Arctic Blue colour I wanted was not available so I opted for a standard red (the only colour that didn't cost an extra £400 for metallic paint) and waited for about 10 weeks. When it arrived, the colour was striking.
Two months on I've done almost 3000 miles and have had absolutely no problems. About 75% of my driving is on long journeys and 25% around the town and since buying the car, the overall fuel consumption for me has been exactly 50 mpg - the first time that I've achieved the claimed figures in any car.
Ergonomically, the car is good and the level of standard equipment is excellent. The performance is also more than adequate.
I will look forward to many happy years with this car and strongly recommend that readers take one for a test drive before considering one of the previously mentioned alternatives.
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