It's a good improvement although it looks like a refresh.
This seems largely like a carry-over in terms of design, just like with the Camry. Same greenhouse, same basic shape, just some tweaks with the details. Honestly are they even trying any more?
This really does look more like a refresh. At least it's in-offensive.
"I've got an idea for sweat shops: air conditioning! Problem solved."
I see a mix of an E-Class and the Genesis in the design. As far as I'm concerned, the design looks fine to me. I'm more concerned with the interior and the hardware of this vehicle. Honda needs to address those to fend off rivals and stay relevant.
Originally Posted by Turbiodiesel!
I also remember something being discussed somewhere about the new car's windshield rake being different enough that it couldn't just be the same car warmed-over. Probably on TOV.
I think they've kept the best of the 2008-12 car here, and created another design that will look good 10-15 years on.
Definite improvement over the current car, but still largely on the conservative side of things. Try as I might, I can't see any similarities to the genesis sedan. What I do see is more of a likeness to the current Lexus design language, without the sharp and pointy curves--more smoothed out. The back reminds me quite a bit of a Lexus ES.
Will need to see how the new Accord looks in person. I guess if it might be still based on the previous platform, TSX suspsnion should work?
Last edited by Aw614; 08-08-2012 at 12:18 PM.
It'll not make a difference; they'll still sell.
As a refresh goes, it's ok. Better than the current car. But Honda, why must you release your first photos of a GRAY car? ZZZzzzz. Also, those wheels look like hubcaps (at least in the photos). And the rear does look too evocative of the Genesis sedan.
You know what I think? I think 10-12 years from now you will be able to count on one hand the number of unscheduled trips to the dealer the Accord will make, and the Ford will be ready for the junkyard. Ford's short-lived billing as an automaker equal to Toyota in terms of quality/reliability was remarkably short lived. SYNC/MyFordTouch pretty much sucks, and I wouldn't be shocked if their Ecoboost engines see serious deposit issues down the road, or see things like cracked dashes or peeling paint (not that Honda paint quality is remarkable).
The Fusion does look great though. I just don't get all the hype with Ford these days. I've been in many of their cars, and while significantly improved, they're also MUCH more expensive than they were 3 short years ago.
Last edited by BLK9GEN; 08-08-2012 at 12:52 PM.