I like the sedan front and coupe back a lot (for this class)
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 01:18 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 01:52 PM.
I hope i'm wrong, but I get the feeling the Fusion will suffer the same fate as the Taurus which looks great on pictures but the flesh it looks too big and bulbous.
As for the new Accord I think while very conservative Honda addressed the 2 most offensive aspects of the current car quite nicely which are the interior and the rear. I'm really curious on the HP and MPG of the hybrid model. To be competitive Honda will need close to 200 hp and an average MPG of about 40 with a starting price of about $25K.
I'm really looking forward to seeing more of this car. I've always had a soft spot for the Accord - its never been the most visually striking vehicle, and it has almost alway been the jack of all trades, but master of none.
The spy pictures of the interior look great, and I am happy to see that Honda is not abandoning the manual transmission:
BTW - did you guys catch that LED HEADLIGHTS are going to be an option? Pretty impressive for this class of vehicle.