2005 Honda Accord LX-G 204 IVTEC from North America
Best car for a daily commuter
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I'm going to write a type of review you won’t find on many websites. Yes that’s right, a review from a daily commuter's perspective. Before buying my accord, I did an extensive search on internet looking for any article that would help me find a best commuter car, but got nothing. So, I decided to set come criteria based on my daily experience and used them to find a car.
I drive 200 kilometres a day for work and here are the criteria I judged my previous civic and current Accord (I4) on.
- Road noise: Researchers say, road and wind noise in a car is more tiring for the driver than any thing else. Honda Accord is a very quiet car on highway. You can hear your radio well at a low volume.
- Fuel Economy: My civic gave me 35-36 mpg on highway at 120km/h where my Accord is giving 32-34 mpg at 120km/h. Civic revs at 3200 rmp at this speed where accord revs at only 2500 rmp making your ride quite. Thanks to the 5sp Automatic transmission which you won’t find in many Sedans.
- Comfort: With a 4 cylinder accord, you get a fuel economy of an I4 and comfort of a V6. No matter how windy it is out there, you still feel the grip on the road and find yourself controlling the car unlike the dancing civic. If need be, you can push your right foot a little pass those mother truckers and middle laners in seconds.
- Insurance: Since I drive a lot, my insurance premier is higher than normal. When I replaced my 03 civic with a 2005 accord, I saved $200 on insurance per year. Yes that’s right, civic is one of the most expansive cars to insure.
I would suggest any commuter out there looking for a car to take some time and then make decision. Do not rush.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th June, 2007
I want to thank you for writing such an interesting review that truly is looking at things from a different angle. My sister has an 03 Accord that she plans to pass on to my mom when she trades in mom's car and gets a new car, and I was wondering how the Civic did as a highway commuter car, especially compared to the Accord. I think you have swayed me from suggesting she consider the Civic over the Accord as a replacement for her 03 Accord.