If I had to choose, I'd rather have the manual transmission survive than the V6. It's a shame given how smooth the Honda V6 has been for years.
I see MT as kind of a feature on powerful cars now, given how CVT is more fuel efficient and simpler than planetary gear AT.
Wouldn't complain if lower trim Civics(or cars like that) got rid of MT. The $1000 you save is just not worth the hassle for a smaller car like that. I would imagine it being more of a hassle than fun anyways. CVT is also more comfortable, with no shift jumps, so it works better for cars emphasizing on comfort. MT probably hurts resale value for smaller cars, too, because not a lot of people knows how to drive an MT car nowadays, and the $1000 difference between MT and AT pretty much disappears with a used car.
For anything more powerful than Accord V6(including Accord V6), oh yeah. From what I have heard, it's a heck lot of fun once you get used to it. MT also still has the highest engine-to-wheel horsepower efficiency. That's what motivates me to learn MT in the future. Shame to see all those muscle cars with AT's nowadays. You are doing it wrong, guys!
And I am not just making this up. One of my friends chose
to have a VW Golf GTI with MT, and he loves it. My other friends who have cheap cars with MT hate
every second of it.
This is precisely my issue with the new generation of turbo engines. On paper they offer good power and good fuel economy. After having driven several rentals with turbos (MB, Ford, Hyundai, VW) I have to say that even driven in a non spirited manner the fuel economy is bad. If driven like a typical old lady they may be great, but then why bother with a turbo in the first place?
I also have reservations about long term longevity and long term maintenance costs of the new turbo engines. For the folks who lease or buy and trade after a few years this will be a non issue. For the folks that buy Accord for the long haul it remains to be seen how the turbo engines will fare.
I can see some potential Accord V6 sedan buyers heading over to Toyota showrooms where, apparently, the Camry will continue with a V6.
Used to love Toyota. My dad had a Toyota SUV(can't remember which one) when I was a kid, and that thing is pretty badass.
The deal killer? No Coupes.
Even Lexus doesn't have that many Coupes to choose from. For younger people like me, I don't care about how much more practical Sedans are, I just care about how nice Coupes look.
Besides, BC's N license pretty much encourages drivers with them to get Coupes, since you can only carry 1 passenger legally anyways. There are a lot of reasons I disagree with some restrictions of BC's N license, to say the least. The 1 passenger limit is one of them. No other provinces have them, so why BC? Just gives rich kids one more excuse to buy supercars because guess what, most of them are two-seaters.