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Join Date: May 2008
Location: Dallas Texas
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I think the real improvement in the Camry will be the double wishbone suspension. Although it's a small difference my old 2000 Accord Coupe had slightly better driving dynamics than my 2013 with the McPherson struts. The last Camry I drove, a rental, drove very much like a 1980s Buick.
I don't think the V6 or the geared transmission will make that much of sales impact on Accord without the V6. The vast majority of buyers don't have a clue what's under the hood or how many gears are in the transmission they want styling, fuel economy, hi tech features and price. Oh, they also want lots of cup holders.
The old two and three speed automatics didn't work well in small displacement engines of the time because they had very small torque bands that peaked at high RPM. When I purchased my first Accord in 1980 I test drove one with an automatic and it was terrible compared to the 5 speed manual that I bought. The CVCC engine only had 85 HP. Those old automatics worked best with large displacement six and eight cylinder American type engines. They didn't rev very high but delivered torque over a wide RPM band.
The members of this forum are a very small segment of the car buying public. Car enthusiasts are a dying breed.
2013 Accord Coupe EX-L San Marino Red
2015 CR-V EX Urban Titanium Metallic
2007 Fit Sport Silver 65,000 miles and going strong.
Previous Honda: 2000 Accord Coupe, 1994 Accord Wagon Red, 1988 Prelude White 5 speed manual, 1981 Accord 4 Door Ivory 5 speed manual
Previous Cars before Honda: 73 Mazda RX2 manual, 63 VW Bug manual, 63 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spyder manual, 70 Toyota Crown manual, 59 Vauxhall Victor manual (worst car ever produced, a pre Yugo, Yugo)