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post #1 of 35 Old 04-19-2017, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Stuck on which Accord to get

So I am in need on a new car and stuck between getting an Accord EX-L v6 or Touring. Will be a sedan. Found a 2016 in each at a great price. Is it worth spending the extra $2500 for a touring? Both are new cars and want to stick with new due to the special financing they have available.

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Do what I do. I start at the lowest trim I might want, and give it a thorough test drive. If it doesn't do it all, I move uo to the next trim level, and stop when I get what I'm looking for.

Spend some time identifying everything that is at the trim level you start at, and what the higher trim level adds. Don't rush, and don't settle for less than you want.


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The Touring has 19" wheels, Navi, Sensing, Heated Rear Seats, LED headlights. Not worth it to me. I'm told Google maps are better than the navi. 19's get stolen if you live near a big city and are too big although they do look much nicer than the EX-L pinwheels. I don't want/trust Sensing. Heated seats are overrated especially in the rear. Be aware that a new generation is coming out in a few months that should have a much better interior (many complain about the dual screens).

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I have a touring and would say yes it's worth the extra money. However, you just need to compare the additional cost against the additional features you're paying for - and ask yourself how much are they extra features worth to you. Just do what's right for your needs/wants and budget. The price point on the touring was below my max budget, so getting the touring was a no brainer for me. And I have yet to use or learn about 75% of what I paid for.

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The Touring also gets you the adaptive suspension dampers if that is important to you.
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I have a touring and would say yes it's worth the extra money. However, you just need to compare the additional cost against the additional features you're paying for - and ask yourself how much are they extra features worth to you. Just do what's right for your needs/wants and budget. The price point on the touring was below my max budget, so getting the touring was a no brainer for me. And I have yet to use or learn about 75% of what I paid for.
I came from a 2011 BMW 335i coupe to the 2017 Touring coupe. I don't miss the BMW. I gained the Garmin navi, better MPG, ACC, LKAS (great on the turnpike), CarPlay and better looking vehicle - and it doesn't need premium gas. Since I got a good trade-in price on a fully paid off car, it only cost me about $23.5K OTD.
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I did comparison between EXL V6 and touring....found 3k extra for just heated back seat, nice chrome wheels, sensing dampers....found EXL V6 with sensing doing all I wanted...I am ok with EXL V6 wheel design where some others on this forum don't like it


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I came from a 2011 BMW 335i coupe to the 2017 Touring coupe. I don't miss the BMW. I gained the Garmin navi, better MPG, ACC, LKAS (great on the turnpike)......
And you don't have to pay $20 a quart for transmission fluid or whatever BMW's outrageous charges are now.

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I did comparison between EXL V6 and touring....found 3k extra for just heated back seat, nice chrome wheels, sensing dampers....found EXL V6 with sensing doing all I wanted...I am ok with EXL V6 wheel design where some others on this forum don't like it


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You missed a quite a bit. The Touring also has LED headlights with autohighbeam, side skirts, navigation, amplitude reactive dampers, and front and rear parking sensors.

I would say go for the Touring. Those extra features very worth the $3K more dollars in my opinion.
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And you don't have to pay $20 a quart for transmission fluid or whatever BMW's outrageous charges are now.
Almost anything for the BMW is going to cost more, even if you go to an independent mechanic. I was caught up in the "ooh - it's a BMW" mindset. Yes, they are fantastic performing cars, but for everyday driving, my Accord is better. You see the commercials where the BMW is winding through the curving hilly country roads. That was fine for me when I got my first BMW in Kentucky. Now I live in Broward County, FL. The roads are straight and flat - no need for the Ultimate Driving Machine.

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I'm also voting for the Touring. You can always swap/sell the wheels on either trim but the Touring is still going to give you more in the end.

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Almost anything for the BMW is going to cost more, even if you go to an independent mechanic. I was caught up in the "ooh - it's a BMW" mindset. Yes, they are fantastic performing cars, but for everyday driving, my Accord is better. You see the commercials where the BMW is winding through the curving hilly country roads. That was fine for me when I got my first BMW in Kentucky. Now I live in Broward County, FL. The roads are straight and flat - no need for the Ultimate Driving Machine.
Agreed. In Florida, there is no need for a car like a BMW. We winter in FL every year, and it is better on the way down to drive the BMW, but it is OK to drive the Accord down too. You give up some comfort and ride, and of course some responsiveness on that ride.

But, going up and down the Tamiami or Jog Road, or any other road down there, the BMW is no better than the Accord, and gas is half a buck more a gallon. If we moved down there, BMWs would be history, and we might even do something like a Volt or a Bolt, and just look for ride and efficiency and the necessary size.

But up here in the beautiful Hudson Valley of NY, give me the BMW on two lane blacktop every day. The open question is whether it is worth paying double to buy, and measurably more to own and operate. When this BMW is done, I will have to revisit that question.

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You missed a quite a bit. The Touring also has LED headlights with autohighbeam, side skirts, navigation, amplitude reactive dampers, and front and rear parking sensors.



I would say go for the Touring. Those extra features very worth the $3K more dollars in my opinion.


EXL V6 with Honda sensing comes with Navigation too....just like mine....with Navi.....
LED lights or bulbs can be installed within $200 range....just like I did by purchasing them from Amazon H8 and H11 for less than $100....
at the time of buying the car I negotiated for parking sensor installation, mud flaps, car seat protection wraps and window tint with the dealer
so I got those on my EXL V6 for $29300 OTD
I never favored side skirts...


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EXL V6 without sensing and navigation is the sweet spot in value. But sensing will probably become standard on future Accords so if Sensing is important to you then get the Touring. I think the $2500 is worth it but know that those Touring wheels attract a lot of attention from thieves and 19 inch tires will cost more to replace when they wear out. It's a win win either way though, it's a great car for the money. Smooth, tight and fast and it always comes up in conversations when compared to cars that cost much more which says something.

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EXL V6 without sensing and navigation is the sweet spot in value. But sensing will probably become standard on future Accords so if Sensing is important to you then get the Touring. I think the $2500 is worth it but know that those Touring wheels attract a lot of attention from thieves and 19 inch tires will cost more to replace when they wear out. It's a win win either way though, it's a great car for the money. Smooth, tight and fast and it always comes up in conversations when compared to cars that cost much more which says something.
Agreed, that's why I bought one.


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