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Yep- depending on your local market... that's just the reality of the industry right now.

With the limited inventory- slightly used cars are going for big bucks- often over original MSRP for models that are in higher demand.

Accord inventory has been pretty limited in most areas of the country over the past few months- so that creates a situation where dealers can charge more for slightly used Accords.

These prices will remain high as long as people continue to be willing to pay... Lack of supply has created quite a seller's market... giving dealerships the upper hand... although it has also given people trading in slightly used cars that are desirable an upper hand too.

I was able to trade in my 2019 Accord Sport 2.0t for a 2021 Accord Touring and only lost $500 on the 2019. I drove that 2021 Accord Touring for a year and was able to sell it for a profit.
 

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My local Honda dealership is basically begging me to trade in my 2020 EXL. Hell they ask about trading in my son's 2006 Civic as well.
There's a lot of profit to be made by getting used cars in the door and onto the used car lot. As the original poster pointed out, they are listing that Accord for $5000 more than what they paid for it as a trade in. Even if they have to negotiate the car down to $36k... they will still make a nice profit off of it... and my guess is that it won't last long. Any Accord with the 2.0t engine is flying off the shelves right now... My local dealer had a 2021 Touring... had it listed for $42k and it was gone within a week. Right now they have a 2019 Touring 2.0t listed for $40,277. I'd be surprised if it was still available at the end of the week. An almost four year-old Accord still valued at $3000 more than its original MSRP.
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A different dealer has a 2018 LX available with 45,000 miles and it's listed for $25,995. Pretty insane for a five year-old base Accord with no remaining factory warranty.... $1500 more than its original MSRP back in 2018... and in 2018 it was possible to get an Accord for a nice discount off of MSRP...
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Reason for these crazy prices: Neither dealer has a single new Accord available. None on the lot... none listed as 'in transit'.
 

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I found the suspension setup in my 2019 Accord Sport 2.0t far superior to the adaptive damper setup in my 2021 Touring. If Honda would allow you to change the dampers independently of the throttle and steering response (ratio?), then maybe it would be okay... but I was always frustrated with my Touring because I preferred putting it in Sport mode for the suspension tuning... but hated how aggressive the throttle was when in Sport mode.

I really didn't think that the adaptive suspension was worth it in my Touring. I loved the features of my Touring though... especially the heads-up display and the vented front seats. Both features are missing from my Highlander... and I miss them.
 
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