I wrote a review last year about my first car, a Mazda 3 Neo from 2011 (review was posted as a 2010, my bad one), and spoke to the positives. I got a good deal with it, and after one and a half years of ownership and 20,000 miles I managed to sell it for more than I had paid. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good car, but after driving my parents’ falcon for a few months before I bought it, I longed for something that had more power and less road noise, and the medium fuel consumption was not enough to let me stay.
When searching for the replacement of the Mazda I tested a Toyota Aurion after reading a number of reviews in which the smooth engine and transmission combination were praised. But I was not inspired by the heavy steering and wooden brakes, together with the fact that the salesman had left him three months before the test drive. Pass.
More search and assessment trawling led me to the Honda Accord Euro, with period assessments praising the high quality and all-round competence. I took my 2011 copy (2012 upgrade) for $ 9,000 with 110,000 km on the clock and half a year of rego left, which in my opinion was a good price, given that the previous owner just had a $ the previous week 900 service. Surprisingly, it costs me, an 18-year-old man, no more to insure than my Mazda 3. I have had the car for almost three months now and feel like I know it well enough to write an informed review.
I was pleasantly surprised by the way it was on the test drive and to this day I still enjoy jumping in and running it. The steering, although not as great as my Mazda’s, has a good weight, and despite largely devoid of road feel, is fascinating enough. It tends to be a little nervous at highway speeds, but nothing unbearably unpleasant.
The ride, although sturdy, is very comfortable. I suspect that the models with higher specifications with tires with a lower profile may be less, but the 60-profile tires on mine prove to be sufficiently compatible. Body roll is present but limited to a minimum. The car tends to understeer, as expected for an FWD car, but it’s not horrible. The torque steering is also not terrible for an almost 150 kW FWD car.
The 2.4-liter K24Z3 engine is a real gem. My biggest problem with this is the lack of low-down torque. This can be irritating, especially with the manual transmission, which means that you have to give it a little better to go from a stop. But once you are on the move, the engine runs smoothly to its 7000 rpm redline. VTEC starts after 6000 rpm, but the involvement is not particularly noticeable, unlike some videos from Hondas that I have seen. The throat-like exhaust sound is also not too unpleasant for a four-cylinder.
The manual six-speed gearbox is also sweet. The throws are short and the shifter has a nice weight. The sixth gear, however, is not ideally placed and I accidentally went from fifth to fourth instead of six a few times.
Styling is not high on my list when it comes to purchasing a car, but I must say that Honda has done a good job preserving the charm of the first euro in the second. It was really a case of “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,” but I feel that Honda has done well. Yes, it’s more plump and I think the back of the original is a little nicer, but beauty is in the eye of the viewer, and even today it still looks sleek and modern.
When it comes to safety, this car meets all requirements. The required six airbags and stability control gave it a five-star ANCAP safety rating. It lacks the tools to prevent collisions in newer cars. The memory of the seat belt is annoying, but the dashboard display of those who wear the seat belts in the rear is good for a P-plater who runs the risk of losing his driver’s license if a passenger is found who is not wearing his seat belt.
In terms of functions, this is the basic model of a car that was released in 2008, which means that it is not as up to date as even the most basic hatchbacks of today. Fortunately my car is the 2012 upgrade, which means that it came with a lot of extras compared to the basic model of 2011, such as rain sensor (in addition to the already standard car headlights), rear parking sensors and Bluetooth telephony.
The first of these three additional functions works a treat. I really didn’t like this about my Mazda: although it was a small car, it was always very difficult to determine when to stop when parking in reverse.
The cabin comfort is predominantly positive. The front seats are great – wonderfully supportive with good side reinforcement that may not be suitable for more portly individuals (after all, this is not the American agreement). The driving position is just right – this is a car in which you are sitting instead of. The gear lever is well placed and the adjustable position of the center armrest is handy. The controls are well laid out and the subtle damping of the indicator handles and storage bins helps to believe in the idea that this car extends over the regular and premium segments.
The doors close with a satisfying flop and generally the cabin feels like a stepping stone from other common brands, even on my girlfriend’s Camry 2015. The road noise is low, and certainly a blessing for my ears about the Mazda 3 that I owned . There is some roaring given the larger 17-inch wheels. When it’s time, I’ll replace the tires with something quieter.
The cruise control seems to be a little more aggressive in resuming the set speed than other cars I have driven, in good fortune and misfortune. Automatic windows all around are also a nice touch. The climate control with two zones works well enough and it is nice to see that Honda has a few ventilation openings at the rear.
I’m not a particularly tall man (5 ft. 9 inches), and I can sit behind myself in the back seat with a fair amount of comfort. Legroom and footroom are a bit tight, and my 6ft friends prefer to ride shotgun than in the back. The main room is also only accessible for taller people.
Luggage space is reasonable, but the handy full-size alloy spare parts rob it of a flat loading floor. Folding the rear seats also requires two steps – opening the luggage compartment to release the locks and then folding them down from the rear doors because the release does not push them down. The opening of the rear seat passage is also somewhat narrow.
In terms of ownership, this car has given me no problems so far, nor did it give any trouble to the previous, original owner. The only thing that is wrong with it at the moment is that the shifter cap sometimes comes in my hand. In addition, the quality of this car is high, and I think it will not cause me any major problems in the future.
Maintenance for these cars is not the cheapest, but preventive maintenance is the key to years of carefree driving, I think.
I am less than completely impressed by the fuel consumption of the euro. In the city I get 11–12 L / 100 km, which can be typical for a family-friendly sedan, but I expected better from a four-cylinder. It also doesn’t help that the nice engine requires at least 95RON gasoline. However, highway consumption is good, because I have seen it under 8L / 100km with two passengers and luggage. Strangely enough, the sixth gear is not very long – it runs 2750 rpm at 100 km / h, which is the same as my Mazda 3 at that speed. I feel that the highway economy would improve with a higher sixth gear, perhaps at the expense of immediate power.
In general, I am more than satisfied with this car. In terms of value, I can’t complain about the deal I have. The engine is a real peach and I didn’t see myself going for the car – the manual makes it much more fun to drive. The ambiance and quality of the cabin are great, but the car is let down by outdated ‘infotainment’, a small rear seat, medium fuel consumption and his preference for premium petrol.
I would recommend the Accord Euro to others who are looking for a car that is good to drive and is well put together, if you can handle the higher than average operating costs.
I think you can see what I appreciate in a car, given my purchase history. It is unfortunate that Honda has ended the two-pole Accord strategy, but in the end that is not surprising. Sedans, and everything that is not an SUV, go the way of the dinosaur. I feel very happy to live my childhood in a time where I can affordably drive an attractive, stylish and reliable sedan.