I traded my 1997 Eclipse Spyder GST convertible (turbo 4 cyl/5MT) for an Accord EX-L sedan (4 cyl/5MT) when I turned 60. Aside from missing the turbo's acceleration, I've preferred the Accord's better mileage, handling and comfort. I averaged 34-35 mpg after 6000 miles (~90% highway driving). Lowest mpg was 29 mpg (~50% local driving with A/C); highest mpg was 40 mpg (driving 60 mph w/o A/C on Midwest highways). This Accord is the only large car I found with upscale comfort/amenities and a good manual transmission. The manual transmission lets me control the car better and achieve higher mileage.
1) Good mileage for a large car 2) Smooth-shifting manual transmission 3) Very comfortable driver seat with good lumbar support. 4) Sun roof
1) Front passenger seat lumbar support 2) Split folding rear seat back 3) Improve radio/climate control ergonomics 4) LCD panel hard to read on sunny days 5) Add estimated mpg to trip computer
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