I don't understand the criticisms of the new Accord that I have read, particularly regarding the seats and the ride quality/noise. I found the seats exceptional and the ride quality to be fine; it's a great compromise between the mushy Camry and the stiff, sporty ride of the Maxima. The build, quality, and price paid for quality are all excellent - it looks great (black with tan leather - yes!), got the windows tinted, and it looks as sharp as any car on the road.
Appearance, firm door closing sound, smooth acceleration, supportive seats with beautiful leather. Overall, fantastic - 5 stars.
Needs Ipod interface on main stereo deck without having to open glove box and pick up actual Ipod, and glove box needs shallow upper tray and deep main box. Also, would have thought the variable cylinder management would have given more of a boost to fuel efficiency.