I've had my car for just over a year. I love the way this car performs. It's smooth, quiet, peppy, gets great gas mileage, and is and good looking. BUT I'm a 5'2" female and cannot get comfortable in the front seat! It's hard yet has absolutely no lumbar or side support. I've tried every imaginable configuration including bringing pillows from my house. Body fatigue sets in after only a half hour of driving. Also, the fabric on the seats is horrible. It shows every bit of dirt. It's entirely unforgiving and although I've only had my car for a year the front seats are very dirty. I've tried washing them with upholstery shampoo but they're still dirty. The door handle is another problem; some genius at Honda decided to put cloth on it! So you're grabbing cloth (beige in my case) every time you open the door.
Had the BMW for 13 years and loved the car, but the maintenance became an issue. Bought the 2014 Accord EX with 15,000 miles on it and have had it for 4-5 months now. Two road trips and daily use. Mileage on the road trips averaged 36...around town it's less as one would expect. The car is more of an appliance than something which elicits emotions one way or the other. That said, it has some pleasant surprises which were unexpected.
back up and the right turn cameras are very helpful. We hadn't experienced bluetooth before and like it a lot. Otherwise no real surprises.
Things we like:
Fit and finish is excellent. It's a bit spartan but everything is where it should be. Well designed and engineered in this respect.
Good storage in the trunk and elsewhere. Carries two golf bags sideways which was a criteria.
Large information screen for on-board functions.
Love the two cameras. As a result, there are no blind spots.
CVT transmission is great. I like the 'S' drive function to help brake going down some of the hills and mountains nearby.
Bluetooth is a good thing...plays music from my phone, telephone is hands free, and the navigation system on my phone talks to us through the radio.
Keyless entry and starting function is great. I've left my keys in the car while trying to lock it on several occasions, and it won't let me do so...which I appreciate.
Hill stopper works great on the aforementioned hills and mountains.
Seats are a bit uncomfortable on long trips.
More road noise than I'm used to but less than my daughter's CRV...can live with it easily.
Acceleration is modest at best...but, at the end of the day, it does get up to speed without much fuss.
The fold down rear seats don't fully recline.
The trunk cavity into the passenger cabin is quite small.
This car drives nice,"a little stiff on the suspension," but makes up for the stiffness in handling. Fuel economy is great as well. Setting the cruise at 75 on the highway I average 37 MPG, which I feel is great!
Now for the bad. I have approximately 25,000 miles on the car and the drivers seat carries the look of 100,000 mile car:( The pandora app is also a hassle. One stereo was replaced and the new stereo is troublesome as well. Freezes like a computer, disconnects during phone calls, and often have to either shut the car off or turn off blue tooth and turn it back on to get the features to work. Definitely is less hands free than I had hoped!
As with every Honda I've ever owned, this car does everything just as it should. It is beyond reliable, incredibly comfortable, handles great, is powerful and yet returns pretty impressive fuel economy for a V6. It turns heads everywhere I go - thanks to the Tiger-Eye Pearl (metallic brown) paint job and the beautiful two-tone leather interior.
But more than all of that, I was so impressed by the technology (lane-watch camera, front collision warning, land departure warning) that I actually convinced my partner to replace an aging Hyundai Santa Fe with a new 2015 CRV Touring to get the same (plus even more) safety technology.
Lane-watch camera is great for changing lanes of course but also for spotting cyclists and pedestrians in an urban setting. The styling is more refined than the last version which seemed a little chunkier and I always have people telling me at stoplights that they thought it was a BMW.
I wish it had adaptive cruise control and a blind-spot indicator for the driver's side. A heated steering wheel (Canada here) and a power passenger's seat would be nice additional bonuses in an already luxurious vehicle.
The navigation/audio/information package is great but the voice controls are not nearly as useful, intuitive or accurate as they are in the Ford system. I can never get it to recognize my phone call requests.