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Old 03-03-2013, 04:22 PM
 
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Hi guys,

Wanted suggestions/advice regarding which of the following two would be a better car to buy.
Nissan Altima 2.5SV
(OR)
Honda Accord Sport, CVT

The Accord Sport is around $1000 more than the 2.5SV, but I really like the paddle shifters and Honda's reliability is unmatched. (but cant say, since its their first year with a CVT)
The Altima has higher EPA estimates going for it. Both the cars look really good.
Which one would be a good choice? If anyone owns any of the above two make, and has good reviews or faced issues, please do suggest and help me out.

Thanks!!
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:52 PM
 
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I like the Altima and it looks 10 times better than the Accord and it has push to start. Does Honda have that?
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:11 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Stay I away from the CVT, but the Honda V-6 has a conventional trans.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:55 AM
 
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Thanks for the reply.
The Accord sport does NOT have a push start. Im OK with that. I wanted to know which of the two will hold its resale value better, over 4-5 years?
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:56 AM
 
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Stay I away from the CVT, but the Honda V-6 has a conventional trans.
Whats wrong with CVT? Neither of the two automakers are offering a Automatic trans.I dont have a choice. Why do u not recommend the CVT? Have u heard/seen any major issues with this particular type of tranny?
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:44 AM
 
Location: NY
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Both are so new (new car as well as new design) there is no real track record to truly guage them on. Both should be trouble free, and have long warranties from the factory. I would buy them based on which one you love, not which one makes more "sense" based on other's anecdotal evidence, or myth's built up about reliability (positive or negative) due to past performance.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:28 AM
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Whats wrong with CVT? Neither of the two automakers are offering a Automatic trans.I dont have a choice. Why do u not recommend the CVT? Have u heard/seen any major issues with this particular type of tranny?
CVT looks great on paper but one has to question its reliability.
There were some horror stories with earlier CVT Nissans where someone had to replace the tranny twice. Of course, they were covered under warranty... but still...

Considering the 2013 Honda Accord is the first non-hybrid Honda model (that I know of) that is fitted with the CVT... I am not sure if I would want to gamble with that. If anything, I would want to wait for the next model year.

A friend leased a 2013 Altima and it drove nice but I much prefer the interior of the Accord. I have not driven a 2013 Accord but traditionally, Honda does have a firm ride and I found the Altima to be softer compared to the older Accords.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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The Accord is the better car by far, and it will have better resale value thanks to very low fleet sales (something like less than 5%)
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:13 PM
 
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Thanks for the inputs guys.

I test drove the Altima 2.5SV over the weekend. Nice car, but 2 major issues: I found the CVT a bit "rubber-bandy" and
the car doesnt hide any bumps, it reverberates through the entire structure. Apart from that the car handles pretty well. It does have a bit of a wider turn radius, but i guess the accord will as well, since they are sized around the same.
I was offered a 23k OTD for a 2.5SV.

The accord sport might come out for 24k OTD. And like AmericanLuxury said, Honda cars will hold their value.
Will have to test drive it definitely though.

Another question, if you guys could help me out with, will the EPA mpg drop, say after 30-40k miles on the cars with CVT?
Im planning on using the car for 5-6 years, probably stretching to 100,000 miles atleast.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:48 PM
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My wife and I both have Nissan's with CVT's and I'm and active forum member on a couple Nissan sites. From what I have seen other than early to mid 2000's CVT failures are rare and always covered under warranty. Many times they will work with you if you are just over the warranty. Nissan's with CVT issues got extended warranties (120k miles). As far as MPG drop I have never heard of such a thing. CVT's do take a little getting used to and they do have some cons, but for me they are outweighed by the pros for street use anyway. A lot of people are unsure of the CVT since it’s somewhat new with mainstream passenger cars, but the CVT has been around a long time and is very reliable. From what I heard the issue with the Nissan CVT isn’t with any of the mechanical components. It is an issue with an internal electrical component. Nissan does not consider the CVT serviceable so if anything fails internally your only option is to replace it.
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