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Best Car To Buy: The Honorable Mentions Page 4

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Honda Accord

Overall Rating: 8.6
Bottom Line: The 2013 Honda Accord doesn't change radically, but it proves its mettle as one of the best, most sensible American sedans.

The 2013 Honda Accord is all-new, and we can't say that it's changed radically. But the latest Accord Sedans easily keep up with the mid-size competition and outdo them in many practical respects. With a so-called “man maximum, machine minimum” philosophy, Honda mapped out the space needed for passenger space, then drew the exterior around that—yielding one of the best interiors in the business. Honda has also changed its attitude toward tech features and options, including Bluetooth and active noise cancellation on all models, while a great new LaneWatch Blind Spot Display is included on most of the lineup. Topping it off, Honda's new CVT is one of the best we've experienced, and they've managed to get 34 mpg on the highway from their V-6—four-cylinder numbers just last year. And there are new Accord Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid versions on the way for 2014.


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  1. There are many types, styles and applications of cars out there and the "best car to buy" award is totally a personal decision. For me, the clear winner over every car was the 2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury model with V-6 and the eight speed transmission. I briefly looked at Cadillac and BMW and for the money and features, ride and quality, the Chrysler was my choice. I'm totally satisfied with the Chrysler and think I truly picked the best car to buy--FOR ME.
     
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  2. Thanks Bill, and definitely a point that can't be emphasized enough. There is of course some subjectivity in our scoring system (obviously with respect to Styling and Comfort, but in other respects as well); the best approach is to read through our detailed full reviews and then use them as a starting point, applying your own personal shopping/ownership priorities (and aesthetic preferences) to that.
     
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  3. When Cadillac has improved their reliability to above average they may be on to something. Until then, honorable mention is pretty generous.
     
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  4. How long does it take to build up reliability in a car? You certainly can't rate a new car on reliability except to say how well its earlier siblings were.
     
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