Last up: Honda Accord--Best New Car $30,000-$40,000
Rethink American made—the 9th-generation Accord celebrates its 30th anniversary of being made in the U.S.A. this year. It’s new look has been compared with the BMW 3 series and even though it’s shorter, Accord has more rear legroom and cargo space than last year. Pandora Internet radio, text messaging and a rearview camera come standard.
Thanks, Jessica. That's actually a great segue into our next question from Chris.
And the EX-L V6 that we selected juuussstt tips the $30,000 scale at $30,860. So it's not crazy expensive.
Oops, that's not from Chris. We'll get to Chris's question first since it's about the Accord
Then, we'll come back to this one from James
Okay, sure. Accord. Hands down. Camry just doesn't have the ride, the features or the upscale look of the new Accord (or really any Accord).
I feel your pain. Ordering is a tricky propostion though--my expert sources always say you can still get a good deal when you have to order. But that said, they're not dealers...and I really believe in the power of competition. If you can't say, well there's one down the street that has a better price, it's going to be harder to drive a deal.
I absolutely think you can negotiate on an order. But I wouldn't expect the "best" deal.
Just don't pay sticker...that's the only way to really lose your shirt.
Do your research and haggle as best you can, with a couple dealers. In the end, the one with the best price wins.
Alright, looks like we have time for just a couple more questions.
Hey Jeremy. That's a great question.
We usually do an annual story on which "green" cars are worth the money.
We skipped it last year, but we'll be doing it again later this year.
What we've found in the past is that SOME hybrids save more money over the long term due to their gas savings.
Five years is what we typically look at and it comes close with a lot of them, but after that they start being a better proposition.
Unless you plan to buy a hybrid and literally run it into the ground, I wouldn't worry too much about the battery.
Interesting. So, in other words, it may not pay off right away.
Those are warrantied for about 8 years currently and the more batteries carmakers produce the more they're finding in terms of economies of scale--so the replacement costs are coming down.
That's right--there's a premium associated with buying a hybrid that will take a few years to work off.
Diesels tend to break even faster because their premiums aren't quite as high.
$1,500-$3,000 rather than $3,000-$10,000 (in the worst of cases).
Thanks, Jessica. A very helpful answer!
Alright, looks like we have time for just one more question. This one is from Jamie.
Well we've actually got a slideshow for that...it's of the 2012 models I believe, but the picks still stand.
Let me dig that up for you, Jessica
While our moderator hunts down the link to that, I'll look over our current picks and let you know what fits.
Not sure what kind of car they'd be looking for, but any of the new midsize cars we talked about are very comfortable, have a good road position for visability and are obviously good values!
If they're in the market for a wagon, I'd recommend the Ford C-Max hybrid or plug-in hybrid. I'm actually trying to get my parents to pull the trigger on one.
Well, unfortunately that’s all the time we have for today’s chat. Thanks for all the great questions!
And thank you, Jessica, for sharing your time and expertise. I certainly learned a lot :)
They get great mileage, are comfortable and versatile without being really big. That's one thing older drivers used to tend towards--these big boaty cars, because they made them feel safe--but was difficult in terms of controling, especially as coordination deteriorates...But your folks won't have to worrya bout that for a long time!
Thanks everyone for joining us!
Oops! Didn't meant to cut you off there