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Looking to replace my 2001 Accord (nothing wrong with it but just wanted a change and figured 14 years was a good run for a car). Whittled it down to 3 models and I was looking for pre owned 2012 and up. Accords I know about but was wondering if anyone had either of the other models I have been eyeing. I do not go for all the bells and whistles like sunroff,leahter.ect. Looking more for reliabilty,milrage and safety.
 

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Personally I'd go Camry (I have a 2012), but since that isn't an option, I say Altima or Accord. I had an '12 civic lease, and it was very plastic & cheap feeling, with very little power (unless you go si). Can probably get a little more for your money with an Altima.
 

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The Honda's have proven reliability over the Nissan. Not to take anything away from the Nissan, it is a good car too. The Civic, as already stated, can be kind of plastic feeling more so than the Accord.
 

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My wife drives a 2013 Altima 3.5 SL,and I drive a 2015 Murano. Have had 2 Maximas prior to these 2. Never have I had any trouble. Having said that you cant go wrong with any of your choices, all good cars.
 

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My wife recently got a 2015 Accord EXL. It's great! Has a CVT transmission so is very fuel efficient. We're averaging 31 mpg. Has plenty of pep with a CVT too. Lots of safety features... frontal collision warning, lane departure alert, camera view down the right side when you put on your right turn signal, and of course one of the best back-up cameras designed on 8" screen. Great luxury features too. I recommend you take a test drive.

We were going to get another Camry (I drive a 2009 Camry), but Honda has them beat right now. Plus, we don't care for the huge opening of the grille on the new Camry's... looks like a 'large mouth bass'.

Just my opinion FWIW.
 

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Not long ago, I was considering similar autos as the OP to replace my 1998 Maxima, the Altima having the inside track, but after some consideration, I'm holding onto the Maxima for several reasons. Aside from the actual cost of a new car, the taxes and insurance would increase substantially. My condo has no covered parking and I do enjoy an occasional cigar while driving. The Maxima may have a few cosmetic issues, but is mechanically sound and has relatively low mileage, so I spent some money on a new stereo, window tinting and AC servicing (for Georgia summers), new floor mats, seat covers and she's good for at least another 100K. My mechanic, a Japanese auto specialist, loves that model and approves of my decision. As strange as it may sound, watches are a better investment than a new car.
 
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I agree with the previous statements about the Civic being a bit too cheap/plasticky. With that said, it all boils down to preference and comfort at this point given that both the Accord and the Altima have good track records for safety, reliability and mileage. I suggest driving both cars to see which one you like best, if you haven't done so already.
 

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Thanks for the input. I am going to try to test drive a few models this weekend. One other question as I have not bought a car since 2004. Can you get a better deal if you tell them you will pay cash instead of finance? The last vehicle I bought was thru my credit union and I got a Highlander for a great price.
I have a nice little stash of cash in the bank thinking about picking up a couple high end watches but wanted to get the car for my wife instead.
 

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My girlfriend has had a Civic since '09. She bought it preowned in 2010. Her last payment is next month and she is looking for another vehicle. I have to say it's been a great, dependable vehicle that still drives great and she has driven it all over. It's a smooth ride with pretty decent handling/turning etc. Her friend just got a '15 model and loves it as well. She might get the new Honda HRV crossover vehicle with AWD if she can afford it but still looking at the new civics and while looking at others thinks she just might stay with Honda as they are very dependable.


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After owing 4 Civics (great as they were) Im following
daughter's suit and buyin a used Acura.

BTW One of those Civics had 318,000 mi on odometer.

Normal maint, replaced timing belt twice.

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Thanks for the input. I am going to try to test drive a few models this weekend. One other question as I have not bought a car since 2004. Can you get a better deal if you tell them you will pay cash instead of finance? The last vehicle I bought was thru my credit union and I got a Highlander for a great price.
I have a nice little stash of cash in the bank thinking about picking up a couple high end watches but wanted to get the car for my wife instead.
In the past few years, online car buying services have become popular. Trucar.com is the best known of them. They get the lowest quotes up front from a variety of dealers in your area and can even give you quotes on financing. Saves you from haggling with sleazy car salesmen (unless you enjoy it). The biggest difference between them I've noticed are the finance terms offered.
 

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We paid cash for my wife's Accord. Not sure that affected the 'deal price', but we had an appointment at Toyota the next day to look at a left over 2014 Camry. I think that helped in getting a good deal. All dealers don't want you to leave without buying a car. They know the chances of you returning is less than 50%. Good luck.
 

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I have a Toyota Tacoma which has had some issues and this model has had issues with the frame rusting which required toyota to do a recall and replace many frames on a whole bunch of trucks. That kindof puts a dent on toyotas reliability but Id still buy another. This truck has 125Kmiles with about 60k in Mexico which i would say is double the abuse. I know that toyota isnt on your list but my point is that all those mentioned above are great vehicles but everyone of those manufacturers has had their good models and not so good ones and that can vary from one model year to another. My rule is not to take a new design on the first year until they have worked out the bugs.

Look on the forums and ask there and read up on them. At the end of the day all are good and It will come down to what you like the best.
 

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I had an Accord many years back and got 255k miles out of it and it still ran like a top when I passed it along. Right now one of my sons is driving a 1990 Accord and loving it.

The new ones are really nice and always a good choice.
 

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Not Nissan, family friend has had 2 new Altimas and they have wiring issues reminiscent of the late 90's and early 00's Chrysler vehicles. Seriously at the dealer all the time.
 

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I bought my daughter a pre-owned 2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL last year and it has given her no problems with a starting milage of 35,000 (not TOO shabby).
 
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