ARM­CHAIR WITH LEGS

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Hy­brid notched min­i­mal sales and was soon dropped from the line-up. They’re uni­corns on the used mar­ket but are de­sir­able with 4.6L/100km econ­omy as well as all the fruit from the V6L.

The Ac­cord was facelifted in May 2016 with new front end, al­loys and bumpers, plus sev­eninch touch­screen with smart­phone con­nec­tiv­ity. The VTi got 17-inch wheels and blind spot mon­i­tor while the VTi-L got stan­dard driver as­sist.

The next gen­er­a­tion isn’t due un­til late 2019, so any used ex­am­ples will look very sim­i­lar to Ac­cords cur­rently in Honda show­rooms.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

These Ac­cords have proved im­pres­sively re­li­able with no com­mon big-ticket fail­ures. But Honda’s war­ranty be­fore July 2017 was just three years/100,000km (it’s now five years), so favour used ex­am­ples with some war­ranty in­tact.

Ac­cords need ser­vic­ing ev­ery six months, ex­cept the Hy­brid, which at 12 months is more typ­i­cal for mod­ern cars. An­nual ser­vice bills are above av­er­age as a re­sult, so make sure the log­book has all the stamps, prefer­ably by Honda deal­ers.

If you have a dodgy left knee or leg, check you can en­gage the foot park­ing brake.

(Honda sold the “Ac­cord Euro” un­til 2015, de­spite it be­ing from the previous gen­er­a­tion. The Euro had sportier ride and han­dling and was sold along­side the new Ac­cord from mid2013. Don’t con­fuse the two.)

Some Ac­cord own­ers com­plain about ex­ces­sive wind noise at speed, a trou­ble­some au­dio head unit, dodgy Blue­tooth and paint im­per­fec­tions. Pay careful at­ten­tion to these when in­spect­ing.

Check all re­calls have been car­ried out. There was one in July 2017 for a bat­tery sen­sor, the Hy­brid had an elec­tric fault fix in Septem­ber 2015 and the model years 2013-15 needed an auto emer­gency brak­ing soft­ware up­date in June 2015.

En­ter the car’s registration at Honda.com.au/ re­call to check whether all work has been done.

IAIN SAYS

Honda’s flag­ship sedan is a comfy cruiser, prac­ti­cal and very re­li­able. Pas­sen­ger cars of this size are out of fash­ion while SUVs siz­zle, so you get great value for money, es­pe­cially with the well-equipped VTi-L or V6L. Tar­get cars with fas­tid­i­ous own­ers — there’ll be plenty out there. The V6 will be a more en­joy­able driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence but run­ning costs will be higher.

OWN­ERS SAY

JOHN GRASKA: I bought my 2013 VTi-L new. I’ve done 27,000km, had it ser­viced by the dealer and it runs like new. It’s safe, re­li­able and fairly in­ex­pen­sive to run. Per­for­mance, in­te­rior space and the driver’s view make you think you’re in a much larger six-cylin­der ve­hi­cle. I’ve no com­plaints with the au­dio, the nav­i­ga­tion is ex­cel­lent and the Blue­tooth con­nec­tion is sim­ple and con­ve­nient to use. There’s plenty of rear legroom plus plenty of boot space — and there’s a full-size spare. The turn­ing cir­cle is poor when do­ing U-turns in tight car parks or ne­go­ti­at­ing corkscrew ramps — and the tyre pres­sure warn­ing alert il­lu­mi­nates need­lessly. MICHAEL PRIOR: I have done 85,000km in my 2013 V6L. When new it had all the gear be­ing fit­ted to cur­rent ve­hi­cles. There is a full-size al­loy spare in the huge boot. Its per­for­mance and econ­omy amaze own­ers of ex­pen­sive Euro­pean ve­hi­cles. The brakes are still in good con­di­tion and I got 43,000km from the orig­i­nal Miche­lin tyres. Ser­vice charges have been min­i­mal, though the most re­cent one in­cluded a new tim­ing belt and plat­inum tipped spark plugs. I am ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed that this is the last Honda V6.

WADE TURNER: My 2013 V6L is my fourth Ac­cord and first V6 and is quiet, su­per re­spon­sive, com­fort­able and re­li­able. As with the oth­ers this one has had no war­ranty or me­chan­i­cal is­sues (ex­cept airbag re­place­ment). I reg­u­larly get 900km per tank on an in­ter­state run, amaz­ing in a V6. Rear pas­sen­gers al­ways com­ment on how much room they have. The con­stant au­dio warn­ings, even when you change the ra­dio sta­tion, get tire­some and an­noy­ing. I thought I’d get used to the foot-op­er­ated park brake but still hate it. Menus for au­dio/maps/ phone etc are very finicky and il­log­i­cal to use.

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