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2008 Honda Accord EX Review

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I grew up in what you might call a Honda family. We had a 1988 Honda Civic DX, 1995 Honda Odyssey LX, and a 2004 Honda Pilot EXL. We kept each of the Hondas for as least 6 years. The 2004 Honda Pilot is still in our family, and it is running strong at 158k miles. In 2002, my father was originally going to get the Honda Accord, but due to its age, he got the Toyota Camry which was brand new at the time instead. As the fourth best selling car in America, the Accord came to fruition in 1976 as a hatchback. It instantly became a successful as it responded well to America’s need for a fuel efficient family car. The success continued as the Accord continued with its generations. The Accord was redesigned in 2008.¬† Compared to the previous Accords, the Accord has grown in size and was now classified as a large sedan by the EPA, and it placed more emphasis on comfort and refinement. Continue reading

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2005 Acura TL Review

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Before 2004, the Acura TL wasn’t considered a genuine rival to the BMW 3 series and Mercedes C class, which could be attributed to its image and dullness. The 2004 redesign changed that. Combining modern styling, sharp performance, affordability, and comfort, the TL surprised it’s German rivals with its competence. The fact it was available in Type S trim and with a manual transmission didn’t hurt either.The original TL (TL stands for ‘Touring Luxury’) was introduced in 1996 to replace the Vigor. The TL did not concern the Europeans as it had dull styling and underwhelming performance. Same thing applies to the second generation TL which debuted in 1999. It wasn’t till 2004 that Acura gave a car the Europeans were afraid of. It became the second best selling luxury sedan behind the BMW 3-Series in the U.S following 2004. Continue reading

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2007 Acura RL Review

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No, your eyes do not deceive you. What you see here is an Acura RL. With 379 of the RLs sold in 2012, it is rare. I told the owner of this car this fact, and she said, “Hmm, then I guess my car is a collectible!”.¬† The RL’s genealogy can be traced back to the Legend. in 1986, Honda created a luxury division with the Mid size Legend and the compact sporty Integra. Replacing the successful and popular Legend that jump started the Acura brand, the 1996 RL attempted to provide a comfortable and reliable alternative to the BMW 5 series and Mercedes E-Class. It barely made a dent on the sales chart, as the Acura with its front wheel drive layout and 200 horsepower V6 could not match the superior dynamics and power of its European rivals, and also it lacked prestige. The Acura RL was redesigned in 2005, and for the first time, all-wheel drive was standard. In 2014, the RL is succeeded by the RLX. Continue reading

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2002 Toyota Camry LE Review

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You guys are probably wondering what is a Toyota Camry, one of the dullest cars on the market, doing on this automotive blog? Well, let me shed a little light on the situation. This car is special to me, because we bought this car brand new when I was in kindergarten. This car has been there for our family as long as I can remember. At 143,000 miles, the Camry is still running strong with no problems, despite the notable scratches and dents that we never bothered to repair. Toyota poured $1 billion into developing the Camry and this was the result. Continue reading

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