There is every reason to believe that a Honda 6 cylinder car will cause
you grief in your wallet. They have, shall we say, a history that is
Honda's sweet spot has always been 4 cylinder, manual transmission cars.
The further you move away from that, the further you move out of the
area in which Honda gained their reputation originally.
Additionally, the 6 weighs more and costs more to maintain than the 4.
What do you do that you need the 6? Frankly, anyone buying a Honda
really needs only the 4. If you're doing something in which you think
you need the 6, then either you're making that choice based on mistaken
assumptions or else you need the 6 without question and you're buying
the wrong vehicle that's wrapped around it.
A 6 cylinder Honda is unnecessary. It serves only to satisfy the market
that thinks "more is better", the market that doesn't understand
evaluating the entire system as such.
Gotta side with Elmo here. I fell into a deal on my first Accord, a
2006 with EX-L with <2k miles on it. I had previously spoken with a
friend who had owned several, currently owned a 2005 with the 4 cyl. He
told me that a 4 was all I'd ever need. It could scoot with the best of
them and gave great mileage. Well, due to the deal, I went with the 6cyl.
I was happy with the car overall but my highway mileage with the 6 was
around 27 - 28 at best (and I'm measuring basically non-stop, get it up
to 70 or better and set the cruise and drive for 2 or 3 hours on the
interstates) vs. 29 mpg for the same type trip in my Corvette.
Snow time? Sheesh, so much torque off the line with that 6cyl it was a
bitch in the snow and ice with the stock tires. Enough power there to
spin the tires on DRY pavement if I wasn't careful or had a lead foot.
Swapped out and put some well rated Continentals and that problem was
Last year, with just over 100k on the odometer and facing timing belt
and water pump swap out, I bought (another great deal) a slightly used
2013 CR-V EX-L NAV. 4 cyl and AWD and I love it. My friend (and Elmo)
are correct, if you need more than the 4cyl, you shouldn't be in a
Honda. The car can get out of its own way with the best of them and
never once have I encountered (in about 6,000 miles of driving) a
situation where I felt that I needed or even wanted the 6cyl. Gas
mileage is a quite respectable, 25 or so around town and suburban
driving. Highway driving as above? No problem getting 32-33 mpg.
Friend of mine recently rode in the car with me on the interstate and
merging, etc. he commented that he didn't think the CR-V had a 6. He
was surprised to learn that he was correct, he was riding in a 4 cyl.
From my experience with a 2012 EX-L, you only need the 6 if you're
after a little performance and the options you can't get with the 4.
It comes at a steep price. The 4 is a better balanced car
handling-wise. Mileage is surprisingly about a wash. Driving about
80 mph on a lot of long road trips, the 4 is turning in 32 mpg. Better
than the wife's '09 Civic does. I think the 6 might do just as well.
When I bought my 2004 EX 4-cylinder, I asked my salesman if there was any
good reason to buy a 6-cylinder. He said "no." When I test drove it, I
goosed it to pass a truck while getting onto an interstate ramp, and was
really surprised at how much acceleration it had.
I'm similarly pleased with my 2013 version.
I've had my '04 6 cyl Accord for about 10 years....still requires no
additional oil between changes and gets the same gas milage it did 9
Nothing but the regular maintenance on the car from the manual and the
usual tires/brakes stuff.
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