Well, calm down a bit. No need to overreact. Your statements "I am
merely going by what they said" and "take it up with the others" tell
the story. I absolve you of any responsibility for what was in your
post. Feel better now? But to answer your questions (But don't these
tests attempt to accelerate the car from 0 mph to 60 mph as fast as
possible? Does your average driver always try to accelerate this
quickly?), yes those tests measure maximum acceleration from a standing
start and they are also good indicators of acceleration ability at less
than maximum acceleration conditions. In addition, some tests (Consumer
Reports for one) also test for acceleration at highway speeds--from
45mph to 65mph for example. The average driver doesn't constntly use
maximum acceleration during everyday driving but on occasion may use it:
entering a busy limited access highway that has only short entrance
ramps and necessary passing on a 2 lane road are two examples that come
awhile back a guy was looking into buying a honda accord and wanted to know
which one to buy and i kept replying telling him the 4 cylinder was the way
to go and everybody in the group was saying get the 6 then after he bought
the car i put up one final post saying you'll wish you would've got the 4
and low and behold i was right. for about the same price of a v6 accord you
can buy a 4cylinder ex model which is top of the line. i would definitely
get the 4 cylinder it will have a high resale value whether it's an
automatic or manual and with the newer type of vtech engine it has plenty of
I admit that I was more than satisfied with the 125 hp of my 1993
Civic EX, but that car only weighed about 2400 lbs and it had a
manual transmission. For an automatic-transmission Accord at 3200
lbs, I expect 120 hp would definitely seem inadequate in some
normal driving situations, such as passing on two-lane roads. 160
might suffice - though I'd still much rather have the manual
transmission, which I've found makes a considerable difference for
Hondas. (The Civic EX, for example, would do 80 mph in third gear,
which really came in handy for passing. I passed five cars in one
go on a rural highway in Ohio once.)
Hmm... According to Edmunds, my 1990 Accord LX also has 125 hp, at
about 2900 lbs. It's quite peppy, but again that's with the manual
All that said, I'm not sure I'd want to judge what qualifies as
"ordinary" driving, or an unusual fondness for acceleration.
Michael Wojcik email@example.com
Pogo: The dogs *scarcely* ever catches the rabbit.
If you are carrying a full load up steep roads over 5000 feet
altitude, you love your air-conditioner, and you're in a hurry, go for
If at least half your driving is downhill, I'd go for the four.
The four is an amazing piece of engineering, the six is pretty good
for its kind.
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