I am considering the purchase of either the Honda Accord or the
Toyota Avalon for my wife's use. Both seem to be very nice cars but
good and not good features to each.
On the Honda Accord, I am concerned about the engine which runs on
either 3, 4, or six cylinders, depending on driving conditions,
speed, etc. They claim this is to increase fuel efficiency. I
don't know how long this engine has been used by Honda, but it
sounds to me like it could be major expensive problem a few years
down the pike. Does anyone know anything about this engine and/or
have any experience with it?
I recall that in the middle 70's, that Cadillac came out with a 4,
6, 8 cylinder engine. Apparently it didn't work out because they
only kept it the one year. I don't know if it was a problem engine
or if it didn't achieve the efficiency expected. At any rate, I am
leery about the Honda engine.
As an aside questions: How do they do that, and does it really
On the Toyota Avalon, they have a six speed transmission. Again, I
don't know how long they have used this transmission or what the
service record has been. I also have concerns about expensive
The other problem with the Toyota is the gear shift. It is not just
a back and forth lever. It has a deeply notched track for the
shifter. It seems to me that this might result in cumbersome
shifting. Anyone have any knowledge and/or experience with this
six speed transmission?
Thanks in advance for your ideas, suggestions, and experience.
PS: I am also posting this on both the Honda and the Toyota groups.