Join Date: Oct 2008
location: Thibodaux Louisiana
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Honda automatics have always been known for hard shifting. It gives the cars a more sporty feel when driving aggressively, because you feel like you can control when the transmission shifts using the accelerator pedal. When just driving like a normal person though I've always felt like the 2nd to 3rd gear shift needed some accelerator pedal manipulation for it to shift when I wanted it to. I would usually give it a little extra accelerator at the end of 2nd, then let up on the accelerator, to make the shift happen quicker. Both the 92 and the 03 Accords seemed to be this way. It got to a point where it was a habit, that I didn't even have to think about after 25 years driving them. Neither transmission ever gave me any problems, so I was willing to chalk it up to the fact that no car is perfect. I was actually looking forward to owning an Accord that didn't have this trait, when they came out with the CVT. The CVT is a bit sluggish off the line, but after it gets rolling I actually like it better than the traditional Honda automatic.
I actually tried a Toyota (between the two Accords), and I loved the smooth shifting automatic. It's the rest of the car I didn't care for, and it was quickly traded for the second Accord.
92 EX Sedan auto (RBM) - sold after 12 years (140k miles)
03 EX V6 Sedan auto (NBP, then Ford Blue) - traded in after 13 years (135k miles)
16 EX I4 CVT with sensing (KCM) - 15,000 miles so far