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Altima coupe v. Accord coupe
I'm looking into purchasing a pre-owned car and have narrowed it down to a 2012 Altima coupe 3.5 SR or a 2011 Accord coupe EX-L. I would love some input on my dilemma, especially from those who have driven both cars.
My dilemma is this: every review I read puts the Accord first in performance. But I have driven both cars, and IMO the Altima smokes the Accord in power, excitement, fun.
I'm not talking about reliability (+Honda?), refinement (what exactly does that mean?), styling (to each their own), or build quality (how can you tell?) I'm talking only about the sheer pleasure of driving it. To me it was close, but it really wasn't. If I think about it, the Altima was fun and the Accord wasn't.
My caveat: before this, I was driving a 1998 Camry which just died, so I'm not used to ANY kind of performance Having said that I was definitely buzzed after driving the Altima, while merely pleased about the Accord.
So let me have it! What am I missing? Also, please be sure to mention if you have actually driven both cars in v6. Doesn't have to be same model year, but close would be helpful!