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Fully loaded Accord, or entry level luxury car

I'm completely torn on which car to purchase.  I am willing to spend up to my $40K approval, as I received a great rate and the payments work in my monthly budget.  I was originally going with a Mustang V6 Premium convertible or coupe; however, with two small children I think I have to move on as the amount of space inside would not comfortably fit their car seats (not to mention the pain of getting them in/out of a coupe).

 

Now I'm trying to decide, do I go with a BMW 320i xDrive with minimal upgrades, or do I go with a fully loaded Accord EX-L?  I know that these cars are not in the same "class" and probably cannot be adequately compared, but I'm really having a hard time making a decision.  Then the mustang keeps cropping back in my thoughts.

 

I have previously owned a Mustang GT Coupe (2000), BMW Z4 (2004),  Accord (2005) and I honestly loved all 3 for their own reasons.  

 

I am leaning toward the BMW, but my concern of course it that it would be more of the base model with not many upgrades.  I would go with the xDrive version and already have a couple of great quotes from leading dealerships in the area.

 

What would you do, and why?

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Re: Fully loaded Accord, or entry level luxury car

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I'd go with a loaded Accord.  EX-L is a really nice trim although have you seen the new 2014 Mercedes CLA250?  $29k with some nice features/options included.  When I get tired of my Hondas, I might go for that next. :smileytongue:

 

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Re: Fully loaded Accord, or entry level luxury car


eddie84 wrote:

I'd go with a loaded Accord.  EX-L is a really nice trim although have you seen the new 2014 Mercedes CLA250?  $29k with some nice features/options included.  When I get tired of my Hondas, I might go for that next. :smileytongue:

 


I JUST saw a commercial this afternon for the CLA250 and now I've added that to my comparison list... driving myself even more crazy now :smileyhappy:    I will try to take a spin in one this week and see how it feels.

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Re: Fully loaded Accord, or entry level luxury car

The CLA is a nice looking car, but once you start to addon stuff to the base model the price jumps up to high 30s pretty quick. If I were choosing between the four vehicles, I'd probably go with the Accord.

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Re: Fully loaded Accord, or entry level luxury car

With the options you listed and kiddies, I would go with a 4 door Accord.  The 2014 models look great.  Why ?  I have kids and now a grandchild.  You need that room to be able to feel comfortable.  It becomes a stronger thing than the want factor once you involve the kids.

 

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Re: Fully loaded Accord, or entry level luxury car

Exactly with the CLA.. I want the brown leather package and of course the heated seats and such.. HAHA! Looks SO NICE!
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Re: Fully loaded Accord, or entry level luxury car

If the Accord is the EX-L V6 I'd take it over the BMW....if it's the 2.4 I'd take the BMW......

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Re: Fully loaded Accord, or entry level luxury car

Thanks for your input everyone!

 

After test driving the BMW I couldn't let it go.  :smileyhappy:  Drove it home yesterday and having tons of fun.  Must admit, the eco-pro is abit strange with shutting the engine off when coming to a stop, but I'm sure I'll get used to it.

 

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Re: Fully loaded Accord, or entry level luxury car

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