Today I picked up my new 1.8 EX-GT and so far I am loving it
I will post some pics later, but here are some quick initial observations...
This car is what the 8th Gen should have been... Honda has listened! The first thing I noticed was the build quality, it is rock solid with a very premium feel... as Pottsy said in his review, there are no cheap plastics to be found! It feels like an Accord.
Then there is the ride... The car is quiet, smooth and refined... a massive improvement on the 8th Gen and this is based on only driving if for less the 30 miles, so once the engine has loosened up a bit, I'm sure it will get better.
The technology inside is amazing and very well implemented. I did not even notice the auto stop/start until I remembered about it about 5 miles from the dealer lol... completely unobtrusive.
The premium stereo sounds very good... I'm no audiophile, but this is very noticeably better than my old EX-GT. The sub woofer is very good
The I-Mid is very good and well positioned and thought out. I know for some the ability to change the trip functions only when station is an issue, but the HDD Navigation system also shows trip data, so I have set the I-Mid to range (Which is prob the most useful to me) and will use the nav screen to check mpg etc.
I know the looks are controversial, but it is much better in the flesh than pics... It looks a lot more grown up and executive. I get it! I get what Honda has done... The 8th Gen was sportier and edgier looking, but the 9th is not a sports orientated car... it's a luxury family car. I loved my old EX-GT, but this is a class above and you can't even compare it to a CTS or CTR... as they are pitched at a completely different market.
BTW, the rear visibility is fine... as was in the old car and that's my only issue with the new model... the rear wiper! It does not need it and never has...