I know this is a Honda forum, but with them no longer making the Accord, and people considering other options out there, I felt it was ok for me to slap this in here for others to get an idea. As most of you know, I am likely to be selling my Accord towards the end of this year and I have been looking around to see whats around on offer. Just like when I was at uni and going out on a Friday night , I have seen a few prospects that I have been thinking I would like a ride with. First up - Lexus. This is the hybrid with a 2.5ltr 4 cylinder engine under the bonnet. Picked her up and drove to DD's house for us to have a good look over it together. First things however - I really like the styling of it, it looks fantastic, not so sure of the black alloys on this particular model, but the rest is lovely. She is riding on 18" Bridgestone Potenzas So, you get in, start her up and absolutely nothing at all happens other than the infotainment system turning on and a small greed "READY" light on the instrument cluster. Up to 30mph, she will run solely on the battery if you wish to do so, above that, the engine kicks in. DD and I were playing a game trying to feel and listen when the engine starts up and stops (without cheating and looking at the dash) and neither one of us could ascertain when it did so. Completely seemless. The seats are lovely, the interior is nice, no cheap horrid plastic and everything is screwed down solid. This car had 500 miles on the clock so I would hope that there werent any rattles. Steering wheel is fantastic to hold too. What truly amazed me about her is how she handles. Slightly longer than the Accord (put her side by side with DD's K24), but squatter. The steering is incredibly precise, possibly one of the best steerings I have felt in a long time. She just grips and grips and nose just points and shoots. Had a spirited drive down some country roads (had DD holding on throughout most of the country road drive ), and she was brilliant. Very quiet inside, we were travelling at comfortable speeds shall we say and we could hold a conversation without raising our voices at all. So the bad - and possibly the thing which will turn me off. She handles brilliantly, but she needs more power. On paper, she has more than my Accord, and is probably a bit faster too, but not hugely. With such a lovely chassis, she is craving more power. Secondly - and most importantly, I don't know if I can live with a CVT gearbox. Felt weird sitting at 6k constantly, the rev counter not moving, but the speedo doing so instead. No sensation of drama in any way at all. Gearbox was incredibly smooth, could not feel it change gears at all. But it kind of ticks most of the boxes. I think I have finally decided that I want something which is calm and relaxing to drive, something that I can ponder around in on the way home from work, after spending the day driving quickly, something to unwind in. This lexus kind of does it. It needs more toys, but to be fair, they are available, just not on the above model I drove, but whilst I want something to be able to be quiet as I drive it, something to help me relax, I also want something that does those things but also when I poke it with a stick, it takes off. The hybrid system is fun to play with however - gives me all sorts of new games to play in the car (Can I trick it? How long can I drive at 30mph upsetting people behind me before the engine kicks up to charge it back up again? Who can I scare in the village by creeping up on them without them hearing me? How close can I get? and the best one - MPG?) So, Lexus - loved it as an overall package, just needs more power and I am not sure if I can live with a CVT gearbox. That is possibly a deal breaker for me. Other than that however - Il take one. Oh, drive to DD, spirited drive and one back again, MPG of 47.2. Thats not too shabby and it was still going up. Comparison to the Accord? Not fair at all - there is 10 years plus technology difference between the two, so it would be no contest... but I still love my Accord and to be honest, I look forward to getting her back tomorrow.