Funny, that's sort of the same dilemma -- down to the same two car makes -- that I'm facing. I've been a loyal Honda and Acura owner for years. Went from a little Civic to an Accord and then to an Integra. I LOVE the Integra (which was the first car I had ever bought used -- two years old). But, it's going on 12 years old now, and I kind of am intrigued by some of the new features in today's cars.
My problem with choosing is: I really don't LIKE leather, nor do I really want it (since I rescue animals, I think that I've become more sensitized to the waste we often make of animal lives), but most of the cars with the OTHER features I want, come with leather
. I am having trouble finding time to visit dealers and test drive, because a rescuer's schedule generally means that you're schlepping adopted pets to and fro or doing adoption or other events in your free time. And then, the question of new, certified pre-owned, used, or used private sales. I think that lots of people are like me -- they can keep their Honda OR Accord going for almost forever, and I wonder if the used/pre-owned can be very good deals, especially if I buy from a dealer, compared to a new one with warranty and so on. I DID luck out with the Integra, in finding a private owner who wanted to sell fairly quickly, and who had taken great care of the car but just traded his cars every couple of years. I'm not sure how likely it is I'll find that kind of deal, again. On the other hand, WHEN am I gonna be able to test drive a new car, anyway?? At least, money isn't a big problem these days -- lots different than when I bought my FIRST car!!!
Hey, keep us posted on what you find out and/or what you decide to buy! I'll for sure be watching eagerly!