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my last car was a '99 Accord EX V6, and BTW, they have 200 hp, not 225. Torque is typically not a Honda strong point, on that car it's 195 lb-ft.
But anyway, wait until you have 20,000 to 30,000 miles on the Honda, it'll be much stronger. And make sure to rev it to redline at least a few times per week, Honda engines get sluggish if you putt around at low rpm all the time. Use Mobil 1 engine oil and change it every 7,500 miles; change the ATF with the Honda brand ATF every 15,000-20,000 miles (it'll shift much better)
My Honda was completely stock, but from 75 mph to 115 mph, it could keep up with an automatic BMW 330i (225hp) without any problem at all! Hondas just love to rev, and their V6 is smooth as glass at idle...
Maybe something's amiss with your wife's Honda, or it's not really broken in yet? Even while already traveling at 5-10 mph, mine would chirp its tires if I floored it!
As for mileage, my Honda got 20 mpg in NYC traffic, and 31 mpg at a steady 60 mph on the Jersey Turnpike. IIRC, it was EPA rated 20/28.
My '88 9000T never attained 30 mpg, probably the most it ever got was about 26-27 mpg. It had decent punch from 65 mph to 95 mph, but it was _very_ laggy from a standing start. Good midrange torque (188 lb-ft) but no way was it faster than my Honda Accord V6.
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