Well at least it's not a DCT like they used in the Focus and Fiesta
What's wrong with a 2013-15 Accord? They are just as good as the 16-17 models.
Do you like the Camry? Can't go wrong with Toyota
A non-turbo Malibu should suit your needs and be easier to find than the Accord. There is also the Regal
We ended up purchasing a new 2020 VW Jetta, but I was avoiding the 2013-2015 simply because of age and body style. I prefer the 9.5 gen Accord.