Starting at: $25,000
|MSRP + Destination||Engine||Transmission||City/Hwy mpg|
|LX-S Search New||$25,000||185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl||6-spd man.||23 / 32|
|EX Search New||$27,125||185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl||6-spd man.||23 / 32|
|EX-L Search New||$29,970||185-hp 2.4L 4-cyl||continuously variable auto||26 / 34|
|EX-L V6 Search New||$32,150||278-hp 3.5L 6-cyl||6-spd man.||18 / 28|
|Touring V6 Search New||$35,350||278-hp 3.5L 6-cyl||6-spd auto||21 / 32|
The Accord delivers an excellent ride and nicely balanced handling. Road manners rank as stellar. Unlike some electric power steering systems, Honda’s inspires confidence, offering good centering and largely linear weighting. As mentioned, it’s quiet underway with the windows up.
Unlike many CVTs, Honda’s works nicely with the four-cylinder engine, evading the droning sounds and stretched-out responses common to continuously variable transmissions. G-Design shift logic lets engine revs rise promptly, avoiding the flat spot that some CVTs suffer when starting off. This one feels almost like a series of gears. Driving enthusiasts may prefer the easy-shifting 6-speed manual transmission available with lower-level models.
Honda retains a V6 option, with a conventional 6-speed automatic. Strong and smooth, the V6 is markedly more refined than the turbocharged four-cylinders used in many competitors. During light conditions, two cylinders can be shut down to save fuel.
The Accord Hybrid isn’t quite as light or lithe as a standard four-cylinder Accord, but it handily beats the Toyota Camry Hybrid and bests hybrids from Kia and Hyundai. Engine noise is muted ordinarily, but rises to a howl when pushing the gas pedal hard. It’s difficult to discern when the gas engine switches on, a good thing.
Fuel economy for the Accord lineup rates among the highest in its class. Accord sedans with the four-cylinder engine and CVT are EPA-rated at 27/36 mpg City/Highway, or 30 mpg Combined. The Sport model’s special wheel/tire package drops the estimate to 26/32 mpg City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined. The V6 Accord with the 6-speed automatic is EPA-rated at 21/33 mpg City/Highway, or 25 mpg Combined. An Accord Hybrid is EPA-rated at a fuel-sipping 49/47 mpg City/Highway, or 48 mpg Combined.
It may not be a fashion standout, but the Honda Accord is pleasantly shaped and wholly modern. While other automakers have moved toward low roofs and high beltlines, Honda favors compromise. Its more traditional, more upright elegance is more practical than other, swoopier four-doors.
Light freshening for the 2016 model year gave the sedan’s aluminum hood new contouring, LED taillights were added, and the grille grew bolder. (Accord coupes got a more extensive reworking.)
Efficiently laid-out, the Accord cabin balances comfort with easy visibility and contemporary design. The low, broad instrument panel maximizes space, while positioning vital controls high, to ensure best functionality. Coupled with expansive windows, the Accord feels more airy than other midsize sedans.
All passengers in outboard positions get plenty of space, surrounded by upscale materials, for a level of refinement that few midsize sedans achieve. The driving position is helpfully upright, and backseat riders get above-average leg space. Entry/exit is easy, too.
Helped by Active Noise Cancellation, the cabin is among the quietest, quelling wind and road sounds. The only exception is models with bigger tires.
Twin touchscreens in EX-L and Touring trim levels add clutter. So does the abundance of buttons.
Trunk space is bountiful, at 15.8 cubic feet, with a flat cargo floor. All models except the LX have a 60/40-split back seat.
2017 Honda Accord sedans come in six trim levels plus three Hybrid trims.
Accord LX ($22,355) comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, power mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, a multi-angle rearview camera, and LED taillights. LX comes with manual gearbox or CVT ($800). Prices are MSRP, destination charge ($835) is not included.
Accord Sport ($24,415) includes LED foglamps, 19-inch alloy wheels, power driver’s seat, black cloth upholstery. Sport Special Edition ($25,415) adds leather-trimmed heated seats with red stitching.
Accord EX ($25,730) moves up to a moonroof, heated mirrors, pushbutton start, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Accord EX-L ($28,820) features heated leather-trimmed seats, power passenger seat, 360-watt audio with Aha internet radio, CVT. Navigation is optional. V6 engine ($2,075) comes with conventional automatic.
Accord Touring ($34,830) comes loaded with the V6 engine, navigation, Honda Sensing, heated outboard rear seats, new 19-inch wheels, and automatic high-beam LED headlights.
Accord Hybrid ($29,605), Hybrid EX-L ($32,905), Hybrid Touring ($35,955) feature the gas/electric powertrain and come with LED headlights and taillights with blue accents, but are otherwise equipped similarly to the other models.
The Honda Accord remains one of the most sensible midsize choices and is offered in a wide variety of possibilities. Even the base LX sedan is amply-equipped. Inside and out, the top-end Touring sedan comes close to full-luxury level.
Driving impressions by Andrew Ganz and John Voelcker, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.
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**Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors. For Fit EV Models, 132 city/105 highway/118 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) rating; 82 mile combined (city/highway) driving range rating (adjusted). Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe and range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-electric-label.shtml.
For 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, 115 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 47 city/46 highway/46 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 13 mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 570 mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Based on 2014 EPA mileage and driving range ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.