The Honda Accord is smooth, easy to operate and enjoyable to drive. All get excellent fuel economy, some better than others yet performance is responsive. We found all powertrain combinations enjoyable, so choosing among them is a matter of preference and priorities. The cabin is comfortable and the trunk is capacious. Options for entertainment and telematics, trim and interior mean there is an Accord for everyone. The coupe is nice, but the sedan is what makes the Accord great. The Accord is arguably the best midsize car available.
G.R. Whale filed this report after his test drive of the Accord models in Southern California; with NewCarTestDrive.com editor Mitch McCullough reporting on the Accord Hybrid from San Antonio.
Model Line Overview
Honda Accord LX sedan ($21,955); LX-S coupe ($23,625); Sport sedan ($23,715); EX sedan ($24,880); EX coupe ($25,300); EX-L sedan ($28,270); EX-L nav sedan ($30,045; EX-L V6 sedan ($30,345); EX-L nav V6 sedan ($32,120); Touring V-6 sedan ($33,480); EX-L V6 coupe ($30,625); EX-L V6 coupe Navi ($32,400); Hybrid sedan ($29,155), Hybrid EX-L ($31,905), Hybrid Touring ($34,905); Plug-in Hybrid PHEV Sedan ($39,780)
two-stage front airbags, dual-chamber front side airbags, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints; electronic stability control, antilock brakes, tire pressure monitors, rear camera, daytime running lights
Safety equipment (optional):
LaneWatch, forward collision warning, lane departure warning
3 years/36,000 miles
Marysville, Ohio; Sayama, Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Honda Accord sedan EX CVT ($25,680)
cloth upholstery, dual-temperature climate control, power steering, power disc brakes, power windows/locks/heated mirrors, moonroof, LaneWatch, tilt-and-telescope steering wheel w/illuminated controls, heated front seats, power driver's seat, rearview camera, Bluetooth hands-free, USB port, split-element driver-side mirror, 8-inch display, Pandora, SMS text messaging, automatic headlamps, folding rear seat, cruise control, floor shift, active noise cancellation, 17-inch alloy wheels, 160-watt AM/FM/CD/aux stereo, auto-dimming rearview mirror, six airbags, electronic stability control
Options as tested (MSRP):
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
2.4-liter dohc 16-valve I4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
185 @ 6400
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
162 @ 4400
continuously variable transmission
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
15.8 cu. ft.
independent strut, coil springs, antiroll bar
independent, coil springs, antiroll bar
P215/50VR17 Michelin Primacy
vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of February 06, 2014.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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