Summary, Prices, Specs

By February 6, 2014

Summary

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
Model lineup: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)
Engines:185-hp 2.4-liter I4; 278-hp 3.5-liter V6; two-motor hybrid; plug-in two-motor hybrid
Transmissions:6-speed manual; CVT continuously variable transmission; 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):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
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Marysville, Ohio; Sayama, Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Honda Accord sedan EX CVT ($25,680)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):none
Destination charge:$790
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSPR):$26470
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:2.4-liter dohc 16-valve I4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):185 @ 6400
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):162 @ 4400
Transmission:continuously variable transmission
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:27/36 mpg
Wheelbase:109.3 in.
Length/width/height:191.4/72.8/57.7 in.
Track, f/r:62.8/62.7 in.
Turning circle:38.1 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.1/55.6/42.5 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.5/54.7/38.5 in.
Cargo volume:15.8 cu. ft.
Payload: Lbs.
Towing capacity: Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent strut, coil springs, antiroll bar
Suspension, r:independent, coil springs, antiroll bar
Ground clearance:5.8 in.
Curb weigth:3336 lbs.
Tires:P215/50VR17 Michelin Primacy
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:17.2 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of February 6, 2014.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-999-1009 - automobiles.honda.com