2019 Honda Accord

By September 9, 2019

The 2019 Honda Accord is one of the best-looking family sedans you can buy. It’s more comfortable and spacious than most rivals with superb rear legroom. It’s unchanged for the new model year.

That base engine is a 1.5-liter turbo-4 making 192 horsepower, but there is an available 2.0-liter turbo that makes 252 hp. There’s also a hybrid using a normally aspirated 2.0-liter that makes 212 hp combined with its two electric motors, and gets 48 miles per gallon. 

There are three transmissions to choose from: a smooth 10-speed automatic, a fuel-efficient but boring CVT, or a fun 6-speed manual.

The base engine with CVT (continuously variable transmission) is EPA-rated at 30 mpg city, 38 highway, 33 combined. The 2.0-liter turbo-4 with a 10-speed automatic rates 23/34/27 mpg. The 6-speed manual transmission brings the mileage down by 3 mpg with the 1.5-liter and 1 mpg with the 2.0-liter. 

The Hybrid’s 48 mpg is the same in city and highway. Honda’s hybrid system is different than others, using the Atkinson-cycle engine to power a generator that feeds the 181-hp electric motors that power the wheels.

The Accord aces its safety ratings with five stars overall from the NHTSA including five stars in every crash test, which is extremely rare. The IIHS backs that up with its top “Good” scores in every crash test, including the driver- and passenger-side front small overlap crash test. The Accord’s standard forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking earned a “Superior” rating for crash avoidance.

The lone demerit on the IIHS scorecard is an “Acceptable” rating for the Accord’s headlights on most trim levels.

Standard on every 2019 Accord is a suite of active safety equipment including forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and a rearview camera with multiple angles. Blind-spot monitors and a head-up display are options. 

Model Lineup

The Accord is available in LX, EX, EX-L, Sport and Touring trim levels.

The $24,615 Accord LX offers 17-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition, a 7.0-inch infotainment display, one USB charge port, and the suite of active safety features.

The EX for $28,515 adds remote start, blind-spot monitors, a moonroof, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, two high-power USB ports, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Leather upholstery adds $2,500, and includes a power passenger seat and upgraded audio.

The 2.0-liter turbo-4 becomes available for $2,000 on the EX-L and Sport. Sport versions are equipped similarly to EX trims but lack heated seats, while adding exterior accents and 19-inch wheels. Sport versions start at $27,180.

For $36,845, the Touring comes standard with that 2.0-liter turbo, along with the 10-speed automatic, adaptive dampers, leather upholstery, 19-inch wheels, a head-up display, navigation, a wireless smartphone charger, and wi-fi hotspot (subscription required).

The Accord Hybrid is available in base, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims and adds $1,600 to comparably equipped models with a 1.5-liter engine.

Exterior

The Accord definitely draws admiring looks on the highway, with its stretched roofline, pleasant proportions, contemporary edges, long hood and low stance. 

Its profile is fastback, with thin roof pillars, but there’s a small trunk lid where it looks like a hatchback should be. The decklid and trunk disappear from the side view, while the rear gets away with boomerang taillights.

Interior 

Starting with the top trim, the Touring, the Accord has a luxury-level cabin with soft leather and handsome wood trim, while other trims, namely the Sport, have a darker feel with their upholstery and trim. The LX has cloth upholstery that’s handsome, and it’s the only model without a power adjustable driver’s seat or heated seats. 

The cabin feels airy thanks to the thin roof pillars that open up the forward view. The low nose and windshield bring in light. A moonroof is standard on the EX and higher, but it cuts into headroom, especially in the rear. 

A single 8.0-inch touchscreen displays infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It’s sharp and easy to view with big, bright icons. The system was improved in 2018 with a blessed and simple volume knob. Smartphone compatibility replaces any need for a vehicle navigation system.

Five adults can ride in comfort. Rear passengers get more than 40 inches of leg room, and there’s also good shoulder room for three adults. 

Active noise cancellation is standard on all models, while EX and higher trim have wheel resonators that hush tire noise. 

There’s a vast 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space, including in the Hybrid, whose batteries are located under the rear seat. Split folding rear seats create even more space.

Forward vision is excellent in front, while rearward vision is about average for a sedan, better than a crossover SUV. 

Driving Impressions

The base 1.5-liter turbo-4 keeps pace with rivals from Nissan and Toyota, while getting better fuel mileage. It’s used in other Hondas, including the CR-V and Civic, and makes 192 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. About 80 percent of all Accords come with the continuously variable transmission (CVT).  

As a compromise between fun and efficiency, there is the Sport model, using the 1.5-liter engine and 6-speed manual transmission; you give up 3 mpg with that gearbox.

The 2.0-liter turbo four with its slick 10-speed automatic transmission may be the best combination. The engine comes from the hot Civic Type R, and makes 252 hp and with 273 lb-ft of torque. The paddle-shifting automatic is definitely the way to go here, as the 6-speed manual has a light and long clutch throw. 

The electric power steering changes ratio depending on steering angle and speed; it’s slower in the middle for better tracking, and quicker on the edges for better cornering. 

The standard suspension uses fluid-filled bushings in the front to soften bumps, and it’s quite communicative without being harsh. The Touring gets adaptive dampers that toggle between sport and normal settings for better performance when the road turns twisty. The Sport gets 19-inch wheels that look cool but ride hard. 

Final Word

The base 2019 Honda Accord suits any driver in need of lots of space and a low sticker price—but all this sexy sedan styling deserves the 2.0-liter turbo-4 from the Civic Type R, with its smooth 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s still a mid-size family car even with the racy powertrain: the Accord can fit three passengers in the rear in comfort, and its huge trunk and folding rear seat keep practicality at the top of its to-do list.