Honda Accord

2015 Honda Accord

Long considered a top contender in the family-sedan market, the Honda Accord is among the best of a crop of superb midsize cars. Accord comes in four-door sedan and two-door coupe form, with a wide variety of engine and transmission choices. The Honda Accord was completely redesigned and re-engineered for the 2013 model year.

An Accord Hybrid sedan joined the lineup for 2014, boasting an EPA-estimated 50-mpg City fuel-economy rating from its smooth, advanced two-motor gas-electric hybrid powertrain. Also new for 2014 was an Accord Plug-in Hybrid with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine, which could be recharged overnight by connecting to an electrical outlet. The regular Accord Hybrid returns for 2015, but the Plug-in edition is absent, dropped after just one season on the market. Honda plans to announce its intentions for continuation of a Plug-in Hybrid model at Detroits North American International Auto Show, in January 2015.

For 2015, four-cylinder EX-L and EX-L Navi trim levels of the Accord sedan and coupe gain a standard HomeLink universal remote system, programmable with codes for up to three devices. The four-cylinder EX coupe adds the Honda LaneWatch display, which uses a camera and in-dash screen to provide an enhanced view of the passenger-side roadway. All coupes of EX-L level and above get an auto-dimming inside mirror.

The 2015 Honda Accord comes standard with a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Its a smooth, enjoyable engine and, on sedans, gets an EPA-estimated 27/36 mpg City/Highway with the CVT (continuously variable transmission), or 24/34 mpg with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Sport Sedan and Coupe models with CVT are rated 26/35 mpg.

An available 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers 278 horsepower, and is EPA-rated at 21/34 mpg City/Highway with the 6-speed automatic transmission; V6-powered Accord Coupes rate 21/32 mpg with automatic. The Accord V6 coupe is also available with a sporty 6-speed manual gearbox, estimated at a less-thrifty18/28 mpg.

Equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, the Accord Hybrid seamlessly blends electric-only drive, gas-engine drive, and a combination of the two. The result is excellent fuel economy and smooth cruising. Accord Hybrid is EPA-estimated at 50/45 mpg City/Highway (47 mpg combined). We got better than 50 mpg while driving normally, though Consumer Reports managed only 40 mpg during its testing. Hybrid sedans come in three trim levels.

On the road, a Honda Accord is quiet and controlled, a blend of isolation from annoyances with responsive road manners. Overall, it feels smooth, well-rounded and refined, doing everything better than average.

All Accord models have room for four adults, or five in a pinch. Sedans, as expected, have more backseat space than coupes.

The midsize segment has plenty of viable competitors. Among them: Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Altima, Mazda6, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and Volkswagen Passat. Drivers who want more space, performance or features might consider a Nissan Maxima or Toyota Avalon. Hyundais Genesis Coupe is another option, for those who favor two-doors. Choices in the family sedan segment are bigger and broader than ever, and car buyers are the winners.


2014 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is among the best of a crop of superb midsize cars. Accord comes in four-door sedan and two-door coupe versions and offers a wide variety of engine and transmission choices for different types of buyers and budgets.

For 2014, an all-new Accord Hybrid sedan joins the line boasting an EPA-estimated 50 mpg City rating from a smooth, advanced two-motor gas-electric hybrid powertrain. Completely redesigned and re-engineered for the 2013 model year, the rest of the Accord lineup carries over unchanged.

The 2014 Honda Accord comes standard with a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Its a smooth, enjoyable engine and, on Accord sedans, gets an EPA-estimated 27/36 mpg City/Highway with the CVT continuously variable transmission or 24/34 mpg with the 6-speed manual gearbox. The Accord Sport Sedan and Accord Coupe models get about a mile per gallon less in fuel economy.

A 3.5-liter V6 engine is available that delivers 278 horsepower and an EPA-rated 21/34 mpg City/Highway with the 6-speed automatic transmission; V6-powered Accord Coupes rate 21/32 mpg with the automatic. The Accord V6 coupe is also available with a sporty 6-speed manual, which rates 18/28 mpg, much less than the four-cylinder.

Two hybrid gas-electric Accord sedans are available: Accord Hybrid and Accord Plug-in Hybrid. Both are equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, so you will never be left stranded due to lack of electric charge. Both recharge themselves when driving with the gas-powered engine.

The Accord Hybrid seamlessly blends electric-only drive, gas-engine drive, and a combination of the two. The result is excellent fuel economy and smooth cruising. Accord Hybrid is EPA-rated at 50/45 mpg City/Highway; we got better than 50 mpg while driving normally. The Accord Hybrid cannot be plugged in: Simply fill it with gas like any other car and go about your life.

The Accord Plug-in Hybrid, however, can be plugged in. This feature allows the owner to recharge the car overnight and drive to and from work without using a drop of gasoline, assuming you work within five miles of your home. A fully charged Accord Plug-in Hybrid offers an electric-only range of 13 miles. If you exceed that range the gasoline engine kicks in to prevent you from being stranded. The combined gas-electric range is 570 miles. Under normal driving, the Accord Plug-in Hybrid is EPA-rated at 47/46 mpg City/Highway. Using electric power, its rated by the federal government at 115 MPGe, whatever that means. There are tax credits and rebates available from the federal government and some state governments, California among them. Also, some states issue stickers allowing electric cars and some hybrids to travel in HOV high-occupancy vehicle lanes.

All Accord models have room for four adults, five in a pinch. Sedans have more backseat room than do the coupes. We find the cabin appealing, comfortable and convenient, and Accord offers the latest in telematics and electronic applications.

On the road, the Accord is quiet and controlled, a blend of isolation from annoyances with responsive road manners. It isnt about being the fastest in a straight line or flattest around the corners but rather being well-rounded and doing everything better than average. Overall, it feels smooth and refined.

The Accord sedan and coupe look good, their styling neither as dramatic as some nor as bland as others.

The midsize segment is a large one with many viable competitors. Among them: Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Altima, Mazda6, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Volkswagen Passat. Drivers who want more space, performance or features might also look to a Nissan Maxima or Toyota Avalon. Hyundai Genesis Coupe is an option. The choices in the family sedan segment are bigger and broader than ever and car buyers are the winners.


2013 Honda Accord

The 2013 Accord represents the ninth generation of the nameplate. The 2013 Honda Accord has a new platform, engine, transmissions, suspension, bodywork, interior, electronics and safety equipment. It is appropriate it to call it a new car.

Reversing a common trend, the 2013 Honda Accord is smaller on the outside and, by total volume, smaller on the inside. However, dimensionally the cabin is bigger in every measure except front-seat hiproom. More important, it feels just as roomy as last year's model, and the trunk is significantly larger than before.

The 2013 Accord is offered in four-door sedan and two-door coupe versions. New iterations for 2013 include a Sport version of the four-cylinder sedan. (A plug-in hybrid PHEV is expected in early 2013 as a 2014 model.) For 2013, there are six trim levels for sedans and four for the coupe. Both coupe and sedan offer a choice of two engines and three transmissions.

A new four-cylinder engine has more usable power and is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission. Fuel economy ratings are very competitive. The V6 engine is mildly revised from 2012 and available with a new 6-speed automatic or, on Coupe only, a 6-speed manual. The 2013 Accord V6 sedan EPA 34 mpg Highway rating matches that of the 2012 Accord four-cylinder, an impressive achievement.

The new 2013 Accord interior is as functional as before but more user friendly, especially on top-line models. It has room for four adults, five in a pinch, a new suite of telematics and electronic applications, and a longer slate of standard equipment. We find the cabin more visually appealing than before and can't imagine anything a mid-size sedan buyer needs that the 2013 Accord doesn't offer at some level.

On the road the 2013 Accord is quiet and controlled, a blend of isolation from annoyances that some drivers prefer with road manners other drivers prefer. It isn't about being the fastest in a straight line or flattest around the corners but rather being well-rounded and doing everything better than average.

We find the new wrapper far more attractive than the last one. It's neither as dramatic as some nor as bland as others, Honda preferring proven middle ground to extreme. The 2013 Accord has advanced in crash safety and, given the performance of the sister-car Acura TL, is expected to get top safety scores.

This ninth-generation Accord will not dominate the market it and the Camry battled over for decades because there are now many more viable competitors. Accord offers a coupe that Camry no longer does. The Ford Fusion may take the design mantle away from the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima, but Hyundai has a Genesis Coupe to compete with Accord. The Nissan Altima lineup includes a coupe, and the Altima sedan is new for 2013 and touts excellent EPA ratings, as does the roomy Volkswagen Passat TDI introduced for 2012. The Chevrolet Malibu is new for 2013, and a new Mazda 6 is expected for 2013. Drivers who want more space, performance or features might also look to a Nissan Maxima or Toyota Avalon. The choices in the family sedan segment are bigger and broader than ever and car buyers are the winners.


 

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