Few vehicles over the past three decades have garnered as much respect in America as the Honda Accord. It hasn't achieved this by being sporty, glamorous or sexy. Instead, it has, for every year, offered what most Americans want out of their daily transportation. Take an Accord for a test-drive and you'll find it comfortable, roomy, intelligently engineered and easy to drive. Research it, and you'll find it backed by a solid reputation for reliability, strong resale value and an emphasis on safety.
It is true that some competing sedans or coupes hold certain advantages over the Accord. Some are faster while others are more prestigious or less expensive. What's special about the Honda Accord, though, is its completeness. It scores well in all of the categories that matter to people shopping for a family-friendly sedan or coupe, not just a few. When examined from a holistic standpoint, it's easy to see why this Honda model has become an automotive icon and one of our editors' top recommendations.
Current Honda Accord
The Honda Accord is offered as a sedan or coupe and in a variety of trim levels. Those consist of the base LX (sedan only), base LX-S (coupe only), the better-equipped Sport (sedan only), luxury EX, leather-lined EX-L, leather-and-navigation-equipped EX-L with Navi and fully loaded Touring (sedan).
Standard feature highlights of the base trims include a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control and the HondaLink system, which allows connectivity for audio streaming and social media as well as iPhone and Android apps. Upper trims further include niceties such as keyless ignition and entry, heated seats and adaptive cruise control.
Under the hood you'll typically find a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, whose output (depending on trim level) ranges from 185-189 horsepower. Although a six-speed manual transmission is standard on nearly all four-cylinder Accord trims, most Accords you encounter will likely be fitted with the optional continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The available 3.5-liter V6 boasts 278 hp and is backed by a conventional six-speed automatic in all trims except for the EX-L coupe, where it can also be matched to a six-speed manual transmission.
In reviews, we've been impressed with this Accord's agile demeanor, spirited acceleration (with both engines), refined CVT performance, excellent fuel economy and roomy, comfortable cabin. The Honda's crisp handling should delight even those who don't consider themselves driving enthusiasts, as the car simply drives smaller than it is. However, the ride is on the firm side, which may not suit those used to a plusher ride in their family sedan or coupe. Overall, this is the best Accord we've seen in quite some time -- no small accomplishment considering how consistently well-regarded this segment staple has been.
Read the most recent 2014 Honda Accord review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Honda Accord page.
For more on past Honda Accord models, view our Honda Accord history page.