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 2013 Honda Accord represents the start of the ninth generation. And for once, it's not bigger and heavier than the one it replaces. This is likely a response to criticism that the previous Accord had become too large and too soft. As such, this slightly smaller successor not only boasts segment-leading fuel economy but also marks a return to the sporty driving dynamics of much earlier Accords.
Within the less bulky styling is an improved interior with a more cohesive design and higher-quality materials. The switchgear is less confusing than before and the HondaLink system allows connectivity for audio streaming and social media as well as iPhone and Android apps. And despite the newest Accord measuring nearly 4 inches shorter in length, there is more rear seat legroom and trunk capacity. Trim levels are the familiar base LX (sedan only), luxury EX, leather-lined EX-L and leather-and-navigation-equipped EX-L with Navi. New trims include the enthusiast-oriented Sport (sedan), loaded Touring (sedan) and LX-S (essentially the LX version of the coupe).
Under the hood, direct injection debuts for the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, adding power (now up to 185-189 horsepower) and greater fuel efficiency. Although a six-speed manual transmission is standard on nearly all four-cylinder Accord trims, most will likely be fitted with the optional continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The available 3.5-liter V6 provides 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, this Accord impresses with its more agile demeanor, spirited acceleration (with both engines), refined CVT performance, excellent fuel economy and roomy, comfortable cabin. The Accord'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.