Those seeking a sportier Accord should check out the Accord Coupe.
Honda has made comprehensive changes to the Accord for the latest model year. The updates include a new look, more tech features (such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity), and additional standard equipment.
Stretching about 3.5 inches shorter than the old Accord, the latest sedan defies a general upsizing trend in the midsize segment, although its 192.5-inch overall length still makes it larger than many rivals. Despite the size decrease, there's a significant increase in overall rear seat space thanks to vastly improved packaging, while cargo volume has also risen by 1.1 cubic feet.
Stylistically, the car represents a welcome departure from its rather frumpy predecessor. Shorter overhangs help it to look much more trim, while a deep character line running just below the front door handle and almost into the rear door handle further reduces the appearance of heft.
Inside, in place of the somewhat cluttered dashboard of the last-gen model is a simple and elegant design with an intuitive control layout. The button count is way down, thanks in part to a standard high-resolution display in the center stack that includes a display for the standard rearview camera as well as Pandora internet radio compatibility and SMS text message functionality. Upmarket models include Honda's HondaLink infotainment interface and a second, smaller display in the center of the dashboard.
Uniquely, Honda's available "LaneWatch" system uses a camera mounted on the passenger-side mirror to transmit an image of the blind spot to the infotainment screen on certain higher-specification Accords.
The base engine is a direct-injected 2.4-liter "Earth Dreams" four-cylinder that pairs with either a six-speed manual or an all-new CVT. With dual overhead cams and Honda's i-VTEC system, the engine puts out 185 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 181 lb-ft. of torque at 3,900 rpm. An available dual-exhaust system bumps output up by 4 ponies and 1 lb-ft. With the CVT, the Accord is rated at 27/37 mpg (31 mpg combined), while the six-speed manual dents those figures to 24/34 mpg (27 mpg combined).
A 3.5-liter V6 is optional on higher-spec Accords. Fitted with Honda's i-VTEC variable valve timing system, the engine is rated at 278 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 252 lb-ft. of torque at 4,900 rpm. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available. The V6-equipped Accord returns 21/34 mpg (26 mpg combined) thanks to variable cylinder management that cuts half of the cylinders for highway cruising.
The Accord Hybrid uses a 2.0L Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine that develops 143 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque. A compact electric motor boosts total system output to 212 horsepower. The Accord Hybrid uses a single gear transmission to route power to the front wheels.
The Accord serves up one of the sportier driving experiences in its segment thanks to a well-tuned MacPherson strut suspension and a precise electric power steering system.
Trim Level Breakdown
The Accord is offered in six trim levels called LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6, and Touring, respectively.
LX models come standard with automatic headlights, remote keyless entry, one-touch turn signals, chromed door handles, dual-zone A/C, power windows, a one-touch up/down driver-side window, cruise control, a tilt and telescoping steering column, 12-volt power outlets, an AUX/MP3 input jack, a 160-watt stereo with four speakers, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Sport models gain LED fog lights, dual exhaust tips, a body kit that includes side skirts and a spoiler, aluminum pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat.
EX models receive keyless entry, a power moonroof, heated mirrors, illuminated power window switches, a push-button ignition, a HomeLink transceiver, one-touch up/down front windows, a locking glove box, a six-speaker stereo, a seven-inch display that runs Honda's HondaLink infotainment system, SiriusXM radio, and Honda's LaneWatch technology.
EX-L models build on EX with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, leather upholstery, a four-way adjustable front passenger seat, front heated seats, and a 360-watt sound system with seven speakers.
EX-L V6 models are identical to EX-L variants, but they swap the four-cylinder for the V6 engine.
Finally, Touring models boast LED headlights, automatic high beams, the same body kit as Sport models, parking sensors on both ends, rear heated seats, and navigation.
Base models can be spruced up with additional content at an extra cost. Notably, buyers can pay extra for parking sensors, a wireless phone charger, an auto-dimming rear-view mirrors, LED fog lights, and a body kit.
The Accord Hybrid is available in three different trim levels -- base Hybrid, mid-level EX-L and top-spec Touring.
Even the entry-level Hybrid trim comes well equip, with standard equipment including the Honda Sensing technology suite, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, remote engine start and HD radio.
The EX-L model adds a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system, SiriusXM radio and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
The range-topping Touring trim includes luxury features like rain-sensing windshield wipers, auto high-beam headlights, heated rear seats, parking sensors and navigation.
All Accords come standard with dual front, front side and full-length side-curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution and a tire-pressure monitoring system.
Available on certain trim levels and standard across Hybrid are a blind spot display system, lane departure warning system and forward collision alert system.
The Accord faces strong competition from midsize sedan rivals such as the 38-mpg Nissan Altima, the gorgeous and high-tech Ford Fusion, the ever-popular Toyota Camry, the high-value Hyundai Sonata, and the all-around capable Volkswagen Passat.