The Honda Accord is an ideal combination of comfort, reliability and performance, which is why it has been a top seller for decades and has one of the best in class resale values.
The 2016 Accord received a major facelift, which included new grilles, taillights, a redesigned interior and technology upgrades. The 2017 Accord will remain mostly unchanged, with a complete overhaul due in 2018.
What's New for 2017
There won’t be many changes this year but expect a whole slew of changes for 2018 as the Accord is being completely remodeled. Honda Sensing is now an available option across all trims and comes standard on the Touring model. This safety system includes collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and lane keeping assist. It also includes road departure mitigation as well as adaptive cruise control.
The Accord Hybrid makes a comeback for 2017 after taking a break since 2015. It’s outfitted with a two-motor hybrid system that uses one motor to accelerate the Accord Hybrid from a dead stop. The second engine starts the engine and charges the first motor. The new Hybrid gets a whopping 49-mpg combined.
The Sport Special Edition is also a newcomer for 2017. This special trim level adds heated leather trimmed seating, red stitching and special edition badging.
Choosing Your Honda Accord
There are numerous models to choose from in the Accord lineup so you are bound to find your perfect vehicle. Your main choice will be whether you want to cruise around town in a sedan or coupe. Once that decision is made there are seven trim levels to choose from, making it easy to equip your Accord just the way you want.
Prices range from $22,355 for a LX Sedan base model, all the way up to $34,375 for the Touring trim level. The standard engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 185 horsepower while the 3.5-liter V6, which comes standard on the EX-L V6 and Touring, generates 278 horsepower.
While plenty of accessories exist, there are only two optional packages: the Honda Sensing safety package and a Honda Satellite Linked Navigation Package. Each one will set you back $1,000.
The Honda Accord is available in seven trim levels: LX, Sport, Sport Special Edition, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6, and the top-of-the-line Touring.
The Accord Hybrid is back and has an industry-first two-motor hybrid system managing a very impressive 49 mpg combined. It is available in three trim levels, Hybrid, EX-L and Touring. The Hybrid starts at $29,605 and ranges up to $35,955 for the Touring model.
The Accord is available in a variety of trim levels so you should be able to build one that fits your style and budget. The EX-L is a good combination of features and price. If you like the performance of a V6, though, you will have to move up to the EX-L V6 or Touring model.
Refined and athletic, the Accord has been a top choice among midsize sedans for decades. It faces some very worthy competitors these days, but that hasn't dissuaded legions of repeat buyer who regard the Accord as the ideal passenger car.
Pricing and Equipment
The Accord lineup starts with the LX at $22,455. Standard features include:
Dual-zone automatic climate control
A four-speaker infotainment system with streaming audio and text messaging
A multi-angle rearview camera
16-inch alloy wheels
The Sport provides upgraded trim throughout and larger wheels for $24,515 (not counting an $875 destination charge). The $25,830 EX add a sunroof and Honda's enhanced blind spot monitoring system, known as LaneWatch. The $28,920 EX-L moves the Accord toward luxury territory with leather seats, front collision alert, and an upgraded infotainment system with six speakers and a touchscreen (in addition to the standard button-operated display). Priced at $34,930, the line-topping Touring model comes standard with navigation and Honda Sensing (adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning).
The Accord coupe omits the base LX trim and replaces the Sport grade with the LX-S, but otherwise follows the same equipment structure.
The Accord comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a (silky smooth) six-speed manual transmission, a rarity in this class. We're also surprised by the continued availability of a six-cylinder engine – the competition is largely moving to turbocharged engines.
The 2.4-liter feels plenty energetic and delivers excellent efficiency. Paired with the available continuously variable transmission, the 2.4-liter is EPA-rated at 30 mpg in combined city and highway driving.
The 3.5-liter V6 produces 278 horsepower for robust acceleration, albeit at some loss of efficiency. It's optional on the EX-L and standard with the Touring, and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission (or manual on EX-L coupe only).
We like the slick-shifting 6-speed manual, but it's not available on the EX-L sedan or any Touring model. That means buyers will have to pass up a lot of desirable equipment for the opportunity to shift for themselves.
Not all buyers will love the behavior of the CVT. The only way to get a traditional automatic transmission is to spring for a V6 model.
The large window area and horizontally oriented dashboard permit excellent visibility and a feeling of spaciousness.
Regardless of trim, the Accord's cabin is handsome and screwed together well.
The two-screen layout on higher-level trims isn't particularly intuitive, and despite the lower touchscreen, there are a lot of old-fashioned buttons.
The seat fabric used in the first three trim levels isn't particularly plush, and there's no alternative material available.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
The Accord rides as quietly and smoothly as many large sedans, and yet still tackles curves with distinction.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
There are very few individual options for the Accord. We wish buyers didn't have to jump a trim level (or two) to get just one feature they can't live without.
The Bottom Line
We've always been impressed by the Accord's agility and efficiency. These days, buyers who care mostly about comfort and convenience can love it too.