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.

Performance Pros

Honda Accord

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).

Performance Cons

  • 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.

Interior Pros

  • 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.

Interior Cons

  • 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.