2014 Honda Accord Touring - Driven

The Honda Accord has been around for what seems like forever, and it has undergone more changes that I don’t care to count. After a nice redesign just a year ago, the Accord carries into the 2014 model year with no changes at all. I got my hands on a range-topping Touring version of the 2014 Accord , which had just about every gadget and gizmo imaginable in a mainstream, midsize sedan .

The Accord has long had one of the most boring cabins in its segment, and the redesign takes care of some blandness, but it remains pretty blah. Besides the sleepy design, the Accord Touring’s cabin was very nicely equipped, thank to standard leather, 360-watt audio system, blind-spot camera, Bluetooth and heated seats.

Under the hood, Honda continues with its tried and true 3.5-liter V-6 that nets the sedan just under 300 horsepower. That’s decent power for a midsize sedan, but automakers are now moving toward smaller, turbocharged engines to increase fuel economy, but maintain power output, and Honda is still missing this boat.

So how does the Accord stack up to the likes of the Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry ?

Read my full Driven review after the jump to find out.

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Exterior

Honda Accord Touring - Driven
Honda Accord Touring - Driven
Honda Accord Touring - Driven

On the outside, the Honda Accord V6 Touring is nothing too special, as it looks like your plain-Jane Accord V6. Of course, the Accord was recently revised, so at least it has a pretty sharp look for a midsize family hauler. One huge downside to my tester was the fact that it was white, which is not a very flattering color for the Accord, as it makes it look fresh off of the Enterprise Rental fleet. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to choose the color, so it is what it is.

One really neat feature were the new LED headlights that really gave off loads of light at nighttime and gave the sedan a striking look in the dark.

2014 Honda Accord Touring - Exterior Specifications

Length191.4 In.
Wheelbase109.3 In.
Width72.8 In.
Height57.7 In.
Curb Weight3,559 Lbs.
Weight Distribution (% Front/Rear)62 / 38

Interior

Honda Accord Touring - Driven
Honda Accord Touring - Driven
Honda Accord Touring - Driven

Inside the cabin, the Accord Touring was anything but your typical midsize sedan, as it was better loaded than the Acura I had before it, which was rather odd considering they are built by the same company. The leather seats are soft, supple and very supportive, the steering wheel feels good, despite relative numbness, the rear seat is very large and the blind-spot camera is simply fantastic.

One thing I didn’t care for was the learning curve on the infotainment system, as some features are buried within the various menus and I sometimes felt lost. Also, though it was well-equipped, I felt that the interior was pretty bland and lacked any real character.

Back to good stuff though; the rear seats have 38.5 inches of legroom, which is plenty for most adults, and the trunk holds a respectable 15.5 cubes of cargo.

2014 Honda Accord Touring - Interior Specifications

Headroom (in, front/rear)37.6 / 37.0 In.
Legroom (in, front/rear)42.5 / 38.5
Shoulder Room (in, front/rear)58.6 / 56.5
Hiproom (in, front/rear)55.6 / 54.7
Cargo Volume (cu ft)15.5
Passenger Volume (cu ft)100.8
Seating Capacity5

Drivetrain

Honda Accord Touring - Driven

Under the Accord Touring’s hood is the 3.5-liter V-6 that we’ve seen in so many Honda and Acura models. This engine is getting a little tired, and is really due for an update soon. Fortunately, it remains competent for moving the sedan around, thanks to 278 ponies and 252 pound-feet of torque. The engine mates to a six-speed automatic transmission with "Sport" mode. While this "Sport" mode is a cool feature, don’t expect anything other than a revised shift point for more effective powerband use.

One thing that I loved about the Accord, despite its dated engine, is that it is still pretty quick. Sixty mph happens in just over six seconds, making it one of the quickest in its class, and it is rated at 21 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. It’s no sports car, but it is still a hoot to hammer the throttle and feel this family hauler turn to an ass hauler.

2014 Honda Accord Touring - Drivetrain Specifications

Engine TypeV-6
Engine Block/CylinderHead Aluminum-Alloy
Displacement (CC)3,471
Horsepower @ RPM278 @ 6,200
Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)252 @ 4,900
Valve Train 24-Valve SOHCi-VTEC
TransmissionSix-Speed Auto W/ Sport Mode
Acceleration (0-60 MPH)6.2 Sec. (Est.)

Driving Impressions

Honda Accord Touring - Driven

When the fleet guys dropped of the Accord, I was pretty excited, as I hadn’t taken a close look at one since my mom had a 1999 Accord Coupe. By the looks of things on the inside, not much has change — save for the technology — since then. The cabin was still overly simple. Maybe this was Honda’s intention, but it was just a little too "blah" for my taste.

Once I got into the features, however, my tune began to change,. I found that the audio system was spot on, the gauges were well laid out and everything was well placed. I also found the standard blind spot camera a delight during my time with the Accord. I did kid of hate the infotainment and navigation system’s interface, as things tended to get buried in the submenus, but I am sure that I would have caught on if I had more time with the car.

In terms of actually driving the car, I walked away pretty pleased. I always knew that the 3.5-liter engine was pretty balanced in SUVs and vans, but I didn’t realize that it would get the Accord moving as well as it did. My estimates put the Accord at 60 mph in the 6.2- to 6.4-second range, and the handling was okay for a family rig. Road noise — or lack thereof — was likely the best part, as the Active Noise Cancelling system really kept the cabin nice and quiet.

Pricing

Honda Accord Touring - Driven

The Accord bases out at $21,955 for the LX model, but my range-topping Touring model comes in at $33,480. Now, that may seem high for an Accord, but considering the level of features included, it is actually a good deal.

Competition

Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

Ah, the Camry... If I thought the Accord was boring, I had better never see the inside of the long-running Toyota Toyota . From the looks of the press images, the Camry likely has one of the blandest cabins to ever grace the automotive world. The vast, featureless dash melts in with the rest of the interior in one big blob of black, and its steering wheel looks like it belongs in last millennium.

Under its hood, the Camry comes standard with a 178-horsepower four-pot, and it has an optional 3.5-liter V-6 with 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of twist. Where the Camry wins is that its range-topping XLE trim runs just $29,845.

Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai Sonata

Like every other Hyundai, the Sonata has really moved up in the world where it can actually do battle with the Accord and win. Sure, there’s no V-6 engine, but with the optional, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-pot engine with 274 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, who needs a V-6?

Additionally, the 2014 Sonata Limited tops out at $27,719, which is significantly lower than the Accord.

Conclusion

Honda Accord Touring - Driven

The Accord will continue to be the leader of the midsize sedan pack, but Kia and Hyundai are making up some ground. Overall, however, I loved my time with the Accord, despite its several flaws, and I definitely walked away pleased with it. Now, would I pay $33k for a loaded out Accord? Chances are no...

LOVE IT
  • Great acceleration for a midsize sedan
  • Huge back seat
  • Supple leather and nice features
LEAVE IT
  • A $33k Accord? No thanks
  • Cabin is a little boring
  • Trunk is just average for the class

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