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Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is a midsize model that is offered as a two-door coupe or as a four-door sedan. It basically plays big brother to the Honda Civic and is one of the best-selling cars in the United States. With multiple trims to choose from, four- and six-cylinder engines available, your choice of a manual or automatic transmission (on certain trims), and a price range of $23,700 - $35,000, it's no wonder the Accord is a best-seller. There's literally a model for everyone from any walk of life.

Honda Accord History

The Honda Accord originally started life as a compact car back in 1976, and by the mid-1990s, it managed to evolve into a midsized car. It’s now a household name across the globe and is the first car that Honda ever built in the United States after it opened its production plant in Marysville Ohio. The Honda Accord didn’t stop growing after the 1990s, though, and not only in terms of sales. See by the time 2008 rolled around; the EPA started classifying the Honda Accord as a large sedan, putting it in an all-new territory once again.

Classifying the Accord as a large car couldn’t have come at a better time, though, because Honda had already begun offering the Accord as a Hybrid in 2005. And, to make things even better, it wasn’t only fuel efficient, but it was quick too – something few hybrids at the time could actually claim as most were significantly slower than their non-hybrid counterparts. Honda, however, was smart enough to turn the Accord Hybrid for straight-line performance, a move that left the accord nearly as fast as the range-topping V-6 model to 60 mph (it made the sprint in 6.9 seconds, about 0.3-seconds slower than the V-6 Accord.)

The Accord hasn’t always been a sedan either. Sure, that’s how it started out, but when the third-generation hit dealers, Honda decided it could offer it in two-door form as well. Of course, the coupe was eventually discontinued in the U.S., but you could still get it in other parts of the world up until at least 2017. The Accord, in Euro-spec, was also sold alongside the larger, U.S.-spec Accord on this side of the pond as the Acura TSX – a model that was also briefly sold as a sport wagon in the early 2010s before the TSX was replaced by the TLX.

The Accord was also sold as a rugged, wagon-like crossover known as the Crosstour between 2010 and 2015. It was really nothing more than a hatchback sedan with a slightly elevated roof and, had the Accord been more upmarket, it could have competed with the Coupe-SUVs now offered by BMW and Mercedes, but it just wasn’t a big seller at the time. It did come with all-wheel drive, however, so it had something going for it.

The Latest Generation

The Honda Accord entered its 10th generation for the 2018 mode year after the ninth-generation spent just four years on the market. All of its little shortcomings were enough to convince Honda that it was time to start over and that’s exactly what happened. This time around, it is offered with a pair of turbocharged engines (yeah, no V-6 for this generation) and an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission that helps push this large sedan right up the fuel-economy ladder. In addition to this, the new Accord features a new chassis design that’s lighter, an all-new interior, and a reworked body that actually poses some threat to Toyota’s overly aggressive Camry. On that note, Honda was smart enough not to make it as aggressive as the Honda Civic, and that plays very well in its favor.

Why Should You Consider a Honda Accord

Well, the Accord is one of the few cars in the U.S. at this size and price point (starting MSRP of $23,720) that can still be had with a six-speed manual transmission. It offers great ride quality and is suitable for longer trips as well. It’s efficient and smooth and actually feels a little more upmarket than it actually is. Space, practicality, and visibility are three of the Accords strong selling points.

Why Should You Consider Something Other Than the Accord?

Other competitors in this segment can be a little more conservative, and that actually plays in their favor. The Honda Accord might be fun and exciting to drive, but there are other models out there at a similar price point that bring even more excitement.

2018 Honda Accord

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    10-speed automatic
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    192 @ 5500
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    192 @ 1500
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    1.5 L
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    155 mph (Est.)
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Watch out Toyota, the new Accord is Here!

It’s been 41 years since Honda introduced the Accord to the compact market and, in that time, it has been through 10 generational shifts, with the most recent occurring for the 2018 model year. And it came quite quickly as well, considering the ninth-gen model only ran a total of four years – a very short life cycle for a car as raved about as the Accord. For 2018, however, Honda has tried to fix all of the sedan’s little shortcomings, and it has done a pretty good job. Highlights of the new-gen model include two new, turbocharged, four-cylinder engines (sorry, folks – no V-6 this time around) to go with a new 10-speed automatic transmission, an all-new chassis design, heavily revamped interior, and a reworked body. It also sees the use of more ultra-high-strength steel than any other Honda in production today, which should make for a safe vehicle.

However, it’s not all peaches and cream. While there’s been a lot of work done inside and under the skin, the Accord doesn’t seem to live up to the hype. Not that I’m saying it’s an ugly car by any means (it’s actually quite attractive from most angles), but what’s going on up front with that big, open grille? My initial thoughts are that there’s a piece of gloss black trim missing from the front end. But, then again, looks aren’t everything, so maybe it’s not so bad – I’ll leave that decision up to you. For now, we need to find out if it has what it takes to compete against the new Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata, so let’s dive on in and figure it out.

 

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