2022 Honda Accord

The Accord is Honda’s answer to the Camry in ways that might make you consider it, plus it is well equipped for $26,120.

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After the heavy set of upgrades that came with the 2021 model year, the 2022 Accord remains just as exciting as it was. Being a paradigm of the mid-size sedan market, Honda has been reliable and faithful to its consumers and the 10th-generation Accord proves it, but even with a facelift in 2021, the Accord is now four years old, so is it worth buying today or should you hold out for the 11th-gen model?

Overview

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Ever wondered why people are still buying mid-size sedans while the market gets flooded with SUVs? It is because they are as capable as the SUVs are and are always evolving to provide every bit of fun on the road. Honda’s one of the best-selling brands, and the Accord has been trusted by enthusiasts and common people through its ten generations. Depending on your choice, you can get either of the two turbocharged engines or even a hybrid model. The 2022 model year of the Accord remains unchanged but soon Honda will announce a new generation of the mid-size sedan as the current generation debuted back in 2018. The 2021 model year brought changes like a newer and bolder front end along with a revised trim lineup. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are made available throughout the trims while canceling out on offering a manual transmission for a conventional CVT. However, there is a ten-speed shiftable automatic transmission that comes mated to the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine. To stand out in the competition, which is not at all easy considering there are many options, the Accord has to beat the Toyota Camry which we reviewed recently along with the Kia K5, the Nissan Altima, and even the Hyundai Sonata. Is the Accord the best you can buy? How does it fare against the tough competition provided by its Japanese and Korean brothers?

Trims and Features

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Like the outgoing model year, the 2022 Accord is made available in a total of six trims: LX, Sport, Sport Special Edition or SE, EX-L, Sport 2.0T, and Touring. The first four trims are powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four engine which is further mated to a CVT. The last two trims, Sport 2.0T and Touring come with a more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four which is mated to a ten-speed shiftable automatic transmission. All trims come with FWD as standard, and there is no option for AWD. Here are the detailed trim features for your reference.

LX.
Price: $26,120.

  • 17-inch alloys.
  • LED headlights.
  • Cloth upholstery.
  • Push-button ignition.
  • 8-inch touchscreen.
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control.
  • 4-speaker audio unit.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
  • Manually adjustable front seats.

A few of the standard driver assistance features that the 2022 Accord boasts would be:

  • Adaptive cruise control.
  • Lane-keeping assist.
  • Frontal collision mitigation.

Sport.
Price: $28,580.

  • Foglamps.
  • 19-inch alloys.
  • Tail spoiler.
  • Paddle shifters.
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel.
  • Leather trim on the shift knob.
  • 8-speaker audio unit.
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver seat.
  • Enhanced seat upholstery.
  • USB ports for the rear seats.
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Sport SE.
Price: $30,070.

  • Heated mirrors.
  • Keyless entry.
  • Remote ignition.
  • Heated front seats.
  • Leather upholstery.
  • 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat.

EX-L.
Price: $32,440.

  • Driver seat memory function.
  • Sunroof.
  • Universal garage door opener.
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. (Wireless)
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror.
  • SiriusXM.
  • Wireless charging pad.
  • 10-speaker premium audio unit.
  • Front and rear parking sensors.
  • Excludes Sport SE’s 19-inch alloys, rear spoiler, and paddle shifters.

Sport 2.0T.
Price: $33,260

  • Excludes leather upholstery and the 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat.
  • Sunroof.
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror.
  • Wireless charging pad.
  • Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.

Touring.
Price: $38,050

  • All features from the above.
  • Paddle shifters.
  • Rain-sensing wipers.
  • Ventilated front seats.
  • Heads-up display.
  • Navigation system.
  • Heated outboard rear seats.
  • Low-speed anti-collision braking.

Exterior: It feels like the facelift was needed

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The Accord never looked overly outdated or like something that we would refuse instantly. After the facelift, the outgoing 2021 model year got a slight refresh on the front face and that carries over to the 2022 model year. To be honest, the overall design does not feel dated but remains highly identical to its pre-facelift model and is in desperate need of a new generation. The front fascia gets the new LEDs headlights with chrome elements around the grille. The bumper is redesigned and has openings for the foglights placed on either end. From the side, the Accord has this Sportback-styled roofline, making it look different from more traditional sedans. As standard, the Accord comes with 17-inch alloys and you can get up to 19 inchers if you ladder up the trims. The tail section is kind of boring, though. The taillight design feels like it is from 2014-15 and it is all halogen. The exhaust remains hidden from plain sight and is under the rear bumper. If you would like to rate the Accord’s looks, we would rate it under the Toyota Camry and the Hyundai Sonata. Even the Kia K5 and the Nissan Altima look modern. As mentioned earlier, the Accord doesn’t look bad; it just needs a new design, especially a sportier rear section like that of the Altima and the Camry.

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The key dimensions of the Accord include a 192.1-inch long length, a width of 73.3 inches, 57.1-inch of height, and 111.4 inches long wheelbase. The curb weight is set to 3,150 pounds and is slightly lighter than the Camry and the Altima. The ground clearance of the Accord remains undisclosed but will be around 5.3 inches which are not bad for a sedan. The Sonata and Altima are a bit longer at 192.9 inches while the Camry and Accord share the same length. Other dimensions of the aforementioned cars are very similar to each other with little to no difference.

2022 Honda Accord Exterior Dimensions
Model 2022 Honda Accord
Curb Weight  3,150 lbs. 
Length 192.1 in.
Width  73.3 in. 
Height 57.1 in. 
Ground Clearance  N/A
Wheelbase  111.4 in. 

Interior: The Honda-ness is greatly carried out inside

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Honda made sure to win hearts with at least the interior as it is modern looking and spacious. We recently had the opportunity to take an Accord out for a test-drive session and we found exactly what we were expecting of it. While driving, the ergonomics and the outward view is so good and you can adjust the driver seat with the help of its eight-way power adjustability available with the Sport and above. The interior fit-and-finish is something we appreciate about the new Accord. There are soft touches mostly and you will even get to see aluminum paddle shifters, high-quality leather, and wooden treatments on the dash to give it a more upscale look. However, it matches the Camry in this segment while the Sonata is a plasticky mess. The dashboard design is pretty straightforward and to some, it may look old-fashioned but we prefer simplicity over overengineering. We are sure that a lot of you guys prefer that too. We say that the base LX trim should be avoided and instead the next Sport trim will be enough for a lot of you folks. It packs decent features like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob, a slightly better seat quality, and paddle-shifters. There is an analog-digital instrument cluster but Honda provides an optional all-digital display which you can always look up to if you want your Accord to stand out. An eight-inch touchscreen display sits atop the dash while the HVAC control buttons are just below it.

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The trim we got to test was equipped with leather seats, multi-level heating, and a power-adjustable front passenger, making us appreciate the cabin’s comfortability. The cushioning was just the way it should be and will offer great comfort on the highway drives. Let’s talk about how spacious the cabin of the Accord is and you will hear it repeatedly as it is one of the USPs. Don’t get us wrong, most of its competitors have comfy interior too, but with the Accord it is something different. If you take the Sonata, for instance, it has the best front-row headroom and legroom but the rear row suffers because of the lower 34.8-inch legroom. The Accord, on the other hand, has a very balanced front and rear row space. The front measures a headroom of 39.5 inches while the legroom is set to 42.3 inches. The sloping roofline kills a bit of headroom at the rear if you compare it to that of the other leading competitors and has 37.3 inches of total headroom along with massive legroom of 40.4 inches. The Accord has the best-in-class rear legroom, followed by the Camry and the Altima. If you are concerned about practicality, there are about 16.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear row. Some of the important interior features of the 2022 Accord would be:

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  • Dual-zone automatic climate control.
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver seat.
  • 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat.
  • Multi-level heating and ventilated front seats.
  • Heated outboard rear seats.
  • Paddle shifters.
  • Leather upholstery.
  • Wood and leatherette interior trim.
  • Wireless charging pad.
2022 Honda Accord Interior Dimensions
Model 2022 Honda Accord
Seating Capacity 5
Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches) 39.5/58.3/42.3
Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches) 37.3/56.5/40.4
Cargo Capacity  16.7 cu.ft.
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Honda’s current infotainment system diminishes all the negative impressions of the outgoing system. Although it is not the most joyous to use, it is smooth and hassle-free, mostly. As standard, there is an eight-inch touchscreen display, and is the only screen size available across the trim list. You will get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, while a four-speaker audio system comes fitted to the base trim but you can get the eight-speaker unit along with two USB ports at the rear with the Sport.

Other infotainment features available with the higher trims are as follows:

  • 10-speaker premium audio system.
  • SiriusXM.
  • Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.
  • Satellite navigation.
  • Heads-up display.

Performance and Handling: Not a Camry-slayer but is definitely a fun-to-drive car

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For starters, Honda did keep the engine options fair and simple. The lower four trims are powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, and it puts all of its 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet through the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission. The engine power is sufficient for both city and highway driving as all of its torque is available as low as 1,600 revs. The Sport 2.0T and the Touring get a slightly bigger 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot that puts out 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of maximum torque. This engine gets a traditional ten-speed shiftable automatic transmission, and it is so much better than the CVT, to be honest. However, the latter engine is more responsive and would be ideal for overtaking other cars over highways. If compared to the competition, the base engine of the Accord is among the few turbocharged ones and is great if you want nippy performance from the get-go. However, if you are willing to pay the extra, the Sonata N-Line with its 2.5-liter turbocharged four-pot has a lot more power than the similarly priced Sport 2.0T trim. Strange isn’t it? That said, no one can beat the 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V-6 powered Camry. That thing is pricey but the engine compensates for everything.

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As for the straight-line accelerations, the 1.5-liter Accord does a knot to 60 miles per hour in 7.2 seconds and a standing quarter-mile in 15.7 seconds. The bigger 2.0-liter engine equipped with Sport and Touring will do the 0-60 in 5.5 seconds while the standing quarter-mile timings are great with 14.1 seconds. Out of all the mid-size budget sedans including the Altima and the Camry, the Accord feels sporty while retaining most of its “comfort first” approach. Both the Sport trims have a stiffer set of suspension and hold the line quite well while taking speedy corners. However, it is recommended not to play with the throttle pedal enthusiastically as understeering is inevitable. The steering feedback is just adequate and the wheel has a nice heft but nothing exceptional. The chassis stability is something that should be the highlight for the Accord. We would rate the Accord in the top along with the Camry and the Sonata N-Line.

2022 Honda Accord Performance Stats
Model 2022 Honda Accord 2022 Honda Accord (2.0T) 
Engine Type 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
Drive Type FWD FWD
Transmission Continuously variable-speed automatic 10-speed shiftable automatic 
Power  192 hp @ 5,500 RPM 252 hp @ 6,500 RPM
Torque  192 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM 273 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM
0-60 (mph)  7.2 seconds 5.5 seconds
Quarter-mile 15.7 seconds 14.1 seconds
Top Speed 116 mph 116 mph

Fuel Economy

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Yes, turbochargers and all that contribute better in returning good fuel economy and the Accord does a great job, to be honest, but the competitors are not far behind. The Camry and Altima have similar EPA ratings while the Sonata drops a mile or two per gallon in the city from the prior cars ratings. The Accord, on the other hand, has a better city mileage of 30 miles per gallon, which is slightly higher than the others. The highway mileage is rated at 38 miles per gallon which is similar to the Sonata’s base engine. The 2.0-liter engine found on the higher Accord trims gets rated to 22/32/26 for city/highway/combined. All trims get a generously sized 14.8-gallon gas tank that will return about 400 miles.

2022 Honda Accord Fuel Economy
Model 2022 Honda Accord 2022 Honda Accord (2.0T)
MPG (City) 30 22
MPG (Highway) 38 32
MPG (Combined) 33 26
Tank Capacity (Gallons) 14.8 14.8
Range (City, Highway, Combined) 444.0/562.4/488.4 325.6/473.6/384.8

How safe is the 2022 Honda Accord?

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Safety was never a concern for the Accord or any Honda car. Honda stands fast when it comes to safety and reliability, even if the price of the car is below $30,000. The Accord gets a full-on 5-star rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and even bags the “Top Safety Pick+” award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. As standard, it packs some serious driver assistance features such as adaptive cruise control, frontal collision mitigation, and lane-keeping assist. It is not every day we get to see the standard suite of driver assistance features get better and better. Kudos Honda! Now, before we move on, here are some of the other optionally available safety features:

  • Blindspot monitoring.
  • Front and rear parking sensors.
  • Low-speed anti-collision braking.
  • Rear automatic braking.

Should you consider the 2022 Honda Accord?

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We would always recommend the Accord if you are in search of an all-round mid-size sedan in the given budget. It has got a torquey engine which is great for city drives, especially in heavy traffic. Apart from that, the overly spacious rear row and a feature-proofed cabin experience, all go hand-in-hand for its greatness. It is the best-selling mid-size sedan in the segment and it needs a redesign which will make it more updated while standing firm against the likes of Sonata and Camry.

FAQ

How much does the Accord cost?
The base LX will cost you $26,120, excluding the destination charges. However, you can go and buy the top-tier Touring which will set you back around $38,050.

How fast is the Honda Accord?
The 1.5-liter engine equipped Accord does a 0-60 in 7.2 seconds and a standing quarter-mile in 15.7 seconds. The Sport 2.0T and Touring’s 2.0-liter engine is a tad bit faster with 5.5 seconds to 60 miles per hour and a standing quarter-mile timing of 14.1 seconds.

Is the Accord better than the Camry?
While both of them are quite similar, they have their own caveats. But we think that the Accord holds a lot of value and is a true all-rounder.

Will there be a new Honda Accord?
There are no official statements regarding the matter. However, we can always keep hope that Honda brings a new generation Accord as the current selling one has started to show its age.

Amreetam Basu
Amreetam Basu
Automotive Journalist
After working predominantly as a freelancer at CarHP/CarIndigo, Amreetam joined the TopSpeed team as a journalist in September 2021. In a world where SUVs are booming, he favors sedans and adores BMWs and Mercedes, with a special spot for Lexus and Genesis. He is currently pursuing Master of Arts in History and is 23 years old.  Read full bio
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