Highs and Lows: 2024 Honda Accord

Mike Schlee
by Mike Schlee

Photos By Kyle Patrick

Sedans may be falling out of favor but the Honda Accord still has a lot to offer compared to SUVs

Recently we held a head-to-head comparison between the 2024 Nissan Altima and 2024 Honda Accord. During that comparison we once again extolled the virtues of why family sedans are still an excellent choice.

Ultimately, the Accord came out on top in the comparison and remains one of the best reasons not to get a SUV. Although not perfect, we think the pros outweigh the cons, as listed below.

Pro – Hybrid System

The Accord's hybrid system is well engineered

The higher trims of the Accord come standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder hybrid system that pumps out a total of 204 horsepower and 247 pound feet of torque. Although those numbers may not sound overly impressive, the Accord feels much more powerful than the figures suggest.

Around town, the initial boost from the electric motor makes acceleration swift. At freeway speeds, passing power is still ample. But the Accord’s biggest advantage is fuel economy. The EX-L Hybrid is rated at 51 mpg city and 44 mpg highway, while our test unit, a Sport-L Hybrid, delivers 46 mpg city and 41 mpg highway.

Compared to Honda’s own CR-V hybrid, that bests two-wheel drive versions of the SUV which are rated at 43 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. Compared to all-wheel drive CR-Vs, the advantage grows as those models are rated at 40 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.

Con – No All-Wheel Drive

One thing the Honda Accord is missing is the option for all-wheel drive

While on the topic of all-wheel drive (AWD), that is one feature absent from the Accord, regardless of trim. While competitors like Kia, Toyota, and Nissan offer AWD as an option of those brand’s family sedans, Honda remains front-wheel drive only.

In areas that receive a full four seasons, this could be a deterrent to potential customers.

Pro – Maneuverability

Being lighter and lower to the ground, the Honda Accord is naturally more maneuverable

Physics can be somewhat manipulated but cannot be overcome. Sedans are lower to the ground, giving them a better center of gravity. This benefits a multitude of things, especially handling and ride comfort.

The Accord sits 2.9-inches (74 mm) lower to the ground compared to the CR-V. With less mass perched higher off the ground, the Accord is less prone to body roll which means the suspension can be set-up softer. This improves ride comfort while having less of an impact on handling.

Simply put, the driving dynamics of a sedan are naturally superior to that of a SUV. Although it's possible to make a SUV drive much like a car, that includes more technology, parts, and ultimately, cost.

Con – Less Utility

Being a traditional sedan, the Accord lacks the utility of vehicles with a rear light gate

One of the major reasons folks gravitate towards SUVs are the utility aspects. With a trunk, the Accord can carry 16.7 cubic feet (473 liters) of gear. For a sedan, that’s quite impressive, but compared to CR-V, it can’t match the SUV’s 39.3 cu ft (1,113 L) cargo capacity. Even the smaller HR-V has a larger cargo hold, measuring 24.5 cu ft (691 L).

As well, the CR-V can tow a small trailer up to 1,500 lbs (473 L). The Accord is not rated to tow.

Pro – Price

Option to option, the Accord is less expensive than similar sized SUVs

As alluded to above, the Accord’s final advantage is pricing. If we take the mid-trim Sport Hybrid models for both the 2024 Honda Accord and CR-V, the sedan benefits form a $1,455 starting price advantage. What’s more, if one of a SUV’s biggest advantages is added, AWD, that advantage grows to nearly $3,000.

In conclusion, although not for everyone, a sedan like the Honda Accord still has a lot of benefits for plenty of consumers.

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Mike Schlee
Mike Schlee

A 20+ year industry veteran, Mike rejoins the AutoGuide team as the Managing Editor. He started his career at a young age working at dealerships, car rentals, and used car advertisers. He then found his true passion, automotive writing. After contributing to multiple websites for several years, he spent the next six years working at the head office of an automotive OEM, before returning back to the field he loves. He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). He's the recipient of a feature writing of the year award and multiple video of the year awards.

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  • Daniel Daniel 2 days ago

    There is one major "low" for the Accord that was not mentioned here. The passenger seat, is not height adjustable in any trim level (including my Touring Hybrid). Your front seat passengers must like sitting practically on the floor. That said, even with power height adjustment for the driver, the sitting position remains quite low and getting out of the car is difficult for those well into midlife. Those drivers who are 50+ might need to sacrifice the superior driving dynamics of the Accord for a CRV, Sportage or Tucson a the low seating position is difficult to navigate. Or look at the new Toyota Crown or new Camry--I don't think their front seats are as uncomfortably low. I think it is a Honda thing not to have height adjustable passenger seats in their vehicles (for "safety" reasons, I've been told). Forget about using the front seat for geriatric family members or friends! Otherwise, the Accord remains a great vehicle to drive.

  • CJR CJR 2 days ago

    I once considered an accord, the 2.0L with a manual sport edition was really appealing but the idiots killed it. Now with the wheezy turbo and CVT its just pathetic even with the extra hybrid oomph it still cant get out of it’s own way. Very pathetic Honda. What have you become.

    • Remey Remey 2 days ago

      Get the Civic if you want a sportier Honda car, the Honda is a family sedan.