The Honda Accord has been a popular family sedan for decades, earning a reputation as a reliable, sensible and practical car with good driving dynamics, high resale value, and smart packaging. Now in its 10th generation, the Accord has become one of the best-selling vehicles in the U.S., even as shoppers shift towards crossovers.
Previously, the Accord used to be available as a hatchback, sedan, coupe, wagon, and even a crossover, but today, just the four-door sedan version remains, as the 9th generation Accord was the last one to come as a coupe and with a V6. But we don’t miss the V6, as the Honda Accord is now available with two engines that are both economical and powerful. On top of that, there is also a Hybrid version. The Honda Accord is the bigger sibling to the popular Honda Civic.
When the 10th-generation Honda Accord debuted, it quickly became the best family sedan in the segment, winning various awards like the 2018 North American Car of the Year and many “best in class” accolades from our colleagues in the automotive press. The Accord has also been chosen by our team of in-house experts as a Best to Buy family sedan. Our editors were impressed by its upscale interior, standard safety tech, handsome looks, excellent powertrains, and well-sorted driving dynamics.
The Honda Accord offers absolutely everything you could want in a family sedan and it comes together in a well-rounded package that is sure to impress anyone who drives it. It’s obvious that Honda did not cut any corners with the Accord and the company’s level of attention to detail is something other automakers should take note of. We’re also fans of the Accord’s new premium style: The new sportback design and understated looks make the Accord appear more expensive than it actually is and we think it will age better than the Toyota Camry it competes with.
The Honda Accord sold in North America is built in Marysville, Ohio.
Pros/ Smartly packaged, Well-rounded, Large trunk, Luxurious and well-crafted interior, Huge list of available features, Standard Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance and safety tech, Excellent powertrain options, Hybrid availability, Smooth, powerful and efficient engines, High resale value, High reliability ratings
Cons/More features should be standard, 10-speed transmission shift quality can be inconsistent
Bottom Line/The Honda Accord is easily the best family sedan in its segment and we highly recommend it.
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Honda Accord Specs
Engine: 1.5L turbo 4-cylinder / 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 192 / 252
Torque: 192 lb-ft / 273 lb-ft
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed manual, CVT, or 10-speed automatic
Seating Capacity: 5
Cargo Capacity: 16.7 cu ft
Honda Accord Hybrid Specs
Engine: 2.0L 4-cylinder engine + AC synchronous permanent-magnet electric motor and lithium-ion battery
Total System Horsepower: 212
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
Seating Capacity: 5
Cargo Capacity: 16.7 cu ft
Fuel Economy: 48 mpg city, 48 highway and 48 combined
Honda Accord Fuel Economy
The Honda Accord is available with two engines, with the base engine getting a CVT and the upgraded engine getting paired to a 10-speed automatic. Luckily, Honda says all engines can run on regular unleaded fuel, which is great — turbo engines usually require premium fuel. Accords have a 14.8-gallon fuel tank, while the Hybrid model gets a 12.8-gallon tank.
The Honda Accord Sport is available with both engines and a 6-speed manual transmission. Interestingly, both engines are rated to get 26 mpg city, 35 highway and 30 combined with the manual. With the base engine and CVT combo, the Honda Accord Sport is rated at 31 mpg combined, while the upgraded engine and 10-speed auto combination is rated at 26 mpg combined.
Other than the Honda Accord Sport, the base 1.5L turbo engine is only available with the CVT and the 2.0L turbo engine is only available with the 10-speed automatic. Depending on the trim, most 1.5L turbo models are rated to get 33 to 31 mpg combined, while most 2.0L turbo models are rated at 26 or 27 mpg combined.
The Honda Accord Hybrid gets an efficient CVT transmission and is rated to get 48 mpg city, highway and combined.
Honda Accord Safety Rating
The Honda Accord has been rated as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. The sedan scored Good in all the crash test categories, and Acceptable in the headlight category, though it got extra credit for having highbeam assist. The IIHS noted that the low beams created some glare. The agency also gave the Accord’s child seat anchors (LATCH) a Good+ rating, meaning they were easy to use. The Accord also got a Superior score in the front crash prevention category and the sedan was able to avoid a collision at both 12 mph and 25 mph.
The standard Honda Sensing helped it seal the deal. Features included in the standard Honda Sensing package are collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and auto high beams. Blind spot monitoring with cross traffic monitoring is available as an option.
Honda Accord Features
As noted above, the Honda Accord comes standard with Honda Sensing, the brand’s suite of driver assistance and safety features. Features included in the standard Honda Sensing package are collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and auto high beams. Standard features include a reverse camera with moving guidelines, LED lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, capless fuel filler, Bluetooth, 1.0-amp USB port, 7-inch touchscreen, and more.
Other notable features available include a head-up display, blind spot monitoring with cross traffic monitoring, 19-inch wheels, a decklid spoiler, smart entry with walk-away auto locking, heated side mirrors, auto tilting side mirrors, Homelink remote system, automatic dimming rear view mirror, 60/40 split folding seatbacks, leather seats, ventilated front seats, 2.5-amp fast charging USB ports, 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, an upgraded 450-watt audio system, navigation, mobile hotspot capability, wireless phone charging, NFC, and more.
Honda Accord Pricing
All the pricing listed below does not include the $920 destination fee.
We’ll start with pricing for the base 1.5L engine and the CVT. Honda Accord pricing starts with the LX (1.5L turbo/CVT) at $23,720. Up from there the Honda Accord Sport with the 1.5L turbo costs $26,180 regardless if drivers pick the 6-speed manual or the CVT. The EX goes for $27,620, while the EX-L goes for $30,120.
Moving up to the upgraded 2.0L turbo engine, the Honda Accord Sport costs $30,710 regardless of if you pick the CVT or the 6-speed manual. The rest of the 2.0L turbo models are paired exclusively to the 10-speed automatic transmission. The EX-L starts at $32,120 and the topline Touring starts at $35,950.
The Hybrid model starts at $25,320, the Hybrid EX at $29,220, the Hybrid EX-L at $31,720, and the Hybrid Touring at $34,990.
Honda Accord Competitors
The Honda Accord competes with other mid-size family sedans like the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Mazda6, Ford Fusion, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, Volkswagen Passat, Chevrolet Malibu, and Subaru Legacy.
Future Honda Accord Plans
The Honda Accord is still quite fresh, and we probably won’t see a refresh for another few years. We wouldn’t be surprised if the Honda Accord offered AWD in a future-generation model to offer consumers more choice and to keep people from going to the Nissan Altima or Subaru Legacy. We are thrilled that the Honda Accord still offers a manual transmission, but we don’t expect it to be offered past this current generation due to the small sales volume.
2019 Honda Accord Review
By Craig Cole, Video By Ben Sanders
The brand-new Honda Accord is the best midsize sedan around.
If that’s all you wanted to know about this comprehensively overhauled family four-door, you can stop reading right here; the single juiciest detail is right in sentence one.
Describing the new 10th-generation Accord as best-in-class is not something I take lightly. But after spending a lot of time driving, poking, and prodding this fresh-faced mid-sizer, hustling over the mountain roads of northern New Hampshire, I was slack-jawed with how well it performed and by the features it’s equipped with.
Not only is Honda’s latest and greatest a treat to drive, but it also brings a huge trunk, powerful and economical drivetrains, luxury-car trimmings and a ton of standard technology to bear in an increasingly competitive segment. The new Accord is also devilishly good looking from just about every angle, which doesn’t hurt its prospects, either. Seriously, check this car out in person, and I bet you’ll be impressed by the design, even if the front end does bring to mind a Dodge Charger.
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Providing a sturdy foundation for all this goodness is a brand-new architecture. If customer-facing amenities are the fleshy bits, a vehicle’s underlying structure is the skeleton, and this new Accord’s been going overboard on calcium supplements.
Comprised of some 54 percent high- and ultra-high-strength steel, its platform has 32 percent greater torsional rigidity than before, yet overall vehicle weight has been reduced by up to 187 pounds. It also provides a larger trunk, lower center of gravity, trimmer exterior dimensions and more passenger volume. Additionally, the A-pillars are 20 percent smaller and the cowl lower for improved forward visibility. If that’s not progress, I don’t know what is.
Compared to the outgoing Accord, Honda’s new offering is fractions of an inch shorter and lower, however, its wheelbase has been stretched slightly, which allowed engineers to increase rear-seat legroom by about two inches. It’s huge back there, and so is the trunk, which has grown by about one cubic foot, clocking in at nearly 17 overall.
Also brand new for this generation is the chassis. Up front are L-shaped control arms with fluid-filled bushings that help reduce the transmission of noise and vibration to the cabin. Turning the front wheels is a new dual-pinion variable-ratio electric power-steering system that’s supposedly more precise. Adjustable dampers are standard on top-end Touring models.
The Power of 10
Ahead of the passenger compartment, three different powertrains are offered in this 10th-generation car: two turbocharged four-cylinder engines and an economical hybrid, which, regrettably, I did not get a chance to test.
Serving base duty is a 1.5-liter unit that may sound overmatched in a large sedan such as this, but it’s actually the most powerful entry-level engine ever offered in an Accord. Rated at 192 horses and 192 pound-feet of torque, it will propel the overwhelming majority of these cars sold. It can be had in five different trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring.
For customers who want more, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is also available (in Sport, EX-L and Touring models). Sharing select components with the vaunted Civic Type R, this engine delivers 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. If you’re keeping track, that’s another superlative: the most twist ever offered in one of these cars.
As for transmissions, Honda hasn’t forgotten about us enthusiasts. For those that prefer rowing their own gears, a six-speed manual can be had with either engine, which, these days, is absolutely astounding given how few are sold in North America. If you prefer an automatic, don’t worry; the 1.5-liter engine can be paired with an agreeable CVT, while its big brother gets to dance with a new 10-speed gearbox.
Accords featuring the 2.0-liter powertrain will return 23 miles per gallon in city driving and 34 on the highway. If bigger numbers float your boat, the most efficient non-hybrid version of this car features the 1.5L engine and CVT, delivering 30 mpg city, 38 highway and 33 combined.
Big Lux, Few Bucks
Standing out from rivals, the new Accord’s cabin is exceptionally rich for this vehicle segment, even if its overall theme seems to draw inspiration from the Mazda6.
Plastics are luxury-car grade, especially the soft stuff, which is liberally used throughout. The freestanding infotainment display is colorful and snappy, offering support for both Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto on EX and higher models. Thankfully, volume and tuning knobs make a comeback, greatly reducing our frustration.
Adding a little indulgence to the cabin, cooled seats, Qi wireless charging, adaptive suspension dampers, LED exterior lamps and a head-up display are all available in the new Accord. But perhaps its most valuable asset is Honda Sensing.
This suite of advanced driver aids is standard across the board. Increasing safety and reducing motorist fatigue, this bundle of technologies includes things like adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, lane-keeping assist, road-departure mitigation, and automatic emergency braking. Traffic-sign recognition is also part of the package, keeping you abreast of changing speed limits. Automatic high beams, a multi-angle back-up camera, and straight-driving assist are also included at no extra charge.
For additional safety, a host of other such features is available. Higher-end models gain blind-spot monitoring as well as front and rear parking sensors.
Equipped with the 2.0-liter engine and 10-speed automatic, the new Accord is fast! It’ll squawk the tires from a standstill if you bury the accelerator, yet, amazingly, these juvenile antics do not result in any torque steer. Power comes on strong starting at about 3,000 rpm and sticks around to redline when the transmission grabs the next gear. It even felt appreciably faster than a V6-powered Camry, which has a near-50 horsepower advantage. Toyota’s freshest four-door was one of several competitive vehicles Honda had on hand for back-to-back drives.
The Accord’s new 10-speed transmission can shift in the blink of an eye when you’re in a rush, though it’s not quite as refined as the Camry’s eight-speed gearbox, which is seemingly unperturbable at any speed or load. I experienced more than a couple less-than-stellar shifts while driving the Accord as it clunked from one ratio to the next. This is a minor complaint, but worth noting.
Steering is another area that could use a little fine-tuning. I preferred the setups found in several rival cars, particularly the rack found in Ford’s Fusion. Despite being featuring a beefy, well-sculpted tiller, steering in the Accord is devoid and any feel and at times it seems to require a lot of small corrections to keep going straight ahead. This is a rather minor gripe because you can just enable steering assist, which part of Honda Sensing. When engaged, the car practically drives itself, staying safely within the desired lane of travel.
Aside from outright speed, putting the Touring model in sport mode sharpens the throttle response and transmission performance while increasing the dampers’ starchiness, all of which makes this humble family vehicle seem much more eager to play, though there is a tradeoff for all this engagement. Ride quality takes a hit, getting borderline harsh. This is a family car, not a spec-series racer.
The focus of this review is on the 2.0-liter model, but I also got some seat time in an Accord with the 1.5-liter engine and CVT. Despite feeling significantly less vigorous than its sibling, this version of the car is still perfectly fine for customers that don’t need tire-squealing speed. In fact, it was noticeable fleeter than a comparable Fusion equipped with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine. This is no surprise since Ford’s sedan offering is several hundred pounds heavier and a bit less powerful.
The Verdict: 2019 Honda Accord Review
With ample supporting evidence, you can now start to understand why the new Accord is such a strong offering in the midsize-sedan segment. It checks all the right boxes, offering tons of backseat and trunk space, helpful standard technology, newfound style, a premium cabin and muscular drivetrains.
Honda Accord Pros and Cons
By Sami Haj-Assaad
The latest Honda Accord might be the perfect choice for buyers still in the market for a mid-sized family sedan. We took this Honda for a nice, long road trip, and after about 1,000 miles, many of the positive and negative quirks of this car came through.
It’s not perfect, but it’s close. Here are a few pros and cons for the popular family sedan.
Fuel Economy: The biggest advantage to the Accord has to be its incredible fuel economy. You can get a hybrid model if you want the best fuel economy, but it’s a bit pricey. The 1.5-liter turbo is the base engine and it outputs 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque, paired to a CVT. Driven sensibly on the highway, it’ll easily get about 40 MPG. That’s an asset when you’re on a long road trip since you don’t need to make many stops for fuel. Then again, long drives without breaks led to passengers dying for a bathroom break.
Premium Details: Mid-sized sedans are the Converse Chuck Taylors of the automotive world. Everyone’s had a pair at some point in their life. Replacing them with the same old thing just isn’t as fun, so Chucks have had to change colors, feature unique patterns, and even get comfier, offering people a good enough reason to upgrade.
The leather seats and trim give the Accord a premium touch that isn’t always expected, especially in Touring trim. There are fancy stitched accents and leather seats that wouldn’t seem out of place in an Acura. It’s an impressive cabin that won’t make you feel like you’re just getting a mainstream car.
Driver’s Assistance and Safety Technology: The Accord is offered with just about every driver assistance and safety feature you can think of. The blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and multi-angle rearview camera are huge assets, but I really appreciate the head-up display and highly configurable digital dashboard. This is invaluable, especially while on a road trip. As your passenger fiddles with the infotainment system to find a new radio station, you may not be able to see the next step for the navigation system on the central screen, so leave it to the digital dashboard or head up display to give you that information. This is an excellent and useful feature.
Infotainment System: The Accord has a solid infotainment system that’s fairly easy to use and comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. Beyond that, we found that a user can have one phone attached to the system via a cable, running Android Auto, while another device can stream audio over Bluetooth. This is helpful in situations that have many in-car DJs wanting to hear their music, rather than just the device connected via Android Auto.
Exterior Design: This is an easily arguable point, but the Accord is lagging behind its competition in terms of design, as the Camry has become so aggressive looking, while the Mazda6 is very classy and the Altima has an angular, sci-fi look to it. Instead, the Accord has a profile that seems derived from the Audi A7 of yesteryear, but without the liftback practicality. Beyond the profile, there’s little else memorable about the car. It’s not ugly, but it isn’t very inspiring. I’m not sure you’d look back as you walk away from parking this car at the mall.
In-cabin Storage: Sedans are facing tough times these days as crossovers and SUVs are getting more and more popular. While sedans are plenty efficient and are getting more premium, they are missing the memo in terms of spaciousness. While the Accord has plenty of cargo room in the trunk, it lacks vital at-hand storage. This makes road trips particularly difficult to manage. While there’s a useful wireless charger for the phone and other USB ports in some cubbies, this means you can’t use it for other items like your wallet, keys or change. The door pockets are the only saving grace of the cabin, as the aft-cupholder space is reserved for wireless charging, while the armrest has ports for more device connectivity.
1.5T: While the powertrain is great on gas, there were times on the highway when the little 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder just didn’t seem like it was up to the task. The CVT and the small displacement turbo combine for a buzzy experience when trying to make a pass at speed. While the motor gives the car plenty of pep off the line, it just doesn’t deliver while in motion.
Fortunately, the automaker offers a 2.0-liter turbo that’s paired to a 10-speed automatic. It’s a punchy engine with lots of power: 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Better yet, it has plenty of torque throughout the rev range, so it never feels like this engine can’t rise to the occasion. Pick this motor if you’re the type of driver that demands the best response while on the go.
Over-eager Forward Collision and Lane Keep: While there are plenty of features to help on your journey, some are a little overeager to make themselves known. The forward collision warning system and lane keeping assist are very overactive, the FCW going off when there’s no imminent danger and the lane keep pushing you strongly against the lane markers. Fortunately, these systems are easy to disable if you find them as annoying as we did.
|Engine /||1.5L turbo 4-cylinder / 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder|
|Horsepower /||192 / 252|
|Torque /||192 lb-ft / 273 lb-ft|
|Drivetrain /||Front-wheel drive|
|Transmission /||6-speed manual, CVT, or 10-speed automatic|
|Seating Capacity /||5|
|Cargo Capacity /||16.7 cu ft|
Our Final Verdict
The 10th-generation Honda Accord is easily the best family sedan you can buy. It offers a sophisticated experience for a reasonable price and a host of features that drivers are sure to appreciate. Not only does this handsome sedan have well-sorted driving dynamics, but it’s also practical with a large trunk, a comfortable cabin, and a user-friendly setup. The Honda Accord is a well-rounded and well thought out sedan that truly elevates its segment.5