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One of the longest-running vehicles in the midsize class, the Honda Accord is also one of the best selling cars in the U.S. Available with four- or six-cylinder engines,  manual or automatic transmissions, and coupe or sedan body styles, the Accord has a diverse lineup that offers something for most tastes.


The Honda Accord first appeared in 1976 and is now one of the most recognizable names in Honda’s vehicle lineup. It was also the first vehicle Honda manufactured in the U.S. when it opened its first U.S. plant in Marysville, Ohio.

Originally sized as a compact car, the Accord eventually grew and moved into the midsize segment by the 1990s. From 2008 onwards, the EPA has classified the Honda Accord as a large sedan. A hybrid variant of the Accord appeared for the seventh generation and was sold from 2005 to 2007. Unlike most hybrids of that time, the Accord Hybrid was tuned for better straight-line performance and had a Motor-Trend tested 0-60 time of 6.9 seconds, only 0.3 seconds slower to 60 than a 2005 Accord V-6 we tested.

Coupe variants of the Accord have been produced since the car’s third generation. Honda produced a wagon body style for the third and fourth generation of the Accord but has since been discontinued. The smaller European-spec eighth-generation Accord was also sold alongside the larger U.S.-spec Accord as the Acura TSX. The wagon version was also sold in the U.S. for a short time as the Acura TSX Sport Wagon in the early 2010s, before the TSX was replaced by the TLX.

From 2010 to 2015, Honda sold a crossover variant of the Accord called the Crosstour and it was available with either a four- or six-cylinder engine and in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations.

The Latest Generation

Compared to its predecessor, the ninth-generation Accord is not much different when it comes to exterior styling. In terms of size, the current generation Accord is still a large car and has an expansive interior as well as a large trunk. Honda offered a plug-in hybrid variant of the Accord alongside a standard hybrid before the current model was refreshed, and the plug-in model has since been discontinued as Honda prepares a lineup of ultra-efficient Clarity cars.

The current-generation Accord was refreshed for the 2016 model year and it now comes with an updated infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and full LED lighting on higher trim levels. In a 2016 First Drive, we said that the Accord is a well-rounded vehicle. “The 2.4-liter inline-four produces 185 hp (or 189 hp in Sport sedan trim) and is lively at full throttle for a standard engine in a midsize sedan,” we said. Steering is quick but doesn’t have much feel but handling is good for the class.

The non-plug-in Accord Hybrid has returned for the 2017 model year with a revised powertrain, giving it better fuel economy and a total system output of 212 hp. We said in a First Drive that the car feels responsive and quicker than it actually is thanks to the 2.0-liter I-4 and electric motor working together seamlessly. “The Honda offers the spacious back seat you’d expect of an Accord, however, with enough legroom to get comfortable on a road trip until someone wants a snack or a bathroom break,” we noted.

Why You’d Consider One

If space, practicality, and excellent visibility matter to you, the Honda Accord will be a great choice. If you’re looking for a mainstream midsize car that still offers a slick manual transmission, the Accord is one of the few available that also happens to be affordable.

Why You’d Look Elsewhere

If you’re looking for a midsize sedan that sacrifices a bit of practicality or efficiency for driving fun, the Honda Accord may not do the trick for you. Although it does drive well, it’s not as exciting as entries such as the Mazda6. Additionally, even though we appreciate the Accord’s available 19-inch wheels and some may prefer the slightly conservative design, other midsize sedans have bolder exterior designs.

Honda Accord Versus the Competition
Which Is Better: Honda Accord or Toyota Camry?
The Toyota Camry and the Accord finish neck and neck in our midsize car rankings. Both cars feature high-end interior materials, expansive cabins, plenty of standard driver assistance features, and great fuel economy estimates. There are a few key differences, however. The Honda offers two turbo-four engines, and the Toyota comes with either a four-cylinder or V6 engine. All provide plenty of power, but the Camry's V6 has nearly 50 more horsepower than the Accord’s most-powerful turbo-four. However, the Accord has a bit more torque and is quicker off the line thanks to its turbocharger. Both cars have agile handling and smooth rides, but the Camry is a little more fun to drive. The Accord has a larger trunk and available Android Auto (unavailable in the Camry). Both are terrific cars; you can't go wrong with either.

Which Is Better: Honda Accord or Nissan Altima?
The Nissan Altima is another high-ranking midsize car that boasts great fuel efficiency, good power from both of its engines, compliant handling, and a spacious cabin. Additionally, it comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which are only optional in the Accord. While the Altima isn’t a bad choice, the Accord is superior because it has a more engaging drive, more space, and nicer cabin materials.

Compare the Accord, Camry, and Altima »

Accord Interior
How Many People Does the Accord Seat?
The Accord seats up to five people in two rows. Most adults will find plenty of room in both rows. Rear-seat legroom is especially abundant, though taller passengers may wish for additional rear-seat headroom. Some people may find the Accord's seating position too low. Cloth upholstery is standard, and heated seats, leather-trimmed seats, and power-adjustable front seats are available.

Accord and Car Seats
There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. The middle seat has an upper tether and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the adjoining seats when they are not in use.

Accord Interior Quality
Despite having some second-rate plastics, the Accord's interior is well-built and filled with soft-touch materials. Some reviewers even say that some of the Accord's climate and audio controls have an Audi-esque look and feel.

Accord Cargo Space
The Accord's trunk has an above-average capacity of 16.7 cubic feet, which is enough space for more than a dozen grocery bags. However, the trunk's small opening may make it difficult to load larger items.

Accord Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
The 2019 Accord comes standard with an infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen, مبل ویلایی  Bluetooth, a four-speaker stereo, and a USB port. Available features include an 8-inch touch screen, an eight- or 10-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The standard interface is nicely arranged and fairly easy to use, while physical buttons and control knobs make it simple to adjust climate and volume settings.

Accord Performance
Accord Engine: 2 Turbo Variants
Powered by a 192-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the base Accord has plenty of muscle for your daily commute. Heavy-footed drivers will likely prefer the optional 2.0-liter 252-horsepower turbo-four. This more-powerful engine comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth and quick shifts. A six-speed manual transmission is available in the Sport trim.

Accord Gas Mileage: Excellent for the Class
With the base engine and the CVT, the Accord earns an EPA-estimated 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, which are above-average estimates for the class. Models with the 2.0-liter engine and the automatic transmission get 23/34 mpg city/highway.

Accord Ride and Handling: Responsive and Composed
The Accord's firm yet comfortable suspension allows it to confidently tackle twists and turns with precision while maintaining a smooth ride. The Accord comes with various driving modes to fine-tune your driving experience, and a Sport model is available for performance-minded shoppers. Some of the Sport model's enhancements include sport pedals, a manual transmission, and a rear spoiler.

Accord Reliability
Is the Honda Accord Reliable?
The 2019 Accord does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power, but the nearly identical 2018 model has an above-average rating of four out of five.

Honda Accord Warranty
The Accord has a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Accord Safety
Accord Crash Test Results
As of this writing, neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2019 Accord. The nearly identical 2018 model earned a Top Safety Pick designation and the highest rating of Good in all IIHS crash tests. The NHTSA gave the 2018 Accord a five-out-of-five-star overall rating.

Accord Safety Features
The Accord comes standard with the Honda Sensing system, which includes collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and adaptive cruise control. A rearview camera and driver drowsiness monitoring are also standard. Available features include rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.

Which Honda Accord Model Is Right for Me?
The Accord comes in five trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. A Honda Accord hybrid is also available, which we review separately. The base LX trim comes with a lengthy list of active safety features along with a solid number of standard technology features. Most shoppers will be content with the base model, but if you’re interested in more connectivity and convenience features, you'll want to step up to the Sport trim or higher. The Sport trim adds features such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a power-adjustable driver's seat. The range-topping Touring trim is the most refined Accord: It comes with niceties like ventilated front seats and heated outboard rear seats.

Honda Accord LX
The base LX trim (MSRP: $23,720) comes with a 192-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. It is loaded with standard safety features, including a rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and traffic sign recognition. It also comes with an infotainment system that includes a four-speaker audio system, a 7-inch display screen, Bluetooth, and a USB port.

Honda Accord Sport
Starting at $26,180, the Sport trim features a six-speed manual transmission, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an eight-speaker audio system, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, fog lights, sport pedals, and a rear spoiler. You can add a continuously variable automatic transmission at no extra charge. For $4,530, you can upgrade to the 252-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with either a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Honda Accord EX
The EX trim will cost you $27,620. It adds a moonroof, heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, heated side mirrors, HD Radio, and satellite radio.

Honda Accord EX-L
The EX-L trim (MSRP: $30,120) adds leather-trimmed seats, driver's seat memory functions, and a 10-speaker premium audio system. You can add the 252-horsepower turbo-four engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission for $2,000.

Honda Accord Touring
The Touring trim starts at $34,990 and comes with the 252-horsepower turbo-four engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission, a head-up display, ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, a wireless phone charger, mobile hot spot capability, navigation, voice recognition, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and traffic sign recognition.

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