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MSRP: $21,955 - $33,480
Invoice: $20,100 - $30,612
MPG: 27 City / 36 Hwy
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Honda Accord Interior

Reviewers say that the 2014 Honda Accord's interior has a clean, attractive look and is built with high-quality materials. Still, some note a few dull-looking panels on the center stack. Test drivers also note that the Accord's interior is roomy and comfortable, and some mention that the Accord sedan has one of the most accommodating back seats in the class.

  • "With a few exceptions, the materials in the 2014 Honda Accord have a high-quality look and feel. The overall cockpit design is elegant, and the cabin's tight construction gives the impression of an entry-level luxury car, rather than a workaday family car." -- Edmunds
  • "Owners of the old Accord will feel like they've landed in a luxury hotel the second they slip into the new interior." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "This latest Accord might not set the standard for style in the segment the way the Kia Optima does, but its cabin is undeniably a comfortable place to whittle away the miles." -- Left Lane News (2013)
  • "Dashboard and door materials are more attractive, with low-gloss wraparound panels. Stitched door panels with generous padding recall the Acura RDX, and chrome door pulls finally replace the last generation's wretched silver plastic. It's not a slam dunk - some dull gray panels still line the center dash, for example - but the improvement is consistent with redesigned competitors." -- Cars.com (2013)

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Seating

Both the Accord sedan and coupe seat five people. Leather upholstery and heated and power-adjustable front seats are optional. Most test drivers say the front seats are spacious and comfortable, and there is plenty of headroom. Reviewers have primarily tested the sedan model, and some say that the Accord’s back seat is one of the most comfortable and spacious in the segment. A few reviewers say that entering and exiting the car is easy, while others write that the Accord offers great outward visibility.

  • "Both front and rear occupants will find plenty of legroom and shoulder room -- the sedan's backseat is arguably best in class with its combination of space and comfort. …We're also fond of the clear outward visibility afforded by the Accord's design, which provides a fairly low beltline, relatively slim roof pillars and a generous amount of glass, all traits that are increasingly rare in modern automobiles. As a downside, though, we've found the Accord's front seats less comfortable on long drives than others in this segment." -- Edmunds
  • "Accommodations are pleasant, with supportive leather-covered seats. This 5-10.5-foot-tall driver had plenty of leg room behind the tilt-telescoping steering wheel; a like-sized rear passenger would have had decent stretch-out room, too. There was good head room front or back, even with the standard power moonroof, and entry and exit from any of the four doors is unencumbered." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The seats -- previously rock-hard and unsupportive -- are now soft and coddling." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "The new seats seem abundantly comfortable, and there is ample room for tall folks both front and rear, despite the fact that the new Accord is about 3 inches shorter than the old model." -- MarketWatch (2013)

Interior Features

The Accord comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a backup camera, Bluetooth, a four-speaker stereo and a USB port. An 8-inch display screen is also standard, which provides access to features like Pandora Internet radio when paired with a compatible smartphone. Optional features include a power sunroof, satellite radio, a seven-speaker stereo and navigation. Available safety features include forward collision warning, Honda LaneWatch (which uses a camera mounted under the passenger side mirror to show the driver what’s in his or her blind spot), lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

Test drivers appreciate the Accord’s uncluttered dashboard that has dedicated radio and climate controls that are laid out intuitively and easy to use. Reviewers also like the sharp graphics on the standard 8-inch display. The Accord’s LaneWatch system also earns praise for how helpful it is.

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  • "Inside, in place of the somewhat cluttered dashboard of the last-gen model is a simple and elegant design with an intuitive control layout. The button count is way down, thanks in part to a standard high-resolution eight-inch display in the center stack that includes a display for the standard rearview camera as well as Pandora internet radio compatibility and SMS text message functionality." -- Left Lane News
  • "At the top is the crisp-looking 8-inch display that offers varying levels of information and, depending on the trim level, audio and navigation interfaces. Meanwhile, the main instrument displays provide enough information without being cluttered and overwhelming." -- Edmunds
  • "Speaking of cameras, a feature that first appeared on the Accord is a camera built into the right-side rearview mirror. It automatically switches on whenever you activate the right turn signal, displaying an image of what otherwise would be your blind spot on the dashboard screen. Very handy. And safe." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 2013 Accord's center stack is dramatically less complicated than the old one, which looked like someone sneezed at it with a mouthful of buttons. HVAC controls are mercifully separated into their own, clearly delineated panel. All of the radio controls are logically arranged and easy to use." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

Cargo

The Accord sedan has up to 15.8 cubic feet of trunk space, while coupe models have up to 13.7 cubic feet of room. Upper trims lose 0.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity because a trunk-mounted subwoofer takes up space. The Accord's trunk is comparably-sized to many affordable midsize cars’ trunks. Reviewers are generally pleased with the Accord's trunk size, though one critic says that space gets noticeably narrower between the wheel wells, which makes it harder to load some items. Some test drivers are disappointed that since the Accord's rear seatback folds in one piece, you can't carry rear passengers if the rear seat is folded to accommodate longer cargo.

  • "At 15.8 cubic feet, the Accord sedan's trunk is about average, whereas the coupe's, at 13.4 cubic feet, is generous for a midsize coupe. Though it lacks a split feature, the one-piece rear seatback does fold down to increase the cargo capacity." -- Edmunds
  • "While the trunk is wide at the rear, it narrows considerably moving forward between the wheelhouses, which limits cargo capacity and loading flexibility." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Accord's trunk is bigger than before and has a very flat floor, a wide opening and low liftover height. This is Family Car 101 kind of stuff and Honda has aced it. Not everybody does." -- Fox News (2013)
  • "The folding backseat remains the biggest disappointment - it folds in a single piece rather than the 60/40 split other cars boast, allowing a passenger to sit in back when carrying longer cargo." -- Cars.com (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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