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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 Performance

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Test drivers say the 2014 Honda Accord has sportier handling than many of its rivals, though some say that midsize cars like the Volkswagen Passat and Toyota Camry offer a more comfortable ride. A few reviewers say that the Accord’s steering feels a bit numb, though its continuously variable transmission (CVT) earns praise for its refined operation. The Accord's engine choices are also well-liked by test drivers, who note that they provide ample power and return good fuel economy.

  • "The Accord serves up one of the sportier driving experiences in its segment thanks to a well-tuned MacPherson strut suspension and a precise electric power steering system." -- Left Lane News
  • "Most Honda Accord buyers end up choosing the four-cylinder engine, and they won't be disappointed, as it revs willingly and delivers its power in a smooth and satisfying manner." -- Edmunds
  • "The lackluster steering will lose some Accord faithful, but the majority of shoppers will care more about the improved refinement and better gas mileage." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "Accords have long been notable for their slightly more enthusiast-oriented driving dynamics and this latest model appears to continue that tradition." -- Left Lane News (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The Accord is offered with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower (189 horsepower on Sport models) or a 3.5-liter V6 that generates 278 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a CVT is optional on all four-cylinder models. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available with the V6-powered Accord sedan, while the V6-powered Accord coupe is available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, a CVT-equipped four-cylinder Accord is rated at 27/36 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for the class.

Reviewers are generally pleased with the base four-cylinder engine, saying it has plenty of power and helps the Accord return good fuel economy. Still, some prefer the V6, saying it makes the Accord feel faster without taking a huge toll on fuel economy. Some test drivers also praise the available CVT, saying that it operates smoothly and is responsive when more power is needed.

  • "Even the volume-selling models with a four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission (technically, a continuously variable transmission, or CVT) provide a virtually unbeatable combination of performance and fuel efficiency. For proof, look at its swift 7.8-second 0-60-mph time along with an EPA combined fuel economy estimate of 30 mpg. Those would be impressive stats for a compact car, let alone a roomy, comfortable midsize sedan." -- Edmunds
  • "The standard 4-cylinder engines generally serve up more than sufficient power for most drivers, and manufacturers seem focus on fuel economy than performance these days, anyway. Still, there's something wonderfully old-school about traveling with more muscle than you need, and when the added power comes without a significant fuel-economy hit, all the better." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The four-cylinder is the sweetheart of the gas-only group. It feels quicker behind the wheel than expected and handles better." -- Motor Trend (2013)
  • "CVTs are a wonderful compromise between efficiency, smoothness, and acceleration when programmed correctly, and the Accord's CVT is among the best." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "After lunch, I got into a 4-cylinder Accord with a CVT. … It drove as you might expect. Eh." -- Yahoo Autos (2013)

Handling and Braking

Some reviewers say the Accord has a comfortable ride and feels balanced and fairly nimble through turns. However, others caution that the Accord doesn’t ride as softly as rivals like the Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Passat. Test drivers say the Accord's steering is precise and well-weighted, but some note that the steering doesn’t offer much road feel.

  • "One potential downside is that the Accord's ride quality is on the firmer side. If you're accustomed to a softer ride, a Camry or Passat might suit you better in this regard." -- Edmunds
  • "The Accord serves up one of the sportier driving experiences in its segment thanks to a well-tuned MacPherson strut suspension and a precise electric power steering system." -- Left Lane News
  • "Ride was stable and composed, with the feel of a bigger car. But the Accord didn't handle like one. It's not performance-car sharp (steering may be a little lacking in feel), but the Accord is easily maneuverable with limited cornering lean." -- Consumer Guide
  • "While the electric steering in all the cars is totally numb, it's reasonably quick, linear, and nicely weighted. On four-cylinder cars, it's actually quite nice to pilot through the curves -- for a midsize sedan anyway." -- Motor Trend (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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