For many people, the Honda Accord represents what a midsize sedan should look, feel and sound like. It’s an amazing car with lots of features, but with next to no changes for 2017, you do have to wonder if it can still keep its own in this highly competitive segment. The only change Honda has made comes in the form of a new trim to the lineup called the Sport Special Edition. It includes the regular Sport trim’s features but adds heated leather seats complete with red stitching. Has Honda done enough?
Based on the exterior, yes and no. Yes, because it’s still rather handsome and visually appealing, but no because it does show its age. Despite that, we still like the way it looks.
The front is especially nice. It’s got sort of a transformer vibe to it, and we really like that. The front is aggressively styled, but it isn’t in your face all the time. It’s kind of smug, but with every other car in its segment effectively playing catchup, it can pull it off extremely well.
The 2017 Accord comes in two flavors, as a sedan and a coupe. The coupe is arguably in a class of one, as it’s the only coupe in its price range. The only other rival, if you can call it that, is the Ford Mustang, but it’s intentions and strong points have nothing in common with the Accord. Should you choose the coupe, you’ll get a choice of three trims with a four-cylinder engine (LX-S, EX, EX-L), and two with the V6 (EX-L and Touring). The sedan gets five trims with the four-cylinder engine (LX, Sport, Sport Special Edition, EX and EX-L), and again, two with the V6 (EX-L and Touring). We should mention that even the base models are lavishly equipped, but it’s the mid-range models you want ideally. The Sport SE is a great bang for your buck proposition, as is the EX. The V6 trims are great, so you can’t go wrong no matter which one you go for.
The four-cylinder engine we mentioned is a 2.4 liter, naturally aspirated unit developing 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. The Sport trim boosts those power figures up to 189 and 182 respectively, thanks to a less restrictive exhaust system. The standard transmission on most models is a six-speed manual, but a CVT is optional (standard on high-end trims). A CVT fitted four-cylinder Accord can reach 60 mph in 7.8 seconds, about on par with the Camry.
The V6 unit produces a healthy 278 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. Sadly, you can’t get the manual or the CVT, as a conventional six-speed auto is standard, and there are no options available. Still, it’s one of the fastest cars in its class. Capable of reaching 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds, the Touring trim sedan is easily the quickest midsize sedan in its price bracket.
Again, the price is similar to that of the Camry, starting at around $23,400. Would we recommend it over a Camry? Mostly yes. You really have to try out both and decide for yourself. The Accord is a better driver’s car, that’s for sure. It looks slightly better, has a nicer interior and holds its value really well, but the Toyota reliability is always there.