The Honda Accord: affordable sophistication in a midsized sedan.
If you're on the lookout for a comfortable and affordable four-door sedan, you ought to have the Honda Accord on your radar screen. The Accord is now in its 10th generation of production, after first appearing in Japan as a compact two-door and evolving into its current state — a midsized sedan — by 1990.
At CarMax, you can find an Accord in plenty of different trims, from the 2015 Honda Accord LX to the more recent 2017 Honda Accord. The Accord is one of our most popular vehicles, especially if you're looking for a car for less than $20,000. Used Accords at CarMax start around $10,0001.
In this Honda Accord review, we'll explore the various trim levels, key features, and more to help you understand why the Accord is such a popular choice with our customers. We aren't the only ones who are sweet on this car — others rave about it in their Honda Accord reviews, too. It’s got a longtime spot on Car & Driver’s annual 10 best sedans list (including 2017), and Kelley Blue Book gave the 2018 Honda Accord a Best Buy Award.
There are many reasons to consider purchasing a Honda Accord. Here are some of our favorites.
- Solid power. Many people don't associate power with a midsized sedan, but the 2017 Honda Accord EX-L offers two engine options for drivers who want more oomph. There's the base engine, a 2.4L four-cylinder that makes 185 hp, which is solid power for a midsized sedan. Then there's the option to upgrade to a 3.5L V6 that generates up to 278 hp. Find these larger six-cylinder engines in the 2017 Accord EX-L and Touring models.
- Adaptive cruise control. The Honda Accord isn't light on driver-friendly tech. One of the coolest features is adaptive cruise control (ACC), which is available on models like the 2015 Honda Accord EX. Specifically, the feature works to help drivers maintain pace on the highway. If you're driving 70 mph and traffic around you is going 75 mph, the ACC will automatically adjust so that you're keeping up with the pack.
- The Honda Accord price. Like we noted above, the Accord is an affordable vehicle. At CarMax, you can find a bevy of 2014 to 2017 Accord trims at $20,000 and under1. This Honda sits at the top of our list of the 12 most popular cars under $20,000.
- Advanced tech features. The ACC feature we noted earlier isn't the only really cool, convenient tech feature that the Accord offers. Models like the 2017 Accord EX-L also come with a road departure mitigation system, lane keeping assist, and blind spot detection, among others. This advanced tech is part of the Honda Sensing® system, which is available on every Accord model since 2016.
- Creature comforts. For those cold winter mornings, the Accord offers front and rear heated seats on its 2017 Honda Accord EX, Honda Accord EX-L, and their Sport and Touring versions.
- Spacious interior. While many may not associate a sedan with expansive trunk and storage space, the Accord shines in this category. In fact, the 2016 Accord LX has 15.8 cubic feet of trunk space, a spacious area for storing everything from groceries to golf clubs. A trunk drawer slides into the rear seats, and can be used to store smaller items. A 60/40 split fold-down seat is offered on 2017 Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring models for even more storage.
- Sedan or coupe. Like the sporty look of a two-door coupe? There’s an Accord for that, and it’s swoopier and slicker-looking (we think) than the four-door Accord models. Our sedans vs coupes article can tell you more about the difference between these body styles.
- Continuously variable transmission. Some 2014-2017 Honda Accord models, like the 2014 Honda Accord LX, can be had with the Honda's continuously variable transmission, or CVT. The CVT is designed to provide smooth power delivery and improved fuel economy.
- High style. The ninth-generation Honda Accord has hints of subtle sophistication. The LED lights inside the door sill on all models, for instance, will light up to illuminate the ground when the door opens. LED headlights, fog lamps, and tail lights give it a sporty, trendy look.
Want to know more about the differences between models like the Accord LX and EX? Here's a quick look at some of the various Honda Accord trim levels, and what makes each of them unique (pricing information collected November 2017).
The 2014 Honda Accord was redesigned as part of the model's ninth generation of development. The look of the 2014-2017 Accord is sleeker than past models, and this latest generation has both an updated exterior and interior. These Accords come with a bevy of desirable features. The transmission has also advanced from the previous-generation Accords. Outside of the CVT, some ninth-generation Accords are available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic (see the trim breakdowns above). Front-wheel drive also became a standard feature on all Accords during this generation. Offered in both four-door sedan and two-door coupe versions, there isn't a whole lot of differentiation between model years from 2014 to 2017, save for some exterior and interior updates.
In 2015, one key Accord update was the availability of HomeLink®, a garage door opener/universal remote, to the vehicle's EX-L trims. The 2015 Accord EX coupes also came standard with the LaneWatch feature.
In 2016, Honda Sensing became an option for all Accords. Additionally, a few minor interior changes were made — notably, the addition of Apple Car Play™ and Android Auto™ integration.
The midsized sedan segment is full of powerful players, and the Accord competes against vehicles like the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Honda Civic, Hyundai Sonata, and the Mazda6. All offer features that are similar to the Honda Accord’s, and are also viable options for drivers who want versatility and affordability in a midsized sedan. Here's a closer look at some of the Accord's competition:
- Toyota Camry - Ideal for those who seek more substance over style, the Camry is a vehicle that's good for a comfortable, everyday ride. With the option to upgrade the engine to a V6, it can also be very powerful. Similar to the Accord, the Camry is offered as a front-wheel drive model. For more comparison, read our Honda Accord vs Toyota Camry review.
- Nissan Altima - The Altima is a fuel sipper, and models like the 2016 Altima S (with 2.5L engine and CVT automatic transmission) can give their owners an estimated 27/39 mpg (city/highway) 2 that can best some Honda Accord models’ mpg (excepting hybrids like the 2014 Accord Hybrid!). Similar to the Accord, the Altima is also well-regarded for its versatility and vast amount of cargo space.
- Honda Civic - Though considered a compact car, the Civic is still an attractive alternative for many drivers. Models like the 2014 Honda Civic HF can give drivers an estimated 31/40 mpg (city/highway) 2, and base model engines generate up to 158 hp –– no slouch for a compact car. With many model years of this vehicle offering five trim options, you’ve got choices. Whichever trim you choose, the Civic can make for a smart buy when you want a vehicle with great fuel economy.
- Hyundai Sonata - The Sonata is spacious inside, and its large interior makes it a good choice for the whole family. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata SE offers more than 40 inches of headroom and more than 45 inches of legroom. These numbers exceed the dimensions you’ll find in some Accords like the 2015 Honda Accord EX-L.
- Mazda6 - Though various trim levels can be a bit more expensive than the Accord and others on this list, the Mazda6 puts a focus on the driving experience. The third-generation Mazda6s come with a standard 2.5L, four-cylinder engine that’s good for up to 185 hp. Also notable is Mazda's Skyactiv automatic transmission, which can seamlessly shift gears and help max out your miles per gallon.
We love the Honda Accord for many reasons, but our favorite thing about the Accord is that it's stylish and affordable — and one of the best buys you can find at CarMax for less than $20,0001.
Ready to start shopping? Head over to our used Honda Accord page for a look at what’s available now. If you want to gather more information, stop by our car research page or check out our sedan buying guide for more information on the Accord and our other midsized vehicles. Or, if you’d like some more general shopping advice, read our tips to help you decide on a new or used car and 12 smart tips for buying the right used car articles.
1Based on prices on carmax.com in November 2017. Actual prices may vary based on your selected features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy and range figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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