The Accord’s low, vast and imposing form is additional enhanced by tight sheetmetal folds and a scarcity of extraneous vents and grilles. To me, it seems to be like a Japanese tackle the Dodge Charger – aggressive, athletic, however leaner and cleaner – and I really like that. That is to not say it is an ideal design. A few of my colleagues aren’t massive followers of the fastback roofline, in addition to the large, shiny, upright grille. At the very least you possibly can tone down the grille a bit with considered one of Honda’s elective designs.
The sheetmetal hides Honda’s wonderful turbocharged 2.zero-liter four-cylinder engine, an engine derived and detuned from the maniacal Civic Sort R. It is admittedly not as melodious as Honda’s pretty naturally aspirated V6s, however so far as inline-fours go, it is a silky one which emits an indignant purr when caned. And when it is not being pushed exhausting, it is quiet and unobtrusive. Any loss in engine notice is made up for by the engine’s output. It makes 252 horsepower and an much more noteworthy 273 pound-ft of torque that comes on at simply 1,500 rpm, which means there is no ready for increase. The facility holds on by way of the mid-range earlier than beginning to ease up on the excessive finish of the tachometer, however you will by no means discover in your day by day commute, and solely barely discover on an enthusiastic backroad romp.
Gasoline financial system is available in at 26 mpg mixed for the Touring trim I examined, which is true on par with different excessive-output turbo and V6 engines within the class. When you care extra about fuel financial system than energy, the Touring trim might be had with a hybrid powertrain that will get forty eight mpg throughout the board.
Again in our test car, the two.zero-liter engine is mated to a ten-velocity automated as an alternative of the 1.5-liter engine’s CVT. It is a superb transmission that shifts seamlessly and shortly. It picks gears correctly too, which means no searching or a number of shifts to muddle the calls for of your proper foot. And in case you’re feeling friskier, there is a Sport mode that holds gears longer for extra rpm and extra pleasure. There are shift paddles for guide gear choice, nevertheless it nonetheless routinely upshifts a number of rpm shy of redline. Mixed with its wonderful automated choice, it is best to only let it do its factor.
When you actually have to select your personal gears, the excellent news is that Honda does supply a six-velocity guide on the decrease Sport trim. It is out there with both the 1.5-liter or 2.zero-liter engines. It is a sometimes slick Honda shifter, and it is superb it exists since manuals have disappeared from each different midsize sedan, even on the entry-degree Mazda6.
The engine and transmission are fitted to a nicely-rounded chassis. The Touring mannequin I examined had adaptive suspension (a standard and unique feature on the Touring), and in regular mode, it is fairly gentle, virtually a bit floaty. It is the perfect selection for lengthy drives or tough metropolis streets when consolation is your prime precedence. Sport mode stiffens issues up, however not a lot that it is uncomfortable. If I lived someplace with higher roads, I might in all probability depart it in Sport mode on a regular basis. When you’re completed with relaxed driving, you possibly can benefit from the fast and properly-weighted steering. It might have a bit extra really feel and precision, nevertheless it’s a strong helm. The car reacts shortly and it grips fairly nicely. It undoubtedly feels tuned for understeer, and there is a good bit of physique roll, nevertheless it’s nonetheless an in a position handler.
The Accord is fairly good inside, too, with instrument panel and infotainment screens which are shiny and sharp. The infotainment system is the best in any Honda with fast responses and large, simply legible and straightforward-to-faucet icons. It is a far cry from the ugly, unresponsive, low-decision system nonetheless plaguing the Civic and Ridgeline. It is supported by good bodily buttons and switches. The temperature management knobs additionally get a bit aptitude within the type of backlighting that modifications to purple or blue in case you improve or lower the temperature. The Touring has some additional unique gadgetry reminiscent of a vibrant, clear heads-up show, wi-fi telephone charging, navigation and rain-sensing wipers.
The seating place is nice and lets the driving force get as low or as excessive as desired, and the low sills imply the cabin is ethereal and visibility is superb. There’s a great deal of area for entrance and rear passengers, too, although it will be good if the entrance seats have been a bit extra sculpted. As they’re, the bolsters are respectable, however the middles are somewhat too flat. The weakest hyperlinks of the interior are fashion and supplies. The plastics are good however really feel a bit low grade in our prime-spec Touring test car. It does have very engaging open-pore woodgrain trim that appears nice till you contact it (answer: do not contact it).
And whereas we’re on the subject of delicate disappointment, it is value noting that our Accord Touring’s price of $36,870 is about $1,000 greater than comparable rivals together with the Toyota Camry XLE V6, Mazda6 Signature Turbo and Nissan Altima Platinum VC-Turbo. However until you will need to have the Toyota’s silky V6 or the Mazda’s luxurious interior, the Accord’s mixture of a robust engine and transmission, snug journey and fast dealing with, roomy interior, and straightforward, breezy controls and infotainment cannot be beat. It is a conclusion echoed by our three-car comparability test by which the Accord got here out on prime.
All informed, the Accord Touring is nice at being a cushty, stylish car. And actually, every model of the Accord is fairly rattling good at being what it is imagined to be ( the two.zero-liter guide is convincingly sporty, for instance). However what’s actually spectacular is that not one of the Accords sacrifice a lot to realize their objectives. Within the case of our Touring, it is consolation-oriented however nonetheless fairly sporty whenever you need it to be. Or within the case of a Hybrid Touring, it is nonetheless frugal whereas being plush. The Accord as a mannequin line does every little thing properly, and the Accord Touring provides to that by supplying you with every thing the mannequin has.
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