Edmunds has ranked the 2019 Honda Accord first in the mid-size sedan segment. The Japanese model overtook not only the Kia Stinger and the Mazda 6, but a ‘market veteran’ Toyota Camry too. What attracted Edmunds to the tenth-generation Accord sedan?
In short, these are powerful and economical turbocharged engines, high-quality trim, sports and modern safety features.
The Honda Accord is available with three transmission options, including a hybrid modification.
The base is a 1.5-liter gasoline turbo motor. It produces up to 192 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. A CVT is standard, although a 6-speed manual gearbox is optional.
As a result, the company promises the car will consume 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.
The second engine is a 2.0-liter 252-hp gasoline turbocharged unit with 273 lb-ft of torque. The entry-level pack includes a 10-speed automatic transmission, but, again, sports trim can be used with manual control. Fuel consumption is 23 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway.
The hybrid modification has the same powertrain as the Honda Insight. The total output is 212 hp, fuel economy is 48 mpg in any cycle due to an electric motor.
The new Accord has received a spacious and functional interior. The infotainment system has become more convenient. Particular attention is paid to high-quality soft-touch materials.
There is also hard plastic, but in small quantities and only in places where it does not affect comfort.
Regardless of upholstery (fabric or leather), all materials are upscale.
The new Accord is larger in size than all its predecessors. However, the car is driven easily even on a winding road.
We cannot say the steering wheel is responsive, but for most people a small effort facilitates handling.
The Hybrid version is also well-controlled. Here the battery is shifted forward from the rear axle and is located under the rear seat. This layout lets save luggage space and increase stability on the road.
The Insurance Institute for Road Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed the 2019 Honda Accord’s high level of protection for the driver and passengers. The model gained the highest scores.
The sedan’s standard equipment includes lane departure warning, AEB, adaptive cruise control, Lane Keep Assist, forward collision warning and road signs recognition.
Shoppers can add blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. All models are equipped with a rear-view camera and a driver drowsiness monitoring system.