Pros: Impressive ride and handling balance; spacious back seat; all-around visibility is among best in class; availability of sporty coupe models
Cons: Attaining some desirable features means stepping up to high-end trim levels; trunk space and accessibility, especially with hybrid models
CG Says: Honda’s midsize sedan was redesigned for 2013, and sees the addition of hybrid and plug-in hybrid models for 2014. Accord’s traditional strengths include a fine ride/handling balance, a spacious back seat, and a solid, cohesive overall feel. Worthwhile technology features, competitive fuel economy numbers, and high-quality cabin materials are other high points. The rare-for-the-class 2-door coupe versions offer a bit more sporty style, and the new hybrid models are a welcome addition to the line for eco-conscious buyers.
The Hybrids are the “greenest” models in the Accord lineup. They boast economical hybrid operation (with limited-range EV capabilities in the Plug-in version) with no real sacrifices in comfort or drivability compared to their regular gas-engine siblings. The downsides are relatively steep sticker prices, compromised trunk room, and (at least for now) the limited availability of the Plug-in Hybrid model—it’s only offered in California and New York.
Now more than ever, the hyper-competitive midsize-car segment is filled with excellent vehicles, but in all its forms, the 2014 Honda Accord remains among the best in the class.