A couple of my good friends have been vocal that they want articles on cars they can afford or take loans on. Thus, I usually start with the best car in any category. If you aren’t acquainted with compact sized sedans then meet their king the Honda Accord. This is a car that has a name for being reliable as ever with great fuel economy and lesser emissions.
The car kicked off production in 1976 where it was launched as a hatchback. It remained a hatchback until 1981 where it was expanded to a wagon, sedan and coupé. Today, the Honda Accord line even features a crossover model that is known as the Honda Crosstourer. However, it is more famed for its sedan, and this is where we are going to focus on. The car sales have done well especially in the US where it was the bestselling Japanese car from 1982-1997. Also, the Honda Accord managed to top sales in its class in 1991 and 2001, with ten million cars sold. The current Honda Accord is the ninth generation, and it went on sale in 2013, while production started in 2012.
The Honda Accord powertrain features either a 4 cylinder or V6 engine with varying outputs depending on the model you choose. Thus you have:
- A four cylinder DOHC 16-valve 2.4 L engine that churns out 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque
- A V6 SOHC 24-valve 3.5 L engine that gives out 278 hp and 252 lb-ft
- For the Hybrid you’ve got a 2 L Atkinson Cycle gasoline engine that is coupled with an electric motor and lithium ion battery pack that produces 196 hp and 226 lb-ft
- The North American Market has two variants of the Accord Sport that is the LX and EX models. Both use a 2.4 L four cylinder 16-valve DOHC engine that is able to give off 189 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque.
The four cylinders use either a Continuous Variable Transmission, 6-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic for their transmission. While the V6 uses either the 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. When it comes to top speeds the coupé is able to reach a top speed of 131 mph which is electronically governed this is much faster than the sedan which reaches a top speed of 127 mph.
When you enter the car you are greeted by an 8” LCD screen, and hosted by single angle backup camera, Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system inclusive of a 6” touchscreen amongst other features. Of great note is that the Honda Accord will be the first mass produced car to feature Apple CarPlay and the second to have Auto Android. By Car and Driver testing the Apple CarPlay is still in its infancy.
Depending on the model you will either get 16”, 17” or 19” alloy wheels with all-season tyres. Also, an aluminiun hood, taillights with integrated LED light bars and chrome door handles come as a standard on all Accords.
The Honda Accord has been featured on the Car and Driver’s 10Best list a record setting 30 times. This is a welcomed vindication of the persistent push for excellence in its class throughout the years by the Japanese automaker. Also, taking a look at the Accord’s official website they have received a total of 30 awards. Some of the awards include 2015 IIHS Top Safety Pick, NHTSA 5-Star Safety Ratings, KBB.com Best Value Brand, 2015 US News Best Car for the Money, just but to mention a few.
The car’s price starts from $ 22,105.
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