A sensible car, the Accord comes in a variety of trim levels, from a stripped-down four-cylinder to our near-luxury model, the EX-L with navigation and V-6 engine. But even at this cream of the crop level, the price just tops 30 grand.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The Accord's styling is nondescript, fitting the profile of a midsize sedan well. It is a practical design, but it might be difficult to locate in a parking lot. Some of Honda's angular styling language comes through in the grille.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The Accord is the smallest car in the lineup that gets Honda's 3.5-liter V-6, which also sees use in the Ridgeline pickup, the Pilot SUV, and the Odyssey minivan. It's a solid engine, but not terrible advanced, and puts out 270 horsepower.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The domed roofline makes for easy access to the spacious cabin, and contributes to good visibility out the windows.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The ride quality in the Accord is good. Its suspension damps out bumps well, generally running smoothly. But it doesn't feel quite up to the engine's 270 horsepower, not handling the available acceleration well.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The Accord's trunk is very spacious, adding to the car's overall functionality.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
At the EX-L level, this car gets leather seats and faux wood trim. Honda has always made good interiors, but other companies have stepped up their game.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The Accord suffers from an overabundance of buttons, as Honda does not integrate its cabin electronics well. For example, there are two sets of buttons for the two voice command systems on the steering wheel.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
With only five speeds, this automatic transmission seems primitive, as most automakers have gone to six-speed transmissions.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The abundance of buttons for controlling the car's various cabin tech systems is in evidence on the center stack.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The Accord uses an older navigation system, with very low-resolution maps. Street labels are difficult to read because of the jagged lines.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
We like the look and the information design of this interface, a theme that gets repeated on different menus.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
By turning a dial on the stack, you can select letters and numbers for alphanumeric inputs.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The points of interest database includes the very nice Zagat ratings for restaurants. These make it easier to find a good restaurant among the many listings in the points of interest database.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The phone system uses this dialer interface, although you can also use voice command to input numbers.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The Accord's phone system can download a paired phone's contact list, making it available on the screen, but you can't dial by name with voice command.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
For MP3 CDs, music is presented in the disc's folder structure.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The iPod connection uses this rough music library menu. We found the iPod connection a little slow.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The car does includes a backup camera, a nice feature when parking.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
Hot Galleries

CNET's Holiday Gift Guide

Tablets that put your TV to shame

Binge-watch your favorite episodes on these portable screens.

Hot Products