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Though the spotlight may be on crossovers and SUVs, the mid-size sedan segment remains as fiercely competitive as ever—but one model has long stood above others, at least as far as consumers are concerned: The 2017 Honda Accord.
Although it is outsold by the Toyota Camry, the Accord continues to narrow the gap—and it does that without relying heavily on fleet sales, as nearly all of its rivals are wont to do. For 2017, the Honda Accord is largely unchanged aside from a new Sport Special Edition that slots in about dead center among the LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels. An Accord Coupe also remains available, essentially unchallenged in what was once a popular segment. The Accord Coupe is offered in LX-S, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims.
Eschewing a general push toward high belt lines and low roofs, Honda's Accord is a careful compromise between the upright elegance that the automaker's loyal buyers expect and the high style of competitors like the Ford Fusion and Mazda 6.
The result is a coupe and sedan that deliver more practicality than the segment's most swoopy designs, which merits an 8 for styling. But that's not to say that the Accord is slab-sided and dull. A mild refresh for 2016 brought a re-contoured aluminum hood, and LED taillights; coupes likewise gained a new look for their front and rear ends with reworked designs for the grille, headlights, and taillights. The Touring trim level now rides on big 19-inch wheels.
Honda offers an unusually wide range of engines and transmissions in its Accord lineup, including an Accord Hybrid covered in a separate review. Depending on trim level and sedan or coupe flavor, you'll have a choice between an inline-4, a V-6, a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Enthusiasts will appreciate that Honda continues to offer a slick-shifting 6-speed manual, but in the sedan it is relegated to the base LX, the Sport, and the new Sport Special Edition trim levels. Those Sport models also include 19-inch alloy wheels and larger front brakes for better handling and stopping. All Sports can also be ordered with the CVT, which is mandatory if you order Honda's suite of safety tech.
Honda has kept its V-6-powered around, at a time when many rival models have gone to smaller turbocharged engines in their upmarket versions. The automaker's V-6 is a strong, smooth engine that delivers considerably more refinement than most of those small turbos. The 278 horsepower V-6 is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission in sedans and most coupes, although a 6-speed manual is available in EX-L trim level two-doors. The V-6 can shut down two cylinders to save fuel under low load situations and the V-6 models feature active noise cancellation to dial out road rumble.
You'll find excellent back-seat space and a roomy trunk in all Accord sedans, as well as some of the best cabin refinement in any mid-size car, let alone some luxury class vehicles.
The Accord's cabin also ranks as one of the quietest in the class thanks to active noise control that, working like a set of Bose headphones, cuts out unwanted road and wind noise to good effect. That said, models with the larger 18-inch and 19-inch wheels make their rubber a little more audible inside. Outboard passengers will find excellent room all around in the sedan, and the coupe is even relatively spacious given the obvious ingress and egress compromises forced by just two doors.
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