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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.
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.
If it still feels as if Honda has designed its Accord line from the inside out, there's a good reason for that notion: The automaker says that's exactly how it was done, which results in a smart, efficiently packaged interior that balances comfort and modernity with visibility. A low instrument panel pushed as far forward, and out at the corners, as possible maximizes space and places important controls up very high. The look is a little awkward, but it pays dividends in functionality.
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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