2019 Honda Accord Review
After one of the most significant and impressive redesigns in its history last year, there won’t be any wholesale changes to the Honda Accord for the 2019 model year. There might be the odd new color and some expansion of the availability of some of the very latest safety features, but the 2019 Honda Accord will largely be the same as the 2018 model. That's certainly not a bad thing, because this tenth-generation Accord really is a standout model in its class, and for these reasons we compiled this review.
Honda didn’t reinvent the wheel when it came up with the design of this latest Accord. But what it did do was take a design that was tried and tested but getting just a little tired around the edges and turned it into one of the most modern and stylish mid-size sedans in the business. There's only one problem with that though, and that's people on whole are not looking to buy midsize sedans anymore. In what was previously one of the most fiercely contested segments in the US auto industry, the Accord has always been one to beat. As sedan customers are even harder to find these days, the Accord has an even stiffer task on its hands than it had before. The good news for Honda is that for anyone still shopping in this segment the is now one of the sharpest, most stylish and most desirable models in its class. The sedan is now more coupe-like than before, but the coupe is still the more stylish option.
Engines and Performance
The majority, of new Accords you'll come across will have a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four under the hood that produces 192 horsepower and 192 lb.-ft. of torque. Most of those will have a CVT transmission, but the Accord is one of the few that still offers a six-speed manual for those who prefer such things. If more power is on your shopping list, although Honda has now dropped the V-6 option for the Accord, you can have the engine borrowed from the Japanese auto giant's stupendous Civic Type R. However, it won’t quite deliver Type R performance as in this incarnation it's been tuned down to a more grown-up 252 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. The Type R's six-speed manual is available with the more potent engine, but most will probably opt for the excellent 10-speed auto that's now available for this unit.
Even without considering the Accord Hybrid that's now returned for what will be a third-generation the Accord is a seriously fuel-efficient car for its size. When mated to the CVT transmission, the 1.5-liter engine returns figures of 30 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway and 33 mpg combined.*
Features and Equipment
This is a rare model that's probably at its best at either extreme of its trim level spectrum. The base LX represents really good value with standard features including 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7.0-inch driver information display, a USB port for charging and audio connectivity, air conditioning and a suite of advanced safety features found in every trim. At the other extreme the Touring trim gets heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a head-up display, navigation, wireless cellphone charging, one-touch Bluetooth connectivity and paddle shifters. The Accord really does impersonate a genuine luxury sedan in its Touring trim, except when it comes to price.
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*All vehicle mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations.