For decades, the Honda Accord has been one of America’s best family cars. Its constant evolution and remarkable execution have earned it a spot on our Top 10 Cars list almost every year, and it’s there again for 2019. It continues to lead its class of family cars with driver-friendly handling and premium accessories. first level. Its fun-to-drive nature and various powertrains provide diverse performance that tends to be sporty. The Accord’s hallmarks remain elegant handling, a spacious interior, and a reasonable price, and after all these years, it still earns our love and admiration. It’s not just one of the best family cars for 2019, but one of the best cars, period.
what’s new for 2019?
Following a complete redesign for the 2018 model year, Honda has made a few changes to the 2019 Accord lineup. The more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and hybrid powertrain are now the only two powertrain systems propulsion offered on the top-of-the-line touring model. all models see a slight price increase. Otherwise, everything is like last year.
price and which one to buy
Honda is doing its best to shore up the dreams of the enthusiast driver by offering a six-speed manual transmission with two of the engines from the 2019 accord. We still genuinely enjoy working with that manual, so we’d pick a sport accord, which is the only model that offers the gear stick. We prefer the more powerful, Civic Type R-derived, turbocharged, 2.0-liter inline-four, but if the Sport 2.0t’s $31,605 starting price is too high for your blood, the 1.5-liter turbo four in the Sport 1.5t model At $27,075 it will still offer a lot in the way of driving pleasure. Honda’s order sheet for the sport leaves no room for choice.
engine, transmission and performance
I like: optional powerful 2.0t engine, smooth automatic shifting, fun-to-drive nature. Dislikes: Occasionally chunky hybrid powertrain, Honda Civic road noise levels.
The lineup starts with a 192-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four, but our favorite is the 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that sits at the top of the engine pyramid and It can come with a six-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic that shifts almost seamlessly. Both engines run smooth, but the 2.0-liter offers a burst of power that can easily spin the front tires in first gear. a hybrid that is powered by a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors is also available.
The Accord’s chassis is well-ordered and encourages the driver to push the car hard into turns, where it exhibits a minimal amount of body roll. The steering is light, as befits a car of this class, but we wouldn’t mind if it conveyed a little more responsiveness from the road. Still, it’s hard to complain about a rudder that’s precise and predictable. The Accord’s ride is tightly controlled but never harsh, helping it strike a winning balance between a sporty sedan and a practical family car.
real world fuel economy and mpg
The new version of the Accord has done away with the v-6 and naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines of the previous generation in favor of a pair of downsized turbo-fours, and the results are generally positive. Both engines returned strong results in our real-world highway fuel economy tests. On our highway loop, the Accord Touring 2.0T with the 10-speed automatic surpassed its own EPA highway ratings at 35 mpg and fared much better than a 2018 Camry we tested with its 301 V-6 engine. hp, which got 29 mpg . Our test of an Accord Sport 1.5T with a six-speed manual returned even more promising returns at 38 mpg.
interior, infotainment and cargo
I like: Comfortable cabin, sleek design regardless of trim level, quick and intuitive infotainment system. Dislikes: Limited ability to customize options, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are non-standard.
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The accord’s interior is surprisingly roomy, and rear-seat passengers in particular will be happier in an accord than in almost any other midsize sedan. Honda’s no-option trim structure means most decisions about its features are made for the driver, but virtually every Chord has beautiful interior furnishings and at least a few amenities. The Top Touring trim is fully decked out, with heated and cooled leather front seats, heated rear seats, and a heads-up display. however, the lower trim levels have their own charms. Among them: the attractive and comfortable cloth seats and interior trim from Honda.
All models come standard with touchscreen infotainment on a 7-inch or 8-inch screen. Bluetooth and USB connectivity are also available across the board, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are reserved for the 8.0-inch touchscreen system. we found the system fast, attractive, and easy to use; even low-tech people should find it intuitive. Honda offers a 10-speaker premium audio system with a 450-watt amplifier on the EX-L model, but lesser accords have a four- or eight-speaker system.
Not only does the accord’s 17 cubic feet of cargo space outperform the next best car in its class, but the accord hybrid doesn’t lose cargo space as a result of its electric powertrain components. In our testing, the regular Accord had two more carry-on bags with the rear seats folded down than we could fit in the nearest competitor. The Accord’s interior storage space is middle of the road in this class, and its interior storage setup isn’t as useful or thoughtful as that of the Honda Civic or Hyundai Ioniq, for example. still, the deal should meet the basic needs of most drivers.
safety and driver assistance features
The 2019 Honda Accord has a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Transportation Administration, as well as a Top Safety Rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A host of standard driver-assist features put crucial crash-avoidance technologies into every deal, including automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assist. however, that doesn’t mean every piece of security technology is standard. blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking sensors still cost extra. key security features include:
- standard automatic emergency braking
- standard lane keep assist
- standard adaptive cruise control
- limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- no free scheduled maintenance
warranty and maintenance coverage
Honda’s warranty coverage is adequate, but falls short of the class-leading coverage periods provided by Hyundai, while the Chevy Malibu and Toyota Camry stand out in this class by offering complimentary scheduled maintenance.