- Redesigned in 2013; offered as a coupe/sedan
- New Hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions offered (covered separately)
- Four-cylinder and V-6 engines available
After an extensive redesign last year, the 2014 Honda Accord midsize car returns mostly unchanged for the new model year.
Changes for 2014 are limited to new seat fabric in the LX trim and an updated auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The flexible Accord is offered as both a sedan and a sporty coupe, and this latest edition also comes as a Hybrid or Plug-in Hybrid (both covered separately) for those who want a side-helping of electric power. From the outside, the Accord’s handsome styling is a bit more conservative than competitors like the Ford Fusion and Mazda Mazda6 but it will appeal to many buyers in this segment that aren’t looking for something head turning. 16-inch wheels are standard, with 17- or 18-inch alloys optional. Higher trim levels get full-LED headlights, a feature not usually found in this segment.
Under the hood the 2014 Accord offers plenty of powertrain configuration options. The base engine is a 185-hp (189-hp in the Sport Sedan), 2.4-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a six-speed manual or a CVT. Those looking for a boost in performance can opt for a powerful, 278-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that is mated to a six-speed automatic in the sedan, while the coupe also includes the option of a six-speed manual. The Accord’s fuel economy is very class competitive, topping out at 27/36 mpg city/highway in four-cylinder models with the CVT.
The interior reaped the largest benefits of the redesign, getting a serious upgrade in materials and fit-and-finish. There is also tremendous value in the Accord, which features an impressive standard features list that ensures you get a lot of car for your dollars. Dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, and a stereo with an 8-inch color touchscreen and Pandora internet radio compatibility are all standard. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a navigation system are also available. Both the coupe and sedan seat five.
Another big selling point on this latest Accord is its crash test ratings; it earned a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA and a prestigious Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS for acing the new small overlap frontal crash test. The Accord also features some of the latest safety technology, including an optional LaneWatch system. LaneWatch is activated when the right turn signal is engaged, and shows the view from a camera located on the side mirror eliminating blind spots on the passenger side where other vehicles can lurk.
The 2014 Honda Accord is a formidable contender in what is perhaps the most competitive automotive segment there is. It's impeccable safety ratings, great value and reliability, and increased fuel economy make it a great choice for those in the midsize market.