2017 Honda Accord Review
Following some notable revisions last year, the 2017 Honda Accord is essentially a carryover model, and an aging one at that. Even so, most of the midsize-sedan segment is still playing catchup. The current Accord is arguably Honda at its finest. It scores highly in just about every category, and unlike many rivals, it's a genuine pleasure to drive. If you're looking for a family sedan that does it all, the 2017 Accord's across-the-board excellence simply cannot be ignored.
Of course, there's always room for improvement, and that's most apparent in the Accord's so-so touchscreen interface (standard from the EX on up), which isn't as user-friendly as one might expect from the brand. The Honda Sensing safety suite is also an acquired taste, especially its alarmist collision warning system. But Honda Sensing is optional on all but the top-level Touring trim, so you're generally not stuck with it, and a mediocre touchscreen is perhaps a small price to pay for the Accord's outstanding driving dynamics and spacious interior, among other strengths. Resale value is top of class, too, which makes the Accord extra appealing if you're planning to buy one and hang onto it for a while.
The Accord is also sold as a coupe, and it's the only midsize, front-wheel-drive coupe in this price range, though you might consider the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro as sportier, less-practical alternatives. It's a different story with the Accord sedan, as the midsize segment is one of the most hotly contested you'll find. Standout rivals include the sporty and high-tech Ford Fusion, the value-packed Hyundai Sonata and the roomy and refined Volkswagen Passat, while the freshly redesigned Chevrolet Malibu also merits consideration. But the 2017 Honda Accord continues to be one of the very best cars of its kind.
Largely unchanged, the 2017 Accord lineup adds a Sport Special Edition sedan that includes the regular Sport's features plus heated leather seats with red accent stitching.
The 2017 Honda Accord is available as a midsize sedan and coupe. Four-cylinder sedans come in five trim levels: LX, Sport, Sport Special Edition (or "Sport SE"), EX and EX-L. Opt for the Accord's 3.5-liter V6 and two trims are offered: EX-L and Touring.
The Accord coupe with the four-cylinder engine comes in LX-S, EX and EX-L, while the V6-equipped version comes only in EX-L and Touring trims.
Starting with the sedans, the base four-cylinder LX is quite generously equipped, including 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, LED taillights, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, a 7.7-inch central infotainment display (not to be confused with the touchscreen that's added on higher trims), Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a height-adjustable driver seat, a one-piece folding rear seat and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port and Pandora integration.
Opting for the Sport brings a bit more horsepower, 19-inch wheels, a rear trunk lid spoiler, dual exhaust tips, LED daytime running lights and foglights, cloth seating with leatherette bolsters, an eight-way power driver seat (with two-way power lumbar), a 60/40 split-folding rear seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel (with shift paddles if the automatic transmission is specified).
The Sport Special Edition is very similar to the regular Sport, but it adds special-edition badging, heated front seats and leather seats with red accent stitching.
The Accord EX also builds off the LX, but it focuses more on extra amenities than sportiness, adding 17-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights and foglights, heated mirrors, a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, remote ignition (with the automatic transmission), the eight-way power driver seat (with two-way power lumbar), Honda LaneWatch blind-spot display, a six-speaker sound system with a 7-inch touchscreen interface (the standard 7.7-inch display remains as well), satellite and HD radio and a second USB port. Also standard is smartphone app integration via HondaLink (with smartphone-enabled Aha radio features), Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The EX-L trim adds leather upholstery, driver-seat memory functions, a four-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an upgraded seven-speaker sound system.
As the name suggests, the EX-L V6 adds a six-cylinder engine, as well as dual exhaust tips.
All of the above trims can be outfitted with the Honda Sensing package, which includes adaptive cruise control and additional safety features (see Safety section). A navigation system is optional for the EX-L and EX-L V6.
The range-topping Touring takes the EX-L V6 offerings and adds the features from the Honda Sensing package as well as 19-inch wheels, LED headlights (with automatic high beam control), automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors, a rear deck lid spoiler, heated outboard rear seats and the navigation system.
For the Accord coupe, the base LX-S trim is similar to the LX sedan but adds 17-inch wheels and the six-speaker audio system. The coupe's EX, EX-L, EX-L V6 and Touring trims are also comparable to the sedan's in terms of equipment, though every EX variant gets 18-inch wheels (the Touring gets 19s). Note that all automatic-transmission coupes include standard paddle shifters.
With a few exceptions, the materials in the 2017 Honda Accord have a high-quality look and feel. The overall design is elegant in its simplicity, and the palpably tight build quality is an unusual perk in this price range. At the top of the dash on every model is a large and clear 7.7-inch display, below which the LX, Sport and Sport SE provide straightforward physical audio controls. Step up to the EX or beyond and you'll have a touchscreen interface in that location instead, nixing familiar interface elements like the volume knob. The touchscreen is sleek-looking, but its menu structure is sometimes confusing or needlessly complicated, and the virtual buttons can be challenging to operate while driving.
Both front and rear occupants will find plenty of legroom and shoulder room. The sedan's backseat is one of the best in this class, thanks to generous passenger space and a high bottom cushion. Road and tire noise, which in previous Accord generations could be rather annoying, is held to satisfactory levels. We're also fond of the clear outward visibility afforded by the fairly low beltline, relatively slim roof pillars and generous amount of glass, all of which are increasingly rare in modern automobiles. As a downside, though, we've found the Accord's front seats less comfortable on long drives than others in this segment.
At 15.8 cubic feet (or 15.5 from the EX-L on up), the Accord sedan's trunk is large in general but about average for the class, with the coupe holding its own at 13.7 cubic feet (13.4 for EX and above).
All 2017 Accords are front-wheel drive, and most are fitted with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. This engine is rated at 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. The Sport trim level's less restrictive exhaust system boosts output to 189 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque.
LX, Sport, Sport Special Edition and EX sedans (and LX-S and EX coupes) without the Honda Sensing package come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. Optional for those trims and standard on the rest of the lineup is a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which takes the place of a conventional automatic.
The Accord's available 3.5-liter V6 is rated at 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. A conventional six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered.
According to EPA fuel economy estimates, all CVT-equipped four-cylinder Accords but the Sport should return 30 mpg combined (27 mpg city/36 mpg highway), while the Sport rates slightly lower, at 29 mpg combined (26 city/34 highway). With the manual transmission, the four-cylinder Accord stands at 26 mpg combined (23 city/32 highway).
As for the automatic Accord V6, it's nearly as frugal as the manual four-cylinder, checking in at 25 mpg combined (21 city/33 highway). The automatic V6 coupe drops a tick to 24 mpg combined (21 city/32 highway). With the manual, the V6 coupe brings up the rear at 21 mpg combined (18 city/28 highway).
Even with the base four-cylinder engine and CVT -- the most popular powertrain choice for Honda Accord buyers -- performance is relatively strong. In Edmunds testing, a four-cylinder Accord EX sedan with the CVT sprinted from zero to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds, a quick time for the class. Opt for the V6 and you'll have one of the fastest cars in the segment, as a Touring sedan needed just 6.1 seconds in our testing to hit 60 mph.
The four-cylinder engine feels eager and delivers its power in a smooth and satisfying manner. Although CVTs don't have the best reputation for refinement, Honda's unit is the best of the breed, as it responds quickly for swift passing maneuvers and then lets the engine rpm drop back smoothly when the need for acceleration has passed. Of course, if you simply don't like CVTs, you could always get the V6, which comes with a conventional six-speed automatic and makes this family sedan feel genuinely fast.
The 2017 Accord provides a pleasing combination of both a comfortable ride and engaging handling. Considering how this is a big family sedan, we're impressed by how it remains balanced and controlled around turns. The electric-assist power steering might feel pretty light the first time you turn the wheel, but it is precise and has a crisp response that adds to the driving enjoyment. The Accord does ride a bit more firmly on rough roads and broken pavement than some other family sedans but overall we think you'll find it a relaxing and quiet sedan to drive.
Every 2017 Honda Accord comes with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is also standard across the board. Standard on EX and above is the LaneWatch blind-spot system, which switches the 7.7-inch screen's display to a low and wide view of the car's passenger side when the right turn signal is engaged. Note that the Sport, Sport SE and Touring sedans, as well as the Touring coupe, have larger front brakes.
Lane departure warning, lane and road departure intervention, forward collision warning and forward collision intervention with automatic braking are included with the Honda Sensing package (standard on Accord Touring). Although the availability of these features across the lineup is rare and laudable, the systems themselves aren't as good as those of some rivals. The forward collision alert is hypersensitive, annoyingly and frequently setting off its "Brake!" alarm in instances where other such systems would not cry wolf. The adaptive cruise control is also too quick to apply the brakes, too slow to speed back up again and generally not very good at maintaining a constant speed.
In government crash testing, the Accord sedan received five out of five stars for overall protection, with four stars for total frontal impact safety and five stars for total side-impact safety. The coupe earned five stars across the board. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave both body styles the best possible rating of "Good" in its moderate-overlap and small-overlap frontal-offset impact tests, as well as a "Good" rating in the side-impact, roof-strength and seat/head restraint (whiplash protection) tests. The Accord's frontal collision intervention system also earned a top IIHS rating of "Superior" for its effectiveness.
In Edmunds testing, an Accord sedan with the V6 engine braked from 60 mph to a stop in 116 feet, one of the shortest stopping distances we've recorded for a midsize sedan.
Roomy and high-quality interior; impressive acceleration and fuel economy; responsive and reassuring driving experience; comfortable and composed ride; generous standard features; strong safety scores; available coupe body style.
Optional touchscreen interface frequently frustrates; overly vigilant nature of collision warning system can be annoying; adaptive cruise control isn't the best at maintaining and regaining speed.
The 2017 Honda Accord is a must-drive if you're looking for a midsize sedan. Building on last year's significant updates, the 2017 Accord should appeal whether you're prioritizing interior space, fuel economy, value or an engaging driving experience. There's a little something for everyone, so read on to find out how it might meet your needs.
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Audio Features - EX-L And Touring/All Coupes Except LX-S
• Total Number Of Speakers: 7
Telematic Features - HondaLink
• Text Message/memo Display
• Antilock Braking System: 4-wheel ABS
• Driven Wheels: Front Wheel Drive
Misc. Interior Features
• Cruise Control
Collision Safety System
• Accident Avoidance System: Blind Spot Warning
• Driver Seat Adjustable Lumbar: Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
• Anti Theft Alarm System: Remote Anti-theft Alarm System
• Head Airbags: Front And Rear
2nd Row Seats
• 2nd Row Center Armrest: Folding
• Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place (cubic feet): 15.5
• Bluetooth: Bluetooth
Misc. Exterior Features
• Exterior Camera: Rear View Camera
• Number Of Doors: 4
• Daytime Running Lights
Front Passenger Seat
• Heated Passenger Seat: Multi-level Heating
• Power Steering: Electric Power Steering
1st Row Seats
• 1st Row Seat Type: Bucket
• 1st Row Head Room: 37.6
• Spare Tire Mount Location: Inside
• Power Outlet(s): 12V
• Overall Height: 57.7
• Intermittent Front Wipers: Variable Intermittent
• Audio Controls On Steering Wheel: Audio Controls
• Center Console: Front Console With Storage
• One Touch Power Sunroof: One-touch Power Sunroof
• 1st Row Seating Capacity: 2
• Air Filtration: Interior Air Filtration
• Final Drive Ratio: 3.94
• 2nd Row Center Seatbelt: 3-point Belt
• Front Spring Type: Coil Springs
• Curb Weight (lbs): 3543
• Auto Dimming Rearview Mirror: Electrochromatic
Tires - Lx-s, Ex, Ex-l
• Rear Tire Width: 215
Wheels - 17
• Rim Type: Alloy
Honda Accord Exterior Colors:
Honda Accord Interior Colors:
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating:
Side Crash Rating:
Rollover rating: 5
Dynamic Test Result: No Tip
Risk of Rollover: 9.9
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings:
Front Seat Rating: 5
Rear Seat Rating: 5
Side Barrier Rating:
Side Pole Rating: 5