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2017 Honda Accord Driving Impressions


The Accord delivers an excellent ride and nicely balanced handling. Road manners rank as stellar. Unlike some electric power steering systems, Honda’s inspires confidence, offering good centering and largely linear weighting. As mentioned, it’s quiet underway with the windows up.

Unlike many CVTs, Honda’s works nicely with the four-cylinder engine, evading the droning sounds and stretched-out responses common to continuously variable transmissions. G-Design shift logic lets engine revs rise promptly, avoiding the flat spot that some CVTs suffer when starting off. This one feels almost like a series of gears. Driving enthusiasts may prefer the easy-shifting 6-speed manual transmission available with lower-level models.

Honda retains a V6 option, with a conventional 6-speed automatic. Strong and smooth, the V6 is markedly more refined than the turbocharged four-cylinders used in many competitors. During light conditions, two cylinders can be shut down to save fuel.

The Accord Hybrid isn’t quite as light or lithe as a standard four-cylinder Accord, but it handily beats the Toyota Camry Hybrid and bests hybrids from Kia and Hyundai. Engine noise is muted ordinarily, but rises to a howl when pushing the gas pedal hard. It’s difficult to discern when the gas engine switches on, a good thing.

Fuel economy for the Accord lineup rates among the highest in its class. Accord sedans with the four-cylinder engine and CVT are EPA-rated at 27/36 mpg City/Highway, or 30 mpg Combined. The Sport model’s special wheel/tire package drops the estimate to 26/32 mpg City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined. The V6 Accord with the 6-speed automatic is EPA-rated at 21/33 mpg City/Highway, or 25 mpg Combined. An Accord Hybrid is EPA-rated at a fuel-sipping 49/47 mpg City/Highway, or 48 mpg Combined.

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**Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

For 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, 115 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 47 city/46 highway/46 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 13 mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 570 mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Based on 2014 EPA mileage and driving range ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.

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