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MSRP: $23,720 - 35,950




Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.9
Safety: 9.9
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2019 Honda Accord Review

The 2019 Honda Accord boasts lots of passenger and cargo space. It also has solid performance chops, thanks to its responsive handling and energetic engines. For these reasons, the Accord ranks among the best midsize cars.

Pros & Cons

  • Lithe handling
  • Abundant list of standard safety tech
  • Peppy engines
  • Roomy, upscale cabin
  • Low seating position in both rows
  • Narrow trunk opening

Is the Honda Accord a Good Car?

Yes, the 2019 Accord is a good midsize car. It's both practical and fun, with a generous list of standard safety technology and a spacious cabin. The Accord features a lineup of lively engines, and it navigates twists and turns with ease. A high-end cabin design and great fuel economy enhance the Accord's overall appeal. 

We named the Accord the winner of our 2019 Best Midsize Car for Families award because of its excellent combination of cargo and passenger space, safety and reliability ratings, positive reviews from automotive journalists, and available family-friendly features. It was also a finalist for our 2019 Best Midsize Car for the Money award because it has one of the best combinations of quality and value in its class. 

Should I Buy the Honda Accord?

Most shoppers in the market for a midsize car should definitely consider the Accord. It has a reasonable base price, and you get a very good vehicle for your money. Still, there are other good options in this competitive class. The Toyota Camry is a well-rounded car that's similar to the Accord in many ways, but its optional V6 engine is more powerful than any of the Honda's engines. The Nissan Altima has a roomy cabin and a comfortable ride, and it comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Honda Accord?

The 2019 Accord is part of a generation that began with the 2018 model year. The only notable change for 2019 is that the 1.5-liter engine is no longer available in Touring models. The 2018 redesign brought a new base turbo-four engine with more power than the 2017 base four-cylinder (192 horsepower up from 185), an optional turbo four-cylinder that replaced the previously available V6, and improved fuel efficiency. Honda also added loads of active safety features to the 2018 Accord, including standard traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, and driver drowsiness monitoring, along with available rear cross traffic alert, a head-up display, and blind spot monitoring.

These substantial changes help make the 2018 Accord significantly better than models from the previous generation (even though the 2017 Accord’s optional V6 engine is more powerful than any engine offered in newer Accords). That's why we recommend sticking with a 2018 or 2019 Accord.

Read our 2017 Accord and 2018 Accord reviews to get further insight into the differences between the current and previous generation. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 19 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 19 Honda Accord reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, performance specs, safety features, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Accord generation, which runs from 2018 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Honda Accord Cost?

The 2019 Honda Accord's $23,720 base price is about average for the class. The midrange Sport, EX, and EX-L trims cost $26,180, $27,620, and $30,120, respectively. You'll spend $34,990 for the top-of-the-line Touring trim. The Accord Hybrid is reviewed separately.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

Honda Accord Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Honda Accord or Toyota Camry?

The Toyota Camry and the Accord finish neck and neck in our midsize car rankings. Both cars feature high-end interior materials, expansive cabins, plenty of standard driver assistance features, and great fuel economy estimates. There are a few key differences, however. The Honda offers two turbo-four engines, and the Toyota comes with either a four-cylinder or V6 engine. All provide plenty of power, but the Camry's V6 has nearly 50 more horsepower than the Accord’s most-powerful turbo-four. However, the Accord has a bit more torque and is quicker off the line thanks to its turbocharger. Both cars have agile handling and smooth rides, but the Camry is a little more fun to drive. The Accord has a larger trunk and available Android Auto (unavailable in the Camry). Both are terrific cars; you can't go wrong with either.

Which Is Better: Honda Accord or Nissan Altima?

The Nissan Altima is another decent midsize car that boasts great fuel efficiency, good power from both of its engines, compliant handling, and a spacious cabin. Additionally, it comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which are only optional in the Accord. While the Altima isn’t a bad choice, the Accord is superior because it has a more engaging drive, more space, and nicer cabin materials.

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Accord Interior

How Many People Does the Accord Seat?

The Accord seats up to five people in two rows. Most adults will find plenty of room in both rows. Rear-seat legroom is especially abundant, though taller passengers may wish for additional rear-seat headroom. Some people may find the Accord's seating position too low. Cloth upholstery is standard, and heated seats, leather-trimmed seats, and power-adjustable front seats are available.

Accord and Car Seats

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. The middle seat has an upper tether and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the adjoining seats when they are not in use. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the highest possible rating for ease of use. 

Accord Interior Quality

Despite having some second-rate plastics, the Accord's interior is well-built and filled with soft-touch materials. Some reviewers even say that some of the Accord's climate and audio controls have an Audi-esque look and feel.

Accord Cargo Space

The Accord's trunk has an above-average capacity of 16.7 cubic feet, which is enough space for more than a dozen grocery bags. However, the trunk's small opening may make it difficult to load larger items.

Accord Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2019 Accord comes standard with an infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen, Bluetooth, a four-speaker stereo, and a USB port. Available features include an 8-inch touch screen, an eight- or 10-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The standard interface is nicely arranged and fairly easy to use, while physical buttons and control knobs make it simple to adjust climate and volume settings.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Accord Performance

Accord Engine: 2 Turbo Variants

Powered by a 192-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the base Accord has plenty of muscle for your daily commute. Heavy-footed drivers will likely prefer the optional 2.0-liter 252-horsepower turbo-four. This more-powerful engine comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth and quick shifts. A six-speed manual transmission is available in the Sport trim.

Accord Gas Mileage: Excellent for the Class

With the base engine and the CVT, the Accord earns an EPA-estimated 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, which are above-average estimates for the class. Models with the 2.0-liter engine and the automatic transmission get 23/34 mpg city/highway.

Accord Ride and Handling: Responsive and Composed

The Accord's firm yet comfortable suspension allows it to confidently tackle twists and turns with precision while maintaining a smooth ride. The Accord comes with various driving modes to fine-tune your driving experience, and a Sport model is available for performance-minded shoppers. Some of the Sport model's enhancements include sport pedals, a manual transmission, and a rear spoiler.

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Accord Reliability

Is the Honda Accord Reliable?

The 2019 Accord has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is average.

Honda Accord Warranty

The Accord has a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Accord Safety

Accord Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Accord a five-out-of-five-star overall rating, with five stars in three individual crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Accord a 2019 Top Safety Pick. The Accord received the highest rating of Good in six crash tests, and the highest rating for the effectiveness of its standard front crash prevention features. Depending on trim, the Accord earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable or the second-lowest score of Marginal for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead. 

Accord Safety Features

The Accord comes standard with the Honda Sensing system, which includes collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and adaptive cruise control. A rearview camera and driver drowsiness monitoring are also standard. Available features include rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.

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Which Honda Accord Model Is Right for Me?

The Accord comes in five trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. A Honda Accord hybrid is also available, which we review separately. The base LX trim comes with a lengthy list of active safety features along with a solid number of standard technology features. Most shoppers will be content with the base model, but if you’re interested in more connectivity and convenience features, you'll want to step up to the Sport trim or higher. The Sport trim adds features such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a power-adjustable driver's seat. The range-topping Touring trim is the most refined Accord: It comes with niceties like ventilated front seats and heated outboard rear seats.

Honda Accord LX

The base LX trim (MSRP: $23,720) comes with a 192-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. It is loaded with standard safety features, including a rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and traffic sign recognition. It also comes with an infotainment system that includes a four-speaker audio system, a 7-inch display screen, Bluetooth, and a USB port.

Honda Accord Sport

Starting at $26,180, the Sport trim features a six-speed manual transmission, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an eight-speaker audio system, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, fog lights, sport pedals, and a rear spoiler. You can add a continuously variable automatic transmission at no extra charge. For $4,530, you can upgrade to the 252-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with either a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Honda Accord EX

The EX trim will cost you $27,620. It adds a moonroof, heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, heated side mirrors, HD Radio, and satellite radio.

Honda Accord EX-L

The EX-L trim (MSRP: $30,120) adds leather-trimmed seats, driver's seat memory functions, and a 10-speaker premium audio system. You can add the 252-horsepower turbo-four engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission for $2,000.

Honda Accord Touring

The Touring trim starts at $34,990 and comes with the 252-horsepower turbo-four engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission, a head-up display, ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, a wireless phone charger, mobile hot spot capability, navigation, voice recognition, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and traffic sign recognition.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Honda Accord's roomy interior and numerous standard safety features make it a great fit for families. Driving enthusiasts will appreciate its peppy engines, agile handling, and smooth ride. Simply put, the Accord is a fantastic midsize car.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "If we could recommend just one sedan for the majority of buyers, it would be the Honda Accord. In fact, Honda’s venerable midsize sedan was our overall winner for the 2018 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award. The 2019 Honda Accord, which was just overhauled last year, is the exceptionally rare car that does almost everything right yet retains enough variety to appeal to a wide range of buyers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Might it be possible to design a midsize sedan so attractive, so dynamic, and so generally compelling that it at least slows the sales exodus from sedans to crossovers? Probably not, but wow, Honda sure is giving it the old college try with its 10th-gen Accord." -- Motor Trend (2018)
  • "We applaud Honda's decision to bring its A-game to a segment that desperately needs an injection of energy. The 2018 Accord is an excellent ambassador for what many view as a design whose heyday is behind it. If all sedans were this good, maybe fewer people would be looking elsewhere." -- Left Lane News (2018)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: October 11, 2019

Cooling Sales: The Accord is the second best-selling midsize car behind only the dominant Toyota Camry. However, dealerships have moved 5 percent fewer Accord models so far this year compared to the same sales period in 2018.

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