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2017 Honda Accord Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Honda Accord was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

If you haven’t seen the inside of an Accord in the last few years, you might expect a fairly low-rent interior, but the 2017 Honda Accord will prove you wrong. Most materials are high quality, and the design is handsome. Fit and finish is excellent as well, with everything solidly built. All trims come with a black interior, while models with leather upholstery can also be fitted with gray finishes.

The seats in both rows are comfortable and roomy in sedan models. In coupes, you'll find less space in the back. The Accord's infotainment system is easy to use and features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in higher trims to keep you connected on the go. The trunk is one of the most spacious in the class, but it's a bit too narrow between the wheels.

  • "With a few exceptions, the materials in the 2016 Honda Accord have a high-quality look and feel. The overall design is elegant, and the cabin's tight construction gives a much stronger impression than you'd expect from a workaday family car." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "Still, the interior is attractive and nicely designed, with a tasteful mix of high quality materials and surfaces." -- Forbes (2016)
  • "Step into the latest Honda Accord, and its 5-passenger cabin will feel familiar yet sophisticated. The familiar part comes from its roominess, excellent outward vision and easy-to-reach controls." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Seating

There are seats for five on standard cloth upholstery in both the 2017 Accord sedan and coupe. Leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats are optional in all models, and you can have a power-adjustable front passenger seat and heated rear seats in sedan models.

Up front, you'll find roomy seats that offer excellent support to keep you comfortable, even when driving for hours. The view is excellent in all directions thanks to the Accord's narrow roof supports, so you can take in the scenery as you cruise along. Your passengers will appreciate the sedan's generously sized rear seat, which offers enough space for adults to sit comfortably. Coupe models, however, have less room in the back, so don't expect to go road tripping with tall friends in the back if you buy a coupe.

The Accord's optional seating features further add to your comfort. Power-adjustable front seats will help you find just the right position, while the optional heated front and rear seats keep you warm when the weather turns cold.

There are two full sets of LATCH anchors in the rear outboard seats. The middle seat only has an upper tether. Installing your child seat isn't going to be an easy task, because the Accord's lower anchors are mounted far inside the seat cushion.

  • "The front seats are firm and highly supportive, while rear passengers in the sedan will at least be as comfortable as they were in the outgoing model's palatial back seat; in fact, rear legroom has somehow increased by an inch. The coupe's rear quarters are predictably tighter, but two adults can squeeze back there for short- to medium-length trips." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "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 its combination of space and comfort." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The front seats are supportive and comfortable. Rear seats in the sedan are roomy for two adults (three in a pinch) and - not surprisingly - tighter in the coupe." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Interior Features

The Accord comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, an 8-inch display, and a rearview camera. Options include a power moonroof, push-button start, HD Radio, satellite radio, a seven-speaker premium audio system, navigation, an additional 7-inch touch-screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, lane keep assist, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and Honda's LaneWatch camera, which lets you see vehicles driving in your passenger-side blind spot. If you buy a model with lane keep assist, be aware that it doesn't always steer you back into your lane, especially on twisting two-lane roads, so don't rely on it to keep you in line.

The base Accord comes with one infotainment display that shows you basic information like radio settings or incoming text messages when you connect your phone via Bluetooth. It isn't a touch screen like those in most rivals, so climate and audio in lower trims are controlled with physical buttons and knobs mounted lower on the center stack.

Models that are more expensive get a second infotainment screen that replaces the buttons and knobs. Like a smartphone, it recognizes gestures like pinching and swiping, so it should feel familiar to most users. However, adjusting climate and audio functions is more difficult with the touch screen since you can't just reach over and twist a knob. Redundant audio controls are available on the Accord’s steering wheel to make things a bit easier.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also optional. They let you use certain apps from your smartphone right on the touch screen. You can save yourself some cash by using your phone's built-in maps app rather than paying for the navigation package Honda offers.

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  • "Up front, higher trims of the Accord have a pair of screens. The top one displays audio info and the rearview camera, while the other below shows navigation and other functions. However, the lower screen is touch-only, lacking traditional knobs for volume and tuning. Lower-trim models don't have the secondary screen, and instead offer easy-to-use controls." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Both [Apple CarPlay and Android Auto] work precisely as advertised -- when they say it's plug-and-play, they mean it. Our co-driver, who had never used CarPlay before, hooked up his iPhone and was sending and receiving text messages to colleagues in seconds." -- AutoWeek (2016)
  • "You can swipe, tap, and pinch in iPad-style, and the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the top Accord trim levels brings your smartphone stuff onto the big touchscreen display, plus you can make commands with the voice-recognition software." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)

Cargo

Accord sedan models have 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, which is significantly above the class average. Coupe models have much less, with only 13.7 cubic feet of trunk room. While the sedan's trunk is roomy, you can fit even more in the Hyundai Sonata's trunk. The Accord's trunk shape slightly diminishes its usefulness because while it's very wide near the rear, it’s much narrower between the wheel wells.

Both sedan and coupe models come standard with a folding rear seatback so you can haul longer items. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat, which lets you use at least one rear seat while still transporting long cargo, is available in sedan models. Many competitors, including the Nissan Altima and Chevrolet Malibu, come standard with a split-folding seat.

  • "… the Honda body engineers have finally allowed the use of a 60/40-split folding rear seat to improve cargo utility." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
  • "One fault: While the trunk is wide at the rear, it narrows considerably moving forward between the wheelhouses, which limits cargo capacity and loading flexibility." -- Consumer Guide (2014)
  • "The Accord also has something the Mazda6 lacks, and that's loads of interior and cargo space. … As noted by multiple editors, the Accord's trunk is cavernous -- one of the biggest in the segment -- and can fit more than a week's worth of groceries for a family of five." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)

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