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2017 Honda Accord Performance Review

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


Performance: 8.3

Unless you're looking for thrilling performance, the 2017 Honda Accord's driving dynamics should be perfectly fine for you. Its base engine delivers enough power for the typical commute, while it has an optional V6 that has more punch for extra speed. Both engines are more fuel-efficient than comparable engines you'll find in rivals. The Accord's handling isn't particularly exciting, but it is very comfortable and easy to drive, helping make it a perfect daily driver.

  • "All Accord models are brisk, compliant and comfortable, with each particular model offering more or less of those traits depending on drivetrain." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Out on the road, Accord acquits itself well. The 4-cylinder versions provide adequate acceleration from a stop, and have no problem getting onto the freeway and cruising at speed. Handling is predictable and smooth, and little engine or road noise seeps into the cabin." -- Forbes (2016)
  • "Perfectly calm and perfectly maneuverable, the 2016 Accord has the same faintly reserved character on the road as ever, only you can tell that it's been predictably improved in every possible way." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)

Acceleration and Power

The 2017 Accord's base engine is a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder. A 3.5-liter V6 making 278 horsepower is available. The four-cylinder engine comes paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional automatic transmission (CVT). With the V6, you get a six-speed automatic transmission in sedan models, or a six-speed manual in coupe models.

The base four-cylinder's power delivery should be enough for the typical driver in most situations. Whether you're driving along city streets or merging onto the highway, you should have no problems with the base engine. If you feel the need for speed, opting for the V6 will get you quicker acceleration.

The Accord's optional CVT isn't intrusive, giving you power evenly across the band. That's unusual praise for a CVT, as most are derided for feeling springy and being too loud. The optional six-speed automatic, however, is less of a treat because it doesn't always shift at the right moment to give you more power.

An Accord with the four-cylinder engine and the CVT will get up to 27 mpg in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway. That's better than most rivals get, though you'll use even less fuel with a midsize hybrid car like the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. Buying a V6-powered Accord will cost you at the pump, with EPA estimates falling to 21 mpg around town and 33 mpg on the freeway. Still, an Accord with a V6 is more fuel-efficient than V6-powered competitors.

  • "The bread-and-butter 4-cylinder Accord with an automatic transmission finely balances the comfort/agility equation while offering one of the best continuously variable transmissions (CVT) in the business. V6-powered sedans and coupes are surprisingly quick, and the larger engine boasts deep power reserves. The few buyers who opt for a manual transmission will be rewarded with crisp, easy shifts." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The six-cylinder Accord is noticeably quicker, of course, but the six-speed auto doesn't respond quick enough for our tastes." -- Motor Trend (2016)
  • "The 4-cylinder versions provide adequate acceleration from a stop, and have no problem getting onto the freeway and cruising at speed." -- Forbes (2016)

Handling and Braking

Most people will use the Accord as a daily driver, commuting to and from work or driving the kids to their various activities – and the Accord is perfectly suited for such duties. Its laid back driving style and cushioned suspension will keep you comfortable during your daily routine.

The responsive power steering turns the wheels quickly to help you cut through traffic. Drivers who prefer a little excitement on the road are better off looking elsewhere. The Mazda6, for example, is one of the most engaging-to-drive cars in the class.

  • Overall, the ride is much smoother; the steering more linear in feel and the end result is a more relaxed and rewarding driving experience." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The comprehensively recalibrated electric-assist steering combines heavier on-center effort during freeway cruising with a more predictable increase in effort as you steer through corners. If anything, the 2016 Accord feels even calmer and more natural to drive than before." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
  • … the ride is luxury-car supple with the EX-L's 17-inch wheels, although a good measure of steering sharpness goes away as part of the deal-especially at high speeds, where we noticed a fair bit of play just off-center. Overall, however, the Accord feels as solid and quiet as ever." -- Car and Driver (2016)

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