2019 Honda Accord

Performance


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2019 Honda Accord Performance Review

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Performance: 8.4

The 2019 Honda Accord is a joy to drive thanks to a nice mix of agility and comfort. You can equip it with one of two strong engines, and it has three transmission options. Each powertrain combination helps deliver quick acceleration from a stop.

  • "So how is the driving experience? The answer is long, but it can be summed up in three words: Pretty darn good." -- Automobile Magazine (2018)
  • "Most editors who drove the CVT proclaimed it among the best and most responsive in the business. It delivers reassuring 'gear changes' during wide-open throttle (or in the transmission's S mode), but it maximizes acceleration efficiency by holding whatever ratio is optimal in all other situations. Shift paddles can preselect an optimal ratio in anticipation of a passing maneuver or contribute engine braking on a downhill grade." -- Motor Trend (2018)
  • "I know, it sounds weird, but the … Accord is actually really pleasant to drive." -- CNET (2018)

Acceleration and Power

Most shoppers will be satisfied with the Accord's engine options. The base 192-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder provides solid power for everyday driving. The standard continuously variable automatic transmission is praised for how smooth it is and how well it pairs with the base engine. For more gusto, step up to the 2.0-liter 252-horsepower turbo-four. A quick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission comes with the upgraded engine. A six-speed manual transmission is available in the Sport trim.

With the 1.5-liter engine and automatic transmission, the Accord delivers 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Those are great estimates for the class. Models with the 2.0-liter engine get 23/34 mpg city/highway.

  • "The standard 192-horsepower 1.5-liter engine offers strong off-the-line performance and acceptable passing power, but the biggest advantage is its 33-mpg combined fuel-economy figure. Its continuously variable transmission (CVT) is among the best out there, feeling similar to a traditional automatic. Moving up to the 2.0-liter turbo brings a more robust response, with 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque available as low as 2,200 rpm." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Honda hasn't tried to make this CVT act like anything but what it is, and while purists may despise the droning engine note, its smooth, shift-free acceleration should be a hit with the masses. Even the most die-hard stepped-tranny snob will be forced to acknowledge how well the CVT does its job, snapping the engine up into its torque band when power is needed and promptly dropping it down into run-silent mode when the driver eases off the accelerator." -- Automobile Magazine (2018)
  • "The turbo 1.5-liter four-cylinder has more than adequate oomph for a base engine, with enough on tap for sustained uphill climbs on twisting mountain roads. The automatic transmission has some telltale nonlinearity starting out, which is common of CVTs, but it fakes a nice kickdown sensation when you call for more power at cruising speed. The optional turbo 2.0-liter, which Honda hopes will account for a fifth of all Accord sales, is palpably quicker off the line." -- Cars.com (2018)

Handling and Braking

The front-wheel-drive Accord has a fairly firm suspension, but it still provides a comfortable ride along with athletic handling. Additionally, it has well-weighted steering and a quiet, well-insulated cabin.

  • "The Accord is a mature sports sedan, tranquil and composed when you want it to be but ready and willing to play when asked. With a sense of harmony between the primary controls and a fluidity to the responses of the chassis, the Accord engenders confidence." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • "Honda has retained the somewhat-firm ride of the outgoing Accord, but its gone on a witch hunt for noise, slathering the body with sound insulation and adding a third microphone to the standard-fit active noise cancellation system." -- Automobile Magazine (2018)
  • "This latest Accord skews to the athletic side among family sedans, and the steering's weighty feel contributes to a solid, substantial handling experience." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
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