Even though it is mostly commonly sold as a 4-door sedan, used Honda Accords can be found in other styles, including coupes, wagons, and hybrid versions. Within a few years of its launch in the United States in the mid-1970s, Honda Accord became the best-selling import car, since it had the fuel economy buyers wanted after the oil crunch. By 1990, the Accord had grown in size and quality into the mid-sized class. Since 2008 it is now considered full size. Since 2010, there is even the four-wheel drive crossover, the Accord Crosstour. Even though its size has increased, the Accord has bettered its fuel efficiency ratings over time, for a nearly unbeatable combination of style, practicality, and low cost of ownership. Some folks call that value.
With over 10 million units sold, some of the major redesigns that have taken place over the last 37 years have included parting ways with the original 2-speed automatic transmission, and a considerable increase in size, with a 15 inch growth of its wheelbase. Improvements were made to the Accord’s stability and handling with a double wishbone system, and a new focus has been placed on security with the addition of anti-lock brakes and other important features, as well as the development of a revolutionary Plug-In Hybrid($39,780 MSRP)—for sale only in California and New York for now.
For 2014, the Honda Accord offers six different styles, including the LX ($21,955 MSRP), Sport ($23,715 MSRP), EX (24,880 MSRP), EX-L ($28,270 MSRP), EX-L V-6 ($30,345 MSRP), and Touring ($33,480 MSRP).
If you want to the latest in technology to make driving easier, safer, and connected, the Touring trim for 2014 includes these features:
- Adaptive cruise control that lets you set a speed to hold steady but also can slow the car to stay a certain distance from the car in front of you.
- Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition and
- Honda´s LaneWatch technology will activate a live camera on the passenger side whenever you use the right turn signal to display video that covers four times the area shown in the side-view mirror.
- A Forward Collision Warning system uses radar to tell when you are at risk of a front collision, activating an audio and visual warning.
- A touchscreen audio system that lets you easily access music whether that means using Bluetooth to stream audio or just play the radio.
These features make for an easier, more relaxed drive. Even with the base model, the Honda Accord's traditional dependability and sturdy construction make it a great family car or daily commuter's dream.
The Honda Accord is safety-oriented with many safety-related features as standard equipment, including anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, tire pressure monitoring, daytime running lights, as well as dual and side curtain airbags. Because of its sturdy construction, the 2014 Honda Accord 4-door sedan has received a “Good” rating in crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in areas such as moderate overlap frontal offset, small overlap frontal offset, side impact, and roof strength.
NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THE HONDA ACCORD
- The Honda Accord is a favorite of those who are conscious of the environment, and because of the brand’s focus on this aspect it has been named “Green Car of the Year” for 2014 by Green Car Journal.
- Car and Driver magazine has kept it on its Best 10 Cars list every year since 1998.
- The Accord Plug-in Hybrid has created great expectations surrounding its efficiency and it is expected to exceed 100 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent, making it not only reliable, but one of the most efficient vehicles in its class on the market today.
- As part of the improved safety features of the vehicle, all variants of the Honda Accord now include an 8-inch LCD screen single angle backup camera, designed to help prevent accidents, as well as make parking easier and faster.
- All in all, the Honda Accord is a great option for young families, or anyone who wants a well-built, reliable car.