2014 Honda Accord – Competitiveness starts with elegance, something the Honda design department seems to have struggled with of late. Fortunately, the 2014 Honda Accord is a very good looking vehicle. Designers managed to revitalize the outside without sedan unrecognizable, which is important for a model that sold 11 million units in the U.S. alone since Honda started producing the Accord here about 30 years ago. Engineers shortened the new generation of 3.6 inches, which did much to charge to take out of the design. With shortened front and rear overhangs, the new Accord does not look as smart as its predecessor, and it is a big step in the right direction.
Aforementioned Sport trim is one of two new lines in the Accord stable. Higher up the chain, buyers will now find Touring models available on the order sheet. Snugged between the low LX and slightly nicer EX, the Sport trim provides a variety of aesthetic changes outside that includes the 18-inch wheels you see here, as well as a deck lid spoiler and a massive four-horsepower fall in heavy from the direct-injection four-cylinder engine under the hood. We are still beating hearts. The interior also gets a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters on CVT models. Honda says the new finish line is an attempt to lower the age of the average Accord buyer.
Access Road, it is easier to take a look at the sedan’s massive passenger cell and expansive greenhouse gases. Honda managed to maintain the Accord’s cavernous cabin in and actually expand stem volume, while cutting the overall length of the vehicle due to some clever packaging, and the result is a bit of a bubble roof. Surprisingly, the 2014 Honda Accord managed to maintain its slim A and C pillars, even in the face of the harder-to-ace roof-crush safety testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Given how readily engineers came embrace chunky bows, the thin lines are a welcome sight.
Step to the rear of the vehicle, however, and the design began to look awfully familiar. The sedan’s Stern has more than a little Hyundai Genesis in the mix thanks to a set of stock tail light arrays that reach around the rear quarters. It is difficult to get the two machines tell apart in a close look, especially when the Accord is wearing dark silver paint of our tester. We’re not typically fans of faux Chrome, but the bright strip along the trunk deck has not hurt our feelings if it serves to connect the aft on the side sill treatment and grille. The Sport trim is for a set of dual exhaust pipes that deliver a nice starting burbly note, which is a nice trick for the four-cylinder.
To shake my way through the trees schizophrenic Picasso stamp of the ninth-generation Civic, I am prepared for all the cabin travesties inside the 2014 Honda Accord. Instead, I met a mature and attractive dashboard without a plethora of buttons. Snappy faux brushed metal accents separate control clusters for the climate control and stereo, all higher trims get a new touch-screen interface for the media system. All models get a great handle eight-inch LCD screen video of the standard rear-view camera, as well as a new optional blind spot camera system.
LaneWatch is a new piece of security technology that uses a small camera in the passenger-side mirror to keep an eye on the vehicle’s blind spot. Click the right signal when changing lanes and eight-inch screen immediately switch to side-view feed, complete with distance markers useful to let you know if it is to get clear about. You can also run on all the time or turn it off completely if you are too distracting. Make no mistake, this technology is going to show on every car on the market very soon.
Otherwise, the 2014 Honda Accord offers comfortable seats with lots of adjustment and plenty of head room and leg room for front and rear passengers. The sedan passengers 42.5 inches of legroom and rear occupants 38.5 inches. This is an extra inch in the way back compared to the 2012 model, and give the Accord an extra 2.4 inches of legroom in back of the new 2013 Nissan Altima. The Altima that the gap at the front, but with an additional 2.5 inches of legroom for the driver and front passenger. Even so, buyers will choose or sedan to struggle to feel cramped inside. Even with mature adults in the front, there is plenty of room in the back for jolly green passengers.
Honda also stretched the rear load 1.1 cubic foot by re-engineering the trunk floor. The flat cargo area combines with a redesigned trunk spring mechanism that infringes on the back with only 1.2 inches. The old hardware needs 3.9 inches of travel to function properly.
2014 Honda Accord Pliug-In
In the engine department, Honda has finally stepped down from the last century by decorating the volume model with a direct-injection 2.4-liter four-cylinder. The button is good for 185 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 181 pounds-feet of torque at 3900 rpm in standard trim. Our Sport model has 189 horsepower at the same revs while turning out one pound-feet of torque at the same engine speed. The base numbers marking a jump of seven horsepower and 20 pounds-ft of torque over the 2012 model. More important, Honda driving 27 miles per gallon, in the city and 36 mpg on the highway machines equipped with the new CVT gearbox.
2014 Honda Accord Price
Buyers looking to step into a 2013 Honda Accord will have to pay $ 21.680 for an LX model with a six-speed manual gearbox, but stepping up to the CVT will add an extra $ 800 to the bottom line. LX guise include Bluetooth, a rearview camera, USB connection and dual climate control as standard equipment. Our Sport tester, meanwhile, carried a base price of $ 23,390, and all prices include a $ 790 destination fee. $ 1,710 over the base LX, the sport is a good value based on the aesthetic changes both inside and outside. The excellent manual, a little extra pep and a set of attractive wheels, this is probably the Accord we want for everyday duties.