Although SUVs and crossovers are the people haulers these days, we think those folks are missing out by not considering the superb 2022 Honda Accord sedan. The Accord can do most things your average compact crossover can do; plus, its spry handling will give its driver more of a thrill should they encounter a twisty road.
The Accord offers two turbocharged engines and a hybrid powertrain, making it a versatile vehicle for any commute. With plenty of space in the trunk and enough room for four adults to sit comfortably, the Accord is also perfect for road trips. Made even better by its standard driver-assistance features and easy-to-use infotainment system, it’s no wonder the Accord continues to make our 10Best and Editors’ Choice lists year after year.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Our top pick for engines is the 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission. This engine offers more power than the 192 hp 1.5 liter four cylinder and other engines in its class, and it can easily spin front tires in first gear.
The Accord is also available as a hybrid, which has a four-cylinder gasoline engine and two electric motors. The car’s chassis handles well, making it easy to drive fast around corners without worrying about the body rolling over.
Although the steering is light-weighted, as most people would prefer in a car of this class, it would be nice if there was more feedback given from the road. However, it’s still manageable and easy to control. The Accord’s ride always stays firm but never uncomfortable, which ultimately makes it the perfect choice between a sports sedan and family car.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
We tested the latest version of the Accord that uses a V-6 and naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, and it did quite well. In fact, both engines performed admirably in our real-world tests for highway fuel economy.
On our highway loop, the Accord Touring 2.0T with the 10-speed automatic delivered 35 mpg, which is better than its EPA ratings. It also did much better than a 2018 Camry we tested with its 301-hp V-6 engine, which earned 29 mpg. The Accord hybrid is rated by the EPA for up to 47 mpg combined. According to the EPA’s website, this car has great fuel efficiency all around.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Although it might not be apparent at first glance, the Accord’s interior is actually quite spacious. This is especially true for rear-seat passengers, who will find more legroom and overall space in an Accord than in most other mid-size sedans on the market. Because Honda offers its Accords in a “no-options” trim structure, many of the decisions about features and amenities are made for the driver ahead of time. However, virtually every Accord comes equipped with handsome interior furnishings and some basic creature comforts that all drivers can enjoy.
The top-of-the line Touring trim comes with a bevy of features like heated and cooled leather front seats, heated rear seats, and a head-up display. That said, the lower trim levels have their own attractive qualities, such as Honda’s comfortable cloth seats and interior trim. The Accord also boasts 17 cubic feet of cargo space–beating out its competition–and doesn’t lose any cargo space in the hybrid version as a result of its electric powertrain components.
In our testing, the regular Accord held two more carry-on bags with the rear seats folded than we fit in the nearest competitor. The Accord’s interior storage space is middle of the road in this class, and its interior storage setup isn’t nearly as useful or as thoughtful as those of the Honda Civic or the Hyundai Ioniq, for instance. Still, the Accord should meet the basic needs of most drivers.
Are Honda Accords a good car?
The 2022 Honda Accord ranks at the top of the midsize car class, thanks in part to its peerless driving dynamics, good fuel economy, spacious cabin and trunk, and intuitive features.
Why are Honda Accords so good?
The Accord’s roomy interior and trunk, smooth ride and powerful turbocharged engines were highlighted as strong suits among Cars.com users. Its amenities also motivated some owners to compare the Accord to a luxury vehicle, but the sedan brought its share of quirks and pet peeves
Do Honda Accords last long?
How Long Can a Honda Accord Last? A Honda Accord has the potential to last for 200,000 miles if it’s cared for properly, even if it’s an old Honda Accord like the models in our used inventory. Consumer Reports has claimed that Accord is one of the vehicles most likely to do so.