Few vehicles have garnered as much respect in North America as the Honda Accord. It hasn’t achieved this status by being sexy or thrilling. Take an Accord for a spin and you’ll find it to be comfortable, roomy, intelligently engineered and easy to drive. It’s also backed by a solid reputation for reliability. What’s special about the Honda Accord, though, is its completeness.
Adhering to Honda’s typical five-year generational life cycle, the Accord was fully redesigned for 2013. As expected, these incredibly popular cars got larger and more powerful. Honda worked a little magic here, as all the improvements came without any penalty in fuel economy. The Honda Accord is still a very frugal automobile.
The most significant changes were under the car’s skinsheet metal. A pair of inline fours and a new V6 offer both better performance and increased fuel economy. A 2.4-liter inline four with 177 hp powers the LX trims, while a more powerful version cranking out 190 hp was used in the EX. A 3.5-liter V6 boasting 268 hp was available for the EX trims.
Transmission choices consisted of a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic for the fours while the V6 could be had with either a five-speed automatic or, on the coupe, a six-speed manual. By using cylinder-deactivation technology, the V6 could run on as little as three cylinders under light-load conditions (such as cruising on a level highway).
The 2014 Accord carried over unchanged except for the V6’s stated output moving up a touch due to further testing that revealed greater output than originally figured. The latter means the V6 was now rated at 271 hp.