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2014 Honda Accord

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2014 Honda Accord Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.2

For nearly four decades the Accord and Honda have gone hand in hand. What began in 1976 as a tiny, no-frills 2-door hatchback has grown into today's full-featured family sedan and coupe. In the process it has set the benchmark for the midsize sedan segment, one that's crowded by rivals like the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion. After reinventing itself in 2013 with a new design and more efficient powertrains, the 2014 Accord lineup expands with the introduction of two hybrids, a traditional version and another that can be plugged in to run on electricity alone. The additions further bolster the Accord's something-for-everyone appeal, while a starting price of under $23,000 assured it a spot on our list as one of the 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 for 2014.

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Beyond its history of reliability and high resale value, the Accord is now more varied than ever. Whether you want a no-fuss and highly economical sedan, a sporty V6-powered coupe or a hybrid that attains 50 mpg in the city, the 2014 Accord offers something for everyone.

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Make that almost everyone. The Accord covers many bases, but it doesn't hit them all. If you require all-wheel drive, for instance, look to the Subaru Legacy or Ford Fusion. Diesel-proponents, meanwhile, can get their high-mileage happiness in the Volkswagen Passat or coming Mazda6 SkyActiv-D.

What's New for 2014

After an all-new sedan and coupe were introduced last year, only minor changes are made on mainstream models. The big news for 2014 Accords is the introduction of a regular hybrid model and a limited-production, plug-in hybrid variant.

Driving the Accord

Driving Impressions With the Accord's various powertrains come different driving experiences, but most buyers will gravitate toward 4-cylinder models with an automatic transmission. Used in this setup is a continuously-variable transmission (CVT),...

and it's surprisingly refined. The Accord's CVT feels much like a normal automatic, mimicking gear changes. Even a base sedan has good power for acceleration and passing, yet attains up to 36 mpg on the highway. Ride quality in general is highly pleasing, with improved noise reduction vs. previous models. Versions with the 278-horsepower V6 are downright quick. Hybrid models offer an easy way to earn exceptional fuel economy. Their transitions from gasoline engine power to electric power are smooth, and the sedan is noticeably quiet when running on electricity alone. The only obtrusion we experienced from the hybrid models was a whine from the electric powertrain likely only to be heard by canines and human passengers whose ears can still sense higher frequencies.

LANEWATCH
This safety system sees where your eyes cannot by way of a tiny video camera under the passenger-side mirror that displays what's happening in the blind spot. LaneWatch – included in EX and Touring models – can be configured to stay on or automatically turn on when the right-hand turn signal is engaged.

HYBRID OPTIONS
The Accord offered a hybrid years ago, but it wasn't nearly as efficient as today's versions. The new hybrid earns up to 50 mpg. With the Accord Plug-In hybrid, initially limited to California and New York, you can drive about 13 miles on electricity before the small gasoline engine kicks in.

2014 Honda Accord Details
2014 Honda Accord photo Interior

The 2014 Accord's 5-passenger cabin feels familiar yet sophisticated. The familiar part comes from its roominess, excellent visibility and the fact that controls are within easy reach. You don't have to hunt and peck to turn up the radio or fan. Among the premium touches are an 8-inch screen that sits prominently in the dash and relays audio, phone and navigation information. EX-L models and higher have a secondary screen for touch-operated audio and Bluetooth wireless streaming. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, and the rear seats are roomy for two adults (as with most midsize sedans, three in back is a squeeze).

Exterior
2014 Honda Accord photo

The latest Accord sedan is curvier and shorter than the previous generation by over three inches, but it's still easily identified. The coupe, too, has gotten slightly smaller. Especially appealing is the Accord's grille with its classy horizontal bars and Honda's logo floating in the middle. Sedans boast a low "beltline" where the side windows meet the metal. This is relevant because it improves visibility, especially for children sitting in back. Higher trims have premium touches such as LED brake lights and daytime running lights. Accord Plug-In hybrids are distinguished by an additional "fuel cap" above the front-left wheel where the charging cable is inserted.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even if you spend the least on a Honda Accord LX sedan, you'll get a well-equipped car that includes an 8-inch color display with rear-view camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, 16-inch wheels, and a 160-watt AM/FM/CD stereo with Pandora Internet radio compatibility. Sport models add a power driver's seat, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a slight increase in horsepower. EX models include a power moonroof and the LaneWatch system, while EX-L models gain leather, upgraded audio, heated front seats, and lane-departure warning. The top-line Touring model has a standard V6 engine, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control. Hybrid models include LaneWatch, LED daytime running lights and a 10-way power driver's seat.

Optional Equipment

Except for choosing an automatic transmission in lower models instead of a manual, major options for the 2014 Accord are obtained by moving up trim levels. Among the most desired features are satellite navigation, the V6 engine, a 7-speaker/360-watt audio system, 18-inch wheels, leather seating, the multi-angle rear-view camera, HomeLink remote system, LED headlights, blind-spot display, and adaptive cruise control. Accessories for further personalization include a sport grille, underbody kit, rear spoiler, remote engine-starting unit, and illuminated doorsill.

Under the Hood

Two engines and three new transmissions are offered in gasoline-powered versions of the 2014 Honda Accord. The base is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that makes a healthy 185 horsepower (189 in Sport versions). The optional engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 278 horsepower. In the sedan, 4-cylinder engines are linked to a 6-speed manual transmission or CVT automatic, and V6 engines are connected to a 6-speed auto. In the coupe, the V6 can be connected to a satisfying 6-speed manual. The Accord Plug-In uses a 4-cylinder gasoline engine and a 124-kilowatt electric motor. The lithium-ion battery recharges in less than three hours on a standard 120-volt outlet or under an hour on a 240-volt outlet. Electric-only range is rated at 13 miles, and total range when factoring in the gasoline engine is 574 miles.

2.4-liter inline-4
185 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
181 lb-ft of torque @ 3,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/34 mpg (manual, sedan and coupe), 27/36 mpg (automatic, sedan), 26/34 mpg (automatic, coupe)

3.5-liter V6
278 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
252 lb-ft of torque @ 4,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 (manual, coupe), 21/34 mpg (automatic, sedan), 21/32 mpg (automatic, coupe)

2.0-liter inline-4 + 124-kW AC synchronous permanent-magnet electric motor (hybrid models)
141 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm (gasoline engine)
166 horsepower (motor power, hybrid)
55 horsepower (battery power, Plug-In hybrid)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 50/45 (mpg, hybrid), 47/46 mpg (gasoline-engine only, Accord Plug-In hybrid model)

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2014 Honda Accord Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 240 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Good but a few issues

By on Monday, January 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "driving, brakes, handling"

Cons: "windows freeze in winter, rims are unrepairable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This is for the "Sport" model with the manual transmission. Got the manual for a last blast before everything becomes CRV. Handling, brakes, and suspension are all very good. A good overall car. However, was somewhat of a let down for me personally. I have bought Accords religiously since 1999. The car came with 3 defects which has never happened to me before. Two on the door and the manual transmission would not go into 4th gear reliably. Honda seems to have "value engineered" the car too much. Why only one USB plug with a knockout for the other one? No pass through for the trunk like in the past? Computer screen seems primitive. Tried to get the sport mag wheels redone after some curb rash. Cannot redo them due to porosity in the wheels."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great car with fantastic gas mileage.

By on Tuesday, January 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Dealer was great. Never any issues at all"

Cons: "Ride is a bit taut, but sporty. Radio is lacking"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Only draw back is a rather taut ride, but fine when on the road. Easy 36+ mpg on the road at speed limit and above. City/Highway averages 31 MPG. The 4 cylinder has plenty of power. Quiet inside but a bit of engine noise when outside. Added additional tint to rear side and back glass as the factory tint is very light. Don't much care for the radio."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great Car! Worth Every Penny!

By on Tuesday, January 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Gas Mileage, Comfort, Convenienc Features, Quality"

Cons: "Shouldn't have passed on the Navigation"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We have had this car for a few months now. It seems like every time we drive it, we are pleased and reminded that this purchase was a good decision. The gas mileage is incredible. It is very comfortable. The convenience features are well thought out and work flawlessly. My only regret is that we did not get Navigation with it. I look forward to handing this Accord down to my kids when they are old enough to drive. I would not hesitate to buy this again."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Don't waste your money, buy the Accord LX!

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Rooomy"

Cons: "Poor workmanship interior, noisy, trunk is cheap"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The Accord Touring is a nice looking car but that is where the quality stops. The Accord seats are not comfortable,they need vented seats, the leather is just to hot for hot climates. The car is not well built. I have had multiple pieces fall off, these being the vent knobs, a piece on the window corner and the emergency key cover on the front console. It has multiple rattles and noises when on any type of rough road, especially with the hand latch above the drivers door. The navigation is hard to set up and the other instrumentation loaded into the navigation system is confusing and hard to set up. Bluetooth reception is bad. It is roomy and the radio is pretty good. If you want an Accord stick with the basic. The Touring is overpriced for what it delivers."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I have a 2016 accord touring version.

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 750

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great ride, lots of options, standard on touring"

Cons: "None to speak of yet"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The 19 wheels on this vehicle are very nice and the ride is as smooth as any sedan I have ever driven. The car looks and rides as nice as the expensive import sedans, but you get all this at a very economical price."

2015 Sport - Great Overall Car

By on Thursday, December 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "MPG, Comfortable, Tech"

Cons: "Noisy, Rough Ride"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this car a few months back and overall it has been great. It is a perfect road trip or daily commuter. I get a lot of compliments and a few of my friends even went and bought accords after riding in mine. The CVT accelerates much better than I expected. It handles great but you do sacrifice a smooth ride, especially with the Sports low profile tires. A lot of noise comes through the pillar on the drivers door but it's nothing that turning up the radio a little won't fix. The seats can get a little uncomfortable after about three hours, but what seats don't? The trunk is massive, I haven't found anything that I really need to take that wont fit, if I do I can always rent or borrow a pickup. I have been getting around 28-30 mpg around town and up to 37 on the high at 75 mph. I do enjoy the car but honestly I have been suffering a little buyers remorse the last few weeks. I think it has more to do with not going used rather than going for the Accord."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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