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Kelley Blue Book Best Buys of 2017: Midsize Car

By KBB.com Editors on November 15, 2016 6:00 AM
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2017 Honda Accord

Few cars can be purchased or recommended with more confidence than the Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is one of the longest-running nameplates on the road, and one of the best-selling cars in the country dating back to the last millennium. Over the course of more than 40 years, the Accord has earned a renowned reputation as a no-brainer choice for shoppers seeking affordable, practical, comfortable transportation. But while quality and value remain at the core of its appeal, the Accord has grown and evolved with the times. Today, this famously well-rounded sedan is a popular choice with drivers across generations, from Baby Boomers to Gen X to Millennials.

And as American tastes continue to move toward SUVs, midsize sedan shoppers have it especially good right now. Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price figures currently reflect real-world transaction prices of between $2,000 and $3,000 below sticker for a popularly equipped Accord. It’s these changing dynamics that helped the Accord reclaim its position as our Midsize Sedan Best Buy, after narrowly ceding its throne last year to the Kia Optima.

Renowned Reliability

Consumer surveys and owners’ stories continue to paint the same picture but with ever more detail: The Accord is a reliable, dependable, meticulously engineered machine. Even as quality continues to improve across the entire industry, giving smart shoppers more viable vehicle options than ever, the Accord remains something special. And given the depth and decades behind its reputation, we suspect it’s going to be a trustworthy standout for years to come.

Strong Resale Value

The Honda Accord enjoys such outstanding resale value because its reputation for long-term reliability makes it such an appealing used car. And that outstanding resale value is part of what makes it such a high-value new car. It’s a virtuous cycle that benefits all involved.

Looking at our 5-Year Cost to Own figures, which reflect the total costs involved with a full buy-own-sell ownership cycle, spending $25,000 on a new Honda Accord can actually save you up to thousands of dollars compared to spending the same amount on just about any of its midsize sedan competitors. If you’re looking to get the most car for your money, choosing a vehicle with superior resale value can save you much more than negotiating a “great deal” on a car with weak resale value.

Driving Satisfaction

One of the subtler elements of the Accord’s excellence is the refined manner in which it does just about everything. From the door handle to the parking brake release button, every moving part moves in a way that conveys quality and confidence. On the road, it accelerates, stops and steers with that same satisfying responsiveness. It reacts so gracefully to driver inputs that it’s as if it already knows just how quickly you want to accelerate, exactly where you want to stop and how you want to negotiate that turn.

The 2017 Honda Accord isn’t the only midsize sedan worth buying. It’s not the only midsize sedan we recommend. But this year, it’s once again the only midsize sedan to be named a Kelley Blue Book Best Buy.

More 2017 Honda Accord

Build and price your own 2017 Honda Accord to unlock its Fair Purchase, Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more, or check out our full review of this legendary sedan from Honda (one of them, anyway). Still unsure if the Honda Accord is the midsize sedan for you? See our Midsize Sedan Buyer's Guide to find out how it compares with the 10 other major competitors in its segment.

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