2017 Honda Accord Buyer's Guide
Starting Price: $23,990 (with auto transmission) | Price yours
Above Average: Driving refinement, reliability, resale value
Below Average: Infotainment interface
Consensus: One of the most reputable and recommendable cars in the country
If the country ever has to decide on just one car, we need to take a long look at the Accord.
Just for fun we asked Google how many times the terms "Accord" and "gold standard" have appeared together on KBB.com over the years, but the results were spotty. The exercise itself, however, conveys the point: The Honda Accord remains a benchmark not just for the midsize sedan category, but for the entire automotive industry. After last year's updates, with updated styling, a more rigid body and retuned suspension, Honda adds a new Sport Special Edition to the lineup and an all-new hybrid option for 2017.
Backed by a decades-deep reputation for dependability, reliability and value, the Accord is also defined and distinguished by its uniquely nuanced refinement. From the feel of the door handle to the response of the gas pedal, the Accord just feels good. And those subconsciously satisfying details are key reasons the Accord remains a favorite family sedan of the car enthusiast and journalist crowds, and why we named it our Midsize Car Best Buy for 2017.
A few driving impressions from our full review: "The bread-and-butter 4-cylinder Accord with an automatic transmission finely balances the comfort/agility equation while offering one of the best continuously variable transmissions (CVT) in the business. V6-powered sedans and coupes are surprisingly quick, and the larger engine boasts deep power reserves."
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Awards for Accords
The Honda Accord again received a long list of Kelley Blue Book awards and accolades for the 2017 model year. In addition to being named our Midsize Car Best Buy for 2017, the Accord also appeared on this year's list of 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 and in our collection of 10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000. It also took home our 5-Year Cost to Own Award in the mid-size car category, and finished on the podium in our Best Resale Value Awards.
First Look: 2018 Honda Accord
In addition to 4- and 6-cylinder engine options, the 2017 Honda Accord is available with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain that delivers outstanding city/highway combined fuel economy of 48 mpg.
The Other Accord
In addition to the sedan, Honda also offers the Accord in a sportier, sleeker coupe version. The 2017 Honda Accord Coupe lives in the shadow of its ubiquitous sedan sibling, but it's a great way to get every ounce of Accord goodness (minus two doors and several cubic feet of interior volume) without driving the same 4-door sedan that hundreds of thousands of people will purchase this year alone.
Build and Price
The 2017 Honda Accord sedan starts pretty well equipped at just under $24,000 and crests $35,000 for an Accord Touring with a V6 engine, leather, moonroof, navigation and adaptive cruise control, among other features. How much should you really pay? Build and price a 2017 Honda Accord the way you like it to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
The Honda Accord was one of five midsize sedans we drove 600 roundtrip miles from Southern California to Lake Las Vegas, Nevada, as part of our most recent Midsize Sedan Comparison Test.
More Midsize Sedans
The Honda Accord is indeed a special car, but today it's one of many great choices in the midsize sedan segment. Check out our Midsize Sedan Buyer's Guide to get a handle on all your good options.
Photo Gallery: 2017 Honda Accord Inside and Out
Video: Honda Accord Review and Road Test
Just for fun we asked Google how many times the terms "Accord" and "gold standard" have appeared together on KBB.com over the years, but the results were spotty. The exercise itself, however, conveys the point: The Accord remains a benchmark not just for the midsize sedan category, but for the entire automotive industry. And for 2016, the benchmark gets even better, with updated styling, a more rigid body and retuned suspension.
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