2017 Honda Accord Buyer's Guide
Starting Price: $23,990 (with automatic transmission) | Build
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
We expect the 2017 Honda Accord to receive plenty of praise again this year as it did in 2016. It has already picked up KBB's Midsize Car Best Buy award for 2017. Last year, it was one of KBB.com's 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000, was one of Kelley Blue Book's 16 Best Family Cars of 2016 and was one of the 10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000. The 2016 Accord was on the podium for both the Best Resale Value Awards and the 5-Year Cost to Own Awards in the Mid-Size Car category.
Even though Honda discontinued its Accord Plug-In Hybrid, the company has introduced a new 2017 Accord Hybrid with a new 2-motor setup. While it won't be an Accord, a plug-in hybrid will join Honda's lineup in the near future. The new plug-in is expected to arrive in 2017 as part of the Honda Clarity series.
The Other Accord
In addition to the sedan, Honda also offers the Accord in a sportier, sleeker coupe version. The coupe received the same updates -- namely, new looks and a more rigid body -- as the sedan. 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 more than 300,000 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: 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.