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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 8.2
  • 8.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
  • 9.3
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#9

out of 16

Fuel Economy

#5

out of 17

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

7.8 out of 10
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2014 Honda Accord Low/wide front photo 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
2014 Honda Accord Front angle view photo

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.
Favorite Features

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 Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view 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
2014 Honda Accord Engine photo

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)

Pricing Notes

The 2014 Honda Accord starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $22,745 for an LX sedan with manual transmission. Opting for the usual automatic transmission costs an extra $800. At the other end of the Accord sedan spectrum, a V6 Touring edition starts at over $34,000. Hybrid models range from just under $30,000 to over $35,000. At $40,570, the Plug-In hybrid is the most expensive Accord, not counting incentives. The Honda's pricing is in line with competitors such as the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima and Chevy Malibu. Undercutting the Accord's starting price are the Chrysler 200, Subaru Legacy, Volkswagen Passat, and Hyundai Sonata. Be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price to get the latest pricing on the 2014 Accord and to see what others in your area are paying. Coming off its win for the Best Resale Value Award in the Mid-Size Car segment, the latest Accord is expected to retain its great long-term value.

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2014 Honda Accord Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 123 Ratings for the 2013 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    7.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    7.9/10
  • Comfort
    7.8/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

I LOVE THIS CAR!!!

By on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

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: "Fast fun to drive comfort style great mpg"

Cons: "NONE AT ALL"

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

"Best car I have ever owned and I've owned cars since 1972. Great style, fast, comfort, fun to drive, paddle shift, PLUS GREAT MPG for a full sized fast fun to drive car (30mpg city 35+ hi-way),"

So far cautiosly satisfied.

By on Monday, April 21, 2014

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
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fuel economy."

Cons: "Stiff ride."

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

"Had excessive oil consumption problem first 6000 miles. Seems to be OK now. X fingers. Ride is very stiff but I'm slowly getting used to it. Like fuel mileage."

Lane warning device/ Seat comfort.

By on Sunday, April 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Prive is right."

Cons: "Lane watch problem."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My only problem so far is the LANE WARNING DEVICE works sporadically. I have not been able to determine why? Driver's seat could be a little more comfortable. Everything else so far functions well."

Very nice Honda

By on Friday, April 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I have an EX-L nav v6 and Im very happy. It looks amazing and it drives great. It needs about 5000 miles to break in and then it becomes so much more comfortable. The interior is very nice heated leather seats, touch screen,side and backup camera LDW etc. But i don't like are that the doors and sides are not all covered in leather, just parts and the backup camera doesn't not beep when you are getting too close.The sensor in the front window that gives a red light to alarm you when you are getting too close its a bit annoying if they wouldn't make it to actually reduce the speed but still its a great ride."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Accord Coupe EX-L (4cyl, CVT)

By on Friday, April 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fit and finish, power, ride quality, mpg, CVT"

Cons: "Infotainment system, no LED headlights."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Honda really cleaned up the exterior styling for the 2013+ model years. Interior fit and finish is top notch, looks like an Acura! Lots of room inside, I'm 6'3" and fit fine. Leather seats are very comfortable on long rides. If you get the coupe, get Still Night Pearl (blue color) its beautiful! Surprising combination of power and smoothness from the 4cyl CVT combo. Great mpg numbers, I get as high as 37+mpg on the freeway with no traffic. Bluetooth/Pandora connectivity is great. Only cons I can come up with: Car can be a bit pricy, especially with NAV (but you pay for Honda quality/reliability!). The infotainment system sometimes feels clunky/unfinished. The two screens can feel redundant. Honda left out some things like LED headlights and active cruise control. (touring sedan gets these, V6 trim gets LED DRLs) Please note, this was the first model year for the CVT transmission, I have fairly good faith it will remain reliable."

I've had 6 Honda's. This is the 5th accord coupe.

By on Sunday, April 13, 2014

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
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
5/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I love Honda's. In my opinion, when someone buys a car they also purchase the company that manufactures the product. The new upgrades to the Accord are long overdo. My two major concerns about the automobile are the inability to see out of it and the quality of the interior. This is by far the worst I've driven for blind spots. Even with the camera, I'm constantly checking and rechecking before I change lanes. The interior of the cabin is easy to view and the sound system is awesome. However, the materials don't seem to clean up very well. I hate the dust etc that catches in the holes in the seat. I don't know if Honda is aware or not but there are many manufacturers that put bells and whistles in the modern auto. I am sad to say that Honda is the the middle of the pack. Why do I keep buying them? The re-sale rocks."

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