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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 256 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
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Best Accord yet

By on Sunday, July 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "reliability, styling, resale value, comfort"

Cons: "No Apple car play, navigation interface is clunky"

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

"I have owned 4 new Hondas, my first was a Prelude in 1984, then I had 3 Accords. All from the same dealership. In all those years I have had exactly one part break on me. The AC clutch on my 2003 Accord failed after 11 years, $300 later and it was fine. So one failure in 32 years. My 2015 Accord Touring is the best, it is smooth and fast and get's amazing milage for a V6, I get about 27-28 in town driving conservatively, 34 on the highway at a round 80mph. The adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning works great. I especially love the ACC, I set it to drive 1000 miles to Texas and rarely ever used the brakes, so much more relaxing. The phone works really well using the car. My iPod integrates well too and the voice commands work about 85% of the time. I wish mine had Apple Carplay but most of the functions are fine with my phone and iPod. The navigation works well to but the interface is a bit hard to use. Just last week I used voice commands to find a place in Phoenix and it found it on the 2nd try. The voice guidance continues to work even if you leave the navigation screen. I use XM/Sirius radio and Pandora a lot too. Both work well but Pandora has better sound fidelity. Now I want a car that will drive autonomously, the ACC get's you one step closer since it accelerates and brakes on it's own. The braking was not advertised and surprised me the first time it occurred when a semi pulled in too close, the car braked quickly and then smoothly went back to a follow speed. It has a nice interface too. I will buy an Accord again when they come out with a self steering model. Every time i have sold my used Hondas for more than blue book with no problem. Never on the market longer than a week. Plus Honda's extended warranty is the best I have seen, every Honda in your home is covered for roadside assistance when you buy the warranty. A great perk since we have 3 Hondas."

Handling is precise and stable

By on Saturday, June 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,625

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: "Very nice handling with no corner roll"

Cons: "No Lane Watch feature"

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

"I have purchased over 35 new vehicles in my life and this is without a doubt the best handling and comfortable car I have ever driven. This Sport Model has a bit firmer ride than the LX which I like very much. The only option I would have liked on this model which was not offered is the lane watch. I had a Civic EX-L last year and the lane watch option was a very nice safety feature."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Good car, but a little disappointed

By on Wednesday, June 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfort, looks, efficiency, features"

Cons: "Several repairs already, infotainment system, CVT"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I've been a Honda guy for a long time. I've owned 5 previous to this one: 1993 Civic DX, 1994 Accord EX, 2000 Civic Si, 2003 Accord LX, and a 2009 Accord LX. The '93, '94, and '03 I drove until they were well over 100k and had no real problems with any of them. I've also owned 3 American-made cars, but with so much success, when I decided it was time for an upgrade to the '09, I looked to Honda again. I purchased the 2015 Accord EX-L in January 2015, a little ways into the 2015 car cycle. This is my first brand new Honda. I actually went into the process planning to get an SUV like the CR-V, but I got such a good price on the Accord I decided it was the best option. Some of the things I really like about this car: Looks - I think it's refined and handsome. I have the white exterior with tan interior and love the color combination. User-friendly - Like every Honda I've owned, 99% of what you want/need is exactly where you'd expect it. The infotainment system takes away from that some but overall it's very good. Comfort and space - This is a large and roomy car, and the leather seats are quite comfortable and supportive. Road trips are comfortable, I've never experienced any fatigue from being in the car. Trunk space is good too. Efficiency - I get 27 in the city pretty consistently and usually about 33 or 34 on highway road trips. Oddly enough, I get significantly worse efficiency (and performance) when using Eco mode, so I keep it turned off. Features - Bluetooth, blind spot camera, backup camera, Bose system, power seats, keyless door/trunk opening and start, auto up/down windows and sunroof, it's all there. There are cars that have more features, like a 360 camera or Apple Car Play, and I expect future Accords will too. This one does have a lot of features though. So I like the Accord generally, but some of the product quality I expect from Honda is not as present as I would like. From day one, the infotainment system has been pretty spotty. For example, when returning from a bluetooth phone call, sometimes it just freezes and won't do anything. No sound, buttons don't work, can't turn it off or on, can't change source, etc. Sometimes it does similar things when returning from blind spot or back up camera. I've brought this to my dealership's attention a number of times but they've looked at it and say there's nothing they can do. I also had to go in twice for AC overhauls in the first 16 months of ownership. There's apparently a faulty component that causes the freon flow to stick open and just discharge into thin air... and that's happened twice. It's about $1000 to fix and I'm concerned about it happening again once I get out of warranty. The latest thing is that the rear deck (the part between the back seat and the rear window) has started vibrating like crazy against the rear window when standard bass plays through the speakers. It seems like the deck has just worked its way loose. So I'm heading back to see if they can resolve that too. There are other things that frustrate me, like when the (CVT) transmission seems to skip around and hunt for a gear. This sometimes leads to a shudder or a lull instead of immediate acceleration. That can be especially frustrating in tight spots and/or heavy traffic, where timing is important. So, all in all, driving this Accord has been a positive experience. I got a good value, it's nice-looking, comfortable, efficient, and has a good feature set. There have been enough negatives though that I'll be looking at other options/brands the next time I'm in the market."

14 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Nice car

By on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,800

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Nice family car with a good gas mileage. Roomy and comfortable for a family with a toddler. Very reliable."

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Love my Honda!

By on Friday, May 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable, Fun to drive, LaneWatch and safety!"

Cons: "I'm now spoiled by the great features!"

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

"I love my Honda. Formerly had a Civic for 382,000 miles, also a great car, but it was time for a new one. Switched to the Accord and this car is just perfect. I love all the features in the newer vehicles. The LaneWatch is a lifesaver. Massive trunk space. True space for passengers in the back seat, including their legs and feet. I would buy this car over again without a second thought. I've had this Accord for 2 years now."

8 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Nice vehicle!

By on Thursday, May 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Overall good car. Honda is a brand known to satisfy the consumer and you won't be disappointed. Certainly, not in the luxury car classification, but for the dollar very sound investment. Don't think anyone will be disappointed. Regular maintenance and that was it. On several occasions received compliments from others on the looks of the vehicle."

18 people out of 24 found this review helpful

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