For more than a month, I was able to roll in the new Honda Accord to test it. If you think I had enough of it in a month? Think again. The latest, precisely the 10th Gen Accord showed up last year and I was impressed to see that there were a lot of thoughts put and work done to it – design and engine wise. However, how important is the Accord for Honda? The mid-sized sedan segment was huge previously, but then we saw it take a step back with the rise of crossovers that are running riot. With the arrival of the upgraded versions of Nissan Altima, Mazda 6, Kia Optima and Chevrolet Malibu, Honda had to come out with something special and out of the box. The change was substantial – at least one can see it for real.
In the first segment of our long testing journey, I want to highlight the key attributes I noticed regarding the design and looks. But I can hardly restrain myself from talking about the engine and boy, what a block it would be without that V6. It’s a 2.0-liter turbocharged unit shooting out 247hp, with an impressive torque of 370Nm (especially the low-end torque).
The Accord looks sleek and heavy. The coupe-like profile towards the rear can easily deceive you to believe it’s a long car but in reality, the new Accord is shorter than its predecessor. It has a wider profile and longer wheelbase which adds to the interior space. We’ll touch upon this in our next episode. Front fascia has got the signature looks of the Civic and is smoked-chrome. The taillights have a touch of ricochet and the rear lip spoiler along with wide dual-exhaust tips catch the modern code. Our Sport version tester gets exclusive 18-inch alloys. The swooping lines and curves around the body are well drawn. Accord finally looks like a real deal now in terms of design, something it desperately needed in order to fight out the competition. In our next episode, I’ll take you through the interiors, infotainment, space and practicality- those that really matter for a daily drive.