After having spent a week with the Accord 2.0 liter, I finally, kind of, got the hand of it. Innovation and top-notch technology are what differentiate this Accord from other cars on the market. Innovation in every sense of the word, all the way from its design, architecture, engine - which I am very excited to talk about in my next episode – and the tech bits.
Honda follows a new packaging philosophy to ensure there’s more cabin space, interior & trunk volume while maintaining a compact exterior profile. And then you have flexible 60:40 split folding rear seats for space management and a clever emergency trunk release. The extra legroom for rear passengers was something to be noticed. Access to the boot is much more convenient with a lower opening trunk. Gear lever is replaced by a “shift by wire” unit with buttons to shift gears – looks modern and frees some room. The front dash is neat and presents a floating 8-inch display audio touchscreen also hosting hard keys for essential controls like map, telephone, audio and rear-view cameras. The Head up Display is quite intuitive with information. Despite having the speedometer, incoming calls and map direction shown upfront, they’re not a distraction. Our Sport variant came with leather seats and nice flaps on side doors and the dash. The armrest was well padded and I couldn’t spot any cheap plastics applied to kill the experience.
The sport steering wheel had a good grip and featured a lot of control buttons along with paddle shifter – such as the ones you see in the premium segment. Honda Sensing is a standard option and it’s all about awareness and safety. They’ve got a bunch of features namely Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Collison Mitigation Braking System. The Lane Watch System feeds in live video to the central display from the right hand side and the quality of the video was sublime. For the first time, Honda has introduced front passenger knee airbags. Apart from these, you have the standard safety features like ESP, ABS, electronic parking brake, tire pressure monitoring and eight airbags. In short, there’s no fooling around when it comes to safety.
Let’s move on to the comfort part. To start with, the driver gets to power adjust its seat in 12 different ways with two position memory buttons for multiple users. Dual-zone automatic A/C with rear vents to keep the temperature on check and you have a small sunroof in case if you need to get some sunlight in. For entertainment, the Accord Sport has a 450-watt audio system with 10 speakers and subwoofer. We have a new feature and it’s called Walk Away Door Lock. It basically locks the car automatically in situations where both your hands are engaged with luggage and you struggle to get hold of your key fob in the pocket. The logic is, as soon as you are two meters away from the car for about two seconds, it automatically locks with a buzzer and the flash lights indicate that the job is done. I bet many of us would appreciate this new addition.
So far, our tester has fairly pleased us with comfort, practicality and safety assurance. The new Accord is one of the most spacious in its segment. Add the new tech bits along with a premium touch, you should get positive results. But wait; let’s jump into the final verdict after our next episode which will be all about the engine, drive and comfort.