Honda Accord road test
The Accord continues to be a top-selling midsize car in four-cylinder or V-6 engines, automatic or manual transmissions and sedan or coupe styling. Kelsey Mays of cars.com has road-tested most of them, most recently a 4-cylinder EX sedan with automatic transmission. Read his complete review. See photos of the top 10 best-selling new cars of 2010.
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Safety, reliability and features
The Accord sedan earned the top score, Good, in frontal-, side- and rear-impact crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It scored Acceptable in IIHS' new roof-crush test. The Accord coupe has not been tested, and its structure is different enough that the sedan's results don't apply. Standard safety features on both models include six airbags, active head restraints, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.
Now in its third year on the market, reliability for the current-generation Accord has been decent. What's more, Automotive Lease Guide pegs the Accord sedan's three-year residual value at 51 to 57 percent, depending on trim. That puts Honda in the company of the Mazda6 for class-leading resale value.
The Accord sedan starts at $21,055 -- on the higher side for starting prices in this league. Standard features include the usual power accessories, remote keyless entry, A/C, cruise control and steering-wheel audio controls. The Accord coupe starts at $22,555; it adds alloy wheels. On four-cylinder models, the automatic transmission runs an affordable $800. Move up the trim levels and you can get heated leather seats, a moonroof, a navigation system and power front seats. One issue: Although the CD stereo has a standard auxiliary MP3 jack, Honda offers no factory USB/iPod port.
Load up the Accord, and its price tops $31,000.