With crossovers and SUVs cannibalizing its sales like a pack of piranhas feeding on an unfortunate cow, the North American mid-size sedan segment has seen better days and, sadly, there doesn’t seem to be any respite in sight. However, if ever there was a model to not go down without a fight, it is the venerable Honda Accord.
The Honda Accord has been near the top of the sales heap both in Canada and the United States for years, commanding some of the highest transaction prices, and for good reason. Car buyers and auto critics alike continue to praise it for its renowned reliability, strong resealed value, class-leading practicality, and balanced driving dynamics.
We were given a chance to review the updated 2017 Honda Accord Touring and saw it as a great opportunity to see if we shared those sentiments.
The Honda Accord underwent a mid-cycle refresh for its 2016 model year, gaining a sportier appearance courtesy of more aggressive front and rear fascias and new wheel designs; a more rigid body structure and an upgraded chassis; a safety package with more driver assists features; and more convivence tech, notably an improved infotainment system with a more user-friendly 7-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay / Android Auto compatibility.
It is still offered with the same engines, however, meaning buyers have the choice of either a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that produces 185-horsepower or a 3.5L V6 with 278 horsepower. The former can be paired with either a six-speed manual or CVT, while the latter can be had with a six-speed automatic transmission or the manual.
(Please note that this is a Canadian-spec car. While the Accord Touring in the U.S. serves as the top-tier Accord and is powered by the V6 engine, alongside the Accord Sport, the Canadian-spec Touring is also the top-end Accord, but it’s available with the four-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. Otherwise, there are no differences between the two regions.)
Powered by the 2.4L four-cylinder engine, our ‘Orchid Pearl’ white Touring model came fully-loaded, featuring with everything from fully automatic LED headlights to heated front and rear leather seats. Visually, the Accord is unapologetically boxy — at least more angular than most of its competition — while managing to look sporty and — some would say — even classy.
The new chrome grille, LED headlights, new wheels and more aggressive bumpers compared to the previous model lend the car a sporty, eye-catching appearance that managed to get one of our reviewers some free fries from an impressed female McDonald’s cashier.
It’s quite the looker…
The 2017 Honda Accord’s interior carries over largely unchanged from the 2015 model year, meaning it is highly functional, roomy for both front and rear occupants of all heights, and bathed in high-quality materials.
With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now standard across the board, the criticisms against Honda’s convoluted infotainment unit can now be put to rest. Having the opportunity to use both systems in an Accord proved to be a revelation.
Every other tech feature, including text messaging via Siri, were safe, simple to use and worked as one would expect.
In an age when stringent safety standards have resulted in thick, expansive pillars, Honda’s engineers somehow managed to give the Accord thin pillars, granting the car terrific visibility all around and an open and spacious feel that few other cars can match.
Our Accord came with a backup camera, parking sensors, and other electronic aids, but we hardly ever needed their assistance.
The Accord’s interior is not without faults, however. The absence of a volume or tuning knob proved somewhat irritating and the button-fest, duel screen layout of the center console was a bit overwhelming to come to terms with.
Nitpicks in an otherwise well-put-together interior…
On the road, the 2.4L four-cylinder engine had no trouble hauling the 3,435-pound Accord Touring around and is rather fuel-efficient. In fact, it tops the output of all other midsize competitors’ base engines.
There is usually a trade-off between ride and handling, but the Accord makes no such sacrifices. Honda’s engineers have somehow managed to deliver a comfortable, quiet and composed feel on just about every road surface, as well as a fun-to-drive character that makes trips enjoyable.
The Mazda6 is a tad bit sportier to drive, but it doesn’t offer the same level of smoothness, quietness and overall balance that the Honda does. I would go as far as to peg the 2017 Honda Accord Touring as a luxury sports sedan without a luxury price tag.
The Accord comes with all the safety features you would expect — numerous air bags, ABS, traction control, stability control, etc. — more.
Notably, our 2017 Accord Touring came standard with Honda Sensing, a suite of safety features that, at its heart, uses radar and a camera to provide Collision Mitigation Braking, sensing and helping prevent an impending crash with objects (e.g. car, pedestrian, tree).
Honda Sensing also includes lane departure and forward collision warnings, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.
The 2017 Accord has been rated a Top Safety Pick+ by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a Five-Star rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the highest rating possible from each respective institution.
Is the 2017 Honda Accord the best mid-size sedan on the market? The answer to that question will depend on what your priorities are.
If you’re looking for an attractive, well put-together family sedan that provides excellent refinement in just about everything, it would be a big mistake not to consider the Accord. Every moving part of the car conveys quality.
On the road, it moves and stops with satisfying responsiveness, gracefully reacting to driver inputs as if it was reading your mind. With its comprehensive suite of modern safety features, it is also one of the safest cars money can buy.
It goes without saying that the 2016 Honda Accord, especially in Touring guise, provides everything you would want or need in a car. No wonder its one of the best-selling vehicles in both Canada and the United Sates.
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Honda Increases Production In US, Canada After Closing UK Plant
The Civic will be “produced for North America in North America.”
Honda has confirmed that it will increase vehicle production in the United States and Canada after deciding to close its Swindon, England, factory, its only factory in Europe, as well as another facility located in Turkey.
“Given our efforts to optimize production allocation and production capacity on a global scale, we have concluded that we will produce the Civic for North America in North America,” Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo told .
The executive stressed the decision stemmed from a trade deal signed by the European Union and Japan that makes importing Japanese cars into Europe considerably more affordable, making building them locally to skirt tariffs no longer necessary. It apparently had nothing to do with Brexit.
Honda currently manufactures the Civic in Ontario Canada and the U.S. state of Indiana, but it didn’t reveal how the additional capacity will be divided between the two factories. Its two overseas plants are slated to go offline in 2021, with approximately 3,500 employees expected to lose their jobs in the UK factory alone.
Honda Civic Type R, NSX Supercar Turn Gold For Australia
The 50th Anniversary collection also features a golden lawnmower and power generator.
Honda has turned 50 years old in Australia, and to celebrate the milestone, designers wrapped a Civic Type R and NSX supercar in gold, along with its fleet of most notable motorcycles and power equipment.
The steadfast Japanese automaker officially entered the Australian market on February 4, 1969, and has since earned the respect of Australians of all ages for its undying pursuit of quality and reliability. Civic Type R and NSX aside, the celebratory vehicles include a golden CBR1000RR Fireblade motorcycle, CRF450L enduro, and CRF50F kids’ bike, as well as a golden lawnmower and power generator.
“Achieving 50 years of longevity and continuity in business is a significant milestone, but none of this would be possible without our people,” said Hiroyuki Shimizu, head of Honda Australia. “Most importantly… Honda would be nothing without our customers — both long-term customers and new customers all contribute to making this brand what it is today… I am incredibly grateful to all our customers for their ongoing loyalty, trust and belief in the Honda name.”
Whatever you need, Honda clearly has you covered. I mean, how many other automaker do you know that, in addition to cars, make lawnmowers?
Unfortunately, these gold Hondas are one-offs specifically intended for show and not for sale. Their gold vinyl wraps are made up of a gold chrome film as the first layer, topped with a clear satin laminate that helps disperse reflections.
Honda Teases Its First Electric Car For Europe
The Japanese automaker is gearing up to electrify its European lineup.
Honda has released a teaser of its first electric vehicle for Europe.
Previewed by the well-received, retro-inspired Urban EV concept that debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new electric car will be a relatively boxy small hatchback that will borrow some styling cues from the concept, including its round headlights.
The Urban EV also had a striking yet simple interior with a massive touchscreen infotainment display, but we don’t expect the production car to have one quite as large.
We don’t know a lot about performance specifications, but a source at Honda has indicated that it will have a relatively short range of around 150 to 200 miles (241-322 km) on a full charge, which places it in the same playing field as the latest Nissan Leaf.
Honda’s new electric car is expected to go sale in Europe by the end of 2019 after making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. It is part of the company’s commitment to have two thirds of its models in Europe be electrified by 2025.
Honda hasn’t said anything about bringing it to North America.