2017 Honda Accord Review
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2017 Honda Accord Review

By Autolist Editorial | September 29, 2020

Quick Facts:

Pros:

  • Sporty but stylish exterior.
  • Great fuel economy.
  • Quiet performance and smooth ride.

Cons:

  • Base engine feels lethargic at times.
  • Some styling may be too loud for buyers.
  • CVT sucks some of the fun out of the drive.

Vehicle Type:

Price Range: Prices for the 2017 Honda Accord range from $23,190 to $35,665, including destination fees but before options.

Powertrain: A 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 to 190 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, with a continuously variable transmission or six-speed manual.

A 3.5-liter V6 producing 278 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque with a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual.

A gas-electric hybrid 2.0-liter engine paired with electric motors with a total system output of 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque.

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Overview:

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The Honda Accord has been a favorite family car for decades, and though it's in the latter part of its ninth generation, the car remains a compelling choice among midsize sedans. The 2017 model has been updated with a new Special Edition trim that combines many of the most popular options into one model.

The Accord is aimed at new car buyers that want a fuel-efficient, comfortable, and reliable car at a reasonable price. It competes with cars such as the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Kia Optima, Chevy Malibu, and Volkswagen Passat.

The 2017 Accord is offered with two gasoline-only engines. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder is the base engine, producing 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. The upgraded engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that is rated at 278 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, while a six-speed automatic and a CVT are available depending on the engine. It is front-wheel-drive only, unlike the Ford Fusion or Subaru Legacy, but gasoline-only models are offered in coupe or sedan body styles.

The standard Accord is available in six trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6, and Touring. The Accord Coupe is available in five trims: LX-S, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6, and Touring. The Accord Hybrid is available in three trims: Hybrid, EX-L, and Touring.

After a one-year hiatus, the Hybrid model has returned to the Accord sedan lineup. The trim levels mirror similar models in the standard gas-powered Accord range, but the addition of a fuel-sipping hybrid system's 48 mpg combined rating makes it a long-haul gas mileage champion.

Overall Score: 8/10


Safety Features: 8/10

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The 2017 Accord Sedan earned a Top Safety Pick Plus award, and the Accord Coupe picked up a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Those ratings include Good scores in all crash testing categories, Superior vehicle-to-vehicle crash prevention, and either Acceptable or Marginal scores for headlights and LATCH system ease of use.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rated the 2017 Accord five stars overall. That score includes four stars for front crash tests, five for side crash impacts, and five for rollover resistance.

Standard safety features include vehicle stability control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, a multi-angle rearview camera, and tire pressure monitoring.

Available features include LED daytime running lights, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a lane-keeping assist system, adaptive cruise control, Honda LaneWatch passenger-side camera, and automatic high beam headlights, collision mitigation braking, and a road departure mitigation.

Most trims can be upgraded with available safety equipment, but the Touring trim gets the most standard features. But some models require an added-cost options package to get the safety equipment, and some are not available with the features at all.


Value: 7/10

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Honda's simplified trim level offerings make it easy to choose the right trim and understand which features are part of the deal. That said, the simplicity can make it challenging to get a desired option without upgrading to a new trim level, which is far more expensive.

The Accord is well-equipped, even in the base LX trim. Standard Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, and several comfort and convenience features considerably bump the value factor.

One of the Accord's secret weapons is its upscale feel and quality construction. The interior feels solid and well put together, the doors close with a satisfying "clunk," and the car lacks rattles or other noises.

Buyers can grab a new Accord LX for just under $23,000. That's an excellent price for a car that delivers solid fuel economy and an impressive list of standard features.


Tech Features: 8/10

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Standard features include dual-zone climate controls, power windows/door locks, an MP3/auxiliary input jack, a 160-watt stereo with AM/FM/CD and four speakers, Bluetooth for phone and audio connectivity, Pandora compatibility, SMS texting capability, MP3 playback, a radio data system, USB inputs, and a multi-function display for fuel economy and other vehicle information.

Available tech features include a seven-inch display touchscreen infotainment system, HondaLink, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, a 360-watt stereo with seven speakers and subwoofer, navigation, voice controls, HD digital traffic and weather information, and HD radio.

Honda's infotainment software is basic and can feel clunky, but the available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto overlays will satisfy even the most discerning users.


Practicality: 8/10

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The Accord became a legend by being a reliable, spacious, and comfortable family hauler. The 2017 model continues that tradition and offers one of the most comfortable cabins in its class.

The latest-generation Accord is slightly smaller than the car before it, but Honda has made great interior space use to make it feel larger and more usable than it did previously.

The Accord's 15.8 cubic feet of trunk space is competitive with its rivals. But the LX does without folding seats, which seems like cost-cutting.

The Accord's back seat has excellent legroom and is usable by passengers of almost any size. It also remains comfortable for the long haul, making the car an ideal road trip vehicle for small families.


Styling & Design: 8/10

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Honda has sharpened the Accord's styling over the years, but it remains an inviting, family-friendly car. The latest models are downright sporty in their stance and have sharp lines that give them an almost aggressive appearance.

Top trims have tasteful chrome accents and larger wheels that don't overpower or make the car look gaudy. The interior is tasteful but simple, and models with leather seats feel and look luxurious inside.

Inside, the Accord's cabin is designed for comfort and usability, and Honda's efforts on that front are apparent from the moment you step inside. All controls, buttons, and displays are within easy reach of the driver and front passenger, and they are clearly labeled for easy use when the car is in motion.

The Accord Coupe has a large C-pillar that can obstruct rear visibility in some circumstances. Still, both it and the sedan are generally easy to see out of, thanks to large windows and the ability to select a high driving position.


Driving Experience: 7/10

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The 2.4-liter four-cylinder is more than adequate and propels the Accord with enough gusto to make city driving a breeze. Reaching highway speeds is not a problem, and passing on the highway doesn't tax the engine to a high degree.

The V6 engine turns the Accord into a real rocket ship. Acceleration and the sensation of speed are fierce, and the V6 can turn out enough power to generate a noticeable amount of torque steer.

The Accord is one of a dwindling number of new vehicles that are available with a manual transmission. It's also one of the better manual gearboxes on the market today. Shifts feel crisp, and the clutch is easy to operate. The V6 Accord Coupe is especially entertaining.

Despite its primary purpose of family-hauling, the Accord manages a sportiness level that makes it feel lively and fun to drive in most situations. The suspension system is tuned for comfort but does a good job of keeping body roll in check. The package works well enough together that the car could almost pull double duty as a weekend fun car when the kids' school week is over.

The car holds its own over rough roads, and the dampers can soak up most broken pavement and potholes. Thanks to decent sound deadening, the interior remains mostly peaceful, even when the road conditions are awful.

Though continuously variable transmission sucks some of the fun out of the Accord's driving experience, it's one of the best. There's little of the annoying engine drone and whine that typically comes with the transmissions, and it does an excellent job of keeping the engine where it needs to be to deliver its best power.

The Accord Hybrid has instant torque, thanks to its electric motors. It serves to make the car feel much quicker than its traditional gas-powered counterpart. Selectable driving modes let the driver choose how aggressive the regenerative braking system operates, and the Sport mode increases throttle response.


Fuel Efficiency: 8/10

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When equipped with the 2.4-liter engine and manual transmission, the Accord is rated at 23/32/26 mpg city/hwy/combined. With an automatic transmission, those numbers move to 26/34/29 mpg. With a CVT on board, the Accord delivers gas mileage of 27/36/30 mpg.

With the 3.5-liter V6 and a manual transmission on board, the Accord is rated at 18/28/21 mpg city/hwy/combined. With an automatic transmission, the car delivers an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21/32/24 mpg.

The Accord Hybrid has EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 49/47/48 mpg city/hwy/combined. Those are not only far better than the standard Accord, but the estimates are better than its main rivals as well. The Chevy Malibu Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, and Toyota Camry Hybrid all fall short of the Honda's lofty gas mileage goals.


What’s it Going to Cost Me?

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The base Honda Accord LX has a starting price of $23,190, including an $835 destination charge. It comes with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, a 6-speed manual transmission, auto on/off headlights, dual-zone automatic climate controls, auto up/down power windows, power door locks, cruise control, two 12-volt power outlets, manual seat adjustments, cloth upholstery, MP3/auxiliary input jack, a 160-watt stereo with four speakers and CD player, Bluetooth, Pandora compatibility, and USB inputs.

Upgrading to a continuously variable transmission costs $800. Honda Sensing driver assistance features can be added for $1,000. The Accord LX Coupe is $1,670 more.

The Honda Accord Sport starts at $25,250 and comes with LED fog lights, a decklid spoiler, aluminum sport pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

A CVT can be added for $800.

The Honda Accord EX has a starting MSRP of $26,565 and comes with Honda LaneWatch, smart entry, a one-touch power moonroof with tilt, push-button start, a six-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, and HD radio.

A CVT costs $800 more. Honda Sensing can be added for $1,000. The Accord EX Coupe starts at $420 more than the sedan.

The Honda Accord EX-L has a starting price of $29,655. It adds remote start, a continuously variable transmission, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power-adjustable passenger seat, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a 360-watt stereo with seven speakers and a subwoofer.

Upgrading to add navigation and Honda Sensing is a $2,000 option. The EX-L Coupe starts at $175 more than the sedan. The Accord EX-L V6 with a manual transmission starts at $2,355 more than the four-cylinder car.

The Honda Accord Touring has a starting price of $35,665, and comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, six-speed automatic transmission, the Honda Sensing systems, LED headlights with auto on/off, parking sensors front and back, heated rear outboard seats, and a navigation system with voice controls and HD digital traffic information.

The Accord Touring Coupe has a starting price of $35,210.

We'd opt for the EX trim and add Honda Sensing and a CVT. That price nets a car that has a load of advanced safety features, several high-end comfort and convenience features, a decent transmission, and great fuel economy. The Accord in this configuration does not have leather or navigation. Still, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are on board, which allows for smartphone-powered maps and other communication options, such as voice-activated text messaging and hands-free calling.


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