2017 Honda Accord Sedan Review





2017 Honda Accord Sedan Review - On the surface, the 2017 Accord showcases the kind of fascia updates that we get out of a mid-cycle refresh. The headlamps have actually been changed, the grill as well as front bumper changed. The hood is now formed from light-weight light weight aluminum, instead of steel and also throughout, the vehicle's wind resistant have fine-tuned. New wheel as well as rear bumper styles round out a remodeling that makes the Accord sedan feel brand-new without changing the broad strokes.
Under the sheet metal, the Accord's framework has actually been stiffened and also its suspension changed to offer improvement to the handling and also ride attributes. It's challenging to inform with a seat of the pants measurement precisely how much the sedan's handling has improved, suffice it to claim that the Accord takes care of remarkably well for a huge, front wheel drive people mover. On my preferred hill road testing circuit, the Accord was a rather enjoyable drive with planted, predictable handling that impressed me and seemed like a good suit with the efficiency of Honda's worked with powertrain and brakes.

Over nine generations, the Accord has grown into rather a huge lady, however Honda has actually in some way taken care of to maintain undamaged a glimmer of the tossable, yet steady handling that made the very early generations leaders in this course. The 2017 Accord feels a comfortable winding its way via sweeping hillside country backroads as it does blasting down an Interstate.

Nonetheless, the most significant improvements to the 2017 version may be of the electronic selection. When the ninth-generation Accord debuted in 2013, I found it's two-screened infotainment stack to be a confusing dissatisfaction. That generation's minimal degree of app assimilation likewise left me wondering, "Why trouble?".

For 2016, Honda has nearly totally revised its control panel tech. Yes, there are still two displays stacked atop each other-- a touchscreen here and a top display controlled by the steering-wheel buttons-- but their roles are more plainly defined, there's less repetitive information shared in between them, as well as the whole ordeal has a smoother discovering curve.

2017 Honda Accord Sedan Review

General system speed is significantly enhanced, touches are signed up with smart device quickness and also capacitive sensitivity allows for pinching and zooming on maps and dragging icons around the house screen.

Mentioning mobile phones, the 2017 Accord currently assists Android Vehicle and also Apple CarPlay connection. When an appropriate Android 5.0 Lollipop device or iPhone running iOS 8 or much better is linked to the common USB port (which now also quick fees attached gadgets with 1.5 A of juice) the lower Honda infotainment screen gets changed with Google or Apple's user interface, respectively.

Both dash replacement interfaces feature their own navigating applications-- which comes in convenient if, like our instance, your Accord does not have Honda's indigenous navigation system spec 'd-- and also assist in-dash control of loads of audio streaming applications with streamlined controls. Both feature strong voice command for hand-free calling and also text message, simply hold the voice command button on the Accord's guiding wheel to send out voice commands to Siri or Google Voice Look.


Surprisingly, the Accord's top screen doesn't go neglected when utilizing Android Auto. I saw throughout my testing that the present track or even the following turn-by-turn direction are mirrored on this complementary screen.

For as much boosted as Honda's infotainment user interface is, permitting individuals to completely change it with Apple or Google's software program is probably the largest renovation to the Accord's technology encounter.

The Accord's engine bay and also front-wheel drivetrain choices go unblemished as part of the refresh. The Car is still offered with either a 3.5-liter V-6 or-- like our instance-- a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that makes 185 horsepower and also 181 pound-feet of torque.

The smaller sized engine is mated with a continuously adjustable transmission (CVT) that works by, well, continuously differing the gear ratio between the engine and the drive wheels, rather than notching in between 5 or 6 fixed proportions. The result is that the engine could constantly operate at one of the most effective (or most torquey) part of its powerband. Early CVTs obtained a bad rap for being off-putting and a bit laggy, but I've found that the technology has boosted considerably throughout the years. In the Accord's instance, the engine and transmission interact so well that, for a spell, I actually forgot that I was driving a CVT. The powertrain combination tends to drone a bit under full-throttle velocity, however when around-town driving, the whole arrangement is satisfyingly responsive as well as silent.

2017 Honda Accord Sedan Review

Naturally, thrill seekers will possibly like the more potent 278 horse power V-6 (and even a proper sporting activity car), yet throughout laid-back backroad sessions, I discovered the I-4 as well as CVT to deliver a respectable amount of money of scoot when accelerating through sweeping corners. As I explained previously, the engine seems like a great suit for the handling and braking, providing the vehicle driver with a balanced-- otherwise moderate-- performance envelope.

Unmodified from the previous design year, the CVT-equipped Accord obtains the same EPA-estimated 31 consolidated mpg, however the breakout of 27 city as well as 37 highway mpg is enhanced by a single mile on top end. The Accord's typical and optional vehicle driver help tech suite remain to supply a mix of a couple of special Honda functions as well as advanced innovations that we're growing to get out of this course of vehicle.

2017 Honda Accord Sedan Review - Our version is geared up with, as an example, Honda's LaneWatch camera alternative, which hangs a wide-angle camera underneath the traveler side mirror and also offers the motorist a perspective right into the sedan's unseen area when the turn signal is activated. The camera's feed is displayed on the top control panel screen with markers overlaid that aid to differentiate distance. The system could likewise be manually set off with a switch on the turn indicator stalk.

LaneWatch is conventional at the EX-SPOUSE as well as over trim level, yet the back camera is basic across the whole line.


Supplementing the video cameras is Honda's optional Honda Picking up suite of energetic and also passive driver-aid technologies. Inspecting this alternative includes a forward-collision-warning system with an auto-braking collision-mitigation system, street- and also road-departure warning with lane-keeping guiding help as well as flexible trip control in one fell swoop.

That's a bunch of security technology in one package, but the Accord is still missing a few attribute that we like to see. For instance, there's no alternative for a blind-spot monitoring system or a back cross-traffic alert when turning around-- as helpful as LaneWatch is, it can't enjoy your back like these always-on systems can. The Accord likewise lacks a semi-autonomous parking system, which are ending up being an increasing number of common at this price factor.

Unique to the North American market as well as put together in the car manufacturer's Marysville, Ohio, plant, the 2017 Honda Accord begins at $22,105 for the entry-point LX design, yet at that degree you'll be missing the touchscreen dash display as well as, hence, Android Vehicle as well as Apple CarPlay functionality. Our EX-L version stands for an excellent middle-of-the-road choice for smartphone-toting vehicle drivers, coming in nicely geared up at $28,570 or $30,570, if you desire the Honda Sensing collection of driver-aid functions and also onboard navigation.

At the top of the line is the Honda Accord Touring car with its bigger V-6 engine, designing and also suspension upgrades, and all of the bells and whistles for $34,580.

This price range slots in well between the Accord's fiercest rivals, the Toyota Camry as well as Hyundai Sonata. The Sonata is the closest rival where dashboard tech is concerned, likewise providing Android Vehicle as well as CarPlay for this generation. Chevrolet's upcoming 2016 Malibu must also make the midsized sedan melee an intriguing one when it arrives later on this year.




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