ABS available, standard from 2003. Side air bags available from 2000, standard from 2005. Head protection air bags available from 2003, standard from 2005. ESC available from 2006, standard from 2008. FCW optional from 2013, AEB optional from 2016.
Honda took a big gamble with its wholesale overhaul of the popular Accord midsized sedan. The redesign includes the addition of new turbocharged engines, an available hybrid powertrain, comprehensive changes to the control layout, and standard crash-avoidance features, all wrapped in an attractive, coupe-like body.
Some of the Accord's goodness stems from its 192-hp, 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) works well but, as with many CVTs, it exacerbates engine noise during high power demands, when the driver steps on it. The combination delivered ample power in our EX sedan. The Accord is one of the quickest cars in its class, yet it averages an excellent 31 mpg overall, a 1-mpg improvement over the previous Accord four-cylinder.