Honda took a big gamble with its wholesale overhaul of the popular Accord midsized sedan. The redesign added 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.
We also sampled the uplevel engine and were impressed with the slickness and punch of the 252-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which is combined with a 10-speed automatic.