Honda took a big gamble this year with its wholesale overhaul of the popular Accord. The result? It’s among Consumer Reports’ top-rated midsized sedans.

Some of its goodness stems from the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which delivers on-demand power. The continuously variable transmission works well but exacerbates engine noise at full throttle. The new Accord is one of the quickest in its class and averages an excellent 31 mpg overall.

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Unlike many competitors, the Accord’s handling strikes a happy compromise between sporty driving and a family-friendly ride.

The controls, including the new infotainment system, are easier to use than the previous version. On the downside, models with the 2.0-liter turbo engine and 10-speed automatic transmission get an unintuitive push-button gear selector.

The Accord’s low stance requires more ducking to get in and out than last year’s car, but it’s far from a back (or deal) breaker. We found the front seats comfortable, helped by four-way adjustable lumbar support, which comes standard on all but the base trim. The rear seat has plenty of legroom, though headroom can be tight for taller folks. It may not look like it from the outside, but the trunk is more spacious than before.

All Accords come with automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, and lane-keeping assist.

Read the complete Honda Accord road test.

2018 Honda Accord

HIGHS: Ride, handling, fuel economy, controls, standard advanced safety features
LOWS: Low stance hurts access, unintuitive gear selector with 2.0L engine
POWERTRAIN: 192-hp, 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo engine; continuously variable transmission; front-wheel drive
FUEL: 31 mpg on regular fuel
PRICE AS TESTED: $28,345

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the February 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.