Top Ten Likes:

  1. IIHS Top Safety Pick+ with Frontal Crash Warning
  2. NHTSA 5-star Overall Rating
  3. Competent handling and braking
  4. Standard backup cam and bluetooth hands-free
  5. LX trim is a bargain with great fuel economy
  6. V6 has good fuel economy and strong performance
  7. Great driver visibility
  8. LaneWatch is an improved side mirror
  9. Good ride comfort and relatively quiet
  10. Roomy trunk

Top Dislikes:

  1. Outboard rear seat side bolsters will be a problem with some carseats
  2. Lower LATCH anchors more difficult than average to access
  3. Advanced safety features only on EX-L and Touring trim
  4. Ho-hum exterior styling
  5. Gauges and controls not the easiest to read
  6. Touch screen system not the most intuitive in Touring trim
  7. Quirks: Collision warning sensor makes front grille asymmetric

Conclusion:

The new Accord (refreshed in 2013) is an excellent midsize family sedan overall.  While not exciting to drive, it is fairly roomy and provides a quiet, comfortable ride.  I particularly like that Honda puts essential features like backup cameras and hands-free bluetooth in the base models that are readily available in dealer lots with great lease and financing deals.  Competitive models often cram these in more expensive packages that can be harder to find.  For fitting kids in back, the Accord will be a good choice for most families, though a few carseats will be problematic with the way the outboard rear seats are designed with side bolsters to improve comfort for adult passengers.

Really, the only major downside might be the styling.  It’s fine if you like conservative looks, but definitely not as sleek as the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata or aggressive like the Ford Fusion we also like.

Honda provided the Accord used in this review.  No other compensation was provided and all opinions are our own.