Dominating the family car market isn’t easy. It takes decades of devotion to refining and perfecting a vehicle until it represents the clear-cut choice for shoppers who prize value and quality above all else. Throw in some lineup-expanding crossover and coupe options and you have a recipe for broad success – a recipe that Honda has put to excellent use when building the 2010 Honda Accord.
The 2010 Honda Accord (MSRP $21,055) demonstrates a split personality that is designed to make it a hit amongst midsize car shoppers of all different stripes. Those in search of a four-door automobile that combines carved and etched good looks with a conservative, calming presence would do well to investigate the Honda Accord sedan. For drivers who need a larger car, but don’t want to give up the sporty image associated with a two-door, the Honda Accord coupe is ready and waiting. Finally, for families who are in love with what the Accord represents, but who need the type of interior room that can only be found in a crossover, the brilliant Honda Accord Crosstour fits the bill perfectly.
Part of what makes the Honda Accord sedan so appealing is an economical, yet still powerful mechanical package that ensures a balance between low costs at the fuel pump and excellent drivability. The Honda Accord starts out with a 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC® four-cylinder engine that offers 177 hp and 161 lb/ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard equipment, and buyers may also opt for a five-speed automatic with Grade Logic Control in its place. Fuel mileage for this engine shows as 22 mpg in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway, unusually strong numbers for a car in its class. A higher-performance version of the same engine in the EX adds an additional 13 ponies and one more lb/ft of torque without changing transmission choices or reducing fuel mileage.
Of course, in a midsize vehicle, the availability of V6 power is a definite requirement to remain at the top of the class and the Honda Accord packs a 271-hp 24-valve i-VTEC® six-cylinder with Variable Cylinder Management™ as its range-topping option. This engine, which displaces 3.5 liters, also generates 254 lb/ft of torque and is matched up with the same five-speed autobox found in the four-cylinder editions of the sedan. Despite offering such an impressive amount of power – numbers that wouldn’t have seemed out of place in a high performance super-sedan at the turn of the millennium – the sedan returns great fuel mileage of 19 mpg in stop and go driving and 29 mpg on the highway.
Inside, the 2010 Honda Accord sedan provides occupants with room and comfort. The sedan offers a rear seat that won’t have anyone complaining about being cramped, no matter how many hours are spent on the road, and a sizeable 14 cubic feet of space for luggage. Equipment levels for the Honda Accord run the gamut from pleasantly equipped commuter car to loaded luxury cruiser.
Accord LX offers all of the required power accessories and items such as cruise control, a CD player with MP3 capability, auxiliary input jack and steering wheel-mounted audio controls, which makes it a solid and economical option for drivers who want to maximize the return on their hard-earned dollars. LX-P models add illuminated window switches, an eight-way power driver’s seat and 16-inch alloy wheels. The EX adds a front shock tower bar to tighten up handling, as well as 17-inch wheels, an in-dash six-disc CD player, heated external mirrors and a power moonroof. A 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support is also among the many attributes of the Accord EX while the EX V-6 differentiates itself thanks to its six-cylinder power, chrome door handles, dual exhaust and foglights, among other features. The upscale EX-L and EX-L V-6 trims offer heated front leather seats, Bluetooth connectivity, halogen headlamps, dual-zone automatic climate controls, XM Satellite Radio and premium stereo systems. Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with voice recognition is also available as an option on top Honda Accord trims.
Safety features across the Accord line include Honda’s active head restraints for front occupants, four forward airbags, side-curtain airbags the length of the entire vehicle and Honda’s Vehicle Stability Assist system with Traction Control.
The 2010 Honda Accord is a versatile sedan that has a lot to offer both families that are on the go and commuters looking for the ultimate in performance, comfort and reliability. The quality and excellence in design that comes with every Honda Accord is an added bonus for buyers of this stunningly well-put together automobile.