Feature: 2017 Honda Accord – Fuel Efficient, Comfortable and Fun to Drive
The 2017 Honda Accord is now readily available as either a sedan or a coupe. Once again, Honda has managed to strike the right balance between price, performance, comfort, and style with the Accord. Reviewers across the nation have praised the 2017 model for its value, robust safety features, and pure drivability. So, what exactly makes the 2017 Honda Accord so great? Let us take a closer look.
Up Close with the 2017 Honda Accord
If you are interested in a 2017 Honda Accord, you can choose between a four-door sedan and a two-door coupe, and you have your pick of two different engines. The base engine is a 2.4-liter straight-four engine that delivers 184 horsepower. If you want something with a little more power, you can buy an Accord with the 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 278 horsepower.
Fuel economy will vary depending on the type of engine you select. The base engine should get about 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the freeway, and the V-6 is rated for 21 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the freeway. There are three transmission options for the 2017 Accord, although not all are available for all engine and body options: a six-speed manual transmission, a six-speed automatic transmission, and a continuously variable transmission.
Exterior: The 2017 Accord shares most of its styling cues with last year’s model. The front fascia is highlighted with angular cutouts for the fog lights and smoothly curving headlights that follow the outline of the hood. The Accord’s profile is slim and aerodynamic, with smooth body lines tracing a shallow curve to the rear of the vehicle. Chrome accents and an understated body spoiler highlight the rear of the vehicle above its twin exhaust pipes.
Interior: The interior of the Accord is comfortably laid out with an airy cabin design that leaves both drivers and passengers with room to spare. Honda packed near-luxury grade materials into the cabin, with cloth seats and rich leather trim throughout. Active noise-canceling technology keeps the interior of the cabin quiet, and each piece of the cabin is put together solidly to cut down on unnecessary vibrations. The two front seats offer ten different adjustability settings, and the Accord can remember your preferences and readjust the seat to match you whenever you sit down. Dual-zone climate control keeps both the front and rear passengers comfortable throughout the drive.
Entertainment: The Accord includes several different entertainment options depending on the trim level. Base vehicles include an 8-inch touchscreen with Pandora streaming and Bluetooth connectivity. More expensive trim levels add the HondaLink infotainment system and support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Navigation and a 360-watt stereo are also available.
Safety Features: The 2017 Accord is packed with safety features. High-strength steel pillars give good visibility and great crash test ratings. The Honda Sensing package of driver assist technologies contributed to the Accord receiving a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the IIHS. Features included with Honda Sensing include adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, blindspot cameras, a rearview camera, forward collision warnings and more.
Drivability: The Accord’s wide range of engine and transmission choices makes it easy to find an Accord that performs as you’d like. Both engines are responsive and powerful, applying power to the wheels smoothly. The CVT is especially noteworthy for avoiding the rubber band drivetrain that so many CVT vehicles suffer from. Steering is quick and nimble, and the electronic power steering gives drivers precise control while still offering visceral feedback from the road. New MacPherson struts give the Accord a smooth ride regardless of road conditions.
Pricing: The MSRP for the 2017 Honda Accord starts at $22,455 for the sedan and $24,125 for the coupe.
How Does It Stack Up Against the Competition?
The Accord has been a perennial contender for many publications’ Car of the Year award, and the 2017 Accord is no exception. Its impressive performance, safety features, creature comforts, and value have always helped it to stand out from the crowd. How does it compare to some of its direct competitors?
Mazda Mazda 6
The Accord offers a front and rear parking sensor in certain trim levels, but the Mazda6 only offers rear parking sensors. The gas tank in the Accord is plastic, which is more resistant to impact damage and fires than the metal gas tank in the Mazda6. The Accord performs better in crash tests than the Mazda6, and it grips the road better in skidpad tests.
In IIHS tests, the front crash prevention system in the Accord scored a 6 (Superior) rating, but the Camry only a scored a 4 (Advanced) rating. The base engine in the Accord scores better performance ratings than the base engine in the Camry, with a higher top speed and better acceleration across all metrics. The Accord offers 9-12% better fuel economy than the Camry, and drivers who prefer a manual transmission won’t find one in a Camry.
Front-seat passengers are much safer in a side impact collision when they’re in an Accord; the Accord scored a 5-star safety rating in this type of test, but the Altima only scored three stars. Based on testing and reputation, “Consumer Reports” expects that the Accord will be substantially more reliable than the Altima. Brake tests favor the Accord as well, with the Accord taking between 7 and 22 fewer feet to come to a stop from high speeds than the Altima.
Drivers and passengers are protected from whiplash in the Accord thanks to an active head restraint system; the Fusion doesn’t offer this type of system. The battery in the Accord is 10% more powerful, making the Accord start more reliably in cold temperatures. All of the engines in the Accord run on regular unleaded gasoline, but some of the engines in the Fusion require more expensive premium-grade gasoline.
The Accord earned the Top Pick Plus rating from the IIHS for its robust driver safety package, a distinction that only 45 vehicles earned; the Sonata only earned a more pedestrian Top Pick rating. Cabin noise is greatly reduced in the Accord thanks to its active noise cancellation technology, but the Sonata doesn’t have this feature. In certain trim levels, the Accord offers a comprehensive selection of remote start and remote access features. The Sonata doesn’t offer a remote start system, and all functions of the vehicle can only be operated inside of the vehicle while the ignition is turned on.
The 2017 Honda Accord is here, and it’s better than ever. Whether you’re looking for a roomy sedan, a sporty coupe or just a practical commuter, there’s an Accord that can meet your needs at a price that you can afford. It’s stuffed to the roof with advanced driver assistance technologies that make driving safer and more convenient than ever before, and its sumptuously appointed interior doesn’t force you to sacrifice comfort for your safety. Test drive one today!