Although SUVs and crossovers are the people haulers these days, we think those folks are missing out by not considering the superb 2022 Honda Accord sedan. The Accord can do most things your average compact crossover can do, and its spry handling will give its driver more of a thrill should they encounter a twisty road. Two turbocharged engines are offered, as is a hybrid powertrain that provides a more efficient twist on the daily commute. With a commodious trunk and enough space for four adults to relax in comfort, the Accord is also an ideal road-trip partner, made even better by its comprehensive set of standard driver-assistance features and intuitive infotainment system. There’s a reason the Accord happens to find its way onto our annual 10Best and Editors’ Choice lists: It’s a winner.
What’s New for 2022?
After undergoing a light refresh for the 2021 model year, the 2022 Accord carries over with no meaningful updates.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Since the six-speed manual transmission is sadly no longer offered, we’d select an Accord with the optional 10-speed automatic since the only other option is a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). That leaves us looking at the Sport model with the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The lineup starts with a 192-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder, but our favorite is the 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that sits atop the engine pyramid and comes with a 10-speed automatic that shifts with an almost seamless nature. Both engines are smooth operators, but the 2.0-liter offers a rush of power that can easily spin the front tires in first gear. A hybrid is also available and is powered by a four-cylinder and two electric motors. The Accord’s chassis is well sorted and encourages the driver to push the car hard through corners, where it exhibits a minimal amount of body roll. The steering is light, as befits a car in this class, but we wouldn’t mind if it transmitted a little more feedback from the road. Still, it’s hard to complain about a helm that’s accurate and predictable. The Accord’s ride is firmly controlled but never harsh, which helps it strike a winning balance between a sports sedan and a practical family car.
Michael SimariCar and Driver
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
This latest version of the Accord has nixed the previous generation’s V-6 and naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines in favor of a pair of downsized turbo fours, and the results are generally positive. Both engines returned strong results in our real-world highway fuel-economy testing. On our highway loop, the Accord Touring 2.0T with the 10-speed automatic bested its own EPA highway ratings by delivering 35 mpg. It also did much better than a 2018 Camry we tested with its 301-hp V-6 engine, which earned 29 mpg. For more information about the Accord’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Accord’s interior is surprisingly spacious, and rear-seat passengers in particular will be happier in an Accord than in almost any other mid-size sedan. Honda’s no-options trim structure means that most decisions about its features are made for the driver, but virtually every Accord has handsome interior furnishings and at least some creature comforts. The top Touring trim is thoroughly decked out, with heated and cooled leather front seats, heated rear seats, and a head-up display. Lower trim levels have their own charms, however. Among them are Honda’s attractive and comfortable cloth seats and interior trim. Not only does the Accord’s 17 cubic feet of cargo space beat out the next-best car in the class, but the Accord hybrid doesn’t lose any cargo space as a result of its electric-powertrain components. In our testing, the regular Accord held two more carry-on bags with the rear seats folded than we fit in the nearest competitor. The Accord’s interior storage space is middle of the road in this class, and its interior storage setup isn’t nearly as useful or as thoughtful as those of the Honda Civic or the Hyundai Ioniq, for instance. Still, the Accord should meet the basic needs of most drivers.
Michael SimariCar and Driver
Infotainment and Connectivity
All models come standard with touchscreen infotainment an 8.0-inch display. Bluetooth and USB connectivity are also available across the board, as are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. We found the system to be quick, attractive, and easy to use; even low-tech folks should find it intuitive. Honda offers a 10-speaker premium audio system with a 450-watt amplifier on the EX-L model, but lesser Accords have either a four- or eight-speaker system.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
An array of standard driver-assistance features puts crucial crash-avoidance technologies in every Accord, including automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assist. That doesn’t mean that every piece of safety tech is standard, however. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking sensors still cost extra. For more information about the Accord’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Honda’s warranty coverage is adequate but falls short of the class-leading coverage periods provided by Hyundai, while the Chevrolet Malibu and the Toyota Camry stand out in this class by offering complimentary scheduled maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring
front-motor and -engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED
$37,590 (base price: $37,195)
DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter inline-4, 143 hp, 129 lb-ft; permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor, 181 hp, 232 lb-ft; combined output, 212 hp; 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 12.3-in vented disc/11.1-in disc
Tires: Goodyear Eagle Touring, 235/40R-19 96V M+S
Wheelbase: 111.4 in
Length: 196.1 in
Width: 73.3 in
Height: 57.1 in
Passenger volume: 103 ft3
Trunk volume: 17 ft3
Curb weight: 3447 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 7.1 sec
100 mph: 21.7 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 7.1 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.5 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 5.2 sec
1/4 mile: 15.7 sec @ 88 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 116 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 171 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.86 g
Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 43/44/41 mpg
C/D TESTING EXPLAINED
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