Honda Accord 2.4 Review: In Accordance

Honda Accord 2.4 Review: In Accordance

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
05 Oct 2013
What we like:
pros
Sophisticated
pros
modern design. Interior spaciousness and serenity.
What we dislike:
cons
Lacks steering feel.

The new Accord is powered by a new motor dubbed Earth Dreams. The new 2.4-litre i-VTEC engine was designed with improved performance in mind while remaining environmentally friendly.

At 174bhp, the lump in the front is more than adequate at hauling the 1.5 ton sedan from a standstill to 100kmh in 10.5 seconds. Whilst still maintaining a CO2 figure of just 192g/km.

As with most Naturally Aspirated lumps, the 225Nm of torque arrives at a much higher engine speed at 4,000rpm.

Driven leisurely, the car cruises comfortably on the expressway and maintains a smooth supple ride. Unique to the Accord is a rather advanced Active Noise Cancellation system that maintains the interior serenity through the use of two microphones that are embedded into the roof lining.

The Accord also comes with a Lane watch system that uses a camera hidden under the left hand mirror that activates when you use the signal stalk. This captures an image that is displayed on the dashboard for the driver to check his blind spot. While we found this system useful for checking if the blind spot is clear, the lack of depth perception makes it impossible for it to replace a traditional mirror.

The Accord tackles the bends with ease but though the soft suspension was prone to some leaning. Using a new electric rack, the steering lacked the feel that traditionalists crave for but remains sharp.

Conclusion

The latest Honda Accord is a quantum leap in terms of build quality, exterior design as well as sophistication.

Loaded with tech that’s more commonly found in a Lexus than a Camry, it has also pushed the Thai-made sedan closer towards Lexus territory in terms of its sticker price.

But this has also given the brand a more premium positioning over its rivals.

Credits: Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline

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