After a thorough redesign last year, the Honda Accord is back for 2019 with little changes except the addition of a hybrid model. The previous Accord wasn’t a bad vehicle by any stretch, but it had trouble finding its way to the top of the mid-size sedan segment. Honda hoped that this 10th generation Accord would be able to bridge the gap.
Unfortunately for Honda, as of July 2018 the Accord trails the Camry by a little over 1,200 units. Last year, it was basically the other way around with the Accord up on the Camry by about 1,100 units. So, what happened?
It could be a number of things. Toyota may be more aggressive when it comes to its financing offers or purchase incentives, or Honda dealerships may have run out of Accords. Or, last year’s summer spike in Accord sales may have been due to Honda dealers aggressively trying to do away with their 2017 models.
It could also be that the Camry is just a better vehicle in the eyes of most buyers. What we can tell you is that it’s very difficult to pick the “best” out of the two. They are both exceptional mid-size sedans.
That said, the Accord did win North American Car of the Year and Canadian Car of the Year in the span of a couple of weeks. That has to count for something, no?
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What the 2019 Honda Accord does well
1. The Honda Accord is a remarkably easy vehicle to just get in and drive. Everything is so straight-forward with this car, and everything works the way it’s supposed to. The accelerator is easy to modulate, the steering is precise, visibility is flawless, and the cabin’s ergonomics are simple are a far cry from what Honda has being doing recently. The Accord is just easy to live with.
2. It’s incredibly spacious as well. There’s a ton of space in front, in back, and in the trunk. You will never feel cramped in the 2019 Honda Accord.
3. This may be more of an automotive journalist thing as opposed to a consumer thing, but you can get either one of the Accord’s engines with a six-speed manual including the 252-horsepower turbocharged optional four-cylinder. That engine also comes with a 10-speed automatic as opposed to the CVT that comes with the four-cylinder base turbo. In either case, every gearbox option is a blast to drive except the CVT which is bland like most other CVTs on the market today.
4. Fuel economy is impressive. It’s on par with the Camry although the Toyota has more powerful engines. Still, the Accord is one fuel-efficient mid-size sedan.
5. Compared to previous Accord generations, the current model is a lot sportier and a lot more fun to drive.
What the 2019 Honda Accord doesn’t do so well
1. It has more than enough power, but if you are to compare its specs with the Toyota Camry, the latter wins the horsepower battle.
2. The hybrid version isn’t as refined as it could be, and it just isn’t as desirable as a Camry Hybrid.
What we tell our friends
There’s very little not to like about the Accord. That’s why there’s only two things it doesn’t do well, and they are far from being deal breakers. The Honda Accord is simply a very good vehicle that drives well and performs well. It’s reliable and spacious, and its engine lineup has something for every need. There’s no reason not to buy it. The only thing left is checking out the Camry and seeing which one you like better once you get behind the wheel.