2019 Honda Accord at a glance

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2019 Honda Accord

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?

Check out our Honda Accord vs Kia Optima comparison here.

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.

Honda Accord 2018

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    • A lot of buyers still do not realize that the new Accord does have a full-time tachometer. For some reason Honda ships the car out with it turned off in the settings. Turn it back on and you have a full-time tach on the left side of the guage cluster with all your other information inside the tach.

  1. This editor is so lying. There is no released info on the 2019 version only people using images of the 2018 claiming it’s a 2019. They cant even tell what was added or changed but assume it will be a 1:1 release with just a year change. If so there’s no incentive to purchase a 2019 version when I can get a cheaper 2018 model on model end sales. Honda cant be that stupid. There will be changes, perhaps not drastic ones.

    • The pictures are indeed a 2018 model. The 2019 Honda Accord hasn’t arrived in dealerships yet, you’re right.

      That said, the current 10th-generation model was introduced last year, and changes from the first year to the second are generally very, very minimal with any model and any automaker. Sure, maybe a new color here or a new wheel design there, but nothing that will change how the 2019 behaves on the road compared to the 2018.

      Given this, and given the fact that we’ve driven the Accord multiple times over the last 11 months, this article is in our opinion a good overview of the 2019 Accord, and useful for anyone considering buying it in next few months, or some time next year. And if by any chance Honda makes a significant change to their Accord for 2019 that makes this article useless, then we will update.

      As for your statement about buying a 2018 vs 2019, well that’s a situation that thousands of dealerships have to contend with at the moment, and not just Honda dealerships. 2019 models are starting to roll in with 2018s still on the lot. It certainly does happen that a 2019 doesn’t offer anything new despite not having the same incentives as the 2018 model and thus being more expensive. Once the 2018 models are gone, it becomes a non-issue.

        • At this point it would be surprising. Automakers are downsizing and the turbo-4 gives you as much power as the V-6 with better fuel economy. It’s really a better overall option, and with gas prices being what they are, we will see a lot more forced induction in the future and a lot less V-6 and V-8 engines.

          • Are you sure that the power is the same? My 2013 Accord V6 has 278 HP while the 2018 Accord 2.0 turbo has only 252 HP. So my 2013 V6 has 26 more HP which is more than ten percent more powerful which is quite a bit.

          • You’re right about the power difference. That said, the turbocharged four is quicker to react and the torque is higher and available sooner. On the road, it “feels” as fast or faster even than the old V6

      • My biggest question about the 2019 Accord is the camera—does anyone know if the new model will have a birdseye view camera? It’s number one on my wishlist for my next car.

  2. I had planned to buy a new Accord this year, but am disappointed with the new body style. I think the grill and bulbous hood gives the car an almost comical look. I’m also disappointed in the color options. I so wish that the 2019 Accord would be a more refined vehicle in terms of appearance, but it seems unlikely that that will be the case. However, if the Accord is to compete and outsell the Camry, it would be a good idea to improve the look by making it more sleek and sophisticated. I have a 2003 Accord EX with only 80,000 miles on it, so I don’t want to buy a new Accord unless I really like it…….especially since I was leaning towards the Touring trim level, which is top-of-the-line and not cheap!

    • Renee: I have similar thoughts. I have a 2010 Accord EX-L V6 with 55,000 miles. I like this car. Thinking this vehicle has a lot of life and peppy with the V6, no cameras, a simple dashboard without the busy bells and whistles of the 2018. A simple drive. I will keep it for years to come. I would need convincing by Honda of a new Accord’s overall feel before I trade this one in.
      Research so far on 2018…only the Touring potentially has my eye. Did not visit the dealer for a test drive yet, but will keep attention to visibility issues that have been raised. I prefer to use a gear selector lever rather than pushbuttons to change gears.
      I suggested to Honda to incorporate a high-end Accord with AWD and powered, separate selective-folding mirrors for the driver and front passenger mirrors…but no meaningful response yet.

  3. Honda dropped the ball on this redesign. The visibility got worse due to much smaller windows/windshield and the ridiculous fast back design. I was shocked when I first sat in the 2018; the windshield looked absolutely tiny! This trend of raising the belt line, which means much smaller windows and much worse visibility, has become so pervasive in the auto industry that it makes driving most cars from the past 10 years a dangerous proposition. The hell with cameras; give me windows that I can see out of! They lowered the seats, making it harder for the typical Accord buyer to get out of the car. They dropped the V6 which accounts for a small loss of sales, and they made the Civic much larger, which accounts for a lot of lost sales. The grill alone is a big turnoff for a lot of people. Honda has gotten away from the simple, no-nonsense styling of the past and is now resorting to gimmicky, eye sore deigns that many adults would be embarrassed to be seen in. Look what they did to the Civic. Creases all over the place, fake vents that serve no purpose, transformer toy-like “styling” that is hideous. Bigger windows and a more conventional rear window and rear end design and the sales numbers would be way less anemic.

    Way to screw up your flagship vehicle, Honda!

    • Steven,
      Could not agree with you more !
      Liked the reviews, then went to the Dealer and sat in one.
      The designers missed the point as to why buyers are switching to SUV’s or the german makes – in my opinion it is largely about visibility. Who wants to feel like they are sitting in a coffin!

      • Buyers are switching to SUV’s due to brainwashing techniques of Edward Bernaise by Fox News. The oil companies are behind it. Good luck with your gas bill to drive a truck.

      • Exactly how I feel. Sat in a 2018 Camry and felt very confined so tried a RAV4. Small rear window and high headrests. Could see nothing out the back. Meanwhile my 2003 Camry still works

    • I just bought the 2018 Accord Sport 1.5 2 days ago and I received compliments from at least 5 people. Your opinion is your opinion and I guess you are entitled to it. If you are looking for the 2018 Accord, do yourself a favor and go see and drive one for yourself!

  4. My wife and I have driven Honda’s since December 1979. She is currently driving a 2011 Accord EX-L with Nav V-6, Black with a gold leather interior and I am driving a 2017 Ridgeline RLT. She wants a new car but as pointed out accurately above, the new Accord is UGLY. If the ’72 bumper at the hood line and a fastback/station wagon line from the side look were not bad enough, stupid games with engines and transmissions will put something else in her side of the garage. And that is without putting up with the elitist attitudes from the folks we are trying to deal with. Just trying to inquire about the 2019 Models produces a major turnoff.

  5. you people are so biased in your opinion,s, unless you own a 2018 accord ex-l 2.0 turbo 10 speed which is lightning fast like i do , u all have absolutely no basis for criticism, all ur assumptions are all based on negative heresay, watch the 2018 honda accord 2.0 t road test on you tube by “the topher “where this car kicks mega wads of ass and impresses the test driver, then come back with an accurate retort worthy of possible consideration , im outa here”

  6. I have seen some writers talking about and even showing photos of a 2019 coupe version of the Accord. Does anyone know for a fact whether there will or will not be a coupe version? If there is one I would buy it.

  7. I am in the same boat as some others – currently on my 2nd Accord and was planning on a new one (Sport) in the spring of 2019. But then the 2018 came out. I don’t care how great the interior is. I can’t get over the looks – I just don’t like it. 2018 Camry SE/XSE is way more appealing, and I’ve NEVER liked the Camry. I’m either going to end up going with a Camry, or maybe switch it up and go with a Civic Hatchback Sport.

  8. the new 2.0 is a car length faster than camry’s v6. Just because an engine has a little more horsepower, if it doesn’t put it to the road effectively, it’s useless. Case in point, Camry.

  9. After reading the comments, I am so confused. I will be trading in my Lincoln MKX for a 2019 Honda accord
    2.0t touring package. I have until March to do it. My brother just bought a Camry xse. He looked at the accord, and said he liked the lines of the Camry better, but the accord had much more features. I’m going to take the accord for a drive today. I’m so torn. Don’t know what to do.

  10. I’ve read many complaints about Toyota’s infortainment. I’ve read that most buyers hate the Entune3.0. Can you give me your opinion. I ha e read that it’s slow and constantly wanting to update. There was also complaints about the maps loading,etc.

  11. The sole reason I am not getting it is they cancelled the V6. I put 35,000 miles a year on my car and the ’05 Civic and ’10 Accord/4 cyl. could not handle the wear and tear. Conversely, I have a ’13 EX-L, V6 w/o Navigation and the thing still runs beautifully and has a lot of pep to it. By the way, knock on wood, I have not had any mechanical problems w/it. The ’05 needed a new head gasket at 150,000!!!! and the ’10 looked beautiful but had some mechanical issues, too. I have had four Hondas in my lifetime thus far and I will not purchase another one if the V6 does not return under the Accord hood.

    I cannot stand the bland Toyota Camry, the overpriced Maxima, and the unreliable Altima. Yes, I want the V6 power and dependability but not from these models and companies. I may have to take a big gulp, hold my nose, and purchase the hideous RLX, TLX if I still want the Honda quality and a V6.

    • I test drove both the 2018 Accord hybrid and the 2019 TLX and the extra pick up in the TLX is minimal. The accord is almost as good and gets 47 mpg. The only reason I’m going to probably get the tlx is the birds eye view camera in the advance model. I just can’t see the front of either car well enough to park comfortably and I figure the extra cost of the tlx will pay for itself in repair bills I won’t have.

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