2019 Honda Accord Reviews and Comparisons

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2019 Honda Accord
2019 Honda Accord Hybrid Review | Photo: Honda

The 2019 Honda Accord is back with minimal changes this year after being completely redesigned last year. Still one of the most comfortable in its class, the 2019 Accord ads more performance with improved efficiency. It’s the best Accord yet, no doubt about it.

2019 Honda Accord At A Glance

By: Charles Jolicoeur

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.


2019 Honda Accord Full Review

By: Matt St-Pierre

The Accord belongs to a select group of cars that I call “we all know someone.” Cars in this group include the Toyota Corolla and Camry, Volkswagen Beetle (depending on how old you are), the Ford F-150, Honda Civic and the subject of this review, the Accord. These are obviously all best-sellers in their respective categories and have at one point been the biggest selling nameplate in the country or the world. They call this survival by numbers.

The Honda Accord was a class act for years, decades even. Despite design faux-pas in the early 2000s, loyal import sedan and Accord buyers still flooded Honda dealerships to get a piece of the indestructible car. As sales began dropping, a common trend for sedans, Honda launched a new version of its fabled car but, well, nothing happened. And it’s not for not trying on Honda’s part as the Accord was voted the 2018 North American Car of the Year and by all accounts, everyone likes it. I like it. I also really really like the new Toyota Camry.

Styling inside/out

This is not a comparison test but it’s odd to think that both the Accord and Camry are now mostly attractive, or not bland and boring. Not since the late 90s and early 2000s has this been the case. My loaded Touring tester featured everything including the unique and sharply attractive 19” wheels.

While the alloys distract from the side along with the clear and present rearward sloping beltline, the front is extremely strong and aggressive for a Honda. The chrome brow and imbedded Honda logo are striking and powerful. I love the Accord’s snub nose and Acura-style multiple LED headlights. I can see how some people could find the design offensive head-on but I’m encouraging Honda to move on, head-on, in this direction. Let’s all agree that it’s a better looking car than the Civic.

On board, Honda’s gone in a different direction. The dashboard is classy, well assembled and the screen has buttons and nobs! Gone is the often-redundant second display, in its stead, lovely HVAC controls and more storage. About the 7” screen, it’s slightly angled away from the driver which is annoying. It forces me to sit back in my seat and focus on the screen – it’s almost as though the display is not meant for the driver. The quality of selected materials is however excellent.

Comfort/space

Cars like the Camry and Accord are no longer competing only with each other. They’re vying for attention from CUV buyers by offering more passenger room and trunk space than ever. The Accord has a huge rear bench, capable of comfortably holding three normal adults abreast. The amount of available legroom is incredible and feet can slide under the front seats for maximum stretching.

The front buckets are large, nearly firm and supportive. There’s loads of storage up front as well, ideal for life. Points are awarded for the cupholders that double as a larger general-use bin however, these same points are immediately deducted for the chimes upon start-up – leave that aspect to the Koreans, please, and thanks.

The trunk is equally enormous. The immediate width can easily hold two average golf bags without back-breaking stretches and a pair of pull-carts behind the bags. The boot is rated at 473 litres in volume but seems far larger than the numbers suggest.

Value/equipment

The entry-level 2019 Honda Accord LX retails for $28,190. The mid-level trim is the EX-L and should be a popular version. The leather-trim seating positions are heated front and back and the driver is privy to a heated steering wheel to boot. The rear USB ports, CVT transmission and satellite radio are desirable features and built in the price.

Moving up to the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine from the 1.5-litre turbo requires a minimal investment of $33,190 for a Sport 2.0. A 10-speed automatic transmission is a $1,300 supplement. My tester was a top-line Touring 2.0 for $39,190. Included in the fee is the 10-speed, adaptive dampers, rain-sensing wipers along with heads-up display, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, adaptive cruise control and much more.

Here’s the value: The Touring 2.0 is a more interesting car than all FWD TLX regardless of the all-wheel steering and 8-speed dual clutch ‘box.

Powertrain/handling

I was most looking forward to driving the car for its powertrain. I know Honda’s Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structures and they’re always good, regardless of the model. The turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine is all-new and it has the duty of making consumers forget about the old V6.

What V6? The 2.0-litre is a wonderful engine that provides 252 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and a lofty amount of torque. All 273 lb.-ft. are available from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm and thanks to the 10-speed automatic transmission, are constantly on call keeping things moving along nicely. Oddly, the 2018 Kia Optima SXL Turbo I had the same week felt quicker despite its lower output. Its 260 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,350 to 4,000 rpm and 6-speed autobox also seemed less affected by the heat and humidity and thus more useable.

Even so, the Accord 2.0 is properly rapid and entertaining. The 10-speed loves to cruise more than anything, especially in the city. On the highway, the moment I got a tad aggressive with the throttle, it did not always agree with my level of urgency. A light yet constant hesitation also plagued acceleration but to be honest, I wouldn’t be concerned as I’m convinced Honda will address these bugs if they need to be looked into.

The 2019 Accord Touring 2.0 is shod with adaptive dampers that enable the handsome Honda to ride beautifully. It’s as comfortable and smooth as could be desired and handles with competent neutrality too. Steering is responsive and nicely assisted. The brakes are string with a firm and equally reactive pedal. The overall drive impression is that of a luxury car.

In this segment, the Camry and Accord are still masters. Either way, you get great cars. Until I drive the new Accord hybrid however, I’d opt for the Camry hybrid.


2019 Honda Accord Video Review


2019 Honda Accord Hybrid Review

By: Matt St-Pierre

The 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid could become a lot more relevant in the next few years as more and more buyers look to lower fuel consumption.

Honda built its reputation on small, economical cars. In 2019 however, the most interesting members of its portfolio are its biggest vehicle. The Accord Hybrid is the second largest of them all.

The most corpulent car in Honda’s current line-up is the Clarity PHEV and I’m quite taken by it too. It all makes sense of course as both cars share a number of electric powertrain components with the exception of the Clarity’s larger battery.

I can get satisfaction

The trick to these cars is that they tick all the right boxes, with some subjective objections. Styling aside, the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid provides the end user with content, value, performance, space, comfort and the all-important sense of satisfaction. The latter point is not to be overlooked. Ever.

Lately, I’ve suggested on a number of occasions that opting for the top-spec car is a waste of money. More often than not, many thousands must be spent in order to get the one item that is lacking on the better value-priced car. In the Accord’s case, I’d go all out.

2019 Honda Accord Hybrid Review
2019 Honda Accord Hybrid Interior | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

The value’s in the Touring

The base 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid retails for $33,390. Stepping up to the tested Touring ads a whopping $6,700 for a total of $40,090, but it’s absolutely worth it. The main advantages come in the form of adaptive dampers, head’s-up display, heated steering wheel, wireless charging a slew of other features.

The satisfaction comes from many aspects starting with the car’s luxuriously appointed cabin. The equipment matches the fit, finish and lovely materials that should have Acura people worried. In fact, with the sole exception of AWD, a more or less equivalent Acura TLX retails as much as $8,600 more or as little as $5,000 more. A base TLX SH-AWD with far fewer bells and whistles is $1,100 more. If I did not care for AWD, I’d not hesitate for a nano-second and head over to my Honda dealer.

The Accord’s passenger quarters are also huge and comfortable and while the boot may not be as restful as the seats, it is equally capacious. The car is also remarkably good to drive. Satisfaction also comes in the form of the enjoyment that comes from spending time at the wheel of the Accord Hybrid.

There is such a thing as Hybrid power

Last summer, I spent a week with an Accord Touring 2.0, the top iteration, and thought it was lovely. I praised the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine and now that I’ve sample the Hybrid, I’m not sure I’d do 2.0T.

The Accord Hybrid’s Atkinson Cycle 2.0-litre engine, combined with the electric motor, deliver a total system output of 212-horsepower. Like the Honda Insight, the real pleasure comes from the electric motor’s copious amount of torque which is set at 232lb.-ft. from 0 to 2,000 rpm. The petrol engine 129 lbs. of torque arrive at 3,500 to keep momentum going. Once more, like the Insight and Clarity, the only available transmission is an electric-continuously variable transmission (E-CVT) which also drones heavily when pushed – I can live with it.

Spirited could be a way to describe how the Accord Hybrid moves about in Sport mode. I’m convinced that I’d never regret not selecting the Touring 2.0 which happens to retail for $1,000 less than the Touring Hybrid.

A mild drop in all-out performance might be one thing but the fact that the Hybrid returns 5.0L/100km in mixed driving with little effort is once more colossally satisfying. At this time of the year with old-man winter cramming in all of the season’s snow storms in one week, I’ve averaged just under 6.5L/100km which is incredible nonetheless.

2019 Honda Accord Hybrid Review
2019 Honda Accord Hybrid Rear Seats | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Adaptive ride

Of the many bits of equipment, the Touring holds over the base car, the adaptive dampers pop up as most noteworthy. They provide equal amounts of comfort and sportiness that, once again, calm all doubts and stroke the ego. Steering is fine and points are awarded to the linear functioning regenerative brakes. Here too, like the Insight, Honda has endowed the car with variable regen braking which unfortunately resets to the default mode automatically.

As I’ve noted in my Insight video review, I find that driving a good hybrid can be relaxing. Within the luxurious and spacious confines of the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring, it feels good to be good.

Finally, the question is whether or not one should buy an Accord Hybrid. If it wasn’t for the Toyota Camry Hybrid, I’d say it was the one to get.


2019 Honda Accord vs 2019 Toyota Camry Comparison

By: Charles Jolicoeur

Talk about two heavyweights doing battle. In one corner we have the Camry, the best-selling car in North America, and in the other we have the Honda Accord, a perennial challenger to the Camry that has been redesigned just last year.

Two very popular mid-size sedans, both new and both featuring some of the most efficient engines in their segment with plenty of interior space to go along with them. The 2019 Honda Accord vs the 2019 Toyota Camry is one of the most difficult comparisons you can do in the automotive industry.

Which is more enjoyable to drive?

The 2019 Honda Accord gets a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine developing 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque out of the gate while the 2019 Camry gets a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 203 horsepower.

Let’s get one thing out of the way right now, these are the two best engines you can buy in the mid-size sedan segment, and among the most powerful. The Camry’s 203 horsepower makes it the most powerful mid-size sedan with a standard engine, but the Accord’s turbocharged unit feels more powerful and quicker to react.

2019 Toyota Camry

Same can be said for the optional engine options. The Accord offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 252 horsepower while the 2018 Toyota Camry offers a V-6 with 301 horsepower.

That’s almost 50 ponies more, but again the Accord feels quicker thanks to an abundant amount of torque offered at low rpm. You can also get the Accord with a six-speed manual which isn’t available on the Camry. On the other hand, the Camry’s 8-speed automatic is more pleasant to use than the Accord’s CVT.

Power is one thing, but how a car feels on the road is a result of a host of other factors. Despite not feeling as fast, the 2019 Camry is in our opinion a more balanced and therefore more all-around enjoyable vehicle than the 2019 Accord.

When redesigning the Camry, Toyota engineers wanted to make it sportier and more engaging to drive and they succeeded. Handling is the sharpest its even been in a Camry, but also one of the most direct and connected in the segment. The 2019 Accord tends to focus more on comfort and as result can sometimes feel a little passive in its handling and overall demeanor.

2018 Toyota Camry SE H

2019 Honda Accord

If comfort is all you want, then you’ll find that the 2019 Accord is now the champ in that department in the segment. If you want a mid-size sedan that is both fun to drive on winding road and when cruising along on the highway, the 2019 Camry is the right choice.

Answer: the 2019 Toyota Camry

Which is more fuel-efficient?

This used to be a surefire win for the Accord, but that’s no longer the case. Despite being more powerful, the Camry’s four-cylinder engine has roughly the same fuel consumption rating as the Accord. The same can be said about the V-6 engine when compared to the Accord’s 2.0-liter turbo.

Quick note here about the hybrid versions. The Camry Hybrid is one notch above the Accord Hybrid in terms of efficiency, power and overall refinement in our opinion.

The fact that the Camry’s more powerful engines can compete with the Accord’s turbocharged motors is certainly impressive, but in the end the Accord remains more fuel-efficient by the slightest of margins. In both cases, however, fuel consumption is among the lowest in the segment.

Answer: the 2019 Honda Accord

Which is more spacious?

Here, the advantage goes to the Accord. It has a bigger trunk (473 liters vs 399 liters) than the Camry and its interior is more welcoming. Remember that the Camry is supposed to be sportier, and one element of this new personality is a lower driving position. The Camry sometimes feels a little cramped compared to the Accord which feels more open.

Answer: the 2019 Honda Accord

Which has the better value?

The Accord and Camry are basically offered at the best price, but the Honda offers more standard equipment.

Both feature a suite of standard active safety systems (Honda Sensing and Toyota Safety Sense) although the Accord definitely has more tech goodies in that department. The 2019 Accord also gets standard heated seats, 17-inch wheels, Android Auto and a few other features not found in the base Camry.

2019 Honda Accord

You have to get a Camry SE ($28,505) to get comparable equipment to the $27,590 entry-level Honda Accord. The Accord remains a better value as you climb up the ladder as well. The only exception is the Camry Hybrid which is a better car than the Accord Hybrid for $2,000 less.

Answer: the 2019 Honda Accord

Which would we recommend?

Again, this is a very difficult question. Our issues with the Camry is that it needs to provide better value and it needs a bit more space when you compare it to the 2019 Honda Accord. That said, we would prefer driving the Toyota on a regular basis because of its balanced. If we were talking to someone who said “I just want a comfortable sedan, I don’t care about steering or sportiness”, however, then we’d recommend the Accord.


2019 Honda Accord Hybrid vs 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid

By: Matt St-Pierre

The Honda Accord Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid are two of the best cars your money can buy at the moment – no word of a lie.

On the other hand, the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid and 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid have very little competition. But when we say they are the best cars your money we can buy, we’re not just talking about hybrids.

There are and have been many hybrid cars and utility vehicles on the market over the years but only recently have any of them become truly interesting. By this I mean that the cost of the integrated technology, performance and value have risen to levels where they are compromise-free.

The most recent generation of both the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord are the best of their kind ever. Styling aside, both sedans make a strong case for remaining in a 4-door car instead of jumping on the SUV bandwagon. Most surprising perhaps is the fact that the electrified hybrid iterations are hands down the most appealing of their respective nameplates in every way.

The question then is which of the two hybrid juggernauts should you consider? Read on.

2019 Honda Accord Hybrid
2019 Honda Accord Hybrid
2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Which is more enjoyable to drive?

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that they’re boring old cars with a small onboard battery tied to an ineffective mini electric motor. Fact of the matter is that both hybrids are peppy enough to get a person like me involved rather quickly with the local authorities, and not in a good way.

The 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid is powered by an Atkinson Cycle 2.0-litre engine, an electric motor and together deliver a commendable total system output of 212-horsepower. By contrast, the 2019 Toyota Camry hybrid moves about with an Atkinson cycle 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor for total system output of 208 horsepower. Let’s call it even, shall we?

Both also are front-wheel driven with an electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) manipulating torque and engine speeds. About that torque, it’s the electric motor’s twisting power at zero rpm that makes these cars as entertaining to boot around town. Between the two, the Camry has a little more zing to the way it responds to throttle inputs. The Camry and Accord feature decent if almost feedback-free steering and both provide annoyance-free reactive braking.

Chassis-wise, the tested Accord Touring Hybrid’s adaptive dampers are a notch over the Camry SE Hybrid’s “sport” dampers but in the spirit of relaxing and green driving, the Camry LE and XLE’s regular suspension setting is excellent.

Answer: the 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid

2019 Honda Accord Hybrid Review
2019 Honda Accord Hybrid Interior
2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Interior

Which is more fuel-efficient?

It’s difficult to imagine large cars, primarily powered by an internal combustion engine, to be this fuel efficient. Much like the powertrain outputs, both the Accord and Camry seem to hate stopping to fuel up. The Accord Hybrid averages 5.0/5.0/5.0L/100km (city/highway/combined). I did the math, it really does average 5.0L/100km.

Meanwhile, the Camry LE Hybrid will do 4.9/4.8/4.9L/100km (city/highway/combined). Fact-checkers will note that the SE and XLE Hybrids manage 5.3/5.0/5.1 L/100km (city/highway/combined).

I did the math again – they’re even.

Answer: It’s a tie

Which is more spacious?

It’s amazing how cavernous these cars now are as well. As they are competing with SUVs and crossovers as much as they are with each other, this is how it needs to be. Sitting in both cars reveals only that there’s a massive amount of space for all passengers, appendages and gear.

Deep-diving into specifications demonstrates that the Honda Accord provides a little more volume in every direction, including in the trunk.

Answer: the 2019 Honda Accord, by a slim margin

2019 Honda Accord Hybrid
2019 Honda Accord Hybrid
2019 Toyota Camry
2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Which has the better value?

The base 2019 Toyota Camry LE hybrid retails for $31,550 while the entry-level 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid goes for $33,390. With the exception of a 12- vs. 8-way power driver seat, a higher-performing audio system, a leather wrapped steering wheel and a few other minor elements, little more explains the $1,840 difference.

At the other end of the spectrum, the $40,090 Honda Accord Touring Hybrid and the $40,790 Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid, the differences are just as subtle. The Camry gains 18-inch wheels over the Accord’s 17 inchers, however the Honda has rear heated and front cooled seat and adaptive dampers. The Accord’s a better deal here.

Answer: the 2019 Honda Accord, by a slim margin

Which would we recommend?

The debate would be a short one. We fancy the 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid, if only by a slim margin (kind of a theme…) Having said that, if someone said they preferred the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid for any and all reasons, we’d support the decision.

Bottom line however is that among the hybrid sedans currently available including the less expensive and better equipped Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Kia Optima Hybrid, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid (still out there), and Ford Fusion Hybrid, the Accord and Camry are tops.

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