When people ask their neighborhood car expert (that’s you) which car to buy, they usually have an answer in mind and are just looking for confirmation that it’s the right one. It rarely is. So don’t be surprised if your neighbor’s cousin’s stepbrother’s eyes don’t light up when you tell him to buy a Honda Accord. We should know; we’ve been beating the Accord drum for ages: This represents its 35th 10Best victory.
For many of those years, the Accord was—rightfully so—one of the most popular cars in the U.S. It has slipped in the ranks lately, but that has nothing to do with the quality of the product because the Accord is as good as it has ever been. It’s a reasonably priced, generously sized four-door that offers the refinement of a luxury car, the precise moves of an upmarket sedan, and the sensibility of, well, a Honda. What more could you want?
The bulk of new-car buyers these days want a tall perch, plastic body cladding, and the false sense of security all-wheel drive provides, none of which you’ll find here. But we don’t miss those frivolities when there’s such a breadth of Accords on offer: the $25,725 LX for a low monthly payment, the 48-mpg hybrid that’s far more appealing than any Prius, and the 252-hp 2.0T for sub-6.0-second sprints to 60 mph. Even a fully loaded Accord, which is as well equipped as many BMWs and Audis, is $37,655. That’s less than the average price of a new vehicle.
But now that we think about it, there is actually one more thing we want. For the first time ever, a manual transmission is no longer part of the lineup. As if to prove that the stick-shift Accord doesn’t matter as much as we thought it did, Honda stopped building it in 2019 and didn’t tell anyone. We didn’t notice until months later.
But the reason we liked the manual in the first place was because it enhanced an already great package. The Accord is so good—with or without a stick—that we still think one should be parked in just about every driveway in America.
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