The Honda Accord is a world icon. Now in its 9th generation, it is Honda’s best selling model with, incredibly, more than 17.5 million sold around the world. And, it’s been listed in Car & Driver’s 10 Best Cars Awards no less than 30 times! Wow, what a story!
The new 2017 Honda Accord gets a major facelift with sportier, more sophisticated styling. The new Accord features restyled alloy wheels and Honda Sensing Technology on all V6 models. An additional model, the DX, boasts safety features such as Vehicle Stability Assist and Curtain airbags as standard and these are features not found in any of its competitors. This new model has been introduced to ensure affordability, as well as compete in the corporate market. It certainly has made an impression here, as the respected motoring publication Car & Driver has gone on record proclaiming that it is a better car than the latest competing model from Germany’s current largest producer of so-called luxury cars.
It is a fact that people pay more for a brand name that they love or respect, and Honda is right now, with the new Accord, crossing the threshold where affordability and premium co-exist in the same car.
The new Accord is a segment-defining product, delivering class-leading interior space and superior ergonomics along with outstanding fuel efficiency, refined and responsive driving dynamics and top-class safety performance. This has made the Accord one of Qatar’s most popular midsize saloons and the new 2017 models will only improve its position in people’s perceptions and in the Qatari market. It exudes quality and features previously only expected in the so-called luxury cars. In fact the Accord is a luxury car, the difference being that the Accord provides the additional luxury – some will say the most important item – of exceptional value for money.
Another important Accord advantage is that for a luxuriously equipped mid-size four-door saloon the 2017 Honda Accord gets top marks for top performance. Acceleration and braking are among the segment’s best even with the 2.4 litre engine; with the V6 model it’s quicker than many luxury saloons. Handling is responsive and composed, suspension is happy on rough or smooth surfaces and the car’s easy-to-drive nature makes it accessible to any driver.
Your driving delight at the same time is also more relaxed and more serene. Honda safety systems are world-class and the five-star safety ratings reflect consistent efforts to make its cars as safe and reassuring as possible.
ENGINE 3.5 litre V6 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC + VCM, with direct fuel injection; also available 2.4 litre DOHC i-VTEC models
MAX POWER 278 hp (208 kW) @ 6,200 rpm
MAX TORQUE 342 N–m (252 lb-ft) @ 4,900 rpm
TRANSMISSION Six-speed automatic gearbox with manual tiptronic and with Grade Logic Control
EXTERIOR The new Accord face is nicely sculpted and an intricately structured bumper fascia integrates an all-new chrome grill design that features a prominent bright bar as a solid setting for the H-badge; LED daytime running Lights (DRL), integrated LED light bar tail lights, and V6 models have redesigned LED headlights providing improved visibility and enhanced night time driving; LED fog lights; side turn signals on door mirrors, body coloured power door mirror; 18″ alloy wheels; dual chrome exhausts
INTERIOR Briefly, the Accord’s cabin is an example of how to do it right: there’s plenty of space, it’s easy to get in and out, and the airy greenhouse provides a good view out for the driver and a roomy environment for passengers
More seriously and specifically, the new Accord’s luxurious comfort, quietness and overall refinement are standouts in the segment and even give so-called luxury cars a run for their money; interior materials are probably best in the class, and it’s all put together so well it feels like it will last forever
SAFETY Many systems assisting driver control include Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control; Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering; AntiLock Brake system with Electric Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; multi-angle rearview camera and very useful lanewatch camera; latest airbag and seatbelt systems and ACE body five-star safety
ADDITIONAL SAFETY – HONDA SENSING
Models equipped with the wonderful 3.5 V6 engine now also come with Honda Sensing. This new suite of driver-assistive technologies helps drivers anticipate things which might otherwise be missed while driving, such as:
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) gently corrects the steering when the car begins to leave its lane without signaling, applying torque progressively to guide the driver back to the centre of lane. It helps in reducing driver fatigue
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) extends existing cruise control system to include millimeter-wave radar and camera which monitor the distance between your car and the car ahead. It helps the driver to maintain a constant distance eliminating manual acceleration/deceleration.
- Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) helps reduce likelihood of a collision by alerting driver. It can also reduce the severity of an impact by automatically applying brake pressure if system determines a collision to be unavoidable.
- Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System alerts the driver with signals and a rapidly vibrating steering wheel that the car is drifting too close to the side of the lane without any turn signal activated. This system also uses torque and braking to keep car in the detected lane, when it detects the car continuously leaving the roadway.
- Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) gives you a warning and starts to apply the brakes when you get too close to the vehicle in front
- Pedestrian Detection System (PDS) helps driver to avoid hitting a moving pedestrian in front of car
The Honda management team invites all those interested to visit the showroom on Khalifa Street (in Lejbailat zone, near the iconic Imam Abdul Wahhab mosque) and take a test drive to experience the ultimate mid-size sedan. The always-friendly and informative staff will be only too pleased to demonstrate all the features of the various new Accord models and, if you wish, the whole stylish range of Honda sporty cars and practical (and still sporty!) SUVs
Watch out for our Honda Accord 2017 expedition from Doha to Simaisma Resort
Domasco will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the all-new Honda Accord or any of its stylish range of cars and SUVs for Marhaba viewers and readers.Call toll-free number 800 8123 or visit Honda website.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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