The new Accord has been completely redesigned – top to bottom. A new fastback-like roofline, combined with a pronounced crease just below the window line, gives the car a sinewy, athletic stance. The 5 cm longer wheelbase enables tighter front and rear overhangs and makes the new car look considerably longer than before. This is certainly the most elegant-looking Accord; from any angle, it’s undeniably handsome.
The major change from the previous Accord is the new smaller turbocharged engines. It’s difficult to get your head around it but the 2.0-litre model has even more torque than the old V6 Accord – and it’s available from as low as 1,500 rpm, which is just what you need in traffic. Likewise, you will not believe the power coming from the even more economical 1.5-litre unit, also so powerful and smooth… But you will understand when you pay your petrol bill – you will pay less, without losing the pleasure!
The new cabin is a leap forward in sophistication. Trim and build quality are top quality, with nicely grained touch-friendly surfaces and soft leather. The front seats are well-padded and supportive, while rear-seat legroom is positively palatial, benefitting from the wheelbase stretch. Very family-friendly. Stowage space is generous, too, with a deep centre console, nicely sized cupholders, and a large bin at the base of the centre stack with a USB port. If you take your eyes away from the road for too long, there are numerous active and passive safety features to help the situation. The Honda Sensing package, with key systems such as adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, and lane-keeping assist, is now standard on every Accord.
The Honda Accord has won so many ‘best car’ awards; more than 13 million have been sold in the US, over 40 years; how many generations have come and then been succeeded by the next improved one. You simply can’t deny its well-earned reputation for quality; it has always been fun to drive and it fulfils its primary mission of being a spacious, comfortable and affordable means of transport. Yet technology is now advancing so fast and even our favourite icons have to keep abreast of the times – like the everlasting Accord, improving all the time, never going out of style.
ENGINE New 16-valve 2.0 litre DOHC VTEC direct fuel injection with a single-scroll turbocharger.
MAX POWER 247 hp (184 kW) @ 6,500 rpm.
MAX TORQUE 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) from 1,500–3500 rpm.
TRANSMISSION Smooth 10-speed automatic gears with paddle shifters on the steering wheel for ultimate personal manual control.
EXTERIOR Improvements on the new Accord are dramatic: stretched front end, prominent 19-inch alloy wheels, C-shaped LED taillights – the fastback profile and pronounced but clean styling lines make it look more sporty, more luxurious and more ‘European’ than the competition.
INTERIOR The reworked interior is now one of the nicest cabins in its class with lots of room, especially in the back; there’s a pleasing mix of tactile, textured, top quality trim and luxurious double-stitched leather upholstery; dominating the dash is a user-friendly touchscreen which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; superb sound system or, if you prefer, quiet peace of mind.
SAFETY/SECURITY Honda Sensing suite of safety features is now standard on every Accord and includes – in addition to comprehensive airbags, ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist and ISOFIX child anchor points – multi-angle camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, road departure mitigation and lane-keeping assist, and other industry-leading and futuristic features.
Visit the Honda showroom on Khalifa Street near TV Intersection. Staff will be happy to explain all and arrange a test drive of the new Accord or any of the stylish new Honda sedans and SUVs. Call 800 8123 or visit the Honda website.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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