2019 Honda Accord Review
The well-rounded 2019 Honda Accord ranks among the best midsize cars. It's not only an appealing family car with lots of passenger and cargo space, but it also has solid performance chops thanks to responsive handling and energetic engines.
Pros & Cons
Abundant list of standard safety tech
Roomy, upscale cabin
1.5-liter engine no longer available in the Touring trim
The 2019 Accord is an outstanding midsize car that is both practical and fun. It has a generous list of standard safety technology and a spacious cabin. It features a lineup of lively engines, and it navigates twists and turns with ease. The icing on the cake is its high-quality cabin and great fuel economy estimates.
The 2019 Accord is part of a generation that began with the 2018 model year. The only notable change for 2019 is that the 1.5-liter engine is no longer available in Touring models. The 2018 redesign brought a new base turbo-four engine with more power than the 2017 base four-cylinder (192 horsepower up from 185), an optional turbo four-cylinder that replaced the previously available V6, and improved fuel efficiency. Honda also added loads of active safety features to the 2018 Accord, including standard traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, and driver drowsiness monitoring, along with available rear cross traffic alert, a head-up display, and blind spot monitoring.
These substantial changes help make the 2018 Accord significantly better than models from the previous generation (even though the 2017 Accord’s optional V6 engine is more powerful than any engine offered in newer Accords). That's why we recommend sticking with a 2018 or 2019 Accord.
The Accord seats up to five people in two rows. Most adults will find plenty of room in both rows. Rear-seat legroom is especially abundant, though taller passengers may wish for additional rear-seat headroom. Some people may find the Accord's seating position too low. Cloth upholstery is standard, and heated seats, leather-trimmed seats, and power-adjustable front seats are available.
Accord and Car Seats
There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. The middle seat has an upper tether and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the adjoining seats when they are not in use.
Accord Interior Quality
Despite having some second-rate plastics, the Accord's interior is well-built and filled with soft-touch materials. Some reviewers even say that some of the Accord's climate and audio controls have an Audi-esque look and feel.
Accord Cargo Space
The Accord's trunk has an above-average capacity of 16.7 cubic feet, which is enough space for more than a dozen grocery bags. However, the trunk's small opening may make it difficult to load larger items.
Accord Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
The 2019 Accord comes standard with an infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen, Bluetooth, a four-speaker stereo, and a USB port. Available features include an 8-inch touch screen, an eight- or 10-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The standard interface is nicely arranged and fairly easy to use, while physical buttons and control knobs make it simple to adjust climate and volume settings.
Accord Engine: 2 Turbo Variants
Powered by a 192-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the base Accord has plenty of muscle for your daily commute. Heavy-footed drivers will likely prefer the optional 2.0-liter 252-horsepower turbo-four. This more-powerful engine comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth and quick shifts. A six-speed manual transmission is available in the Sport trim.
Accord Gas Mileage: Excellent for the Class
With the base engine and the CVT, the Accord earns an EPA-estimated 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, which are above-average estimates for the class. Models with the 2.0-liter engine and the automatic transmission get 23/34 mpg city/highway.
Accord Ride and Handling: Responsive and Composed
The Accord's firm yet comfortable suspension allows it to confidently tackle twists and turns with precision while maintaining a smooth ride. The Accord comes with various driving modes to fine-tune your driving experience, and a Sport model is available for performance-minded shoppers. Some of the Sport model's enhancements include sport pedals, a manual transmission, and a rear spoiler.