Mid-size sedans have been constantly changing over the last few years, adopting new fuel-efficient powertrains, sportier designs and many innovative features. The 2014 Honda Accord Sedan is no exception. The new model was introduced this year and its design flair and sophistication have left behind the Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima and Mazda 6.
From the outside, the 2014 Honda Accord is not stunning or head-turning, but its design follows the nameplate’s tradition while still being able to stand among modern sedans. The look maximizes the window space, allowing a good view all around.. The car is smaller than its predecessor, with a 25mm shorter wheelbase and approximately 10mm taken off its height. All but the entry-level models have LED low-beam headlights, mirror-mounted turn indicators and LED daytime running lights.
The 2014 Honda Accord is powered by a 185-horsepower (or 189 for Accord Sport) four-cylinder engine with direct injection technology, paired with a six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The CVT is much better than earlier versions available on the market, giving drivers the feel that it’s a regular automatic. Because of the special G-Design shift logic, it brings revs up quickly and then gives the sensation that it’s locking onto gears.
A V-6 engine that delivers 278 hp coupled with a six speed is still offered across the Accord model line. It is fitted with i-VTEC and Variable Cylinder Management designed to reduce noise and aid efficiency. The four-cylinder engine and CVT has a fuel economy of 27 mpg city, 36 highway and the V-6 up to 21/34, making the 2014 Honda Accord one of the most fuel-efficient sedans with great handling.
The 2014 Honda Accord Sedan has plenty of room on the inside. Rear legroom can easily accommodate two or three adult. Even if it is shorter than the previous generation, the legroom increased about an inch, shoulder room is more generous and trunk space is larger and has a flat floor. Its rather low instrumental panel also maximizes space and allows easy access to the important controls places high within it. The interior design enforces a sense of airiness with premium trims and materials.
Although Honda has been criticized for having few interesting features, this car proves us wrong. Safety and connectivity features are offered in all models, not only the top of the line and include automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, Pandora audio streaming, a rearview camera and 16-inch alloy wheels. V6 models have LED running lamps and richer upper trims.
Safety has not been overlooked by the manufacturer. The 2014 Honda Accord topped some of the toughest tests, because of its breakthrough safety items you would not expect in an affordable model: Adaptive Cruise Control systems, Forward Collision Warning and LaneWatch Blind Spot Display This vehicle is one of the few new ‘ Top Safety Pick+, achieving a five star overall score from the federal government.