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2014 Honda Accord EX-L Test Drive - AutoNation Drive

2014 Honda Accord EX-L Test Drive
Rob Einaudi

The Accord received a major redesign for 2013, becoming lighter and more fuel efficient, with a greatly improved interior for a more luxurious feel. For 2014, Honda has added a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid to the lineup and made some minor trim changes. Let’s take a closer look at one of America’s favorite sedans for the 2014 model year and see how it stacks up against the competition.

2014 Honda Accord EX-L Review

Exterior

The Accord comes as both a four door sedan and a two door coupe, and you have a choice of four cylinder and V6 models. There are five available trims for the four cylinder models: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and EX-L with Navigation. V6 models come in three trim levels: EX-L, EX-L with Navigation and Touring. Our handsome Hematite Metallic test car was a four door EX-L with Navigation.

The base LX car comes standard with 16 inch alloy wheels, while the EX level cars come standard with 17 inch alloy wheels. The Sport bumps you up to 18 inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and fog lights. The EX-L gets you LED brake lights. All cars sport chrome door handles and exhaust tips. Overall, the Accord’s looks won’t set the world on fire compared to many of its competitors, but it is a handsome car that should age well.

Interior

2014 Honda Accord EX-L ReviewAs mentioned previously, the Accord saw a major upgrade in interior finish for 2013, which obviously has continued for the 2014 model year. This is a roomy and comfortable mid-size sedan with excellent ergonomics and visibility. Seats are supportive front and rear and the trunk provides a generous 15.8 cubic feet of space.

Standard features on the Accord include dual-zone automatic climate control with air-filtration, and 8-inch high-resolution screen, rearview camera, power windows, cruise control, tilt and telescopic steering column, a 160-Watt AM/FM/CD audio system with 4 speakers, Bluetooth streaming audio, USB audio interface, MP3/auxiliary input jack and an exterior temperature indicator.

The Sport comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and the EX-L bumps you up to a leather interior with a driver’s seat with 10-Way power adjustment, front passenger’s seat with 4-Way power adjustment, 360-Watt AM/FM/CD premium audio system with 7 Speakers, including a subwoofer, XM Radio and an audio touch-screen.

Performance

The Accord’s 2.4-Liter, 16-Valve, DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder is rated at 185 horsepower (though the Sport is bumped up to 189 hp). This is more than enough power for the mid-size sedan, which is also rated at 27 mpg city and 36 highway. But those wanting more power are free to opt for one of the V6 models, which feature a 278-hp 3.5-Liter, 24-Valve, SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine that will give many more expensive sedans a run for their money. V6 models suffer a bit in the gas mileage department, though, but still manage a respectable 21 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. And the new hybrid model delivers a truly amazing 50 mpg city and 45 highway! Four cylinder models come with a CVT transmission while V6 models come with a 6-speed automatic. A 6-speed manual transmission is optional as well. Compared to the competition, the Accord has a slightly firmer and sportier ride.

Safety

The Accord is equipped with dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags and side airbags. The Accord is also available with forward collision warning, lane departure warning, brake assist and electronic brake distribution. The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety rated the new Accord as a Top Safety Pick, giving it a “good” rating in all their tests: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints & seats.

Overall

Our test car had a sticker of $30,835 which includes the standard 4-door EX-L Nav price of $30,045, plus $790 for destination. Keep in mind that this is a very well-equipped, safe and efficient vehicle. Those on a tighter budget could opt for the LX, which starts at just $21,995. When you factor in Honda’s reputation for reliability and strong resale value, the Accord remains a top contender for a mid-size sedan.