The Accord is Honda’s flagship model in many markets. Quiet, comfortable and loaded with gizmos, the Accord has always held a soft spot in the hearts of the families it has served. How does the new one compare to the three box Accords of the 90’s?
In the year 2000, at the tender age of 10, I got my first taste of a secondhand Honda, largely thanks to my dad, who was adamant in ignoring "fuel cost", "lack of parts", "old Hondas are blackholes for money", as well as the vehement protests from my mom who just wanted to get something new and comfortable, the emphasis on "new".
It was a 1992 Honda Accord CB7, and my life changed with that car, making me a disciple of the big H even though 5200 RPM and VTEC had very little role to play. It had shoddy electronics, a carbureted 1.8 four, and the interior smelled like peaches because of the air freshener that the previous owner had stuck to the dash, permanently. Amenities included a factory option CD player, cruise control, climate control, and faux leather everywhere.
Fast forward 15 years (and 23 for the Accord badge), the same feelings sought a triumphant return. The white beaut you see in the pictures is a 2.0 2015 Accord. It happens to be almost double the size of that three-box Accord that served us so faithfully back in the day. In almost every direction, the Accord has gained substantial fat, affirming the hypothesis that the size of the automobile will increase proportionally with the dimensions of the occupants, which in turn rises proportionally with every order of KFC Zinger burgers with large fries. It doesn't seem bulky at all, mind you, Honda's desgin language employing a bevy of cuts, slashes and creases to create a car that is visually sleek and very modern. Compared to the elegant but relatively standard front end, the rear is exceptionally pretty, and the curve carrying on from the sides to the rear taillights sets the mood for the brand of sporting luxury that the Accord has come to signify.
Under the hood is a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder putting out approximately 154 HP and 139lb-ft of torque. Those numbers may not seem like much but on the road the Accord is sufficiently quick, the highlight being how smooth and refined the car is under heavy acceleration. Its so composed over bumps and potholes, you won't feel a thing whether you're driving or riding in the back. One downside is the engine note, which sounds a little too hoarse for an executive sedan.