Inside, its more good design from Honda. We tested its chief rival, the Toyota Camry, at the beginning of the year. While that was a superb car in almost every way, the interior was a let down in terms of design. The Accord does the interior bit quite well, seemingly taking inspiration from the Mercedes S-class. The instrument binnacle features a massive, bank vault dial-esque speedometer, and the dash curves at the top to envelop the two tiered screen in the center console. There is minimal panelling, Honda preferring to create an atmosphere of luxury without using faux wood. Good call. My editor and I tried a test we like to call "The Lexus Test", used to determine the attention to detail put in by the manufacturer. Press and hold any two cubbyholes or storage compartment doors in the interior, and make sure to let both go at the same time. If all the compartments open and slide to a stop at the exact same time, you are undoubtedly sitting inside a Lexus. It has worked on every single Lexus we have ever been in, from a early 90's Celsior to a 2014 GS. The Accord, disappointingly, fails the Lexus test, and is the only apparent let down of a brilliantly sorted interior. Rear leg space and rear AC vents win major brownie points.
Now the big question: should you drive it or ride in it? As a business executive, you will be a king at the back on weekdays and king of the road on weekends if you feel like going for a drive. The infotainment system can hook up to your phone for those all important weekend business calls, rendering fiddly Bluetooth headsets useless.
It looks great, rides comfortably, drives great and has the creature comforts to pamper you. It truly is an Accord, then. Its all yours for a relatively bargain price of 70 lakh. Our old CB7 Accord would be proud.
2015 Honda Accord
Engine: 2.0 litre 4 cylinder gasoline engine (154hp, 139lb-ft of torque).
Transmission: 5 speed automatic.
Brakes: Ventilated discs front, solid discs rear, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist.
Suspension: MacPherson strut front, multi-link rear.
Features and options: 6 inch touch screen with 8 inch display with integrated infotainment system, CD, DVD, USB, auxiliary power port, Bluetooth connectivity (audio, phone calls and SMS), steering mounted audio controls, adaptive cruise control, rear AC vents, dual zone climate control, 6 airbags.
Price: 70 lakh taka
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