Although the automotive industry is extremely competitive by nature, yet some cars have managed to defy the trends and have maintained their popularity for decades. One of the best and most consistent examples is the Honda Accord, which has managed to win the prestigious ‘Car and Driver’ magazine’s ’10 Best Cars’ award for the seventeenth year in a row. Also, Accord has managed to win twenty eight times in different categories in the award’s 31 year of existence. Now this is not a mean feat to be achieved by a car year after year, that too in a world of cut throat competition and innovative challenges, and yet the Honda Accord manages to surprise us.
Known for its superb mix of fuel efficiency, superb features, comfortable ride and overall pricing, Honda’s flagship sedan model has been sold in the American markets ever since 1976. Currently in its ninth generation, the Honda Accord model has successfully completed 31 years of its production in the American market and has been the highest selling model as well.
The 2014 Accord lineup of models feature Honda’s new and extremely efficient Earth Dreams Technology engines which include either the next-generation 2.4-liter engine or the direct-injected 4-cylinder engine type. These engines are powered by either a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual transmission which offers a smooth and comfortable ride. Fuel efficiency levels are the best ever in the Accord midsize models with 4-cylinder engines earning a 36mpg highway rating by EPA and the V6 models getting a decent 34mpg highway rating. Even the Plug-In model offers a remarkable 115 MPGe combined fuel economy rating and the Hybrid Sedan offers the best in lot 50mpg city rating by EPA standards.
And if you thought Honda Accord models are only known for their fuel efficiency and superb internal features, then do consider the fact that Accord has also been the leader in meeting the industry’s strict emission standard guidelines. In fact, Accord Plug-In is the first vehicle to have achieved the SULEV 20 emission standard with the lowest tailpipe emission by any ICE vehicle currently available in the market. The Accord model was also the first vehicle to have met the ULEV (1998) and SULEV (2000) emission standards.
It’s the unique combination of all these factors combined with the superb driving quality and affordable pricing which makes Honda Accord the most popular midsize passenger car ever sold in the American market.
Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.