The new 2023 Honda Accord has made its way to the market, promising to set a new standard in the sedan market. The previous version of Accord won the MotorTrend Big Test two years ago and set a high bar for the new version. But does the 2023 Honda Accord rise to the expectations set by its predecessor?
Strong Start The base and EX models of the 2023 Honda Accord come with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT). Fuel economy is decent, coming in at 29/37/32 mpg city/highway/combined. The engine produces 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque, making the car zippy off the line. The CVT is one of the best in the market, making the most of the available power. The steering and suspension are also well-controlled, giving the car a smooth and dignified ride.
The interior of the Accord is slightly upscale and reminiscent of the Honda Civic, with an all-digital instrument cluster across the lineup. The front seats are comfortable for long drives, and the Honda Sensing suite of active and passive driver aids make it even more enjoyable. The infotainment system is also well-equipped with USB-C ports for fast charging, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
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A Mixed Bag
The trim levels of the Accord are a more mixed bag. The hybrid fuel economy is up slightly, and the upgraded infotainment system on hybrid cars offers more screen space and better image quality. However, the audio system on the base and midrange cars offers mediocre sound quality, and the best features are locked up in the highest trim levels, requiring an extra $10,595 for the Touring trim.
The back seat of the 2023 Honda Accord has ample legroom and hip room, but the ceiling is close to the head, making the rear seat feel cramped.
The 2023 Honda Accord is a decent car, but it doesn’t quite live up to the standard set by its predecessor. While the engine and CVT are great, the interior is comfortable, and the infotainment system is well-equipped, the trim levels and rear seat leave something to be desired. If you’re looking for a Honda Accord, consider the base and EX models for the best value.