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Best All-Around Vehicle of 2014: Honda Accord

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Choosing the best vehicle for 2014 isn’t easy, but the 2014 Honda Accord has come out on top. The Accord has long been popular with Americans, and the latest edition should make it even more so. From the looks, feel, performance, form, tech and safety, the Accord stands out from the rest.

The Look

2014honda accord-sideThe Accord is available as a four door sedan and two door coupe, and both are aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The sedan is the more popular, and it is available in Touring, EX-L, Sport and LX, and each one is pretty much fully equipped. For something more sporty, you can try the Accord Sport which has 18 inch wheels, paddle shifters, 10 way power driver’s seat, chrome exhaust finisher, rear lip spoiler and fog lights.

The EX is built upon the LX and has 17 inch aluminum wheels, power sunroof, keyless entry and push button start, and there’s Lane Watch blind spot monitoring included. The EX-L has all those features plus leather seats, memory for custom settings, superior sound system and more. At the top of the heap is the Accord Touring which includes all the EX-L features plus LED headlights and Adaptive Cruise Control.

If you’re looking for something extra, Honda dealers will be more than willing to outfit your car with dimming rearview mirrors, an Aero Kit, remote engine starter and more. Finally, there’s the Accord Plug-in Hybrid, highlighted by the hybrid powertrain technology. Aside from that, this edition also features forged aluminum wheels with aerodynamic covering.

Performance

The majority of the 2014 Accord are equipped with a 185 HP, 4 cylinder, 2.4L engine, and it is paired with CVT for the Accord’s front wheels. A 6-speed manual gearbox is the standard in the EX, LX and Sport trims. Note however that the Sport trim raises the engine horsepower to 189 and its CVT is fitted with paddle shifters. The fuel economy varies from 24 mpg to 36 mpg, depending on what transmission you choose.

The 3.5 liter V6 278 HP engine is an available option for the EX-L, while it is standard for the Touring. These editions have 6-speed transmission, and the fuel economy rating is 26 mpg, while the Accord Hybrid has Honda’s 2-motor electric gas powertrain. This is an impressive design and it is more sophisticated than previous models. While the Accord has always had impressive specs, the Hybrid is even more so as you get 196 HP with 50 mpg for city driving, 45 mpg for the highway and 47 mpg for a combination of the two.

It’s also worth noting that the Accord Plug-in can go up to 13 miles relying on electric alone, and this is due to its huge 6.7kWh lithium-ion battery, and recharging only takes 3 hours.

Functionality and Form

As far as functionality and form goes, the 2014 Accord is a winner, since practically everything you will come into contact with are plush and soft, very nice to touch. Honda paid a lot of attention to the interior, and everything from the upper door panel to the padded dashboard have been refined.

The Accord are also notable for its dashboard graphics, which are in HD and every bit as clear as advertised. The interior, it must also be stated, is very spacious, and the front passenger seat provides ample thigh support and room. The same thing can be said for the rear seat as there’s plenty of legroom.

Technology

As far as technology goes, the Accord doesn’t disappoint either as the LX and Sport makes it a snap to stream music, hook up your mobile device via Bluetooth and send and receive text messages. However, there’s a lot more in store since the Accord Sport has other features like a complete navigation system, Honda Link connected service and Smart Entry push button start. With the Honda Accord you won’t be lacking in tech features.

Safety

The Accord has always been known for its safety features, and the 2014 Accord is no exception. One of the more important features is the SmartVent side impact air bags, and it also relies on Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering II body structure for superior crash test ratings.

The EX also has Lane Watch, while the EX-L has Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning systems. To give you an idea of how safe the 2014 Honda Accord is, it’s been given a Top Safety Pick + rating by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave it a 5 star rating.

Conclusion

The 2014 Honda Accord is the best all around vehicle for this year, and it will be very hard to top. It’s got all the features you could ask for in a car, and it’s cost effective too. In short, you can’t go wrong here.

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