The Honda Accord is an impressive vehicle which has always been marketed as being a top quality, well-built car which should be considered by anyone thinking of buying a BMW or Mercedes That's something of a reach but it’s still a popular vehicle both in its saloon and estate formats and the build quality is undoubtedly impressive. This is probably a better car to lease since the price tag doesn't compare too well with its competitors though it does perform better than some.
The Honda Accord those been a popular secondhand buy from those looking for reliability, quality and high levels of kit. And possibly the best car in the range is the 2.2 litre i-DTEC Type S which has a top speed of 136 mph, will return around 53 mpg and will reach 0 to 62 mph in 8.8 seconds. There's no doubt that the car will do everything that those looking for a reliable vehicle want it to do and do it well. The driving itself is responsive and sharp, it's particularly good at speed and the engine is refined and responsive. The ride, though, can be hard at times on rough surfaces.
However, it is the engines for which those interested in the Honda Accord will appreciate the overall package for. That's because of the choice of two petrol and diesel, there isn’t a bad one among them. They are all quiet and economic although the best of them is probably the diesel.
And while the interior sometimes lacks the comfort and luxury that its competitors offer, Honda make its interiors to last which means they wear well and do not shabby after a few years. The other big attraction for owning the Honda Accord is that they tend not to breakdown and they always do well in reliability surveys; always a plus for anyone needing to rely on their car for a variety of reasons.
The car has always tended to be more popular with older drivers who didn't want to be seen in a BMW or Audi though more recently the Honda Accord is a viable alternative for anyone thinking of buying a Ford Mondeo or a Vauxhall insignia; this is a true middle-of-the-road car that will eat up long-distance miles and not let you down.
Why not have a look at the Honda Accord on the official Honda UK company web site and get the latest news about the Honda Accord in the UK at The UK Honda Owners' club. You may also like to see what they're saying about the Honda Accord on the Top Gear web site.
It goes without saying that the safety rating for the Honda Accord is very high, it's scored a five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash safety tests and is one of the safest cars around. Indeed, there's lots of safety equipment on board, including electronic stability control, and there are optional extras such as cruise control and lane keep assist to strengthen its safety offering further. Compare the Honda Accord with its stablemate, the impressive and groundbreaking style of the Honda Civic, and it’s obvious that the Accord’s design does need tweaking but the real attraction is in its strong engines and quality of build rather than in its head turning style and cachet of driving a luxury marque.
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