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Honda last redesigned its Accord mid-size coupe and sedan in 2008, so it's not surprising that the company is giving the Accord a mid-cycle refresh. The changes are mostly minor, but they're newsworthy nonetheless.
The exterior and interior both receive styling tweaks, to go along with a new SE trim level that includes leather trim and heated seats, and improved fuel economy on four-cylinder models with the automatic transmission.
Judging by pictures, the styling changes are subtle, focused mainly on softening the slightly controversial looks that have polarized folks since the Accord was redesigned in 2008.
Adding a new trim level is significant, since Accords are sold with each trim level representing a certain amount of content. Customers can't add options to Accords, rather, those who want more features spring for higher trim levels. In addition to the leather trim and heated seats, the SE package will have power lumbar support for the driver.
Boosting mileage to 23 city and 34 mpg highway on four-cylinder models with the automatic won't hurt, either. The mid-size segment is crowded, and there are plenty of fuel-efficient offerings--including hybrids--out there, and while the Accord already had a reputation for strong fuel economy, enhancing that reputation can't hurt.