2010 Honda Accord Sedan Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor
November 2, 2009

Honda hasn’t changed much about the Accord, and that’s a good thing. In base four-cylinder form, the 2010 Honda Accord feels sophisticated beyond its price range, and even as a $30,000 coupe or sedan, the top V-6 models offer compelling refinement, performance, and luxury.

To bring you both a succinct expert review, covering both the 2010 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe, plus a survey of the entire market in one place, TheCarConnection.com's editors have first driven the 2010 Honda Accord and wrapped their advice into a quick Bottom Line. Then TheCarConnection.com researched available road tests on the new Honda Accord to show you where other reviews might differ.

It only takes a cursory look at the new Honda Accord or a short drive to see why it's a best seller. No matter what your priorities—interior space, styling, ride comfort, performance, or features—the 2010 Accord has you covered, and it's one of the better choices in its class.

Although the Honda Accord was redesigned for 2008, it carries through to 2010 with very few appearance changes, and it still manages to look quite fresh relative to most of the competition. The Accord Sedan's current design is considerably more exciting than the previous version, now including flared fenders, projector-beam headlamps, and a swoopier roofline overall. Inside it's especially distinctive, with a curvier look and bolder styling that reminds us of some luxury models. The coupe is of course a little sexier; it looks to be in a constant state of motion because of the bold character line sweeping from front wheels to rear lamps and the quicker curve of its roof, which also imbue the Accord Coupe with a sleek, modern profile. The new Accord's cockpit is definitely among the best, too; the dashboard is laid out in a sort of dual-cockpit mode, and gauges and controls are particularly well placed. Top trims of the Accord keep the same basic appearance inside but include upgraded trim and surfaces.

The front-wheel-drive Accord remains powered by either four-cylinder or V-6 engines, both with a five-speed automatic transmission; for those who prefer to do the shifting themselves, a five-speed manual can still be specified with the four-cylinder model.

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Either way, the 2010 Honda Accord performs well and still has some of the most powerful, refined engines in its class. Both of the 2.4-liter fours are smooth operators, but the EX sedan (and all four-cylinder Coupes) have 190 horsepower instead of 177 hp; you can sense the added pep in passing, though both feel about the same from a standing start. The preferred engine for hauling lots of people or cargo is the V-6. In the Accord, it makes 271 hp and incorporates Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), which helps improve fuel economy. Simply put, it's a refined engine that gives the Accord a luxurious feel. Overall, the four delivers up to 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and the V-6 at 2 mpg less with both. In the Coupe, ratings are 22/31 mpg for the four and 19/28 mpg with the V-6.

The 2010 Honda Accord has superb suspension tuning; it’s able to soak up all of the largest bumps, yet there’s enough responsiveness to take tight curves confidently. Base four-cylinder models feel the softest, with V-6 models a bit firmer. On the V-6 models, the 18-inch wheels soak up bumps almost imperceptibly, without numbing road feel. The variable gear ratio steering is precise and supple, with a clear, on-center sensation; it can come across as a bit heavy, but there's a sporty element to the Accord when pushing hard into corners and it has a hint of feedback from the road—a relative rarity in this class.

Although in the eyes of most shoppers the 2010 Honda Accord is a mid-size car, it actually qualifies as a large car according to the EPA, based upon interior space. That goes to say the Accord’s interior feels generous. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, there’s plenty of legroom in back, and the trunk is huge. About the only issue is the sloping roofline headroom, which will be tight in back for tall adults. In the Coupe, the backseats aren’t so easily accessible, but average-size adults will fit.

Build quality and Honda’s reputation for reliability and resale value remain strong arguments for considering the 2010 Honda Accord. Each of the test cars driven by TheCarConnection.com’s editors have felt tight and free of rattles—even though the swooping, dual-cockpit instrument panel appears more complex in construction and upscale in appearance than other affordable sedans.

On the safety side, there’s some conflicting information regarding the 2010 Honda Accord. The Accord has been an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick, with top "good" scores in all of that agency’s categories, yet in the federal government’s crash tests, the Accord Sedan got a dismal three-star score for rear-passenger protection in side-impact tests and the Accord Coupe got an imperfect four stars for driver side-impact protection. However, feature-wise, the Accord’s list is strong, including electronic stability control, front side airbags, side curtain bags, and anti-lock brakes.

Base LX models of the Honda Accord have no lack of standard features. Remote keyless entry, cruise control, power accessories, air conditioning, tilt/telescopic steering, a fold-down rear seatback, and a six-speaker, 160-watt sound system are all included. LX-P models add a few more desirable features, including alloy wheels, then a moonroof, upgraded seats, rear-seat heated ducts, and premium sound with an active noise-cancellation system. Top EX-L models of the 2010 Accord pack in the luxury features, including dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, and a sound system with active noise cancellation. A navigation system is also available.

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Styling

Not everyone’s going to agree that the 2010 Honda Accord stands out from the crowd, but most will find it pleasant.

Although the Coupe and Sedan versions of the 2010 Honda Accord appeal to different types of buyers, they both have the more chiseled yet voluptuous look introduced with the latest redesign of this model for 2008. With styling that carries over virtually unchanged, both models still manage to look quite fashionable and contemporary for affordable, no-fuss transportation.

The 2010 Honda Accord has a softer, more conservative appeal than its coupe cousin, but it’s still an attractive vehicle. Edmunds sings the Accord Sedan’s praises, declaring its "eye-catching styling proves that reliable transportation doesn't have to be bland." According to Kelley Blue Book, "a bolder front end, deeper side sculpting and more pronounced fender flares give the all-new 2009 Honda Accord Sedan a crisper, more substantial look." Cars.com describes the Accord Sedan as "a bit anonymous from certain angles," adding that it is "as assertive as the coupe when viewed head-on, but it loses some presence as you move around to the sides and rear." Car and Driver laments the loss of "the distinctive greenhouse shape and some of the edgy quality" that used to be shared with the coupe in previous versions, noting "Honda, obviously, remains convinced sedans must offer a softer and gentler profile."

The Accord Coupe is definitely more of an attention-getter, and most reviewers take heed. Cars.com notes the Coupe's “chiseled look that's highlighted in front by a narrow mesh grille and bulging front fenders." Both Cars.com and Edmunds point out that the Coupe's hindquarters, with a distinctive kink in the C-pillar and taillights that wrap around the side of the body, are reminiscent of the BMW 5-Series. Jalopnik is not as enthusiastic as other reviewers regarding the Coupe's exterior or interior esthetics, saying, "In places the 2009 Honda Accord Coupe is woefully bland, in others awkwardly edgy." While they claim that the interior is "positively posh," they're not too crazy about the grayish plastic dashboard and "cornucopia" of buttons, which are "awkwardly unintuitive" and clash with the nice leather.

The interior of both models receives mixed reviews, with Cars.com asserting that the Accord's "faux aluminum trim has a nice matte finish, but its appearance is not very convincing," while Edmunds considers the "design...simple, yet handsome." Motor Trend likes the look of the seamless matte finish and silver gray plastics in the Accord Coupe and says that "the new Accord's dash displays are MacBook Pro all the way." The reviewer also favors the Accord Coupe's cabin: "Honda has always done tight panels and high quality surfaces, but with the new Accord Coupe they've really outdone themselves." ConsumerGuide remarks that the wood-grain accents offered in some Accord sedans “go a long way toward creating a warm, upscale ambiance, [but] some testers found models without woodgrain trim lacked character."

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2010 Honda Accord Sedan

Performance

You’re bound to be happy with the refined performance of the 2010 Honda Accord whether you opt for the Sedan or the Coupe.

Whether you go for the sedan or coupe, the 2010 Honda Accord offers a nice combination of sporty handling and a quiet, refined ride.

The front-wheel-drive Accord remains powered by either four-cylinder or V-6 engines, both with a five-speed automatic transmission; for those who prefer to do the shifting themselves, a five-speed manual can still be specified with the four-cylinder model.

Either way you go, the 2010 Honda Accord performs well and still has some of the most powerful, refined engines in its class. Both of the 2.4-liter fours are smooth operators, but the EX sedan (and all four-cylinder Coupes) have 190 horsepower instead of 177 hp; you can sense the added pep in passing, though both feel about the same from a standing start. The preferred engine for hauling lots of people or cargo is the V-6. In the Accord it makes 271 hp and incorporates Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), which helps improve fuel economy. Simply put, it's a refined engine that gives the Accord a luxurious feel. Overall, the four delivers up to 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and the V-6 at 2 mpg less with both. In the Coupe, ratings are 22/31 mpg for the four and 19/28 mpg with the V-6.

Four-cylinder engines in the Honda Accord "can team with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission," says Cars.com, but the "V-6 sedan is only available with a five-speed automatic." ConsumerGuide notes that "all manual-transmission Accords are faster than their automatic counterparts, with smooth clutch engagement and a precise feeling shifter."

Edmunds reports that this "wonderfully smooth and powerful 3.5-liter V6 is an excellent engine, producing strong acceleration and fuel economy," but notes that "the 190-hp four-cylinder provides more than enough motivation." According to ConsumerGuide, "several 4-cylinder models tested have suffered from a rough idle and pronounced vibrations felt through the body and steering wheel."

Popular Mechanics believes that Honda will probably sell more Accord Coupes with the 190-hp four-cylinder engine, and those who opt for this package will be pleased with the engine's silky smooth operation and seamless power delivery. They also praise the Accord Coupe for its miserly fuel consumption, saying the four-cylinder Accord has "simply excellent fuel economy for a car this size." The base 2009 Honda Accord Coupe features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out an impressive 190 hp and an estimated 21/31 mpg.

Motor Trend reports that the 268-hp Accord Coupe EX-L they tested "drives like a dream." It also has 248-pound feet of torque, "and yet at WOT, there's no wheelspin or torque steer.” Car and Driver believes that the Honda Accord Coupe is a better machine than its chief competitor, the Nissan Altima. "It's certainly fast," the reviewer notes, and even though the Accord Coupe has fewer ponies under the hood, it's quicker and has a "slick and easy to use" six-speed gearbox.

The 2010 Honda Accord handles very well, too. Edmunds compares the Accord Coupe's performance to that of the discontinued Acura CL Type-S. The Honda Accord Coupe has more power, however, and the six-speed shifter and clutch mechanism "feels exactly the same" as the Acura's. They report the six-speed shifter also shares the CL's notchy feel, "and the clutch take-up is abrupt, making an Accord Coupe with its powertrain difficult to drive smoothly." They have no gripes about the Accord Coupe's power and report that even though it "is narrowly outgunned by the 270-hp Altima Coupe," the Honda's engine is "far smoother" than the Altima's VQ-Series V-6.

Edmunds declares that the Accord Sedan’s suspension has a "balanced approach to handling and ride comfort...[maintaining a] traditional mix of both sporty handling and comfort." When it comes to stopping power, "braking feel, response and feedback are also top-notch," according to Kelley Blue Book.

Steering the 2009 Honda Accord Sedan may take some getting used to, according to Automobile Magazine: "variable-ratio steering rack that offers nuanced responses just off-center but quickens the ratio near the ends of steering lock, to help you swing into parking spaces a bit quicker." This source also notes that "thanks to a standard strut-tower brace and reasonably stiff suspension, this car doesn't mind corners."

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2010 Honda Accord Sedan

Comfort & Quality

The 2010 Honda Accord has a spacious interior, well done in appointments that feel upscale beyond than what typical, budget-minded mid-size buyers might expect.  

With its last major redesign for 2008, the Honda Accord Coupe and Sedan became a bit larger. The Sedan is now roomy enough to qualify as a large—rather than mid-size—sedan, according to the EPA, while the Coupe makes advances in cabin space.

Edmunds reports "ample supply of front and rear passenger room" inside the Honda Accord Sedan. ConsumerGuide asserts that "seats have grown for 2009 and are more comfortable as a result...sedans have good headroom, vast legroom, and comfortable seats...[while] larger door openings and a higher roof contribute to easy entry and exit." MotherProof, on the other hand, gripes that the "seats are a bit hard."

Climbing in and out of the Coupe’s cabin is easier, thanks to the larger door openings and higher roof. Rear legroom has increased as well, "though seating is still best left to children," according to ConsumerGuide.

Kelley Blue Book assures buyers "there are plenty of bins and cubbies throughout and the backseat and trunk qualify as roomy in every dimension." ConsumerGuide describes the trunk as "large, deep [and] usefully shaped," while noting "a smallish opening may prevent loading of bulkier items" and "intrusive hinges force cautious loading of crushable items." MotherProof reports that "the rear seats do fold down, through a lever found in the trunk," providing "14 cubic feet of trunk space, which is at least a cube less than its major competitors," states Edmunds.

Interior materials are upscale in nature. According to Cars.com, the "new [2009 Honda] Accord's cabin treads ever-closer to the domain of Honda's luxury brand, Acura, with its use of high-quality materials, good fit and finish." MotherProof says the 2009 Honda Accord Sedan's available "leather interior has a sophisticated, tailored look and feel."

Car and Driver has very few complaints about the Accord Coupe but notes "we'd like to see more differentiation in the cabin from the Accord sedan." Cars.com praises the Accord Coupe's cabin for its tight fit and finish and use of high-quality materials that rival those found in Honda's luxury brand, Acura.

ConsumerGuide reports that in the Honda Accord "road noise is fairly pronounced, with less sound isolation from traffic din than might be expected." Edmunds, however, thinks it's "quieter thanks to additional sound-deadening materials and body-stiffening measures."

Popular Mechanics commends Honda for including an active noise-canceling exhaust system and active motor mounts that keep the exhaust notes down to a minimum inside the cabin and smooth out any vibration.

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2010 Honda Accord Sedan

Safety

The 2010 Honda Accord is packed with feel-good safety features that should keep you out of trouble, but its scores aren’t quite perfect.

On the safety side, there’s some conflicting information regarding the 2010 Honda Accord. The Accord has been an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick, with top "good" scores in all of that agency’s categories; yet in the federal government’s crash tests, the Accord Sedan got a dismal three-star score for rear-passenger protection in side-impact tests and the Accord Coupe received an imperfect four stars for driver side-impact protection.

However, feature-wise, the Accord’s list is strong, including electronic stability control, front side airbags, side curtain bags, active front head restraints, and anti-lock brakes.

Popular Mechanics notes that the Accord packs "enough airbags to cushion the fall of the Holy Roman Empire," and they refer to the new dual-chamber, side impact airbags as a "safety breakthrough."

Car and Driver points to the Accord’s “Advanced Compatibility Engineering” body structure, which is designed to "better disperse energy upon impact in a frontal collision."

ConsumerGuide reports another safety positive: "visibility is good all around in all models" of the 2010 Honda.

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2010 Honda Accord Sedan

Features

The 2010 Honda Accord can be lean and frugal or a tech-savvy luxury sedan or coupe; it all depends on the budget.

The 2009 Honda Accord offers a wide range of features, including Bluetooth, a navigation system, and real-time traffic information via satellite radio. All said, it has enough optional electronic gadgets to impress even the most dyed-in-the-wool techies, though some may find the controls for the nav system overly fiddly.

Base LX models of the Honda Accord do not lack for standard features. Remote keyless entry, cruise control, power accessories, air conditioning, tilt/telescopic steering, a fold-down rear seatback, and a six-speaker, 160-watt sound system are all included. LX-P models add a few more desirable features, including alloy wheels, then a moonroof, upgraded seats, rear-seat heated ducts, and premium sound with an active noise-cancellation system. Top EX-L models of the 2010 Accord pack in the luxury features, such as dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, and a sound system with active noise cancellation.

Automobile Magazine says the Accord Coupe’s equipment list is "aiming at that crowd with a mix of high-tech features."

Edmunds affirms that the top-of-the-line EX-L sedan "adds leather upholstery, auto-on headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats...satellite radio...[and a] premium stereo system."

"The lone option is a navigation system available on the EX-L trim level that includes voice-activated controls and Bluetooth," according to Edmunds, with Kelley Blue Book reporting that the 2009 Honda's "intuitive DVD-based navigation system—featuring an 8-inch screen and Zagat restaurant ratings—is further enhanced by an accurate and easy-to-use voice-recognition system."

But Edmunds questions whether replacing the well-loved and easy-to-operate touch-screen nav system in favor of an "iDrive-like control knob" is considered progress. They also note that the cluster of more than 30 buttons surrounding the control knob "is intimidating." ConsumerGuide agrees and points out that the deeply recessed screen obscures the sight lines, and "the display can be washed out in certain light conditions"

However, TheCarConnection.com has a few gripes related to how Honda allows its best options only on the most expensive trims. The nav system is only available on with leather seats, in the top EX-L; in models of the Honda Accord without the premium sound system, Honda’s Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system is offered only as an inferior port-installed option.

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