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At the top end is the new Touring, a V-6–only model that is sort of a Honda Avalon with leather, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, a thumpy stereo, and so on.
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The Honda Accord--and Honda vehicles in general--has never been known as a model that wraps in lots of features for the money. But last year that started changing, quite abruptly. As part of a turnaround from the brand's features philosophy, connectivity and safety-tech features are offered in the volume models, not just the top-of-the-line trims.
That means even in the base LX model you get dual-zone automatic climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, and an eight-inch i-MID display plus Pandora audio streaming and SMS text-messaging capability.
But with the Honda Accord Sedan offered in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, V6, and Touring trims, and the Coupe available in LX-S, EX, EX-L, and EX-L V6 models, there's still a wide range of equipment.
Stepping up to the Sport model gets you fog lamps, a rear spoiler, steering-wheel shift paddles, a power driver's seat, dual exhaust, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Separately, Honda is offering an underbody kit, additional side molding, a sport grille, rear wing spoiler, and extras such as illuminated door sills as dealer-installed accessories.
EX models get a power moonroof, plus the LaneWatch system, push-button entry, heated side mirrors, and 17-inch alloy wheels, while the EX-L brings on a taste of luxury, with leather upholstery, a memory driver's seat, heated seats, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning, and a HondaLink system featuring Aha streaming entertainment capability in an upgraded 360-watt audio.
All V6 models include daytime LED running lamps, and interior appointments are a bit warmer and richer in upper trims. Adaptive Cruise Control is exclusive to the Touring Sedan, which also includes Honda’s first LED projector headlamps, while LED brake lights are included in EX-L and Touring models. Also included in top EX-L models is an upgraded 360-watt audio system with Aha internet radio streaming capability (with your smartphone's data connection).
Adaptive Cruise Control is an option that's exclusive to the Touring Sedan, which also includes Honda’s first LED projector headlamps, while LED brake lights are included in EX-L and Touring models. Daytime LED running lamps are included in all V6 models.
2014 Honda Accord Touring models get the traditional luxury treatment, while Honda piles on the useful features, even in LX and EX trims.