2010 Honda Accord Sedan vs. Its Competition

2010 Honda Accord Sedan
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The current-generation Accord, which was introduced for 2008, finally gets a beautiful interior worthy of taking on the best in its class.

To match that, the Accord grows a little more refined without steering away from the sporty driving feel it’s always had relative to others in its class.

The Passat remains a solid competitor with its 2.0T four-cylinder engine, but spotty reliability and somewhat higher running costs lessen the appeal.

And of course the best-selling Camry is one of its top rivals; the Camry is competitive with the Accord in most respects, but its ride is more comfort-oriented and less sporty, and the quality of the interior materials is disappointing relative to the competition.

Perhaps the closest competitor to the Accord is the Altima, which provides a similar mix of sporty road manners and well-controlled ride quality, plus good styling inside and out.

The Ford Fusion competes with the sportier side of the Accord; it’s been greatly improved for 2010, thanks to a refined new base engine.

And as with the Honda, you can get the Fusion with a manual transmission.

However, the Fusion is a bit smaller.

Another top rival is the Chevrolet Malibu, which has a beautiful interior and comfortable ride but doesn’t feel quite as nimble.

Versus the Honda Accord Coupe, the only serious rival is the Nissan Altima Coupe.

Compared to the Honda, the Nissan feels a little bit sportier but also quite a bit less refined, as well as more cramped inside.

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Quick Specs
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.
The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu remains one of the strongest players in the mid-size sedan segments, though its rivals are certainly worth a look.
If you seek proof that Detroit in general, and Ford in particular, can build a comfortable, high-quality, fine-driving, and hyper-efficient sedan that is more than competitive, look to the 2010 Ford Fusion.
The 2010 Nissan Altima remains one of the sportier choices among mid-size sedans, though if interior space matters, it might not feel as roomy as rivals.
The 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid offers all the benefits of the well-known Camry sedan with Toyota's proven, reliable hybrid system to hit the market's sweet spot.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
LargeMidsizeMid-Size SedanMidsizeMid-SizeMid-Size
Style Name     
4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.54-Door Sedan I4 Manual (SE)4-Door Sedan GL Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sdn
ManualAutomatic w/ODManualContinuously VariableManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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