2014 Honda Accord Sedan vs. Its Competition

2014 Honda Accord
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

While the Chevrolet Malibu and Toyota Camry have both lost some sense of direction; and the Nissan Altima, Kia Optima, Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata have all gained ground with new design and useful new features, it's the Honda Accord that's effectively cleaved the current group of mid-sizers in two.

Those that appear to prioritize form over function, and those that prioritize function over form.

Honda clearly takes the function over form route, but it's a more attractive effort than the Camry, which goes the same route.

Compared to the Camry, the Accord looks like it will have more personality, and the Honda's feature set looks more impressive from the outset.

Somewhere in the middle is the Chevrolet Malibu, which was redesigned last year but is neither as large nor as roomy in back as the model it replaces.

The new Malibu is a small step up in interior refinement and fuel economy, however.

The model in this class that arguably walks the line between function and form the best is the Volkswagen Passat; the VW manages to pack a lot of space into an exterior that isn't at all daring but is classy and cohesive—and it's a good value for the money.

The daring Ford Fusion is a step in the opposite direction; its sleek, rakish design and Euro-sporty look aren't for everyone, although its surprisingly spacious interior and tech-savvy feature list might win over shoppers who dismiss it at first as not practical enough.

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Quick Specs
8.8
The 2014 Honda Accord keeps with this model's super-sensible reputation; but with accessible safety technology, great fuel economy, and unparalleled composure, the affordable models in the lineup are better deals than they've ever been.
8.0
Chevy has taken a look elsewhere in its lineup, and in the market, and made the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu a stronger offering--with an emphasis on better gas mileage and more space.
9.0
The 2014 Ford Fusion has stunning good looks, satisfying performance, and top-notch safety and fuel economy--all without skimping on the interior space and ride comfort that really means something to mid-size sedan shoppers.
8.2
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata remains one of the best buys among mid-size sedans--although with so many much-improved rival models, it's no longer such a standout.
7.8
The 2014 Toyota Camry may not be as attractive as some of its competitors, but it's now more than ever the most sensible choice for shoppers focused on value, frugality and comfort above all else.
7.8
The 2014 VW Passat gains a good new four-cylinder, while it keeps its grip on TDI economy, excellent interior room, and top-notch crash-test scores.
MSRP From     
$21,955$22,340$21,970$21,450$22,235$20,845
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-5
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMidsize CarsMid-Size CarsLarge CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS PZEV4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L (SE) *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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