The 2017 Honda Accord Sport becomes Special when you add leather, we agree

June 24, 2016

The new Accord Sport seems to be doing well for Honda. After making its bow last year, the appearance package for the new Accord that heaps on body sills, a rear spoiler and chrome dual exhaust tips gets a sibling that will add two more tricks for 2017: heated leather seats with red stitching and sweet, sweet "Special Edition" badges.

Oh, how we love badges.

Honda announced that the 2017 Accord Sport Special Edition will be available for 2.4-liter inline-4 equipped Accord sedans. Sport Special Editions will start at $26,250 for a 6-speed manual, $27,050 for a continuously variable transmission, which includes $835 for destination. Sport editions start at $25,250 for the 6-speed manual.

(The automaker also announced that the new 2017 Accord sedan and coupe remain largely the same as 2016's versions, albeit with $150 price bump for both body styles. Prices start at $23,190 for sedans, $24,860 for coupes, which include destination.)

We've praised the Accord for being relatively stylish in a segment that is usually conservative. Even in base guise, the Accord's profile and stamping help give the car a wedge-like shape, even if its window line is relatively level. We think the body-colored running gear added on Sport models is just "the jazz."

For math majors, the heated leather seats with red stitching and special badges will set you back about $1,000 above Sport-trimmed models without hides inside. A comparably equipped Toyota Camry with leather, automatic and a 4-cylinder engine runs $27,145, after destination charges—roughly $100 more than the Honda.

Your move, Toyota.

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