Midsize sedans may no longer be the vehicle of choice for most families who increasingly prefer SUVs, but for those happy to keep kicking it old school, the 2019 Honda Accord is a top choice. Its large dimensions house unmatched interior space, but the driving experience remains responsive and imparts a feeling of being light on its feet. Its turbocharged engines offer compelling performance, but also return exceptional fuel economy. Meanwhile, the Accord Hybrid might actually be the pick of the litter for its superior fuel economy and lack of major drawbacks. There's also the matter of its well-made interior, generous feature content and the Accord's long-standing reliability reputation.
If you're looking for a midsize sedan, the Accord should be at the top of your must-drive list. Its well-rounded nature made it an easy pick when we compared it to the Toyota Camry and Mazda 6. We also think shoppers shouldn't be so quick to dismiss the Accord in favor of a compact SUV. The back seat is more comfortable and spacious, the fuel economy is better, and you're not sacrificing that much utility thanks to its enormous trunk. Oh, and if you're like us and appreciate wringing every bit of driving fun out of a car as possible, the Accord Sport offers a six-speed manual as a no-cost option.
In other words, yes, we recommend the 2019 Accord. Read on to see additional reasons why.
What's new for 2019?The Accord is unchanged for 2019 after being completely redesigned last year. You can read all about what changed in our first drive review.
What's the interior and in-car technology like?The Accord's attractively minimalistic cabin probably won't wow you, but everything is high quality. The climate control knobs even click like an Audi's. More importantly, its cabin is arguably the most functional of any midsize family sedan. The under-arm storage bin is gigantic and the large squarish cupholders can fit vessels of all shapes and sizes (good news for you Fiji Water enthusiasts), while the bin forward of the shifter features a USB port and is large enough to fit any number of phone sizes.
The new Accord also corrects Honda's brief dalliance with terrible infotainment systems. Its latest touchscreen has crisp graphics, a sensible menu structure and physical accompanying controls. It's very good, and not just for a Honda, but compared even to competitors. We especially like that it's easy to see mounted high atop the dash. A 7-inch display with physical buttons and knobs is standard on the base Accord, but everything else gets the aforementioned 8-inch touchscreen along with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an upgraded USB port, and an 8-speaker sound system.
How big is it?The Accord is gigantic. Even compared to a Toyota Camry, which is pretty spacious in its own right, the 2019 Accord provides more back seat space and, as we discovered during our midsize sedan comparison test, the trunk can stuff in more luggage than its competitors.
The same can be said about that back seat. There's so much space between seating rows, even with tall drivers up front, that few cars (or SUVs) provide as much room to install a rear-facing child seat. Headroom is sufficiently average for the segment, but the Accord's exceptional all-around visibility makes it a little more pleasant to ride in the back.
Note that the Hybrid no longer has a battery pack that intrudes on truck space. It's now located under the rear seat, and retains the same truck volume as the gas-only models.
What's the performance and fuel economy?The Accord is available with three powertrain choices, including the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid.
The standard engine on every gas-only Accord is a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four that produces 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. This makes it one of the most powerful base engines in the segment. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard and helps return an excellent 30 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined in most trims (the Sport and Touring get 31 mpg combined likely due to bigger wheels). The Sport trim can be equipped with a six-speed manual that reduces fuel economy to a still-excellent 30 mpg combined.
The optional engine available on Sport, EX-L and Touring is a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four that produces 252 hp and 273 pound-feet of torque. Its acceleration is mind-blowing for a family sedan, with many publications finding it'll hit 60 mph in the mid-5-second range. It comes standard with a 10-speed automatic, but again, the Sport trim can be had with a manual. The auto-equipped car returns 23 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined in the EX-L. The Sport and Touring are reduced to 26 combined, as is the manual.
The Hybrid powertrain consists of the same distinctive setup utilized in the Honda Insight, albeit with a more powerful engine. During most driving situations, power comes from the electric motor while the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder mostly serves as a generator to feed the battery pack. Steady highway cruising is the most frequent instance when the engine is connected directly to the wheels. Total system output is 212 horsepower. Fuel economy is an excellent 48 mpg in the city, highway and combined cycles.