Used Honda Accord, Phoenix, AZ
Few vehicles have garnered as much respect in North America as the Honda Accord. It hasn't achieved this status by being sexy or thrilling. Take an Accord for a spin and you'll find it to be comfortable, roomy, intelligently engineered and easy to drive. It's also backed by a solid reputation for reliability. What's special about the Honda Accord, though, is its completeness.
Adhering to Honda's typical five-year generational life cycle, the Accord was fully redesigned for 2013. As expected, these incredibly popular cars got larger and more powerful. Honda worked a little magic here, as all the improvements came without any penalty in fuel economy. The Honda Accord is still a very frugal automobile.
The most significant changes were under the car's skinsheet metal. A pair of inline fours and a new V6 offer both better performance and increased fuel economy. A 2.4-liter inline four with 177 hp powers the LX trims, while a more powerful version cranking out 190 hp was used in the EX. A 3.5-liter V6 boasting 268 hp was available for the EX trims.
Transmission choices consisted of a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic for the fours while the V6 could be had with either a five-speed automatic or, on the coupe, a six-speed manual. By using cylinder-deactivation technology, the V6 could run on as little as three cylinders under light-load conditions (such as cruising on a level highway).
The 2014 Accord carried over unchanged except for the V6's stated output moving up a touch due to further testing that revealed greater output than originally figured. The latter means the V6 was now rated at 271 hp.