Honda’s executive sedan, the Accord, has just been given a facelift to keep it relevant in the midst of intense competition from the midsize segment. It’s not just the Japanese that are occupying the space anymore. You’ve got Volkswagen’s Passat, from Germany, and Peugeot’s diesel 508, which is from France, therefore Honda needs to stay afloat and stand out among its Japanese and European competitors.
For starters, the exterior has been heavily revised. The Accord gains a new, aggressive front end that keeps it in line with Honda’s recent design language. The headlamps and tail lamps are now full-LEDs, meaning the daytime running lights, low beams, high beams, cornering lamps, and turn signals, literally everything, are now in LEDs. This also includes the foglamps, which are also in LEDs. Cool new alloy wheel designs heighten the Accord’s sporty but classy nature, with the 3.5 V6 variant now carrying larger 18 inch wheels.
Inside, the changes are more subtle, but welcome. The two-tier screen set-up still remains, and the secondary touch screen is now larger, utilizing Honda’s capacitive touch 7-inch Display Audio that is now a staple feature in recent Hondas. Navigation is standard on all variants, and so is Honda’s cool Remote Start system, which debuted in the all-new Honda Civic. It allows the engine and the climate control to be turned on way before the driver steps into the vehicle, which is a blessing in a country such as ours. Before, it was odd for Honda not to offer cruise control on all variants of the Accord. Finally, cruise control is now offered as standard on all Accord variants. As a matter of fact, not a lot of features separate the two variants now.
The engine and transmission choices for the Honda Accord remain the same. Still a 2.4 liter inline-4 i-VTEC mated to a 5-Speed Automatic, and a 3.5 liter V6 i-VTEC mated to a 6-Speed Automatic, and all variants have paddle shifters.
On the safety front, all variants are now very well equipped. 6-airbags now come as standard on all variants, including Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist, Emergency Stop Signal, and Honda’s cool LaneWatch Blind Spot Camera.
As expected, there is a price increase across the board for the all-new Honda Accord. With this much new features on both variants though, the price increase is every bit as worth it.
2.4 S: P1,788,000
3.5 S-V: P2,288,000