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Continued: Honda Accord cuts down on size, not satisfaction

  • Article by: BARRY SPYKER , Miami Herald
  • Last update: May 4, 2013 - 5:42 PM

The trunk can handle the golf clubs, though I didn’t get to play during my week with the Accord. That’s because I was bribed into food shopping with the wife. But there I discovered room to spare for a whole week’s worth of groceries.

Among Accord’s safety features is the neat LaneWatch blind-spot monitoring system. Whenever you hit the right turn signal, a camera on the right-side mirror provides a view of the right side of the car — right on the 8-inch screen. Easy to use, easy to see, this option makes for safe and confident lane changes.

Other safety features include ABS, traction and stability control, front seat air bags and side-curtain air bags. A lane-departure warning system is optional on higher trims.

So, we are back to trims. After a week in the new-for-2013 Sport version, I can say that I appreciate the few extra horses, 18-inch wheels, rear spoiler and shift paddles on the wheel. But it lacked the crisp feel of a real sport vehicle. It’s more sporty in style than performance.

As for the other trims, you may need a score card. There are five trims and there are more variations based on whether you choose the coupe or sedan, and the 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder.

The base 4-cylinder LX is nicely equipped with cruise control and tilt/telescoping wheel, full power to accessories, 8-inch video display and even a rearview camera. The EX-L adds premium 7-speaker sound, leather seats with memory functions and safety extras. The EX-L adds navigation.

The midsize-sedan segment is extremely competitive and one which you should take your time to explore, based on your desires. There’s a better-looking entry or two, a couple that offer better mileage, and another that offers all-wheel-drive (you may have guessed the Subaru Legacy).

But for all the things many have come to love about the Honda Accord — comfort, safety, reliability — the ninth gen is not about to let you down.

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