Is the 2019 Honda Accord Still Relevant?
For many years now, the Honda Accord has been a vehicle the world can rely on. While it’s never been the most exciting car, it’s always been a dependable, reliable, and comfortable car that represents good value for money. And it’s those features that make the Honda Accord one of the best.
But is the 2019 Honda Accord still relevant in today’s crossover-focused world? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
Midsize sedans have been among the best-looking vehicles on our roads for a while now. ANd the Accord currently has the most attractive look it’s ever worn. It can be sleek and sporty one minute, but at the same time, it’s still grown-up and serious.
The Accord isn’t split into sedan and coupe forms anymore, but the sedan we have today has an undeniable fastback slant to its roofline that suggests coupe. And it doesn’t rob too much rear headroom and a couple of doors. The 2019 Honda Accord isn’t an achingly beautiful car, but its blend of the familiar, the contemporary, the serious and the sporty makes it one of the most attractive models in its segment.
Under the Hood
In addition to no coupe body style, there’s also no longer a V6 engine in the Accord portfolio. However, it’s not really a problem as the engine lineup offered is still pretty good.
The standard engine is a 1.5-liter turbo-four that’s closely related to other units found in models like the CR-V and the Civic. In this case, it develops 192 horsepower and 192 lb.-ft. of torque, which will be perfectly adequate for many potential buyers. Instead of a V6 option, Honda now offers a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo-four, which produces 252 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque.
A lot of the Accords you’ll come across will have a CVT transmission. And fortunately, the one in the 2019 Accord is a very good CVT.
The Accord Sport model comes standard with what is becoming an increasingly rare beast: a six-speed manual transmission.
If those two transmissions still don’t appeal to you, there’s another more widely appealing option of a really good ten-speed automatic transmission. Give the CVT a try on a test drive because it really is the best option for this Accord, and it could change the way you think about CVTs.
High-specification versions of the Accord can look and feel impressively close to luxury alternatives. It’s nicely fitted out and has plenty of standard features, and the Accord is also very spacious inside. There really is room inside for five adults, and at 16.7 cu.-ft., the trunk is towards the top of its class.
Base LX versions of the Accord are the only ones that don’t get a power adjustable driver’s seat, and in EX-L trims and higher the front passenger seat is also power adjustable. From the EX and higher, buyers even get standard heated seats and a moonroof.
Safety features might not be the top priority for a lot of shoppers, but most will still shun a model with poor safety ratings. Honda is a manufacturer with vehicles that are big on safety and safety features. And the 2019 Accord is no exception.
The NHTSA gives the current Accord a full five-star rating for overall safety, and the IIHS makes it a Top Safety Pick. All versions of the 2019 Honda Accord comes equipped with an impressive suite of active safety features, which include forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and a multi-angle rearview camera.
Just think about that for a second. A base Accord LX comes standard with traffic sign recognition. If that doesn’t tell you Honda is serious about safety, nothing else can.
Drivers and passengers should get excited about the other tech the Accord has to offer. Even the base Accord LX comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition, a 7.0-inch infotainment display, and that’s impressive for an entry-level midsize sedan outside of the luxury segment.
Although some buyers might bemoan the fact the infotainment system in the LX isn’t Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, the systems in every other version of the Accord are.
The Last Word
It would be easy to disregard the 2019 Honda Accord, but only if you didn’t give it a fair chance first. Yes, SUVs and trucks are all the rage nowadays, and sedans are so last decade. But for a starting MSRP of just $24,615, the Accord LX is an awful lot of car that looks good, drives very well, doesn’t cost a fortune to run, and is one of the safest models in its class.
The Accord might not be the sexiest nameplate after all these years as a best-selling, undeniably sensible car, but you could be missing out big if you don’t at least consider giving it a chance.