When I first looked at the shots of the next generation Accord, I thought that the new Honda offered more of the same: bloated, heavy looking and soft with an uninspired interior.
Well apparently I was only partially right. Although I still haven’t warmed up to the new design, I admit that the car looks better than the previous one. It is also smaller, with the same volume interior and a larger trunk, so good packaging is up to the old Honda standards.
The car also feels a lot lighter when driven, with smooth controls and good feel to its steering, suspension and brakes. The 4-cylinder car now comes with an optional CVT automatic transmission that is unobtrusive and very responsive, without the engine racing to high rpm at the slightest provocation like it’s so common in other CVT’s.
The interior is more of the same, however. Nice large dials in front of the driver and a centre stack with too many small buttons. Good seats and plenty of room, though.
Oh well. You win some, you loose some. It’s nice to see Honda scale down the Accord and I would still recommend the car to an enthusiast who must have a Japanese mid-size sedan.