SHARP TURNS – A sedan according to Honda

2013-10-04T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS – A sedan according to HondaMATT SHARP Auto Columnist nwitimes.com
October 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Honda steps away from style, but instead puts it all into things like dependability, performance, and safety for the 2014 Honda Accord. Don't get the wrong impression—the new Accord still looks good, but Honda focused on other features more for this generation.

In its ninth generation, the Accord has come along way, starting with the breath-taking interior. It has the comfort all sedans should have, with its cushioned seats and plenty of legroom. When you grab a hold of the leather stitched steering wheel, you have control of the whole vehicle with the steering wheel-mounted controls. Whether you want to change the music, answer a phone call or display a text message, you can do it all and more without ever taking your hands off the wheel.

The Accord also has Honda’s signature Eco Assist. It is a simple tool to help drivers develop efficient driving habits. Bars on either side of the speedometer will change from white to green depending on how efficiently you’re driving. The longer you stay green, the more miles you’ll get from a tank of gas. Also, with the Econ button you can switch between getting better MPG or getting better performance.

The intelligent Multi-Information Display communicates with all of your vehicle’s systems. The 8” screen, located at the top of the center stack, displays incoming messages, music information from Pandora, or your USB Audio Interface. It also shows performance stats, like fuel consumption and trip range. Available only on some models is the forward collision warning. There is a small camera mounted at the top of the front windshield that can detect the presence of vehicles in front of you, and if it sensors that you are at risk of a collision it activates audio and visual alerts to warn drivers.

In the 2014 Accord there are two engine choices, the 2.4-Liter, 16-Valve, Earth Dreams DOHC i-VTEC 4-Cylinder, or the 6-Cylinder. On Accord's 4-cylinder engines with Variable Timing Control, or VTC, with direct-injection technology you get better combustion and a more efficient use of fuel. The 6-cylinder gives you 278-horse power, compared to the 4-cylinder with 185-horse power.

To go hand and hand with the two safety features I mentioned above, are a few more great safety features. It starts with the advanced compatibility engineering ACE II body structure that features Honda’s highest-grade steel. Next are the dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, SmartVent front airbags, and side curtain airbags.

There are six different models of the Honda Accord, the LX being the most standard, which starts out at about $22,000, and the Touring being the most expensive at $34,000.

INSET BOX:

Find the new Honda Accord at:

Team Honda

4613 E Lincoln Hwy

Merrillville, IN 46410

(219)947-3900

Bosak Honda

9800 Indianapolis Blvd

Highland, IN 46322

(219)922-3100

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