It is tempting to think that Honda miscalculated in replacing a car as fit and healthy as the old Accord with something that, although new, seems to advance the art to no great extent. Such is the brilliance of hindsight. The truth is that this car was on the drawing board soon after the birth of the previous one and few could have predicted then what staying power its forebear would possess.
Yes, it would have been better to let the old Accord live a little longer and spend the time making a new one with more than the ability merely to maintain the class pace, but we’re not going to condemn this Accord for that.
The Accord’s biggest problem is that it fails to excel in any one area. If you want a well-built, quiet and refined cruiser, there is much here that commends the Accord, yet nothing to lift it clear of the pack. It’s a more than competent all-rounder, but in this market and from this manufacturer, we were hoping for rather more.
Whether you are a private or company buyer, there are other options out there that equal or better the Accord’s running and purchase costs in a better-resolved package. In the end, the Honda ownership experience may convince you to commit, but you’d have to be very friendly with your dealer to pay the premium being asked here.