With its understated exterior and unassuming hybrid powertrain, our long-term Honda Accord may seem like another daily driver. Over the past 10,000 miles, it has dutifully handled mundane sedan tasks like commuting and running errands. However, the Accord’s seemingly mundane demeanor conceals its remarkable competence.
After covering around 2,000 miles, Buyer’s Guide deputy editor Rich Ceppos noted, “The more I drive it, the more remarkable it seems. Its ride handling and steering are more harmonious than some cars costing twice as much.” The Accord’s ability to tackle daily routines becomes evident compared to its peers, even those in the luxury segment. Ceppos highlighted the satisfaction of driving a car that may not be exceptionally fast but excels in overall performance.
We equipped the Accord with Bridgestone WeatherPeak tires as winter set in, which performed well in severe snow and ice conditions. Despite criticism of the driver aids, mainly the adaptive cruise and lane-centering functions, the Accord’s drivability and quietness on smooth roads received positive feedback.
However, reservations about the Google built-in interface are available only on the Touring trim. Most users default to Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, making the native infotainment system less compelling. Fuel economy also raised concerns, as the Accord averaged 36 mpg, falling short of its EPA combined estimate of 44 mpg.
Winter weather and tire changes had a minor impact. Still, the discrepancy raised questions similar to those experienced with the long-term 2021 Honda CR-V, which is also equipped with a hybrid powertrain.
Despite the criticisms, the Accord has been a reliable and efficient companion, showcasing its simplicity and competence during daily use. As we continue the long-term test, we’ll monitor fuel economy over the next 30,000 miles and assess the Accord’s seamless performance.
Months into the test, the Accord Touring Hybrid has proven to be a comfortable, efficient, and capable sedan, living up to the reputation of Honda’s 10-best-winning model.