The Honda Accord Is the Best Midsize Sedan to Buy Used in 2022 Says iSeeCars

With supply chain and labor shortages leading to fewer new cars on the market, more people are turning to used cars to find what they’re looking for. There are plenty of midsize cars to choose from, but iSeeCars has one ranked as a winner out of the field: the Honda Accord.

What makes the Honda Accord a winner?

A red 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid in a wooded area.
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According to iSeeCars, the used Honda Accord received a 9.0 out of 10 in the midsize car category. The best score was in the safety category with a perfect 10. That should come as no surprise, though. The IIHS has named the Accord a Top Safety Pick or better every year since 2012. For more than half of those model years, the Honda Accord was named a Top Safety Pick+.

iSeeCars also gave the Accord high marks when it comes to reliability. In fact, it scored the used Honda Accord a 9.1 out of 10. However, the Accord is one of the most reliable cars on the market. CarComplaints states transmission problems are the most common problem with the Accord. Specifically, the 2008 and 2003 models have the highest number of complaints reported. That said, Honda Accord models after 2012 seem to be more reliable.

In the third category for iSeeCars, retained value, the Accord scored an 8.1 out of 10. You can expect the Accord to last at least 200,000 miles, too, and annual repair costs are estimated to be just $400 per year. Repair Pal gives the Accord four out of five stars for reliability, with an average of 0.3 visits to a repair shop per year.

What features come standard on a used Accord?

Starting with the ninth generation models, beginning in 2012, plenty of safety features are included in all Honda Accord models. Standard are antilock brakes, stability and traction control, and active front head restraints. Cruise control also comes standard on all models.

The Accord has a six-speaker sound system and an auxiliary audio jack standard inside the cabin. There are 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space on the ninth-generation Accord too.

For the 10th generation Accord, which began in the 2018 model year, more driver aids come standard. These standard driver aids include lane departure warning, driver drowsiness monitoring, adaptive cruise control, a rear-view camera, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a four-speaker audio system are also standard on all models. 

How much is a used Honda Accord?

The cost depends on which model year you’re looking at. iSeeCars put the 2013 Accord at an average of $14,774, the highest-ranked sedan on its list of used cars under $15,000. The 2016 Accord comes in fifth on iSeeCars’ list of the best used cars under $20,000, with an average price of $19,576.

The 10th generation models will be more expensive, with the 2018 Accord coming in at an average price of $23,617-$30,811, per U.S. News. That is a steep increase given the expanded standard features lower miles. iSeeCars puts the average 3-year-old Accord’s cost at $28,671.

What’s the next best option?

The Accord took the top spot, but a close second is the Accord’s main rival in the midsize sedan segment: the Toyota Camry. The two models are the most popular segment, with more than 600,000 units sold in 2020. That’s more than any other midsize sedan by a wide margin.

The Camry gets the same safety score as the Accord with a perfect 10 out of 10. But slightly lower marks in the other categories. The used Toyota Camry gets an 8.9 out of 10 in reliability, compared to the Accord’s 9.0, and a 7.9 in retained value, compared to 8.1. Repair Pal scores the Camry a 4 out of 5 in reliability with an average of $388 in repair costs per year.

The Camry is ranked lower than the Accord in both the best used cars under $20,000 in ninth place and best used cars under $15,000, sitting at 10th for the Camry and fifth for the Camry Hybrid. At a slightly lower average 3-year-old cost of $27,295, it’s another excellent choice in the used sedan market.

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