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The Honda Accord Is the Best Honda Car You Can Buy Today

Honda fans have a lot of options. The Honda CR-V is a compact SUV that just keeps winning awards left and right. The Honda Ridgeline is a great pickup truck that is very different than its competitors. Even in terms of sedans, Honda has the Civic and the Accord, both of which are great. But, here’s why the Accord is actually the best Honda car right now.

Consumer Reports says that the Honda Accord is the best

Every year, Consumer Reports will test-drive a car and give it an overall rating based on a lot of factors. These factors include how the car performed in that test drive, but it also includes other factors that Consumer Reports measures. These factors include satisfaction scores from owners of the cars as well as reliability scores based on what the owners say about the car. 

Based on these overall scores, the Accord currently has the highest score among all other Hondas, according to Consumer Reports. For example, other Honda sedans, such as the Civic or the Clarity, have an overall score in the 70s. Among larger cars, such as the CR-V, the Odyssey, or the Ridgeline, all of them scored roughly in the 60s and 70s. The Accord however, had an overall score of 82 out of 100. 

Why the Honda Accord scored so well

2018 Honda Accord is on display at the 110th Annual Chicago Auto Show
The Honda Accord | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

While a score of 82 out of 100 isn’t exactly impressive, it’s pretty good regardless. Consumer Reports says that the Accord was the fourth-best midsize car, beating other great cars such as the Mazda6 and the VW Passat. The Accord received this great score because it performed extremely well in its road test and because Accord owners were generally satisfied with their car. 

That said, the Accord isn’t a perfect car, and its expected reliability rating dragged it down. Consumer Reports gave it a three out of five for its expected reliability, which was one of the reasons why the Accord came in at fourth place. Regardless, the Accord’s impressive performance in its road test, which Consumer Reports gave the Accord a score of 89 out of 100 on, is still something worth talking about. 

Overall, Consumer Reports said that the Accord was solid all around. The Accord’s standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder was pretty good, and its other engine options, which include a hybrid, were also good. The Accord scored well in its power, acceleration, and handling capabilities, and on top of that, it also did well in terms of its comfort.

On top of being one of the fastest cars in its class, the Accord is also loaded with great standard features, according to Consumer Reports. For example, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a pedestrian detection system are all standard. Additionally, the Accord starts at $24,000, which is affordable for what it offers.

Why the Accord was the best

But, the other reason why the Accord beat the other Hondas was that the other Hondas weren’t as great. Generally speaking, Consumer Reports says that all Hondas are decent cars at the very least. It’s just that few Hondas had a comparable score to the Accord. 

For example, while the CR-V has a good score of 77 out of 100, the Passport has a score of 59 out of 100. The Passport’s low score was the lowest score out of every Honda car from the 2020 model year.

Obviously, if its competition isn’t up to par, then the Accord has an easier path to being the best Honda car. But, it’s still a close race, as the CR-V is only a few points away from the Accord. Regardless, for now, the Accord is the best Honda that you can buy.