2010 Accord New Car Test Drive
The Honda Accord comes in sedan and coupe versions. Either way, the Accord is big on efficiency, be it getting the most power and range from a gallon of gas with the least emissions, making the largest interior available given the exterior space it takes up, or providing the smoothest, quietest ride possible with the lightest weight. Whether moving four people comfortably or enjoying the long way home, the Accord is up to the task.
The Accord was completely redesigned for 2008, when it grew in exterior dimensions and interior roominess, safety, and value. The two model years since have brought little change.
For 2010, all Accord models with leather interiors come with a Bluetooth hands-free phone link. Sedans with EX trim and above add rear seat ventilation ducts, and climate controls on all models have new colors and graphics for easier identification.
The Accord is available with a choice of four-cylinder and V6 engines, manual or automatic transmission, and essentially four trim levels.
The Honda Accord sedan competes primarily against the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda 6, and Chevrolet Malibu.
The stylish, two-door Coupe is available with a six-speed manual and V6, the only Accord with that combination, and it comes with larger anti-roll bars and low-profile 18-inch tires and wheels. The Accord Coupe competes directly with the Nissan Altima coupe.
The 2010 Honda Accord is offered in coupe and sedan forms, with three engine choices.
Accord LX sedans are equipped with a 177-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The LX Sedan ($21,055) comes standard with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, power mirrors and door locks, power windows, variable intermittent wipers, tilt-and-telescoping steering column and illuminated wheel-mounted controls, folding rear seats, and an MP3/WMA/auxiliary-input 160-watt sound system. Wheels are 16-inch steel with P215/60HR16 tires. The LX-P Sedan ($22,055) is an LX with a premium package that adds alloy wheels, a power driver's seat, illuminated power window switches and express up/down for the front passenger’s window, security system, and a chrome tailpipe. Both LX models come with a choice of five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission ($800).
The Accord EX Sedan ($23,830), EX Coupe ($23,880) and LX-S Coupe ($22,555) get a higher-revving, 190-horsepower version of the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. They also come with five-speed manual or automatic transmission ($800). All three add an in-dash CD changer, an information screen controlled by a selector knob, and 17-inch alloy wheels with P225/50 all-season tires; while the two EX models also benefit from a power moonroof, heated mirrors, and premium interior accents. To this the EX Coupe adds a 270-watt stereo, and the EX Sedan adds driver power lumbar adjustment and new-for-2010 rear-seat ventilation ducts,
The EX Sedan is also available with a 271 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and five-speed automatic ($26,805). Along with the V6 engine, you get fog lights, chrome door handles, and dual exhausts.
EX-L stands for leather on the seats and steering wheel. The four-cylinder EX-L Sedan ($26,030) and EX-L Coupe ($26,080) also come with dual-zone automatic climate control, the 270-watt sound system, XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth with steering-wheel mounted controls (new for 2010), heated front seats, compass and exterior temperature indicator, automatic on/off headlights and, for the sedan, an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The EX-L V6 Sedan ($29,105) adds a four-way power adjustment for the front passenger seat and Homelink universal remote. The EX-L V6 Coupe ($29,305) offers a choice of six-speed manual or five speed automatic transmission for the same price. It comes with most of the same amenities as the EX-L V6 sedan, and adds 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/45VR18 tires and a rear decklid spoiler.
An optional navigation system features voice-activation and steering wheel controls. Accords with this package are priced as separate models of the EX-L Sedan ($28,030), EX-L Coupe ($28,080), EX-L V6 Sedan ($31,105), and EX-L V6 Coupe ($31,305).
Safety equipment is standard, with six airbags, including two-stage front airbags, dual-chamber front side airbags, side curtain airbags; active front head restraints, electronic stability control, antilock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, and tire pressure monitors.