When you hear about a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder unit and a sedan that stretches the upper limits of the mid-size segment, you really don't expect to get a reasonable relationship with the gas pump as long as you're driving inside the city.
However, HONDA's VTEC (Variable Timing and Electronic Lift Control) system, as well as the carmaker's impressive six-speed manual gearbox, offered us quite a surprise from this point of view.
We don't get to match a the official fuel efficiency figures for a car, especially in the city, but this time we did, even in pretty heavy traffic. This is because the Accord 2.0 i-VTEC doesn't come with systems such as Start-Stop, which don't actually work in the real world.
Instead, the VTEC system allows the engine to operate efficiently even at below 2,000 rpm and if you're gentle with the pedal on the right, the car will use its gearshift indicator to invite you to select an upper ratio as low as 1,800 rpm.
We also had some times when either the traffic or our feet were heavier, but this didn't make the car much thirstier. In fact, the engine-gearbox combination makes allows the car to offer a decent package for city driving.
Despite the fact that it's a large car for its segment (it measures 186 in or 4724 mm), the Accord's suspension and steering allow you to run free in the urban jungle and you are never bothered by this.
Our test car was also pretty easy to park, as it came fitted with both parking sensors and a rear view camera. The extra soundproofing brought by the facelift meant that you can enjoy some time away from the city's frenzy, while the design, which is neither boring nor spectacular, allowed us to cruise without too many eyes on us.
However, the engine does tickle you with its voice if you happen to forget to perform an upshift, which makes you want to get out on the open road
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Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
So, this is the Accord facelift, huh? What can I say, the revamp is just like the original car: not too impressive. Don't get me wrong, it's all fine, but it doesn't float any of my boats. Sure, I can drive it, but I have a lot of other cars I'd rather be in.
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