The language people use to describe certain things can be pretty confusing and one of the words that perfectly describes this is "sporty". Many people like to say that they've got a sporty driving style, but in reality this only means that they abuse their cars and nothing more. It's the same with clothes - there are a lot of people who choose sporting apparel, but aren't necessarily fit.
Well, unfortunately, in the configuration we tested, the Accord can be found halfway between the aforementioned description Honda's dynamic claims.
We'll start with the simple numbers: if you use a 156 hp engine on a 3280 lbs (1488 kg) car, you won't get more than decent driving dynamics, no matter what you do.
We added the last part because Honda has really made efforts to gift the car with dynamic assets, most of which resulted in an impression of being sporty.
The numbers show you that is you place the 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol under the hood of the Accord sedan, you'll get a 0 to 62 mph time of 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 134 mph (216 km/h), performance data that match those of the average diesel-powered sedan in this class.
So, there you are, driving your sporty Honda and being potentially slower than, for example, a more gifted mid-size SUV (this really did happen during the open-road part of our test-drive).
However, the fact that we drive in the modern world, where the heavy traffic and the strict laws make it really dangerous to push the speedometer to far, means that it would be nice to have a car that allows you to feel sporty, but without going too fast, and this is exactly what the accord does.
The engine's willingness to rev,its elasticity and sound (all coming from the VTEC System), as well as the six-speed manual gearbox's precision and ratios, all made the driving experience feel like an action-packed one, giving you certain thrills.
The suspension setup is comfortable
enough for the car to be used as a family vehicle and yet manages to be a bit on the firm side, allowing you to push the car into a corner. As for the steering, this is decent, but don't expect too much feedback.Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
Why did they have to make it so big if it's a mid-size car? When will men learn that there's no simple yes/no answer to the "does size matter?" question. Certain things need to be big, but only when we, females, want to. So, the Accord is too long, it should have a chastity device placed on it during the growing process in the factory.
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