After the Honda Civic took everyone by surprise with keeping more than 99% of the concept's appearance in its production form, most people were expecting a similarly bold take on design from the Accord as well. Sadly, the latest Euro Accord sports more of a an evolution of the old one than a groundbreaking design line.
This is not to say that the latest Accord Tourer has numb, boring design. It's just that it reminds us maybe too much of the old one. On the good side, it does keep the family traits alive, while adding a nice touch of modernness. Of course, some may say that a few of Mazda's DNA can be traced in the front grille, while other may very well say that that is also just a modern take of the previous Accord grille.
The front is actually rather Acura-ish, albeit thankfully without resorting to a European version of the ugly braces-like grille of its more expensive cousins. The headlights are a bit smaller but sport a similar look to the ones found on the previous generation.
Considering that, beside being a station wagon, our test car was also black and had tinted rear windows, there was more than one occasion that we were mistaken for a bunch of undertakers. For some people that might prove to be a good thing, since driving a car with “credentials” like these would prove to be both inconspicuous and attention-grabbing, depending on how you look at it.
Compared to the old one, the new Accord is much longer and wider, which makes it look quite a bit sportier, even in this “Tourer” form. There also plenty of “Katana” styling cues taken straight from the Honda Civic, with the most obvious being the sharp-looking door knobs.
Unlike the previous generation, the rear end of the car looks more sporty and less hearse or ECTO 1-like. Sure, it can still haul enough luggage to satisfy a family of shopping addicts, but now it has a sportier and less utilitarian look. All in all, the Honda Accord Tourer is way above average when it comes to styling, and could even turn some wagon-haters around.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
So, now you've started a crusade in order to... ahem... discredit me. A hearse? From Honda? Are you kidding me? Why would I ever be caught driving a thing like this? I mean, even after I eventually die, I don't want to be driven in a hearse. I've already instructed my heirs not to bury me, nor cremate me. I want to be... ahem... cryogenized!
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