Despite having more "premium car" aspirations, the latest Honda Accord doesn't quite make the grade when it comes to the interior, or at least not in absolutely every chapter. The quality of the plastic bits found on the center console is a bit questionable when comparing it to an Audi or a Mercedes-Benz, albeit similar to a BMW. The quality and the softness of the leather trimming on the seats and on the inside of the doors, on the other hand, sure beats the standard leather option found in the 3-Series.
Despite having a size best fit for a driver that's either wearing heavy winter gloves or has gigantic hands, the center knob on the dashboard is pretty ergonomic, although it could have been placed lower on the center console, maybe between the front seats.
Every other instrument is neatly placed just where you would hope to be. For example, the decently-sized LCD screen for the navigation system and/or other car functions sits almost at eye-level in order to not distract the driver's sight from following the road. It is also buried deep in the dashboard so that sunlight doesn't take away from its visibility.
The overall interior space is more than ample for all the passengers, in just about every direction possible. The only chapter where the Accord Tourer somewhat lacks space is, curiously, the luggage compartment, since it's even smaller than on its sedan counterpart.
At 395 liters (13.9 cubic feet) in standard mode, it doesn't exactly scream that it can haul a lot of stuff. However, once the rear seats are folded flat, following a 60:40 percentage, and you fill it up to the ceiling, the available volume is similar to that of a compact ambulance, so more than enough to carry even the largest luggage you can find.
All in all, the Accord Tourer in Executive trim is not exactly an executive station wagon, but the amount of space and quality it offers is a nice compromise between a popular wagon and a premium one. Continue reading