Honda Accord 2019 Interior and Review
Honda has improved the 10th-generation Accord to make it the class of the midsize-sedan world. The sleeker, lower 2019 Honda Accord goes with four-cylinder turbocharged engines only, offers a 10-speed automatic transmission or a CVT, and is just short of being classified as a full-size car. On-board technology is outstanding, with just a few caveats (which we’ll get to below). A lot of the cool tech is on the Accord Touring, which runs $34,000 with the smaller engine. Overall, this new 2019 Accord and the month-older Toyota Camry will lead the midsize sedan category in the eyes of most buyers.
In a full day driving the new Accords, they were quick, comfortable, and quiet. The Accord 1.5T with a 192 horsepower 1.5-liter engine and a continuously variable transmission is plenty quick, and the 252-horsepower 2.0 liter with a Honda-designed 10-speed automatic is quicker still–and with virtually no turbo lag. The 1.5T is the most powerful base engine ever in Accord’s four decades, while the 275 lb-ft of torque in the 2.0-liter four is the most torque (power) ever in an Accord, more even than all of Honda’s V6s. Honda also offers a Sport version Accord with a six-speed manual transmission. All are front-drive (only), and all engines have gasoline direct (into the cylinders) injection, or GDI, which improves performance and fuel economy. The 1.5-liter Accord is rated at 30 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, 33 mpg combined. The bigger engine is projected at 23/34/28. If you want 50 mpg, wait ’til early 2019 for the Accord Hybrid.
The four-cylinders-only format allows an automaker to downsize the engine compartment, if desired. Hyundai has been doing this with the Sonata since 2011. It’s one more way to reduce weight.
Honda redesigned the suspension for better handling, improved passenger comfort, and more rear-seat space. The top-of-the-line Accord Touring gets an adaptive suspension that can be set for sporty or normal handling. It belongs on the Sport model, too. Sport/Normal/Econ console switches (see graphic) lets the driver adjust shock absorbers, steering, Honda’s Agile Handling Assist (a form of torque vectoring), driving force, shift points, active noise cancellation, and air conditioning.
Active noise cancellation helps mask road and engine noise by sampling sounds reaching the cockpit and playing back an inverse wave form. It now uses three microphones to better capture sounds. There’s even a sound-absorbing band of acoustic material inside the wheels to reduce noise.