If you mention the name Honda, most people will think of the Civic and while this is the carmaker's most representative model, it's not the only one with a tradition in its range. The next car in its line-up, the Accord, is also very important for Honda, and just like the Civic, this has come a long way since it was introduced three decades and a half ago.
The Accord plays in the mid-size segment and is a global product, but not 100 percent. By this we mean that the vehicle has been adapted to the different needs of customers in different parts of the world. To be more precise, North America gets a totally different Accord than the one sold in Japan and Europe (again, just like in the Civic's case).
If you're a European customer and you encounter an Accord, it might not seem like a vehicle that is its eight generation, but this is only because not all of them have been popular. In fact, Honda launched a mild facelift for this eight generation last year and here we are testing it.
The Accord is a pretty exotic presence in its segment and this is not because we call Japanese women exotic and we've decided to borrow this for the country's cars - the Accord is pretty special due to its dimensions, as the vehicle stretches the upper limits of the mid-size segment it plays in.
You see, the vehicle competes with Germans cars like the VW Passat and the Ford Mondeo, French models like the Citroen C5 and Renault Laguna and its domestic rivals, such as the Mazda 6, but it's larger than all of them, especially in terms of length, being comparable to the vehicles in the next segment.
We've got the same story in terms of marker positioning, as the Accord can be found somewhere between aforementioned vehicles and the premium ones offered by Audi, BMW and Mercedes from this point of view.
However, unlike other models, such as Volvo, Honda doesn't charge that much for its desired premium status, so the pricing is also between the standard and the premium segments.
We've got you pretty confused about the Accord, right? We'll let's go for a drive with a Sedan using the 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine and the Executive range-topping equipment level and see what this car is all about.