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REFRESHED HONDA ACCORD IS COMPOSED, SUPPLE

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
After a major makeover in 2013, the Honda Accord is back, once again refreshed though the power train remains unchanged.
Once again, the 3.5-liter V-6 engine cranks out 278 horsepower @ 6200 rpm and 252 pounds-feet of torque @ 4900 rpm. Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system operates in three or four cylinder modes to save fuel. Standard is a seamless 6-speed automatic transmission.
The former steel hood has been replaced with lighter aluminum materials. The freshly styled front and rear fascias also result in lavish use of LEDs. Also new is a rear deck spoiler. Step inside the cabin to find fresh wood grain, carbon weave and glossy piano black accents. A 7-inch audio touchscreen features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HondaLink Assist and HD radio. Directly in front of the driver are large analog instruments for the tachometer, centered speedometer with a driver information center, and readings for fuel and coolant temp. A center console with two cup holders in front and an open storage bin under the dashboard is not just practical but also looks elegant and rich. The rear seat now splits 60/40. The 15.8 cubic feet trunk capacity makes long-distance travel quite relaxing. 
Competition in the family sedan segment has always been intense. Priced affordably, the graceful and composed sedan is a wise choice for any potential buyer. This Accord shows off a degree of style and energetic performance found lacking in its competitors.

ACCORD (TOURING)
Tires: 235/40R19
Wheelbase: 109.3 inches
Length: 192.5 inches
Weight: 3,605 pounds
Suspension: MacPherson strut front, multilink rear
Steering: electric power
Fuel capacity: 17.2 gallons
City: 21 mpg
Highway: 34 mpg
Base price: $34,580
Web site: www.honda.com

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