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ENJOY STYLE AND VIGOR IN 2017 HONDA ACCORD

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
What Toyota doeth, so doeth Honda! Or vice versa. In this case, we have written about the Camry undergoing a major revamp next year. The same will happen to its closest rival, the Accord. We hear that the 2018 model will be sleek and bold. Till then, the current sedan should drive just fine for potential buyers.
The 3.5-liter V-6 engine blasts off 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 smooth 6-speed automatic transmission. But we would not be surprised if Honda adopts a 9-speed gearbox for 2018. Suspension is handed adeptly by a MacPherson strut front and multilink rear. An electric power steering confidently guides the midsize sedan toward its destination.
The front fascia sports LED headlights with a centered H in the chrome-slathered grille. The interior shows off 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 tachometer, 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 chic and opulent. The 15.8 cubic feet trunk capacity makes long-distance travel quite relaxing. A convenient feature is LaneWatch, which displays a wide-angle view of the passenger side road on the i-MID (Intelligent Multi-Information Display). The image appears when the right turn signal is activated. Other goodies are plush leather seats and tilt/telescopic steering wheel, push-button start, 10-way power driver seat, dual-zone a/c and heated front seats.
Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, vehicle stability assist, four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, side-impact door beams, rearview camera, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights. Honda Sensing fetches you collision mitigation brakes, adaptive cruising control, lane keep assist, and forward collision and lane departure warnings.
Competition in the family sedan segment has always been fierce. Reasonably priced, this Honda shows off a degree of grace and energy found lacking in its challengers. It is an “Accord” we would sign on the dotted line without batting an eyelid!

ACCORD (TOURING)
Tires: 235/40R19
Wheelbase: 109.3 inches
Length: 192.5 inches
Weight: 3,605 pounds
Fuel capacity: 17.2 gallons
City: 21 mpg
Highway: 33 mpg
Base price: $34,830
Web site: www.honda.com

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