Honda Accord Sport
For years, the Honda Accord has been the target everyone else shoots at in the mid-sized sedan wars.
And for good reason. Since it’s debut in the mid-70’s and through nine generations of updates, the Honda Accord is pretty darned near perfect.
And now, they’ve made it more so by making it simpler.
The Sport model is a basic Accord 4-door, with the 2.4-liter engine. You can get two transmissions, a super 6-speed manual or sadly, the continuously variable automatic slushbox in our test car. It’s really a good CVT, but if a manual is optional, and it says Sport on the decklid, then choose the manual sissy-boy.
The car comes in only two colors Crystal Black Pearl or Modern Steel Metallic. I know, it’s really black or dark gray, but let the marketing guys have their fun.
You only get a cloth interior, and have to live without the navigation system, satellite radio, adaptive cruise control, lane change warning, and some other doo-=dads that add around $10-grand to the price. That’s why this little beauty can be had for a little over $24,000.
In return, you get a dashboard you can decipher, a strong performing 189-horsepower engine that still gives you nearly 30 miles per gallon in the city, a 0-60 time of 6.6-seconds, and a Honda that’s actually fun to drive.
Top speed is 126, and let’s be honest, does anyone really need more on actual roads in crowded places? The car handles well with its 18-inch wheels and driving fast is not only reserved for when you’re late for work, but something you actually look forward to.
It doesn’t blow you away visually, and doesn’t leave a trail of rubber when you launch at a red light. It’s too sophisticated for that.
I liked it, and so did my spousal unit, by the way. And unlike so many cars that slap the name sport on their fenders, this one actually earns it.