In 2009, I gifted my wife a Honda Accord on her birthday. It was a powerful 2.4 liter engine with amazing acceleration and a superb fuel economy. As a race car driver’s wife, she drove fast but never rash and yet raked in a lot of speeding fines in the process. It was upsetting at the time but now she tells me they were all kinda worth it.
Fast forward 10 years and I bring home the 2019 Honda Accord 2.0 Turbo Sport. A completely redesigned sleek exterior and a similar sophisticated interior welcomed me back. Loaded with sport controls and an array of safety features, this car gives serious competition to other mid-size sedans in its class.
Honda Accord Drivability:
I drove this car on all possible drive modes. A full day in Dubai on the Eco mode gave me impressive fuel economy of 17 km per liter with the AC on. Acceleration was a bit slow and the AC felt like a pleasant spring breeze rather than a freezing polar vortex.
Licking my lips, the next day I hit the Sport mode. Occasionally switching to manual with the paddle shift and the traction control off; I spun the tyres and fully satisfied my need for speed. It was impressive; the acceleration, the handling and the brake response were all perfect. All this time, I had to remind myself that this is a family sedan I am driving. Just a mid-size family sedan!
Loaded with features, there is an automatic brake hold function that gets activated when you keep your foot on the brake pedal for over 15 secs with the car being standstill. Afterwards, you can lift the foot off the pedal and the car still holds the brake. Gets a while to be used to but its a very handy option when driving in the city at rush hour.
Improvements have also been made in the safety offering. There is a lane assist system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, multi-angle rear view camera and knee airbags.
Honda Accord 2.0 Turbo Sport has set the bar very high when it comes to performance, fuel economy, infotainment, interior comfort and safety. There is a little bit of engine and road noise at highway speeds but otherwise the car is quiet as a mouse.
I did try and do my mandatory 0-100 km speed test and while the Honda specs sheet says 5.8 seconds, I managed a best of 6.5 seconds after a couple of attempts.
Engine: 2.0 Liter 4 cylinders
Horsepower: 247 Bhp
Torque: 370 Nm
Drive System: Front Wheel Drive
Transmission: 6 Speed Automatic
Seating Capacity: 5
2019 Honda Accord has a low nose and a curving roofline. It looks sporty from near and far.
LED head and taillights, nicely accentuate the big surfaces.
You’l find large 18-inch wheels on the 2019 Honda Accord Turbo Sport.
There are chromed dual exhausts and a cute little trunk-lid spoiler that reinforces the sporty look and feel.
2019 Honda Accord has a very spacious interior and one of the first things you notice is the missing gear shaft. It has been replaced with simple (P, R, N, D, L) buttons instead. Switching from Eco to Sport mode also happens though a button on the same console.
Engine Start / Stop button has a red dial illumination to bring the sport feel inside the cabin. The heated and ventilated bucket styled front seats are comfortable with a decent sized arm rest in the middle.
The leather steering wheel with paddle shifters placed behind, is light and responsive. It turns very well and gives a good indication of the road. Driver display shows basic car information including adaptable cruise control and lane departure warning etc. There is a HUD (head-up display) on the windshield that displays speed, cruise control and lane information.
There is much talk about Honda’s infotainment system. Its an 8 inch touch screen that displays the 3D navigation, reversing camera and vital information on recent trips.
The coolest feature is the blind spot camera placed on the right side mirror that automatically turns on when you use signal right on the indicator.
Rear seating is comfortable and you can easily seat 3 adults in the back. Head and leg room is adequate and longer drives should not feel tight at all.
There is ample luggage space in the trunk. Nothing to worry about there.