2014 Honda Accord

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The all-new Honda Accord was introduced last year and returns in 2014 with only minor equipment changes. It is offered in a sedan or coupe body style. Some welcome news for 2014 for hybrid lovers is the beloved Honda Accord can now join your shopping list as it sees the addition of two hybrid models.

The sedan is available in six trims- LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6 and Touring, while the coupe is available in four trims- LX-S, EX, EX-L and EX-L V6. The All-new Hybrid is offered in standard and plug-in variants but no other details have been released yet.

The entry level 4-cylinder sedan LX comes with standard 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior  door handles and exhaust tip, keyless entry, full power accessories, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, Bluetooth® and a 4-speaker sound system with an 8-inch high-resolution screen, an iPod/USB interface, an auxiliary input jack and Pandora® radio compatibility.

The new Sport trim adds more horsepower, 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a rear spoiler, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters are available on the automatic transmission.

The EX is similar to the LX where power is concerned and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, a one-touch power moonroof, keyless ignition and a six-speaker audio system.

Stepping up to the EX-L trim level will add leather upholstery with heated front seats, a power front passenger seat, an upgraded multi-angle rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 360-watt premium sound system with 7 speakers (including a subwoofer), an audio touchscreen, satellite radio and the HondaLink™ smartphone integration app. The EX-L with “Navi” simply adds a navigation system with voice recognition and FM traffic.

The EX-L V6 is similarly equipped to the four-cylinder EX-L sedan but as I am sure you already guessed, it adds a 278 horsepower V6 engine.

The top-of-the-line Touring features the powerful V6 from the EX-L V6 and tacks on LED headlights with auto on/off feature, adaptive cruise control, 16-GB audio memory and the navigation system featured in the EX-L with “Navi”.

The 2014 Honda Accord Coupe is similar to the LX sedan in terms of power and standard equipment.  EX trims for the coupe are also similar to that of sedan EX trim levels.

Standard safety features across the board includes dual-stage front airbags, SmartVent™ front side airbags, side curtain airbags, daytime running lights, stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist and a tire pressure monitoring system. A forward collision warning system and a lane departure warning system are standard on upper trim levels.

Prices for the 2014 Honda Accord start at just $21,680 but be careful as options and accessories can add up quick. A fully loaded Touring model can cost you upwards of $41,000. Get ready to shell out some serious dough for the Plug-In version as well! Its starting price is just shy of $40 grand.

 Efficient and powerful engines; styling, refined handling; spacious cabin; available coupe body style; now available as a hybrid

 Coupes firm ride; awkward center stack layout; no M/T available in sedans with the V6; gets expensive in a hurry

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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