What’s New for the Accord?
Following a complete redesign for the 2020 model year, Honda has made few changes to the 2022 Accord lineup. The Accord is available in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels. Its base engine is an acceptable 1.5-liter turbo-4 that makes 192 horsepower, upgradeable to a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that makes 252 hp.
How the Performance?
The base engine is a 1.5-liter turbo-4 that keeps pace with competitors from Nissan and Toyota that are thirstier. Mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) it’s the Accord’s best life—even if it’s not hugely entertaining to drive—and four out of five Accord buyers are likely to pick that combination. The Accord gets a 6 on our performance scale for an adequate base engine, but better than average handling that you’d expect from a sedan that sits lower to the ground. The uprated 2.0-liter turbo-4 and 10-speed automatic might earn another point, but few buyers will consider that option.
How the comfort and quality?
We’re impressed with the Accord’s ability to carry adults up to five normal-size versions or four corn-fed Midwesterners in comfort. Its 16.7 cubic feet of cargo in the trunk is impressive for sedans. The base Accord LX is the only version without a power adjustable driver’s seat, more popular Sport and EX versions and higher get 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seats, and EX-L and higher versions get a power-adjustable passenger chair. Heated seats are standard on EX trims and higher. Rear-seat riders get more than 40 inches of leg room, according to Honda, and our knees agree. Shoulder room will be an issue for broader adults or a swim team, but average adults should fit three abreast without a fuss.