Fresh spin on elegant Honda Accord

IT'S BETTER: The new Accord, the ninth generation of Honda's best-selling model, is now more luxurious, more sophisticated, better performing and better equipped than any of its predecessors in the model's 38-year history
IT’S BETTER: The new Accord, the ninth generation of Honda’s best-selling model, is now more luxurious, more sophisticated, better performing and better equipped than any of its predecessors in the model’s 38-year history

HONDA’S newly launched Accord breaks new ground for the Japanese carmaker. Previous Accords sold in South Africa – one of which was which was a Car of the Year winner – were specced for the European market.

However, the new Accord launched in Cape Town this month is specced for the US market. “The introduction of this all-new model sees the dawn of a new era for Accord in South Africa,” Honda Motor Southern Africa’s director of sales and marketing, Graham Eagle, said.

“After thorough investigation and consideration, Honda Motor Southern Africa decided to move to the Accord primarily designed for the North American market for local introduction,” Eagle said.

The attractively styled vehicle has new engines, including a sophisticated, muscular V6. Is longer, wider and taller, with enhanced interior space, while its premium interior execution combines comfort and quality.

The new lighter front suspension enhances ride and handling, and it also boasts an extensive array of advanced safety features.

Three models are available, with Elegance, Executive and Exclusive trim levels and a choice of two-litre and 2.4-litre four-cylinder engines, and – for the first time in South Africa – a muscular 3.5-litre V6 engine. The two-litre and 2.4-litre models feature a refined, smooth-shifting five-speed automatic gearbox, while an advanced six-speed auto box is reserved for the range-topping V6.

The entry-level two-litre SOHC i-VTEC, carried over from the previous model, produces 114kW of power, together with 190Nm of torque.

This propels the two-litre vehicle from standstill to 100km/h in 11.7 seconds, attaining a top speed of 200km/h. Its fuel consumption in the combined cycle is 7.5 litres/100km, while its CO2emission level is 178g/km.

The 2.4-litre with programmed fuel injection (PGM-Fi), its maximum output, rated at 132 kW, combined with a 225Nm torque peak, propels the Executive from 0-100km/h in 10.6 seconds. Fuel consumption for this model is 8.1 litres/100 km in the combined cycle with a CO2emissions level of 192g/km.

The 3.5-litre V6 i-VTEC engine with Earth Dreams technology and Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) produces a muscular 207kW with peak torque of 339Nm, making the new V6 Exclusive the most powerful Accord ever available locally. The V6 accelerates from 0-100km/h in 7.2 seconds, but still uses only 9.2 litres/100km in the combined consumption cycle, with a CO2emissions level of 217g/km.

Of course, the V6 model stood out as far as general driveability, but that’s not to say the others were not as enjoyable to drive.

The range comes standard with a three-year/100000km warranty.

The Accord 2.0 Elegance and 2.4 Executive comes standard with a five-year/90 000km service plan while with the 3.5 V6 Exclusive a five-year/100000km service plan is included.

The recommended retail prices also includes one-year roadside assistance.

Prices (including VAT and CO2tax):

Honda Accord 2.0 Elegance – R389 000;

Honda Accord 2.4 Executive – R449 000;

Honda Accord 3.5 V6 Exclusive – R549 000.

Service intervals for the 2.0 Elegance and 2.4 Executive are 15000km, while for the 3.5 V6 Exclusive it is 10000km. – Bobby Cheetham

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