While so many of you get excited about new gimmicks out there like cinnamon flavored whiskey or doorbells that can talk and see, we’d like to ask a few questions. When was the last time you drank a glass of milk of any variation, juice, or wine and stopped to thank Louis Pasteur for his contribution to the world? Or when was the last time you flushed a toilet and said a little thank you to the ancient Greeks and Romans for perfecting the aqueducts so you wouldn’t have to see everything that just went down the drain end up on the street outside? Probably never. And when it comes to the automotive world, there are things like these that we have just come to expect as given standards in our society. We take them for granted unless we stop to take a minute to appreciate just how good we have it.
The 2019 Honda Accord 1.5T is the latest in a long lineage of under appreciated automobiles. We have come to just expect that a midsize sedan will be out there waiting for us, economically priced, stylish, able to perform at an acceptable level, keep our kids safe, and get great gas mileage. But, that is actually quite a tall order if you stop to think about it.
Starting with a turbocharged 1.5-liter DOHC inline-4 cylinder motor that produces a substantial 192-horsepower and equal 192 lb-ft of torque, the Accord has the foundation for solid performance. That power then gets routed through a continuously variable transmission, or a real life six-speed manual transmission, and then on to the front wheels. Weighing in at just 3,209 pounds, this five passenger sedan moves like has a small block V8 in it. Running from 0-60 mph in just 6.6 seconds, it smokes its competition from Toyota, Subaru and Hyundai by nearly a full second. It burns through the quarter mile in just 15.1 seconds at 97 mph, and 0-100 mph takes 16.2 seconds (still fastest of the group). It does have a governor limited 118 mph top speed, but we don’t advocate testing that out anyway. Large 11.5-inch front and 11.1-inch rear disc brakes shod in Hankook Kinergy GT 225/50R-17 rubber help haul the Accord back down from 70-0 mph in 176 feet, as well as post a respectable 0.87g around the skidpad. And if that isn’t enough to impress (it should be), the Accord also posts some serious performance at the pump with a 30/38/33 city/highway/combined mpg.
So the Accord is quick, but it’s also versatile as evidenced by the 54/40 front/rear interior volume and class leading 17 cubit feet of cargo volume, as well as a plethora of cubbies and nooks to keep all kinds of things like cell phones, tablets, water bottles, etc. It is also comfortable, sporting a nice compromise of economic elegance that provides a soft and secluded feeling from the outside noise. There is an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen that, among other things, powers a 10-speaker Premium Audio System which can use both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Wireless phone charging, and Wifi hotspot capabilities are available as well.
Still not satisfied? Well, the Accord is also seriously safe. Standard issue on every Accord is the company’s Honda Sensing package which includes things like collision mitigating braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, traffic sign recognition, and a multi-angle rear-view camera.
And if all that’s not enough, the 2019 Accord 1.5T has a base price of just $23,720. So let’s recap: this car is not only quick enough to make your heart race, it is comfortable enough for you to take the family on a road trip to the beach and retain some peace of mind knowing you’ll be as safe as possible on a public road, and oh yeah, you won’t have to stop for gas once going and coming. All that, and you’ll be able to afford dinner and ice cream afterwards thanks to you silly low monthly car payments.
The Accord has been around since the mid-70’s, and yet it seems like we still don’t give it the credit it deserves. We go gaga over Teslas and hybrids, but just like that glass of wine that doesn’t kill you, or that wonderful plumbing that keeps us all sanitary, maybe it’s time we stopped to give this wonderfully under appreciated mid size gas powered sedan a little bit of thanks for making our lives a little better for so long.