After a midcycle refresh for 2021, we're not expecting any major changes to the Accord for 2022. Barring any significant revisions, it will carry forward with two gas engines and a hybrid option. The Accord competes with other affordable four-doors including the Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Kia K5, and Subaru Legacy.
We've had almost nothing but good things to say about the current-generation Accord, and the 2022 model should be no different. It's a car well deserving of the top spot in our rankings of midsize sedans. Thanks to Honda's packaging expertise, the Accord boasts some of the most rear-seat and cargo space in its segment. The Accord has better driving dynamics than any of its peers, and superb value is just the icing on the cake.
The current-gen Accord has gone undefeated in comparison tests. Not only did it defeat the Camry in both the base-engine comparison and a face-off between each car's top trim, the Accord also defeated the Audi A4 when we put the two head to head to determine if the luxury option was worth it. The Accord's superior performance and handling, intuitive tech features, and generously proportioned, well-equipped cabin made for easy wins against the Toyota and Audi.
That's not to say it's perfect, though. More road noise infiltrates the cabin than we'd like, the infotainment screen is now on the small side compared to the newest models in the segment, and other cars offer superior active safety features. Soon, we'll have a Big Test comparing key players in the midsize segment to see if the Accord holds up, but for now, sedan buyers should have Honda's excellent Accord near the top of their lists.
Given the Accord's 2021 refresh, it's safe to assume last year's powertrain offerings will carry over for the 2022 model year. That means most examples will likely be powered by a 1.5-liter turbo-four driving the front wheels. The smaller four-cylinder generates 192 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque.
Honda discontinued the manual transmission option last year; expect a CVT automatic as the only available transmission. When we last tested a 1.5-liter Accord, it hustled to 60 mph in only 7.2 seconds. For 2021, it was EPA-rated at 29-30/35-38 mpg city/highway.
Assuming the upgraded engine remains available for 2022, it'll be a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is a less powerful version of the forced-induction four-pot under the hood of the Civic Type R. For 2021, it developed 252 hp and 273 lb-ft and was rated at 22-23/32-34 mpg. The Accord 2.0T reaches 60 in 5.7 seconds based on our testing.
Those more focused on fuel efficiency should hope the Accord Hybrid sticks around for 2022—it probably will. The 2021 version returns an exceptional 48/48 mpg in most trims, and 44/41 mpg in the top Touring trim.
The 2021 Accord earns the IIHS's highest available designation for its safety testing performance. It was named a 2021 Top Safety Pick+, with perfect crashworthiness ratings, Good or Acceptable headlights, and Superior ratings for its standard front crash prevention system. The Accord received a five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA, and we expect the 2022 model to do the same.
Honda also included a suite of driver assist active safety features as standard on the 2021 model that should continue for the new model year. Adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beams, lane keep assist, and rear-seat reminder will most likely be standard for 2022.
We have no reason to believe the Accord's passenger or cargo space would change for the 2022 model year. Assuming all stays the same, it will seat five with 42.3 inches up front and an impressive 40.4 inches in the back seat. Cargo volume should remain unchanged at 16.7 cubic feet.
The Accord ditched its base infotainment system for 2021, and for 2022, we're expecting Honda's 8.0-inch touchscreen display as standard across the lineup. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto should be included on all models, with wireless functionality in the Accord EX-L and Accord Touring.
You can't really go wrong choosing the Accord. It's a time-tested sedan that drives nicely and offers impressive value. But have you seen the new Civic? Honda's iconic subcompact car has been fully redesigned for 2022, and brings with it lots of appealing design and features. Plus, you can get it as a sedan or hatchback. How to decide between an Accord and Civic? Check out our comparison of their specs, features, and price.
Even as crossovers supplant sales of conventional sedans, the Accord remains a popular model in Honda's lineup. We think the brand is working on developing a next-generation Accord, but it's likely still a few years out. Honda typically gives its vehicles a five-year lifecycle, so given that the current 10th-generation Accord debuted for 2018 and was just refreshed for 2021, we'd bet on the redesign arriving for 2023 or 2024.
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