Although SUVs have been dominating the market, nothing will ever erase the need for the midsize sedan. They are spacious yet slim enough to navigate easily through busy streets, have all the important driver-assist features, and, to top it all off, they offer impressive fuel economy ratings. Overall, a midsize sedan like the 2022 Honda Accord offers comfort and family-friendliness without the bulky feel of an SUV. And when you choose the Accord, you’re choosing incredible safety and tech features, which is only part of why we recommend this model to our customers.
Another reason to love the Accord is for its vast trim selection. There’s an Accord out there for everyone, thanks to seven available trims. Even when you keep it simple with the base model, you’ll still have features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the Honda Sensing Safety Suite. However, you can step up the game and opt-in for heated seating, a wireless phone charger, remote start, and much more by climbing up the trim line.
The 2022 Accord is loaded with several commuter-friendly features and specs. Perhaps the most important aspect of the Accord, though, is its stark performance against the competition. It outdoes the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, and Hyundai Sonata, where it matters most: passenger space, horsepower, fuel economy, and more. Thanks to its impressive specs and starting MSRP of $25,470,* the new Accord is a model we recommend often, especially when customers need a reliable commuter model.
No matter what kind of vehicle you’re after, performance specs are important. In this case, you’re not in need of towing or off-roading capability, but you do want reliable fuel economy. The Honda Accord far outperforms other models in its class when it comes to fuel efficiency, saving you a lot of cost at the pump. Let’s look at how the different engine options hold up when it comes to mileage.
The Accord comes with two traditional gasoline engine options. The first we'll discuss is a standard 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which can produce 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. With this engine under the hood, the EPA estimates that Accord can get up to 30 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway.** The second traditional gasoline option is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which pumps out up to 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. This more powerful engine gets an EPA estimated 22 MPG in the city and up to 32 MPG on the highway.**
This engine is the most desirable option for those focused on fuel economy ratings. The hybrid engine can produce an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of up to 48 MPG.** However, thanks to its three different drive modes, there’s room for play. The ECON Mode will allow for optimal fuel efficiency, but Sport Mode is available for those who want top-level engine performance. Since this is a hybrid engine, you don’t have to worry as much about losing charge. Your fuel tank will always be available to fall back on.
While all of the 2022 Accord trims may look similar on the outside, there are some interior differences that are worth considering. All Accord trims include a suite of standard safety features. However, each trim offers its own tech and convenience variations. Even the base trim includes everything you “need,” but when you want higher-end features, there are several trim levels to choose from.
The LX is perfect for anyone on a strict budget. This model includes standard dual-zone temperature control, meaning that both the driver and the passenger can set different temperatures for their comfort. It also includes an 8-inch entertainment screen with a touchscreen, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. This model provides common tech features alongside the Accord’s standard safety and comfort for a low price.
This model includes everything that the LX trim has, but with the additions of a 12-way power driver’s seat, rear USB ports, and an 8-speaker sound system. Honda also adds on nice aesthetic features such as 19-inch wheels and LED headlights.
This trim gets you plenty of incredible features like remote start, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. It also includes a 4-way power passenger seat, allowing for better adjustability.
The Accord EX-L
This trim is where the major upgrades really start. Your Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features will be upgraded to wireless connectivity. Wireless phone charging is also standard on the EX-L trim, along with a power moonroof and a 10-speaker sound system. This trim also includes a Blind Spot Information System in addition to the Honda Sensing Suite.
This trim offers the Accord’s most luxurious experience, adding heated and ventilated front and rear seating, along with a head-up display that projects important specs directly onto the windshield. It also comes with everything that the EX-L trim has.
There are also several specs that are the same across the board, such as cargo space and passenger room. Let’s take a closer look at what’s universal and what isn’t.
When you purchase an Accord, you’ll get 16.7 cubic feet of rear cargo space in the trunk. This is even true for the hybrid model. While hybrids are known for having lesser space due to their battery packs, the Accord’s battery is placed under the seats. This allows the hybrid model to have the same exact cargo space rating as its gasoline-powered counterparts.
All five Accord trims seat up to five people, with 105.6 cubic feet of passenger space. This includes over 42 inches of front legroom and 40.4 inches of rear legroom. By comparison, the Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima only offer 100 cubic feet of passenger space, while the Hyundai Sonata only offers a 34.8-inch rear legroom rating.
Every commuter model needs a suite of standard safety features. Thanks to Honda, the days of paying extra for modern driver assist technologies are over. The Honda Sensing Safety Suite includes five standard safety features. These include the following:
These safety features are included on all available 2022 Honda Accord trim levels. Higher trim levels include additional features such as Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert, and parking sensors.