The hunt for the perfect midsize sedan has become more difficult in recent years as many manufacturers have focused so much on the SUV market that they have left cars behind. For a lot of our customers, however, a car is still the right option that delivers the size, performance, and ease of use that they are looking for. If you are interested in a midsize sedan, then the 2022 Honda Accord should be at the top of your list, as it was clearly designed to check every box. Whether you are most interested in performance, style, or great interior features, the Accord has you covered with an amazing driving experience.
There are two different engines available for the Honda Accord, depending on which trim you look at: a 1.5L 192 hp beauty and a more-powerful 2.0L 252 hp option that delivers an absolutely stunning time behind the wheel. We should mention there is also a Honda Accord Hybrid model available if that is something you are interested in, but we are going to focus on the conventional models here. The standard engine comes with a continuously variable transmission, while the available 2.0L option instead features a 10-speed automatic with paddle shifters to really elevate your driving experience.
Inside the 2022 Honda Accord, you get some of the finest features and options available anywhere, including a standard 8-inch infotainment display along with dual-zone automatic climate control. Other great features like push-button start and cruise control are also standard, while a 10-speaker premium audio system and wireless phone charger are both available. The Accord is one of the safest vehicles on the road, thanks to the standard Honda Sensing safety package that includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System and a Road Departure Mitigation System. Adaptive Cruise Control, a Lane Keeping Assist System, and Forward Collision Warning are also all standard.
When trying to choose a vehicle, any type of vehicle, the engine is one of the most important things to consider, and we often think of it as the best place to start. So much of your driving experience comes down to the engine in your vehicle that you want to choose a model with enough power to be fun to drive. Fortunately, the 2022 Honda Accord has two different engines available, both of which are fantastic.
The standard engine in the Accord is a 1.5L turbocharged I-4 that offers 192 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. While that might not be much for something like a full-size truck or a sports car, in this midsize sedan, it creates a quick and very nimble driving experience. This engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission that is responsive and ultimately gives you a very smooth drive, whether you are just going across town or enjoying a longer road trip.
There is also an available 2.0L turbocharged I-4 engine if you want more power, which delivers 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. This comes paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that gives you that feeling of a traditional driving experience while still being incredibly responsive and flying through the gears quickly. All models with this engine have paddle shifters to give you even more control behind the wheel and a great overall driving experience.
One of the best reasons to choose a sedan over an SUV or other model is for great fuel efficiency, and the Honda Accord certainly comes through in this regard. With the standard 1.5L engine, the Accord gets an estimated 30 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg combined fuel efficiency.[b] If you choose the available 2.0L engine, however, then you will get an estimated 22 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined.[b] There is an Accord Hybrid option available if fuel efficiency is your top priority, but the two conventional engines are both excellent options for gas mileage.
When shopping for a car, it is easy to get focused on things like performance or fuel efficiency and get a bit of tunnel vision. Those things are certainly important, but most of the time you spend with your vehicle will be with you sitting inside of it while driving. That is why the interior features are really vital to ensure you get a great car that is a lot of fun to drive.
Inside the 2022 Honda Accord, you will find some of the best comfort and technology in the industry, which ensures you get a sophisticated and invigorating driving experience. One of the best things about the Accord is that many of these great features come standard on every model, regardless of which trim you choose. For example, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, 12V power outlets in the front and the center console, and illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls are all standard on every Honda Accord.
Of course, additional options are available if you look at higher trims or packages that are offered. For example, you can get a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with 4-way power lumbar, as well as a power-adjustable front passenger seat. Although the standard upholstery and interior are certainly comfortable, leather-trimmed seating is available, along with ventilated front seats for added comfort. Other available options include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and interior ambient lighting.
An 8-inch infotainment display comes standard in every 2022 Accord, along with physical knobs and keys to control various systems in addition to the touch-sensitive screen. A 4-speaker sound system with Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation is standard on the starting trim, though most trims feature either an 8-speaker system or a 10-speaker premium audio system that includes a subwoofer. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported in every model, and many feature wireless integration; available options include a wireless phone charger and a head-up display that projects information onto the windshield.
An impressive engine is great, and a luxurious interior makes driving more enjoyable, but at the end of the day, nothing is more important than the safety of a vehicle. If your car cannot help protect you and your loved ones on the road, then everything else is pointless. Fortunately, the 2022 Honda Accord is one of the safest vehicles around, thanks in large part to the Honda Sensing safety suite of technologies that comes standard on every model.
Honda Sensing technologies include a Collision Mitigation Braking System to help you avoid crashes, as well as a Road Departure Mitigation System. You also get Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow standard in every model, plus a Lane Keeping Assist System and Lane Departure Warning. Forward Collision Warning is standard in all Accord models, along with a Traffic Sign Recognition System to help you keep an eye on the road and traffic signs.
You get a comprehensive airbag suite in every model, including side curtain airbags and advanced front airbags, plus Auto High-Beam Headlights that will switch off when oncoming traffic is detected. A Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines to help you navigate in reverse is standard in every Accord, along with LED daytime running lights and Brake Assist. All of these standard systems and features are great, plus there are a few available options if you want to take your vehicle safety to the next level.
For example, higher trims and models with the 2.0L turbo engine come with a Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor to help warn you when a car is in your blind spot or when someone is passing behind you while you are in reverse. Low-Speed Braking Control is available to assist you with stopping more quickly while navigating a parking lot or otherwise traveling at low speeds, as is a Rear Seat Reminder to help you remember when you have something (or someone) in the back seats. All of this comes together to create one of the safest vehicles on the road, which you and your family can keep enjoying for many years to come.