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Accord in 2020

Honda Accord has been a popular name among car enthusiasts since it was first brought to the market in 1976. It is best known for its smooth ride and the ample space for your family, to travel in comfort and style.

Update : 01 Apr 2020, 08:12 PM

Be it dropping off your children at school or going for grocery runs, having a fun weekend out with friends or going on a long drive, Accord, like its previous generations, has once again delivered. Starting from raised seating to the setup of its suspension, Honda makes sure not to compromise with the driving experience for that extra comfort. After all, that's what Honda is known for. 

The tenth generation Accord comes with a 1.5L turbo engine (L15BE). Don’t be fooled by the number -- this 1.5L engine produces 192hp at 5500rpm. The engine is matched with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) gearbox, making it more eco-friendly and ensuring smooth gear shifts. 

The tenth generation Accord started its journey at the end of 2017, and entered Bangladesh during the third quarter of 2019. Coming with four colour trims -- black, white, silver, and gray -- with all black interiors, it is available at DHS motors, located at Tejgaon in the capital. 

The Accord directly competes with the Toyota Camry and its South Korean counterpart: the Hyundai Sonata -- both of which are available at Navana and Millenium Motors respectively. Accord’s chassis is lighter than that of its previous generations. Honda achieved this by using aluminium for the front sub frame. This not only makes the entire body lighter, but also makes it way more rigid than before. The lighter the car, the more efficient it is -- consuming less fuel as well as performing better in terms of acceleration. 

The new design is very similar to that of the new Civic and the CRV, which follows the new design language of Honda. The roomier interior works as the main selling point for the vehicle. The headlights come in all LEDs and the interior has all the basic options such as dual zone climate control, a 7-inch screen and a ten-speaker audio (9 speakers with 1 subwoofer). It also provides many modern amenities you would expect from a car of this caliber, such as Apple CarPlay and wireless charging. 

The Accord and the CRV use the same engine; but when it comes to driving, the Accord is front wheel driven, thus limiting the amount of fun but compensating in other ways by making it more fuel efficient. Honda delivers a fun driving experience, as the brand always has. While driving, the steering feels ultra light; very easy to maneuver given the sheer size of the vehicle. The front of the car feels a bit heavy but for a daily drive, it does the work just fine. The turn radius is great -- a huge added bonus, especially when it comes to the narrow streets of Dhaka. The amount of speed breakers and potholes means ground clearance is an important factor to consider when choosing the right car for yourself. With 150mm of ground clearance, relatively decent for a sedan, there were no problems whatsoever. 

The vehicle generates a reasonably good amount of torque, producing 260Nm at 1600-5000 rpm. The engine is an In-Line 4-cylinder with turbocharged V-TEC. A car of its size and engine needs to be fitted with a good braking system. The power assisted braking system seems to do a great job at bringing the car to a very smooth halt. It consists of an anti-lock braking system (ABS) on all four wheels. Looking into the technical sides of the car, the downsides include a slight lag in acceleration and a few blind spots which could make driving a bit difficult in complicated situations. 

Some other features include Hill Start Assist, which comes in handy when you are trying to avoid rolling backwards and hitting another vehicle behind you. Lane departure warning system and tire pressure monitoring system come in with all the basic models of Accord. Other exterior features include, one-touch power sunroof and Crystal LED with daytime running lights on all basic models as well. Apart from that, the Accord comes with multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, an essential for those blind spots mentioned earlier. 

Overall, this Honda is a joy to drive and, more importantly, a very easy vehicle to live with. Especially since DHS provides a three-year warranty, with free services for the first eight times. One might expect an inferior built quality, but the finishing and placement of every little accessory is on-point. Since the Accord is assembled in Thailand, it is very affordable. The price starts from Tk54 lacs, cheaper than some of its competitors of the same grade. Also, the fact that it comes with a 1.5L engine, taxes are not as hefty as one would expect, making sure it doesn’t put a dent on your wallet. 

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