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March 2, 2014

New Honda Accord wins popularity contest

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“It’s rather impressive that you can get miles-per-gallon in the 40s without sacrificing performance,” noted Horgan. “The Accord Hybrid is receiving a lot of attention.”

The new Accord is the ninth-generation version of the car Honda brought to America 38 years ago. Back then, all Hondas were imported from Japan. But today the Accord is made at manufacturing plants in Ohio. It is a truly American product, which seems fitting for the automobile that Americans favor above all the others.

Jeffrey Zygmont is an author of fiction and non-fiction books, and a long-time auto writer. Contact him at www.jeffreyzygmont.com.

2014 Honda Accord Sedan

Vehicle type: 4-door, 5-passenger, front-wheel-drive mid-size sedan

Price range: $22,745 to $34,270 (plus options)

Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles basic warranty; 5 years/60,000 miles powertrain warranty

Base engine: 2.4-liter I4

Power: 185 horsepower at 6,400 rpm; 181 lb.-ft. torque at 3,900 rpm

Base transmission: 6-speed manual

Fuel economy: 24 mpg city; 34 mpg highway (with automatic transmission)

Wheelbase: 109 inches

Length: 191 inches

Width: 73 inches

Height: 57 inches

Weight: 3,192 pounds

Fuel capacity: 17.2 gallons

Turning circle: 38.1 feet

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