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For a few decades now, the Honda Accord has been a paradigm for a midsize family sedan. Whether you've been looking for safety, fuel economy, performance or a reputation for reliability, the Accord has had something to offer. This continues to hold true for the 2021 Accord. This year's car gets a few updates, including a face-lift and the introduction of wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which means you don't need to use a USB cord to integrate your phone's apps with the touchscreen.

The Accord has been our top pick for a midsize sedan the past few years, but a new rival has managed to just barely edge the praiseworthy Honda out of first place. The Kia K5 does almost everything as well as — or better than — the Accord, but at a lower price and with a bit more style. It's a very close battle between the two, and other contenders including the Mazda 6 and Hyundai Sonata aren't far behind. As close as all of these vehicles are, it may very well come down to personal preference and which dealer can cut you a better deal.

What's it like to live with?

The current 10th-generation Honda Accord has been a hit with Edmunds editors since it debuted in 2018. As a result, we added an Accord EX-L with the 1.5-liter engine to the Edmunds long-term test fleet and logged over 13,000 miles in a year. Check out our long-term Accord test, where we cover our real-world ownership experiences. Note that while we tested a 2018 Accord, most of our observations still apply to the 2021 model.

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But we didn't take just any old Accord or K5. Since this is a \"sport\" sedan comparison test, we have the sporty versions of the two top midsize sedans: the Kia K5 GT and the Honda Accord Sport. These sport versions have more performance, power and speed. Can the Kia K5 GT out-sport the Honda Accord Sport? We answer this and a whole lot more in our sport sedan comparison test. It's the Honda Accord Sport vs. the Kia K5 GT!","name":"Honda Accord Sport vs. Kia K5 GT Comparison Test | Which Sport Sedan Is Best? | Price, Specs & More","transcript":"MARK TAKAHASHI: Honda, that beacon of reliability and practicality. And they've had a few fun models sprinkled in there over the years, too. Kia, the new kid on the block by comparison. They've taken on the establishment and won. The Kia K5 just stole the Edmunds top rated crown away from the Honda Accord in the midsize sedan class. \n\nBut family sedans are boring, right? Or are they? What we have here are these sporty versions of the two top rated sedans in the class. The key a K5 GT, and the Honda Accord Sport, as determined to our exhaustive and thorough testing procedures. For the sake of simplicity, we're leaving off the Mazda 6 and Toyota Camry TRD, well that and we couldn't get a Camry TRD. I mean, do they have any idea who I think I am? \n\nIf you want to see a showdown with those, leave a comment below. In this video, we're concentrating more on the performance aspects of these sedans. If you want more in-depth information on things like comfort and convenience, we have links to videos below that will give you all the information you need. But this is the fun zone. \n\nAs always, head over to edmunds.com for all your car shopping needs. And to get a cash offer on your vehicle, head to edmands.com/sellmycar. Let's get the specs out of the way first. The Honda Accord Sport with the top powertrain in the Accord lineup starts just above $33,000 and comes with a 2 liter, turbo charged four cylinder that makes 252 horsepower and 273 pound feet of torque. \n\nThat's paired with a 10-speed automatic. Want some bonus points? That's a detuned version of the same engine that's in the Honda Civic Type R. The Kia K5 GT costs about $2,000 less and gets a 2.5 liter turbo. That puts out 290 horsepower and 311 pound feet of torque. \n\nThat's mated with an eight-speed dual clutch automatic. But the Kia K5 GT goes further with a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes, and steering. Seems like you get more with the GT, right? That already sounds like the Kia K5 GT enjoys an insurmountable advantage over the Accord. \n\nBut keep in mind, the Accord already gets high marks for its sporty handling. On top of that, we need to find out how all of these changes affect the K5's driveability and comfort. Both of these are offered only in front wheel drive, which leads me to question whether or not those front tires can handle all this added performance. \n\nSupporting K5 models are offered with all wheel drive and the smaller engine, which is a bonus for those who live in weather prone areas. Tires are vitally important, too, and the K5 gets 245 Pirelli P0 all-season tires mounted on 19-inch wheels, while the Accord Sport gets 235 Michelin primacy MXM-4's also mounted on 19s. \n\nThankfully, we're at the Edmunds test track where I can safely explore the potential of these more than mild but less than wild sedans. So let's go turn and burn. \n\n[TIRES SCREECHING] \n\nDespite having a traditional automatic transmission, the Accord has very slight pause between the time you get on the pedal and when you finally start to take off. This really isn't that big of a deal these days. I mean, a lot of cars do that. But it does make it feel just a little less responsive. It hits 0 to 60 in 5.9 seconds which is quick for the class, especially when you consider that the regular record does it in about 8 seconds. \n\nIt sounds OK at full throttle, at least it doesn't sound like you're going to break anything. As I'm heading into this next hairpin, I'll get on the brakes hard, but not pushing it through the firewall. The thing is though, I'm trying to downshift into second gear and it won't let me do it until I'm halfway through the turn, even though I know I have the revs there. It's frustrating. I like getting all my breaking in downshifting done just before I turn in, and it keeps the car a little more settled all the way through. Now in this turn, body roll, it is certainly there. \n\nBut the Accord is still pretty well-mannered. It doesn't encourage you to drive it any harder, mostly because it feels like you're not going to get anything else out of it. This is an Accord Sport, after all. It's not something like an Accord Type R. Ooh. Accord Type R. \n\nI could get behind something like that. Tire howl it is definitely there. But it gives you a good indication of how much grip you have left. Is it fun? Yeah, reasonably it is. \n\nBut what happens if I turn up the aggression just a little bit? Let's find out. Oh, yeah. Front and plows really hard. I lose all the grip up front, and I have to back out of the throttle just because there's nothing left I can pull from those poor tires. \n\nAll right. That's enough. I'm going to cool it down, head back to pit. One thing I noticed pulling into the pits, the Accord, on the brakes, they were steaming. There were really, really hot. \n\nSo that's one thing to keep in mind, especially because I wasn't really truly torturing them that much. The Kia K5 GT has upgraded rotors and calipers, so it's possible those brakes might not have as much of a problem. We shall see. \n\nRight off the line, the K5 GT has a distinct pause before you start getting any acceleration. On top of that, there are some awkward lurches as the dual clutch transmission tries to settle in and get you a higher gear. It's much less of an issue if you slap it over to manual mode. But in the everyday drive and commute, it can get pretty tiresome. I do like the engine sound better in the K5. Down low, it has this subtle little flutter, something that you might expect from a Subaru Boxer engine. But higher up, it gets smoother and a little more pronounced. \n\nAs far as brakes go, well, there's not a whole lot to say there about feel. And again, that's a good thing. They do seem less prone to overheating than the Accord, but the unfortunate thing is it took 134 feet to come to a stop from 60 miles an hour. That is not very good. Coming into these sharper turns, I am able to grab second gear quicker than in the Accord. Allows it to rev up a little higher. \n\nThe sport tuned suspension does a much better job of managing body role. It just feels a lot more planted. And neither car have much in the way of steering feedback. But at least in the K5 GT, you can switch it to Sport Plus Mode. It gives you a little more effort, at least it feels the part. \n\nAs I get back into the throttle, the fun, it just dies. Yeah, ugh. Yeah. With the added power, it's much easier to overwhelm those front tires, and it feels like you have to be a lot more careful about that than in the Accord. It's a clear case that this car would greatly benefit from stickier tires or limited slip differential, and definitely all wheel drive. As it is, you have to baby the K5 GT out of turns. \n\nAnd that's the big letdown. Up until that point, it's pretty damn good. Once you can lay that power down, the ups are so quick, power is plentiful. I like the way the transmission works when I'm driving it hard like this, but in the everyday commute it kind of falls apart. \n\nIt seems the opposite with the Accord, where it's smoother in everyday driving and a little too conservative for spirited driving. As for ride quality, I feel the bumps more than I would in the Accord or a regular K5, but it's nothing close to what I'd consider harsh. I think it's a good mix of sporty stiffness and comfortable compliance. In fact, I'd like to see a sport tuned suspension in the Accord Sport. \n\n[TIRES SCREECHING] \n\nAt the end of this test, I'm somewhat surprised. I probably expected more from the Kia K5 GT and a little less from the Honda Accord Sport. Even more surprising, I'd take a supporting K5 with all wheel drive over either of these. It's a clear cut case that more power doesn't always equate to a better or sportier car. \n\nFortunately, all the things that make the K5 our top-rated sedan remain. It's comfortable. It's a joy to drive. It's packed with tech, and you get a lot for your money. That said, if your budget can swing it, I suggest stepping up to the Kia Stinger or Dodge Charger, if you're serious about fun. \n\nAnd let me know if you want to see that comparison, because I sure as hell want to shoot it. Thanks for watching, and as always hit that Subscribe button below. I'm going to try and squeeze in a few more laps before they kick us out. See you. \n\n[MUSIC PLAYING]","thumbnailUrl":"https://media.ed.edmunds-media.com/honda/accord/2021/ot/2021_honda_accord_group_ot_21221_175.jpg","contentUrl":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sInGzhvQL1k","uploadDate":"2021-02-12"}]

2021 Honda Accord

MSRP range: $24,770 - $36,700
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MSRP
$25,765
Edmunds suggests you pay
$25,304

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2021 Honda Accord Review

  • Engines are both powerful and fuel-efficient
  • Interior is cavernous and uses upscale materials
  • Sporty handling makes it fun to drive
  • Many advanced driver safety aids come standard
  • Not as quiet as some rival sedans
  • Low seating position slightly hampers entry and exit
  • Updated front-end styling
  • Revised trim level lineup
  • Newly available wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Manual transmission no longer available
  • Part of the 10th Accord generation introduced for 2018
  • For a few decades now, the Honda Accord has been a paradigm for a midsize family sedan. Whether you've been looking for safety, fuel economy, performance or a reputation for reliability, the Accord has had something to offer. This continues to hold true for the 2021 Accord. This year's car gets a few updates, including a face-lift and the introduction of wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which means you don't need to use a USB cord to integrate your phone's apps with the touchscreen.

    The Accord has been our top pick for a midsize sedan the past few years, but a new rival has managed to just barely edge the praiseworthy Honda out of first place. The Kia K5 does almost everything as well as — or better than — the Accord, but at a lower price and with a bit more style. It's a very close battle between the two, and other contenders including the Mazda 6 and Hyundai Sonata aren't far behind. As close as all of these vehicles are, it may very well come down to personal preference and which dealer can cut you a better deal.

    What's it like to live with?

    The current 10th-generation Honda Accord has been a hit with Edmunds editors since it debuted in 2018. As a result, we added an Accord EX-L with the 1.5-liter engine to the Edmunds long-term test fleet and logged over 13,000 miles in a year. Check out our long-term Accord test, where we cover our real-world ownership experiences. Note that while we tested a 2018 Accord, most of our observations still apply to the 2021 model.

    EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
    Rated for you by America’s best test team
    The Accord is a class leader. It's an undeniably compelling package, and it's enjoyable to drive. Some rival sedans might best the Accord in a few areas, but no other sedan puts it all together as well as this one.
    We like how the Accord's engine and transmission respond quickly and provide sufficient power. The raw numbers aren't special — our as-tested 0-60 mph time of 8 seconds is average for a base engine in this segment — but the rapid response to driver input is. Honda's CVT automatic will lower engine rpm as much as possible to improve fuel economy, but it responds quickly and smoothly to provide more power when you need it.

    The car corners well, sticking to the road with no drama, and the brakes are easy to control for smooth stops. Our panic-stop braking test from 60 mph resulted in an average stopping distance for a midsize sedan, and the Accord's brakes instill confidence thanks to arrow-straight stops. The steering, though accurate and easy, doesn't give you much feel for the road.
    The Accord is quiet and comfortable in most situations. The front seats have well-placed headrests and comfortable back support, but the seat cushions don't have a lot of padding. Finding the right adjustment is important to staying comfortable on long drives. All climate settings can be adjusted with straightforward and clearly labeled manual controls, and the system's automatic setting regulates cabin temperature well.

    We tested the top-trim Accord Hybrid Touring, which comes with an adaptive suspension as well as big 19-inch wheels. While we appreciate the extra features of the Touring (ventilated front seats, for example), we haven't found that the adaptive shock absorbers contribute much to the ride quality. In fact, we'd go so far as to recommend either the EX or EX-L trim level if comfort is a priority for you. They cost thousands less than the similarly equipped Touring trim and still have a smooth ride thanks to their smaller 17-inch wheels that have cushier tire sidewalls. The Accord's cabin is nicely insulated against wind noise, though tire noise is noticeable on the highway.
    The interior of the Accord offers modern design, quality soft-touch materials, lots of room, and a user-friendly infotainment system and control layout. Basic functions are easy to navigate thanks to physical buttons, but the controls on the wheel aren't intuitively laid out and take getting used to.

    The cabin is airy and open, but taller drivers will want to test the seating position since their knees might rub on a piece of hard plastic trim. The doorsills are high and wide, meaning other sedans are a little easier to get in and out of. Rear legroom is excellent, though taller passengers will run out of headroom and will have to duck while exiting the back seat.
    The available navigation system's graphics look crisp, and instructions are easy to follow. Honda also did a nice job integrating the infotainment system with the gauge cluster screen and optional head-up display. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay work well, and the near-field Bluetooth pairing is a neat trick. However, the standard pairing method is easy enough that it's mostly a novelty. The premium audio system produces a lot of volume without distortion, but sound quality is unexceptional for an upgraded system.

    Many active safety and driver aids come standard on the Accord, but blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert aren't standard on lower trims. The adaptive cruise control system mostly works well, but it sometimes picks up neighboring lanes in curves. Forward collision alert doesn't deliver false warnings but is very sensitive.
    The Accord offers about as much utility as possible for a sedan. It has excellent trunk volume. The opening is wide, if a little narrow, and it's easy to maneuver objects in and out. The 60/40-split folding rear seats open up even more room for long objects. The cabin offers plenty of spots for small items. The center console armrest bin is generously sized, and the front charging ports and wireless charging pad (if equipped) are in a cubby with room for more than one phone.

    For family duty, the Accord has car seat anchors that are located under clearly marked flaps and are close to the surface with no seating material impinging on access. Even bulky car seats shouldn't pose a problem.
    The EPA estimate of 32-33 mpg combined with the base engine is excellent for a midsize sedan. But we only managed to average 28.5 mpg on our evaluation route. Other vehicles we test do a better job of matching the EPA estimates. The Accord's small turbocharged engine seems to get thirsty when driven in the real world.
    You get a lot of car for your money. The Accord's interior design is modern and upscale. The touch points are covered in soft-touch materials, and the panels are fit tightly together. Only a few of the textured surfaces reveal themselves to be somewhat tacky-feeling hard plastics. Equipment scales well through the trim levels, so you don't feel like you're being shorted for opting for a lower trim. Dollar for dollar, the Accord feels like it's in a different league.
    You feel good getting in the Accord. It reminds you that you chose wisely as you settle into the low seat. You can sit low and back, ensconced in the vehicle, and it imparts a sensation of being in a much more expensive car. If the steering was sharper, this Honda could even be a sport sedan. As it is, the Accord is a sporty and competent sedan that's actually a lot of fun to whip through corners thanks to its stability.

    Which Accord does Edmunds recommend?

    The new Sport SE trim replaces the previous EX trim, which got our recommendation last year. Just like its predecessor, it delivers plenty of features for the money. In particular, the keyless entry, leather upholstery and heated seats are worth the price premium over the Sport trim. You also get a handful of other convenience items.

    Honda Accord models

    The 2021 Honda Accord is a midsize sedan available in six trim levels: LX, Sport, Sport Special Edition (or simply SE), EX-L, Sport 2.0T and Touring. Most Accords come with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (192 horsepower) and a continuously variable automatic transmission that powers the front wheels. The Sport 2.0T and Touring receive a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (252 hp) and a traditional 10-speed automatic transmission. There's also an Accord Hybrid model that is reviewed separately.

    LX
    This base trim comes well equipped for the price, with feature highlights that include:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Cloth upholstery
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Four-speaker audio system
  • Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features that includes:
  • Frontal collision mitigation (applies the brakes automatically to stop the vehicle to avoid or minimize a collision)
  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
  • Lane keeping assist (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
  • Sport
    Stepping up to this model adds some sporty styling flourishes and a few convenience items such as:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • Foglights
  • Rear spoiler
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Paddle shifters
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Unique seat upholstery
  • Eight-speaker audio system
  • Rear-seat USB charge ports
  • Sport SE
    This new trim level builds on the regular Sport with more convenience and luxury features that include:

  • Keyless entry
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote ignition
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • EX-L
    Goes without the Sport SE's paddle shifters, spoiler and 19-inch wheels but adds:

  • Sunroof
  • Driver-seat memory settings
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Premium 10-speaker audio system
  • Satellite radio
  • Added safety features that include:
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible behind or in front of the vehicle when parking)
  • Sport 2.0T
    This model is outfitted similar to the Sport SE minus the leather upholstery and power front passenger seat, but it gains the more powerful engine and traditional automatic transmission. It also adds:

  • Sunroof
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Touring
    At the top of the lineup, the Touring is similarly equipped as the EX-L but with the 2.0T engine and transmission. It also adds:

  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Paddle shifters
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated outboard rear seats
  • Navigation system
  • Low-speed anti-collision braking (applies the brakes if a collision is imminent between 1 and 6 mph)
  • without the continuous gear changes of an automatic. I haven't even tried the paddle shifters yet, which are supposed to mimic a 7-speed automatic, and have spent very little time in Sport mode because the car is plenty fast in plain old Drive. Too fast sometimes to the point you look at the speedometer and are surprised. Mind you I'm not comparing this to sports cars, just plain old family sedans I've owned in the past. The car has almost all the bells and whistles. With the Sport SE you never need to take the key fob out of your pocket to unlock, drive or lock the car. Walk up and touch it and it unlocks, walk away and it locks automatically. There's remote engine start plus a cool feature Honda doesn't advertise where you can open all the windows remotely. The leather seats are nice but not very fancy for leather seats. There's a TON of space everywhere. The gas pedal is a little sensitive to the touch, would like something requiring more effort to push down, and the brake pedal is positioned high up so it's not always comfortable getting your foot on it. Apple CarPlay works well but is not wireless. The stereo may be 180 watts with 8 speakers, but it could sound better. You get some road noise on rough pavement with the 19-inch wheels, but they handle great and look even better. This car stays flat on corners and bends where my old Camry felt like it might go off the road. Very pleased so far.
    5/5 stars, Honda always the best
    Asa,
    EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
    The leather heated seats a plus in winter. The technology inside the car with Apple play love ! The sensors & rear camera a plus for safety.
    5/5 stars, Luxury ride for an economy price
    Rehman,
    EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
    This is my second Accord. It looks, feels, and drives like a luxury vehicle but at a much lower price!!
    5/5 stars, Incredible Value
    TJ,
    Sport Special Edition 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
    Just hopped into the Accord Sport SE and all I can say is its an absolute steal! The car is stylish, packed with features backed by Honda's unbeatable reliability and support and has more than enough power for the average driver! Go test drive one and you will know its the best car in class for the price.

    2021 Honda Accord video

    MARK TAKAHASHI: Honda, that beacon of reliability and practicality. And they've had a few fun models sprinkled in there over the years, too. Kia, the new kid on the block by comparison. They've taken on the establishment and won. The Kia K5 just stole the Edmunds top rated crown away from the Honda Accord in the midsize sedan class. But family sedans are boring, right? Or are they? What we have here are these sporty versions of the two top rated sedans in the class. The key a K5 GT, and the Honda Accord Sport, as determined to our exhaustive and thorough testing procedures. For the sake of simplicity, we're leaving off the Mazda 6 and Toyota Camry TRD, well that and we couldn't get a Camry TRD. I mean, do they have any idea who I think I am? If you want to see a showdown with those, leave a comment below. In this video, we're concentrating more on the performance aspects of these sedans. If you want more in-depth information on things like comfort and convenience, we have links to videos below that will give you all the information you need. But this is the fun zone. As always, head over to edmunds.com for all your car shopping needs. And to get a cash offer on your vehicle, head to edmands.com/sellmycar. Let's get the specs out of the way first. The Honda Accord Sport with the top powertrain in the Accord lineup starts just above $33,000 and comes with a 2 liter, turbo charged four cylinder that makes 252 horsepower and 273 pound feet of torque. That's paired with a 10-speed automatic. Want some bonus points? That's a detuned version of the same engine that's in the Honda Civic Type R. The Kia K5 GT costs about $2,000 less and gets a 2.5 liter turbo. That puts out 290 horsepower and 311 pound feet of torque. That's mated with an eight-speed dual clutch automatic. But the Kia K5 GT goes further with a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes, and steering. Seems like you get more with the GT, right? That already sounds like the Kia K5 GT enjoys an insurmountable advantage over the Accord. But keep in mind, the Accord already gets high marks for its sporty handling. On top of that, we need to find out how all of these changes affect the K5's driveability and comfort. Both of these are offered only in front wheel drive, which leads me to question whether or not those front tires can handle all this added performance. Supporting K5 models are offered with all wheel drive and the smaller engine, which is a bonus for those who live in weather prone areas. Tires are vitally important, too, and the K5 gets 245 Pirelli P0 all-season tires mounted on 19-inch wheels, while the Accord Sport gets 235 Michelin primacy MXM-4's also mounted on 19s. Thankfully, we're at the Edmunds test track where I can safely explore the potential of these more than mild but less than wild sedans. So let's go turn and burn. [TIRES SCREECHING] Despite having a traditional automatic transmission, the Accord has very slight pause between the time you get on the pedal and when you finally start to take off. This really isn't that big of a deal these days. I mean, a lot of cars do that. But it does make it feel just a little less responsive. It hits 0 to 60 in 5.9 seconds which is quick for the class, especially when you consider that the regular record does it in about 8 seconds. It sounds OK at full throttle, at least it doesn't sound like you're going to break anything. As I'm heading into this next hairpin, I'll get on the brakes hard, but not pushing it through the firewall. The thing is though, I'm trying to downshift into second gear and it won't let me do it until I'm halfway through the turn, even though I know I have the revs there. It's frustrating. I like getting all my breaking in downshifting done just before I turn in, and it keeps the car a little more settled all the way through. Now in this turn, body roll, it is certainly there. But the Accord is still pretty well-mannered. It doesn't encourage you to drive it any harder, mostly because it feels like you're not going to get anything else out of it. This is an Accord Sport, after all. It's not something like an Accord Type R. Ooh. Accord Type R. I could get behind something like that. Tire howl it is definitely there. But it gives you a good indication of how much grip you have left. Is it fun? Yeah, reasonably it is. But what happens if I turn up the aggression just a little bit? Let's find out. Oh, yeah. Front and plows really hard. I lose all the grip up front, and I have to back out of the throttle just because there's nothing left I can pull from those poor tires. All right. That's enough. I'm going to cool it down, head back to pit. One thing I noticed pulling into the pits, the Accord, on the brakes, they were steaming. There were really, really hot. So that's one thing to keep in mind, especially because I wasn't really truly torturing them that much. The Kia K5 GT has upgraded rotors and calipers, so it's possible those brakes might not have as much of a problem. We shall see. Right off the line, the K5 GT has a distinct pause before you start getting any acceleration. On top of that, there are some awkward lurches as the dual clutch transmission tries to settle in and get you a higher gear. It's much less of an issue if you slap it over to manual mode. But in the everyday drive and commute, it can get pretty tiresome. I do like the engine sound better in the K5. Down low, it has this subtle little flutter, something that you might expect from a Subaru Boxer engine. But higher up, it gets smoother and a little more pronounced. As far as brakes go, well, there's not a whole lot to say there about feel. And again, that's a good thing. They do seem less prone to overheating than the Accord, but the unfortunate thing is it took 134 feet to come to a stop from 60 miles an hour. That is not very good. Coming into these sharper turns, I am able to grab second gear quicker than in the Accord. Allows it to rev up a little higher. The sport tuned suspension does a much better job of managing body role. It just feels a lot more planted. And neither car have much in the way of steering feedback. But at least in the K5 GT, you can switch it to Sport Plus Mode. It gives you a little more effort, at least it feels the part. As I get back into the throttle, the fun, it just dies. Yeah, ugh. Yeah. With the added power, it's much easier to overwhelm those front tires, and it feels like you have to be a lot more careful about that than in the Accord. It's a clear case that this car would greatly benefit from stickier tires or limited slip differential, and definitely all wheel drive. As it is, you have to baby the K5 GT out of turns. And that's the big letdown. Up until that point, it's pretty damn good. Once you can lay that power down, the ups are so quick, power is plentiful. I like the way the transmission works when I'm driving it hard like this, but in the everyday commute it kind of falls apart. It seems the opposite with the Accord, where it's smoother in everyday driving and a little too conservative for spirited driving. As for ride quality, I feel the bumps more than I would in the Accord or a regular K5, but it's nothing close to what I'd consider harsh. I think it's a good mix of sporty stiffness and comfortable compliance. In fact, I'd like to see a sport tuned suspension in the Accord Sport. [TIRES SCREECHING] At the end of this test, I'm somewhat surprised. I probably expected more from the Kia K5 GT and a little less from the Honda Accord Sport. Even more surprising, I'd take a supporting K5 with all wheel drive over either of these. It's a clear cut case that more power doesn't always equate to a better or sportier car. Fortunately, all the things that make the K5 our top-rated sedan remain. It's comfortable. It's a joy to drive. It's packed with tech, and you get a lot for your money. That said, if your budget can swing it, I suggest stepping up to the Kia Stinger or Dodge Charger, if you're serious about fun. And let me know if you want to see that comparison, because I sure as hell want to shoot it. Thanks for watching, and as always hit that Subscribe button below. I'm going to try and squeeze in a few more laps before they kick us out. See you. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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    Features & Specs

    Base MSRP
    $24,770
    MPG & Fuel
    30 City / 38 Hwy / 33 Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.8 gal. capacity
    Seating
    5 seats
    Drivetrain
    Type: front wheel drive
    Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
    Engine
    Inline 4 cylinder
    Horsepower: 192 hp @ 5500 rpm
    Torque: 192 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
    Basic Warranty
    3 yr./ 36000 mi.
    Dimensions
    Length: 192.2 in. / Height: 57.1 in. / Width: 73.3 in.
    Curb Weight: 3131 lbs.
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 16.7 cu.ft.

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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Accord safety features:

    Collision Mitigation Braking System
    Alerts the driver when the system senses a front collision is likely. Applies the brakes automatically to lessen the force of an impact.
    Blind-Spot Information System
    Warns the driver that another vehicle is in a blind spot. Illuminates a light in the mirror and beeps if the turn signal is activated.
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Maintains a driver-selected distance to a vehicle ahead in traffic. Automatically brakes and accelerates to maintain the gap.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall
    5 / 5
    Driver
    5 / 5
    Passenger
    5 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall
    5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall
    5 / 5
    Driver
    5 / 5
    Passenger
    5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat
    5 / 5
    Back Seat
    5 / 5
    RolloverRating
    Rollover
    5 / 5
    Dynamic Test Result
    No Tip
    Risk Of Rollover
    9.3%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good



    Honda Accord vs. the competition

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    Honda Accord vs. Kia K5

    Since the current-generation Honda Accord's debut in 2018, it has enjoyed a prized spot among midsize family sedans. That ends with the introduction of the new Kia K5, which replaces the Optima in the lineup. The K5 drives just as well as the Accord and has similar levels of comfort and convenience. It's essentially a tie between the Accord until you get to pricing, where the Kia holds a firm advantage throughout the trim levels.

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    Honda Accord vs. Mazda 6

    The Mazda 6 is the sporty sophisticate of the class, with attractive styling mixed with higher levels of performance and driver engagement. It's also attractive on the inside, and we award more points for its comfortable seats and easy-to-use infotainment system. Really, the only drawback is that it rides marginally stiffer than its rivals.

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    Honda Accord vs. Hyundai Sonata

    Like the related Kia K5, the Hyundai Sonata is as good to drive as the Accord, delivers a lot for the money, and has plenty of storage and cargo space. It also benefits from the same 10-year/100,000-mile warranty coverage as the Kia, which is the most generous in the industry. One of the few things keeping the Sonata out of the top three is an interior that isn't as refined as we expect these days.

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