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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2024 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2023 Honda Accord 1.5T EX

Vehicle Type: Midsize Gasoline
 overall score
Category Ranking: 7

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $29,610
Price as Tested: $30,705

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 14.8
EPA City mpg29
EPA Highway mpg37
EPA Combined mpg32

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [O]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

The Honda Accord, fully redesigned for 2023, is an archetypical midsize family sedan and has been for decades. It's reasonably priced, roomy, practical, and dependable—an excellent value. Honda changed the classification of some of its vehicles in 2023: The Accord and Accord Hybrid (see page 90), for example, are no longer considered separate models. The lower-priced LX and EX trims have a nonhybrid powertrain, and the 4 more—expensive trims are hybrids—which means consumers who want a better-equipped Accord must opt for one with the costlier hybrid powertrain. We tested the EX trim, which is equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, LED headlights, a digital instrument cluster, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and a sunroof. The new Accord is stylish, with sharp lines and a more aggressive look. Significant virtues include plenty of cabin room for all passengers, a spacious trunk, and good fuel-economy numbers (32 mpg in combined driving). All Accords also come with a complete set of standard advanced safety features. Negatives are few in number but not trivial. The Accord's powertrain feels underpowered, especially taking off from a stop. The infotainment system seems outdated, and rear visibility is restricted by back-seat headrests and a high rear deck. Finally, the rearview-camera image quality is poor.

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Pros and Cons


  • Great value for the price
  • Stylish exterior
  • Good fuel-economy ratings
  • Spacious cabin, lots of trunk space


  • Somewhat underpowered, especially from a stop
  • Poor rear visibility because of a tall rear deck and headrests
  • Poor rear camera quality

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2023
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3280.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 195.7 / 73.3 / 57.1
Wheelbase (in): 111.4
Number of air bags: 10
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Michelin Energy Saver A/S
Front and rear tire size: 225/50 R17
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: CVT
Drivetrain type: Front wheel
Engine/motor: 1.5L I4 turbo
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 192 @ 6,000

Test Data

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Handling: 6.42
Quality and Drivability: 7.62

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