2010 Honda Accord

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Honda Accord. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21-26 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    177-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Roomy cabin
  • V-6 gas mileage
  • Confident handling
  • Brake-pedal feel
  • Resale value
  • Crash-test ratings

The Bad

  • Small trunk
  • Road noise
  • Firm ride
  • Backseat folds in one piece
  • No factory USB/iPod interface
  • Expensive base price

Notable Features of the 2010 Honda Accord

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Sedan or coupe
  • Available navigation system
  • Available stick-shift V-6 coupe

2010 Honda Accord Road Test

Kelsey Mays

There's little wonder that, as of this writing, the Honda Accord is second only to the Ford F-Series in U.S. sales. The current generation arrived in late 2007, and it continues to offer enough qualities to land it high on any family-car shopper's list. Alas, not all is perfect. Honda has dropped the ball in a few areas, and it's particularly evident when you compare our test car, a midlevel Accord EX, with what similar money buys from the competition.

Typical of a family car, the Honda Accord sedan offers a four-cylinder or V-6 engine with manual or automatic transmissions. In ascending order, trim levels are the LX, LX-P, EX and EX-L. An Accord Coupe is also available; it comes in LX-S, EX and EX-L trims. This time we tested a four-cylinder EX sedan with an automatic, but I've driven most other Accord variants, too.

For 2010, Honda introduced a wagon offshoot dubbed the Accord Crosstour. It's covered separately on Cars.com; you can read our review here. Little has changed between the 2009 and 2010 Accord; compare the two here.

 

How It Moves
The Honda Accord's four-cylinder makes 177 horsepower in LX and LX-P models. It's tuned for 190 hp in EX and EX-L sedans, and in all four-cylinder Accord coupes. The differences between the engines are only apparent when merging onto the freeway or pushing the car hard on hilly terrain. With virtually identical torque, stop-and-go oomph is similar. Both are quick enough, albeit not as sprightly as a ...

There's little wonder that, as of this writing, the Honda Accord is second only to the Ford F-Series in U.S. sales. The current generation arrived in late 2007, and it continues to offer enough qualities to land it high on any family-car shopper's list. Alas, not all is perfect. Honda has dropped the ball in a few areas, and it's particularly evident when you compare our test car, a midlevel Accord EX, with what similar money buys from the competition.

Typical of a family car, the Honda Accord sedan offers a four-cylinder or V-6 engine with manual or automatic transmissions. In ascending order, trim levels are the LX, LX-P, EX and EX-L. An Accord Coupe is also available; it comes in LX-S, EX and EX-L trims. This time we tested a four-cylinder EX sedan with an automatic, but I've driven most other Accord variants, too.

For 2010, Honda introduced a wagon offshoot dubbed the Accord Crosstour. It's covered separately on Cars.com; you can read our review here. Little has changed between the 2009 and 2010 Accord; compare the two here.

 

How It Moves
The Honda Accord's four-cylinder makes 177 horsepower in LX and LX-P models. It's tuned for 190 hp in EX and EX-L sedans, and in all four-cylinder Accord coupes. The differences between the engines are only apparent when merging onto the freeway or pushing the car hard on hilly terrain. With virtually identical torque, stop-and-go oomph is similar. Both are quick enough, albeit not as sprightly as a four-cylinder Nissan Altima or Suzuki Kizashi.

A five-speed manual is standard. The optional five-speed automatic upshifts smoothly, but its lower gears — particularly second — feel awfully long; this is where a six-speed automatic might come in handy. Acceleration aside, Honda's five-speed doles out quick downshifts and generally puts you in the gear you need. I'll take that over an indecisive transmission regardless of its gear count.

A 271-hp V6 is optional. It musters up smooth, confident passing power, but feels on the weak side of V-6 family cars. The V-6 Altima and Camry, in particular, pack more punch. At least Honda's V-6 is efficient: With a fuel-saving cylinder deactivation system, the V6 Accord sedan gets an impressive EPA-estimated 19/29 mpg city/highway. Relative to the four-cylinder competition, the automatic four-cylinder sedan's 21/31 mpg is less impressive. Gas mileage is the same whether you get the 177- or 190-hp four-cylinder.

Family Sedan Mileage Compared
Automatic Transmissions, EPA Combined Fuel Economy
  Four-cylinder Six-cylinder
2010 Nissan Altima 27 23
2010 Ford Fusion* 25-27 19-22
2010 Toyota Camry 26 23
2010 Subaru Legacy* 26 20
2011 Hyundai Sonata 26 --
2010 Chevrolet Malibu 25-26 20-23
2010 Suzuki Kizashi* 25-26 --
2010 Honda Accord 25 23
2010 Mazda6 24 20
*Fusion and Kizashi mileage includes AWD models; Legacy has AWD standard. AWD is unavailable on other cars.
Source: Manufacturers and EPA for non-hybrid versions with automatic transmissions.

 

All V6 Honda Accord sedans use an automatic. Performance enthusiasts might consider the coupe, which pairs the V-6 with an optional six-speed manual. The coupe's drivetrain loses cylinder deactivation — and its resulting EPA mileage drops to 17/25 mpg — but gets a flatter torque curve for strong acceleration at any rpm. The clutch is light, and the manual shifter has crisp, short throws, which you wouldn't expect given its tall height. On the whole, the setup does a lot to unlock the engine's potential.

 

Ride, Handling & Braking
Though softer than preceding generations, the current Honda Accord still rides on the firm side for a family sedan. The suspension feels more controlled over major bumps than does the Altima's suspension — which has all the cushioning of a $199 mattress — but sections of uneven highway still find their way subtly to your backside, and most bumps are met by loud suspension responses. The Ford Fusion has a similar ride character; the 2011 Hyundai Sonata is a bit better. If ride comfort is No. 1 in your book, check out a Chevy Malibu or Camry; both are still tops in that regard.


On the other hand, the Honda Accord has always been one of the more engaging family cars to drive. Some may find the steering wheel takes considerable effort to turn at low speeds — though I've found it lighter in LX and LX-P trims — but on curvy roads it offers quick precision and little vagueness. At highway speeds, the steering wheel's hefty weight still impresses; conversely, road noise from the 17-inch tires on most trims might have you cranking the stereo a bit louder.

Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are standard. The pedal delivers a confident, linear sensation that makes it easy to fine-tune your stops.

Cabin Quality
Two things stand out about the cabin. One, it's big. The Honda Accord's interior volume ranks it in the EPA's full-size category, and it shows. Headroom and legroom up front are abundant; the gearshift sits low, and there's enough room sculpted out around it for your knees to go where they may. Equally impressive is the backseat — there's room to stretch out, and the seat is large enough and high enough for adults to have ample thigh support. Too many competing backseats have one but not the other.

The second thing: The cabin isn't as upscale as it used to be. Our test car's cloth upholstery felt threadbare. Some may find the seats too firm, and I wanted less lumbar support even when it was dialed all the way back. The silver trim looks flat and plasticky, particularly compared with the trim used by competitors from Hyundai to Nissan. The doors in our test car had embarrassingly cheap molded plastic inserts; cloth inserts appear to have fallen victim to the cost-cutting ogre. So have chrome door handles, which were once a Honda staple. The old Accord had near-Volkswagen levels of cabin quality. Honda needs to find those glory days again.

In contrast to the cloth, EX-L models have a nice grade of leather, as well as heated seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. A navigation system is optional; it's easy enough to use, but the low-resolution graphics are due for an update.

Trunk volume, at 14 cubic feet, is at the low end for this segment. The Camry and Altima both have about 15 cubic feet; the Fusion and Mazda6 have more than 16. The Accord's backseat further complicates things: It folds in a single piece, rather than the 60/40 split most competing backseats offer, and the resulting opening is small. You won't be able to accommodate lengthy cargo and a rear passenger, unless your cargo fits through the sedan's center pass-through. The Accord coupe has a folding seat but doesn't get the pass-through.

Safety, Reliability & Features
The Accord sedan earned the top score, Good, in frontal-, side- and rear-impact crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It scored Acceptable in IIHS' new roof-crush test. The Accord coupe has not been tested, and its structure is different enough that the sedan's results don't apply. Standard safety features on both models include six airbags, active head restraints, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Click here for a full list.

Now in its third year on the market, reliability for the current-generation Accord has been decent. What's more, ALG pegs the Accord sedan's three-year residual value at 51 to 57 percent, depending on trim. That puts Honda in the company of the Mazda6 for class-leading resale value.

The Honda Accord sedan starts at $21,055 — on the higher side for starting prices in this league. Standard features include the usual power accessories, remote keyless entry, A/C, cruise control and steering-wheel audio controls. The Accord coupe starts at $22,555; it adds alloy wheels. On four-cylinder models, the automatic transmission runs an affordable $800. Move up the trim levels and you can get heated leather seats, a moonroof, a navigation system and power front seats. One issue: Although the CD stereo has a standard auxiliary MP3 jack, Honda offers no factory USB/iPod port.

Load up the Accord, and its price tops $31,000.

Accord in the Market
Through February, the Honda Accord has leapfrogged the Camry in sales, and Toyota's recall stumble could leave the Camry playing second fiddle for some time. (Or third fiddle. The Altima has also overtaken it.) Honda's best-seller isn't perfect. Competitors have long offered better value, and now some have better quality, too. But the market is telling, and the Accord still wins the big strokes: resale value, reliability and roominess. For now, its popularity remains deserved.

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2010 Accord Video

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most comfortable and smooth riding car I've had!

by GrandmaB from Hendersonville, NC on October 21, 2018

I love the looks of this sporty Accord. I enjoy driving around town or on hwy. It is smooth running, roomy, has a large trunk, and dual exhaust. It looks great! Read full review

(5.0)

Best Vehicle I've owned.

by Johnboymoulden from Edmonton on October 13, 2018

The vehicle has lots of room and comfort. I really enjoy the ride. I also like the entertainment system in the Accord. I really like the leather interior and moonroo. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Honda Accord currently has 10 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2010 Honda Accord 2.4 LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Honda
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    182-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Accord received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker