Honda's Accord has just earned its 23rd consecutive Car and Driver 10Best award. No other vehicle has ever done this. “This is the car we find ourselves recommending over and over to friends and family members who want a practical, fun-to-drive car,” said Sharon Silke Carty, editor-in-chief of Car and Driver. “It’s refined, dynamic and affordable. What more can you ask for? Congrats to Honda for its impressive winning streak.”
As any owner knows, the Honda Accord is a vehicle that transcends the mundane commuter duty it is so often purchased to accomplish. The Accord is a satisfying vehicle to drive in all situations. It rewards its driver with ample power, tight steering, and a suspension that is tuned perfectly for both comfort and sportiness.
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Car and Driver’s staff tests dozens of vehicles during weeks of evaluation before voting on its winners. The 10Best award recognizes the smartest, most entertaining cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans available in the U.S. market. To be considered for this prestigious award, a model must be new or substantially changed from the prior model year, or be a returning winner from last year’s awards. The base price of the Accord is more than $60K below the maximum $90,000 allowed by the program’s rules. “We judge vehicles with an emphasis on value, mission fulfillment, and whether they are fun to drive,” Carty said. “Each of the 10 winners competes against the entire market to earn this recognition.”
So why does the Accord win so many awards year after year? One reason is that Honda never mails it in. Each generation of the Accord moved the bar for its segment higher. Also, the Accord is more than the sum of its parts. It may not have the most torque in its segment, nor the latest infotainment options, but overall, the Accord is a car that never makes a mistake.
If you own an Accord tell us why you think it has deserved this award for a quarter-century in the comments below.
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