When people ask their neighborhood car expert (that’s you) which car to buy, they usually have an answer in mind and are just looking for confirmation that it’s the right one. It rarely is. So don’t be surprised if your neighbor’s cousin’s stepbrother’s eyes don’t light up when you tell him to buy a Honda Accord. We should know; we’ve been beating the Accord drum for ages: This represents its 35th 10Best victory.
For many of those years, the Accord was—rightfully so—one of the most popular cars in the U.S. It has slipped in the ranks lately, but that has nothing to do with the quality of the product because the Accord is as good as it has ever been. It’s a reasonably priced, generously sized four-door that offers the refinement of a luxury car, the precise moves of an upmarket sedan, and the sensibility of, well, a Honda. What more could you want?
The bulk of new-car buyers these days want a tall perch, plastic body cladding, and the false