Some people say that the mid-sized executive sedans are slowly losing their place as more luxurious SUV’s are becoming the new executive movers. We think not. The Honda Accord 2.4S makes a good case for its continued success as the car for upper management, as this car is designed from the ground up as an executive carrier and not a “luxuried up” variant of something else.
This facelifted Honda Accord has more chrome and LEDs than you can shake a stick at, but it’s one of the few cars that can get away with this much chrome. It has a shiny new grille and bumper and LED headlights, DRLs, foglamps and tail lamps. It rolls on 225 mm 50 series tires on 17-inch alloys.
When you step inside, the Accord does not disappoint. You get a mix of piano black, wood, and brushed aluminum finishes. Everything else is made with soft touch materials with black being the dominant theme. Getting in and out is easy, and it is spacious inside. You can set the front seats to whatever comfortable setting you want, and the rear will always have an abundance of space. Aside from space, you also get an abundance of information. You get three screens: one in the top middle of the dashboard, one in the center console which doubles as the entertainment system, and one between the gauges. The steering wheel is integrated with controls for many functions like display, phone, and cruise control.
Under the hood is an Earth Dreams 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 175-Ps at 6,200 rpm with 226-Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. Even with the Eco mode on, this car can power through the winding uphill twisties going up to Antipolo.
When you get an executive mover like this, you do get space and power as expected, but you’ll also get agility. This Accord handles a like a small car. It’s as easy as stepping on the gas and turning the wheel to the direction you want it to go. There’s little to no hesitation and it will readily take corners like a Civic. You’ll forget you’re driving a big car. There’s not much body roll, but even so, the ride is still comfortable.
You can be chauffeured in this car, but I think you’ll also enjoy driving it. As much as you’d love the space in the back seat, there’s some fun to be had behind the wheel. The driver seat is power 10-way adjustable with two-way lumbar support. The rear seats get extra privacy with sunshades mounted on the doors along with the rear windshield, which automatically retracts when you shift into reverse. There’s a camera mounted under the passenger side mirror called the Lane Watch Camera which activates when you signal for a right turn, giving you a better look at what is on the far side of the car on the entertainment center screen. It can be activated anytime with a button on the left stalk whenever you need a better view of the right side of the car.
Priced at P1.938M, what you do get is a vehicle designed for a specific purpose, moving upper or top management-types in business class space and comfort — a purpose which it fulfills so well and looks really good doing it.
Text and photos by Neil Pagulayan