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Honda Accord Named to Car and Driver 10Best List

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2020 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T
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The Honda Accord has been named to Car and Driver’s 10Best, the annual list of the best vehicles you can buy. If you’re getting a little confused and wondering if you haven’t seen this headline before, we understand — it’s not the first time the Accord has been able to make this claim. In fact, this is the 34th time. Yes, that many. No other car is even close.

First introduced for the 2018 model year, the current, 10th-generation Honda Accord was met with praise in just about every automotive publication you can name. A few months later came the Accord Hybrid, and since then, the car hasn’t ceased the impress.

According to Car and Driver editor Eric Tingwall, what makes the Accord special is how it rewards drivers with “alert steering and fluid handling” — and if you’re old-school, it helps that it’s the only midsize sedan left that’s offered with a manual transmission.

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“Driving an Accord has been a safe and sensible decision as long as the car has existed. It becomes something much more than that — rewarding, engaging, fun — when you hustle the car harder than most drivers do,” Tingwall writes. “The attributes that make it so special are likely missed by the apathetic, sleep-walking masses who don’t know what they have. The Accord’s dynamic competence is always lying in wait for a discerning driver to wake it.”

But either the average driver isn’t apathetic, or the apathy does nothing to detract from the Accord’s appeal. How do we know? Because based on Wards Intelligence and MotorIntelligence sales data, the Accord is the retail best-selling sedan in America for the last 44 years. Knowing this, it’s almost a surprise it’s only appeared 34 times on the 10Best list.

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