Honda Accord vs Ford Mondeo
Ford Motors has been in the automotive business for a long time, and they’ve done their share of large and not-so-large vehicles, with some becoming global icons. However, when the Japanese came up with their own versions of what a car should be, the Americans suddenly saw stiff competition that they couldn’t shake off. These foreign cars were much cheaper, practical, reliable, and best of all, inexpensive.
One of these Japanese cars, which maintained a stronghold on American soil for decades, was the Honda Accord. Well designed and of exemplary build quality, it became the benchmark car, especially in the midsize sedan category. Now that the competitors have finally started to catch up, we’ll see how Ford’s newest entry, the Mondeo sedan, matches up to the “hill ranking.”
We start with the base model Honda Accord LX, which has a 2.4L inline-4 engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox, producing 177 horsepower at 6,500 rpm delivered to the front wheels. This thrifty engine has a fuel economy rating of 25 miles per gallon for both city and highway driving, and for just $21,765, you’re not only getting a reliable car, but a practical one as well.
Meanwhile, the Ford Mondeo’s price tag starts at $28,695 and goes up to just over $30,000, depending on trim level, and for the base Edge model, you get a 2.0L inline engine with a manual gearbox. 6 speed. , which summons 140hp at 4000rpm to the front wheels. Although it’s underpowered compared to the Accord LX, the downside is that you get a little over 36 miles for every gallon of fuel you pump into the tank.
Both cars offer 4-wheel ABS on ventilated disc brakes, but differ in terms of curb weight, with the Accord LX coming in at a slightly trimmed 3,230 lbs., backed by 16-inch alloy wheels. wrapped in 215/60 All Season tires, while the Ford Mondeo weighs slightly more at 3,265 pounds, using 235/45 size tires on 17-inch wheels.
You have to remember, though, that all of these numbers are for the entry-level models only, for both automakers. Things get a little more exclusive, more competitive, and more expensive as you go up the different trim levels. The Accord offers three different trim levels, namely the base LX, the upgraded EX, and the top of the line EX-L, which offers premium features such as leather upholstery and an optional navigation system.
Meanwhile, the Ford Mondeo is available in three body styles (sedan, wagon and hatchback), a number of petrol and diesel engines, and up to 8 models, namely: Edge, Zetec, ECOnetic, Ghia, Titanium, Titanium Eco , Titanium X , and the top of the line Titanium X Sport. Some of the features found in any of those trims not found in the Accord include the following: Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Capless Refueling, Category 1 Thatcham Alarm, Quickclear heated windshield, delay courtesy headlights, Ford Intel Linking Protection System including driver’s knee airbag and advanced Bluetooth with voice control system.
A key note to remember is that the Mondeo is a very important car for Ford as, not only does it sell in large numbers in the UK, but it also defines that mid-size sedan market, making it the true essence of transportation. for the masses in the UK alone. As for the Honda Accord, its reputation is known, not just in one country, but throughout the world, and that alone indicates that the car offers the best value for money.