In the Honda Accord, you have a sedan that offers considerable ride comfort, frugal fuel consumption, and decent reliability. If where you live gets rain and snow in winter, you need a vehicle that’s safe to drive in such conditions.
Is the Honda Accord good in winter? Let’s find out.
Here is the short answer to whether Honda Accord is good for snow and winter driving:
The Accord comes in a front-wheel drive, front-engine layout. This puts the engine’s weight over the driven wheels and increases stability, especially on slippery surfaces. Accords also have features, such as Vehicle Stability Assist and Traction Control that maximize traction in winter.
Is a Honda Accord Good in the Snow?
If you asked for recommendations on vehicles good for driving in snow, you’d hardly hear mention of a sedan. But, despite what people say, sedans such as the Honda Accord can—and do—perform well in snow.
Compared to bigger vehicles such as trucks and SUVs, sedans have a smaller mass. This makes them easy to maneuver in snowy conditions. It also means your vehicle can quickly regain composure if tires ever slip in snow.
Apart from its body, the Honda Accord has other things going for it with navigating snow.
For instance, it features Honda’s Vehicle Stability Assist and Traction Control systems that help maintain control and balance in unforgiving terrain, including snow.
However, the low ground clearance may present problems when you try to combat deep snow. Because the Accord sits close to the ground, it cannot drive in thick snow without getting stuck. Thus, we recommend avoiding roads whenever there’s news of a heavy snowfall.
What Features Will Improve Winter Driving?
The Honda Accord doesn’t have all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, which aid winter driving. Still, it has some features that maximize its ability in winter weather. They include:
Vehicle Stability Assist
Honda’s Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system works to keep your vehicle steady while you drive in slippery, wintry conditions.
It functions using a multitude of sensors to monitor your car’s behavior. These allow it to detect whenever your car is becoming unbalanced and hurtling off the road.
In such situations, the VSA system will apply brake-force on individual wheels to prevent wheel slip, which can impair vehicle stability.
It will also cut throttle power, i.e., reduce engine performance, to slow down the car and stop it from plunging off the road.
Traction Control System
The Traction Control system on Honda Accords cuts down on wheelspin to forestall loss of traction. Traction Control enables your Accord to maintain adequate levels of traction—necessary in winter, where wheels lose traction.
Just as the Vehicle Stability Assist, Traction Control monitors your vehicle’s behavior as you drive. Specifically, it tracks the rotation of your car’s wheels to detect wheel slip in advance.
Wheel slip happens when a wheel rotates faster than other wheels on a vehicle, and signals loss of traction. Traction Control on your Accord will apply brakes on the slipping wheel(s) to reduce its rotational speed. It could also decrease torque to that wheel.
One way or the other, the wheel will stop slipping, preserving your Accord’s traction.
Electronic Brake Force Distribution
The Electronic Brake Distribution system on the Honda Accord does the same thing on all vehicles: prevent wheel lockup.
Your wheels could lock when you brake hard on wet surfaces. Electronic Brake Distribution counteracts this by ensuring hard braking doesn’t affect wheel rotation such that the wheels lock.
As you brake, the EBD system redistributes brake pressure to the wheels proportionally. Therefore, even if you brake hard, the excess brake pressure is shared among the wheels.
Each wheel gets exactly the amount of brake pressure needed and nothing more, which eliminates wheel lockup.
Antilock Brake System
The Antilock Brake System has the same function as the Electronic Brake-force Distribution System, which is preventing wheel lockup. However, the ABS doesn’t redistribute brake pressure to stave off wheel lock; it goes a wholly different route.
The ABS has sensors that measure wheel speed, especially in braking situations. If one or more wheels start decelerating rapidly (likely from hard braking), ABS reacts by decreasing brake pressure. Afterwards, the wheel in question can start rotating properly.
Road Departure Mitigation
Road Departure Mitigation is an ingenious feature on the Honda Accord that prevents unintended deviation from a lane or roadway. This will come in handy in winter when the slick surfaces increase the likelihood of your vehicle slipping off its original path.
The Road Departure Mitigation System works by using sensors and cameras to detect when your vehicle drifts away from its lane.
In such situations, the RDMS will do the following to keep your vehicle in its lane:
- Send you a visual alert.
- Apply torque to your steering wheel and make it vibrate.
- Apply brakes if it judges that steering input is inadequate to keep the vehicle in its lane.
The last action is usually a last-resort option; it is to prevent your vehicle from completely veering off the road.
Also read our article on driving the Chevrolet Cruze in snow and winter.
Does a Honda Accord Have Snow Mode?
The Honda Accords comes without a Snow Mode feature. But you still have other features that minimize wheel slippage and maximize traction.
A good example is the Traction Control feature. The Vehicle Stability Assist feature also does something similar.
Can You Install Additional Snow Gear on Accord?
You can install snow gear on any Honda Accord model. The heavier the snowfall in your region, the more you need snow gear to aid traction and stability.
Consult local transport laws for guidelines regarding use of snow gear. Some states prohibit snow gear on specific vehicles, while some states prohibit specific snow gear. You must know what is legal in your area before you buy snow gear.
You must get your vehicle’s measurements correctly to avoid purchasing wrong-sized snow gear. Installing wrong-sized gear on your Accord will affect its ride quality negatively.
Some snow gear you can consider for your Accord are:
- Snow socks
- Snow chains
- Snow tires
How Much Snow Can an Accord Handle?
With under six inches of ground clearance, the Honda Accord isn’t the vehicle you use when snow falls fast and heavy.
The Accord is decent in snow, but it’s still far from being able to handle extremely thick snow. You’d be better off using your Accord only when the snowfall is average and manageable.
How Do Accord Handle Low Winter Temperatures?
As most new models do, Honda Accords use fuel injection in their engines. This guarantees fast warm-ups and optimal operation in different weather conditions. This explains why the Accord is rarely affected by cold weather; it will run just fine in winter, as it would in summer.
However, there are situations in which your Accord cannot handle driving in low winter temperatures. The first: it’s an older, carbureted model—carbureted models run poorly in winter season; they take longer to start and may refuse to run.
The second: it has some problem—this could range from bad spark plugs, bad battery, clogged air, or dirty fuel filters. Anything could be wrong with your car, so you must check it properly.
Asides these two situations, your Accord shouldn’t find cold weather temperatures problematic.
Make sure to also read our article on driving the Honda Pilot in snow and winter.
Can a Honda Accord Drive on Ice?
From what we know, the Honda Accord is great at driving in icy conditions. As it is lightweight, it can easily regain composure if one or more wheels start slipping on ice.
Besides, the Accord’s low ground clearance translates into a lower center of gravity. This decreases rollover risk, which makes for safer driving on ice.
Does the Accord Have 4WD?
The Accord doesn’t have all-wheel drive (AWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD). Even at that, the Accord is still great to drive in winter conditions.
It has features that offer the same benefit—safer winter driving—as AWD/4WD. These include Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Assist, and Road Departure Mitigation System.
What About Older Accord Models and Winter Driving?
The Antilock Braking System appeared on the Accord in the early 90s, although it was an optional feature.
Similarly, the Traction Control System, which preceded Vehicle Stability Assist, appeared on Accords in the early 2000s. Seeing as the older Accords have these safety features, we’d say they are good for winter driving.
Please also read our article on driving the Honda Passport in snow and winter.
Do Accords Need Snow Tires?
Yes, the Accord definitely snow tires if it will be driving in wintry conditions. Because of the cost of snow tires, some drivers use all-season tires in winter. This is wrong and increases the likelihood of getting experiencing a winter road mishap.
Here are some benefits of snow tires:
- They enable safer braking
- They provide optimal traction
- They prevent hydroplaning
Can You Mount A Snow Plow on An Accord?
You cannot mount a snowplow on a Honda Accord. It is too low, too small, and too weak to handle the demands of snow plowing.