"What's also cool is that a six-speed manual transmission is offered on the Accord Sport, which has won praise from us in previous review notes stories. Then there is the available continuously variable transmission, which is what we have here. In the past, a CVT would normally induce a gag reflex and thoughts of setting the darn thing on fire and rolling it off a cliff, but CVT development has come a long way. Subaru has built some impressive examples that are now in everything from the Impreza, WRX and Legacy, but Honda has done nice work, too, with the unit that's in the Accord.
"Compared to our now-departed long-term Honda Accord EX-L, this sport model does feel a little more tied down and athletic. The Accord often gets grouped in with the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima and Chevrolet Malibu as boring driving vehicles, but that's not really the case. The Accord has always been a slightly more entertaining midsize sedan, but the usually drab sheetmetal styling automatically makes people think it's a snoozer from behind the wheel. Get into an Accord, though, and you'll be greeted with direct steering, well controlled body motions through corners and always smooth and responsive drivetrains." -- AutoWeek