I owned a 2005 Accord V6 Coupe... so, I know how great Honda's hydraulic power steering was.
But, innovation and progress have led virtually all auto companies to move to electric power steering.
Let's give Honda some credit here. Honda did a pretty amazing job nailing the EPS in the 9G Accord.
It's relatively light at low speed, firms up with acceleration, has great feel, and is dead-on-balls accurate maintaining center feel with no correction needed at highway speed. Honda did a phenomenal job.
BMW and some other "performance" brands have implemented EPS that delivers no road feel, no or numb feedback, terrible return to center, and awful on-center behavior requiring constant micro-corrections and they have been absolutely ripped to shreds by reviewers for a better part of this decade.
It really is a miracle Honda got this so right. When I read a review (and there are lots of them) that mentions a $60K sports sedan with numb steering with no feedback, I have to sit back and laugh. Steering feel and handling are supposed to be in the DNA of BMW, etc. But many of those guys got it wrong and introduced cars with embarrassing steering characteristics.
What do you think? I, for one, am amazed and proud that Honda did their homework and got the EPS right in the 9G.
I dunno, it's hard to say really. I have read reviews on BMW forums about how they really messed up the steering and chassis on the 3-series when they redesigned it in 2012 but I've never even driven a BMW. But I've read lots of comments in BMW forums and a lot of them say the steering is really bad.
I will give Honda credit that the steering in the 9th Gen Accord is pretty good. It's definitely not as good as the hydraulic PS in my '03 Accord was but, we've gone to electric so, unfortunately, that's to be expected.
That being said, I felt the steering in the VW Passat I drove was a little better...as was the steering in the Mazda 6. The steering in the Nissan Altima was not quite as good as the Accord. The steering in the VW GTI was the best of all. Funny, I remember the steering in a Volvo S60 was not as good as the Accord and that was a $45K car. It wasn't bad...just not as precise as the Accord. I test drove all of these cars in 2013 when I was shopping for my Accord.
So, yeh, for a $25K car I'd say the steering is pretty good. But if you ever get a chance, go test drive a GTI or Mini...much better steering, but a totally different car, too. And it won't have the reliability or resale value of the Accord. All depends on what you want out of a car really.
Given the choice, however, I'd go back to the hydraulic PS and double wishbone suspension (front and rear) that was on my '03 Accord. That was a much better handling car than the 9th Gen is IMHO.