As an ex-Accord owner (7th gen sedan), it is true, Honda's are known for their lack of road noise insulation. But they have a terrific suspension setup. Much better than our noisy Epsilon setup.
I also was disappointed with the 8th gen base (LX) Accord's stereo. Horrible.
But, the Honda 2.4L is a gem of an engine that puts out adequate power. No, it's not going to win any quarter mile drags, but it will scoot faster than our GM 2.4Ls.
I miss my 7th gen, it was one of the best (besides my Aura) cars I've owned, and that includes Nissan, Toyota, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, etc.