• Totally redesigned for 2018
  • Starting price is $23,570 (MSRP), tops out at $35,800 for the new Accord Touring
  • Most popular powertrain delivers class-leading 33 mpg combined
  • Feature highlights include new turbo engines, new infotainment system, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi, wireless phone charging, head-up display and ventilated cooling seats
  • Honda Sensing safety and assist technologies are now standard across the line

 

Space tourism? Facial recognition? Adaptive suspension on a mainstream midsize sedan? The future just keeps getting better.

From the bold new look to the long list of useful tech, the totally redesigned 2018 Honda Accord is the most advanced, most sophisticated midsize sedan on the market. The new turbocharged engines are powerful and efficient. The driving-assist features are numerous and excellent. And the robust infotainment system is our new favorite in the segment.

Even in its final model year the outgoing Accord remained the country’s best-selling sedan at the retail level. This latest leap forward will make it that much harder to justify buying any other midsize sedan.

Driving It

Our first exposure to the 2018 Honda Accord took place in a fully loaded Touring model outfitted with the larger 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and new 10-speed automatic transmission, a 252-horsepower setup that essentially replaces the previous model’s V6 option. Most Accords sold will feature a new 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine matched with Honda’s excellent continuously variable automatic transmission. It’s a higher-output (192 hp) version of the powertrain found in the newest Civic, and its EPA combined fuel economy rating of 33 mpg qualifies the Accord as the most fuel-efficient car in its class.

Not surprisingly, the bigger engine offered more than enough oomph in both city and highway situations. The new 10-speed transmission had already impressed us in the new 2018 Honda Odyssey, and again helped deliver a more effortless sense of motivation thanks to smooth shifts and more gears. Pulling away from a stop, the Honda Accord delivers perfectly portioned acceleration that fades seamlessly into cruising speed. The transmission took an extra beat to kick down into a lower gear in highway passing situations, and we noted mild shudders in some stop-and-go situations, but overall this is an impressive transmission.

2018 Honda Accord Driving Photo

In our extended highway evaluations the cabin remained quiet and we found the driver’s seat comfortably supportive. Combined with excellent highway steering feel and helpful Honda Sensing technologies (covered below), the Accord is as comfortable covering long distances as it is running errands. We expected a smoother highway ride as a result of the tuning flexibility afforded by the adaptive dampers, but while the suspension was well-sorted the Touring’s 19-inch wheels and low-profile tires rendered it more sensitive to road imperfections. Most Accords will be equipped with 17-inch wheels and taller tires, which will help it better soak up the small stuff.

While only the 2018 Honda Accord Touring trim offers the adaptive suspension, every Accord includes a 2-mode driving system that lets the driver choose sportier steering, transmission and throttle responses whenever the mood strikes.

It’s always fun to think about mountain roads and road trips, but the reality is that most of us spend more time in parking lots. The Honda is good in that environment, too, thanks in part to variable-ratio steering, excellent outward visibility and a multi-angle rearview camera. Our Accord wish list includes a 360-degree bird’s-eye camera, which is becoming more common across a variety of categories.

Honda Sensing

Honda’s impressive suite of driver-assist and safety technologies has been enhanced and expanded on the 2018 Honda Accord. Now standard on every single Accord in the lineup, from LX to Touring trims, Honda Sensing keeps drivers even better informed with the addition of traffic-sign recognition. Our favorite features are the adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow and lane keeping assist functionalities, which can lighten both the mental and physical loads of longer-range highway driving. We’re even engaging them more and more in daily driving situations. Adaptive cruise control watches the vehicle ahead and adjusts speed accordingly, even in stop-and-go traffic. Lane keeping assist helps with the constant little corrections required to steer a car straight down the highway. Collision mitigation braking and road departure mitigation aren’t as exciting, but neither are seatbelts or airbags.

2018 Honda Accord Rear Photo

The Accord’s long list of driver’s little helpers also includes blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, multi-angle rearview camera and a new driver-attention monitor that can sense when a driver might be getting fatigued and suggest a break.

These systems also deserve credit for warning the driver without scaring the driver. In some systems the warnings can be jarring, but Honda’s gentle yet assertive chime and orange flashes alert drivers to whatever trouble might lie ahead without distracting them from it.

Interior Utility and Appeal

2018 Honda Accord Interior Photo

Inside, the new Honda Accord manages to pack more refinement, more features and even more room into a sedan that’s actually a little shorter than the model it replaces. The design is familiar but elevated, thanks in part to a more liberal application of high-quality materials. Everything is where you’d expect to find it and all the controls are visible from the driver’s seat. Nothing is visually obscured behind the steering wheel, the controls have a quality feel, and the buttons placed lower left of the steering wheel are thoughtfully marked with a larger font. The front seats offer more adjustments than before, and they’re now available with cooling ventilation as well as heating.

Infotainment

2018 Honda Accord Infotainment Photo

The 2018 Honda Accord adds the same excellent new infotainment system that recently debuted in the fully redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey. Featuring a tile-based user interface with tap, swipe, pinch and zoom functionality, you can organize the tiles however you like and there’s a favorites bar into which you can put three tiles/apps for easy access at any time. If it sounds like your smartphone, that’s no coincidence. Swiping between screens is fast and smooth, as is pinching and zooming. In combination with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, Honda’s new system is among the best in the industry.

The new Accord’s tech savvy doesn’t stop at the infotainment system, however. The latest generation of HondaLink telematics offers emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking, remote engine start, stolen vehicle tracking, geofencing and speed tracking. The head up display projects vehicle speed, turn-by-turn directions and traffic sign information onto the base of the windshield, and we liked that it remained easy to read even through polarized sunglasses. Pay a monthly fee for a built-in cellular data connection and you can turn the Accord into a Wi-Fi hotspot. And NFC (Near Field Communication) technology makes it exceptionally easy to pair any Bluetooth phone that’s equipped with that same tech.

Rear Seat and Trunk

2018 Honda Accord Trunk Photo

The 2018 Honda Accord is roomier than both its predecessor and, notably, the new Toyota Camry. Compared to Camry the Accord has about 5 more cubic feet of passenger volume, 2 more inches of rear legroom and 2.5 more cubic feet of trunk room. Those are all meaningful differences. And while almost every midsize sedan offers more passenger and cargo space than most shoppers will ever need, the bigger-is-better contingent -- a big group in our country -- might find the Accord’s dimensional advantages hard to resist.

While the back seat offers limo-like legroom and available heating, we were surprised not to find any USB or power ports back there. But we were happy to discover the new model has a wider pass-through from trunk to cabin with the 60/40 split rear seat backs down.

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid

The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid features all the goodness of the all-gas model, but with even better fuel economy and one huge improvement over the previous-generation Accord Hybrid. While the outgoing model’s trunk space was compromised by the battery, the new model features a full-size trunk expandable into the cabin via 60/40 split rear seat backs. The Accord Hybrid’s biggest shortcoming has been solved. Pricing and specs for the new Accord Hybrid will be announced later.

Compared to Camry

The Toyota Camry has also been totally redesigned for 2018, and Toyota’s famously soft and easy midsize sedan has never been more Accord-like in style and sportiness. But beneath the new personality, the new Camry can’t claim as many significant enhancements as the new Accord. While the Accord moves to turbo engines, a 10-speed transmission and an available active suspension, the new Camry offers a more familiar and traditional powertain lineup, and still doesn’t offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. While the Camry and Accord are now closer in style, the Accord feels further ahead in substance. 

2018 Honda Accord Exterior and Interior Photos

Engine Choices

Turbocharged 4-cylinder engines are taking over the market, making their way into everything from three-row SUVs to pricey luxury sedans. The Honda Accord is the latest convert, with the outgoing model’s 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and 3.5-liter V6 engines being replaced by the turbocharged options below.

1.5-liter 4-cylinder turbo
Horsepower: 192 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque: 192 lb-ft @ 1,600-5,000 rpm
City/Highway/Combined Fuel Economy: 30/38/33 (Most CVT trims), 29/35/31 (Sport CVT and Touring), 26/35/30 (Sport manual)

2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo
Horsepower: 252 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 273 lb-ft @ 1,500-4,000 rpm
City/Highway Fuel Economy: TBD

EPA fuel economy figures and final pricing for the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid will be announced at a later date.

Prices, Trims and Features

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices below do not include $875 destination fee.

Accord LX
Price (MSRP): $23,570
1.5-liter turbocharged engine
Continuously variable automatic transmission
Honda Sensing
LED taillights and low-beam headlights
Push-button start
Dual-zone climate control
Digital driver’s meter
17-inch alloy wheels
LED daytime running lights and turn signals
7-inch Display Audio system
USB and Bluetooth connectivity
Auto on/off headlights
Multi-view rearview camera

Accord Sport
Starting price (MSRP): $25,780
1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 6-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission
8-inch Display Audio
Sport exclusive front grille
19-inch alloy wheels
LED foglights
Rear decklid spoiler
Chrome dual exhaust finishers
Keyless entry
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
Sport combi seat material
Aluminum sport pedals
12-way power driver’s seat
Paddle shifters (with CVT)
8 speakers
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
60/40 split rear seat

Accord Sport 2.0T
Starting price (MSRP): $30,310
In addition to the upgraded powertrain, the Accord Sport 2.0T includes more features:
2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
10-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission
Keyless entry with walk-away auto lock
Heated, body-colored power side mirrors
Power moonroof
Blind-spot monitor
Heated front seats
SiriusXM and HD Radio

Accord EX
Price (MSRP): $27,470
1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with continuously variable automatic transmission
Heated front seats
12-way power driver’s seat
Blind-spot monitor
Cross-traffic monitor
Moonroof
Remote engine start
Heated side mirrors
Rear-seat HVAC vents
8-speaker, 180-watt audio
SiriusXM and HD Radio

Accord EX-L
Starting price (MSRP): $29,970
Add $2,000 for 2.0T engine and 10-speed automatic transmission
Add $1,000 for navigation
Leather seating and trim
2-position memory drivers’ seat
4-way power passenger seat
10-speaker, 450-watt premium audio
Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Accord Touring
Starting price (MSRP): $33,800
Add $2,000 for 2.0T engine and 10-speed automatic transmission
Full LED headlights
Head-up display
Navigation system
Adaptive dampers
Auto phone pairing (for NFC-equipped phones)
Wireless phone charging
HondaLink Assist
Ventilated cooling front seats
Heated rear seats
Reverse auto-tilt side mirrors
19-inch alloy wheels
Chrome door handles, trim, dual-exhaust finishers
Ambient door handle lighting
Front and rear parking sensors
Rain-sensing wipers
Paddle shifters

2018 Honda Accord Specs

Warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating: TBD (Likely 5 Stars)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
Wheelbase: 111.4 in
Overall Length: 192.2 in
Overall Height: 57.1 in
Overall Width: 73.3 in
Curb Weight: 3,131 lb to 3,428 lb
Turning Circle: 38.1 ft (39.4 ft in 2.0T and manual models)
Final Assembly: Marysville, Ohio

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