2018 Honda Accord: 5 Favorite Things
The 2018 Honda Accord is upon us, and there’s so much to talk about. Watch the video above to see the totally redesigned Accord in action while the always entertaining Micah Muzio demonstrates five key highlights. If you're left wanting more, you can find it below or in our full review.
In addition to two new turbocharged engines and a new 10-speed automatic transmission, the 2018 Honda Accord features a bold new design, significantly improved infotainment system and an even longer list of safety, comfort and driver assist technologies.
Most new Accords will be powered by a 192-horspower, 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine matched with Honda’s excellent continuously variable automatic transmission. Buyers who prefer ample reserves of oomph can choose a 252-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission, a powertrain that effectively replaces the outgoing model’s V6 option. Each engine is also available with a six-speed manual, and the Accord Hybrid also returns.
In addition to the model’s first-ever turbo engines, the 2018 Honda Accord offers the midsize sedan segment’s first adaptive suspension system. At the push of a button, drivers can dial up sportier suspension tuning in conjunction with more responsive steering and throttle inputs. The Accord has long been heralded as among the more eager and engaging midsize sedans, and Honda appears intent on retaining that mantle.
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. The front seats offer more adjustments than before, and they’re now available with cooling ventilation as well as heating.
The 2018 Honda Accord also 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 fast becoming a new favorite.
Other notable tech features include a head-up display, wireless phone charging and built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi with hotspot functionality, all of which are firsts for Accord. In addition, Honda Sensing is now standard on every Accord. The automaker’s superb suite of driver assist and safety technologies includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, collision mitigation braking and road departure mitigation.
Moving rearward, while the outgoing Accord boasted one of the roomiest backseats in the segment, the new model practically goes overboard with a couple more inches of rear-seat legroom. Seriously, there’s an almost comical amount of room back there. Trunk room is also generous, even in the hybrid version.
Stepping back to take it all in you’ll notice a long hood, sloping roofline, sharp creases and distinct face. While the outgoing model’s design aged particularly well over its 5-year lifecycle, it got old fast as soon as we parked it next to the new one. In person more than in pictures, this new Accord is one sharp, forward-looking sedan.
Pricing and fuel economy figures are yet to be announced, but we expect any surprises will be of the pleasant variety.
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