New 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Sedan
Honda Accord Hybrid Sedan
The 2018 Honda Accord gets a new look, new engine options and new ways to lure in prospective SUV buyers having second thoughts.
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One of the best-selling sedans in America just got a major overhaul and wow, does it look good. The 2018 Honda Accord banishes the cautious styling of previous generations in favor of a racy coupe-like silhouette, which is good because Honda just killed off the Accord Coupe. A new set of turbocharged 4-cylinder engines replace the previous 4- and 6-cylinder engines, allowing Honda engineers to give the Accord a lower, wider stance. The new Accord’s longer wheelbase improves rear-seat space, so much so that a rear-facing child seat can now fit securely without hitting the front seatback. Honda Sensing brings more standard driver-assist features than are offered with the Toyota Camry, giving the Ohio-built Accord a slight advantage over its longtime nemesis.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you’re looking for a reasonably priced midsize family sedan with the latest in driver safety, suspension and infotainment technology, the new 2018 Honda Accord leads the pack. Dynamic styling, class-leading fuel economy, a massive rear seat, and Honda’s reputation for excellence are also along for the ride. There are even Accord Hybrid variants for those seeking superior fuel economy.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you’re looking for 6-cylinder power, all-wheel drive, or something with a really long standard warranty, you’re better off shopping a Subaru Legacy, Kia Optima, new Toyota Camry, or a Volkswagen Passat.
What's New for 2018
The 2018 Honda Accord is new from the ground up, with two new turbocharged engine choices and standard Honda Sensing on every model. The Accord Touring features a new adaptive suspension, while other trims offer the latest in infotainment and smartphone integration. The Accord Hybrid expands from three trims to five and has a lower starting price than the previous version.
The 2018 Honda Accord expresses itself differently depending upon trim level. The standard 192-horsepower 1.5-liter engine offers strong off-the-line performance and acceptable levels of power for passing and merging, but the biggest advantage is its class-leading 33-mpg combined fuel-economy figure. Moving up to the 2.0-liter turbo brings a more robust response, with 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque available as low as 2,200 rpm. We spent a good deal of time in the Touring trim outfitted with the 2.0-liter and the Adaptive Damper System. This engine is mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission, which we generally liked, but did notice a bit of hesitation in some passing maneuvers, followed by a slight shudder. The adaptive dampers did a good a job helping the Accord round corners with confidence, but also rendered the big Honda more susceptible to road distortion and freeway expansion joints. The Touring’s 19-inch wheels and low-profile tires didn’t help matters much, either.
Standard on every Accord, the Honda Sensing suite offers more standard safety features than any sedan in this class. The package includes adaptive cruise control, auto high beams, collision-mitigation braking, lane-departure warning and mitigation, traffic-sign recognition, and low-speed follow.
6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION
We know manual transmissions are not long for this world, but if your trim name is Sport, then a good manual transmission definitely belongs in the mix. Available with both the 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbo engines, the Accord Sport’s 6-speed manual transmission is rarity on a sedan of this size, but it definitely improves the fun factor.
The 2018 Honda Accord touts an all-new interior that is both roomier and more sophisticated than the 2017 model. Front and center is an available 8-inch infotainment screen with large, colorful tiles, and pinch, swipe and zoom functions. The cavernous rear seat offers plenty of legroom and can be equipped with seat heaters, but sadly no USB or additional power ports. Up front, there’s more room in all directions and the controls are logically arranged and easy to operate. One oddity is the push-button gear selector located right next to the cup holders. We’ve all experienced drink spillage while in motion, making us question the wisdom of placing a flat panel push-button controller so close to potential liquid disaster.
The new Accord is slightly shorter but lower and wider than the previous car. The low hood improves aerodynamics, aided by an underbody aerodynamic kit and, on 1.5 EX trims, active grille shutters. The 2018 Accord’s wheelbase is also longer and the track wider. The result is a very seductive looking Accord that only gets better looking as you move up the trims. The Sport wears 19-inch black-and-chrome alloy wheels, LED fog lights and a rear spoiler, while Touring trims get full-LED headlights, adaptive dampers, and front and rear parking sensors. Thanks to some clever repackaging, the Accord Hybrid now offers the same 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space and folding rear seats as found in the Accord sedan.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2018 Accord comes in five trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The most basic Accord LX features the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), Honda Sensing (see Favorite Features), push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED low-beam headlights, multi-view rear backup camera, 7-inch display audio with Bluetooth connectivity and auto on/off headlights. Moving up to the Sport trim brings the option of the 2.0-liter engine and manual transmission as well as standard 8-inch display audio, Sport combi seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a 12-way power driver’s seat, 60/40 split rear seat, and more.
Notable Optional Equipment
In typical Honda fashion, options are allotted by trim. Moving up to the EX trim brings blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a power moonroof, remote start, heated front seats and rear-seat air vents. The EX-L includes leather seats, a 450-watt audio system, and a 4-way power passenger seat. The Touring trim adds navigation (optional on the EX-L), full-LED headlights, head-up display, wireless phone charging, HondaLink Assist, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, rain-sensing wipers, and front and rear parking sensors. Hybrid models pretty much match their non-hybrid counterparts, although there is no Sport trim.
Under the Hood
Honda’s Accord sedan for 2018 offers a choice of two turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. Standard is the 1.5-liter turbo good for 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque, a 7-horsepower improvement over last year’s 2.4-liter engine. Optional on the Sport, EX and Touring is a 2.0-liter turbo pumping out 252 horsepower, a noticeable loss of 26 horsepower over the previous 3.5-liter V6. However, the 2.0-liter brings an additional 21 lb-ft of torque to the table, all of which is available at a much lower rpm. All trims with the 1.5-liter engine are mated to a CVT automatic transmission, with the exception of the Sport which offers a 6-speed manual option. The 2.0-liter is paired with Honda’s new 10-speed automatic, again the only exception being the Sport 2.0’s 6-speed manual gearbox. The 2018 Accord Hybrid employs the previous generation’s 2.0-liter gasoline engine and electric-motor setup, as well as the CVT transmission.
1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 (LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, Touring)
192 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
192 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 30/38 mpg (CVT automatic), 29/35 mpg (Sport 1.5 and Touring, CVT automatic), 26/35 mpg (Sport 1.5, manual)
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (EX-L, Sport, Touring)
252 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
273 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 mpg (Sport manual), 22/32 mpg (Sport and Touring, automatic), 22/34 mpg (EX-L, automatic)
2.0-liter inline-4 + AC Synchronous Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor (Accord Hybrid)
212 combined horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
232 lb-ft of torque @ 0-2,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 47/47 mpg
The 2018 Honda Accord LX has a base manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $24,445 including the $875 destination fee. The Sport 1.5 starts at $26,655 with either the manual or CVT transmission. The EX bumps the sticker to $28,345, while the Touring with the 1.5-liter engine tops out at $34,675. Add the 2.0-liter engine to the mix and the Sport jumps to $31,185, the EX-L to $32,845, and the Touring to $36,675. The new Honda Accord Hybrid also spans five trims, opening at $25,990 for a base model and rising to $35,600 for a Touring version. The Accord’s pricing is right in line with a comparably equipped Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Kia Optima and Chevrolet Malibu, and about $2,000 less than a comparably equipped all-wheel drive Subaru Legacy with EyeSight driver assist. Be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area paid. As for resale, it’s too soon to give accurate figures, but it's safe to say the new Accord will likely retain its excellent 5-year values on par with the Toyota Camry and ahead of just about every other midsize sedan.
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