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2018 Honda Accord KBB Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating 9.6 / 10
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By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor


One of 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.

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 LegacyKia 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. Look for the hybrid model to arrive in early 2018.

Driving It Driving Impressions

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.

Favorite Features

HONDA SENSING
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. The Accord Sport’s 6-speed manual transmission is rarity on a sedan of this size, but it definitely improves the fun factor.


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