The all-new 2018 Honda Accord is quickly becoming an awards magnet. Not only did it win our 2018 Best Buy Award for midsize sedans, it took home the coveted Overall Best Buy trophy as well. And here we are again, handing it yet another trophy.
So what makes the Accord such a winner? It's huge inside, offering not only comfortable front seats, but rear seats that rival what we've encountered in full-size sedans. High-tech safety systems like collision detection and avoidance, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control are all included, even on the entry-level LX. Few other cars in its class offer that kind of technology on their base models.
Under the hood, Honda has returned to one of its classic strengths: 4-cylinder power. While the V6 is gone, it's unlikely you'll miss it thanks to the 252-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder now in top-line models. The standard engine is a 192-horsepower, 1.5-liter 4-cylinder. Both are available with manual transmissions, and both offer excellent fuel economy, with the 2.0-liter getting up to 32 mpg combined (city/highway), and the 1.5-liter a whopping 35 mpg.
To drive the 2018 Accord is to love it. The comfortable and spacious interior looks more like a luxury car than a family sedan, and it's appointed like one, too. Standard equipment includes push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear-view camera with multiple angles, and automatic high-beams. Climb the trim ladder to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated and cooled leather seats, and more. The high level of content, plus the Accord's reputation for long-term durability, means the Accord's cost-benefit analysis works heavily in its favor. Pricing starts at about $23,500 for a base LX model, building to about $35,800 for a loaded Touring model with the 2.0-liter engine.