Honda has unveiled the all-new 2018 Honda Accord, which marks the introduction of the 10th generation of the popular midsize sedan. Honda calls the new Accord the most dramatically styled and most fun-to-drive Accord ever, which is good news, since the midsize sedan segment needs some new life.
The 2018 Honda Accord will be offered with three four-cylinder engine options
On the outside the new Accord borrows styling cues from the Civic, which gives it a sleeker exterior than the current model. From the front there are strong similarities between both sedans, but as you move towards the rear, you’ll notice a unique C-pillar and a rethought rear. The new Accord is lower, wider and slightly shorter than the current model. Also the cab has been pushed back to give it a more rear-wheel drive look and the wheelbase has been stretched to give it more interior room.
The 2018 Honda Accord will feature three powertrains, but you’ll notice one is gone – a V6. That’s right, just like almost every other midsize sedan in the segment, buyers will now only be able to choose four-cylinder engines. The base Accord will be powered by the same turbocharged 1.5L as the Civic and CR-V, which generates 192-hp and 192 lb-ft. of torque. The 1.5L four-cylinder can be mated to either a CVT or a six-speed manual. If you want more power, the top version is powered by the same 2.0L engine as the Civic Type R, but it’s been detuned to generate 252-hp and 273 lb-ft. The 2.0L can be mated to either a ten-speed automatic or six-speed manual.
The 2.0L hybrid system features Honda’s latest two-motor hybrid powertrain. The system features greater than 40 percent thermal efficiency, the highest for any mass-produced Honda engine, paired with Honda-developed electric motors that are the first drive motors in the world to use magnets containing no heavy rare-earth metals.
Inside the 2018 Accord’s interior will have a more premium feel with a soft touch instrument panel, a sportier steering wheel and a new 8-inch display audio touchscreen.
Honda Sensing will be standard on every Accord, which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and new Traffic Sign Recognition.