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2018 Honda Accord Revealed

Honda took the wraps off the 10th-generation 2018 Honda Accord sedan, revealing a radical new look and a number of surprising changes, including the deletion of the Accord’s V6 engine option. But don’t worry, the retail best-selling midsize sedan in America still has plenty of power, with a choice of two new direct-injection turbocharged engines. Standard is a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder good for 192 horsepower and mated to either a CVT automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. Replacing last year’s V6 is a 252-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged engine derived from the sporty Civic Type R. This engine can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or all-new 10-speed automatic transmission, a first for a front-wheel-drive car. The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid returns using a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder and twin electric motor setup. Sadly, there will be no 10th-generation Accord Coupe.

The 2018 Honda Accord sedan is lower, wider and has a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model, yet its body is shorter, lighter and more rigid. Dramatic styling banishes all commentary of cautious design, with a sweeping greenhouse set further back on the body, a long hood and rather menacing front end. The design not only makes the new Accord look more like a premium sport sedan, it allows for two additional inches of rear-seat legroom. Overall passenger volume is up by 2.5 cu ft., and trunk space up by nearly 1 cu ft. The Accord Hybrid has its battery pack moved below the floor, permitting it the same spacious trunk and 60/40 folding rear seats as the gasoline model.

Inside the cabin, Honda has created a much more upscale environment, with more soft-touch surfaces and available features such as heated and ventilated front seats, a 12-way power driver’s seat, 8-in Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a head-up display and wireless device charging. On the safety front, every new Accord will come standard with the Honda Sensing driver-assist suite, which includes collision-mitigation braking, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control and road-departure mitigation. Underneath the new Accord, Honda has improved the overall driving dynamics and comfort with a re-engineered suspension that includes an adaptive damper system that can adjust the car’s shock settings every 1/500 of a second.

The 2018 Accord sedan will be offered in six trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. Models with the 2.0-liter engine are limited to the Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. The Accord Hybrid will be available in five trims: Hybrid, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. Sport trims with either engine will offer a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission. Look for the new Accord sedan to arrive at dealerships this fall.

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Joe Tralongo
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  1. I wonder the interior quality of this model will be much better. Current gen (9th) is pretty good, but not great. The 8th gen was one of the worst interior’s they ever made. I had a 7th gen back in ’04 and it was fantastic! Built like a luxury car.  

    Honda seems to go in cycles of what they want to be, is it sporty, luxury, quirky or conservative? I think this one is a good mix for looks, let’s just hope it’s quality for interior!

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