Just as the sedan market seems to continue bottoming out, Honda is rolling out an all-new Accord. The 10th generation sedan is sporting an all-new design and completely revamped engine lineup. And while you’ll find a hybrid engine option, one thing you won’t find in the new Accord is a V-6 engine.
At first glance it is clear Honda is trying to fit the Accord in with the rest of its new products. The new face is very bold and features a high vertical cross-bar, such as found on other new Honda’s. Only in the case of this Accord, the grille below is massive and may ultimately come off a bit polarizing to some.
Even the car’s proportions appear different, because well, they have changed. This Accord is wider than the outgoing model with a shorter overall length. Despite the shed inches, the wheelbase is just over two inches longer than today’s, meaning buyers will likely find a more spacious cabin in the 2018 Accord.
A new platform is also aiding in 110 to 176 pounds of weight reduction, despite being an overall more rigid car, according to Honda.
The car is exclusively powered by four-cylinder engines, something nearly all midsize sedans have gravitated to in recent years. Toyota and the 2018 Camry is a lone exception in the no-V-6 rule. Base Accords feature Honda’s well-known turbocharged 1.5-liter engine 192 horsepower and an identical torque rating. In standard fare this engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic, but Honda is retaining a six-speed manual option for those who want it.
Replacing the outgoing Accord’s V-6 option is Honda’s turbocharged 2.0-liter borrowed from the Civic Type R. In this application the engine will generate 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. This engine will come standard with Honda’s new 10-speed automatic gearbox, but it too will offer a six-speed manual option.
Accord Hybrid will also be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, without a turbo attached to. This Atkinson-cycle engine works in conjunction with electric motors that are the first to utilize magnets containing no heavy rare earth metals. Honda has also relocated the battery pack from the trunk to under the rear floor to free up cargo space for those wanting the hybrid fuel economy and trunk space.
Inside is a new soft-touch, three tier dash design. The new look is centered around Honda’s infotainment system, which is housed in an 8-inch touchscreen display. The Accord is retaining buttons and knobs in response to criticism the company has taken regarding the new Civic controls.
Of course, Honda is throwing every new technology feature at the 2018 Accord as well. Functionality for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are in tow, as is 4G LTE WiFi, Honda Sensing active safety features, HondaLink telematics and wireless device charging.
Pricing for the new Accord will be announced closer to the car’s launch, which will be in the fall.