2018 Honda Accord
By Ron Amadon
DAMASCUS, MD. – It is no small thing when a major auto maker introduces, even in this SUV crazy market, a complete redesign of its bread and butter midsize sedan.
Thus it was of more than passing interest when Honda unveiled, in Detroit all places, the “next generation” Accord to the world.
So what is new? Just about everything in what Honda said is a complete remake from “the ground up.”
The 10th generation Accord is lighter with a more rigid body structure, the world’s first 10-speed automatic in a front drive car, and two turbo charged four cylinder engines now that the six, along with the Accord coupe, have been sent out to pasture.
For 2018, the base engine is a 1.5-liter with 192 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 192 lb-ft of torque with a CVT or a 6-speed manual if the customer selects the Sport trim.
One step up is a 2.0 liter turbo four that shares much of its design with the Civic Type R with 252 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 rpm to 4,000 rpm.
For comparison, the 2.0-liter in the Type R is rated at 306 hp with 295 lb-ft of torque.
With the 2.0-liter customers can select either the 10-speed automatic or a six-speed manual tranny. This is not fake news!!!!
All Accords will come with a choice of driving modes, Normal and Sport. An ECON mode is also available that modifies throttle mapping and HVAC operation.
Inside, visibility should be improved thanks to a lower cowl and front roof pillars that are 20 percent narrower and more rearward relative to the driver’s seating position.
The heated and cooled driver’s seat has available 12-way power adjustment with height-adjustable lumbar support, while the passenger side has available heated and ventilated seats. Rear seats can also be optionally heated for backs and bottoms.
Check out the pictures and you will see, and hallelujah for this, volume and tuning knobs for the audio system. No more maddening sliding scales!
There is an 8-inch touchscreen center dash with customizable app tiles and home-screen shortcuts, Honda claims. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are welcomed.
HondaLink telematics now includes emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, speed tracking and more.
A Head Up Display in the Touring model offers such info as speed, engine rpm, navigation and traffic sign recognition. Wireless charging is also available.
An ear wax eliminating 450 watt, 10 speaker audio system comes with the top-of-the-line EX-L and Touring models.
Size wise, the new model sports a 2.1 inch longer wheelbase, a fractionally lower overall height and width. The greenhouse is positioned further back on the body.
And there is one additional cubic foot of trunk space.
Total vehicle weight is down between approximately 110 to 176 pounds, depending on trim, while body torsional and bending rigidity are improved 32 and 24 percent, respectively, aiding ride quality, cabin quietness, and dynamic performance.
Honda also announced that an all-new Accord Hybrid will be produced at its plant in Marysville, Ohio after a couple of years of production in Japan.
The hybrid battery pack will now be located under the rear floor instead of the trunk thus opening up more cargo space.
Look for the non-hybrids to hit dealer showrooms in the fall, with the hybrid to follow.
Six trim levels will be offered in the 1.5-liter models – LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. The 2.0-liter model has four trims available, which are Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring.
Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America.
Stay tuned for the inevitable comparison test of the redesigned Accord with the also redesigned Camry.