2018 Honda Accord
The Best-Selling Re-Makes of 2018
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by Bill Flitter
Dad, Coffee Lover, Coach, First Car: '79 Camaro
The 2018 Honda Accord is 40+ years in the making.
Its sleek style, sophisticated technology and spacious interior (and trunk) are true signs of the times, as the Accord makes its way onto dealership lots to compete for the attention of modern-day consumers who are drawn to larger, cutting-edge and fully loaded SUVs and CUVs.
But, the Honda Accord has not lost its initial purpose and market – that it is a practical, and affordable, vehicle built to last.
That dedication to practicality is evident by Honda’s continuation of a manual transmission option this year, an option Toyota and Hyundai dropped from their comparable models, the Camry and the Sonata.
The Honda Accord debuted initially in the ’70s as a compact hatchback – although that model only lasted until 1989 – and expanded to include a sedan, coupé and a wagon model.
The 2018 Honda Accord, The First Reviews. What Has People Talking?
Debatable Exterior Design
The exterior of the 2018 Honda Accord has been met with a fair amount of controversy. Namely, the front bumper and grill have induced a lot of eyebrow raising. Some see the front of the Accord resembling the Dodge Charger with its billet grill, while others have cited that from the side, the Honda Accord looks like the Chevy Impala from a few years back.
Additionally, the angle and swoop of the back windshield, coupled with the elongated third side window gives the Accord an overall longer look and feel. The sharp curvature of the rear window may cause poor visibility. Not to mention diminished headspace in the backseat. From the back, the Accord almost looks like the Mercedes CLS.
One thing everyone seems to be able to agree on is the Honda Accord’s updated interior. The infotainment pop-up in the center of the dashboard, while slightly obtrusive, has manual knobs this time around. And, they click! Pure touchscreen technology is great on an iPad, but sometimes, especially when driving, it’s nice to be able to reach up and easily grab a knob or push a physical button.
The interior of the Accord is also bigger this year. Honda’s engineers reworked where the batteries sit. They now fit under the rear passenger seats instead of in the trunk area. So not only is there more storage room, but the backseat feels bigger too. Save for the compromised headspace because of the curved back windshield.
There are several interior color combinations and options to choose from, but the faux wood trim and leather-wrapped steering wheel are a nice touch that come standard, while also contributing to the overall more sophisticated and luxurious feel of the car.
Sans The V-6 Engine
Test drivers of the 2018 Honda Accord have included notes on sluggish acceleration and overall cabin noise when the tires hit the road. Although the noise isn’t from the heftiness of the engine size. This year’s model does not come with a V-6 engine option, which the 2017 edition had.
2018 Honda Accord: Model Features and Safety Specs
The endless safety features available today now come standard, for the first time, in the 2018 Honda Accord.
The Honda Sensing active safety suite includes:
• Collision mitigation braking
• Road departure mitigation
• Adaptive cruise control
• Lane-keeping assist
• Traffic sign recognition
This year, the Accord comes available in these model options:
• Trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring
• All six trims come standard with a turbocharged 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine (192 hp, 192 lb-ft of torque)
• The Sport comes with a six-speed manual transmission
• A turbocharged 2.0-liter engine (252 hp, 273 lb-ft of torque) replaces the V-6 engine as the high-performance engine option. Available on the Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring trims
• The hybrid powertrain will be available on five trims: Hybrid, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring
What Honda is saying about the Accord:
• “The Smartest Accord Yet: The new 2018 Accord is the most technologically advanced Accord ever built, featuring next-level intelligence and premium features you’ll have to experience to believe.”
• “The Power of Three: With three advanced powertrains, including all-new 1.5L and 2.0L turbocharged engineers and a next generation two-motor hybrid system, this Accord will be the most fun-to-drive and fuel-efficient Accord yet.”
• “Refined. Efficient. Versatile.: For 2018, the Accord Hybrid is all-new and even more refined than ever before, featuring the third generation of the innovative two-motor hybrid powertrain.”
Over to You
There is a reason we are seeing the tenth generation of the Honda Accord.
The Accord fills a very important part of the automotive market – sedans aren’t extinct after all. Honda has proven it can keep up with the times while remaining affordable.
Have you test driven a 2018 Honda Accord? If so, what’s your experience?