Enthusiasm for sedans may be waning across the globe, but they still represent an important segment in the United States.
Dimensionally, this 10th-generation Accord remains essentially the same size as today's version.
As with most recent sedan redesigns, the Accord's wheelbase and overall width grows while height is lowered.
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Despite these minor changes, interior space has grown by an appreciable amount. The driver's seat is now an inch lower than before and rear passengers enjoy an extra 2.5 inches of leg room.
Likewise, this car's cargo hold is larger, clocking in at almost 17 cubic feet, likely a best-in-class figure.
The more upscale 2018 Honda Accord enters the world with a new powertrain lineup, which drops the V-6 for new turbocharged four-cylinders, a new hybrid system, and a 10-speed transmission. Still, depending on variant, overall weight is down by up to 176 pounds, an impressive figure for a vehicle that's not that large. Like that vehicle, the Accord wears Honda's chrome-wing front grille and has available LED headlights. In the Accord, the engine churns out 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque, the latter available as low as 1,500 rpm. You can get this thing with a manual transmission. Base models will come with a version of the Civic's 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, here uprated (from 174 hp) to 192 hp (coming in at 5,500 rpm) and 192 lb-ft of torque (from 1,500 to 5,000 rpm). For the enthusiasts, Honda will continue to use its 6-speed manual transmission on certain trims that will not only make for an engaging drive, but also establish a lower base price for the sedan when it goes on sale. What we know is that the system continues to forgo a conventional automatic transmission and the engine can directly drive the wheels at times. The Accord is now also offered with heated rear seats.
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Honda said the 1.5- and 2.0-liter gasoline models will be available this fall, with the Hybrid model to start selling in early 2018. It's augmented by a pair of electric motors that were developed in-house.
The Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety technologies (lane-departure warning, collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, road-departure mitigation, traffic-sign recognition) is standard for '18 while blindspot monitoring and rear-cross-traffic and driver-awareness sensing is available. Full-LED headlights are also on the menu. Responding to our biggest gripe, physical knobs for volume and radio tuning are back.
There is wireless device charging, automatic Bluetooth phone pairing, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates, as well as a number of audio system options and USB charging ports. Naturally, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are baked right in for maximum convenience.
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Honda says the Accord has 29% ultra-high-strength steel content, the most of any mass-produced Honda auto, making for a light and rigid body structure.