2018 Accord New Car Test Drive
The 2018 Honda Accord is all new, more upscale and more refined. Built around a new chassis that utilizes more high-strength steel, it's wider and lower than before, and it looks more substantial. Inside, it's roomier and quieter.
There are two new turbocharged four-cylinder engines, with a hybrid version available late in the model year. Gone is the brilliant, smooth, longtime V6 (though it remains in other Honda products).
The new engines deliver adequate performance, but it's the handling and ride that make the new Accord stand out.
The new sedan brings a Honda-made 10-speed automatic, soft leathers, wood dash accents, interior noise cancellation, LED headlamps, advanced safety features, and a slick 8.0-inch touchscreen on every model but the base LX.
The standard Accord LX still offers a lot. It uses a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, mated to a continuously variable transmission, to bring a 33 Combined miles per gallon EPA rating, 38 mpg Highway. The ride is composed, the cabin is quiet, and there's good rear legroom. A six-speed manual transmission is available for no cost.
Sport models get upgraded equipment and appearance features.
The popular EX and EX-L models get upgraded upholstery, bigger wheels, and better audio. The Accord Touring model with adaptive suspension feels upscale, almost feels like a luxury car, and is enjoyable to drive on a winding road.
The upgrade engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder making 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The 10-speed automatic is standard, a 6-speed manual available.
HondaSensing, standard on every model, includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. LED headlamps are standard.
The Accord Hybrid is expected in early 2018, beginning its third generation. Honda's hybrid system is different than the others, using its internal combustion engine to power a generator that feeds two 181-hp electric motors that power the wheels. The engine is a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder making 143 horsepower, to make a total horsepower of 212 when combined with the electric motors. Compact batteries are relocated under the seat. We've had some seat time in prototypes, and the powerplant felt seamless.
Models are the LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The 1.5-liter engine is standard. The 2.0-liter engine is available in Sport, EX-L, and Touring.
Accord LX ($24,445) gets a 7.0-inch screen. All other models get the 8.0-inch with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7.0-inch driver information display buried into the instrument cluster, and a USB port for charging and audio. Plus the advanced safety features.
Sport adds 19-inch wheels, chrome exhaust tips, spoiler, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable driver's seat, 8.0-inch touchscreen, synthetic leather inserts in the cloth seats, and foglights.
EX gets heated seats, satellite radio, upgraded cloth upholstery, moonroof, blind-spot monitors, another USB port, and a chrome grille.
EX-L brings leather accents, power-adjustable front seats, 10-speaker premium stereo, and optional navigation.
Touring offers heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a head-up display, navigation, wireless cellphone charging and one-touch Bluetooth connectivity, and paddle shifters.