2018 Accord New Car Test Drive
With its classic profile and contemporary edges, the 2018 Accord is one of the best-looking cars in its class. If it was thought to be frumpy before, it's not now. The design isn't over-wrought. During our test drives, we've noticed people watching it.
We prefer the body-colored grille to the chrome version.
Some of the interior trim packages make the cabin feel dark. The base cloth is handsome but seems thin.
The 8.0-inch touchscreen, taken from the Honda Odyssey minivan, sits atop the dash, eliminating the need to have dash material behind it. The display is sharp and the maps are easy to understand. Roads and icons are bright and clear. It's easy to swipe and scroll. The infotainment system is a bit confusing at first, but it's learned fast.
We found the new Accord supremely comfortable, for four people.
Five works only for short periods. The outboard rear seats are deep, with a hump in the middle. The rear seats are nearly 1 inch lower than before, but the doors open wider. The increased wheelbase allows more legroom in the rear, more than 40 inches, enough for a six-foot-tall person. The increase in width doesn't seem to bring shoulder space, though.
The driver's seat is 1 inch lower, gaining headroom in front. The front seats are taller and have more bolstering.
Standard active noise cancellation uses a microphone in the rear of the car to redact road noise. All but the LX have wheel resonators, a piece of material wrapped around the center of the wheel, that swallow tire noise.
The trunk is massive and holds 16.7 cubic feet, with a wider opening than on the previous generation.
The Hybrid, with its batteries now moved out of the trunk and under the rear seat, holds about the same as the standard models. The rear seats split and fold, opening up to the trunk to create big cargo-carrying flexibility.
Back by popular (buyers') demand, there is a hard knob for tuning and scrolling on the radio, in addition to the volume knob. Other buttons for common functions flank the touchscreen. We've found this setup easy to use, and vastly superior to the previous Honda design that used touchscreen controls.