It’s no secret that sedan sales are sliding. Everyone wants a crossover or an SUV or a pickup, but a sedan – nope. This leaves automakers scrambling to make their sedans true attention-getters in the hope of luring back some of those former sedan owners. Honda plans to do just that with the all-new 2018 Honda Accord.
It starts with a new design that takes the formerly tame sedan and gives it an edge. The tenth generation of the Accord has a longer wheelbase, lower height, and wider body. The overall impression is one of a sportier sedan.
Honda gave the interior a makeover, too. The driver’s view is enhanced by narrower roof pillars that have been moved back. There’s also a new soft-touch instrument panel with an ultra-thin profile for a more streamlined design.
Even the steering wheel got some attention with improved contouring and thumb rests for a more natural hand position. Available paddle shifters offer extra fun for those who want more of a sports sedan experience.
Select trims receive a new 6-inch drivers head up display. You get to choose the information it displays including speed, engine rpm, navigation, and traffic sign recognition. There’s wireless device charging, automatic Bluetooth phone pairing with near field communication technology, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi to round out the tech improvements.
Power comes from one of three new powertrains. A new 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque replaces the previous 2.4-liter , 4-cylinder as the base engine. It’s paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual in the Sport trim.
Your more powerful choice is a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Once again you have the option of the 6-speed manual in the Sport trim only.
Lastly, there’s the Accord Hybrid with a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine paired to electric motors that are the first in the world to use magnets with no heavy rare-earth metals. The battery pack and control systems are smaller so they’re now under the floor instead of the trunk so there’s no loss of cargo space and the rear seats still split-fold 60/40.
Every Accord features Honda Sensing safety technologies as standard equipment. This includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, and traffic sign recognition. Also available is blind spot information, front and rear parking sensors, cross traffic monitor, and driver awareness monitor.
The 2018 Honda Accord will be available in a wide range of trim levels. There are six trims for the 1.5-liter engine, four trims in the 2.0-liter engine, and five trims for the hybrid. Pricing has yet to be announced.