Honda dropped the V-6 this year in favor of another turbo-4, this time borrowed from the hot Civic Type R hatchback. A comfort and ease friendly dash panel design displays outstanding fit and, and high-quality components are used throughout the cottage. This latest leap forward will make it that much harder to justify buying any other midsize sedan. After milquetoast versions of the mid-sizer in previous years, a new four-door arrived this year. A revised electric power steering system that uses adjustable ratios is a first for the Honda Accord.
That motor comes with a 10-speed automatic, but interestingly you can also option a six-speed manual transmission on either motor. Most Accords sold will feature a new 1. Still, parents should note that the overall clearance helped the Accord fare well in Cars. It's more powerful yet more efficient, has more performance yet also more cargo space and, on paper, it looks like a markedly better car. Performance is relative in the 2018 Honda Accord. Might it be possible to design a midsize sedan so attractive, so dynamic, and so generally compelling that it at least slows the sales exodus from sedans to crossovers? It is an unmanageable noise. In lower trims, with darker colors and darker upholstery, the effect is muted although still present.
Clearly, Honda has evolved the traditionally conservative Accord, and the result appears to be as satisfying as ever. Unfortunately, immediately let me note that I accepted the vehicle with less than 10 miles on it I began having an issue with the vehicle. Its stiff structure and light, accurate steering instills confidence to drive this family sedan like a sports coupe. Adaptive suspension on a mainstream midsize sedan? Deep stabs at the throttle will reveal that the turbo-4 runs out of ideas somewhat quickly, and adding the manual transmission only makes it worse. Yup you can get the 2. Just like Toyota, Honda has also realized that if it hopes to keep the Accord alive, it has to give it more than a spacious interior and a reliable powertrain — it needs to stand out.
The hybrid system generates 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft. The trunk is massive as well, boasting a massive 16. We appreciate getting knobs for audio volume and tuning. The driving-assist features are numerous and excellent. But there is newness and innovation. On our 75-mph highway loop, this 1. Very fair pricing for what's shaping up to be an exceptional car.
Combined with excellent highway steering feel and helpful Honda Sensing technologies covered below , the Accord is as comfortable covering long distances as it is running errands. Trimmed in base cloth, the Accord looks somewhat handsome, but our fingers found the cloth to feel a little thin. There's very little not to like and very few things to fault -- and that applies to the pricing too. A smaller turbocharger is used to improve responsiveness, with boost pressure maxing out at 20. Many controls have elegant two-tone detailing, and none felt rickety in my preproduction test cars.
Honda hopes that will satisfy those who mourn the discontinued. We do wish that Honda gave drivers the option of putting a digital speedometer in the vast darkness between the two gauges. In many trims, the 2018 Honda Accord could have just as easily have come from a luxury automaker. The automatic transmission is smooth and responsive, and it delivers almost imperceptible shifts. The Accord is pretty quick in sport mode the gauges turn red and you see your boost.
Our experience suggests you can expect slightly better mileage than the official combined figure of 9. The only real concern with the powertrain is the fuel economy or rather, relative lack thereof. You can go between audio, fuel range, compass and a hand full of other features. Those weight differences quoted above can really be felt from the helm—a good bit of that mass comes off the front wheels. Ride is a little rougher on the 40 series tires but I knew that buying it.
Adaptive cruise control watches the vehicle ahead and adjusts speed accordingly, even in stop-and-go traffic. No Accord looks cheap, but some interior trim packages can make the confines unnecessarily dark. Not surprisingly, the bigger engine offered more than enough oomph in both city and highway situations. Its base drivetrain is a turbocharged, 1. Cars equipped with the base suspension are more communicative than you might expect, but hardly profane. Better headlights would earn it a Top Safety Pick+ award.
This is the most powerful base engine ever in an Accord. Three weeks of ownership of this car and I am having a blast driving it everywhere. Other editors also evaluated the new Accord at Cars. In terms of performance, it is relatively quiet and smooth car. That's greater precision than we can reasonably expect from successive cars rolling off the same assembly line.