2018 Honda Accord Kills the V6, Adds Type R Engine

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The 10th generation of Honda’s venerable Accord will debut for 2018 without a V6 engine option.

A few months later to the all-new midsize party than the next-generation 2018 Toyota Camry, the new Accord will not follow the Camry’s entrenched path of providing customers with a base four-cylinder and a V6 upgrade.

Instead, Honda will make do with the 1.5-liter turbocharged four already under the hood of the 10th-generation Civic and the fifth-generation Honda CR-V. As an upgrade, Honda will offer the 2.0-liter turbocharged unit from the 2018 Honda Civic Type R. In both cases, Honda has not yet revealed the power output. Honda will continue with an Accord Hybrid, as well.

But the V6 is a goner.

The outgoing Honda Accord’s optional V6 engine was a 278-horsepower 3.5-liter with 252 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy, according to the EPA, measured 21 miles per gallon in the city; 33 highway with the six-speed automatic.

SEE ALSO: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Review

In the all-new Accord that Honda says will debut later this year, the basic 1.5T — a non-VTEC powerplant — will be linked to either the continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual. The 2.0T, on the other hand, will be offered with both a 10-speed automatic or a six-speed manual.

Honda says only about 10 percent of Accord buyers were choosing the V6.

Honda began offering a V6 engine in the Accord for the 1995 model year. That 170-horsepower 2.7-liter unit was superseded by a 200-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 in 1998 and a 240-horsepower 3.0-liter in 2003. Displacement grew to 3.5 liters in 2008. In the CR-V, the current 1.5T produces 190 horsepower. The Civic Type R’s 2.0T is a 306-horsepower powerplant.

Honda says the new Accord will feature “a dramatically lower and wider appearance” after going through a new-from-the-ground-up redesign. Its engines are built in Anna, Ohio; the 10-speed automatic hails from Tallapoosa, Georgia. The Accord’s assembly plant is in Marysville, Ohio.

As for the Accord Coupe, there’s no word yet on timing. At a Civic Type R event in Montreal, Quebec, Honda spokesperson Sage Marie told TTAC’s Mark Stevenson, “Stay tuned.”

On a retail basis, Honda says, the Accord has been America’s best-selling midsize car in each of the last four years. The Camry has claimed overall sales leadership in 15 consecutive years.

With no V6 in the Accord, America’s midsize segment’s six-cylinder engine options will be limited to the Camry, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, and Subaru Legacy.

A version of this story originally appeared on The Truth About Cars

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  • Civic Luna

    please add AWD please please

  • Aj Brown

    Accord + 305hp Turbo + 6-speed manual? Sounds likes a fun family sedan

  • Y2K

    Sure but the MT probably only at the lower trim levels?

    But…..will definitely take a look at it.

    I have been waiting to trade my 07 EX-L V6 on this generation.

  • collaziano

    Unfortunately, the engine will be heavily de-tuned in the Accord…

  • Gary Astorino

    Just killed my purchase

  • Jason Carmichael

    When output is the only thing that matters, how it is done is irrelevant. If the output is 0-60 in 6 seconds, it does not matter what makes it happen. The sooner you accept this the sooner you can realize the importance of outcomes.

  • Joaquin Suarez

    I hope the body has a nice design like the 15 and 16 and even better.
    Many times they make them ugglier, hope that’s not the case.
    They should have led lights front and back on all trims to sell more and make them safer and better looking.
    I might trade my 08 Civic Si if like the new Accord.
    Let’s hope the 2.0 Turbo is less than the 35K of the V6 and more affordable.
    Also they should add that engine to the CRV.

  • ez2deal

    Buy a Subaru, much better overall

  • Aj Brown

    I miss my Accord v6 6spd sedan.

  • Y2K

    When I bought mine the MT was not available for the EX-L.

  • Civic Luna

    I have a CRV AWD and its fun to drive I bet the Accord with the power will be even more fun.

  • Civic Luna

    the K24 is in the accord Sport and the CRV

  • Aj Brown

    I had a 2006 accord sedan ex with the v6, stick and leather. Only option I didn’t have was the navigation.

  • Aj Brown

    Why would they detune it? The v6 makes 278hp now…. So 300hp should be fine, technically detuned 5hp, but who cares.

  • collaziano

    Noise, vibration, harshness. NVH. Expect 260hp.

  • Jimi

    Yes!!! I have a 2005 Acura TL 6-spd… would love to trade it in for an AWD 2.0T ~275hp+ Accord 🙂

  • Y2K

    Really? Maybe I should have looked further?

    Can’t get a MT EX-l V6 sedan today.

  • Lambo9871
  • Aj Brown

    Yeah they only made them for 2006 and 2007. Only made about 500 so I’ve read.

  • Joaquin Suarez

    I meant the 2.0 Turbo engine on the CRV instead of the small 1.5, it’s too big, heavy and slow with the little 1.5 even if it saves gas.

  • Joaquin Suarez

    Just read it will be 295 HP instead of the 306 from the Type R which is still great for a heavier family sedan.

  • Joaquin Suarez

    295HP.

  • And you are a bullshit!

  • You are just irrelevant. You just killed MY purchase on buying a Honda because YOU ARE A BULLSHIT!

  • Cody Beisel

    The Japanese version of the accord already has this 2.0t in it. It comes with 275hp and 270fpt. I already predicted with the new si the power output based on that engines use in Japan in the Civic wagon. It was 205hp and 195fpt and I ended up being wrong by 3 whole fpt. Honda is just sourcing these engines from Japan. I have a feeling they will introduce a Civic sir that will use the same detuned 2.0t in the Accord. That or that engine will make it over to Acura in the ilx

  • Cody Beisel

    I feel bad when I hear someone buys a Subaru. Between headgaskets and ringland failure you have a lot to look forwards to when buying one 😉

  • collaziano

    275hp makes much more sense than 305. Not that I’d have a problem with 305. Actually, my only problem with 305hp is it’s not enough. :p But it WOULD be very good for the Accord.

    It’s already been mentioned by one tester that the 2.0T is weak “up top” – meaning that passing at highway speeds will be more challenging than with the V6…

  • FlightService

    “The Camry has claimed overall sales leadership in 15 consecutive years.”

    Wrong!

    Overall sales leadership in the US has been the Ford F-Series for 35 years.

    The Corolla has been the overall global best selling vehicle, so wrong there too.

    The Camry has claimed best selling US CAR for 15 consecutive years.

    Do better AutoGuide

  • disqus_p6hJ2yoKYN

    Yeah, but if there’s a hesitation when you hit the gas (as I’ve heard turbocharged engines have), the hesitation can get you killed. Or at least honked at.

  • Doug Masters

    Guess you missed the part that said “midsize car”. Read better FlightService.

  • Michael Spadaro

    “As for the Accord Coupe, there’s no word yet on timing. At a Civic Type R event in Montreal, Quebec, Honda spokesperson Sage Marie told TTAC’s Mark Stevenson, “Stay tuned.””

    Why bother? I seem to recall reading once that for every Accord coupe, they sold 10 sedans. They don’t even separate the sales data for the coupe from the sedan. Just axe it.