2018 Honda Accord Debuts With Turbo Engines, 10-Speed Transmission

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The 2018 Honda Accord sedan was just revealed to the world and it has been completely overhauled.

This perennially popular midsize offering gains turbocharged engines, a more rigid structure, an advanced 10-speed automatic gearbox, and even a physical volume knob for the audio system. Talk about progress!

Tape-Measure Matters

Dimensionally, this 10th-generation Accord remains essentially the same size as today’s version. Its wheelbase has been stretched by a little more than two inches, though it is more than half an inch lower. Width has grown by 0.39 inches, while overall length is fractionally less.

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Despite these minor changes, interior space has grown by an appreciable amount. Honda claims backseat legroom has been increased by 1.9 inches, a boon for taller folks. Additionally, passenger volume swells to just shy of 106 cubic feet.

Likewise, this car’s cargo hold is larger, clocking in at nearly 17 cubic feet, likely a best-in-class figure. Take that, Camry!

Oh yeah, sorry fans of affordable stylish coupes – this new-generation Accord spells the end of the Accord Coupe.

Magic Metallurgy

Providing up to 32 percent greater rigidity than the outgoing model, more than 54 percent of the new Accord’s structure is comprised of high-strength steel. This should improve both refinement and safety, not that today’s car is lacking in either of these areas. Still, depending on variant, overall weight is down by up to 176 pounds, an impressive figure for a vehicle that’s not that large.

SEE ALSO: 2018 Toyota Camry Review

Improving forward sightlines, the 2018 model’s cowl height has been reduced and its A-pillars have gone on a crash diet, their girth shrinking by 20 percent. Helping improve efficiency, this is supposedly the most aerodynamic Accord Honda has ever built.

Power to the People

Further cutting consumption is a pair of downsized, turbocharged engines. Both feature direct fuel injection and are matched to advanced transmissions. The base engine is a 1.5-liter unit that’s rated at 192, both horsepower and lb-ft of torque. For drivers who want more, you can also get a 2.0-liter engine. Sharing components with the Civic Type R’s powerplant, it delivers a stout 252 ponies and 273 units of twist. Honda is projecting best-in-class fuel economy and performance figures.

As for gearboxes, Honda is throwing a major bone to driving enthusiasts because a six-speed manual is available with either engine, as unpopular as it will probably be. For other motorists, the 1.5-liter unit can also be had with a CVT, while its larger sibling is offered with a 10-speed automatic, a world first innovation for a front-wheel-drive car.

For ultra-thrifty motoring, a hybrid version of the Accord will also be offered. Its drivetrain is centered around a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine that achieves 40 percent thermal efficiency, the best of any mass-produced Honda engine. It’s augmented by a pair of electric motors that were developed in-house. Interestingly, they use magnets that contain no heavy, rare-earth metals.

Tech This Out!

On the technology front, all 2018 Honda Accords feature Honda Sensing, the brand’s suite of advanced driver-assistance technologies. This includes goodies like lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and much more. Full-LED headlights are also on the menu, along with available adaptive dampers.

SEE ALSO: 2018 Honda Civic Type R Review

Inside, there’s a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, an all-new HMI with a seven-inch TFT display in the instrument cluster as well as an eight-inch touchscreen on the dashboard. Responding to our biggest gripe, physical knobs for volume and radio tuning are back.

Beyond this, the car offers wireless device charging, 4G LTE-powered Wi-Fi and even over-the-air system updates. Naturally, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are baked right in for maximum convenience.

The Stuff We Can’t Tell You

The 2018 Honda Accord should be the best one ever, offering more features, improved fuel efficiency and likely greater refinement than ever before. Six trim levels will be available, from base LX to the loaded Touring model.

As it has for the past 35 years, Accords will continue to be screwed together in Marysville, Ohio. To date, more than 11 million have been assembled at this facility in the Buckeye State.

Per usual, pricing and fuel economy information have not been made public, however, this brand-new family sedan is scheduled to launch in the fall.

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  • Nordschleife

    I swear this looks like if they decided to streamline the Honda Crosstour. Like what they did with the 5 Series GT by changing it to the 6. The interior is giving me Mazda vibes as well.

  • Dave

    The 10 speed automatic will be a major upgrade above the CVT. Glad to see that available. I am not a CVT fan.

  • The new Accord has one thing the 2018 Camry does not have in one word: PRESENCE!

  • pjplummer

    2L turbo in a 6 MT please! LONG LIVE THE MANUALS!

  • pleisch

    Ugly. I’m so tired of those front ends that look like a fish out of water. As a person with lots of tall family members, those roof lines that only allow the tall people to sit in the middle are a deal killer for us too.

  • Claude Barnes

    This shit ugly…. Should have left the old body and just updated the engine and transmission like they planned too

  • goodtoberight1

    How nice. Honda degrades the Accord to resemble the cheap Civic. And as a bonus, Honda kills the V-6 engine and only gives the Accord a little 4 banger like the 1928 Ford Model B.

    Add in the perennial mechanical problems Honda cars are plagued with, and you have a car to ignore and not regret buying.

  • Aj Brown

    Wow, the rear is fugly. I do like the front. However I still like the current generation’s styling to be nicer overall. Also no coupe? And not offering a V6 is no surprise, but it will be missed. At least we can get a 4-door with a turbo and a stick shift!

  • DEman19901

    The 10 speed automatic will not be replacing the CVT. It will be replacing the 6 speed auto. The smaller motor will still have a CVT. The 10 speed is reserved for the bigger engine. Same as the current Accord. Only the 4 cylinders had the CVT.

  • DEman19901

    Both cars do a great job of being sportier than their predecessors. The 2018 Camry has h one thing that the 2018 Accord does not have in one word: V6.

  • Stig Helmer

    Hey you know what. It’s still a gay honda.

  • Swede

    144k miles with no problems. You are nuts, my friend.

  • Swede

    Not for long……

  • Billy Beefcaked

    After reading this article and seeing those images and finding out the status on the new motor, thank God I bought a 2017 Honda accord touring V6 3.5 L.

    You can keep your turbo with 28 horse power less and a few pounds of torque more there is no way I would jump on the turbo bandwagon with those numbers. Honestly a card that big with that much weight has Honda not learned from the failed 2.0 L turbo’s of four or five other companies that have discontinued them?

    The new design of the car is nice but I don’t think that front end is really that appealing. The only bright side is the fact you can get a manual transmission with both engines. I would absolutely love to have a manual transmission with my V6 sedan but you know what it’s not worth a small turbo they can’t even match the power of my V6.

  • Stanley811

    “only gives the Accord a little 4 banger like the 1928 Ford Model B.”
    -I needs a V8 cause I’m Murican! F yeah!

  • danwat1234

    40% thermal efficiency with the hybrid? Nice, now as good a Toyota’s new engine block in the latest hybrid synergy drive.

    Why don’t most people get the hybrid version? They think it’s unreliable? Get out of that thinking. It is mature technology.

  • danwat1234

    Electric torque on the hybrid?

  • danwat1234

    Why not? The drivetrain is the interesting part. The hybrid one is innovative

  • danwat1234

    You’d think they could make a CVT that can handle higher torque numbers by now..

  • danwat1234

    And both have a good hybrid drivetrain.

  • Kelly Jackson

    Best in class performance figures, against what?

    I’m pretty sure the Ford Fusion with it’s twin turbo V6 would claim that title

  • Aj Brown

    Yeah, I’d love a 2017 Accord V6 Sedan with a stick. But since you can’t get that combo. Back in 2006-2007 when you could get the V6 and a stick in the sedan, no one bought them. Take rate was extremely low. Sure you and I would buy them, but no one else does.

  • DEman19901

    Agreed..without doing any research, I believe that Nissan manages to do so with the Maxima and Altima V6.

  • kaffekup

    Many think it’s too expensive, considering that gas will always be cheap. /s

  • kaffekup

    It does looked like they modeled their flagship after their compact. And that tablet stuck to the dashboard makes it look so like a Mercedes…

  • Aquaflex

    The Ford Fusion twin turbo is way heavy but still fast and not many are sold. I wish the new accord 2.0T was closer to 300 HP though…wow no more coupe…maybe they will bring back the Honda Prelude?

  • Aquaflex

    10 speed still better than a 6 speed auto and CVT…

  • ejwu

    I think trunk space was a deal breaker for the previous gen. Not only is it small, the back seat doesn’t fold down and there is no pass through. Other than this, I think accord hybrid is a pretty good car. A little expensive but still pretty good.

  • Billy Beefcaked

    You look back at that era of the Accord and they are incredibly hard to find because of the demand. Plus I saw one with 100,000 miles on it last year on ebay sell for $17,000.

    I couldn’t believe it. It is the old 3.0L V6 too!!

  • Y2K

    Has the 10 speed auto been sorted out yet?

    Especially with a turbo 4?

    New and improved touchscreen?

    The Civic-like rear is not very appealing.

    I am now seriously considering a Ridgeline.

  • CityGuide

    It looks as if Honda tried to breed an Audi A7 with a Civic.The back end is too angular and departs from the Accord styling book entirely. The front looks unfinished, as if the chin were missing. From the side all the lines make it look busy. I’d really like to see the rear deck open to see just how that 17 square feet of cargo space is shaped.

    The electronics package sounds very nice and I’m hoping its performance lives up to its feature list. The chromeplastic trim around every feature on the dash makes it look blocky and uneven, and while I like that the knobs have returned this implementation look like a giant Etch-A-Sketch.

    The motor choices are really disappointing. Honda has lost their mojo in engine design. I think of their total failure to place a competitive F1 car on the grid, and the reliability of engines in other motorsports and can’t help but to think the engineers are thinking small as the solution too often.

    The body dimensions tell me Honda wants to move the Accord into sports sedan territory. That’s intriguing because people used to say my old Accord looked “sporty” as a compliment. I think the roof racks probably contributed to that, but I took it. Finding that I had a manual inside my EX sedan probably didn’t hurt. All that being said, this car will not make it on my short list for a replacement next year.

  • Y2K

    I believe the Maxima is only 180hp.

  • danwat1234

    Hmm, perhaps. But mostly I think it’s the price… still 7 grand more .. 22.4 vs 29.6 grand! Got to close that gap.

  • danwat1234

    Agreed, still 7 grand more .. 22.4 vs 29.6 grand! Got to close that gap.
    You’d have to save 2,880 gallons of fuel at $2.50 a gallon to break even.
    But hey, the better driving experience. Electric motor is it’s turbo.

  • danwat1234

    “As in the Camry Hybrid, Honda has now mounted the high-voltage battery pack under the rear seat, preserving a split folding rear seat back. The hybrid 2018 Accord no longer suffers any compromise to the 16.7-cubic-foot rear trunk volume compared to conventional versions.”
    -greencarreports dot com/news/1111529_2018-honda-accord-hybrid-more-trunk-space-higher-fuel-economy-promised

    Aiming for 50MPG combined..

  • DEman19901

    Maxima 300HP 261lb-ft torque

  • Skye

    This has some retro Japanese retro aura about it. At the same time it screams to Camry style prospects.

  • Cristian

    Save your money and keep driving it. Your car has very low miles on it.

  • The front looks like an Accord and a Charger had a love child.

  • Rocket

    It might have its hands full with the new Camry V6, too.

  • Rocket

    My first car was a Honda. If they looked like this back then, it would have been something else.

    What is it with the Japanese and this over-styling trend? More important, when will it end???

  • Y2K

    Right you are. I was thinking of the 184hp Mazda6.

    My bad.

  • STEPHEN W. HILL

    What are they doing???? They have the best 6 cyl engine around and they toss it…..DUUUUHHHH!!!
    Time would have been well spent putting a couple of turbos on that six cylinder power plant they have. That would have given the Accord well over the 300 ponies that it deserves and pleased so many of us faithful Accord owners who have been begging for a turbo on the 6cyl. Once again the six-cylinder gets no love. Well that’s it!! I’m tired of waiting!! I’m going to look at the new Kia Stinger GT that’s coming out later this year. They really stepped it up and they’re putting it in the price range of Accord owners. What’s not to like, 365 HP and 376 lb ft of torque, engineering done by the guy that used to run the M series for BMW and designed by the guy that used to run the design department for Audi what more can you ask for. I think that car is bound to be a classic.

  • simran toor

    im disappointed that they got rid of the V6 as well, and good choice with the stinger. I had on of the first kia cadenzas on the east coast and that car was absolutely amazing, especially for its pricetag. i have a good feeling the stinger will not disappoint.

  • Jimi

    It’s one of the reasons I’m holding on to my 2005 Acura TL (basically an Accord)… 3.2L V6 + 6spd manual. A rarity these days. Not sure what I’m going to do when it dies 🙁

  • Stéphan Brisebois

    So deceived! I’ve had 8 Hondas since 1995 and have been loyal. My most recent purchase is the 2016 Pilot Touring. Great SUV, but 9 speed is jerky sometimes, the aluminum hood wobbles easily and there’s a strange noise in the engine or transmission area that worries me on long term realibily. Honda changed the “tensioner” but it still makes the noise. Honda says “it’s tolerable by Hondas standard”….

    Now I love my 2015 Accord Touring, but with what I see for the 2018 Honda Accord I’m either gonna wait a year or two before I change and see it they come up with a six cyl again or a Type R Accord with more power. If not well it’ll be the beginning of the end for Honda for me and I’ll most likely go to infinity with the Q50 red sport with 400 hp…

    Of coarse Acura would be an option, but for almost the same money, I’d rather go with the Q50 Red Sport.

    Now the question is, why is Honda not listening to it’s more loyal customers and not offering more power with a turbo V6 and double clutch transmission (offer it on the TLX or a type R super sport Accord!). I’d pay an extra 5-10000$ for such a car depending on what more it would offer …

    Wake up Honda !!

  • Stéphan Brisebois

    So deceived! I’ve had 8 Hondas since 1995 and have been loyal. My most recent purchase is the 2016 Pilot Touring. Great SUV, but 9 speed is jerky sometimes, the aluminum hood wobbles easily and there’s a strange noise in the engine or transmission area that worries me on long term realibily. Honda changed the “tensioner” but it still makes the noise. Honda says “it’s tolerable by Hondas standard”….

    Now I love my 2015 Accord Touring, but with what I see for the 2018 Honda Accord I’m either gonna wait a year or two before I change and see it they come up with a six cyl again or a Type R Accord with more power. If not well it’ll be the beginning of the end for Honda for me and I’ll most likely go to infinity with the Q50 red sport with 400 hp…

    Of coarse Acura would be an option, but for almost the same money, I’d rather go with the Q50 Red Sport.

    Now the question is, why is Honda not listening to it’s more loyal customers and not offering more power with a turbo V6 and double clutch transmission (offer it on the TLX or a type R super sport Accord!). I’d pay an extra 5-10000$ for such a car depending on what more it would offer …

    Wake up Honda !!

  • jay67

    And the seats will still suck and your back will ache after 50 miles or even less. Guaranteed.

  • jay67

    And the seats will still suck and your back will ache after 50 miles or even less. Guaranteed.

  • To which the V6 is OUTDATED.

  • DEman19901

    NSX, RLX MDX, RDX, TLX, Pilot, Ridgeline and Odyssey say otherwise.

  • Repairman

    The Accord was never meant to be a race car with turn signals. Its loyal owners want comfort, styling, longevity, economy and most of all, reliability. If you are looking for max power you are looking at the wrong car!

  • John Thomson

    It needed a little zing, and it got it.

  • Fred Sandford

    The ridgeline has been selling extremely well since the minor refresh. It’s probably worth it to check one out.

  • ScooniePenn10 .

    I really like the new looks fo the exterior and interior. the only thing I’d like Honda to modify is the chrome strip across the front grill area. make it glosses black or remove it completely. It draws your focus away from the rest of the fascia which is quite handsome. i hope the MPG get at least a 2 MPG bump for HW driving.

  • Cody Beisel

    The hybrid will be slow and geared towards mileage. I wouldn’t say it would give the car a better driving experience especially compared to the 2.0t.

  • I am referring to the Camry.

  • DEman19901

    The Camry V6 is an all new direct injected engine putting out 301HP. How is it outdated?

  • Rich Abe

    I agree… but it looks like the sport has the gloss black.

  • Rich Abe

    Stinger would have been a 100% for me but disappointed with no manual option with that car.

  • danwat1234

    There is no ‘gearing’ it an e-CVT. The engine will be at it’s peak power band if you floor it along with the electric motor assisting. For 2017 0-60 is less than 8 seconds which is fine. Perhaps better for 2018 since it is being revamped again?
    The immediate power from a stop is a + for a well designed hybrid or electric car
    youtube dot com/watch?v=PqOI98lOU_g

  • danwat1234

    Looks like low 7s 0-60 is more common zeroto60times dot com/vehicle-make/honda-0-60-mph-times/

  • Grady Philpott

    I’ve owned the 6th, 7th, and 9th generations of Accords and that has not been the case. I’m 6’2″ and have weighed somewhere between 185 and 260 during those years. Regardless of my weight or girth, my Accords have been very comfortable.

  • Grady Philpott

    As long as the new Accord has tweeters, a moonroof, and a stick available in one model, I’ll be looking closely at this one.

    I’ll also be interested in which trim gets the stick and the larger engine.

    My 2013 2.4L EX 6MT still has plenty of life in it, so I could make it to the 11th generation.

    Nonetheless, I’ll be following this generation closely.

    I haven’t been disappointed with an Accord, yet, but as I previously stated, there are three features I expect and if I don’t get them in a single trim, I’ll jump ship.

  • Grady Philpott

    Surely, you jest.

    I had over 100k on my 7th generation and I traded it only because I was tired of it.

  • Cody Beisel

    Low seven seconds is slow.. The old base model accord could do sixty in the mid sixes and I’ll guarantee you for the amount of money you save buying the base car over the highbrid will buy you a lot of gas and chances are you will still be money ahead before the hybrid begins to pay for itself.

  • danwat1234

    Yes it is still 7 grand difference between the hybrid and regular for 2017. It would pay for itself eventually if the buyer intends to the car for a long time.
    45MPG+ vs (Probably) low 30s with the turbos is a big difference in fuel economy
    The 2018 hybrid isn’t out yet. We’ll see how they differ between the new turbo models

  • Does it have Dual VVT-i?

  • jay67

    I have owned 3 gens also for their durability mechanically only. But google “honda seats suck” and see what you get. Literally thousands of posts all over the net on many different sites. The cushions have no give, particularly the leather seats, but cloth are not far behind.perhaps your girth cushions the ride better for you. I am 5’6″ and 147 lbs.

  • Mike Robertson

    fag

  • danwat1234

    How about an Accord Hybrid that’s closer to 300HP (peak) with 45+MPG, than 200HP, that’s something to ask for.

  • Billy Beefcaked

    Wow nice comment. You are clearly a Democrat.