Packed with a lot of new technology, powertrains, and a bold new design language, we dive into the details of this sure-to-be-popular family sedan.
2018 Honda Accord Specs
Turbocharged Engine Lineup
The Accord is ditching its naturally aspirated four-cylinder and V6 for turbocharging across its entire engine range. The turbo 1.5-liter four-cylinder, shared with the Civic and the CR-V, has 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. Drivers can get a CVT or six-speed manual transmission for this engine.
The uplevel engine, a detuned 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder from the Civic Type R, can also be ordered with the manual but introduces a new 10-speed automatic transmission shared with the new Odyssey. The 2.0L engine has 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, a 26-hp deficit from the outgoing model’s V6 but an impressive 21 lb-ft improvement from that same engine. Even more impressive? Premium gas is not required for both engines.
Increased Cargo Capacity
Despite its slinky new profile, cargo capacity is at a huge 16.7 cubic feet, which is a slight improvement from last year.
Standard Honda Sensing
Honda’s suite of advanced active safety features is standard across all trim levels. Features such as adaptive cruise control that works at all speeds, forward collision warning, and lane-keeping assist are all included. It should be noted that Honda Sensing is also surprisingly available for manual-equipped cars. The only omission for those cars? The low-speed-follow functionality for the adaptive cruise control is not available for the manual-equipped cars.
The 1.5-liter engine delivers 30 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and 33 mpg combined when paired to a CVT. Expected fuel economy figures for the 2.0-liter engine are 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, which is not too far off from last year’s V6, which got 21 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.
The 2018 Honda Accord is available in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims. With the 1.5T, pricing starts at $24,445 for the LX with CVT, $26,655 for the Sport (a CVT is a no-cost option), $28,345 for the EX CVT, $30,845 for the EX-L CVT, and finally, $34,675 for the top Touring trim with the CVT. For the uplevel engine, pricing starts at $31,185 for either the manual or 10-speed auto. The EX-L comes in at $32,845 (navigation adds $1,000), and finally the Touring with the 10-speed auto costs $36,675. (Destination is included in all pricing.)
Ventilated Front Seats
Standard on the 2.0T Touring trim (the top trim level) are ventilated front seats, which are a first for the Accord model. Heated front and rear seats remain standard for this trim level also.
Brand New Infotainment System
Newly introduced are 7.0-inch (standard) and 8.0-inch (optional) touchscreens for the infotainment interface. Volume and tuning knobs complete the package and in addition, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard all trim levels minus the base LX trim. The software for the interface is modified from a version used in the newly released Odyssey and is responsive and user-friendly.
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2018 Honda Accord 0-60 Times
Zero-to-60 mph times for the 1.5T LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L with the CVT land in at 7.6 seconds. The 2.0T Sport with the six-speed manual comes in at 6.2 seconds, while the 2.0T Touring with the 10-speed auto gets to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds.
Increased Rear Legroom
An extra 2.5 inches of rear seat space has been gifted to the Accord for 2018 and it is mostly thanks to a 111.4-inch wheelbase, which is longer by 2.1 inches compared to last year’s model.
Advanced In-car Technology
A near-field communication interface lets you connect to your Bluetooth-enabled phone in seconds. Also, a first for Honda, a head-up display is standard on the 2.0 Touring trim and comes with traffic signs recognition technology. Other available features include blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, cross traffic monitoring, driver awareness monitor, adaptive damping, automatic tilt-down side mirrors for reversing, mobile hotspot capability, wireless phone charging, and more.
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