Sure, sedan sales may be slumping due to America’s current appetite for trucks and SUVs. But Honda hopes to reverse that trend with its all-new redesigned 2018 Honda Accord. And if you listened to the Car Pro Show on Saturday, you know we think it’s a looker.
Honda is definitely putting a more stylish and sporty look into the 10th generation Accord. The other big news is that it will also come with a new powertrain lineup which includes direct-injected turbocharged engines and Honda’s next generation hybrid system.
The new Accord comes with a longer wheelbase and slightly wider body. It also sits a bit lower to the ground and is more aerodynamic. There is a new front end, a long and low hood, and a visual center of gravity moved closer to the rear wheel. The front is highlighted by Honda’s signature chrome wing front grille positioned above a large main air intake. It’s flanked by available 9-lamp full-LED headlights and LED fog lights.
Inside the cabin, the new Accord features a more sport inspired steering wheel with available paddle shifters along with a new soft-touch instrument panel. New seats feature taller shoulder bolstering and Honda says it’s improved seat padding for better comfort. The driver’s seat is also now 12-way power adjustable and heated/ventilated front seats are an available option. In back, there is also almost 2 extra inches of rear legroom, thanks to the aforementioned longer wheelbase. It also has slightly more trunk space.
If you love music, you’ll want to go for the upper-level EX-L and Touring trims that come with a 10-speaker 450-watt audio system.
Back to those new engines, there are three new power plantss: two direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and the third generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid powertrain technology. The 2018 Accord also features a new Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission with the 2.0-liter turbo engine and an available 6-speed manual transmission for both turbocharged engines. Honda’s Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission (CVT) is still around as well.
For 2018, all Accords will feature the full suite of Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment.
The new Accord rolls out this fall, so stay tuned for pricing info closer to launch.