In America, the ubiquitous Honda Accord is arriving for the 2018 model year alongside it’s latest, tenth generation, adding more centimeters, less kilos and numerous high-tech features.
The model boasts a new, premium design, refreshed powertrain options and the standard Honda Sensing driver assistance features. For the tenth incarnation of the popular sedan the automaker opted to go down Ford’s road and use an aluminum intensive architecture to come with less weight than before even with dimensional gains – but the company axed the coupe derivative in the process. As far as design goes, the front end – especially in the flagship Touring model with LED headlights – seems inspired by the Acura range. The rear end is what sets it apart from the previous generation and just about any modern Honda on sale now.
The new generation saloon has a 2.16-inch (55 millimeter) longer wheelbase, though it’s 0.39 inches (10 mm) shorter now – it gained 0.39-inch (10 mm) at the width and dropped 0.59-inch (15 mm) in height. With lots of aluminum and ultra-high-strength steel for the chassis, the Accord is now 110 to 176 pounds (50 to 80 kilograms) from the previous incarnation, depending on the trim choice. Inside, the 2018 Accord has gained almost 2 inches (51 mm) of rear leg room – while cargo space has jumped 3.2 cubic feet for the Hybrid as the battery has been relocated under the floor. Standard Honda Sensing brings collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control, while there’s also a 7-inch (178 mm) digital display for the instrument cluster and a new 8-inch (203 mm) infotainment system – also a 6-inch (152 mm) head-up display and adaptive dampers for the flagship Touring trim.
The new entry-level powertrain for the 2018 Accord is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder packing 192 horsepower (143 kilowatts) and 192 pound-feet (260 Newton-meters) of torque (up from 185 hp (138 kW) and 181 lb-ft (245 Nm) from the older naturally aspirated 2.4-liter) – linked to a CVT or a six-speed manual as an option for the Sport. Next up is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for 252 hp (188 kW) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm), instead of 278 hp (207 kW) and 252 lb-ft (342 Nm) as seen in the former 3.5-liter V6. The main novelty is the new 10-speed automatic transmission, but again with the Sport you can bundle the six-speed manual. The Hybrid version hasn’t been detailed yet, other than knowing it has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder running on the Atkinson cycle and two electric motors.