With its release date expected to take place this fall (2017), the new 2018 Honda Accord showcases a more stylish, premium, and sporty look that seems to be synonymous to the new direction Honda is taking for this best-selling American midsize sedan.
Now in its tenth generation, the Honda Accord 2018 has been redesigned fully and Honda says in addition to carrying over impressive features from the past, such as a spacious cabin stashed with stylish, soft-to-touch materials, impressive fuel economy, sporty handling, and comfortable ride quality, the new model will now moving forward feature a lighter and more rigid chassis. Furthermore, the new model will now boast of a host of new driver-assist and safety features, new generation of hybrid technology, and a choice of new turbocharged engines.
This is what the senior vice president, Honda Motor Co., Inc. – Jeff Conrad had to say during the release of the new Accord model, “We carefully analyzed customer reviews and feedbacks and mixed that with Honda creativity for the new generation of buyers. The result is a new 2018 Accord that promises to challenge the conventional idea of what a mainstream sedan ought to function.”
Looking at the 2018 Honda Accord, it quickly becomes apparent that the new model has achieved a satisfactory level of achievement relative to what currently is available in the market today. Honda hopes the new Accord will appeal in terms of efficiency, safety and performance, and driving dynamics.
According to the automaker, Honda engineers and designers had to completely go back to the core values that have continuously made the Accord a go-to vehicle in the midsize sedan market. Analyze and reinvigorate those values and integrate them with the latest design and engineering theme. The result of this, Honda says, is a vehicle that is exhaustively modern, premium, and is downright sporty.
2018 Honda Accord Release Date & Price
The pricing details are yet to be made official yet by Honda, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the new model goes up by a few hundred bucks to around $23K for the bare-bones model. Currently, the most basic model is the Accord LX four-door sedan that retails for around $24,030 in the USA. As for the when the Accord will be offered for sale, Honda says we should expect it sometime in the fall of 2017. So it’s just a few months away from today.
Have the 2018 Honda Accord Dimensions Changed?
Well, for the new model year, the new Accord’s wheelbase grows a tad bit (2.16”), sits lower (0.5”), and grows wider by 0.39”. The result of these changes is a more premium look that is as a result of a bolder-looking fascia, shorter overhangs, a lower center of gravity thanks to the reduced height, and a long and low hood.
Additionally, Honda says the cabin space has increased to 105.7 cu. ft. from the previous model’s 103.2 cu. ft. Again, more utility can be had by the improved trunk space that has grown by almost one cu. ft. on the regular Accords and 3.2 cu. ft. on the Accord Hybrid.
The Accord’s new, more dynamic design language is complemented by the modern, elegant exterior detailing of the exterior design. Upfront, the front fascia features a large air intake and grille. LED foglights and full LED headlamps flank the large main air intake. On the hood and on the sides, the deeply sculpted body surface elements enhance the strength of the lower body and visual length, while the hood features an aggressive and distinctive raised center.
Additionally, the exterior of the new 2018 Honda Accord gets a clean appearance with no garnish thanks to the new laser brazing process that integrates the body side panels with a dramatically arching roof. Likewise, the cleanly integrated dual exhaust ports, distinctively LED light-pipe taillights, and an upswept deck-lid finish off the similarly low and wide rear view.
According to Honda all the new changes in design have all contributed in making this newest member achieve the title of the most aerodynamic Accord yet. Based on the Accord EX trim, the drag coefficient has been improved by approximately 3%.
2018 Honda Accord Interior
The new Accord’s cabin, just like those of the models it is replacing, is a perfect illustration of how to do it right. The passenger space remains impressive, exterior visibility is even better, and getting in and out continues to be a major highlight for this model. But these features are among the most boring for the returning Accord user, so below we talk about what has been updated inside the cabin.
For 2018, the Honda Acord has grown larger, become more premium and its list of tech savvy features expanded. Honda says these features alone have contributed in delivering a premium and quality level that belie the status of Accord’s mainstream status.
The new model gains a new soft-touch instrument panel that features a three tier design and an ultra-thin profile that radiate a sense of visual continuity and strength. Additionally, the paddle shifters, and an intricately contoured sport steering wheel give an impression of visual continuity and strength.
Whether at the rear or at the front, the arm rests are now longer, wider, and more deeply padded and complement the inboard positioning of the seats. The seats now features improved lateral support and a more premium appearance. Other features that complement support and seat comfort include availability of heated and ventilated seats, and 12-way power adjustable lumbar support.
In order to further complement the seat comfort is the upgraded infotainment system that now features an ultra-slim seven-inch TFT screen. Honda says its usability is more intuitive than before. Available features that come with it include speed tracking, emergency roadside assistance, remote geo-fencing, remote locking/unlocking feature, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Audio systems vary depending on the trim model chosen. The Honda Accord LX model starts with four speakers and 160 watts, the Accord EX and Accord Sport come with eight speakers and 180 watts, and the Accord Touring and Accord EX-L come with 10-speakers and 450 watts. Bluetooth connectivity and USB charging ports however are standard across the entire trim lineup.
New Honda Accord Colors
The exterior colors include – Champagne Frost Pearl, Basque Red Pearl II, Lunar Silver Metallic, Kona Coffee Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, San Marino Red, Modern Steel Metallic, and Obsidian Blue Pearl. Interior wise, colors to expect are dependent on the trim model so chosen, the Accord LX, Accord Sport, and Accord EX models come in Black, Gray, and Ivory cloth. The Accord EX-L and Accord Touring come with Black, Gray and Ivory leather. Also available for the Accord Sport is Black leather with bright red accent stitching.
Although we’re still in the lookout for more information regarding the trim lineup, the 1.5L Accord should be expected to be offered in a whopping six trim models – base Accord LX, Accord Sport, Acord EX, Accord EX-L, Accord EX-L Navi and the top-spec model – the Accord Touring model. Last year, the Honda Accord was offered in two body styles – sedan and coupe, however, recent news has it that Honda has killed the latter and only the Accord Sedan will continue being offered.
2018 Honda Accord Specifications For The Engine
Under the hood of the latest offer from Honda are several new engines that take an entirely new approach to performance. The most basic of them all is a 1.5L direct-injected turbocharged engine able to generate a whopping 192 horsepower and 192 pounds of feet. The same engine produced 185 horsepower and 181 pounds of feet while under the hood of the 2017 model. Transmission systems available here are the CVT and the six-speed manual.
Also available for 2017 is a new 2.0L direct-injected turbo engine able to generate 252 horsepower and 273 pounds feet of torque. It comes paired to either a ten-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission system. The aforementioned engine is a new mill that will now take over the reins from the existing 3.5L V6 engine it is replacing.
In addition to the improvement in power output, the new 2018 Honda Accord also features advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. All Accords will now come equipped with all features bundled under the Honda Sensing safety and driver assistive technologies. Some of these include road departure mitigation, lane-departure warning, collision mitigation braking system, traffic sign recognition, and adaptive cruise control.