The 10th-generation Honda Accord is nearly right here with new seems to be and loads of contemporary tech, together with a revamped powertrain lineup. The 2018 mannequin will sport some aggressive new styling and a fastback bodystyle, one aimed toward maximizing inside area whereas providing a extra fashionable look. The Accord has rather a lot to stay as much as — and rivals nonetheless able to attempt to steal its lunch.
How will the newest iteration of one of many best-selling automobiles in America set itself aside from its predecessor? Learn on.
1. New Engines
The V6 is out and the I4 is in: A brand new turbocharged 1.5-liter would be the base engine, churning out 192 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. A beefier selection might be a turbocharged 2.Zero-liter four-cylinder pumping out 252 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque — this mannequin replaces the V6. That is fewer horses than the three.5-liter V6, however it’s nonetheless within the neighborhood with regards to energy and truly makes extra torque. The demise of the V6 was inevitable; inline-fours are actually cranking out comparable figures with the assistance of turbochargers, so a drop in displacement for the bottom engine is just not a shock.
Each engines will supply the choice of a six-speed guide transmission, however now we have a sense that the constantly variable automated transmission might be common on the bottom 1.5-liter mannequin. The two.Zero-liter engine, in the meantime, could have the choice of a brand new 10-speed standard automated. That is proper — 10-speed is the brand new nine-speed.
The 2018 Accord could have a wider stance and an extended wheelbase (stretched by 2.1 inches), however the automobile’s general size will shrink a bit, as will its peak. The actual fact Honda additionally shaved off the entrance and rear overhangs will enhance driving dynamics, and an additional 2.5 inches of rear legroom for rear seat passengers is one other advantage of the longer wheelbase. This could assist the Accord really feel higher planted on the pavement, decreasing nosedive throughout braking and smoothing out the freeway journey high quality.
Honda went for a fastback profile this time round.
Honda did not neglect concerning the hybrid. The brand new era will pair the two.Zero-liter Atkinson cycle engine with two electrical motors. Honda is retaining the main points of this hybrid model quiet for now, however the outgoing model additionally used a 2.Zero-liter Atkinson cycle engine paired with electrical motors producing a mixed 212 hp. The brand new hybrid could have mpg figures of 49/47/48 metropolis/freeway/mixed to beat — it ought to be capable of do higher — and Honda says it has been in a position to disguise the battery beneath the rear seats this time round so it will not eat up trunk area.
5. Driver Help Techniques Galore
There might be no scarcity of digital driving aids: It can supply street departure mitigation, adaptive cruise management, collision mitigation braking system, lane-departure warning, a driver-awareness monitor and blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert. We’re most to check out collision-mitigation braking as this sort of system, relying on automaker, has been relatively (pardon the pun) hit and miss. We’ll outline a miss as overreacting to rows of automobiles parked on the facet of the street, in addition to delayed reactions to precise automobiles blocking the street whereas ready to make a flip. These methods have been getting smarter and Honda’s present model, supplied in different fashions, is among the higher ones.
6. A brand new search for the 10th-generation mannequin
The Accord has lengthy sought to please nearly each demographic, ending up lower than memorable on most events, however Honda has taken a brand new path for the 2018 mannequin with one thing near a fastback bodystyle. This buys some additional room for rear seat passengers — the greenhouse is extra beneficiant, however the trunk opening might be on the modest facet, avoiding the three-box system of its predecessors. The actual fact the brand new Accord will not be a hatchback sedan is a missed alternative, as this format might have given it some spectacular cargo area, however there are different Hondas for hauling cargo. Relating to the entrance fascia, the 2018 mannequin could have a big blacked-out middle grille part — not not like the present Dodge Charger — flanked by swept headlights. It is an evolutionary look that truly seems distinctive and balanced, and isn’t interrupted by busy or excessively flashy parts.
Gallery: 2018 Honda Accord inside
What coupe? There might be no coupe for 2018. Prefer it or not, compact and midsize two-doors have been on their method out because the 1990s, and the present and nonetheless very new Civic coupe readily fills the demand for a spacious hatch/coupe.
eight. The Inside
The Accord inside is lastly one thing to textual content residence about (however not whereas driving!). Honda is transferring away from boring mixtures of moody, gray-and-black plastics organized like one thing from a industrial truck, and is virtually beginning to have enjoyable with inside design. The 2018 mannequin includes a sprint with some visible leisure — and we’re not speaking concerning the infotainment display screen — with some flowing shapes and loads of buttons for followers of easy controls. Talking of buttons, the amount and tune rotary knobs are again as precise rotary knobs, after an unlucky and extended sabbatical.
Probably the most noticeable change with regards to the middle stack and controls is that the sprint now has only one display screen as an alternative of two. It is a stick-on touchscreen selection, not embedded deep within the sprint, and it integrates the aforementioned knobs and static management buttons — the way it ought to have been all alongside.
Search for the brand new Accord on sale this fall, with pricing to be introduced nearer to the beginning of gross sales. We’ll drive the brand new Accord on the finish of September, by which period Honda will drop a couple of extra concrete specs concerning the hybrid mannequin and the whole lineup.