After a short historical past lesson underscoring simply how necessary the Accord has been to North America all through the final 4 a long time, Honda unveiled the 10th technology of its midsize sedan to a semi-enthusiastic viewers in Detroit at present.
To be honest, it’s not probably the most thrilling section occupying the automotive panorama, but it surely is without doubt one of the most necessary — regardless of shedding vital floor to crossovers and SUVs over the previous couple of years. Honda clearly doesn’t need the Accord relegated solely to unimaginative patrons needing nothing greater than fundamental transportation and fleet gross sales.
Regardless of sinking gross sales, automakers aren’t giving up on the midsize sedan, and Honda has positioned some real effort behind the brand new Accord. That doesn’t imply they’ve transformed it right into a heart-stopping thrill trip, nor ought to they, since that’s not the sort of automotive it’s imagined to be. However they’ve taken steps to make sure the automobile has improved in significant methods. Whereas that didn’t cease Jeff Conrad, senior vp of American Honda, from claiming it was “unquestionably probably the most dramatic remake of the Accord that we’ve ever performed” on the unveiling, there’s reality in that assertion.
Nevertheless, some the most important adjustments coming to the 2018 Accord are what you gained’t discover within the upgraded mannequin.
There gained’t be a coupe within the 10th-gen Accord’s lineup, nor will there be a V6. Energy choices embody two turbocharged inline-fours and a hybrid. The bottom-trimmed automotive receives a 1.5-liter 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo 4 producing 192 horsepower and foot-pounds of toque. Peak energy arrives at 5,500 rpm whereas most torque is accessible at 1,500 rpm. Stepping as much as the two.Zero-liter i-VTEC yields a complete of 252 hp at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 to four,000 rpm. That’s a transparent, however not egregious, downgrade in energy from the three.5-liter V6 it replaces. That mill cranked out 278 ponies and 252 lb-ft.
Conrad echoed the cry of fanatics in every single place when he stated Honda wished to “save the guide,” and promised every of the powerplants might be mated to an non-compulsory short-throw six-speed in sport trim. In any other case, the 1.5-liter comes with a CVT whereas the two.Zero-liter may have a regular 10-speed computerized.
The hybrid powertrain will make the most of a 2.Zero-liter Atkinson cycle engine that Honda claims will supply one of the best thermal effectivity of something it at the moment has in the marketplace. Nevertheless, detailed specs, together with energy and gas economic system scores, might be launched nearer to launch. Honda additionally withheld the mpg figures for the non-hybrid vehicles, however promised they might be spectacular.
All the fashions are, expectedly, front-wheel pushed. They need to even be extra sprightly than the current-generation Accord, due to a stiffer and lighter physique using 54.2-percent excessive energy metal. Relying on trim, complete weight discount ranges from 110 and 176 kilos. A redesigned MacPherson suspension with aluminum management arms affixed to an aluminum subframe is up entrance, whereas the rear makes use of a smaller multilink setup. Adaptive dampers are commonplace on high-end trims however an non-compulsory additional on the extra reasonably priced models.
New Accords may even come outfitted with a two-mode driving system that includes regular and sport settings. Sport engages with chassis and drivetrain elements by firming up the variable-ratio electrical energy steering, bettering the drive-by-wire throttle response, sharpening the automated transmission’s gear-holding talents (when you didn’t get the guide), tweaking the adaptive dampers and including some auditory oomph by the energetic management system.
In the meantime, the conventional setting will be paired with the now-classic Honda ECON button for while you simply need to be a conscientious, planet-saving nerd.
Stepping up the Accord’s security sport is a regular suite of energetic and passive applied sciences. Adaptive cruise management, lane help, computerized emergency braking, reverse digicam, and street departure warnings all come commonplace. Nevertheless, security obsessed drivers could need to buy the non-compulsory upgraded blind spot monitoring, parking sensors, cross-traffic alert, and driver drowsiness detector.
The inside seems to supply distinctive outward visibility, aided largely by the Accord’s pretty skinny A-pillars. Spaciousness doesn’t seem to have diminished. The entrance seats are positioned barely inward to supply some additional hip, shoulder and headroom. Extending the automobile’s wheelbase by 2.16 inches gives rear passengers with 2.5 inches of further legroom with out including to the automobile’s total size.
Infotainment is managed by an Eight-inch touchscreen that — and Honda was cautious to say this — features a bodily quantity knob. That individual announcement garnered extra applause from the gang than virtually anything. When you’ve ever tried to make use of the horrendous slider on most late-model Hondas, you understand precisely why that is so necessary. With out being hyperbolic, we are able to state that this can be the only finest change made to the brand new Accord.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities are each commonplace. Non-obligatory extras embody wi-fi charging and 4G LTE on-board Wi-Fi. HondaLink telematics are additionally out there for these excited by distant locking, engine begins, diagnostics, or roadside help. A configurable 6-inch head-up show is included on the the premium touring variations.
As for the outside styling, Honda has positively taken a extra conservative strategy to the Accord than Toyota did with the Camry. It’s stays simply recognizable however shares a few of the identical design language as Civic. It’s barely boxy and angular with out being squared off, and the hood appears exceptionally low and lengthy from some angles. The tail is gently swept again and, though it hints at the potential of a hatch, the Accord stays a standard sedan.
No pricing has been introduced however count on Honda to not stray an excessive amount of from the present mannequin’s MSRP. All variants of the 2018 Accord might be assembled at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio plant, whereas the 1.5-liter and a couple of.Zero-liter turbo engines might be produced in Anna, Ohio.