As the popularity of the crossover increases, the midsize sedan is no longer a standard vehicle for small families. But car manufacturers do not give up, with a number of popular traditional models refreshed significantly or redesigned this year. Included in the list is the 2018 Honda Accord and its dramatic improvements.
Starting from the exterior, the 2018 Honda Accord fastback profile and styling line make it look more luxurious than the norm. Inside, Honda has reworked its interior and is now one of the best in its class. In the top Touring trim, there is a mix of soft-touch plastic, faux-leather door inserts, leather upholstery, and convincing wood trim on the dashboard. Even on lower trims like the Sport, the cabin is adorned with faux-leather-trimmed seats and carbon fiber look trim.
In the middle of the dash, the 2018 Honda Accord new touch screen is much easier to use than the old system. The new screen is laid out seriously and uses physical buttons and knobs for tuning and navigation functions. The touch screen, which is standard except for the LX base model, also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Furthermore, the 2018 Honda Accord also offers plenty safety driving features. Forward collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and mitigation are optional on other Honda, but they are standard on every Accord.
At the end, the redesigned 2018 Honda Accord significantly drives the competition in the midsize sedan segment. Many of its advantages and disadvantages make it an easy recommendation for anyone looking for a spacious, comfortable and upscale sedan.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Honda Accord is a four-door five-passenger midsize sedan offered in five trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring.
Standard equipment on the base LX trim include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, LED headlights, LED taillights, automatic high-beam control, push-button ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a driver information display, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 7-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker audio system with a USB port. Standard safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and intervention.
The 2018 Honda Accord Sport adds 19-inch wheels, chrome exhaust tips, a rear spoiler, LED foglights, cloth and simulated leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat with four-way power lumbar, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 60/40-split rear bench, an 8-inch touchscreen, and an eight-speaker audio system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.
The EX builds on the LX model but adds the Sport interior upgrades (except unique upholstery and shift paddles) plus keyless entry and ignition, 17-inch wheels, blind-spot monitoring, a sunroof, heated mirrors, heated front seats, an additional USB port, rear air vents, HD radio and satellite.
The Accord EX-L adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, a four-way power passenger seat, driver-seat memory settings and a 10-speaker audio system. A navigation system is optional.
The 2018 Honda Accord Touring trim adds chrome exterior trim, adaptive suspension dampers, 19-inch wheels, automatic wipers, illuminated door handles, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, a head-up display, adjustable driving modes, heated rear seats, a Wi-Fi hotspot, the navigation system and a wireless phone charger.
Models with the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine are essentially the same as their 1.5-liter models, but the Sport 2.0T is equipped with keyless entry, blind-spot monitoring and heated front seats.
The 2018 Honda Accord comes standard with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) sent the power to the front wheel.
If you’re looking for a little more power, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque is available on Sport, EX-L and Touring models. It’s matched to a 10-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual transmission is a no-cost option for the Sport model regardless what engine you choose.
In performance testing, the 2018 Honda Accord Touring 2.0T with 10-speed automatic accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. The Accord Sport 1.5T CVT in 7.3 second, which is average for a base engine in this segment.
With the CVT, the Accords 1.5T except the Sport trim earn an EPA estimate of 33 mpg combined (30 city/38 highway), while the Sport rates at 31 mpg combined (29 city/35 highway). With the manual transmission, the 2018 Accord stands at 30 mpg combined (26 city/35 highway).
The 2.0T fuel economy numbers are impressive at 27 mpg combined (23 city/34 highway). The Touring/Sport automatic and manual is similar 26 at mpg combined (22/32).
Release Date and Prices
The all-new 2018 Honda Accord is starting to arrive at dealerships so you can check them out. Key competitors include the Toyota Camry, Mazda 6 and Ford Fusion.
Official pricing ranges will start from $24,445 for the LX, $26,655 for the Sport, $28,345 for the EX, $30,845 for the EX-L, $31,185 for the Sport 2.0T, $32,845 for the EX-L 2.0T, $34,675 for the Touring and $36,675 for the Touring 2.0T.