The Honda Accord is one of the most popular vehicles on the road today. The model has been recognized more than 30
times by Car and Driver as one of their “10Best,” and more than 13 million consumers have purchased the vehicle since its debut four decades ago.
However, no vehicle is going to last all that long if a brand continues to roll out the same features and capabilities. Fortunately, Honda is constantly focused on refining their offerings, and that includes their 2018 Honda Accord.
“We are redefining the Honda Accord for a new generation of buyers by bringing something unexpected that challenges the idea of what a mainstream sedan can be,” said Jeff Conrad, the senior vice president of the Automobile Division of American Honda Motor Company. “Even as we advance core values like great driving dynamics, safety performance and efficiency, the distinctive design of this all-new 2018 Honda Accord will help it appeal to both head and heart in equal measure.”
We’ve detailed all of the new features you can expect from the 2018 Honda Accord, and this information might sway you to ultimately opt for this specific model…
The Honda Accord is clearly one of the brand’s most popular models, but you’ll never find consumers confusing this vehicle with a sports car. Well, Honda’s engineers worked especially hard on improving the exterior style of their renowned sedan, and the revamped design leads to a much more athletic persona. For instance, the wheel bases’ width has been increased, while the overall length of the vehicle has been reduced. The vehicle’s ground clearance has also been shortened, and these various changes will certainly lead to some not even recognizing the Accord.
That wasn’t the only area of the exterior that underwent a revision. Engineers revamped the entire hood, with the longer design leading to a more muscular look. The LED lighting doesn’t only make the vehicle eye catching, but it will also improve visibility, making for a safer driving experience. Of course, the sudden curves and smooth lines were maintained, so it’s not like the Accord won’t resemble the traditional variations of the model. Still, engineers did an admirable job of reshaping the exterior to be a lot more sporty.
The brand is also offering a trio of new engine options that will come with their revamped Honda Accord, including a pair of powerful turbo units. The standard 1.5-liter turbo engine is plenty powerful despite its size, cranking out 192 horsepower and 192 pounds-feet of torque. Accompanied by either the Honda CVT or a six-speed manual transmission, drivers could truly expect an ideal driving experience from this particular system.
For those seeking upgraded power specs, then the 2.0-liter turbo engine (with the accompanying i-VTEC valvetrain) will deliver all of the power you could possibly want. When combined with the unique 10-speed automatic transmission, drivers can ultimately anticipate 252 horsepower and 272 pounds-feet of torque. If customers opt for the Sport trim, they’ll also have the option to choose the six-speed manual transmission.
Finally, the 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle engine teams up with a cleverly-placed battery pack to provide drivers with one of the most exclusive hybrid driving experiences in the entire industry. While efficiency specs have yet to be finalized, the brand already estimates that the applicable number will end up leading the segment. Therefore, if you’re looking to save some extra money at the gas pump, this engine will surely be the logical target.
Car brands are seemingly always finding ways to improve the technology that’s featured in their vehicles, and this sentiment is certainly confirmed in the 2018 Honda Accord. For starters, engineers included a new Head-Up Display, which will showcase essential information right in front of the driver. Without having to strain their neck, operators can quickly and easily monitor their car’s efficiency, speed, and diagnostics. Meanwhile, the brand upgraded their touchscreen monitor, leading to higher-resolution graphics and easy-to-use features. Best of all, the system still includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, allowing these drivers to seamlessly connect their smartphone to their car.
Speaking of smartphone compatibility, the brand is also adding Bluetooth™ capabilities to the unit, providing another way that drivers can connect their preferred gadgets. The brand has even added 4G LTE Wi-Fi, meaning you and your passengers will always have access to a reliable wireless internet connection.
While technological options certainly shouldn’t be atop your list of desired traits, these specific offerings might lead to you favoring the 2018 Honda Accord.
New Safety Functions
Honda is already known as one of the safest car brands in the industry, and the brand has done an admirable job once again of adding an array of safety technologies. While the body is composed of a lighter metal, the foundation is as rigid as ever, providing occupants with the utmost protection during a crash. The extensive air bag system will also play a significant role in preserving the safety of passengers.
Meanwhile, the brand’s Honda Sensing system is now included in every new Accord, helping drivers avoid accidents altogether. Accompanying features like autonomous emergency braking can detect an impending collision, and it will adapt the brakes to lessen (or even prevent) impact. While Honda’s vehicles have always been safe, the brand is clearly looking to take these features to a whole new level.
“[W]e wanted to maintain the fundamental things our customers value most about Accord: outstanding quality and reliability, fuel efficiency, and fun-to-drive,” Conrad said during the vehicle’s world-wide debut. “But we wanted to add something new: a level of emotion and premium appeal that elevates Accord beyond its affordable, midsize sedan roots.”
Honda seemingly succeeded in their goals, as all of these new additions will have a positive influence on the accompanying driving experience. The Accord has continually been considered one of the top cars in the industry, and we’re sure that sentiment will continue after customers get a first-hand look at the 2018 model.