2018 Accord First Look: All-New
The all-new 2018 Accord goes on sale this fall, with the hybrid model to follow in the winter. It was unveiled last week in Detroit and Los Angeles, showcasing a more stylish and sportier 10th generation of the midsize sedan. In our first look at the new 2018 Honda Accord, check out what we know so far.
There will not be a coupe body style. According to Jeff Conrad, the senior vice president of the Automotive Division of American Honda, the coupe body style only accounted for about 4 percent of sales. In the 2018 Accord, Honda “put coupe goodness in the sedan,” said Conrad.
Featuring a longer wheelbase and wider stance, with a shorter overall length and lower height, the 2018 Honda Accord is more aggressive in appearance.
Key highlights of the new design include a chrome-wing grille atop a black air intake, available 9-lamp full LED headlights, LED light-pipe taillights, and dual exhaust outlets. From the side, the 2018 Accord’s fast roofline and tapering side windows make the car look sporty, low, and lean.
Honda made a significant effort into keeping the 2018 Honda Accord’s cabin quiet. Honda utilized acoustic glass, structural adhesives, sound insulation and absorption materials, underbody panels, and finally Active Noise Technology.
Visibility has also been improved. The Accord’s windshield pillars are 20% thinner, and have been pulled back to provide the driver a more panoramic view.
Sportier Driving Position
The seating positions have been dropped by 1 in. in front and 0.79 in. in the back. This will give 2018 Accord driver’s a more sporty driving experience.
The seats have also been redesigned to provide better support, due to new back rests, variable firmness padding, and armrests that have more padding than before. Driver’s will also have the option to get available heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.
More Back Seat Room
Since the wheelbase has been stretched, the 2018 Accord gains significant rear-seat room. Passengers will enjoy two extra inches of legroom.
For 2018, trim levels include the standard LX, Sport, mid-grade EX, leather-lined EX-L, the navigation equipped EX-L Navi, and the fully-loaded Touring. The Accord Hybrid will be offered in all but the Sport trim when it becomes available in early 2018.
Under the Hood
The standard engine features a turbocharged, 1.5-liter-4-cylinder engine that makes 192 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 192 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,500 rpm to 5,000 rpm.
As an upgrade in the Sport and Touring trims, Honda supplied a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, which is a modified version of the same engine that goes in the Civic Type R. This engine generates 252 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,500 rpm to 4,000 rpm. For these trims, a Honda-engineered, 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is standard, and a 6-speed manual is available in the Sport trim.
Honda Sensing, which is the intelligent suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies is designed to alert you things you may miss while driving. For the first time ever, it will be standard on all 2018 Accord models, as well as a multi-angle reversing camera. Honda Sensing includes:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System
- Road Departure Mitigation System
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Lane Keeping Assist System
- Traffic Sign Recognition
A new infotainment system features a 8 in. touchscreen that has buttons for volume and tuning. There’s also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A premium sound system is offered on EX-L and Touring trims.
Also available is wireless device charging, automatic Bluetooth pairing, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, as well as USB charging ports.
As you can see, there have been a lot of exciting changes to the all-new 2018 Accord. Make sure to check back in with us as we get closer to its release in the fall!