Now in its 10th generation, the newest Honda Accord is slated to arrive in showrooms later this year. The Accord has been around for an impressive 41 years, yet this year undoubtedly marks its most impressive year yet.
The redesigned Accord is lower, wider, and far more aggressively styled than the outgoing model. It’s even got a longer wheelbase and a shorter overall length for improved interior space and handling. Its windshield and roofline are placed further back, giving it a sleeker, coupe-like look.
For 2018 the Accord gets all-new engines, starting with a base 1.5-liter turbo that producing 192 horsepower. The Accord’s V6 is being replaced by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 252 horsepower. Although down on power compared to the outgoing V6, Honda promises that the four-cylinder’s higher torque and wide power band will win-over anyone craving a V6.
A manual transmission is still available on some models, along with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Models equipped with the 2.0-liter turbo four will receive an all-new 10-speed automatic.
All new Accords will also come loaded with new technology. Standard is a 7-inch customizable information screen on the instrument panel. Higher trim levels will enjoy an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be supported across many models. Available tech includes navigation, mobile hot spot capability, a 4G LTE data connection, a wireless device charger, and a 450-watt 10-speaker premium audio system, to name just a few.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect it to come in just higher of its 2017 $22,455 base price, due to the increase in standard content.
Although midsize sedan sales have stalled a bit recently, the updates to the new Accord will be sure to impress shoppers. It’s lighter, more rigid, with an aggressive new design. Thanks to all-new, high-torque direct-injected and turbocharged engines, and the world’s first 10-speed automatic transmission in a FWD car, it will deliver power and efficiency with ease. And with a slew of safety systems, driver-assist and connected-car technologies, the new Accord will even impress technophiles looking to have a vehicle with the latest and greatest in tech.