Honda Reveals 10th-Gen Accord

Gwen Vasquez
July 14, 2017

The 2018 Honda Accord sedan was just revealed to the world and it has been completely overhauled. You are wrong! While Honda is downsizing the displacement, the engines will be turbocharged and are sure to keep the power quotient intact.

That effort begins the 10th-generation Accord's new styling and revised proportions. Its wheelbase has been stretched by a little more than two inches, though it is more than half an inch lower.

Despite these minor changes, interior space has grown by an appreciable amount. Meanwhile, the car's battery pack will be mounted beneath the rear floor instead of the trunk to free up cargo space and allow for a 60/40 split folding rear seat.

Likewise, this car's cargo hold is larger, clocking in at almost 17 cubic feet, likely a best-in-class figure. To better compete in a market that is moving further and further from traditional three-box sedans, the all-new 2018 Honda Accord offers a convincing blend of style, driving performance, technology, and practicality.

For more on the Honda Accord, read the in-depth reviews at The Car Connection. In the Accord, the engine makes 252 horsepower and 273 lb. -ft. of torque-54 horsepower and 22 lb. -ft. less than in the Type R. The 1.5-liter gets a CVT as standard, while the 2.0-liter gets an all-new 10-speed automatic. For drivers who want more, you can also get a 2.0-liter engine. Base models will come with a version of the Civic's 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, here uprated (from 174 hp) to 192 hp (coming in at 5,500 rpm) and 192 lb-ft of torque (from 1,500 to 5,000 rpm). The 2.0T gets Honda's new 10-speed automatic transmission just released in the '18 Odyssey minivan.

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For ultra-thrifty motoring, a hybrid version of the Accord will also be offered. The vehicle will use a next generation of Honda's 2-motor hybrid technology, with a 2.0L Atkinson-cycle engine boasting more than 40% thermal efficiency, the same thermal efficiency as the current Toyota Prius' 1.8L Atkinson-cycle 4-cyl. The drive motors are the first to use magnets containing no rare-earth metals.

And for safety, Honda is offering its Honda Sensing suite of electronic driver aids. It is also 110 to 176 pounds lighter with a more rigid body structure and new chassis. Responding to our biggest gripe, physical knobs for volume and radio tuning are back. Additional goodies include wireless phone charging, automatic Bluetooth pairing, 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hotspot, and over-the-air automatic software updates. Naturally, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are baked right in for maximum convenience. And one of the most popular is the Honda Accord which in 2016 managed to rack up 345,225 sales, making it the ninth most popular nameplate in the country.

As announced last month, the big news with '18 Accord's engines is the lack of a V-6.

All '18 Accords will be assembled at Honda's Marysville, OH, plant, with engines and transmissions sourced in the U.S.

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