The new 2018 Honda Accord continues to be a top-rated sedan in its class thanks to the relentless efforts by Honda. Some of the highlights for 2018 include an available coupe body style, a generous list of standard and optional features, spacious and high-quality interior, a quick acceleration, efficient and refined powertrains, and exceptional handling and ride balance. Its release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2018, at least according to latest news.
As is customary of any best-selling car in America, the Honda Accord has once again grabbed news headlines for some time now ever since Honda announced the return of the Accord. The new model comes with plenty of revisions and new add-ons that will certainly maintain the attention and, hopefully, even surpass the sales of the existing model. Some of the upgrades made include an enhanced Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone app connectivity.
Others are upgrades to the existing safety features, which now include a blind-spot monitor with rear cross traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection warning, lane-keeping assist and mitigation, a 360-degree camera, and frontal collision warning and mitigation. Throw in a car that’s already received an “A” rating and you’ve got yourself an excellent recipe for one of the best family sedans in its category.
Up front, the most notable change lies in the revised grille and headlight styling. Both have been re-tweaked and appear bolder and modern. Farther aback, the taillights have also been reworked and they, too, appear contemporary. However, these changes, relative to the outgoing model, aren’t easy to notice and you’ll need to look long and hard to notice the differences.
The same continues in its cabin, the changes are especially conspicuous on the technology front. As already mentioned above, the touchscreen interface has received Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration systems upgrades. Other changes include increased USB ports, and a more intuitive and responsive system in general.
The changes are mild as the Accord is still worth some glorification even in its present state. Some of the strengths that continue into 2018 include abundant interior room, responsive handling, powerful yet fuel efficient engines, ride composure, and top crash test scores. Others include a solid built quality and a reputation for trouble-free ownership.
There are few other cars in its class that can pose a real threat to its superiority, though. These include the Ford Fusion and the Mazda 6. Both offer spacious accommodations, quicker acceleration, and stylish looks. At a distance, you can also check out Toyota Camry, Volkswagen Passat, and the Hyundai Sonata.
2018 Honda Accord Engine Specs & Fuel Economy
The standard powertrain is a four-cylinder 2.4L engine mated to a front-wheel drive. The mill should be able to crank out 181 lbs. ft. of torque and 185 horsepower. Opting for the Sport gets you an output of 189 hp and 182 pounds-ft. of torque thanks to the less restrictive dual exhaust boosts.
More oomph is offered by the available 3.5L turbocharged V6 engine good for 278 horsepower and 252 pounds-ft. of torque. A six-speed auto is offered as a standard system. zipping from 0-60 mph with the Accord Touring sedan only takes 6.1 seconds, and 7.8 seconds with the Accord EX sedan.
When we come to the fuel economy numbers, EPA says the EX-L V6 coupe equipped with a six-speed manual should check in at 18/28/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 27/37/31 mpg with the four-cylinder Accords regardless of the trim model.
The Accord Hybrid engine specs are unknown as of this writing but we should expect them weeks leading to its release date.
2018 Honda Accord – Trim Options
The Honda Accord 2018 is offered as either a midsize coupe or sedan both of which are offered with either a 3.5L V6 or a four-cylinder engines. The latter comes equipped under the hoods of the LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L sedan models, while the former mill is offered underneath the EX-L and Touring sedans.
As for the Accord coupe, the V6 engine is offered with the EX-L and Touring trims, while the four-cylinder is offered with LX-S, EX, and EX-L models. The 2018 Honda Accord hybrid review is offered on its own.
Exterior Sport Review & 2018 Honda Accord Sport Interior Changes
Some of the standard accessories and changes available on the Accord Sport trim model include leatherette bolstered cloths seats, LED daytime running lights, 19” wheels, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, dual exhaust tips, different trim colors, a rear deck lid spoiler, rear folding 60/40-split seats, and an eight-power driver power lumbar.
2018 Honda Accord Release Date & Price
The Accord Coupe price should be expected to start from an MSRP of $23,875, and $1000 less for the Accord Sedan. Speculations abounding the industry suggest it should go for sale sometime in the first half of 2018. The Accord Hybrid release date should be expected several months later after that.
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