After long-awaited, Honda has officially revealed the 10th-generation Accord four-door sedan in the US market. It’s the best-selling Honda sedan in North America although the crossover is now quite dominating in terms of sales. Since the Accord became an efficient, affordable four-door sedan and powered by a reliable chassis and powertrain. Of course, for the 2018 model year, Honda has given quite a lot of changes and revisions for the Accord sedan, including in terms of design and specs. But the Japanese automaker is no longer offering 3.5-liter V6 engine on the 10th generation Accord model. Instead, Honda is now putting the all-new powertrain with a smaller displacement.
The new Accord exterior features elegant, modern, sleek and more dynamic design. While the front fascia now looks bolder by accentuating the new front grille design with Honda’s signature chrome wing. The new model is also equipped with large front air intake, 9-lamp full-LED headlights and LED fog lights. Honda’s designers and engineers take advantage of the fundamental design proportions with sports and athletic appearance when designing the 2018 Accord sedan.
This approach reminds us of the classic Honda design principles such as lower and wider bodies, expansive visibility and sporty seating position, and then apply them to the new Accord design with a more modern, premium and sporty touch. Meanwhile, buyers will find a larger interior space with premium touch, elegant, and a variety of interior features with high-technology.
2018 Honda Accord Specs
There are several new engine options offered for the 2018 Honda Accord in the US market as a replacement for the old 3.5L V6 engine and a naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter inline-four engine. The first option comes with the new direct-injected 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that can deliver 192 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm and 192 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500 -5,000 rpm. That’s obviously an increase of 7 HP and 11 lb-ft of torque from the old 2.4-liter Accord engine that only delivers 185 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm and 181 lb-ft of torque @ 3,900 rpm. The new 1.5-liter turbo engine is offered with a CVT on the base trim, while the CVT option and six-speed manual transmission are only available for the 2018 Honda Accord Sport.
2018 Honda Accord Touring Front View
The next option is the new direct-injected 2.0-liter i-VTEC turbo engine capable of spewing up to 252 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm and 273 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,000 rpm. Basically this is the same engine that can be found in the 2017 Civic Type R, but with lower power output and this comes as a replacement for the old 3.5-liter V6 engine. As for the choice of transmission, Honda offers 10-speed automatic transmission as a standard option on the base model. While the Sport trim get two transmission options that include six-speed manual and 10-speed automatic gearbox. Honda claims that both turbocharged engines offer several new technologies such as high-accuracy direct injection, low-pressure-loss air intake, variable valve timing and high-efficiency low-inertia turbos.
It’s all expected to provide a fast and powerful response while maintaining its top-level fuel economy ratings. The Japanese automaker also said that the new 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbo engine can use regular-octane gasoline, but the performance may be decreased. Apart from that, the new CVT gearboxes offered for the 1.5-liter turbo engine have an 11 percent lower initial ratio for more aggressive launch performance. While the new 10-speed automatic transmission which is only available on 2.0-liter turbo engine is 22 pounds lighter with 68 percent wider overall ratio, 43 percent lower first gear and has 17 percent taller top gear than the current six-speed automatic gearbox found on the Accord V6.
The 2018 Honda Accord utilizes 29 percent ultra-high-strength steel material with a new lighter body structure, more rigid and overall it uses 54.2 percent high-strength steel. Not surprisingly, the Honda engineers managed to cut the total weight of the Accord to approximately 110-176 pounds. In addition, torsional stiffness has also increased by 34 percent with bending rigidity increased by 24 percent, which is ultimately expected to improve driving quality, cabin quietness and dynamic handling.
This new four-door sedan is equipped with a two-mode chassis-adjustment system that can be changed through Normal and Sports settings. It can adjust throttle response, adaptive dampers, transmission shift program and new electric power steering. Honda also offers a new Macpherson strut front suspension with L-shaped aluminum control arms mounted to an all-aluminum front subframe. While the rear suspension uses a multi-link design installed in the floating rear subframe.
2018 Honda Accord Interior
Speaking of its interior features, the tenth generation model comes with several features that include the all-new HMI with an ultra-slim 7-inch TFT driver’s meter, 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface, wireless device charging, Bluetooth, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility. It also features next-gen HondaLink telematics with emergency roadside assistance, stolen vehicle tracking, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, speed tracking, remote diagnostics and geofencing.
There are several trim level options for the 2018 Honda Accord with a 1.5-liter turbo engine, including LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi, Sport and Touring. While the model with 2.0-liter engine will only be offered in four trim levels that include EX-L, EX-L Navi, Sport and Touring. The hybrid version will still be available for the 2018 model year and will be offered in five trim levels, including base, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi, and Touring. It utilizes a new hybrid powertrain and relies on a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle engine paired to an electric motor, which is claimed to have thermal efficiency of more than 40 percent.
However, Honda said that production for the new 2018 Accord hybrid will be moved to Ohio, USA after a few years only produced in Japan. The hybrid version will make its official debut later this year in the US market. While the scheduled release date for the 2018 Honda Accord will likely be ahead of its hybrid model and Honda has confirmed that it will be launched this fall in North America. Prices are still unclear, but based on previous information the new Accord will hit dealers with price ranges ranging from $23,000-$31,000.