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Honda Unveils the All-New 2018 Accord

The New Accord Might Be Nicer Than Your Acura

Honda unveiled the next-generation 2018 Accord today at its offices in Torrance, California. For the Accord, one of the most popular midsize sedans alongside the Toyota Camry, the stakes are always high when moving to a fully redesigned model.

Honda proclaims the 2018 Honda Accord is the most dramatically styled, luxurious and fun-to-drive model in its 41-year history. Since we have yet to drive it, and photos say infinitely more about styling than words can, what we can confirm is how pleasant and upscale the interior is. Pricing has yet to be announced, but the layout, styling and materials of the 2018 Accord's cabin feel much more like Acura than Honda. And in some ways, it's even nicer.

2018 Honda Accord

Front and center is a sharp-looking and much more user-friendly 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. There are physical menu shortcut buttons lining the sides of the screens with volume and tuning knobs at either corner. Below that are the climate controls, which Honda decided to separate from the touchscreen — all smart moves in our opinion.

Honda's shift-by-wire push-button transmission controls sit next to the cupholders on the center console, along with buttons for Econ and Sport modes and the electronic parking brake. The Touring model that was on display featured nice-looking wood trim spanning the dash, with a small "N" printed on the passenger side. For a phone with Near Field Communication technology, this is the spot where you hold it to instantly pair the Bluetooth. Other neat tech features include a 4G LTE mobile hotspot, Honda's next-generation HondaLink telematics with new capabilities like emergency roadside assistance, remote locking and unlocking, remote engine start, stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, geofencing and speed tracking.

2018 Honda Accord

Dimensionally the new Accord is less than a half-inch shorter in length, but its wheelbase has been stretched by more than 2 inches. Thanks to this increase, rear passengers enjoy 40.4 inches of legroom, nearly 2 inches more than in the previous generation. Additionally the Accord is wider (plus 0.4 inch), lower (minus 0.6 inch), lighter by 110 to 176 pounds, and more rigid, and has wider set wheels (plus 0.2 inch front, plus 0.8 inch rear), which fall in line with Honda's story of improved dynamics. And as with the new Civic Si and Type R, adaptive dampers will be available.

On the topic of powertrains, the 2018 Accord has three of them, but the 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder and 3.5-liter V6 from the current 2017 Accord are not among them. The base engine is a turbocharged, 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder (192 hp, 192 lb-ft) and comes paired with a six-speed manual transmission or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). A larger turbocharged 2.0-liter (252 hp, 273 lb-ft) is also offered as a replacement for the V6, and it can be paired with a six-speed manual or a Honda-developed 10-speed automatic. And lastly there is a 2.0-liter, two-motor hybrid powertrain accompanied by an electronic CVT and equipped with lithium-ion batteries.

A suite of driver aids, known as Honda Sensing, will be standard on all models. Those features include collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow and traffic sign recognition, and a multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines. There are other aids available that aren't included in the Honda Sensing suite, such as blind-spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and a driver awareness monitor.

Non-hybrid Accord models will be going on sale in fall later this year, with the hybrid model to follow in the first quarter of 2018. Check back with Edmunds later for more details.

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