2018 Honda Accord Long-Term Road Test - New Updates

2018 Honda Accord Long-Term Road Test

New Updates


2018 Honda Accord: Wrap-Up

by Edmunds

2018 Honda Accord

Our editors spent a full year with a 2018 Honda Accord. Find out what we thought about everything from its roomy cabin to its new turbocharged engine.

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2018 Honda Accord: Monthly Update for April 2019

by Josh Sadlier, Director of Content Strategy

2018 Honda Accord

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term Accord continued to make the SoCal rounds in April, rolling up nearly 1,000 miles as the winter rains subsided and the wildflowers bloomed. Perhaps the highest compliment we can pay the Accord at this point is that its excellence makes it difficult for us to come up with meaningful complaints.

Hondas used to be this way — so competent and so cleverly engineered that they routinely rendered snarky critics speechless. It's safe to say the brand is back, and as our Accord approaches a full year in our care, it just keeps on making the case that all other midsize sedans are playing for second place.

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2018 Honda Accord: Monthly Update for March 2019

by Josh Sadlier, Director of Content Strategy

2018 Honda Accord

Where Did We Drive It?
The short answer is: not much of anywhere. There's only a single fill-up in the Accord's fuel log for March, which means we didn't exactly help the cause of getting to 20,000 miles for the yearlong test.

Our Accord did, however, spark an interesting exchange between your humble narrator and a friend who's been looking for a well-rounded family sedan. I wanted him to buy a lightly used Genesis G80 5.0 because you can get one for Accord Touring money, and any family would benefit from rear-wheel drive and a 420-horsepower V8.

But his heart was set on an Accord, so the key question became which Accord was right for him? Keep reading — the answer is coming.

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2018 Honda Accord: Monthly Update for February 2019

by Josh Sadlier, Director of Content Strategy

2018 Honda Accord

Where Did We Drive It?
February was a notable chapter in Edmunds' long-term 2018 Honda Accord chronicles, thanks primarily to Editor Romans, our man in Fresno. He drove the car seemingly all over California during his extended time with the keys, setting a new single-tank mpg record in the process.

That's the good news. The bad news is that even our best tank still falls well short of the EPA's highway estimate. But, hey, things are moving in the right direction. Read on for all the details on that front, as well as for Mr. Romans' in-depth impressions of Honda's finest Accord yet.

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2018 Honda Accord: Monthly Update for January 2019

by Josh Sadlier, Director of Content Strategy

2018 Honda Accord

Where Did We Drive It?
January was another quiet month for the Accord, which means we are now well off our desired 20,000-mile pace for the year. The poor Honda barely managed 600 miles in the first frame of 2019. Eight months into our yearlong test of the Accord, we've yet to hit the 10,000-mile mark. With the rainy season mostly behind us, we plainly need to schedule some road trips and make up for lost time.

All wasn't lost in January, however, as the Accord spent part of the month in the capable hands of Editor Frio, who added a number of thoughtful comments to the logbook. It's well worth scrolling down to read them all. The Accord may not be getting the miles it needs, but it continues to generate plenty of conversation, as befits the current king of our midsize sedan rankings.

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2018 Honda Accord: Monthly Update for December 2018

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

2018 Honda Accord

Where Did We Drive It?
It was a slow month for the Accord when an exciting one was needed. With seven full months in the books, we're not even halfway to our 20,000-mile target for the year, and the December tally was just 937 miles. That's largely because your humble narrator, who had the car to himself through the holidays, couldn't be bothered to venture outside the greater Los Angeles area.

But should the Accord shoulder some of the blame? Perhaps. Although this car commands the road like none other in its class, there's no question in my mind that the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is a killjoy (see Editor Montoya's counterpoint below). If we had the 2.0-liter engine with the 10-speed automatic, or of course the six-speed manual that's available with either engine, I'd have been more likely to squeeze in a significant road trip over the holiday break. With the CVT automatic, the little 1.5-liter turbo drones and surges and generally seems unhappy, but Honda's Corporate Average Fuel Economy gets a boost. So it goes.

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2018 Honda Accord: Monthly Update for November 2018

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

2018 Honda Accord

Where Did We Drive It?
The Accord logged over 2,000 miles this month, thanks largely to a couple of road trips at the hands of editors Takahashi and Lago. The former drove to Napa for an automotive event and came back with compliments about the car's long-distance comfort, while the latter treated the Accord to an oil change before hitting the road for Thanksgiving.

Back at the office, meanwhile, your humble narrator and a certain editor Kaufman logged dueling comments about the Accord's continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). I think it's notably slower to respond than some rival units; he thinks it's peachy. You'll find all that and more in the Logbook Highlights below.

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2018 Honda Accord: Monthly Update for October 2018

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

2018 Honda Accord

Where Did We Drive It?
Fresh off a road trip up Highway 101 to Paso Robles in our 2018 Honda Accord, I can tell you that there are few better feelings than setting both a range record and a fuel-economy record with the same tank. On that glorious occasion, I rolled up 429 miles and pumped in 12.2 gallons, yielding an average of 35.2 mpg.

Now, that's not exactly breaking news, given that the Accord is EPA-rated at 38 mpg highway and those were pure highway miles. But over our first four months with the car, our range and efficiency records had been 359 miles and 31.5 mpg, respectively. I'm going to go ahead and call this progress, though frankly I'm still disappointed that I couldn't get closer to the EPA highway figure on the open road.

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2018 Honda Accord: Monthly Update for September 2018

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

2018 Honda Accord

Where Did We Drive It?
The 2018 Honda Accord headed north in September to spend quality time with Senior Editor Brent Romans, our man in Fresno. I'll let Brent do most of the talking in the Logbook Highlights below, but first, I have to tell you that our Accord's lifetime fuel economy has been almost scandalously low so far. I tried to give it the benefit of the doubt for a while, but the numbers don't lie: We've put about 4,000 miles on this car, and our average of 25.8 mpg falls woefully short of the EPA city estimate (30 mpg), let alone the combined figure (33 mpg).

So what's going on? It's hard to say. As I've noted previously, we saw in our long-term 2016 Honda Civic that Honda's turbocharged 1.5-liter-CVT automatic powertrain is capable of big mpg numbers on the highway, and it's not like the Accord is that much heavier. Bottom line, we need to take the Accord on a proper road trip and see if it can break out of its slump. Stay tuned for those results.

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2018 Honda Accord: Monthly Update for August 2018

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

2018 Honda Accord

Where Did We Drive It?
The long-term 2018 Honda Accord got to stretch its legs this month thanks to Senior Consumer Advice Editor Ron Montoya, who logged a road trip to Palm Springs. Ron voices his displeasure with the Accord's throttle response in the comments below. And I'm right there with him, having registered similar complaints in both the Accord and our long-term Honda CR-V. Ron happens to prefer the CR-V's performance, while I favor the Accord's, but there's no question that Honda's zesty 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is dulled in both cars by the laggardly responses of the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

At least the CVT automatic is good for fuel economy, right? More on that directly.

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2018 Honda Accord: Monthly Update for July 2018

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

2018 Honda Accord

Where Did We Drive It?
I had an opportunity to drive our 2018 Honda Accord up a mountain in July, and I saw that it was good. Very good. I'll let my logbook comment below give you the details, but in short, it's quite amazing how well this sizable, family-oriented sedan behaves when you show it some curves. Some people will tell you that the Mazda 6 is the sportiest family sedan on the market, but for me, it's no contest. If you care about the driving experience, there's the new Accord and then there's everything else.

In other news, our man Kavanagh got the Honda out on the open road and noticed some significant cabin noise at speed — an old Honda bugaboo that just won't go away, it seems. He also took issue with the adaptive cruise control system, which is another work in progress for Honda across multiple models. But like most of us, Jason's still high on the Accord overall. Honestly, whether you care about driving or not, it's hard to top this Honda.

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2018 Honda Accord: Monthly Update for June

by Jason Kavanagh, Senior Road Test Engineer

2018 Honda Accord

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2018 Honda Accord saw its first full month in service in June, having entered our fleet at the tail end of May. It's just getting warmed up, but the reception to date has been positive aside from a misbehaving door lock feature. The Accord's demeanor, sense of style, size and comfort are already winning plaudits.

The Accord served duty primarily as local transport during June, save for a weekend road trip to Lake Arrowhead, California. There's a lot more to come, as the Accord has long legs and is likely to be tasked for farther-reaching road trips during its time with us.

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2018 Honda Accord: Introduction

by Kurt Niebuhr, Road Test Editor

2018 Honda Accord

How does the 2018 Honda Accord stack up against archrival Toyota Camry and other midsize sedans? Do midsize sedans still matter in a world of crossover SUVs? We get the keys to a new Accord for a year to find out.

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