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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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