2018 Honda Accord: Monthly Update for July 2018
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
As noted in our last update, we shouldn't make too much of our Accord's early struggles on the fuel economy front. With the average holding at 26.7 mpg, it's safe to say the Accord isn't yet living up to its advance billing from the EPA, which claims that even city driving should give you a cool 30 mpg. Nonetheless, we have enough experience with this powertrain from our long-term Civic and CR-V to know that it's capable of big numbers over the long haul. Stay tuned as this test progresses; personally, my money's on a significantly higher average when all's said and done.
Average lifetime mpg: 26.7
EPA mpg rating: 33 combined (30 city/38 highway)
Best fill mpg: 30.9
Best range: 358.7 miles
Current odometer: 2,538 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"The adaptive cruise control is not very good. It's jerky, overly conservative and registers false positives — it reacts to cars in the adjacent lanes." — Jason Kavanagh, senior road test engineer
"A very good car for long trips (aside from the adaptive cruise). It has a pleasant ride, plenty of space and is comfortable. One ding is that the road noise is excessive. Not awful, but out of step with the decidedly premium vibe this car otherwise conveys very well." — Jason Kavanagh
"I still don't love the Accord's continuously variable automatic transmission, even though it's one of the better ones on the market. I just don't dig CVT automatics. They're not responsive and they tend to elicit mooing and groaning noises from the engine. What's to love about that? But here's the thing. I've now sampled the new Honda/Acura corporate 10-speed automatic and my first impression is not favorable. Unlike, say, the ZF eight-speed automatic that's in everything these days, or the in-house nine-speed from Mercedes, the Honda 10-speed really draws attention to all the gears it has.
"Seems like there's always some shifting going on down there and you feel the shifts, too. Both upshifts and downshifts can be herky-jerky. Why am I telling you this? Because if you want the upmarket 2.0-liter turbo engine in your Accord, you can either have a traditional six-speed manual transmission or that 10-speed automatic but not the CVT automatic. I am usually all about the higher-performance engine, but in this case, our Accord's 1.5-liter turbo is so competent that I'd actually recommend downsizing and saving some coin. Unless, of course, you want to shift for yourself, in which case the 6MT/2.0T combo is bound to hit the spot." — Josh Sadlier