2018 Honda Accord: Monthly Update for June
by Jason Kavanagh, Senior Road Test Engineer
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
The Accord's not off to a great start, fuel economy-wise. Its 26.7 mpg result for June is far short of its 33 mpg combined score. In our experience, though, it's too early to say whether this is a harbinger of future fuel economy performance. Normally it takes a few months for the pattern to gel in earnest.
The Accord's turbocharged 1.5-liter engine and continuously variable automatic transmission are the same as what was in our long-term Civic, which performed admirably over its year in our hands. It's not "pitchfork o'clock" yet.
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: 1,812 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"I just drove our new Accord up Route 18 from San Bernardino to Lake Arrowhead (elevation: 5,174 feet), and it was delightful. Turn-in was sharp, body roll was minimal, and even on all-season tires, the car felt so athletic and composed that it reminded me of my old 1993 and 2001 Preludes — only better. Yes, you read that right. I'm telling you that Honda's family sedan of today handles better than its top-line sport coupe of yesteryear. Think of it as a Prelude with an upgraded suspension, a humongous back seat and, oh yeah, torque.
"By the way, the brakes felt plenty powerful and never once complained on the way back down the mountain. Remember when Honda brakes used to fall apart during spirited use? Not anymore. From a vehicle dynamics perspective, this car is a home run. Wow." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy
"One small issue: The placement of the emergency flasher button. If I rest my palm below the entertainment screen while using the system, there's a pretty good chance I'll inadvertently hit the button. It's easy to work around, but it caught me off guard. Anyone else have this problem?" — Carlos Lago, manager, feature content
"Why is the Accord's automatic shift lever about 4 inches taller than it needs to be? What is this, a tall-shifter kit from the factory? Calling the new Accord a Japanese Audi A7 is less hyperbolic than you might think but, man, this dorky shifter has got to go before I push that analogy any further. I think we can all agree that if the driver's arm is resting on the center armrest, the shift lever should fall readily to hand. In the Accord, I have to put my forearm at what feels like a 45-degree angle to reach the shift knob. How incongruous in such an urbane and sporty car." — Josh Sadlier
"Touching the keyless-entry sensor on either front door handle of our new Accord should auto-unlock all four doors. But it's only working on three. The driver-side rear remains locked until I press the inside door-panel-mounted unlock button." — Mike Schmidt, senior manager, vehicle testing operations
"All the praise for the new Accord means high expectations. And after spending a bit of time with the latest Mazda 6, I wasn't sure if the Accord could live up to the hype. It does. This car looks good inside, feels spacious and drives very well. Really having a hard time finding major faults with this family sedan. In fact, I'm going to start recommending it to everyone shopping in this segment." — Carlos Lago