by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy
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.
by Kurt Niebuhr, Road Test Editor
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.