2018 Honda Accord Review
Pros & Cons
- Turbo engines are both powerful and fuel-efficient
- Interior is cavernous and fitted with upscale materials
- Sporty handling makes it fun to drive
- Many advanced driver safety aids come standard
- Not as quiet as some other rival sedans
- Low seating position slightly hampers entry and exit
List Price Range
$15,500 - $28,997
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Which Accord does Edmunds recommend?
Though we appreciate the LX's wealth of standard features and the Sport's enthusiast-oriented setup, most shoppers will be happy with the midgrade EX. Like the Sport, it comes with a power driver seat and a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. It also adds useful extras such as blind-spot monitoring, satellite radio, a sunroof, and heated mirrors and front seats. It doesn't cost much more than the LX, and you'll love the extra luxuries whether you keep your Accord for two years or 20.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The Accord has a lot of strengths on the road. The drivetrain responds quickly and provides sufficient power. The car corners well, sticking to the road with no drama, and the brakes feel natural and strong. Only the steering falls short: While it's accurate and easy, it also feels artificial.
The new Accord is quiet and comfortable in most situations. It insulates against traffic noise particularly well, though tire noise is noticeable on the highway. The ride smooths out small imperfections and absorbs larger bumps. Front-seat comfort is adequate.
Some small points aside, the interior of the Accord offers modern design, quality soft-touch materials, lots of room, and a user-friendly infotainment system and control layout. Taller drivers will want to test the seating position, though, as their knees may rub on a piece of hard plastic trim.
With excellent trunk volume, plenty of spots for small items in the cabin, and generally more space than you'll know what to do with, the Accord offers about as much utility as is possible for a sedan.
Honda's new infotainment system is a huge step up from the last generation, and it's integrated nicely with the gauge cluster screen and head-up display. A lot of active safety and driver aids come standard, and they work well. Voice commands fall short, and we generally relied on manual controls.
|Overall||8.3 / 10|
Most helpful consumer reviews
Touring 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
I bought a 2018 Honda Accord Touring model only four days ago. I was planning on purchasing a Toyota Camry XSE; however, I could not find any moon roofs in the 4-cylinder model. Then, I decided to test drive the Accord with Touring trim. I bought my Accord only two days later! The Touring trim comes standard with a moon roof and leather, my two wants. The Accord blows away the Camry: the Accord is so much better. My other car is a 2014 Mazda6. At the time it was the best mid-size car on the market and won many awards. The Accord is now a much better car than the Mazda6, including the new ones on dealer lots. (My Mazda 6 has 52,000 trouble free miles on it.) The Accord drives and handles like a luxury car. Once you drive one you will want to buy it!
EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
I recently got the EX-L trim in November and am currently leasing. Overall I am happy with this car, but there a few things to consider before looking to purchase or lease this vehicle for yourself. The first thing I want to mention is the seating in the driver’s position. Comparing this to the 2017 Honda Accord, seat width feels slightly reduced because of the center console being slightly larger than the previous generations. It’s also taller from the ground. Being a bigger guy who felt comfortable in the previous generations of the Accord, it’s going to take Drivers like myself some time to properly find their level of comfort with the adjustments provided on the side of the seat. If you can afford the higher trim levels, go for the EX-L for example as the remote adjustments will find that sweet spot of the seat with ease versus pulling and pushing your seat back and forth. I also don’t believe the base LX trim model can have the seats go up and down in height adjustment. Technology wise, there’s a lot to like if you’re tech savvy. When it comes to warnings appearing on the digital driver meter as you’re driving (which you can turn off), Honda Sensing, and working on the touch screen panel, there’s a lot to get wowed by. Thankfully, if you’re not looking to get distracted by all of this, you can turn off most these features. With the way cars are moving technology wise now, this may not be the car for you if you’re not a tech savvy person as I feel the nooks and crannies of this car are surrounded by these features. My biggest complaint is the fuel door. Most cars these days have a lever or mechanism around the Driver’s side or on the floor. In this model, it has been eliminated. In its place is having the door electronically controlled by the unlock door on the Driver’s side or by using the FOB key. I noticed one day when it was cold out that the Gas door wasn’t opening. The door should be opening when either the doors are unlocked, when pressing on the FOB key (twice on the unlock button), or when the car is off. For whatever reason at cold temperatures (possibly 30 degrees and below), it doesn’t allow the sensor to electronically signal the door to unlock. This is a BIG problem; one I would hope with enough complaints considers a recall on the vehicle. It’s also possible that since this care just came out, I happened to have a bad one among the bunch being sold. It’s a bad design choice. I hope in the future models that they will revert to having a manual way of opening the door. Another thing to mention that I had a problem with was the touch screen panel randomly shutting off and rebooting twice. They both happened while I was stationary. The digital driver meter also shut off and rebooted. I took it to my dealer and they had reset the panel. The problem hasn’t occurred since. This car is good overall. There’s even a few more features in the Touring such as air conditioned seats, Wireless charging for Samsung Phones, etc. That I wish I had in the EX-L trim. It drives great, and have found no problems in that regard at all. With the way technology is evolving in cars, I can’t help but think what happens if you end up deciding to finance a car like this and have it after 100,000 miles. We usually think about mechanical problems in cars, but now new issues could arise technology wise that would malfunction and cost a lot more to fix in these vehicles. I think it’s advisable to lease these cars until you eventually decide to keep one to where you know it will be suitable for long term.
Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
I was looking for a fun to drive RELIABLE sports sedan that can haul two kids in car seats. I wanted a manual transmission because I like driving regardless of traffic conditions. It's something I am used to. I am coming from early 2000's 5-speeed manual compact sedans like Civic EX and the 2018 Accord took me from the Stone Age to the Space Age (Android Auto/Apple Car Play/Honda Sensing). The creature comforts like automatic climate control, Honda Sensing (especially Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking), Android Auto (which supports Waze, CarPlay does not) are really good to have in a modern car. Honda got it right by making them standard. It was a tossup between a 2018 Subaru WRX Limited 6M (AWD & leather but no Android Auto in this year’s WRX) vs 2018 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T 6M (no AWD or leather but with contemporary tech). While they both drive differently, they were equally fun road experience in test drive conditions. The Accord won out due to the promise of reliability and all the tech. The 2.0T engine mated with the 6M is excellent. The shifts are effortless and precise. The Accord effortlessly accelerates when merging on to freeways. The ride is a bit loud on 19” tires but you will get used to it. It is a joy to drive and with adaptive cruise control highway driving is really a fun and very fuel efficient experience. Turning off the “Econ Mode” puts the “Sport” back in the Accord, the engine is a lot more responsive, and more growl, even more fun to drive but you do pay a fuel penalty (2-3 MPG). Bottom Line: If you like driving manual and believe in the promise of Honda reliability with all the 21st century tech in a car in the $30-35K price range then it’s certainly a good buy.
Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)
This car is a well rounded fun to drive sedan with a light feeling agile package and a potent 2.0t engine and 10 speed transmission that works well and produces strong acceleration. The 10 speed is responsive with generally smart gear selection but can be a little busy with shifting. In general this car feels much faster than my prior 301HP Lexus due to much better mid-range torque. In fact, sometimes power comes on with more impact that you expect and some drive line surging occurs; I find using eco mode produces a smoother overall driving experience with the slower throttle mapping. The dash is an excellent blend of leading edge technology and simplicity that is easy to use on a day to day basis. Take some time to explore the controls and read the manual as there is a bit of complexity and the time invested will help you like the car more. The basic NAV is adequate with some occasional dubious route choices but the system works better than my Lexus unit did and Android play is also available. Search for and enable the tachometer all the time mode for the left instrument then use the center of the gauge for something like mileage or NAV or radio-very nice. The speakers seem a bit cheap sounding especially on FM but the Siris and Bluetooth audio sources do sound better than the FM and speaker break-in after 3-4months did improve the sound a bit. I know it says sub-woofer in rear deck but I can’t hear it. The Bluetooth phone hands free produces better audio on both ends with my Samsung S8 phone than my $54k Lexus did! Further, if using the phone the touch screen is excellent as pressing a touch tones on most hands free systems is nearly impossible, while on this one it is easy. The voice recognition for navigation is 2005 quality and basically worthless for entering addresses. Seat shape and support is good but they are TOO hard(notice dealer parts room accessories have several seat cushion options for sale on the wall!). My son has a Clarity and those Honda seats are much nicer. Notice that like many Japanese cars the passenger seat has no height adjustment which is illogical. Please Honda add a basic manual lift option as the wife or mother in that seat can make no use of the sun visor and they get grumpy! Ride and handling are good but a little mixed. The steering feel with the 19" wheels is quite nice and cornering is pretty flat, but the shocks are under damped as larger undulations in the road allow the car to oscillate too much even in sport mode with some bottoming yet there is still some harshness coming through. Sport mode in city areas is of little value but on a tight mountain road in Yosemite Park I found it to be just plain excellent both handling wise and gear choice wise with grade logic working perfectly to manage speed and great choices coming out of corners(way better than the rear drive GS350 with summer tires!). Road noise is a problem with this car perhaps especially with the 19" wheels. Be sure to drive the car on some different road surfaces to hear it as when tires age they get louder so the test drive is as quiet as it will get. (For reference my prior cars were a 2014 Lexus GS-350 and the large Hyundai Genesis sedan) Mileage has been ok, with city driving at 21.5 (90% city) Long trips at 34+. Overall, this car is a nice package and well implemented. I used the Costco buying service for invoice + $565. For things I’m not happy with: Item one is that the brake feel is really poor and the dealer keeps saying it is normal. This is not correct or logical & the brakes are way too touchy making smooth slowing on a gradual downhill or smoothly coming up to a stop impossible. Honda needs to fix this as the calibration of the drive by wire brakes is terrible. Parking sensors have two significant problems. One is on a daily basis the front sensors go off randomly when stopped in traffic even when there is nothing within 5ft. Second there are NO center front sensors for parking in a garage or parking lots. There are 4 sensors in the back where you already have a nice camera but on the front there are just two for the sides-DUMB! Road noise is too high and I wish they would get more serious on this topic. Hyundai Sonata or Camry are quite a bit quieter. Minor issues: Auto-high beams are silly and really rude for other drivers plus it takes some time to find out how to disable this unusual and very low value feature; the headlights are safety rated poorly so spend the money on better lights. Trunk is flat with no real grocery bag hooks so everything goes flying. Accessory hooks would help, bought the accessory tray but its service is slick and does not help.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Accord models:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System
- Scans the road ahead and alerts the driver if a front collision is deemed imminent. Automatically applies the brakes to lessen the impact.
- Blind-Spot Information System
- Warns the driver if there's a vehicle in a blind spot, first with a light on the mirrors. It then beeps if the turn signal is activated.
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Maintains a user-selected distance between the Accord and the car in front. Automatically speeds up and brakes as needed.