For 2018, the tenth generation, the venerable Honda Accord is already winning awards- no surprise. It has already bagged the prestigious The North American Car of the Year for 2018. A raft of improvements in the exterior design, interior and on the engineering and technology front mean it’s better than before in every department. The new Accord looks sleek, and expensive on the outside. Powertrain wise, buyers get to choose from a 1.5-litre turbo, with 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft. of torque teamed with either a CVT transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox. The second powertrain is a 2.0L turbo unit producing 252 hp and 273 lb-ft, and is available with a new ten-speed automatic tranny or the six-speed manual. The 2018 Honda Accord starts at $26,590 for a base 1.5L LX with six-speed manual, and goes up to $38,890 for the performance and luxury orientated 2.0L Touring model as tested arrives with all the features on a high end premium car: wireless charging pad, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a superb infotainment system that includes Wi-Fi hotspot plus Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibility.
Interior wise, the new Accord offers a roomy, inviting interior. Premium touches include the faux open-pore wood trim, sumptuous leather seats, snazzy dials and a technologically superior dash. Interior room is wonderful, both front and rear with rear seats offering excellent legroom. A centre display and TFT housed in a 7-inch screen can also be configured to show tach, Navi, trip computer or phone status. For the first time, there is a really cool 6-inch head-up display. Safety is high point on the new Accord, with the as- standard inclusion of Honda’s Honda Safety Sensing suite – which includes: adaptive cruise control, collision detection with automatic braking, back-up camera, and road-departure mitigation. Traffic sign recognition, lane-keeping assist, and steering assist (Helps prevent the car from diverting from its lane) is available on the upper trim Accords.
On the road, the new Accord handles more like a premium sports sedan with better cornering ,and, smooth precise acceleration thank to the new transmissions. The chassis feels more rigid and the steering more responsive. Once again a no brainer if you are in search of the definite mid-size family sedan. Highly recommended as a class leader in this segment
2018 Honda Accord sedan priced from $26,490
Touring model as tested starting from $35,890 – $38,890: