What is new on the 2018 Honda Accord?
As we can now see the first half of 2017 in the rearview mirror, it is time to look ahead toward the next year and what sort of vehicles automakers have in store for us. That of course includes Honda, and the automaker has now released details on its next Accord sedan, which is expected to be released in the fall of 2017. What is new on the 2018 Honda Accord? Read on for the details.
New design and packaging
New year, new look! The 10th-generation Accord has been given a new design which features a more aggressive and sporty appearance. It has a longer wheelbase (an increase of 2.16 inches over the previous model), a lower overall height (a decrease of .59 inches), a wider body (an increase of .39 inches), wider wheel tracks (an increase of .20 inches in the front and .79 inches in the rear), a shorter length (a decrease of .39 inches), and a lower seating position (one inch lower in the front and .79 inches lower in the back). The people inside can benefit from the redesign while they enjoy the ride, as passenger volume has been increased by 2.5 cubic feet, based on the LX model.
All of these changes give the new Accord a more sophisticated and premium look. It is a bold, more dramatic design, resulting in an elegant and more dynamic appearance. The front fascia features Honda’s signature chrome wing front grille that is set above a large main air intake. On either side, available 9-lamp full-LED headlights and LED fog lights add to the bold appearance. All of these changes have made aerodynamic efficiency improve by approximately three percent (based on the EX trim).
Modern drivers require modern technology, and the 2018 Accord offers a number of different technology features inside its redesigned cabin. A new eight-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface has physical volume and tuning knobs, plus more smartphone-like functionality that includes customizable app layouts and home-screen shortcuts. It will also be compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Next-generation telematics will also be offered, which include emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, geofencing, speed tracking, and more.
The Touring trims will feature a new six-inch driver’s Head Up Display with selectable information, including speed, engine rpm, turn-by-turn navigation, and Traffic Sign Recognition.
The 2018 Accord features three advanced powerplants—two direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, and the latest Honda two-motor hybrid powertrain. Also new for 2018 is a 10-speed automatic transmission with the 2.0-liter turbo engine, which is the first of its kind for a front-wheel drive car. A six-speed manual transmission for both turbocharged engines is also available.
The 1.5-lter, 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo engine can produce as much as 192 horsepower. The 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo engine can produce up to 252 horsepower. The third-generation hybrid powertrain will use a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle engine with over 40 percent thermal efficiency and be paired with Honda-developed electric motors.