The all-new tenth-generation 2018 Honda Accord is still the model to beat in the midsize sedan segment.
2018 Honda Accord
Why Buy the 2018 Honda Accord?
To remain a real contender in the incredibly competitive midsize sedan market, cars have to stay on top of their game--and that's just what Honda does with its all-new 2018 Honda Accord. Being an attractive and desirable car, without exactly pushing the boundaries of design far enough to alienate any potential buyers, has long been the MO of the Accord. But Honda has made this all-new Accord the most striking version to date. The Honda Accord takes a collection of angles and hard edges and brings them together to produce a design that other manufacturers have been trying to achieve but until now, no one else has. You'll still recognize this as the Accord, but a modern and contemporary version that feels all-new. The front fascia is playful and distinctive, although the sloping nose, lights, and grille sit nicely in the current Honda design philosophy. The rear of the Accord stops just short of feeling like a coupe, with a dynamic and youthful design that most will find incredibly attractive.
Inside, passengers and drivers will find the design and driving experience equally impressive. The front and rear seats have nearly the same amount of leg room, with just about two inches difference, giving everyone plenty of room to stretch out. The shoulder and hip room is equally generous, as is the 16.7 cu.ft. of cargo space in the trunk. Depending on the trim you choose, the finishes will differ but some of the inventive features will stay the same. Check out the trunk drawer and the cargo hooks in the trunk, for example--we love the way Honda thinks.
Is the Honda Accord a Good Car?
Safety is a key part of Honda's DNA, a fact that is only further proven by the 2018 Accord. Every model features the full suite of Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistance technologies, which include a Collision Mitigation Braking System, lane departure warning, Road Departure Mitigation, and an adaptive cruise control system (including a low-speed follow function). A big new feature for the 2018 model year is the very cutting-edge Traffic Sign Recognition system. It's hard to beat a brand that puts this much into keeping drivers safe.**
Which Honda Accord Should I Buy?
Honda offers six different trim levels in the 2018 Honda Accord. The base model is the LX, and then the range goes to the Sport, the EX, the EX-L, the EX-LN, and the Touring model sits as the top trim, tricked out version of the Accord. You probably won't be surprised that the standard features vary among the trims, with the base LX offering the Honda Sensing package, dual-zone climate control, push button start, a rear-view camera, Bluetooth, a 7-inch LCD display, and the 1.5L 4-cylinder engine.
On the complete other end of the spectrum sits the Touring, which basically gives you anything you could possibly want in a mid-size sedan. You'll find leather interior, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a power moonroof, wireless phone charging, power everything, an impressive 450-watt audio system, and mobile hotspot capability among a long list of other very stylish and impressive features. What you choose, of course, will depend on your budget and the list of features that are important to you. The difference in price between the base model LX and the Touring is about $10,000, but the range of five options gives you room to find the features you want within the budget you need.
Are Honda Accords All Wheel Drive?
No, Honda Accords do not have all-wheel drive options. They do, however, offer a pleasing balance between performance, fuel efficiency, and composure. The standard engine in the Accord is a relatively small displacement 1.5-liter turbo-four, which develops a healthy 192 horsepower and 192 lb.-ft. of torque. Your other engine option is a 2.0-liter unit that ups the power ante to 252 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque, which comes mated to either a six-speed manual or a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
*Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.
** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.safercar.gov.