The sedan is bigger, lighter, and has a lot more standard tech. Plus, there are physical dials for the stereo volume and tuning.

The Honda Accord enters its 10th generation for the 2018 model year with a sophisticated new look, a revised powertrain lineup, and standard Honda Sensing driver assistance tech. The switch to a more aluminum-intensive platform makes the larger sedan weigh less than the outgoing model, too. There will no longer be a coupe in the lineup, though.

2018 Honda Accord Touring

Other than the badges, the new Accord wouldn’t look out of place in the Acura lineup, particularly the range-topping Touring model with LED headlights. The updated sedan rides on a 55-millimetre longer wheelbase but is 10 mm shorter overall. Thanks to a 10 mm increase in width and 15 mm drop in height, the four-door has a more athletic appearance, too. The greater use of aluminum and ultra-high-strength steel in the chassis also means that weight is down 50 to 80 kilograms from the previous generation, depending on trim.

The longer wheelbase pays big dividends inside where the 2018 Accord features a nearly 51 mm boost in rear leg room. Honda also moves the front seats inward, which gives passengers there more hip and shoulder room. A lower cowl and 20-percent narrower A-pillars should improve outward visibility. Trunk space is up 28 litres for the combustion-powered models and increases by 91 litres for the Hybrid because the battery pack now fits under the floor.

2018 Honda Accord Touring Interior

Honda overhauls the Accord’s engine lineup in 2018. The new base powertrain is a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque, versus 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque from the outgoing naturally aspirated 2.4-litre mill. It generally comes with a continuously variable transmission, but a six-speed manual is available with the Sport trim. 

The sedan is also available with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, rather than 278 hp and 252 lb-ft in the existing 3.5-litre V6. The mill hooks up to a new 10-speed automatic gearbox, or the Sport trim offers a six-speed manual.


2018 Honda Accord Hybrid

Honda hasn't revealed exact specs yet, but the Accord Hybrid (pictured above) uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder running on the Atkinson cycle and two electric motors. The firm promises more info about it closer to launch.

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The 2018 Accord is also a technological powerhouse. Standard Honda Sensing means that every buyer gets features like collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. Drivers look at a 7-inch digital display between the instruments, and there’s a new eight-inch infotainment system. Perhaps best of all, there are physical knobs for adjusting the volume and radio tuning. The top Touring model also gets a six-inch  head-up display and adaptive dampers.

The 2018 Accord goes on sale in Canada this fall. Honda will announce pricing and fuel economy closer to launch.

Source: Honda

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