Review: 2018 Honda Accord

Review: 2018 Honda Accord

America’s favorite sedan just got a full update for 2018, and we’re excited to present it to the greater Richmond, Virginia area.

With sleek new styling, standard Honda Sensing on all trims, and updated tech and mechanics, the 2018 Honda Accord makes the competition irrelevant. But don’t take our word for it, come in for a test drive and see for yourself.

First, see our full review to get all the details.

Comfort and Convenience

The 2018 Accord has five trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. All models come standard with Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Push Button Start, Cruise Control, Illuminated Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls, and a Tilting and Telescoping Steering Column. The Sport, EX-L, and Touring models include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and the Sport is the only model that comes with Sport Pedals. Upper trims also may include the HomeLink Remote System, Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror, and Door Pull Ambient Lighting.

Each model has a Fold-Down Rear Seatback with Center Armrest, while upper trims also have 60/40 split-folding rear seats. A 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with 4-way lumbar support, heated seats (front and rear outboard), leather-trimmed seating, and ventilated front seats are also featured or available on upper trims.

Safety and Tech

The Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance technology is standard on all models of the 2018 Accord. The package includes a Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Traffic Sign Recognition, and Automatic High-Beam Headlights. Upper trims also come available with a Head-Up Display and a Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Monitor.

Standard auto and connectivity features include Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and Streaming Audio, Pandora Compatibility, SMS text message function, Radio Data System, and speed-sensitive volume compensation. The Sport trim and higher also feature 8-speaker audio, an 8-inch Display Audio with high-res touchscreen, HondaLink, Apple CarPlay integration, and Android Auto integration. Upper trims come with a 10-speaker sound system with subwoofer, mobile hotspot capability, wireless phone charger, and the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and HD Digital Traffic.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 Accord has two gasoline engine options and one hybrid. The base powertrain is a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission, making 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. Depending on the model you choose, it has a fuel economy of up to 30 MPG city and 38 MPG highway*.

The Accord Sport has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with either a 6-speed manual transmission or CVT with paddle shifters. This powertrain makes 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, and gets up to 29 MPG city and 35 MPG highway*.

The Accord Hybrid has a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine combined with an AC Synchronous Permanent-Electric Motor, making a net 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. The EPA has not yet released fuel economy data for the 2018 hybrid model.

Pricing

Starting at $23,570** 

*2018 EPA MILEAGE BASED ON 2018 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 MODELS ONLY) AND OTHER FACTORS.

**Prices shown are Honda Suggested Retail Prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicle/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

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