The Honda Accord is one of the best-selling mid-sized sedans with more than 13 million units sold in the United States. It consistently lands on the list of the top 10 best-selling vehicles in the U.S. and there’s a good reason for that. The Honda Accord gets better and better with each generation and stays true to its heritage of being comfortable, spacious, and most important – affordable.
Nonetheless, the competition is heating up for the Accord with sedans like the Mazda6 and the recently redesigned Toyota Camry step up the game when it comes to style, quality, and comfort. But just when you thought the Honda Accord couldn’t get any better, the Japanese automaker drops the 2018 model year and once again raises the bar for what an all-around mid-sized sedan should be. We recently had the chance to spend some time with the 2018 Honda Accord Touring 2.0T and here’s what we thought.
2018 Honda Accord Touring Exterior:
The Honda Accord is finally an exciting looking mid-sized sedan! Over the years, Honda opted for a more conventional design when it came to the exterior, however, with the 2018 model year, the Accord is more stylish than ever.
The overall silhouette of the 2018 Honda Accord features a fastback styling that has become increasingly popular on today’s more expensive sedans. The front-end of the new Accord is highlighted by a sharply designed grille and is accented by new LED headlamps that take their inspiration from the ones you see on the more luxurious Acura models. The side view features a distinctly sloping roofline from the C-pillar and back and the rear-end is highlighted by new LED taillamps that give the new Accord some much-needed personality.
The 2018 Honda Accord sits on a wheelbase that measures 111.4-inches which is 2.1-inches longer than the outgoing model. That provides for the overall length to come in at 192.2-inches. The width for the new Honda Accord comes in at 73.3-inches with the height coming in at 57.1-inches.
Overall, this is the best-looking Honda Accord yet. It clearly stands out among the crowd of competitors and emits a sense of luxury and elegance.
2018 Honda Accord Touring Interior:
Take a seat inside the 2018 Honda Accord and you’ll be amazed by the use of high-quality materials. Each model across the range is outfitted with a stylish and fancy-looking interior. Our test model, the top-of-the-line 2018 Honda Accord Touring, features a leather-wrapped upholstery, plush leather seats, and a stylish wood trim.
Thanks to the increased wheelbase, the 2018 Honda Accord benefits from a spacious cabin. Legroom for front-row passengers comes in at 42.3-inches while rear-passengers enjoy an outstanding 40.4-inches. Trunk space comes in at 17 cubic feet, which is actually larger than the outgoing model.
Tech-wise, the 2018 Honda Accord comes packed with options at each trim-level – something that really makes it stand out among its opponents. The base 2018 Honda Accord comes standard with dual-zone climate control, push-button start, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB audio interface, and the Honda Sensing suite of driver assist technologies. Our 2018 Honda Accord Touring comes packed with a bunch of extra features including Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, heads-up display, 8-inch touchscreen display, heated and ventilated leather seats, heated rear seats, wireless phone charger, mobile hotspot, rain-sensing wipers, navigation, memory driver seats, one-touch moonroof, and much more.
2018 Honda Accord Touring Performance:
Each 2018 Honda Accord model comes standard with a 192 horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo engine. Our test model, the Accord 2.0T, came with the upgraded 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo that produces a total of 252 horsepower with a maximum torque of 273 lb-ft. Mate to a 10-speed automatic transmission, the Honda Accord 2.0T goes from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph.
The Accord Touring model also comes standard with the Adaptive Damper System which controls suspension performance to help provide the most comfortable drive possible. We took the 2018 Honda Accord on bumpy roads and threw it in some of the sharpest turns and were completely blown away by the comfort and agility of the sedan. It’s almost as if Honda did its best to imitate the comfortable ride quality of top-level luxury sedans.
Fuel economy-wise, the 2018 Honda Accord achieves an EPA-rated 30/38 (city/highway) mpg* when equipped with a CVT transmission and the 1.5-liter engine.
2018 Honda Accord Touring Safety:
As mentioned above, each trim-level of the 2018 Honda Accord comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite of driver assist features. Those driver assist features include collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lake keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and a rearview camera.
2018 Honda Accord Touring Overall:
There is no doubt that the Honda Accord is still the king of the mid-sized sedan segment. With the 2018 model year, the Honda Accord goes above and beyond to prove to its competitors that they still have a lot of catching up to do. Prices for the 2018 Honda Accord start at just $23,570**. Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated dealer for a test drive today.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.