It’s a good thing that 2018 Honda Accord way more interesting than ever before. The 2018 Accord specs seem more powerful yet more efficient. Accord has more performance yet also more cargo space and, on paper, it looks like a markedly better car.
2018 Accord, contrary to industry trends, is actually just a bit shorter in length than the model it replaces, but it offers a longer wheelbase, a wider stance, and a shorter height. It is nowhere near as rambunctious or full of character as the Civic Type R with which it shares some key components. It is, however, a lot more mature than Honda’s new hot hatch—and its own predecessor.
High Strength – 2018 Honda Accord
2018 Accord is not Honda’s best-selling product, but it’s close. Honda Accord reviews are great. As of September this year, the Civic and CR-V take that honor sitting on about a quarter million sales apiece. Accord, on the other hand, comes in third at 221,013 units sold to in 2017 to date, according to Honda.
Honda’s engineers have also promised that the 2018 Honda Accord is safer, stiffer and better-balanced thanks in part to its center of gravity moved 10 millimeters Earthward.
High-strength steel makes up 54.9 percent of the new Accord’s body. 2018 Accord uses structural adhesives to increase structural rigidity and shave a few pounds off its weight. In fact, depending on trim level, the new sedan is 110 to 176 pounds lighter than the outgoing models
2018 Honda Accord Specs
In the Civic, that powerplant claims 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. Here, it’s detuned to 252 HP and 273 lb-ft. “But it’s designed to feel torquier at much lower RPM,” a Honda engineer told me. I mean, maybe. As far as I can tell it just feels… a little slower at all RPMs.
2018 Honda Accord is 10mm wider and 10mm shorter, yet rolls on a 55mm longer wheelbase. It’s also 15mm lower, and the seating position has been lowered even further, a total of 25mm. All of this gives the car a much more planted look and feel, which does great things for the driver engagement factor. The 1.5-liter engine option is also available with a six-speed manual, but the primary offering there is a continuously variable LL-CVT Advance. The CVT leaves a lot to be desired if you’re driving for fun, and it does feel like it takes a little time to wind up when you mash the gas from a stop.
Yes, the V6 is gone, but don’t cry too much. While the new four-cylinders 252 horsepower is slightly down on the V6, its 273 lb-ft of torque is significantly up. The estimated EPA rating of 23 MPG city and 34 highway are better, too.
Sit Back And Relax, ‘Cause This is the 2018 Accord, Baby
2018 Honda Accord has put plenty of smarts into that transmission. For example, ensuring it doesn’t upshift during hard corners. And, for those who want a little more control, a pair of petite shift paddles sit on the wheel. That wheel turns quite freely with its new, variable-ratio rack, but still, the precision is good and the turn-in sharp. 2018 Accord delivered just like the Volvo did previously this month.