Even as it sells CR-Vs and HR-Vs in ever-increasing numbers, Honda isn't stepping away from the shrinking but still-significant midsize sedan market.
Providing up to 32 percent greater rigidity than the outgoing model, more than 54 percent of the new Accord's structure is comprised of high-strength steel.
The front end, while obviously squared up and toned down quite a bit, still has some visual semblance of the new Acura NSX, particularly with how the grille and chrome fascia grille bleed into the headlights.
Inside there is a new soft-touch instrument panel in a three-tier design, as well as a new steering wheel with thumb rests and paddle shifters. (20-cm) touchscreen. Making some critics happy, the vehicle gets not only a physical volume knob, as did Honda's CR-V after Honda gave the Civic touch-volume controls, but also a physical tuning knob. The driver's seat has 12-way power adjustment and is available with both heating and ventilation. The engines and continuously variable transmission also come from OH, and the 10-speed transmission is made in Georgia. This engine is related to the unit in the Civic Type R and can be had with either a 10-speed automatic or 6-speed manual.
Again, yes, that CTR engine can be had with a six-speed manual as well. Rear seats have been pushed back for an extra 2.5 inches of legroom. Meanwhile, the car's battery pack will be mounted beneath the rear floor instead of the trunk to free up cargo space and allow for a 60/40 split folding rear seat.
Compared to the outgoing model, the new USA -built Honda Accord features a wheelbase that is more than 50mm longer, the new model also gets a lower roofline (-15mm), and its about 10mm wider.
All Accords, including the new hybrid, will continue to be made in Marysville, Ohio.
There is a new infotainment system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen that retains buttons for volume and tuning-in response to critics of the lack of a redundant knobs on the Honda Civic.
Certain models will offer optional head-up windshield display.
Wireless phone charging, 4G LTE Wi-Fi and Android Auto and Apply CarPlay are available in-car technologies.
Honda Sensing technology-a suite of safety systems-is standard on all models and, importantly, on all trim levels, including base models. There will be new active and passive safety systems in place as well.
A 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four replaces the V6. Some of the standard features are likely to include collision detection technology, wherein the vehicle will automatically brakes on sensing imminent collision along with lane detection technology and much more. (370 Nm) of torque from 1,500-4,000 rpm.
Pricing and specific trim equipment information will be available closer to launch this fall, but expect the 2018 Honda Accord to hit dealers this quarter.