The Honda Accord has been completely redesigned for 2018, giving a much-needed technology, safety, and modern design boost to the popular sedan. Among its closest rivals are the significantly refreshed 2018 Hyundai Sonata, redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry, and relatively new Honda Civic. Does it deserve a place at the top of the midsize sedan class? Let’s take a closer look.
2018 Honda Accord exterior
The 2018 Honda Accord has a more athletic stance than its predecessor, bringing it in line with the recently redesigned Honda Civic. It also has a longer wheelbase and wider track. Its nose is aggressive, and a high beltline moves the eye toward the trunk, where its back end appears slouchier in photos than it does in person.
2018 Honda Accord powertrain
The base model Accord is powered by a 192-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a six-speed manual transmission. The engine delivers adequate power that won’t wow but also not disappoint. It’s perfectly satisfactory.
Acoustic spray foam insulation and airflow management technology such as the Active Shutter Grille System help keep road noise from protruding the cabin but the raucous CVT still can be heard.
An upgraded 252-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is available. It comes mated to a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. With this power plant you get more robust acceleration and an enlivened drive experience. If you’re a driving enthusiast looking for the most modern commuter car you can buy, this is the powertrain you’ll want in your Accord.
The Accord is planted on the road. It welcomes its turn through the twisties and can provide the type of vigorous acceleration that leaves you asking, “Camry who?” It handles similarly to the Acura TLX but the interior offers more space than the luxury brand’s sporty sedan.
2018 Honda Accord interior
It has other upmarket touches, including real wood inlay, soft leathers, metal accents, and soft touch materials that abound throughout the cabin. Padded touchpoints for a driver and front seat passenger’s legs add a level of sophistication.
The new Accord features two cubic feet more passenger volume than its predecessor but similar leg-, shoulder-, hip-, and head room. The Accord comfortably seats four adults. Three children can fit across the back seat easily, especially if at least one of them doesn’t require a car seat.
Thankfully Honda has brought the power/volume, and tuning knobs back to the center stack. A 7-inch display screen comes standard with upper trims getting a 8-inch touchscreen. Using the Display Audio System is intuitive and the larger screen I tested was quickly responsive. Models come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
Steering wheel controls easily navigate both the infotainment system and the driver display screen. The car’s head up display is effortlessly read and designed to not annoy. Climate controls on the center stack are pleasing to touch and also easy to use.
Smartphones can be charged via a wireless charging pad at the front of the center console, behind a canopy style rear sliding door. Raising the door to put in your phone to charge illuminates a small light that remains on, night or day, unable to be dimmed. If you’re the type who likes to at least see the face of your smartphone, even if you don’t intend to put your hands on it, the downward and inward slope of charging pad will annoy you.
2018 Honda Accord cargo
The trunk of the 2018 Honda Accord is larger than the 2017 model as well. It is plenty big enough to fit luggage for nearly every occasion.
2018 Honda Accord safety
Advanced safety systems including a collision mitigation braking system, road departure mitigation system, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning come standard on all Accord models.
The 2018 Honda Accord has been rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and has received nearly all Good ratings, which is a higher score than its 2017 model received. The 2018 mode has received a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
2018 Honda Accord pricing
The 2018 Honda Accord starts at $23,570 for the base LX trim. The Sport, EX, and EX-L, and grades escalate the price about $2,500 as the grades move up. The top-level Touring trim starts at $33,800.
The non-hybrid Toyota Camry starts slightly lower than the Accord but its highest grade is priced higher than the Honda model. The Hyundai Sonata starts and tops out thousands lower than the Accord and Camry.
2018 Honda Accord final thoughts
The 2018 Accord is a complete vehicle that excels in everything it tries to do. It’s easily head and shoulders above the Mazda Mazda6, Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, and Ford Fusion. Its closest competition is the recently refreshed Toyota Camry, but even that doesn’t live up to what the Accord lays down.
2018 Honda Accord gallery
2018 Honda Accord review addendum
For this review I drove both the 2018 Honda Accord 2.0T Touring and 1.5T Touring. The 2.0T Touring model had no add-ons and came in at $35,800 plus an $890 destination and delivery charge for a total price of $36,690. The 1.5T Touring model came fully equipped at $33,800. With destination and delivery its final price is listed as $34,690.