Honda accord 2018


2018 Honda Accord Spied! Best-known family sedans on the market

Yes, it’s spied! New 2018 Honda Accord – The Accord is likely one of the best-known family sedans on the market. Why? It is cheap, well equipped and it looks different. However, its chassis is quite old at this point, and its engines are not as great as they used to be. This made many people start talking about a new version of the car and with them; rumors started flying around the Internet. It seems that the upcoming 2018 Honda Accord might be an entirely new car which would be their first sedan to be based on a new modular chassis. For the first time, the Accord and the Civic are expected to use the same platform, and we don’t mind this.

2018 Honda Accord 04/17/2017 Update:

Rumors and speculations about the possible release date for 2018 Honda Accord have emerged, and while we urge you to take these with a grain of salt, we are pretty sure that Japanese brand has something, at least similar, in their book.

2018 Honda Accord image source: autoblog.com and speidbilde

It is clear that the new vehicle will be offered as 2018 model and we have already seen a bunch of spy photos from tests meaning that this thing is getting closer to the final version. Although the images are showing heavily camouflaged vehicle, we are sure that we will see its introduction in the next few months while the launch should happen before the end of this year.

Exact release date of 2018 Honda Accord hasn’t been officially announced, but speculations suggest that late September could be the approximate time when the carmaker will make its move. There is a possibility that redesign will hit Hybrid version also but some reports say that it will not change anything under the hood and that it will not be available right after standard version comes. Most likely it will be offered about one year later, but there is a question why would they postpone it if there will be no changes to powertrain so we can only hope that upgrades will be coming to this segment also.

 2018 Honda Accord
Dimensions And Weight
Wheelbase N/A
Length 193.2 in
Height 57.7 in
Width 72.8 in
Weight 3232 lbs
Engine And Transmission
Engine type Regular Unleaded I-4
Displacement 1.5-liter
Power/torque 180 hp and 180 lb-ft
Transmission 6-Speed M/T
Performance
0-60 mph N/A
Top speed N/A
PRICE RANGE:$24,590 to $37,190
Competitors:Chevrolet Malibu

2018 Honda Accord Update 11/29/2016:

Honda Accord as we know it now has been present on the market from 2012 and since then only went trough one facelift for 2016. The current edition of Accord is part of the ninth generation, and Honda officials are of the opinion that the time is right for their reliable sedan to enter its tenth. Success is something that Honda is going trough with new Civic, and you can expect them to be satisfied with new 2018 Honda Accord. A clear sign of the arrival of updated model is the set of spy photos that we are going to present to you.

Just like we are accustomed by the entire car manufacturing society latest edition of this vehicle has been spied wearing heavy camouflage. Some of the most notable things on 2018 Honda Accord are Civic-like design cues. Fastback roofline and short trunk look very similar to the ones on new Civic. The headlights look unchanged compared to the current version, but it is possible that the test mule isn’t wearing headlamps intended for production.

Photos show small glimpses of the interior, but not much can be seen except dozen buttons more than on the current model which could be a signal that the new infotainment system is on the way. It could also mean that this is only a test prototype and that those buttons are there only temporarily.

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From the photos that we have at our disposal nothing more can be concluded. The news on interior and powertrain are still in the domain of rumors and speculations. Loudest ones are saying that the engine will be turbocharged and that the power will go through a CVT, but that remains to be seen. Also, it is possible that 2018 Honda Accord is going to say goodbye to the V6 and move onto four-cylinder units like most of the competition already did.

Camouflage-free 2018 Honda Accord can be expected somewhere during the next year.

Changes on New Accord 2018

While this would usually mean that the larger car would get worse, in the past couple of years many companies proved that this is not true. The new Accord is still going to use a front transverse placed engine but thanks to the new platform, it is going to be pushed slightly forward. Many will think that this would cause the driving comfort to be lower than on the previous version, thanks to a lot of improvements to the engines and chassis should allow them to keep the balanced chassis of the car. As a result comfort and drivability will remain on a high level that is expected from Accord. Also, the price of the rumored new Accord should stay on the same level. However, because the production costs could potentially go down, the car might get quite a bit more equipment than before.

Source: netcarshow.com; 2018 Honda Accord rendering

One of the largest drawbacks of the current model is the way it drives. The car feels disconnected from the road, and while it is comfortable, it is not as smooth as many would hope. The new chassis and an all-new suspension system, likely with better dampers and slightly softer springs, should make the ride smoother. Also, the new dampers should allow the driver to control the car better, and the new weight distribution might make it easier to drive as well. To be sure about this we will need to test it fully so keep an eye on this review for further details.

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid shown; Source: netcarshow.com

2018 Honda Accord Engine

With the new chassis, new engines should also be installed under the hood of the upcoming 2018 Honda Accord. More options can be offered, and we think that some of the units we saw in Civic will come here also. The older 2.4-liter base engine is expected to be replaced by a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four petrol unit. This one could easily make more than 180 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, which is on par with the version it is replacing while using less fuel than before. Also, it will offer a lot more torque from as low as 1,500 rpm, enough to make it feel faster. The older V6 engine, on the other hand, is expected to get replaced as well even though many said that it wouldn’t.

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid shown; Source: netcarshow.com

There are rumors out there which suggest a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four engine is being prepared. This would be perfectly in line with cars like the new Malibu, and it would make a lot of sense since Honda needs to follow trends and be competitive. This new engine would easily provide just as much power as the old V6, but more torque and slightly reduced fuel consumption. Also, with the new unit, a new nine-speed automatic might also be installed as an option. Some of the reports suggest that the V6 unit will also be one of the options, and it is quite possible for a Japanese company to keep both of these. A hybrid is likely not going to be offered. Why? Well, Honda might release a new standalone model for this particular version of the car.

2018 Honda Accord Design

Conservative is likely the best word that describes the way the current Accord looks. The upcoming 2018 Honda Accord is expected to share a lot more in common with the new Civic. This means that it will get a fresh design with more angular lines and a more aggressive general appearance.

2018 Honda Accord Rendering; Source: carscomparison.net

2018 Honda Accord interior; Source: carscomparison.net

All of these upgrades should make it a great looking car which will be a plus when comparing it to some of its European rivals. The same approach is also expected to be used inside the cabin. Here, the new 2018 Accord will feature more space, a less cluttered dashboard and it should also get more equipment across the range. We are still far from delivering all details but as soon as more info surfaces this thread will be updated.

2018 Honda Accord Update:

Here are some fresh spy photos of Honda Accord 2018.

2018 Honda Accord Spy Photo; Source: caranddriver.com

2018 Honda Accord Spy Photo; Source: caranddriver.com

2018 Honda Accord Spy Photo; Source: caranddriver.com

Video of Honda Accord 2018

Take a look at the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid while we wait for the new 2018 model.

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Redesigned 2018 Honda Accord Colors Range Unveiled

One of the best-selling models by Honda is preparing a new generation. 2018 Honda Accord follows the tendency of the brand which is to modify and improve each new model. So new auto has a lot to boast about. Let’s check it out.

The main rivals are Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, Mazda 6.

When will Honda Accord change body style? The main 2018 Honda Accord concept is not likely to change - it is 4-door sedan. When is the 2018 Honda Accord release date? The reveal of the model has happen in the end of summer, while you can expect USA release of another model by Honda in autumn, 2017.

2018 Honda Accord Colors

Contents

1. Colors 2. Redesign and Changes 3. Interior 4. Honda Accord 2018 Specs 5. 2018 Honda Accord Price

The new Honda Accord colors 2018 palette will likely consist of the same colors as the current generation of the car, plus traditionally 2 or 3 unique colors, used in advertising.

The current generation of the car has the following colors, some of them might appear as 2018 Honda Accord exterior colors:

  • Basque Red
  • Crystal Black
  • Kona Coffee
  • Lunar Silver
  • Modern Steel
  • White Orchid

Redesign and Changes Of 2018 Accord

What will the 2018 Honda Accord look like? Upcoming model is going to look rather classical so you are going to see a typical four-door sedan, however coupe version is promised to arrive as well.

2018 Accord redesign is going to be based on a new platform which follows all the latest trends. As you can guess this model is going to weigh less due to the use of lighter materials. Even though the overall look of Honda Accord 2018 redesign will not change a lot, you can see a lot of details which are modified and improved.

Look how similar 2018 Honda Accord rendering looks in comparison with the production model:

2018 Honda Accord dimensions are still undisclosed, but at the first sight it seems like the next-generation Accord has become bigger. The car also become very similar to Camry in terms of shape - sedan in a 5-door hatchback body with sloping roof - what could be better then? 2018 Honda Accord vs Toyota Camry holy war would be as hard as never before.

Main modifications and trim levels of next-generation 2018 Honda Accord:

  • Sedan
  • Wagon
  • Touring
  • Sport
  • Hybrid
  • Type R
Sedan Wagon Touring Sport Hybrid Type-R
The sedan is the most popular body type in North American market and the only one option for the customers from this part of the globe. The previous generation of the car was the first Accord ever has the same body style throughout the world. Before it, there were at least two versions - EU-spec and US-spec cars. The 2018 Accord is likely to have only one global design as well. We don't expect the availability of station wagon version of Accord. The reason is not only because previous gen of car doesn't have one; the main problem for such body type is that all potential buyers of utility vehicles are switching to all kinds of SUVs. Touring is the top-trim level designation for the current model year Accord. It is unlikely to be changed in 2018 Honda Accord touring V6. However, we could only guess what set of equipment will be installed in the top trim. The current Accord Touring has full LED headlights, heated rear seats, navigation, and a wide range of safety features. 2018 Accord Sport is likely to get the same distinctive features as the current generation of the car. For instance, matte-painted rims, rear spoiler, larger wheels and some sporty strokes in the interior. The powertrain of Honda Accord Sport 2018 will be slightly tuned 3.5-liter V6. There is some uncertainty for a hybrid version of Accord 2018 model year. The previous generation of hybrid Accord was discontinued in 2015, according to Honda's claim they could advance fuel economy through improving current engine technologies. So, of course, we could expect a new hybrid, but its appearance as 2018 model year car is under question. Type-R is a traditional designation for special 'sporty' versions of Honda cars. However, there was no Accord under this modification for quite a while. Even so, Type R was officially unavailable for the U.S. market. We could assume that Type R won't appear for 2018 Accord as well. Despite this, its appearance in other markets has certain possibility.

We could not expect changes in terms of market positioning. Just like before, the car will compete mainly with another Japanese brand mid-size sedans. Namely, Camry and Altima. Unlike rivals, Accord will get a coupe version and some special modifications.

2018 Accord Interior

When you talk about new Honda Accord 2018 interior, you talk about space and comfort. The fact is that this model has a wide cabin which provides enough room for five passengers and luggage as well. Inside part of upcoming auto is not going to shock you but it will definitely surprise you. 2018 Accord has a lot of safety and interesting features and systems. Thus you are going to enjoy a new interior which is good looking and full infotainment features. If you wonder which ones, you have to be patient since Honda still does not give reliable information about this aspect.

2018 Honda Accord interior colors are unknown, but pre-production photos drop hints about bright beige and black leather upholstery, with different variations of front panel inserts.

New Accord Specs and Engine

To begin with, many sources promise that 2018 Honda Accord is going to arrive as a hybrid version. One of the engines which can be possibly used is an electric unit of a turbocharged type.

Another type which is anticipated is the 2.4-liter engine which is paired with a six-speed transmission. There also 2018 Honda Accord rumors predicting that the car may run on the V6 unit with 278 horsepower of productivity and 3.5 liters of displacement. It is also said that all types of new Accord will be of FWD type. We believe that 2018 Honda Accord V6 will be replaced by 2-liter turbo version.

Price Level

A new generation of Accord offers quite a wide range of trims and options to choose from that is why price range is wide. To start with, the base model is going to cost you from $24,100 to $35,140. A hybrid version of this generation is said to be priced quite reasonably and will amount to $31,400. The last on is Plug-in type which is the most expensive in line and will reach somewhat around $40,300. Nonetheless, these are not the final variants of pricing. As many sources promise the carmaker will probably make the pricing lower which sounds rather promising to all the Honda Accord fans.

 

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2018 Honda Accord Release date, Redesign, Interior design

Taking into account average generation change each 4-5 years, for the most car producers, latest generation Honda Accord, debuted in late 2015, will likely to receive only minor updates. Honda is always keeps their future models in secret, so we could only guess what new features will have 2018 Honda Accord. The car will more likely to receive a so-called facelift, with a few new touches in both interior and exterior design. The engine range is also more likely to receive new powertrain, downsized and equipped with turbocharger.

Honda Accord 2018 Release Date

As it is traditional for North American market, the model year begin in the last quarter of the year, so the new updated Accord will be ready for sale by the fall of 2017. Honda Accord 2018 Europe version of the car might be released in the beginning of 2018, with altered exterior and interior appearance.

Release date: late 2017

2018 Honda Accord Price

It is a very difficult to predict the price of any product in two years before release. It is largely depending on economic situation. However, it is unlikely that 2018 Accord will cost more than its main rivals such as Toyota Camry, Chevy Malibu or Ford Fusion. So, the pricing is expected to be around $24,000 for the basic trim version.

Compare with the 2017 Honda Accord price

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid

The appearance of hybrid version of Accord is also possible. It might be a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV), with ability to drive only using electricity from batteries, charged from home outlet. The internal combustion engine will be based on the standard 4-cylinder engine, available for the basic trim level. Honda will try to show the best eMPG rating among mid-size sedans with hybrid powertrains.

Fully electrical Accord is unlikely to appear in 2018, since the battery prices are high and possible price of high mileage full-electric mid-size sedan is beyond $35,000. Perhaps, after release of Tesla Model 3, the situation will change.

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2018 Accord Video

2018 Honda Accord Redesign

As it was mentioned above, it is unlikely that Accord of 2018 model year will not likely to get a major redesign. It will receive new front end designed as consistent with latest concept cars, LED headlights even in basic trim (rearlights as well). The interior will probably stay the same, with slightly updated multimedia and safety functions.

Nevertheless, if Honda decided to highly upgrade its Accord by replacing the platform and overall body, there is possibility that mid-size sedan will be slightly increased in size, both in length and width, by increasing wheelbase. That’s a modern tendency to overall car industry.

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2018 Honda Accord Sedan

The new Accord sedan is rumored to be very different, in comparison with the current generation of a model. For instance, recent spy shots shows that there could be either liftback version of the car, or sedan with sloping roof (just like the current 10th generation Civic). That is the latest trend of Honda design language, which helps to Honda cars feels more sporty.

2018 Honda Accord Coupe

2018 Honda Accord coupe redesign is likey to occur as well, but this modification could be released a year or so after the sedan modification. It would also has completely different look in comparison with the current generation model.

2018 Honda Accord Interior

There are no spy photos of the new Accord interior yet, but we could predict that it would be designed in the same way as the recent Honda vehicles, like new CR-V, Civic and NSX supercar. It could be more driver-oriented, despite the image of latest generation of Accord as a family car.

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2018 Honda Accord Trim Levels

It hard to predict what trim levels 2018 model year Accord might receive, but we could guess that the configurations range will stay nearly the same, for instance, Sport and Touring models are almost certainly stay in line.

2018 Honda Accord Sport

Traditionally for the Sport trim, the car would receive the retuned suspension, 19-inch rims with a unique design, chrome-plated exhaust pipes and many more. There are certain rumors of the future 2018 Honda Accord sport special edition or SE, but we believe that this configuration stay exclusive for the 2017 model year car.

2018 Honda Accord Touring

Now Touring is the top-end trim level for Accord, features Honda sensing (adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, emergency braking), navigation, automatic lights and wipers. It is hardly to say what brings the 2018 model, but we believe it could be more advance cruise control, 360-degree view cameras and a more advanced multimedia system.

2018 Honda Accord Specs

Definitely, that is the most interesting part of a story, where we could expect innovations from Honda. As we know from the current generation car, it is equipped by traditional 2.4L inline 4 cylinder engine, and 3.5-liter V6 unit in 2018 Honda Accord V6 (used on many Honda vehicles as well). 2018 Honda Accord engine range will possibly consist only of down-sized turbocharged engines. The tendency from Europe, where Ford and Volkswagen AG equipped its cars with 1.0-1.2 turbocharged engines, will sooner or later reach the North American market and affects such tradition-oriented manufacturers as Honda and Toyota. However, it is largely depends of oil prices and emission regulations – whether down-sized engines from Honda will be introduced to US customer or not.

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2018 Honda Accord Spy Shots and Images

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2018 Honda Accord News Updates Rumors and Possibility Release date

The Honda Accord is one of the best sedans out there and the reason we say this is because it is affordable, good-looking and great for families. However, the ongoing model needs to be replaced so that the Accord can keep up with the competition. The Honda Accord 2018 model has been spied, and it should be the first vehicle from this lineup to sit on a new modular platform, which it is going to share with the Civic.

About the Accord and Its Design

The ongoing ninth-generation Honda Accord was introduced back in 2012, and one year ago it received a facelift. The time has come for the popular vehicle to enter a new generation, which will hopefully bring in new customers. On the spy shots, you can clearly spot some Civic-like design cues such as fastback roofline and the short trunk. The headlights of the new model will be same as the ones of its predecessor, but considering that this is a test mule we are talking about, the production headlamps may not have been installed yet. There are no spy photos of the interior, but we are hoping for a new infotainment system.

Honda Accord 2018 – Changes

When the carmaker decides to assemble a larger model, it may face some problems, but that is usually not the case. The new Accord will come with a front transverse placed engine, but because of the new platform, the engine is going to be pushed slightly forward which may have a negative effect on the comfort. However, the new car will be upgraded in so many different aspects, and comfort and driving experience will be on the same level, if not higher than before and we expect nothing less from the Accord.

The 2017 vehicle’s largest disadvantage is the way it drives. It is simply disconnected from the road and not as smooth as people want it to be. This is why the new platform and an all-new suspension system with improved dampers and softer springs are essential for the new model. These changes should help the driver gain more control over the vehicle and improve the driving experience.

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Accord Performance Summary:

PerformanceHighlights LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl CVT) MSRP from$23,155 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl CVT) MSRP from$25,215
drive type front wheel drive front wheel drive
base engine size 2.4 L 2.4 L
base engine type gas gas
horsepower 185 hp @ 6400 rpm 189 hp @ 6400 rpm
Source: motor1.com

Under The Hood

The 2018 Honda Accord will receive new engines, and there is a possibility that some of the units, which can be found under the Civic’s hood, are going to power the new Accord. A 1.5-liter turbocharged I4 petrol powerplant will come instead of the 2.4-liter engine, and it will generate more than 180 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. Many people believe that the V6 engine is going to stay, but it appears that Honda wants to replace this unit as well.

According to the rumors, the Japanese carmaker is working on a new 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 unit, which would be perfect for the new Malibu and the Accord too. This new powerplant could easily produce more power than the V6, more torque than the V6 and improve fuel efficiency while doing that. Moreover, the new engine might be mated to an also new nine-speed automatic transmission. Some other reports indicate that the V6 is not going to be out of the picture, so it might be available as an option.

Engine and Transmission

Engine – Regular Unleaded I4

Displacement – 1.5-liter

Power and Torque – 180 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque

Dimensions

Length – 193.2 inWidth – 72.8 inHeight – 57.7 inWeight – 3232 lbsWheelbase – N/A

2018 Honda Accord Pricing Range – $24,590 – $37,190

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New Honda Accord Release Date

There are so many rumors and speculations about the launch of the 2018 Honda Accord, but since there is no official information, we will take these slightly skeptically. However, Honda is definitely cooking something. The Japanese carmaker will offer the new car as 2018 model, and we have proof – spy photos in which we can see the new car heavily camouflaged. It is expected to go on sale at the end of 2017, while it will be debuted in the next few months.

We don’t know the exact release date, but some rumors indicate that we will see this car in September this year. The Hybrid version might be overhauled as well, while some reports suggest that modifications under the hood are unlikely while the Hybrid will not arrive immediately after the introduction of the standard version. This means that the Accord hybrid will probably hit the market about a year after the gasoline-only powered versions.

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2018 Honda Accord: First Drive

So much for the so-called “entry luxury” sedan market. All those lightly-gingerbreaded four-doors selling in the forty-to-fifty-thousand-dollar range, with their oh-so-ambitious advertising and their mild dustings of gee-whiz tech and their touching little pretensions to upscale credibility, are now just as dead as Julius Caesar or Napoleon or Charles Manson courtesy of the new Accord Touring.

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It was inevitable that this would happen. The past decade has seen a sharp decline in the specialness, for lack of a better word, available in that segment. Relentlessly pressured by technological advances in mass-market sedans even as European emissions-consciousness and fuel-economy concerns have seen their bespoke drivetrains ditched in favor of clattering direct-injection turbo four-bangers, the class that was once defined by the BMW 3-Series on the sporty side and the Lexus ES on the posh end now finds itself rendered completely irrelevant by Honda’s decision to fit the tenth generation of its big sedan with pretty much every piece of equipment you’d expect on a $55,000 loaded-for-lease-residuals kinda-sorta luxury car.

The early press on the new Accord has mostly focused on the Accord’s “return to the top” in the family-sedan segment but that’s what they call “fake news” nowadays. The outgoing model was still best in class by a big margin and would have remained so for the entire current product cycle. In fact, much of what you notice about the new car appears to be driven less by a desire to make the car better and more by a conscious alignment of the Accord with its perceived competitors, both in its own segment and the one directly above.

Compared to the old car, the new one is a bit smaller on the outside. It’s also quite a bit lighter in most trim and powertrain configurations. Honda claims that it’s more spacious inside but that depends on where you sit. The front half of the cabin is actually a bit tighter, based on a side-by-side comparison with my 2014 EX-L V6 coupe, and that’s particularly true for the area typically occupied by the driver’s right knee. Not everybody who fit comfortably in the old car will do so in the new.

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The story is different in the back seat, where passengers now have an embarrassment of legroom compared both the eighth- and ninth-generation sedans. In some markets this is considered a chauffeur-grade automobile and it’s now significantly more suited to the task. Unfortunately for the professional drivers out there, access to the trunk isn’t nearly as good as it was before, a casualty of the new fastback body style that aimed for “Audi A5” but missed and hit “Chevy Malibu” instead.

Our test car was supplied with the new Honda 10-speed automatic transmission mated to the 2.0T engine. This is not the Civic Type R engine, as a quick dyno session rather drastically confirmed. Instead, it’s meant to match the outgoing V6 for power while besting it on fuel economy. As to the first claim, you’ll want to check back tomorrow and see our dyno results in full–but as to the second, I’m afraid that the 29.7mpg we saw in mixed use is easily matched by an automatic 2017 V6 Accord sedan. Even my stick-shift coupe manages to return 27mpg in heavy-throttle city/highway situations.

As you’d expect from a transmission that doesn’t achieve direct drive until sixth gear, the 10-speed is always shifting. Yet it’s remarkably civilized in regular use and seems to have outstanding ability to predict a variety of driving styles. In full kickdown situations, there’s a noticeable pause while the gear ratios figure themselves out, but in truth you need to be deliberately misbehaving for such a situation to occur. Half-throttle is enough to motivate this sedan into even the smallest possible traffic gaps, and it is noticeably less likely to spin the front wheels while doing so compared to its illustrious six-pot predecessor.

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Selecting the Touring trim for your Accord 2.0 gets you everything from metal-tipped power window switches to evil-looking full LED headlamps to soft-touch leather seats that wouldn’t be out of place in an Acura RLX. The ninth-generation car had materials shortcuts both visible and tangible but this one cracks the code for effortless luxury that nevertheless carries the “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” vibe so beloved of upscale-Accord buyers. It’s obviously still just a Honda, but it’s also awfully hard to pinpoint what the benefit would be of buying something like an E-Class. More wood, probably.

The annoying dual-screen solution of previous Accords disappears in favor of a bright tablet-style central screen with real moving buttons on both sides for major functions and knobs for both volume and tuning. Thankfully, the HVAC controls remain separate. Sound quality from the multi-speaker infotainment system is better than adequate, although this is one area where Honda is clearing a deliberate gap between the Accord and the recently revamped TLX.

Grab the oversized plastichrome door handle and take a seat; you’ll be greeted by a charming combination of analog speedometer needle and full TFT-screen instrumentation. There’s no attempt to blow the buyer’s mind with elaborate startup screens or animations, but the information is presented in a clear and usable manner that matches the old double-barrel analog setup for visibility, even under conditions of direct sun.

To our immense delight, the Accord offers precise and atomic control over the Honda Sensing features, all accessible via the multi-function controls on the left spoke of the steering wheel. Do you want to turn off lane-keep assist but retain lane-departure warning? No problem. And the best feature of all: it’s possible to switch between active cruise control and traditional “dumb” cruise in just a few button presses.

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In terms of features, materials, and overall capability, this is a big step over the previous car. What’s it like to drive? Well, in that area it’s more of a mixed verdict. The ride is considerably better, as is the NVH that was a sore spot in the ninth-gen car. This Accord might not be Lexus-quiet, but it’s Infiniti-quiet. It’s a supremely relaxing and confidence-inspiring freeway warrior, even during the torrential rains that intruded on much of our time with the car.

What’s gone missing, however, is the sense of adventure that the previous car had baked into its suspension and steering. The new model is calm and confident but it’s in no way playful. This is a regrettable departure from traditional Accord practice but it should be noted that you can still get those qualities in the Civic hatchback, which is nearly as big as all but the most recent Accords. It’s also true that pretty much all of the competition from all corners of the globe has abandoned the idea of a joyful, deliberately unstable chassis in any of their mainline sedan offerings. At least the Accord has a sense of humor; failing to buckle a seatbelt on the move generates an actual voice warning that seems deliberately similar to the stilted old “a door is ajar” mechanical recordings so commonplace in upscale Japanese sedans of the Eighties.

It’s not perfect. The blunt-edge hood vibrates visibly at freeway speeds, the auto-dipping headlights will occasionally flash the driver ahead of you for no good reason as if the car itself is spoiling for a fight, and the ridiculous nineteen-inch cast alloy wheels that you get with the Touring trim are more like cement shoes than seven-league boots. But this new Accord represents a terrifying unification of family car and luxury car. Halfway through our test of the Touring 2.0T, I took a weekend off with a $62,000 European-brand long-wheelbase sedan that did absolutely nothing better than the Accord and did several things much worse.

This is the unexpected benefit of Acura’s undignified retreat towards origami-folded SUVs: the Accord need not respect the TLX’s turf too much and therefore is free to seek and destroy anything of similar size and powertrain without concern that it will be too good. The only way to make this car significantly better would be to restore the 3.5L V6 and six-speed automatic transmission featured in the previous car–but we are now in an era where cars like this are expected to feature a light-pressure turbo four. Once upon a time, Honda would have gone its own defiant way regardless but those days are long gone.

The days of the Accord’s supremacy over all enemies both foreign and domestic, however, are far from over. At $35,800, the Touring 2.0T represents something of a bargain for entry-luxury intenders who can steel themselves to deal with the sidewalk drama and high-pressure sales tactics of their local Honda dealers. No car has been as consistently good as the Accord over the past four decades, and for drivers who do not absolutely require the Sturm und Drang of the old V-6 this is the best Accord, and the best family sedan, ever built.

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