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2018 Honda Accord Arrives With New 10-Speed Automatic, More Tech

Dramatic Design of Reimagined 2018 Honda Accord Signals New Direction for America’s Retail Best-Selling Midsize Sedan

Jul 14, 2017 - DETROIT, MI

  • Next-generation Honda design, packaging and proportion
  • Interior space and quality that exceeds the midsize class
  • New powertrain lineup: turbocharged and electrified performance
  • Lighter, more rigid body and new chassis design
  • Honda Sensing® technology standard on all models and trims
  • New Accord Hybrid to be made in Ohio

Honda today showcased a new direction for America's retail best-selling midsize sedan1 with the world debut of a more stylish, sporty and premium 2018 Honda Accord that launches this fall. The world debut event held today in Detroit can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/honda.

The 10th-generation Accord is new from the ground up and features a lighter and more rigid body structure, an advanced new chassis design, two all-new, high-torque direct-injected and turbocharged engines, the world's first 10-speed automatic transmission for a front-drive car and a new generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid technology, along with a host of new safety, driver-assistive and connected-car technologies – all wrapped in a more sophisticated, sleek and athletic design with top class interior space and comfort.

"We are redefining the Honda Accord for a new generation of buyers by bringing something unexpected that challenges the idea of what a mainstream sedan can be," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of the Automobile Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Even as we advance core values like great driving dynamics, safety performance and efficiency, the distinctive design of this all-new 2018 Honda Accord will help it appeal to both head and heart in equal measure."

Next-Generation Accord Design and Packaging

In reimagining the Accord for its 10th-generation rebirth, Honda designers and engineers went back to the fundamentals of proportion and stance with a sporting and athletic appearance, like a sprinter in the blocks. The approach reinvigorates classic Honda design principles, such as a low and wide body, expansive visibility and sporty seating position, and then translating them into a thoroughly modern, sporty and premium Accord sedan design. 

The new Accord features a longer wheelbase (+2.16 inches), a lower overall height (-0.59 inch) and wider (+0.39 inch) body, wider wheel tracks (+0.20 in. front, +0.79 in. rear), a shortened overall length (-0.39 inch) and lower, sportier seating position (-1.0 inch front and -0.79 inch back). A sweeping greenhouse positioned farther back on the body completes the new stance and proportion of the next-generation Accord. The combined effect of these changes is a more premium look, highlighted by shorter overhangs, a bold front fascia, a long and low hood, and a visual center of gravity moved closer to the rear wheels.

Viewed head-on, the new Accord's greenhouse also angles in more dramatically from the window sills to the roof, further emphasizing the wide lower body, while inside the cabin the seats have been moved slightly inward that contributes to improved hip, shoulder and head room while enhancing occupants' freedom of movement. Also, the longer wheelbase allowed designers to move the second-row seats substantially rearward, giving Accord almost 2 extra inches of rear leg room to offer one of the most spacious rear seating areas in its class. Overall passenger volume is increased by 2.5 cubic feet to 105.7 (based on LX). Trunk space has also been increased by nearly one cubic foot on the 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter engine powered Accords and by 3.2 cubic feet on the Accord Hybrid to a top level 16.7 cubic feet (+0.9 cu.ft.).

Elegant and modern exterior detailing compliments the Accord's new, more dynamic design. The bold and upright front fascia is highlighted by Honda's signature chrome wing front grille positioned above a large main air intake and flanked by available 9-lamp full-LED headlights and LED fog lights. The chiseled hood features a distinctive and aggressive raised center, and the deeply sculpted body sides enhance the visual length and strength of the lower body.

Further, a new laser brazing process that joins the dramatically arching roof to the body side panels creates a clean appearance with no garnish over the rain channels. The similarly low and wide rear view is finished off with an upswept decklid, distinctive LED light-pipe taillights and cleanly integrated dual exhaust ports. Overall aerodynamic efficiency is improved by approximately 3 percent (based on EX trim) to make it the most streamlined Accord yet.

Elegant and Tech Savvy Cabin 

The 2018 Accord also boasts a larger, more premium and tech savvy interior that compliments its athletic and elegant body design, delivering a level of quality and premium feel that belies Accord's mainstream sedan status.

The new Accord features a panoramic forward view that is enabled by its lower cowl and by front roof pillars that are 20 percent narrower and moved rearward relative to the driver's seating position. The new soft-touch instrument panel features an ultra-thin profile and three-tier design with a strong upper deck that describes a continuous arc from its outboard section through the side door sills, giving a sense of strength and visual continuity.

A more intricately contoured sport inspired steering wheel with deep-set thumb rests and available paddle shifters compliment the Accord's more sophisticated and sporty performance capabilities. Meticulous attention to the tactile and visual quality of surface materials and decorations communicates modernity and soft-spoken elegance throughout the cabin.

The inboard positioning of the seats provides for improved freedom of movement and is complimented by longer, wider and more deeply padded arm rests, front and rear; while the Accord's newly designed seats feature taller shoulder bolstering for a more premium appearance and improved lateral support. New high-accuracy seat padding with variable firmness improves seating comfort and support. The driver's seat now has available 12-way power adjustment with height-adjustable lumbar support, and passenger comfort is further enhanced by available new heated and ventilated front seats and by improved available rear seat heating with both seat bottom and seat back heating elements. 

The tech-savvy and easy-to-use 2018 Accord cabin also features an all-new HMI that includes an ultra-slim 7-inch TFT driver's meter and a new 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with physical volume and tuning knobs and more intuitive, smartphone-like features and functionality including customizable app tiles and home-screen shortcuts, along with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility. The Accord also will offer the next-generation of HondaLink telematics with new capabilities including emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, geofencing, speed tracking and more.

Touring trims of both 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter models also feature a new 6-inch driver's Head Up Display with selectable information, including speed, engine rpm, turn-by-turn navigation, and Traffic Sign Recognition. Additional new or improved connected-car technologies available on the 2018 Accord include wireless device charging, automatic Bluetooth® phone pairing with Near Field Communication technology, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates.

Audio systems vary by trim, starting with 4 speakers and 160 watts on LX, 8 speakers and 180 watts on Sport and EX trims, and 10 speakers and 450 watts on EX-L and Touring trims. All models feature USB charging ports (two 2.5-amp ports on EX and above) along with Bluetooth connectivity.

Accord Performance: Turbocharged and Electrified 

The 2018 Accord takes an entirely new approach to performance by featuring three advanced new powerplants – two direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and the third generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid powertrain technology. The 2018 Accord also features a new Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT) with the 2.0-liter turbo engine, the first of its kind for a front-wheel-drive car, and an available 6-speed manual transmission for both turbocharged engines.

The new 1.5-liter, 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC) produces a peak 192 horsepower (HP) at 5,500 rpm and 192 lb-ft. of torque from 1,500 to 5,000 rpm, up from 185 HP at 6,400 rpm and 181 lb.-ft. at 3,900 rpm on the existing, normally aspirated 2.4-liter model. The new 1.5-liter turbo is mated to a Honda continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) or, in Sport trim, to a CVT or a 6-speed manual transmission (6MT).  

The Accord can also be equipped with a new 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo with i-VTEC® valvetrain paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission or, in Sport trim, to the 10AT or an available 6MT. The new 2.0-liter turbo, sharing much of its design with the race-bred 2017 Civic Type R, produces 252 HP at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, compared to 278 HP at 6,200 rpm and 252 lb.-ft. at 4,900 rpm for the 3.5-liter V6 that it replaces. 

Both turbocharged engines utilize a host of new technologies, including high-efficiency low-inertia turbos, variable valve timing, low-pressure-loss air intake and high-accuracy direct injection, to deliver immediate and powerful response along while still anticipated to receive top level fuel economy ratings.  The two new automatic transmissions – the CVT for the 1.5-liter engine and new 10AT for the 2.0-liter engine – take greater advantage of available torque while maximizing quietness and efficiency during highway cruising. The redesigned CVT has an 11 percent lower ratio compared to the current version for more powerful launch performance, while the new 10AT is 22 lbs. lighter, has a 68 percent wider overall ratio range with a 43 percent lower first gear, and a 17 percent taller top gear compared to the current Accord's six-speed automatic.

Production of New Accord Hybrid Returns to Ohio

An all-new, even more refined and fuel efficient Accord Hybrid will be again built in Marysville, Ohio after a couple of years of production in Japan, and will be powered by the third-generation of Honda's innovative two-motor hybrid technology, offering improved power delivery with no compromise to interior or cargo space and packaging.

The new hybrid powertrain will utilize a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle engine with greater than 40 percent thermal efficiency, the highest for any mass-produced Honda engine, paired with Honda-developed electric motors that are the first drive motors in the world to use magnets containing no heavy rare-earth metals. As before, the Accord two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission.

Additionally, a new, more compact intelligent power unit (IPU), containing the hybrid battery pack and its control systems, is now mounted under the rear floor instead of in the trunk, preserving both cargo space (16.7 cu.-ft.) and the flexibility of a 60/40-split and folding rear seat, standard on all models and trims. Detailed specifications on the 2018 Accord Hybrid, including power and fuel-economy ratings, will be release closer to launch.

New Approach to Body and Chassis Design

The 2018 Accord's new body structure is lighter and more rigid, utilizing 29 percent ultra-high-strength steel, the most extensive application of this weight-saving material in any current mass-produced Honda car. Overall, the new Accord employs 54.2 percent high strength steel (above 440 MPa).

Key body features include the latest generation of Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure with crash stroke front frame, tailor-tempered rear frame members for improved crash-energy absorption, and the extensive use of structural adhesives for increased rigidity, cabin quietness and weight reduction. Total vehicle weight is down between approximately 110 to 176 pounds, depending on trim, while body torsional and bending rigidity are improved 32 and 24 percent, respectively, aiding ride quality, cabin quietness, and dynamic performance. 

Mated to the new body is a more sophisticated new chassis design. The 2018 Accord's lighter chassis features a new Macpherson strut front suspension with L-shaped aluminum control arms mounted to an all-aluminum front subframe. The new setup better isolates and manages varying road inputs, improving handling precision, ride quality and cabin quietness along with outstanding high-speed stability and control. The new, more space-efficient rear suspension is a multi-link design mounted to a more rigid, floating rear subframe. Fluid-filled compliance bushings at all four corners further improve ride comfort and absorption of road irregularities, and all new Accords also feature, for the first time, an Adaptive Damper System with the ability to adjust shock absorber damping force every 1/500 of a second, providing for a more compliant and controlled ride in all driving situations.

The new Accord has a 10 mm lower center of gravity. The adoption of lighter-weight turbocharged engines and other body design changes reduce the vehicle's moment of inertia, resulting in crisper turn-in and steering response. All models now have near optimal FWD weight distribution of approximately 60/40 (front/rear). Accords with the new 2.0-liter i-VTEC turbo and 10AT check in at approximately 61/39, a significant improvement versus the current V-6 and 6AT Accord.

All new Accords will now come equipped with a Two-Mode Driving System featuring Normal and Sport settings, allowing the driver to dial-up/down the vehicle's sporty reflexes depending on the driving environment. The system engages with multiple chassis and drivetrain components, including the new dual-pinion variable-ratio electric power steering (EPS), automatic transmission, drive-by-wire throttle, adaptive dampers and Active Sound Control system, to provide the driver with an expanded range of driving characteristics. An ECON mode is also available that helps improve fuel efficiency by modifying throttle mapping and HVAC operation.

Along with the first application of structural adhesives to Accord, cabin quietness is further enhanced by a comprehensive sound-insulating package that includes full underbody covers, which also aid aerodynamics, front and rear fender and engine compartment insulators, alloy wheels with Honda-proprietary resonator technology, sound-absorbing carpet, acoustic laminated windshield glass – plus front door acoustic glass on EX and above – and a new, three-microphone Active Noise Control system.

Advanced Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology

For 2018, all Accords will feature the full suite of Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment. Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and new Traffic Sign Recognition. Additional available driver-assistive technologies include Blind Spot Information, front and rear parking sensors, Cross Traffic Monitor and Driver Awareness Monitor; and all models feature a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with dynamic guidelines.

Standard advanced active and passive safety systems include Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), advanced front airbags, driver and front-passenger side airbags and new driver and front-passenger knee airbags. The Accord targets top U.S. government (NCAP) and IIHS collision safety ratings.

Accord Models and Trims

More detailed information will be provided closer to launch, but the 1.5-liter powered Accord will be available in six trims – LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. The 2.0-liter model has four trims available, which are Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. And the new Accord Hybrid will be available in five trims – Hybrid, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. Sport trims for both 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter engine variants will now feature available short-throw 6-speed manual transmissions.

Accord Manufacturing

All variants of the 2018 Accord will be produced at Honda's Marysville, Ohio auto plant2, at which the company is investing with numerous enhancements to further advance quality and efficiency, including the introduction of additional technologies and processes. Accord was the first vehicle from a Japanese automaker to be made in America and has been in continuous production at the Marysville Auto Plant since November 1982, with cumulative U.S. production exceeding 11 million units over 35 years. 

The 2018 Accord's 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbo engines will be produced at Honda's Anna, Ohio engine plant, and its CVT transmission will be manufactured at the company's Russells Point, Ohio plant. 

The all-new, Honda-designed 10-speed automatic transmission will be produced at the company's Tallapoosa, Georgia plant2. Honda recently announced a combined $149 million investment in the Russells Point and Tallapoosa plants to facilitate production of the new 10AT. Additional details concerning new manufacturing technology and investments will be announced closer to launch.

For More Information 

Additional media information including high-resolution photography of the 2018 Accord is available at hondanews.com/honda-automobiles/channels/accord. Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com/future-cars/accord. To join the Accord community on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/hondaaccord.

About the Honda Accord

Since its launch in 1976, American car buyers have made Accord the best-selling car in America, purchasing more than 13 million Accords.

A perennial best-seller with American car buyers, the Accord has been the U.S. retail sales leader in the midsize sedan segment for four straight years (2013-2016)1. For the first six months of 2017, based on retail sales data, Accord is the top selling midsize sedan in America and the second best-selling passenger car overall, surpassed only by the new Honda Civic3. Accord also is an unprecedented 31-time recipient of Car and Driver magazine's coveted 10Best award.

About Honda

Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2016, more than 95% of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

1.Based on Urban Science retail sales data in the Midsize car segment for individual calendar years 2013-2017 CYTD June

2.Using domestically and globally sourced parts.

3. Based on Urban Science retail sales data in the Midsize car segment and for all models in the industry for 2017 CYTD June

 

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2018 Honda Accord Price, Release date, Redesign, Specs, Interior,Review

The Accord was first introduced to the worldwide market by the Japanese automaker Honda in 1976, except in the United States. This model was introduced in America in 1989 and since then, it was one among the highest selling vehicle in the country. Honda used its nameplate for a range of vehicles, such as wagons, coupes, crossovers, and hatchbacks, all over the world. The 2018 Honda Accord, which is a medium-sized sedan, is just the adaptation of the 2016 model Accord, which is the ninth generation vehicle in the series.

Update, July 2017

History has a special place for the Honda Accord brand. Reputed to be a total success in every possible way, this Honda range is on record to have seen over 13 million units sold the world over. The award winning 86 line comes in both coupe and sedan variants. The Accord is set to further exert its dominance in the middle sized vehicle market. Features such as its new looks alongside its turbo charged engines in addition to its power train.

Further features such as its automatic transmission (10 speed) as well as its manual 6-speed transmission depending on the customers preference all make this awesome ride a must get for any real car lover. There will be two engine choices for the buyers, i.e. a 1.5 liter and a 2-liter engine. The details are provided under ‘engine’ section. As per the news, the 2.0 L engine will be offered in four different trim levels, EX-L, EX-L Navi, Sports and Touring. Whereas along with EX-L, EX-L Navi, Sports and Touring, 2 more trims levels LX and EX will be offered in 1.5 Liter engine variant.

For Hybrid lovers, five trims will be available, Hybrid, Touring, EX, EX-L and EX-L Navi. Although there is presently not much information in public circles about the next-gen Honda Accord, that is in terms of specifics, one could easily deduce from its pre debut sketch what everyone should expect from the tenth generation Honda Accord.

2018 Honda Accord Exterior

One of the first things you will easily notice about the all new Accord is the presence of an even larger grille; this should certainly send signals as to the evolutionary intent of Honda in terms of design. There is the presence of a larger air dam below the car as well as the elimination of the smaller grille. The presence of the larger grille is certainly poised to give the all new accord a wider mouth outlook that can only be likened to that of the Camry although it is expected not be a s wide. The grille is touted to come in black in the standard order although there may be chrome options for others whose taste may be higher. This innovation should surely give the car a new look that is sure to turn the eyes of car enthusiasts.

However, the front end is not the only part that should catch your attention.Another rather catchy feature is the stout body lines that are long and drag from the A pillar to the hood. The body line that draws from the lower part of the waistline shows itself from the arches at the front and has a sharp outlook as it moves to the back of the car. A look at the lower parts will reveal that the side profile is complemented by some quite aggressive features. Although what the back will look like may not be all that clear at the moment, you can be sure that it won’t be anything short of wonderful.

Furthermore, a look at the side mirrors will reveal will show you that they will come in a thin and wide shape. This should give it a sexy and attractive look that would certainly get eyes turning to its direction, another quite interesting prospect in this regard is that it could end up housing external cameras. These cameras should surely come in handy in more than one ways. Also, the all new 2018 Honda accord is expected to come in a low and wide build which should certainly bring about the best deal money can buy in terms of aesthetics and overall quality. The car specifications show that the wheelbase will be about 111.4 inches, the length is expected to be about 192.1 inches, also, the height is projected to be about 57.1 inches, and the width should be exactly 73,2 inches.

Honda Accord 2018 Interior

Even if you don’t seem too excited about the aforementioned features, you should be excited about some of the innovations that should feature on the car’s interior. The instrument cluster is expected to wear a new look as well as its dash design which should be reworked. In as much as one cannot really be sure of what Honda intends for the 2018 Accord, it should be safe to speculate that considerable progress ought to be made in the cabin segment. With new innovations in this regard being seen in other Honda Variants, it should be safe to assume that the all new Honda Accord should if anything be a better deal.

Having noted that there may be a complete overhaul of the interior of this beauty, it should be safe to say that the interior will certainly experience some notable changes starting from its cabin. Also, the instrument cluster and the design of the dash board should certainly get people excited as regards what the car has to offer. Once you are inside the new Honda Accord you will feel the cabin is quieter than its previous model’s thanks to the new sound absorbing carpet and a sound insulating package, plus the windshield is also laminated with acoustic glass.

Moreover, the EX and higher trim levels are upgraded with 3 microphone Active Noise Control system. On the packaging of the dash board, customers should expect leather wrapping for the higher trim; the other levels should come with plastic packaging. In addition to these, the look of the door and the arm rest should be full of surprises as well. Customers should expect something nice and comfortable in that regard.

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The all new 2018 Honda Accord is nothing short of a next generation car and such, certain technological innovations should not come as too much of a surprise to customers. For one, the display unit should experience considerable changes, also the normal mobile connectivity services provided by Android Autoplay, Apple CarPlay should feature. Also, you should expect USB and auxiliary ports in the middle of the console close to the 12 volts power supply source. Also, the side cameras earlier speculated should mean that innovative rearview mirrors as well as a double screen for the purpose of blind spot monitoring ought to expect.

2018 Honda Accord interior

Engine

It is expected that two new Turbocharged direct injected engines should be in place upon release. Customers should expect a 1.5-litre engine with an output of 192 horsepower @ 5500 rpm along with 192 pounds feet of torque. Also, we should expect to see the 2.0 liter 252 horse power output R variant, which can produce a torque of 273 pounds feet @ 1500-4000 pm. The implication of this is that Honda is coming with a big bang with its fuel efficiency and monster power output. This may not agree with many people who prefer the V 6 engine variant, however, Honda has come out with statistics showing that only about 10% of its patron actually go for the V 6 and as such, the turbocharged four bangers may be the right choice in that regard.

The first engine is available with Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission and six-speed manual transmission is offered in Sports trim. However first time with the front wheel drive car Honda Accord’s 2.0-liter engine is presented with the 10-speed automatic transmission. Drivers can choose between Normal or Sport driving modes according to their driving environment. In order to be fuel efficient, the HVAC function and throttle mapping can be adjusted with Honda Accord’s exclusive ECON mode.

Moreover, a 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid version will also be available. It will be having an Atkinson cycle 2.0-liter engine under its hood along with electric motors and hybrid battery pack. To manage cargo space, instead of the trunk the battery pack is placed on the floor of the rear seat. Fuel economy and power output details will be disclosed near the launching date.

Safety features

When it comes to Honda, the brand is promised to provide enhanced safety to its passengers. So is the new Accord which is equipped with a number of technologies to assist the driver during driving along with some basic safety aids, such as:• Front and side air bags and knee bags• Anti lock brakes• Traction Control• Electronic Brake Distribution• Cross Traffic Monitor• Blind Spot Monitoring• 360 degree rear view camera• Sensors for rear and front parking

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And that is not the end, the new Accord also has Honda’s exclusive Sensing Safety suite. The suite includes the following safety features:• Lane Departure warning• Traffic Sign acknowledgment• Adaptive Cruise Control• Collision Mitigation Braking System• Road Departure Mitigation

New Honda Accord 2018 Price and Release date

It is expected that the latest japanese sedan should range in the region of 22,450 to 35,955 Dollars depending on the trim of choice. As for the 2018 Accord release date, it is expected to be on sale in the latter part of 2017 or the early part of the year 2018.

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2018 Honda Accord Redesign

The 2018 Accord will be constructed with a sleek and athletic body, made of lightweight materials to offer better performance and fuel saving characteristics. The new sedan is expected to come with an aggressive front fascia, which will now be equipped with a daring grille and with a set of square-shaped LED headlamps to offer it a luxurious front look. The vehicle comes with a small trunk lid, with a sexy and curved roofline that combines with an aggressive slanting window at the back in a smooth way.Although new Accord 2018 is the redesigned version of the existing accord, it resembles the current model of the Honda Civic and marks an exit from a more traditional shape of the current model. Moreover, the 2018 model is going to underpin its platform with the Honda Civic because the automaker moves on the way to less, but more supple, vehicle structural design.

New Accord 2018 Interior

The interior of the future Accord is expected to be improved, but it’s a pity, because there are only few spy photos of the interior, with not much to show. However, some rumors imply that its interior features will be borrowed from the tenth generation Civic. Furthermore, the cabin should get more control keys and improved infotainment system. The new vehicle is a bit bigger footstep, meaning the cabin will be also bigger, considering that Civic has “grown up”, nothing unusual that Accord does the same.One thing is certain, the cabin will get a bigger center display than that of the current Accord. It will now be designed with the touchscreen expertise. Some notable standard interior features that are expected to offer include Android Auto and Apple Car Play.

Engine

For the model year 2018, the tenth generation sedan, the 2018 Accord should get the same four-cylinder power unit as the base engine. But, it will be the more powerful engine. The main reason is, that this should be a four-cylinder 2.0 turbocharged power unit. This smaller, but the stronger engine will be used instead of the V6 engine found in the earlier model. Another engine should be 1.5-liter, update soon.The new Honda Accord 2018 hybrid variant comes with the same four-cylinder power unit that powered older Hybrid. However, it will be finely tuned to offer the vehicle, more power output of 212 horsepower with the cooperation of a durable electric motor.

Date of release and the base cost

Buyers can expect their new Honda sedan during the last quarter of 2017, but Honda does not yet confirm it. Similarly, with the unknown base cost, it is expected to be slightly higher than the current Accord, which is now available at $22,355.

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2018 Honda Accord revealed: More refined, more efficient, fewer cylinders

About a month ago, we were lucky enough to get a brief taste of the all-new 2018 Honda Accord in Japan. While that drive allowed us to sample the car's new powertrains, we had to wait until today to get the full lowdown on the car, which was just revealed. The 10th-gen Accord follows one of the most successful iterations of Honda's midsize sedan ever. The ground-up design packs new styling inside and out and controversially, drops the solid but aging V6 for a turbocharged inline four.

The overall shape is similar to that of the current Honda Civic. It looks longer, lower, and wider than the outgoing model with a steep fastback-style roof. A 2.16-inch longer wheelbase should provide some high-speed stability while giving back-seat passengers a bit more legroom. Shorter overhangs, often difficult for a front-wheel drive car, give the Accord a sportier look. The large grille has a chrome bar running across the center and on certain trims is flanked by LED headlights and fog lights. In back, the Accord features LED taillights and dual-exhaust ports.

The greenhouse angles more towards the center of the car with goal to make it look wider than it actually is. The seats are pushed in just a bit, improving hip room slightly. Passenger volume is up 2.5 cubic feet while trunk space is up slightly to 16.7 cubic feet. Honda also announced that the Accord coupe is dead starting next year. While we may love the looks, the coupe only made up a small portion of Accord sales. Like the V6, it just doesn't make sense in today's market.

Like the Civic and CR-V, the Accord's cabin is much improved over the outgoing model. The car uses better materials on most of the surfaces while the design is focused on maximizing space efficiency. The new seats feature improved shoulder bolsters and more heavily padded armrests. The driver's seat has 12-way power adjustment and is available with both heating and ventilation. The Accord is now also offered with heated rear seats.

The infotainment has an 8-inch screen and knobs for both tuning and volume, and the system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are a number of customizable tiles for various apps. The latest version of HondaLink packs emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen-vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, geofencing, and speed tracking. Upper trim models come with a 6-inch heads-up display that shows a speedometer, tachometer, and navigation.

The Accord is more connected than ever. In addition to the now requisite Bluetooth pairing, the new model has 4G LTE in-car WiFi. The system also means the Accord can get over-the-air updates, similar to the Tesla Model S and Model X. Every Accord has two USB charging ports, with 2.5-amp ports on EX trims and above.

Arguably the biggest news with the 2018 Accord is the move to all four-cylinder power. As much as we love the V6, it wasn't a very popular option and was behind the times on both fuel efficiency and emissions. There will be three engines available for the Accord, two of them direct-injected and turbocharged. The third is the latest version of Honda's two-mode hybrid system. Three transmissions are available, a CVT, an all-new 10-speed automatic, and a six-speed manual. The latter is available with both turbocharged engines.

Honda's 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four replaces the 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four as the base engine. In the Accord, the engine churns out 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque, the latter available as low as 1,500 rpm. While on paper it's not a big leap forward, the low-end torque should make the Accord feel stronger. The CVT is standard, though the Sport trim model is available with both the CVT and the six-speed manual.

A 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four replaces the V6. This is no penalty. The engine is based on the 2.0-liter in the hot new Honda Civic Type R, though tuned and refined for use in the Accord. Horsepower is down from 278 to 252, but torque is up significantly from 252 to 273. Like with the 1.5 liter, torque is available at 1,500 rpm and should make the car feel stronger around town. The engine has i-VTEC and is mated to either a 10-speed automatic or a six-speed manual.

The hybrid system in the 2018 Accord is all-new. Production returns to Ohio after moving to Japan for the past few years. The setup uses a 2.0-liter inline four that runs on the fuel-efficient Atkinson cycle. Honda claims that the 40 percent thermal efficiency is the highest of any mass-produced engine in the world. The drive motors are the first to use magnets containing no rare-earth metals. The new battery pack is mounted under the floor rather than in the trunk. That means no trunk space is lost, and the rear seats can still fold down.

Improved building techniques and the increased use of high-strength steel and aluminum means the Accord's overall weight is down 110 to 176 pounds, depending on the trim. The same changes mean body rigidity is up. The front suspension uses aluminum control arms and is mounted to an aluminum subframe. An adaptive damper system and fluid-filled bushings should help improve ride quality.

As with more and more cars, all 2018 Accord come standard with the Honda Sensing safety suite. This includes automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, road-departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise with low-speed follow. All models also pack a rear-view camera. Blind-spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, and cross-traffic alert are all available as options.

Pricing hasn't been announced, but the new Accord will be available in a number of trim levels. The 1.5-liter engine comes in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring while the 2.0-liter comes in Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. The hybrid comes in five trims: Hybrid, EX, EX- L, EX-L Navi and Touring. The Accord will continue to be built in Honda's Marysville, Ohio, facility.

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2018 Honda Accord Release Date, Price and Specs

With consumer hunger for crossovers increasing by the day, it may be easy to write off the launch of a new midsize sedan as no big deal. When the new midsize sedan is a Honda Accord, however, it's still very much a big deal. Through June, the Japanese automaker sold 160,091 copies of the current Accord. While that number lags behind CR-V sales, moving 160,000 units of any vehicle in six months is no joke.

Leading up to Friday's Detroit reveal of the 10th-generation Accord, Honda offered some powertrain details and a teaser sketch of the 2018 model. We also got the chance to sample the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in a camouflaged mule not too long ago in Japan. But now, we've got information about the Accord's impressive suite of safety technologies along with photos to view before the new model arrives in showrooms this fall.

From the outside, the Accord is slightly lower and wider. It's also shorter in overall length compared to the current car. A signature chrome wing grille, more aggressive fascia with large air intake, shorter overhangs, long hood and greenhouse pushed further to the rear give the new car a sportier look and stance. 

You can see a bit of Clarity coming through in the Accord's new look.

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And the sedan will need to take up some of the coupe's sportiness. For those who may be wondering about the details on the new Accord Coupe, there's bad news. Honda has killed the two-door for the Accord's 10th generation, so if you want one, you'd better claim a current Accord Coupe while you still can.

Heading inside, the front seats move inward, providing more hip, shoulder and headroom, while backseat passengers enjoy 2.5 inches of additional legroom -- you can thank the 2.16-inch wheelbase increase for that. The seats themselves feature taller bolsters for better lateral support and variable firmness padding for higher levels of comfort. Things should also be quieter, with an acoustic laminated windshield and standard Active Noise Control system.

On the cabin tech front, infotainment functions are handled by an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen that -- thank the gods -- has traditional knobs for both volume and tuning. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities are standard, while the HondaLink telematics system gains new tricks such as roadside assistance, remote locking and unlocking, engine start, remote diagnostics and speed tracking.

A new configurable 6-inch head-up display is included on range-topping Touring versions. Wireless charging, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi over-the-air system updates are available as options.

The Honda Sensing suite of active and passive safety systems is standard on all 2018 Accords. It'll match speeds with the car ahead, nudge the wheel to keep you from straying out of your lane, and it'll even bring the car to a stop if it detects an impending collision. It can even recognize traffic signs and display them to the driver. A multiangle backup camera is also standard on all trims. Blind-spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert and a driver awareness monitor are optional.

A pair of direct-injected and turbocharged four-bangers makes up the gas engine lineup. Base propulsion comes from a 1.5-liter engine making 192 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 192 pound-feet of torque between 1,500 and 5,000 rpm. That's good for a slight improvement over the outgoing 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder's 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission bolts to the engine for all versions, but Sport models are also available with a six-speed manual.

Replacing the 3.5-liter V6 with 278 horsepower and 252 torques is a 2.0-liter turbo four churning out 252 ponies at 6,500 rpm and 273 twist units between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm. It comes connected to a 10-speed automatic gearbox -- the first time a 10-speed has come bolted to a front-wheel-drive car. Like its 1.5-liter little brother, the 2.0-liter is also available with a six-speed manual on Sport variants. No fuel economy information is available for either engine at this time.

After the gas models launch in fall, a new Accord Hybrid will arrive a bit later, combining a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine with an updated two-motor hybrid system. Unlike previous Accord Hybrids, the battery and control modules move to the rear floor from the trunk, helping maintain cargo space and a folding rear seat.

I doubt Honda will ever forget the volume knob again.

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The Accord should be a sharp handler thanks to a stiffer body made from 54.2 percent high strength steel and the increased use of structural adhesives to increase rigidity and reduce weight. Depending on trim, total weight reduction ranges from 110 to 176 pounds.

A redesigned MacPherson suspension boasts aluminum control arms and bolts to an aluminum subframe in front. Out back, a more compact multilink setup is utilized. For the first time, adaptive dampers are available on the Accord. They're standard on the Touring trim, but are not available on lesser variants.

Finally, every Accord gets a two-mode driving system. Normal and Sport settings tinker with steering, gearbox, throttle mapping and damping, giving drivers the ability set the car up for a more relaxing ride or a more spirited run.

Pricing for the 2018 Accord isn't available yet, but it wouldn't be surprising if the new model starts around the $22,455 base price of today's car.

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New Honda Accord 2018 Price In India, Launch, Specs, Images

The tenth-generation Honda Accord has finally broke cover at an event in the United States. The 2018 model year of the mid-size luxury saloon is all new from the ground up with improved dimensions and more efficient turbocharged engines. Interestingly, the new Honda Accord 2018 is the world’s first front-drive car to feature 10-speed automatic transmission paired with the brand’s new-generation two-motor hybrid technology. Sporting a more evolutionary design, the 2018 Accord sits on an advanced new chassis design, and has a lighter and more rigid body construction. Interior is surely more feature laden than the current generation. It also hosts several new safety features, driver assistive and connected car technologies.

Commenting on the new 2018 Honda Accord unveiling, Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of the Automobile Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., said, “We are redefining the Honda Accord for a new generation of buyers by bringing something unexpected that challenges the idea of what a mainstream sedan can be. Even as we advance core values like great driving dynamics, safety performance and efficiency, the distinctive design of this all-new 2018 Honda Accord will help it appeal to both head and heart in equal measure.”

Design and styling of the new-generation Accord is heavy inspired from the new Civic sedan. Face has been styled with the new massive front single-frame grille, full-LED headlamps with integrated DRLs, slightly modified chiselled hood and LED fog-lights. Other key highlights include new C-shaped LED tail lamps, deeply sculpted body sides and short overhangs. ‘Dramatically-styled’, the 2018 Accord has also witnessed dimensional changes. The new model is longer, wider and lower than the current one. The wheelbase has also been stretched creating more space for occupants. Though, the seating position is lower than the existing model.  The better legroom and luggage area further add to its practicality. Photo Gallery – Upcoming Honda Cars in India

Interior of the new Accord brims with lots of new tech-savvy features such as an all-new HMI that includes a 7-inch TFT deriver’s meter and a new 8-inch display audio touchscreen interface. It also supports smartphone features with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. On safety department, the 2018 Honda Accord is slightly ahead of the current generation.

Coming to engine setup, the new-generation model has ditched the 2.4-litre in-line four-cylinder and V6 motors for the new 189bhp, 1.5-litre and 250bhp, 2.0-litre petrol powertrains. Both the motors have already been used on the new Civic. The Asian-spec model is likely to come with the 4-cylinder petrol or diesel engines along with a hybrid powertrain option. The 2018 Honda Accord hybrid uses a 2-litre Atkinson cycle engine coupled to electric motors. Transmissions on offer are an all-new 10-speed automatic torque convertor and a 6-speed manual (only on the Sport variant).

New Honda Accord 2018 India Launch

Honda revealed the new Accord in Detroit on July 14, 2017. The saloon will be rolled out soon in the US market, and the bookings have already begun there. Production of the 2018 Honda Accord will take place at the carmaker’s Marysville, Ohio plant in the US. The Japanese automaker had re-launched the Accord brand in India in 2016, and it is quite early to comment whether the new generation model will arrive into Indian market or not. We expect the next gen Accord will hit the Indian shores towards the end of 2018.

New Honda Accord 2018 Price In India

Currently, the Accord is available in hybrid avatar only at Rs 37 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The post GST prices of the saloon are yet to be revealed by the carmaker. The next-generation model is likely to come with both petrol and diesel engine options. We expect that the new Accord prices in India will fall between Rs 28 lakh – Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom).

New Honda Accord 2018 Engine Specifications

The 2018 Honda Accord carries major changes under the hood. The saloon has dropped the V6 and 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engines, and comes with smaller 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Both the motors are carried over from the new Civic. The 1.5-litre unit makes power worth 189bhp and 260Nm of peak torque, and the 2.0-litre mill churns out 250bhp at 6,000 and 370Nm of torque. The tenth-generation Accord is the world’s first car to get a 10-speed automatic gearbox, while a 6-speed manual unit is continue to be available only on the Sport variant.

The hybrid version of the sedan sources its power from a 2.0-litre, i-VTEC petrol engine combined with two electric motors packed with lithium-ion batteries. While the petrol engine develops 141bhp of power, the combined power output stands at 213bhp against 315Nm of torque. The Accord is also the first car in its segment to offer Sport Mode, and a total of three operating modes – EV Drive (pure electric) and Hybrid Drive (series hybrid) and Engine Drive (parallel hybrid).

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New Honda Accord 2018 Features

Exterior– Full LED headlamps– LED fog lamps– Fastback-like greenhouse area– Sloping roofline– Angular front fascia– Chromed grille

Interior– Touchscreen infotainment system– Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink– ABS + EBD & Brake Assist– Multiple Airbags– Automatic climate control– Multi-functional steering wheel

New Honda Accord 2018 Exterior

As mentioned above, the 2018 Honda Accord uses an advanced new chassis design, and has a lighter (around 50-80kg) body built with lots of high-strength steel and structural adhesives. This also improves crash strength and rigidity of the car. Honda has dropped the coupe version on the tenth-generation Accord carline. The new model is 10mm wider, and has 50mm longer wheelbase than its predecessor. Inspired by the new Civic sedan, the 2018 Accord looks more evolved and premium than the current model.

Honda says that the new Accord is ‘dramatically styled’. The saloon carries an angular front fascia and fastback roof that instantly reminds of the new Civic. The massive single-frame grille is new on the sedan. It also gets full LED headlamps with integrated daytime running lamps and LED fog lamps. The vehicle also gets fastback-like greenhouse area, featuring a sloping rear window merging into a short decklid. Other design highlights include slightly revised chiselled hood, deeply sculpted body sides, new C-shaped LED taillight enclosures, unswept decklid, and well-integrated dual exhaust ports. The overall aerodynamic efficiency has also been improved by 3% (approx.). Similar to the current model, the updated version will feature the struts upfront and a multilink rear suspension system.

New Honda Accord 2018 Interior

Cabin of the 2018 Honda Accord is bigger, more upmarket and loaded with lots of tech savvy features. The lower cowl and 20% narrower front roof pillars give a panoramic forward view from the driver’s seating position. The sedan receives a new soft-touch instrument panel with three-tier design and an ultra-thin profile. Its newly designed seats offers taller shoulder bolstering, better lateral support and padded arm rests. The driver’s seat now comes with 12-way power adjustment with height-adjustable lumbar support, while the passengers’ seats get new heated and ventilated front seats with improved rear seat heating.

The 2018 Honda Accord also features an all-new HMI with a new 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface and a 7-inch TFT driver’s meter. This new interface is compatible to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and smartphone functionalities. The saloon also gets the next-generation of HondaLink telematics with features such as emergency roadside assistance, stolen vehicle tracking, speed tracking, remote diagnostics, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, geofencing, etc. With respect to safety, the sedan has Adaptive Cruise Control, Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Awareness Monitors and Blind Sport Monitoring with Cross Traffic.

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Honda Accord (2018) - pictures, information & specs

Honda Accord

First introduced to American car buyers in 1976, the Honda Accord is the second-longest-running automotive nameplate in Honda's history, after the Honda Civic. Accord has become a household name over nine generations and 42 model years, and since its introduction, American car buyers have purchased more Accords than any other passenger car, with total U.S. sales exceeding 13 million vehicles. The current, ninth-generation, Accord has been the top retail-selling midsize car in America for the past six years (2011-2016).

The Accord was the first automobile from a Japanese automaker to be manufactured in America and has been in continuous production at the company's Marysville, Ohio auto plant since November 1, 1982, using domestic and globally-sourced parts. Total U.S. Accord production exceeds 11 million units. In 1987, Honda Accord became the first U.S-made automobile from a Japanese automaker to be exported overseas (Accord Sedan to Taiwan).

Honda Accord has also played an important role in advancing low-emissions vehicle technology in America and was the first Honda automobile to meet California's ULEV,SULEV and SULEV30 emission standards. Accord was Honda's third hybrid (2005 Accord V6 Hybrid) and first plug-in hybrid (2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid).

The New Accord

The 2018 Accord is the 10th generation of Honda's perennially best-selling midsize sedan. All new from the ground up, the new Accord is built on a new platform with a lower, wider stance, a lighter and more rigid unibody structure; a lighter and more sophisticated chassis; three advanced new power units, including Honda Accord's first-ever turbocharged engines, a new 10-speed automatic transmission and a third-generation two-motor hybrid system.

2018 Honda Accord

In recreating Accord for its 10th generation, Honda designers and engineers sought to convey "absolute confidence" in every element of design and performance. Building on the bedrock character of Accord - its outstanding quality, fuel efficiency, packaging and sophisticated driving dynamics - they have imbued the 10th-generation Accord with a new level of emotional appeal and premium quality; an Accord that defies its mainstream midsize sedan status, providing even more refined and engaging performance, a more spacious and upscale interior, and the latest generation of advanced Honda safety, connected-car and driver-assistive technologies.

In summary, the most dramatically styled, premium and fun-to-drive Honda Accord yet.

Packaging and Design

In reimagining Accord, designers first established the fundamental packaging strategy. Consistent with the "Man Maximum-Machine Minimum (MM)" design philosophy that underpins all Honda designs, the team shrunk the Accord's footprint while expanding its interior space, at the same time creating more premium and athletic proportions and stance. The move to 4-cylinder engines across the lineup is a key component of this approach, allowing a shorter engine bay while also reducing weight and improving dynamic performance.

The new Accord has a longer wheelbase (+2.16 inches), a lower overall height (-0.59 in.) and wider body (+0.39 in.), wider wheel tracks (+0.20 in. front, +0.79 in. rear), a shortened overall length (-0.39 in.) and a lower, sportier seating position (-1.0 in. front, -0.79 in. rear). A sweeping greenhouse, positioned farther back on the body, completes the new stance and proportion of the next-generation Honda Accord. The combined effect of these changes is a more premium look, highlighted by shorter overhangs, a bold front fascia, a long and low hood, and a visual center of gravity moved closer to the rear wheels.

Viewed head-on, the new Accord's greenhouse also angles in more sharply from the window sills to the roof, further emphasizing the wide lower body, while inside the cabin the seats have been moved slightly inward, which contributes to improved hip, shoulder and head room while enhancing occupants' freedom of movement. Also, the longer wheelbase allowed designers to move the second-row seats substantially rearward, giving Accord 1.9 inches of added rear legroom. Overall passenger volume is increased by 2.5 cubic feet (LX trim) and trunk space, at 16.7 cubic feet on all models and trims, is up 0.9 cubic feet on 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter models and 3.2 cubic feet on the Accord Hybrid, aided by the repackaging of the hybrid battery pack beneath the rear seats.

Elegant and modern exterior detailing compliments the Accord's new, more dynamic design. The bold and upright front fascia is highlighted by Honda's signature chrome wing front grille positioned above a large main air intake and flanked by available 9-lamp full-LED headlights and LED fog lights. The chiseled hood features a distinctive and aggressive raised center, and the deeply sculpted body sides enhance the visual length and strength of the lower body.

A new laser brazing process that joins the roof to the body side panels creates a clean exterior appearance with no need for a garnish over the rain channels. The similarly low and wide rear view is finished off with an upswept decklid, distinctive LED light-pipe taillights and available integrated dual exhaust ports. Overall aerodynamic efficiency is improved by approximately 3 percent (based on EX trim) to make it the most streamlined Honda Accord yet.

Elegant and Tech Savvy Cabin

The 2018 Accord also boasts a larger, more premium and tech savvy interior that compliments its athletic and elegant body design, delivering a level of quality and premium feel that belies Accord's mainstream sedan status.

The new Accord features a panoramic forward view that is enabled by its lower cowl and by front roof pillars that are 20 percent narrower and moved rearward on the lower (and relative to the driver's seating position). The new soft-touch instrument panel features an ultra-thin profile and three-tier design with a strong upper deck that describes a continuous arc from its outboard section through the side doorsills, giving a sense of strength and visual continuity.

A more intricately contoured sport inspired steering wheel with deep-set thumb rests and available paddle shifters compliment the Accord's more sophisticated and sporty performance capabilities. Meticulous attention to the tactile and visual quality of surface materials and decorations communicates modernity and soft-spoken elegance throughout the cabin.

The inboard positioning of the seats provides for improved freedom of movement and is complimented by longer, wider and more deeply padded arm rests, front and rear; while the Accord's newly designed seats feature taller shoulder bolstering for a more premium appearance and improved lateral support. New high-accuracy seat padding with variable firmness improves seating comfort and support. The driver's seat now has available 12-way power adjustment with height-adjustable lumbar support, and passenger comfort is further enhanced by available new heated and ventilated front seats and by improved rear seat heating with both seat bottom and seat back heating elements.

The tech-savvy and easy-to-use 2018 Honda Accord cabin also features an all-new HMI that includes a7-inch TFT digital driver's meter and an available new 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with physical volume and tuning knobs. More intuitive, smartphone-like features and functionality including customizable app tiles and home-screen shortcuts, along with available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates, further enhance the new Accord.

The Accord also offers the next-generation of HondaLink telematics with new capabilities including emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, geofencing, speed tracking and more. Touring trims also feature a new 6-inch driver's head-up display, wireless device charging, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, and fast, automatic Bluetooth® phone pairing with Near Field Communication technology.

Turbocharged and Electrified Powertrains

The 2018 Accord takes an entirely new approach to performance by featuring three advanced new powerplants - two turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and the third generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid powertrain technology. A new Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT), the first of its kind for a front-wheel-drive car, is paired with the new 2.0-liter engine, and a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission is available for both turbocharged engines in Sport trim.

The new 1.5-liter, 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC) and VTEC produces a peak of 192 horsepower (SAE net) at 5,500 rpm and 192 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net) from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm, up from 185 HP (SAE net) at 6,400 rpm and 181 lb.-ft. (SAE net) at 3,900 rpm on the existing normally-aspirated 2.4-liter model. The new 1.5-liter turbo is mated to a Honda continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), or in Sport trim to a CVT or a 6-speed manual transmission (6MT).

The Accord can also be equipped with a new 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo with VTEC® valvetrain and dual VTC, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission or, in Sport trim, to the 10AT or an available 6-speed manual. The new 2.0-liter turbo, sharing much of its design with the 2017 Civic Type R, produces 252 HP (SAE net) at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE Net) from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, compared to 278 HP (SAE net) at 6,200 rpm and 252 lb.-ft. (SAE net) at 4,900 rpm for the 3.5-liter V6 that it replaces.

The new Accord Hybrid is powered by the 3rd-generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid technology featuring a 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC Atkinson cycle engine with greater than 40 percent thermal efficiency, the highest for any mass-produced Honda engine, paired with two electric motors. As before, the Honda Accord two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission. Additionally, a new, more compact intelligent power unit (IPU), containing the hybrid battery pack and its control systems, is now mounted under the rear floor instead of in the trunk, preserving both cargo space (16.7 cu.-ft.) and the flexibility of a 60/40-split and folding rear seat, standard on all Hybrid models and trims.

Body and Chassis Design

The 2018 Accord's new body structure is lighter and more rigid, utilizing 29 percent ultra-high-strength steel, the most ever for a mass-produced Honda car. Overall, the new Accord employs 54.2 percent high strength steel (above 440 MPa).

Key body features include the latest generation of Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure with crash stroke front frame, tailor-tempered rear frame members for improved crash-energy absorption, and the extensive use of structural adhesives for increased rigidity, cabin quietness and weight reduction. Total vehicle weight is down between approximately 110 to 176 pounds, depending on trim, while body torsional and bending rigidity are improved 32 and 24 percent, respectively, aiding ride quality, cabin quietness, and dynamic performance.

Mated to the new body is a more sophisticated new chassis design. The 2018 Accord's chassis is 6-percent lighter than before (not including wheels and tires) and features a new Macpherson strut front suspension with L-shaped aluminum lower arms mounted to an aluminum front subframe. The new setup better isolates and manages varying road inputs, improving handling precision, ride quality and cabin quietness along with outstanding high-speed stability and control. The new, more space-efficient rear suspension is a multi-link design mounted to a more rigid, floating rear subframe. Fluid-filled compliance bushings at all four corners further improve ride comfort and absorption of road irregularities.

Touring trims of Accord also feature, for the first time, an Adaptive Damper System with the ability to adjust shock absorber damping force every 1/500 of a second (0.002 second), using a proprietary Honda control algorithm, providing for a more compliant and controlled ride in all driving situations. The adaptive dampers are tied to a Two-Mode Driving System with Normal and Sport modes that allows the driver to dial-up/down the vehicle's sporty reflexes depending on the driving environment. The system engages with multiple chassis and drivetrain components, including the new dual-pinion variable-ratio electric power steering (EPS), automatic transmission, drive-by-wire throttle, adaptive dampers and Active Sound Control system, to provide the driver with an expanded range of driving characteristics. An ECON mode is also available that helps improve fuel efficiency by modifying throttle mapping and HVAC operation.

The new Accord has a 10-mm lower center of gravity. The adoption of lighter-weight turbocharged engines and other body design changes reduce the vehicle's moment of inertia, resulting in crisper turn-in and steering response. All models now have near optimal FWD weight distribution of approximately 60/40 percent front/rear. Accords with the new 2.0-liter VTEC turbo and 10AT check in at approximately 61/39 percent front/rear, a significant improvement versus the current V6 Honda Accord with 6AT.

Along with the first application of structural adhesives to Accord, cabin quietness is further enhanced by a comprehensive sound-insulating package that includes full underbody covers (which also aid aerodynamics), front and rear fender and engine compartment insulators, alloy wheels with Honda-proprietary resonator technology, sound-absorbing carpet, acoustic laminated windshield glass - plus front door acoustic glass on EX and above - and a new, 3-microphone Active Noise Control system. The result is low noise levels with a well-balanced sound quality and a pleasingly sporty engine note.

Advanced Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology

For 2018, all Accords feature the full suite of Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment. Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and, for the first time, Traffic Sign Recognition. Additional available driver-assistive technologies include Blind Spot Information, front and rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Driver Awareness Monitor; and all models feature a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with dynamic guidelines.

Standard advanced active and passive safety systems include Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Booster, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), advanced front airbags, driver and front-passenger side airbags and new driver and front-passenger knee airbags. The Accord targets top U.S. government (NCAP) and IIHS collision safety ratings.

Accord Models and Trims

With the application of Honda Sensing™ as standard equipment, the 2018 Honda Accord model and trim lineup is made simpler than before, while also offering customers more choice with the addition of a Touring trim for the 1.5-liter model and a Sport trim for the 2.0-liter model, as well as a new, more affordable base Hybrid trim as well as a new EX trim for the Hybrid.

The 2018 Accord with 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is available in six trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. The 2018 Accord with the 2.0-liter VTEC turbo comes in four trims: Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. The new Accord Hybrid has five trims: Hybrid, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring.

Accord Manufacturing

All variants of the 2018 Accord are manufactured using domestic and globally-sourced parts at Honda's Marysville, Ohio auto plant. The company has invested $220 million to further advance quality and efficiency, including the introduction of new technologies and processes such as laser brazing and Honda's inner frame weld body construction process -- the latter involving the creation of an all-new $165 million weld department.

The 2018 Honda Accord's 1.5-liter turbo and 2.0-liter turbo engines are produced at the Anna, Ohio engine plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts, Honda's highest volume engine plant globally. Its CVT transmission is manufactured at the company's Russells Point, Ohio plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts and its new Honda-designed 10-speed automatic transmission is being produced at the company's Tallapoosa, Georgia plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts. Honda has invested $47 at the Anna Engine Plant for Accord engine production and a combined $149 million in its Russells Point and Tallapoosa transmission plants to facilitate production of the new 10AT for multiple models, beginning with the 2018 Odyssey and now including the 2018 Accord.

Body and Exterior

In its evolution to becoming a more premium, sophisticated and aspirational sedan, the all-new 10th-generation Accord adopts a stronger, lighter and significantly more rigid body. Its lower and wider exterior proportions express a more premium and athletic stance, accentuated by a longer wheelbase and wider track, advanced LED exterior lighting (including available LED headlights and fog lights) and luxurious bright trim. Dramatic aerodynamic advancements and a choice of new 17- and 19-inch alloy wheels (five wheel designs in total), all contribute to a more confident, youthful and sporty sedan.

The next-generation Accord body uses over twice as much super high-strength steel (29 percent) as the previous-generation Accord Sedan - along with the model's first use of structural adhesives - to increase global bending rigidity by 24 percent, torsional rigidity by 32 percent and floor bending rigidity by 12 percent, which in turn improves all aspects of the vehicle's dynamic performance. Widespread noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) countermeasures, including the flagship sedan's first use of acoustic spray foam insulation and airflow management technology such as the Active Shutter Grille System, make the 2018 Accord the quietest, most comfortable and efficient Honda Accord yet.

Exterior Styling

Upscale and sophisticated, confident and distinctive, youthful and sporty - the 10th generation Accord design strongly advances the emotional and aspirational appeal of Accord. Designed to distinguish itself as a "class above" its competitors, the new Accord has a wider stance, lower roofline and a dramatically longer, lower hood to achieve improved dynamics, a more comfortable interior and a more dramatic presence. Using a slightly shorter overhang than before, the front-end design is characteristically Honda, with the chrome wing grille and streamlined wing-shaped headlights (LED high/low beams on the Touring trim), and aggressive air inlets presenting a strong image. Aggressive hood lines add an athletic look to the Accord front end, while thinner A-pillars moved rearward on the body (and relative to the driver's seating position) improve outward visibility for the driver by 7.9 degrees compared to the previous Accord Sedan.

The sporty body sides are distinguished by strong wheel arches, an emphatic character line running from front to rear along the beltline, concave door panels that capture the light just right, and strong, flowing lower sills - finished with bright trim on the Touring trim - that lend a look of solidity at the base of the body.

With the new Accord's longer wheelbase, the more spacious cabin is even more streamlined than before, with a more tapered rear section including longer and sleeker quarter windows. These windows contribute to a large "6-light glass" cabin that adds lightness, visibility and a sporty flair to the new Honda Accord, while a bright trim strip flowing front to rear above the windows adds a windswept look.

In back, the brightly trimmed rear fascia is as athletic and energetically designed as the front end, with a slightly longer overhang than found on the previous generation Accord. Here, a sharply tailored decklid helps air separate cleanly from the body, while bright trim (including dual bright exhaust finishers on the Touring trim) add an upscale look, and dramatic light-pipe LED taillights define the Accord as all new - and all Honda.

LED Lighting

All Accord trims incorporate a wide range of light-emitting diode (LED) exterior lighting features, including standard LED daytime running lights (DRL), an array of six LED low-beam headlights, LED one-touch turn signals (including mirror-mounted LED turn signals on the EX-L and Touring trims), and LED taillights, brake lights, license-plate light and center high-mounted stop light.

LED lighting has several advantages beside improved visibility. The LEDs are both mercury free and lead free, minimizing environmental impact. They also require less power to operate than traditional incandescent lighting, which helps fuel efficiency. The versatility of the LED arrays also contributes to the Accord's dramatic design. Finally, LED lights have a longer life and are maintenance free.

Touring Headlights

The Touring trim features both LED low- and high-beam headlights - six LED low beams arranged in a low, sleek and compact in-line display, and three additional LED high beams (replacing the projector beams found on the other Accord trims) to provide longer and wider visibility in nighttime driving. Also on the Touring trim, LED turn signals are integrated into the side mirror housings.

Fog Lights

The Accord Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring trims are equipped with LED fog lights to enhance visibility and safety in inclement weather. Four individual LED elements make up each fog light.

LED Taillights

The C-shaped design of the LED taillights complements the design of the front LED DRLs and contribute to a distinct Honda Accord appearance that is easy to spot on the road. The taillight shape also mimics the trapezoidal shape of the Touring trim's bright dual exhaust finishers. The Accord Hybrid is also distinguished by blue-tinted lenses over the backup lights.

Exterior Dimensions

The 2018 Accord has a 111.4-in wheelbase, 2.1-in. longer than the previous generation, to provide excellent ride comfort, outstanding second-row seating roominess (including nearly two inches of additional rear-seat legroom), and easy ingress and egress. The slightly shorter front body overhang and the slightly longer rear body overhang combine to incrementally reduce the new Accord's overall length by 0.4 inches to 192.1 inches total vs. the 2017 model.

A 0.6-in lower overall height and 0.5-in greater width combine to give the new Accord a more aggressive visual appearance.

Cargo Area

The 2018 Accord offers 16.7 cu. ft. of storage (+0.9 cu. ft.), the largest in class. This measurement also applies to the new Accord Hybrid, which gains 3.2 cu. ft. compared to the last generation model.

Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure

As an integral part of the 2018 Accord structure, Honda's proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. ACE utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle, thus reducing the forces transferred to the passenger compartment. ACE channels frontal crash energy to both upper and lower structural elements, including the floor frame rails, side sills and A-pillars.

Crash Stroke

The ACE™ structure features crash stroke technology, developed by Honda. In a frontal collision, a link structure in the front subframe area under the engine helps absorb and dissipate crash energy progressively to minimize potential powertrain intrusion to the cabin structure.

Aerodynamic Efficiency

The 2018 Honda Accord was designed to have class-leading aerodynamic performance, with a significantly lower drag coefficient - approximately 3 percent - than the previous Accord. Detailed management of exterior, underbody and engine room airflow, along with specific wheel designs, all contribute to aerodynamic drag reduction, helping to improve both fuel efficiency and interior quietness. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was used to evaluate the car's efficiency during the design phase, followed by scale-model wind tunnel testing and finally by full-scale testing at the Sakura Wind Tunnel.+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +

Specially shaped components at the front of the vehicle guide airflow through the radiator and into the engine's cold-air intake, while smoothly channeling the remaining airflow efficiently over, around and under the vehicle. Body details include sculpted "air curtains" located at outside corners of front fascia, 20-percent narrower A-pillars and wide, flush-mounted windshield glass, all of which contribute to the Accord's efficient passage through the air.

Underbody Aero Package

The new Accord includes the most extensive use of underbody aerodynamic aids in model history. The aero package consists of a broad undercover that extends rearward from below the front fascia to cover the engine and transmission, flat underbody surfaces spanning much of the area between the front and rear wheel areas, and air-diverting strakes positioned ahead of the front tires that help deflect airflow for additional efficiency gains. An additional undercover is located underneath the fuel tank. Even the exhaust silencers are aerodynamically shaped, eliminating the need for under covers at the rear of the vehicle.

Active Shutter Grille System

In a first for Accord, Honda's Active Shutter Grille system reduces aerodynamic drag at cruising speeds, helping improve fuel efficiency. It is included on 1.5-liter EX and EX-L trims. The system uses an electric actuator controlled by a processor that tracks major temperature parameters, including engine coolant and radiator temperatures, intake air temperature, transmission oil temperature and air-conditioning requirements, all of which can vary due to weather, road conditions, vehicle speed, throttle and gear positions. Located behind the upper grille opening, the four shutters open or close simultaneously to control the amount of air flowing through the engine's radiator and the air conditioner's condenser. The system is designed to keep the shutters closed as much as possible in order to minimize aerodynamic drag - even in city driving. Located inside the upper grille opening only, the active shutters do not control airflow to the intercooler.

Softzone Technology

In another first for Accord, the rear frame members and center pillars of the unibody employ "soft zone" technology and partial hot stamping, which combines different material strengths within a single steel component to create specially tempered areas, or soft zones. This results in precisely controlled energy pathways necessary to absorb crash forces, while minimizing weight and overall component count.

Optimized Body Materials

Multiple steel grades are used in the Honda Accord's body construction to help achieve excellent overall vehicle dynamics, optimize safety performance, and lower noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). Materials range from four different grades of steel, including premium super high-strength steel used in the key unibody locations, to aluminum for the bumper beams. All were chosen to achieve the best combination of strength, rigidity and dynamic performance - in addition to a 5-percent weight savings for the completed unibody, compared to the previous-generation Accord Sedan.

Super High-Strength Steel

57 percent of the Accord body is high-strength steel. Super high-strength "hot stamped" steel comprises 29 percent of the body structure, more than double the amount used in the previous-generation Accord Sedan and the highest for any mass-produced Honda. This directly contributes to improved stiffness and reduced mass for the 2018 Accord unibody. Selected use of high-performance adhesives in critical areas further contribute to the new unibody's stiffness, helping to reduce noise and vibration, while improving ride and handling. All of these structural improvements also help reduce mass, directly contributing to increased fuel efficiency.

Aluminum Front Subframe

The Accord has a lightweight and rigid cast-aluminum front subframe designed specifically to support the engine and transmission assembly, as well as the lower front suspension and Electric Power Steering (EPS) components. The subframe contributes to agile and light handling, straight-line stability, higher fuel efficiency, pleasing ride comfort, and precise steering feel.

Improved Body Rigidity

Compared to the previous Honda Accord Sedan, the new 2018 Accord body's global bending rigidity increases 24 percent, its torsional rigidity increases 32 percent, and its floor bending rigidity increases12 percent. The benefits of this increased stiffness are numerous, including more latitude to tune the suspension for superior ride and handling performance. The more rigid body structure also directly contributes to a quieter and more comfortable ride experience for the passengers, with less NVH felt over a wide range of driving conditions.

Some key advancements in body structure include:

  • In the Unibody
    • Certain connection areas where the A-pillars meet the floor sills, and the B-pillars meet both the floor sills and roof rails, reduce idle vibration and booming
    • A laser brazing technique creates a narrower, cleaner junction between the roof panel and upper door rings.
    • Large body panels are designed using computer aided engineering (CAE) to reduce booming
    • Gussets positioned inside the rear quarter areas of the unibody reduce road noise
    • Short-pitch welding places spot welds 20mm (0.8 in) apart in critical areas of the unibody, compared to 40mm to 45mm (1.6 in to 1.8 in) traditional spacing, increasing stiffness and durability
  • Underneath the Vehicle
    • The Accord's floor pan is made of 590-MPa high-strength steel to provide a lighter yet stronger overall structure
    • Floor cross-members positioned under the driver and front passenger's seating area improve ride comfort
    • A cross-car brace, located at the front of the vehicle, improves handling

Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) Countermeasures

Extensive noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) countermeasures help position the new Accord at the top of its competitive set. Solutions include a much more rigid and tightly sealed body with substantially increased use of sealants and structural adhesives; new aluminum front and floating steel rear suspension subframes, and extensive aerodynamic tailoring, all of which combine to form the basis for a quiet vehicle.

Body Sealing

The 2018 Accord has a high level of body sealing to dramatically reduce the levels of noise inside the vehicle. This includes weld seals and other sealers to reduce vibration and the transmission of noise. Altogether, these techniques result in a 43 percent reduction in body leaks, which significantly reduces noise entering the cabin in critical areas. In addition, Acoustic windshield glass, an additional carpet barrier layer, acoustic fabric body undercovers, front and rear acoustic felt fender inner liners, and Active Noise Control (ANC) technology further attenuate wind and road noise.

Body sealing details include:

  • Acoustic spray foam provides extra sound insulation by blocking off hollow pillars, which reduces the transmission of noise from the floor area into the passenger cabin. A first for Honda Accord, it is applied in the base of the A-, B- and C-pillars, as well as in the base of the windshield frame and at the top of the C-pillars.
  • Acoustic tape is applied at base of the A-, B- and C-pillars, and a foam stopper is applied to the bottom of the B-pillar. All acoustic tape, and the foam application noted above, is done while the unibody is in its just-manufactured "body-in-white" form - before attachment of key components and assemblies.
  • Acoustic hole seals fill open areas inside the door structures, significantly reducing the amount of wind and road noise and vibration that can reach the cabin. The same Thinsulate™ material that is used in the doors is also used to reduce sound transmission through the roof and the body A-pillars (above).
  • Air-leak reduction moldings and clips, a first for Accord, are positioned at key locations where the side windows slide into the doors. This helps reduce the possibility of audible air leaks occurring in these locations.
  • Triple door sealing utilizes 360-degree molded door seals to reduce wind noise and improve isolation.
  • Door gap seals at the rear door edges join the triple-sealed door openings and lower door-edge seals in keeping wind noise from entering the cabin.
  • Engine compartment seals include front, side and rear hood seals, and sound-absorbing heat baffles on the hood and beneath the instrument panel.

Acoustic Glass

Acoustic laminated windshield glass helps reduce noise entering the cabin. Tuned specifically to attenuate wind-, urban- and traffic-noise frequencies, the acoustic windshield uses an outer layer of safety glass, a thick middle layer of acoustic polyvinyl butyral PVB and an inner layer of glass for a total thickness of 4.7 mm. This helps the Accord place at the top of its class in wind-noise performance.

The Accord LX and Sport trims have tempered 5.0 mm front and 4.0 mm rear door glass, 4.0 mm rear quarter window glass and broader, 4.0-mm thick rear window glass, while EX and above trims use 4.7 mm acoustic laminated front door glass. In addition, the available power moonroof uses 3.5 mm dark gray privacy glass.

Exterior Colors

The 2018 Accord is available in 11 exterior colors including six pearlescent colors, four metallic colors and one solid color. New to Honda and the Accord are Platinum White Pearl and Radiant Red Metallic.

The Platinum White Pearl color uses large-particle glass flakes for enhanced brilliance compared to traditional white pearl finishes, while in the Radiant Red Metallic color, glittering metallic particles radiate light in a distinctive fashion.

Powertrain

The 10th generation 2018 Accord takes an entirely new approach to performance with its two new direct-injected VTEC Turbo® 4-cylinder engines with dual VTC - a 1.5-liter 16-valve inline-4 and a 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC inline-4. Both new turbocharged engines produce peak torque across a broad range of engine speed (RPM), delivering smooth and virtually lag-free power for exceptional throttle response and power delivery in all driving conditions.

The 1.5-liter turbo is mated to a Honda continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with G-Shift Control or, in Sport trim, to either a CVT or a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission (6MT). The new 2.0-liter turbo, sharing much of its design with the 2017 Civic Type-R engine, can be mated to a smooth, responsive Honda-designed 10-speed automatic, the first of its kind for a front-wheel-drive car, or, in Sport trim, to the 10AT or a short-throw 6-speed manual.

The two new automatic transmissions take greater advantage of available torque while maximizing quietness and efficiency during highway cruising. The redesigned CVT has an 11-percent lower ratio compared to the previous generation version for more powerful launch performance, while the new 10AT is 22 lbs. lighter, with a 43-percent lower first gear and a 17-percent taller top gear compared to the previous generation Honda Accord's 6-speed automatic.

The new gas-engine powertrains are joined by the third generation of Honda's Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (iMMD) two-motor hybrid technology. The new hybrid powertrain features a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine with improved thermal efficiently, now at 40 percent (up from 38.9 percent on the 2017 Accord Hybrid), the highest for any mass-produced Honda engine. The engine is paired with two Honda-developed electric motors that are the first drive motors in the world to use permanent magnets containing no heavy rare-earth metals. As before, the Accord two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission.

Additionally, a new, more compact intelligent power unit (IPU) containing the hybrid battery pack and its control systems is now mounted under the rear floor instead of in the trunk. This packaging provides the same 16.7 cu. ft. of trunk space as its gasoline-only counterpart, and preserves the flexibility and utility of a 60/40-split and folding rear seat, standard on the Accord Hybrid EX and above trims.

Turbocharged 1.5-Liter In-Line 4 Cylinder

The new DOHC 1.5-liter engine in the Accord is a further evolution of the powerplant first introduced in the 2016 Civic and later applied to the 2017 CR-V. With direct injection, a low-inertia Mono scroll turbo with electric waste-gate and dual Variable Timing Control (VTC), the turbocharged powerplant delivers more horsepower and torque than before.

Power output is increased in part by a new "4-into-2" exhaust manifold that improves the flow of exhaust gas to the turbo. Peak output of 192 horsepower (hp) at 5,500 rpm and 192 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,600 to 5,000, compared to 185 hp at 6,400 rpm and 181 lb.-ft. at 3,900 rpm on the previous Accord's normally aspirated 2.4-liter engine.

The Accord 1.5-liter turbo is rated by the EPA at 30/38/33 mpg when equipped with the available CVT transmission (except Sport trim), and 26/35/30 mpg city/highway/combined when equipped with the standard 6-speed manual transmission, improvements of up to 3/2/3 mpg for the CVT, and 3/3/4 mpg for the 6MT, depending on trim.

Cylinder Head and Valvetrain

The direct-injected 1.5-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine has a lightweight, low-pressure die-cast aluminum alloy cylinder head with exhaust manifold cast directly into the cylinder head, eliminating the need for a separate exhaust manifold. For improved fuel efficiency and responsiveness, the manifold has a "4-into-2" design; the engine's eight exhaust valves are grouped in two sets of four, each group with a separate exhaust manifold and exit port to the turbocharger cast into the cylinder head, which helps smooth exhaust flow to the turbocharger for more efficient operation and better low-rpm response.

A low-friction, silent-chain drives dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. The cam drive is maintenance free throughout the life of the engine. To help further reduce weight, new thin-wall hollow camshafts are used.

To benefit fuel efficiency, emissions and power, the turbo engine utilizes sodium filled exhaust valves. A hollow chamber within the valve contains sodium that is cooled by the exhaust port cooling jacket. Since the chamber reaches close to the valve head, the sodium helps to cool the entire valve. Since the valve is internally cooled, it doesn't need the enriched fuel mixture that was generally used in turbo engines to help cool the exhaust valve. The resultant leaner mixture reduces emissions, increases fuel efficiency and helps increase power.

The cylinder head includes small 12-millimeter (M12) sparkplugs, down from the more common 14-millimeter (M14) size, to save space and weight. The head also includes direct-injection multi-hole fuel injectors with a small diameter bore. Higher-pressure direct injection optimizes fuel atomization, allowing for more efficient combustion. To provide a high-tumble intake charge that further enhances combustion efficiency, both the intake port and piston crown have special designs.

The 1.5-liter DOHC 16-valve VTEC Turbo engine uses an advanced valve control system to combine high power output with high fuel efficiency and low emissions. The system combines intake and exhaust Variable Timing Control (dual VTC), which continuously adjusts the intake and exhaust camshaft phase, with Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC), which changes valve lift, timing and duration of the exhaust valves. In this application, the increased valve lift from VTEC operation varies to improve gas scavenging at low speed, part throttle conditions, as well as higher speed, full throttle operation, helping to improve performance across the engine speed range.

The cam timing is varied based on input from sensors that monitor rpm, timing, throttle opening, cam position and exhaust air-fuel ratio. The result is increased fuel efficiency and lower emissions.

Turbocharged 2.0-Liter In-Line 4 Cylinder

Assembled in Honda's Anna, Ohio engine plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts, the Honda Accord's available DOHC 2.0-liter engine shares much of its design with the race-bred 2017 Civic Type R and has the highest torque ever offered in an Accord. Compared to the 2.0-liter turbo in the Civic Type R, the Accord's 2.0-liter engine uses a turbocharger with a smaller, low-inertia turbine for improved low-rpm boost response. With a maximum of 20.8 psi of boost, the Accord's 2.0-liter powerplant peak output is 252 hp (SAE net) at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net) from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm.

With 33-percent greater displacement than the Accord's standard 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, the 2.0-liter powerplant delivers a maximum increase of 60 horsepower and 81 lb.-ft. of torque. Compared to the 3.5-liter normally aspirated V6 it replaces, the 2.0-liter engine has less peak horsepower (252 vs. 278) but greater peak torque (273 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, vs. 252 lb.-ft. at 4,900 rpm). With peak torque available at a much lower engine rpm, responsiveness and acceleration are notably enhanced. The 2.0-liter turbo also offers much broader power delivery, holding a torque advantage over the V6 that spans the entire operating range between 1200 and 4800 rpm - the engine rpm range that is typically used the most.

The turbocharged Accord 2.0-liter turbo is designed to operate on Regular unleaded fuel. EPA fuel economy ratings are pending at this writing.

Cylinder Head and Valvetrain

The direct-injected Accord 2.0-liter 4-cylinder VTEC Turbo engine has a lightweight, low-pressure die-cast aluminum alloy DOHC cylinder head. With exhaust ports cast directly into the cylinder head, the use of a separate exhaust manifold is eliminated, reducing engine weight and simplifying assembly. The manifold is also liquid cooled to help keep heat in check and has a "4-into-1" design for improved fuel efficiency and responsiveness.

A low-friction, silent chain drives dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. The cam drive is maintenance free for the life of the engine. To further reduce weight, thin-wall hollow camshafts are used.

To benefit fuel efficiency, emissions and power, the turbo engine utilizes sodium-filled exhaust valves. A hollow chamber within the valve contains sodium that is cooled by the exhaust port cooling jacket. Since the chamber is close to the valve head, the sodium helps to cool the entire valve; and since the valve is internally cooled, it doesn't need the enriched fuel mixture that is generally used in turbo engines to help cool exhaust valves. The resultant leaner mixture reduces emissions increases fuel efficiency and increases power.

The Honda Accord's 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve VTEC Turbo engine uses an advanced valve control system to combine high power output with high fuel efficiency and low emissions. The system combines intake and exhaust Variable Timing Control (dual VTC), which continuously adjusts the intake and exhaust camshaft phase, with Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC), which changes valve lift, timing and duration of the exhaust valves.

The cam timing is varied based on input from sensors that monitor rpm, timing, throttle opening, cam position and exhaust air-fuel ratio. The result is increased fuel efficiency and lower emissions.

The cylinder head includes small 12-millimeter (M12) sparkplugs, down from the more common 14-millimeter (M14) size, to save space and weight. The head also includes direct-injection multi-hole wide-range fuel injectors with a small-diameter bore. Higher-pressure direct injection optimizes fuel atomization, allowing for more efficient combustion. To provide a high-tumble intake charge that further enhances combustion efficiency, both the intake port and piston crown have special designs.

High-Flow Exhaust System

The Accord 2.0-liter engine features a specially designed high-flow exhaust system with a large-diameter central pipe with resonator that splits into dual exhaust silencers and dual outlets. The system is engineered to offer a distinctive exhaust note under acceleration, coupled with quiet cruising at low power settings.

Dual Variable Timing Control (Dual VTC)

Dual VTC adjusts cam timing for optimal balance of power and efficiency. Based on a range of sensor information, VTC adjusts an oil control valve which acts as a hydraulic actuator that can vary the position of each camshaft sprocket relative to the cam it drives. Under light loads, valve overlap can be increased to reduce pumping losses and improve fuel efficiency. When engine speed is low and engine load is large, such as during initial acceleration, the amount of overlap is increased to boost the scavenging effect, which improves torque and responsiveness. When engine speed is high and engine load is also high, such as during full-throttle acceleration, the amount of valve overlap is reduced to increase engine output by improving both intake and scavenging.

Cylinder Block and Crankshaft

The Accord's turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engines have a lightweight die-cast aluminum block with reinforced main bearing caps to minimize weight. Centrifugally cast iron cylinder sleeves provide long-lasting durability. Each journal on the crankshaft is micropolished to reduce operating friction.

Pistons and Connecting Rods

The Accord's turbocharged engines have pistons with "cavity-shaped" crowns that help maintain stable combustion and contribute to improved efficiency. The lightweight pistons have a carefully optimized skirt design to minimize reciprocating weight, which minimizes vibration and increases operating efficiency. The pistons are cooled by oil jets directed at the underside of each piston crown. Special cooling channels in the pistons also help keep operating temperatures in check. Ion-plated piston rings help reduce friction for greater operating efficiency. Lightweight, high-strength steel connecting rods are heat-forged in one piece and then "crack separated" to create a lighter and stronger rod with an optimally fitted bearing cap.

ECON and SPORT Modes

Every 2018 Accord is equipped with a green ECON button located on the center console near the shift lever. When the button is pushed to activate ECON mode, several operating characteristics of the vehicle are modified for enhanced fuel efficiency. The Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system provides more gradual response, and to save additional energy, the climate control's fan speeds are lowered incrementally and other climate control system characteristics are altered based on the conditions. Another push of the ECON button reverts all systems to their normal mode.

Touring trims of the Honda Accord 1.5 and 2.0-liter models are available with SPORT mode, which is selectable via a button on the center console. SPORT mode alters a range of chassis features, including suspension dampers, steering assist level, Agile Handling Assist, as well as powertrain features, including Drive By Wire, shift mapping (with automatic transmission), and Active Sound Control (ASC). With SPORT mode selected, the Accord takes on a more aggressive, fun-to-drive edge.

Direct Injection System

Both turbocharged powerplants feature a direct-injection system that enables increased torque across the engine's full operating range along with higher fuel efficiency. The system features a compact, high-pressure, direct-injection pump that allows both high fuel flow and pulsation suppression, while variable pressure control optimizes injector operation. Multi-hole injectors deliver fuel directly into each cylinder (not to the intake port, as in conventional port fuel injection designs), allowing for more efficient combustion.

The multi-hole injectors help create the ideal stoichiometric fuel/air mixture in the cylinders for good emissions control. Theoretically, a stoichiometric mixture has just enough air to completely burn the available fuel. Based on the operating conditions, the direct-injection system alters its function for best performance. Upon cold engine startup, fuel is injected into the cylinders on the compression stroke. This creates a weak stratified charge effect that improves engine start-up and reduces exhaust emissions before a normal operating temperature is reached.

Once the engine is fully warmed up, for maximum power and fuel efficiency fuel is injected during the intake stroke. This helps create a more homogeneous fuel/air mix in the cylinder that is aided by the high-tumble intake port design. This improves volumetric efficiency, and the cooling effect of the incoming fuel improves anti-knock performance.

Low Inertia Mono Scroll Turbo System with Electric Wastegate

Both turbocharged Accord powerplants feature mono scroll IHI turbochargers with small-diameter, low-inertia turbines for maximum responsiveness. The mono scroll housing design helps the turbo build boost even at relatively small throttle openings and low engine rpm. The electrically actuated wastegate allows boost pressure to be precisely controlled.

A large air low-restriction intercooler is positioned low in the front of the car where it receives unobstructed airflow when the vehicle is in motion. The intercooler helps reduce the temperature of air entering the engine, increasing its density for greater performance. Intake air travels from the air filter, to the turbo compressor, on to the intercooler, then to the engine's intake ports. To reduce weight, the turbo system is plumbed with rigid, lightweight resin composite inlet pipes to carry intake air to and from the intercooler.

6-Speed Manual Transmission

Accord Sport models offer available 6-speed manual transmissions (6MT) with either the 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter turbocharged engines. The two manual transmissions are engineered to match the displacement and torque output of the engine they are paired with. Both units offer smooth and precise shift feel and great efficiency, making them the perfect complement to the Accord's sporting side. A constant-mesh helical reverse gear mechanism significantly reduces noise when reverse is used. A reverse lockout feature prevents the transmission from accidentally being shifted into reverse while the car is moving forward.

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

Accord 1.5-liter offers the responsiveness and efficiency of an available Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) has smooth and predictable gear ratio transitions and excellent acceleration matched with efficient low-rpm cruising. A wide ratio spread results in strong acceleration performance coupled with reduced engine rpm at high road speeds. The redesigned CVT has an 11-percent lower ratio compared to the previous-generation version for more powerful launch performance.

G-Design Shift Feature

The Honda Accord CVT is designed to provide the optimum gear ratio for the driving conditions, and to offer a more natural driving feel than some previous CVT transmissions that may have something of a disconnected "rubber-band" feel compared to a conventional automatic transmission.

The Accord CVT has a special G-design shift logic that is designed to offer more immediate acceleration response than other CVT designs. When abruptly applying power from a steady-state cruising speed, the CVT immediately sends power to the drive wheels while simultaneously adjusting the gear ratio (seamlessly and progressively downshifting) to smoothly bring the engine to its horsepower peak in a linear way.

During full throttle acceleration, G-Design shift logic employs stepped ratios as the vehicle speed increases. This helps give the transmission a more "connected" feel as the engine rpm and vehicle speed increase together. This stepped operation also improves acceleration performance incrementally.

CVT Automatic Modes

The transmission can be operated in three different fully automatic forward modes with the console-mounted straight-gate shifter. The D mode is ideal for most driving situations, and combines fuel efficiency with smooth operation and responsive power when needed. The S mode is for more performance-oriented driving and features more aggressive transmission mapping to keep engine rpm higher for greater acceleration and response, while also providing greater engine braking. The L mode is ideal for situations when additional engine braking is desired, such as in mountainous driving.

10-Speed Automatic Transmission (10AT)

Accord 2.0-liter models are available with a new, Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT), the first of its kind in the Accord's segment. Engineered for high efficiency with low internal inertia and an exceptionally wide ratio range, the 10AT maximizes the Accord's performance and fuel efficiency. Compared to the previous 6-speed automatic, the 10AT is 22 lbs. lighter and has a 68 percent wider overall ratio range with a 43 percent lower first gear and a 17 percent taller top gear.

The 10AT is designed to be lightweight and compact. It features four planetary gear sets that work together to provide an exceptionally wide ratio spread of 10.139:1 compared to 6.041:1 on the previous-generation Honda Accord's 6-speed unit. The 10-speed also has substantially faster upshift and downshift performance than the previous generation 6-speed transmission. For greater responsiveness, the 10-speed transmission can make 4-gear direct downshifts: from 10th to 6th, or from 7th to 3rd.

To maximize fuel efficiency and minimize interior noise, the transmission's 10th gear is exceptionally tall, resulting in quiet and relaxed cruising rpm.

Shift-By-Wire Gear Selector

In the 2018 Accord with 10-speed automatic transmission, the conventional shift lever is replaced with a fully electronic, shift-by-wire gear selector. Park, Neutral and Drive are selected with the push of a button. Reverse is selected by pulling back a dedicated switch. Indicator lights on or next to the buttons indicate the mode selected. As an added safety feature, if the vehicle is brought to a stop in Drive or Reverse, the system will automatically select Park if the driver's seatbelt is unbuckled and the driver's door is opened. A steering wheel-mounted paddle shifter system lets the driver take manual control of transmission gear selection.

Automatic Modes

Both the Accord CVT and 10-speed automatic transmissions can be operated in two different fully automatic modes. The D (or "Drive") mode is ideal for most driving situations, and combines fuel efficiency with smooth operation and responsive power when needed. The CVT's S mode and the 10AT SPORT mode are meant for more demanding driving, and feature more aggressive shift mapping to keep engine rpm higher for greater acceleration and pulling power.

When in the D mode (optimized for normal driving), the transmission incorporates an advanced Grade Logic Control System, Shift Hold Control and Cornering G Shift Control - all of which reduce unwanted shifting and gear hunting. The result is smart transmission operation that optimizes fuel efficiency and keeps the transmission in the appropriate gear for driving conditions, generating excellent performance and smooth operation.

While ascending or descending hills, Grade Logic Control alters the transmission's shift schedule to reduce shift frequency and improve speed control. The transmission ECU continually measures throttle position, vehicle speed and acceleration/deceleration to determine when the vehicle is on a hill. The shift schedule is then adjusted - during ascents to hold the transmission in lower gears to boost climbing power, and during descents to provide greater engine braking.

Shift Hold Control keeps the transmission in its current (lower) gear ratio during aggressive driving, as in the case of decelerating at a corner entry. Shift Hold Control leaves the chassis undisturbed by eliminating excess shifting and ensures that power will be more immediately available (without a downshift) at the corner exit. Cornering G Shift Control monitors the speed of each rear wheel independently to determine when the Accord is turning. When the system detects a sufficient speed differential between the rear wheels, it will suppress any unwanted upshifts. This prevents the transmission from upshifting during a corner, which could upset the chassis balance thus requiring downshifting again at the corner exit when the throttle is applied.

Paddle Shifters

Touring trims and Sport trims with automatic transmission for both the 1.5- and 2.0-liter engines feature dual steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Particularly useful in mountainous terrain or during spirited driving, the paddles give the driver greater control over transmission operation. On long downgrades, the driver can command downshifts with the paddles that allow increased engine braking to reduce the load on the brakes and help control the Accord's downhill speed.

Paddle Shifter Operation in Drive Mode

While in Drive mode, special transmission logic programming allows the use of the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. When the driver operates the paddle shifters, the transmission responds to the driver's shift command and then returns to its normal fully automatic mode if further paddle shift inputs are not made within a few seconds depending upon driving conditions. This special logic makes it easy for the driver to command a quick downshift without leaving the convenience of Drive mode. This temporary manual mode can be cancelled at the driver's will by continued operation of the right-side paddle until the transmission resumes "Drive."

Paddle Shifter Operation in Sequential Mode

By selecting the "S" position with the shifter (CVT) or pressing the SPORT button (10AT), Sequential mode is engaged. This mode offers automatic operation with more aggressive shift mapping. A pull on either of the paddle shifters places the transmission in fully manual mode until another mode of operation is selected. A digital display in the instrument cluster indicates which gear the transmission is in.

In the CVT transmission, a double-kick-down feature lets the driver command a sporty double downshift - such as from fifth to third gear. By pulling on the left downshift paddle twice in rapid succession, the transmission will drop directly to the chosen lower gear ratio. With the 10AT, the Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system also creates a "blip" of the throttle to help match gear speeds while downshifting.

To prevent harm to the powertrain when the transmission is paddle shifted by the driver (including during double-kick-down shifts), the system will inhibit potentially damaging shifts. As an added safety measure, the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) can also cut off fuel to the engine to prevent over-revving. If fuel cutoff is insufficient to prevent engine over-revving, as may be possible when the vehicle is on a steep downhill, the transmission will automatically upshift to prevent damage. On downshifts, the transmission will not execute a driver command that will over-rev the engine.

For improved stop-and-go performance and to help prevent "lugging" the engine, the transmission will automatically downshift to first gear even though the transmission has been left in a higher gear, (except in second gear launch with 10AT) as the vehicle comes to a stop.

Cooperative Control

Both shift performance and smoothness are improved by cooperative control between the Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system and the electronically controlled transmission. The engine is throttled by the engine management system during upshifts and downshifts so the function of the engine and transmission can be closely choreographed for faster, smoother shifting. As a result, the peak g-forces (or "shift shock") are reduced significantly during upshifts and downshifts.

Third-Generation Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) Two-Motor Hybrid System

The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid's third-generation i-MMD Two-motor hybrid system is a highly efficient powertrain that selects the optimal drive operation under a wide range of driving conditions to combine fun-to-drive performance with outstanding fuel efficiency. The new hybrid powertrain utilizes a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine with 40 percent thermal efficiency, up from 38.9-percent in the previous generation Accord Hybrid, and the highest thermal efficiency of any mass-produced Honda engine.

The engine is paired with two electric motors - a propulsion motor and a generator/starter motor. These new motors are the first drive motors in the world to use magnets containing no heavy rare-earth metals, a new Honda-patented design that reduces magnet cost and weight.

Detailed energy management for each component, as controlled by the Power Control Unit (PCU), enables this system to make the best use of both the electric propulsion motor and the gasoline engine to provide seamlessly smooth and responsive performance while garnering top-class EPA fuel economy ratings in the midsize hybrid sedan class.

To help maximize efficiency on the road, the Accord Hybrid seamlessly shifts between three distinct drive operations: EV Drive (100-percent electric motor), Hybrid Drive (electric motor and gasoline engine [driving the generator motor]) and Engine Drive (gasoline engine), utilizing power from the Atkinson-cycle i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine and the electric motors to suit the driving conditions moment to moment.

EV Drive Operation

All-electric drive EV Drive operation occurs when starting from a stop, during light cruising and acceleration, and when braking. The gasoline engine is off when the i-MMD is in EV Drive mode and is decoupled from the drivetrain to reduce friction.

Hybrid Drive Operation

The electric propulsion motor alone powers the front wheels, as the gasoline engine (decoupled from the drive wheels) powers the electric-generator motor, which in turn provides power to the battery pack. This allows the gas engine-generator motor combo to supplement the battery by providing added electrical power to the propulsion motor or, alternatively, to charge the battery. In this type of operation, the system works as a "series hybrid." The electric propulsion motor offers crisp acceleration, and can reach maximum torque almost instantaneously, thanks to electrical power that can be supplied from both the gas engine-powered motor/generator and the battery.

Engine Drive Operation

When cruising at medium to high speeds, the high-efficiency Atkinson-cycle i-VTEC gasoline engine provides propulsion via a high capacity lock-up clutch, which connects the generator motor (always linked to the engine) and the electric drive motor, effectively sending motive power directly from the engine to the drive wheels. In this type mode, the system works as a "parallel hybrid" where both the gasoline engine and, when required - for instance upon quick acceleration - the electric propulsion motor, both provide power to the wheels. The i-MMD powertrain operates without the use of a conventional transmission.

2.0-liter Inline 4-cylinder Atkinson-Cycle Engine

The 2018 Accord Hybrid's third-generation i-MMD system utilizes a 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine that develops a peak 143 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 129 lb.-ft. of torque at 3500 rpm. Advances in engine control tuning together with other technologies combine to create excellent power characteristics, exceptional fuel efficiency and very low exhaust emissions. Key contributors to the improved thermal of efficient of the engine include improved exhaust gas recirculation and reductions in operating friction. This clean-running engine meets LEV3- AT-PZEV (SULEV30)/Interim Tier3 Bin30 emission standards, while contributing to the Accord Hybrid's total system output of 212 horsepower.

Since the gasoline engine can be decoupled from the rest of the hybrid powertrain, it only operates as needed. Depending on the state of battery charge and other parameters, the engine will automatically shut off during deceleration and when the vehicle is at a stop or operating under battery power. When needed, the gasoline engine restarts automatically, without action from the driver.

Engine Block, Crankshaft and Pistons

The engine has a displacement of 1,993cc. Cast-in iron cylinder liners provide long-lasting durability. Each journal on the forged-steel crankshaft is micro-polished to reduce internal friction. To improve smoothness throughout the rpm range and help lower noise levels, the Accord Hybrid is fitted with an internal balancer unit. Consisting of a pair of chain-driven counter-rotating shafts located in the oil pan, the balancing system helps quell the inherent second-order harmonic vibrations that are normally associated with inline 4-cylinder engines.

The 2.0-liter engine has cylinder bores offset by 6.0 mm from the crankshaft to help reduce piston-sliding friction. This gives the connecting rods a more favorable angle during each power stroke, which reduces side loading on the pistons and, in turn, improves efficiency. The lightweight pistons have a carefully optimized skirt design to minimize reciprocating weight, and reduced weight minimizes vibration and increases operating efficiency.

Cylinder Head and Valvetrain

The Honda Accord Hybrid engine has a lightweight cylinder head that is made of pressure-cast aluminum alloy. A silent chain drives dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. The cam drive is maintenance free throughout the life of the engine.

To help boost fuel efficiency and power, the engine has a 34-degree included angle between the intake and exhaust valves. The narrow valve angle decreases the surface-to-volume ratio and helps create a flatter, more compact combustion chamber that reduces unburned hydrocarbon emissions. This combustion chamber shape and the precise control enables a high compression ratio of 13.5:1, yet the engine still operates on regular unleaded fuel.

VTEC Valve Control System

The Accord Hybrid's 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve i-VTEC engine uses an advanced valve-control system to combine high power output with high fuel efficiency and low emissions. The system combines E-VTC (Electronic Variable Timing Control), which continuously adjusts the intake camshaft phase, with Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC), which changes the lift profile, timing and duration of the intake valves' operation.

High-Efficiency Dual Bed Catalytic Converter

A key contributor to the Accord Hybrid's excellent emission performance is a single dual-bed catalytic converter. The converter mounts directly to the front of the cylinder head, close coupled for fast activation after the engine is started. It uses a thin-wall design that increases internal reaction area and improves efficiency. A high-efficiency exhaust system and the dual-bed, high-density catalytic converter help the Accord engine meet stringent LEV3- AT-PZEV(SULEV30)/Interim Tier3 Bin30 standards, which require reduced greenhouse gases compared to lower standards.

Heat Recovery Device

The heat recovery device contributes to the third-generation i-MMD's efficiency by helping to reduce power-robbing friction, particularly during cold-weather startup and initial operation, prior to engine warmup. Located downstream on the exhaust system, the heat recovery device uses hot exhaust gas to warm engine coolant quicker, especially during cold weather conditions. This brings the engine up to normal operating temperature quicker, reducing internal friction and allowing the i-MMD to operate in electric mode earlier. This helps improve fuel efficiency during cold weather operation.

Electric Motors

The 2018 Accord Hybrid uses two new-generation electric motors, a propulsion motor that drives the wheels and a generator motor that produces electricity, both of which have been upgraded from the previous generation i-MMD. The Honda-developed electric motors that are the first permanent magnet drive motors in the world to use magnets containing no heavy rare-earth metals. The propulsion motor is rated at 181 horsepower and 232 lb.-ft. of torque.

When in regenerative mode, the propulsion motor converts the kinetic energy of the decelerating vehicle into electrical energy to recharge the battery. Its operation is seamlessly coordinated with the Accord Hybrid's electric-servo braking system. A separate generator motor is driven by the gasoline engine to generate electric energy to drive the propulsion motor when the vehicle is operating in Hybrid Drive Mode. This generator motor can also restart the gasoline engine when the vehicle is in idle-stop mode.

Intelligent Power Unit (IPU)

The Honda Accord Hybrid's completely reworked intelligent Power unit (IPU) is now 32-percent more compact and has been repositioned under the rear seat base, instead of in the trunk, behind the rear seatback as in the previous generation Accord Hybrid. This repositioning means that the Accord Hybrid offers the same roomy trunk utility and 60/40 split-folding rear seatback versatility of the non-hybrid Accord models. The IPU packages a reconfigured Li-Ion battery pack that powers the Accord Hybrid's electric propulsion motor. Improved battery control systems and revised battery chemistry allow the new battery to operate over a broader state-of-charge range for improved efficiency.

The battery pack is recharged by the propulsion motor operating in regenerative braking mode, and by the generator motor, which is powered by the gasoline engine. Battery temperature is controlled by a fan system that pulls air from the interior of the vehicle via vents located beneath the rear seat bottom. The battery pack is covered by a special warranty that covers defects in material and workmanship for eight-years/100,000-miles or ten-year/150,000 miles depending on the state of purchase/registration.

Power Control Unit (PCU)

The Power Control Unit (PCU), which dictates the power management strategy of the two-motor hybrid system, including motor power and battery recharge, now includes the DC/DC converter and is mounted in the engine compartment.

Drive Force Transfer

Just like the previous model, the Accord Hybrid is not equipped with a conventional mechanical transmission. Instead, motive force transfer is accomplished through the interaction of the Honda Accord Hybrid's gasoline engine and two electric motors. Coordinated by the IPU, this form of drive force transfer offers smooth and predictable acceleration matched with efficient low-rpm highway cruising when the gasoline engine is in operation. Gasoline engine shutdown is seamlessly integrated into the operation of the Accord Hybrid when appropriate.

The drive force transfer system operates without the need for a torque converter, mechanical pulley or belt. It instead uses two motors for driving and generating power. The system is optimally and rapidly able to control both engine and electric motor rotation in order to deliver higher fuel efficiency and quicker engine response in each driving mode.

When cruising at mid- or high-speeds in the high-efficiency range of the engine, a lock-up clutch is engaged, connecting the drive motor to the generator motor to transmit engine torque directly to the drive wheels as efficiently as possible. In EV Drive operation, when the battery-powered drive motor is used for either acceleration or regenerative braking, a clutch disengages the stopped gasoline engine from the drivetrain to eliminate efficiency loss from mechanical friction in the engine.

Improving efficiency and reducing weight and size, the drive force transfer system of the second-generation i-MMD integrates the torque limiter within the flywheel.

Deceleration Selector Paddles

In the Accord Hybrid, new steering wheel-mounted selector paddles allow the driver to select between four levels of regenerative braking performance. The right paddle adds regenerative braking (displayed visually on the instrument panel) and the left paddle reduces regenerative braking.

Drive-by-Wire™ Throttle System

The Accord's Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system replaces a conventional throttle cable with smart electronics that "connect" the accelerator pedal to a throttle valve inside the throttle body. The result is less under-hood clutter and lower weight, as well as quicker and more accurate throttle actuation. Moreover, a specially programmed "gain" rate between the throttle pedal and engine offers improved drivability and optimized engine response to suit specific driving conditions.

Honda's Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system evaluates the current driving conditions by monitoring throttle pedal position, throttle valve position, engine speed (rpm) and road speed. This information is used to define the throttle control sensitivity that gives the Accord's throttle pedal a predictable and responsive feel that meets driver expectations.

Close-Coupled Catalyst

All Accord engines have their exhaust manifold cast directly into the aluminum alloy cylinder head to reduce weight and complexity, and to position each primary catalytic converter as close as possible to the combustion chambers. A high-efficiency converter mounts directly to the exhaust port of the cylinder head for extremely rapid converter activation after engine startup.

Friction Reducing Technology

All the Honda Accord's engines make use of friction-reducing technologies designed to improve engine efficiency. The outer skirts of lightweight aluminum pistons feature a low-friction coating applied in a unique pattern. The result is reduced overall friction as the pistons move within the cylinder bores. Plateau honing further lowers the friction level between the pistons and the cylinders by creating an ultra-smooth surface. Plateau honing is a 2-stage machining process that uses two grinding processes instead of the more conventional single honing process. This also enhances the long-term wear characteristics of the engine. Low viscosity oil (0W-20) also reduces friction. Other contributors to overall operating efficiency are a special 2-stage oil pump relief valve, low-friction oil seals, special low-drag piston ring design, low-friction cam chain and a lightweight crankshaft.

Emissions Certifications

  • Accord 1.5-liter turbo: LEV3-ULEV50; LEV3-SULEV30
  • Accord 2.0-liter turbo: LEV3-ULEV50; LEV3-SULEV30
  • Accord Hybrid: LEV3-SULEV30

All three Accord engines are engineered for low emissions, and are certified to their respective level of emissions performance for 120,000 miles.

100,000+/- Mile Tune-up Intervals

The Accord's three available powerplants require no scheduled maintenance for 100,000+/- miles or more, other than periodic inspections and normal fluid and filter replacements. The first tune-up includes water pump inspection, valve adjustment, and the installation of new spark plugs.

Maintenance Minder™ System

To eliminate unnecessary service stops while ensuring that the vehicle is properly maintained, the Accord has a Maintenance Minder™ system that continually monitors the vehicle's operating condition. When maintenance is required, the driver is alerted via a message on the Driver Information Interface (DII).

The Maintenance Minder™ system monitors operating conditions such as oil and coolant temperature along with engine speed to determine the proper service intervals. Depending on operating conditions, oil change intervals can be extended to a maximum of 10,000 miles, potentially sparing the owner considerable expense and inconvenience over the life of the vehicle. The owner-resettable system monitors all normal service parts and systems, including engine oil and filter, tire rotation, air-cleaner, transmission fluid, spark plugs, engine coolant, brake pads and more. To reduce the potential for driver distraction, maintenance alerts are presented only when the ignition is first turned on, not while driving.

Interior

The all-new 2018 Honda Accord boasts a larger, more premium and tech-savvy interior that compliments its elegant new body design and more refined and athletic driving character.

The new Accord's wider body and longer wheelbase contribute to its improved cabin space, most notably an additional 1.9 inches of rear legroom, as well as an added 2.5 cu. ft. of interior volume and 0.9 cu. ft. of trunk space. The more spacious cabin and trunk moves Accord into the EPA Large Car class, despite its shorter, more compact and sporting exterior form, the result of Honda's packaging expertise and "Man-Maximum, Machine Minimum" design philosophy.

The new cabin is highlighted by a new ultra-low-profile, three-tiered instrument panel, an intricately contoured sport steering wheel, a new color TFT digital driver's meter and a "floating" 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen. Meticulous attention to the tactile and visual quality of materials elevates the overall premium feeling of the cabin. The driver and front passenger are also treated to a panoramic view of the road ahead, made possible by the wider body, a lower cowl and newly designed A-pillars that are 20-percent narrower and moved rearward relative to the driver's seating position.

The tech-savvy cabin's new 7-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) digital driver's meter offers a wide-array of driver-selectable information displays, while an available new 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen features both physical volume and tuning/list-scrolling knobs along with a more intuitive app-based user interface, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates.

Touring trims of all models - 1.5T, 2.0T and Hybrid - also feature a new 6-inch driver's head-up display, wireless device charging, automatic Bluetooth® phone pairing with Near Field Communication technology, and the next-generation of HondaLink™ telematics with many new capabilities, including in-car 4G LTE Wi-Fi (data plan required) and remote engine start by smartphone app.

Interior Design

The 2018 Accord interior sets a new class standard, with a clean, open and premium look and feel. The new soft-touch instrument panel features a 3-tier design with a prominent upper deck that arcs from its outboard section through the side doorsills, creating a sense of safety and security. The front seats have been moved slightly inward compared to the previous generation Accord to contribute to enhance occupants' freedom of movement. The rear seats have been moved substantially rearward, giving Honda Accord nearly two additional inches of rear legroom.

Typical of Honda, all important systems and controls in the Accord are positioned within easy reach of the driver. Controls for the systems used most frequently are conveniently positioned on the new steering wheel. The main instrumentation is an upscale easy-to-read display that includes a new ultra-slim 7-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) driver's meter (left side) that can present a wide range of useful information, and a speedometer on the right side of the instrument package. Typical of Honda interior design, the soft-touch switchgear of the Accord is engineered to deliver a high-quality feel and positive action.

Interior Colors and Decoration

The Accord's interior palette is sophisticated and coordinated and is offered in black, gray or ivory colors. The LX interior has painted accent surfaces with a hairline finish, Sport models have metallic-look film accents, and other models have wood-look film accents with a rich open-pore finish. The Accord seats feature fabric seating surfaces in the LX and EX trims, with an added accent fabric in the EX. Sport models have a combination of fabric and synthetic leather, with contrasting piping for a sport-oriented look. The EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring trims feature leather seating, with perforated leather and a quilted stitching pattern on select areas.

Front Seats

The Accord's all-new front bucket seats are designed to provide comfortable support for a wide range of body types, along with secure lateral support for cornering. For greater shoulder support, the seatbacks are 4.9 inches taller than in the previous-generation Honda Accord. New high-accuracy urethane padding is used with varying density, depending on the location on the seat. More lightly loaded areas of the seat like the thigh support area have lower density foam, while the hip area has high rebound resistance urethane for a more stable, secure feel.

The driver's seat in the LX is manually adjustable for fore-and-aft, seatback angle and height adjustment. All other trims feature power-operated adjustments, along with four-way adjustable lumbar support, for a total of 12-way power adjustability. The EX-L and above adds a front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustability. In EX-L trims and above with 2-position memory seating, the driver's seat automatically retracts 1.4 inches when the door is opened. Upon startup (ACC ON), the seat automatically returns to its preset memory position.

Heated front seats are standard in the Accord EX and above. Heating includes both the seat bottom cushions and front seatbacks. The new 3-level front seat heater controls are positioned within easy reach, just below the climate control system controls. The Accord Touring adds 3-level seat ventilation that is designed to make hot climates - or a heat soaked interior - more comfortable. The system uses two blower motors. The motor in the base cushion pulls air from under the seat and discharges it through the perforated leather seat material. The blower in the seatback pulls air in through the perforated leather seatback and exhausts it inside the seat.

Rear Seats

The Accord's spacious second-row seating is by far the most comfortable in the model's history, with a substantial 1.9-inch increase in legroom compared to the previous generation and new high-accuracy urethane padding with varying density. The seating is designed for maximum comfort, with a 2.0-inch taller seatback for better support and a 2.0-inch longer fold-down center armrest for more comfortable arm support. In the Accord LX, the folding rear seatback is one piece, while in EX trims and above, a 60/40 split and folding design makes it easy to accommodate passengers and long cargo. For the first time ever in the Accord, 3-level adjustable rear heated outboard seats are standard in the Touring model. Controls for the rear seat heaters are positioned within easy reach on the rear of the front center console. The previous generation Accord had heated seat cushions; the 2018 Honda Accord has heated seat cushions and seatbacks.

Center Console

The Accord interior offers a range of convenient storage features for the driver and passengers. The center console is specially engineered to offer a sporty appearance coupled with the versatile usability you might expect in an SUV. With the prevalence of smartphones in most people's lives, there is a convenient smartphone tray at the front of the console. A 12-volt power outlet and illuminated charge/data USB port (1.0 amp in LX, 2.5 amp in other trims) are positioned nearby. A wireless charging pad for compatible devices is also located in this area in Touring trims.

A pair of large convenient cupholders are positioned alongside the transmission controls. Further rearward is a large central storage compartment, topped with a comfortable padded flip-up armrest. Inside, there is a removable tray for small items. A 12-volt power outlet is positioned inside. In EX and above trims, a second 2.5-amp charge/data USB port is also provided in the center console.

Trunk

The new Accord has a trunk capacity of 16.7 cubic feet - 0.9 cu-ft. larger than the previous Accord Sedan, and among the largest in the competitive class. Spacious enough to easily accommodate four large golf bags, the new trunk area is easy to access and use. The Accord LX features a one-piece rear seatback that can be lowered to expand the cargo area, while EX trims and higher (for the first time including Hybrid models) have a 60/40 split and folding rear seatback. The trunk is carpeted and lined, and a temporary spare (Tire Repair Kit in Hybrid) is located in a well under a removable section of the cargo-area floor.

Control Layout

All important systems and controls in the Accord are positioned within easy reach of the driver. Controls for the systems used most frequently - audio, cruise control, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, available navigation system with voice recognition and Multi-Information Display - are conveniently positioned on the steering wheel. The main instrumentation is an easy-to-read, high-contrast, 7-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display on the left side of the instrument cluster, and speedometer on the right. Typical of Honda interior design, the soft-touch switchgear of the Accord is engineered to deliver a high-quality feel and positive action.

Steering Wheel

The thick, intricately contoured sport inspired steering wheel, leather-wrapped on Sport, EX-L and Touring trims, incorporates the most commonly used controls, allowing the driver to keep their hands on the wheel and their attention on the road. Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and audio system controls are located on the left side of the steering wheel, along with controls for the Driver Information Interface (DII). All Honda Accord trims have Honda Sensing® with LKAS and ACC controls located on the right side of the steering wheel. In all trims, the steering wheel offers manual tilt and telescopic adjustment.

Transmission Controls

Accord models with the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) have a traditional console-mounted lever-type shifter. In Accord models with the 10-speed automatic transmission, the conventional console-mounted shift lever is replaced with a fully electronic, shift-by-wire gear selector. Park, Neutral, and Drive are selected with the push of a button.

Instrumentation

The 2018 Accord features all-new instrumentation that blends a classic analog look with enhanced functionality. On the right is an analog speedometer with an electronically activated pointer.

Just to the left is a color 7-inch (diagonal) Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display. On its left side, the TFT has a depiction of an analog tachometer in most trims, or an analog power flow monitor in Hybrid models. On the right portion of the TFT, in the area that is positioned between the tachometer (or power flow meter in Hybrid) and the physical analog speedometer is a Multi Information zone that can present a range of alerts and information. The tachometer can also be toggled through a range of informational screens to present trip computer, audio, phone, navigation, driver attention monitor, traffic sign recognition and safety support.

Head-Up Display

The Accord Touring features a head-up display, which utilizes a concave mirror located behind the instrument panel to project a broad range of information on the lower portion of the windshield directly in front of the driver. The driver can adjust the location of the projection (up and down) or turn off the system via switches on the instrument panel.

Display modes can be selected by a steering wheel-mounted thumb dial. Display modes include:

  • Speed only
  • Tachometer plus speed
  • Power flow plus speed (Hybrid)
  • Navigation directions plus speed
  • Compass plus speed
  • Traffic Sign Recognition plus speed
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) plus speed
  • Pop-up warnings and phone call info

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera

A multi-angle rearview camera is standard on all Accords, with three viewing angles (wide view, normal view and top view). Drivers may select the preferred view according to driving conditions. The rearview image is displayed on the central display. All rearview camera systems feature dynamic guidelines that project the vehicle's future path based on the driver's steering inputs.

Multi-Information Display

The Honda Accord instrument panel provides important vehicle information and connectivity content via a Driver Information Interface (DII) area of the instrument display positioned centrally in the instrument display. Controls positioned on the steering wheel allow the driver to cycle the Driver Information Interface (DII) through multiple screens of information from sources including trip computer, phone, audio, maintenance and more. The Maintenance Minder™ system alerts the Accord driver of upcoming maintenance needs via the DII and should a fault occur with the vehicle, specific warning information will appear. The display indicates when to change the oil, air cleaner, transmission fluid, spark plugs or coolant, as well as when to rotate the tires.

Comfort and Convenience

Long known for its comfortable interior and convenient features, the new Accord features numerous firsts for the model, as well as many standard or optional premium features typically found in much more expensive vehicles. From the convenience of available Smart Entry and Pushbutton Start/Stop to the ease of use of the new Electric Parking Brake (EPB) and Hill Start Assist, the Accord offers useful technologies that make driving easier and more convenient.

Smart Entry

Smart Entry (EX and above trims) allows the driver to approach, open and use the trunk without using a key or pressing a button on the remote. With the remote in his or her possession, the driver simply presses the release button and opens the trunk. As a safety and convenience feature, the Smart Entry system will not allow the transmitter fob to be locked in the interior of the Accord.

Push Button Start/Stop

In all Accord trims, once the driver has opened the door and is seated, the driver simply pushes the START/STOP button positioned on the instrument panel while pressing the brake pedal to start the vehicle. Powertrain operation and certain electrical functions are ended when the START/STOP button is pressed again at the conclusion of the drive. For accessory mode, the driver simply presses the START/STOP button without pressing the brake pedal. The new Honda Accord's START/STOP button features a pulsating light to help the driver more easily locate the button.

Remote Engine Start

Accord EX and above trims feature standard remote engine start. This enables drivers to start their Accord in advance of the drive, thereby activating the climate control system with a default setting of 72 degrees - particularly helpful in extreme hot- or cold-weather conditions. The system will automatically operate the heater, front and rear defrosters, front heated seats, heated side mirrors, and air conditioning as needed.

The remote engine start feature is built into the key fob supplied with the vehicle. To start the engine remotely, the owner presses the LOCK button and then holds the ENGINE button for a second. The Accord's hazard lights will flash, indicating that the signal has been received. When the engine is started remotely, the wipers, lighting and audio systems remain off, and the security system remains set. The engine will run for up to 10 minutes after remote starting, and can be extended by another 10 minutes using the same procedure; it will then shut off automatically if the owner doesn't reach the vehicle within that time. When the owner does get to the Accord within 10 minutes - or extended period if the procedure is initiated a second time - the engine will keep running while the owner unlocks the vehicle, gets in, applies the brake and presses the Accord's START button, which turns on all of the vehicle's systems.

Accord Touring trims feature the latest generation of HondaLink telematics functions, including remote engine start using the password-protected HondaLink Smartphone app. When started using the HondaLink app, the remote start functional parameters are the same as when using the key fob to start the Accord remotely.

Locking

After parking, a press of the LOCK button on the remote will simultaneously lock all the doors and trunk. On EX and above trims, a touch of the soft-touch lock button on either ergonomically shaped front door handle (chrome on Touring trim) locks all doors and trunk to secure the Accord. The system will not allow the remote to be locked in the interior of the Honda Accord.

Walk Away Door Lock

Included on EX and above trims, the new Walk Away Door Lock feature automatically locks the Accord when the driver leaves the vehicle with the key fob. This hands-free locking capability adds everyday convenience that is especially useful when the driver has his or her hands full or is distracted. In typical use, when all doors are closed and the driver walks away, the Accord will automatically lock when the key holder's distance from the vehicle exceeds 6.5 feet for two seconds or more, and when no other key is detected inside the vehicle. An audible buzzer sounds and the hazard lights flash to confirm that the vehicle has locked. The Walk Away Door Lock feature is programmable, and may be turned on or off as the driver prefers.

Power Windows, Locks and Mirrors

Power windows are standard equipment on all Accord trims and include auto-up and -down operation on the driver's and front passenger's windows, as well as both rear windows on EX and above trims. Power door locks and power mirrors are likewise standard equipment on all Accord trims, with the EX and above trims including heated exterior mirrors (reverse auto tilting on Touring trims). Smart entry is standard on Accord EX and above trims.

Wireless Phone Charger

New for 2018, Accord Touring trims have a standard wireless charging pad positioned at the front of the center console. It is compatible with a wide range of devices, and provides convenient recharging without the hassle of a wired connection.

One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature

The Accord EX and above trims feature a power tilting and sliding moonroof with a manual sunshade. An auto-reverse feature is built in, reducing the possibility of a pinched finger or limb.

Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror

Honda Accord EX-L and above trims feature an electro chromatic interior rearview mirror that automatically dims during nighttime driving to reduce glare from the headlights of following vehicles.

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

All Accord trims feature a new, more compact dual-zone automatic climate control system with simple tactile controls. When the temperature setting is changed, the dial features red or blue illumination feedback to confirm the change. The system has independent left and right temperature controls. A single temperature can be selected for the entire cabin, or the driver and front passenger can set different temperatures for their sides of the cabin. Dual adjustable vents located in the rear of the center console (EX and above) help keep rear seat passengers comfortable.

HomeLink® Remote System

Accord EX-L and above trims feature a HomeLink® universal remote system, located on the interior rear view mirror, which can be programmed with the codes of up to three devices, such as a garage-door opener or home security system.

Driver preferences

Accord EX-L and above trims come with two keyless remotes with unique identifiers. Each remote can be set with unique profiles to accommodate the individual preferences of two different drivers. The available preferences include driver seat and mirror positions, along with select HVAC functions. Other preferences include turning entry lights on or off, door lock and unlock modes and more. In the event both owners use the car at the same time, the Accord will recognize the keyless remote that approaches the driver's door first.

Auto On-Off Headlights

All Accord trims feature auto-on/off headlights for greater convenience. The headlights are LED low beams coupled with multi-reflector/projector high beam units on all Honda Accord trims except the Touring, which has auto-on/off LED (high and low beam) headlights. All Accord trims feature dramatic LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL).

Electric Parking Brake (EPB)

The Accord's Electric Parking Brake (EPB) makes using the parking brake easier and frees up precious center console space for storage and other functions.

Hill Start Assist

The Hill Start Assist function helps to prevent the Accord from rolling backwards when the driver switches from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal while the vehicle is stopped on a hill.

Audio and Telematics Features

The tech-savvy and easy-to-use 2018 Accord cabin features an all-new Human-Machine Interface (HMI) that includes a new 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with physical volume and tuning knobs and more intuitive, smartphone-like features and functionality including customizable app tiles and home-screen shortcuts, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates.

8-Inch Display Audio Touchscreen

The Accord also offers the next-generation of HondaLink™ telematics with new capabilities including emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, geofencing, speed tracking and more. Additional new or improved connected-car technologies available on the 2018 Accord include wireless device charging, automatic Bluetooth® phone pairing with Near Field Communication technology and available 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi.

Audio systems vary by trim, starting with four speakers and 160 watts on LX, 8 speakers and 180 watts on Sport and EX trims, and 10 speakers and 450 watts on EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring trims. All trims feature USB charging ports (two 2.5-amp ports on EX and above) along with Bluetooth connectivity.

LX Audio System with 7-inch Display

The Accord LX has a standard 160-watt AM/FM radio audio system with four full-range speakers, positioned one in each front door and one on each side of the rear deck. The system can play Pandora® content from a compatible device via the USB port, or wirelessly, via Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®. The audio system has a 7-inch (diagonal) display screen and conventional "hard" buttons and knobs to control the various functions. Illuminated steering wheel mounted controls are positioned within fingertip reach.

Two 8-Inch Display Audio Systems

The all-new Display Audio system standard in the 2018 Honda Accord EX, Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi, and Touring is one of the most advanced systems ever offered by Honda. The 8-inch touchscreen lets you swipe, tap and pinch - just like on a tablet or smartphone - to control the vehicle's audio system, display settings and other advanced features. The intuitive and easy-to-use system has a simplified menu structure, customizable shortcuts for commonly used features and customizable app locations.

On the EX and Sport, the 180-watt audio system has eight speakers. A full-range speaker is positioned in each front door and on each sides of the rear deck. Tweeters are placed near each A-pillar and on each side of the rear deck.

The EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring trims feature a 450-watt system with 10 channels of external amplification driving 10 speakers including a subwoofer. Full-range speakers are positioned in each front door and on each side of the rear deck. A total of four tweeters are placed near each A-pillar and on each side of the rear deck. A center channel speaker is positioned on the top of the instrument panel, and a subwoofer is centered in the rear deck.

The Accord's Display Audio system offers greater capability than any previous Accord system, with AM/FM, HD Radio, SiriusXM, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto® integration, and HondaLink™ content among the many available content channels. The system includes two charge/data USB ports (one at the front of the console and another inside the main console storage compartment) that are selectable sources on the Display Audio screen (1.5T Sport trim has one USB port at the front of the console). With the Display Audio's new operating system, icons resembling smartphone apps are displayed on the high-definition, capacitive touchscreen, making the interface intuitive and easy to use.

Much like a smartphone, apps can be moved and rearranged on each page, or hidden on the touchscreen. You can also restore a hidden app to the Home screen by selecting "Customize" in the "all apps" screen.

Utilizing a new Honda-developed operating system built upon Android™, the Accord's Display Audio is also easily updatable and upgradeable. An update can be downloaded to a USB stick, via Wi-Fi from any available network (over-the-air), or for those opting for the Accord Touring's data plan, directly to the head unit via available 4G LTE with an active data plan.

Apple CarPlay®

Accord EX and above trims offer standard Apple CarPlay compatibility. By connecting the iPhone® to the car using the phone's USB cable (supplied with the phone) and the Accord's USB data port, Apple CarPlay features can be accessed.

Apple CarPlay takes the most popular functions and features of the user's compatible iPhone and puts them on the Accord's Display Audio touchscreen display. You can get directions, send and receive messages, listen to audio books and music, all in a way that allows you to stay more focused on the road. Apple CarPlay is specially designed for typical driving scenarios. It also works with the Accord's controls - both on the audio touchscreen and the steering-wheel mounted controls, so you don't need to pick up your phone.

Apple CarPlay includes access to Apple Maps, which can provide turn-by-turn directions, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time. Apple CarPlay can also predict where you most likely want to go using addresses from your email, text messages, contacts, and calendars.

Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 or later smartphones that feature the small Lighting connector. Honda recommends iOS 8.4 or later operating systems.

Android Auto®

Honda Accord EX and above trims offer standard Android Auto compatibility. By connecting a compatible Android phone to the car using the phone's USB cable (supplied with the phone) and the Accord's USB data port, the Android Auto platform is enabled.

Android Auto puts some of your phone's most useful Apps on the Accord's audio display. You can get directions, send and receive messages, listen to audio books and music, all without the need to pick up your phone. Android Auto works with the Accord's controls - both on the audio touchscreen and the steering wheel-mounted controls - so it is simple and intuitive to use.

Android Auto is specially designed for typical driving scenarios. A curated selection of available Android Auto apps is designed for use in the Accord, and are designed to help minimize the potential for driver distraction.

Android includes access to Google Maps™, which can provide turn-by-turn directions, live traffic conditions, lane guidance and more.

Android Auto is designed to work with Android phones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher operating systems.

SiriusXM® Radio

A new generation 2.0 version of SiriusXM® Radio is a standard feature in Accord EX and above trims, and it provides more than 165 channels of digital programming with near CD-quality sound. The SiriusXM® signal is beamed from two broadcast satellites positioned in geostationary orbit above Earth. The beams from these two broadcast satellites combine to span the entire continental United States and some of Canada.

SiriusXM® Radio programming includes channels devoted to music, sports, talk, traffic, weather, children's programming and entertainment. When the audio system plays SiriusXM® Radio, the audio system displays the current category, station, song title or artist's name.

This latest generation of SiriusXM® Radio includes many all-new features, including pause, fast forward and rewind. There is also an Instant Replay feature, which allows listeners rewind the song they are currently listening to, or rewind a song/program on any of the presets. A new Sports Flash feature lets you listen to your favorite programming, and if your favorite team makes a big play in a live game that is being broadcast on SiriusXM® Radio, you will receive an on-screen alert. With a touch of a soft key, you can hear up to 30 seconds of audio before and including the big play.

HondaLink™

The Display Audio system (EX and above) with next generation HondaLink™ allows the customer's digital lifestyle to seamlessly integrate with the car and provides access to a world of cloud-based information. The application-based platform connects customers to online content both inside and outside the car. The connection between the system and the user's smartphone is made through the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless interface. A HondaLink™ phone app provides convenient access for many services including location searches, local weather, messaging, Maintenance Minder alerts, service scheduling by phone, and access to the vehicle Owners Guide.

This subscription-based system allows Accord owners to access a range of features and functionality:

  • Remote engine start with status
  • Remote door lock/unlock with status
  • Automated crash notification with location
  • Concierge Call
  • Remote "Find My Car"
  • Remote stolen vehicle tracking
  • Remote fuel and range status
  • Remote Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) status
  • Speed alarm
  • Geofencing
  • Remote diagnostics

HondaLink Assist

HondaLink Assist is standard on Honda Accord EX and above trims, which can help request emergency assistance for drivers. If a compatible phone is paired through Apple CarPlay or Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, there is a cellular connection and an airbag deployment sensor is triggered, the system is designed to automatically attempt to notify an operator, report the car's current location, and allow occupants to talk directly to the operator. The operator can then contact emergency services if needed.

Siri Eyes Free

All Accord trims integrate Apple's Siri Eyes Free mode. Compatible iPhone users will be able to operate Siri through familiar voice commands by pressing and holding the TALK button on the steering wheel when their iPhone is paired via Bluetooth®. Using Eyes Free mode, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further and helps to minimize the potential for distraction by keeping the iOS device's screen from lighting up.

Owners can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Capabilities include:

  • Send text messages and e-mails
  • Read incoming text messages and emails
  • Set up calendar entries, reminders, and alarms
  • Check the weather
  • Turn-by-turn voice navigation (when the audio system is set to Bluetooth® Audio or iPod mode)
  • Sports scores and stock quotes

SMS Text Messaging

The Accord Sport and above have a standard SMS text message function that can read incoming texts aloud over the audio system, and allow the driver to reply with any of six factory-preset messages (users edit these and can add up to four additional messages). The system works with SMS-capable cell phones utilizing Blackberry or Android operating systems that have an active data plan and the Message Access Profile (MAP) and others. Apple iPhone models do not support this feature, but Siri Eyes Free Mode (iPhone 5, 6 and 7 at time of launch) offers the ability to initiate, hear and respond to text messages via voice commands.

Once a compatible phone is paired with the Accord's Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system, the user can enable the text messaging function. When the phone receives a text message, an alert appears on the audio touchscreen. Using the touchscreen, the driver can choose to have the message read aloud, can select among the preset reply choices, or can call the sender - all without touching the phone.

To help mitigate any potential driver distraction, the text of the incoming message is not displayed on screen unless the transmission is in Park.

Available factory preset text replies (users can edit these and add four additional):

  • Talk to you later, I'm driving.
  • I'm on my way.
  • I'm running late.
  • OK
  • Yes
  • No

Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®

The Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® interface is designed to offer hands-free operation for many Bluetooth®-enabled mobile telephones. Standard on all Accord trims, the system wirelessly connects the driver's cell phone to the vehicle's audio system. This allows the driver to make or answer cell phone calls without removing hands from the steering wheel. The system is compatible with Bluetooth®-enabled cell phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP). A list of compatible phones can be found at handsfreelink.com or honda.com.

Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® enables audio files to be played through the vehicle's audio system wirelessly with a feature called Bluetooth® Audio. If a compatible audio device is paired, it allows the Bluetooth® device's media to be played wirelessly by the audio system. Cell phone devices that support the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) and Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.3 allow the display of metadata for artist, album and track name on the audio screen. The vehicle's audio controls for "skip forward" and "skip backward" allow for navigation from track to track.

Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic

Standard on the Accord EX-L Navi and Touring, the integrated Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System uses GPS technology to provide drivers with turn-by-turn guidance to their chosen destination. This all-new navigation system, developed in cooperation with Garmin, offers many improvements, including enhanced graphics, customized vehicle icons, 3D buildings and terrain, turn-by-turn directions displayed in the instrument cluster and more. The system includes free map database updates for up to 5 years (initial purchase plus one yearly update each year for 4 years). The system includes the HD Digital Traffic feature, which alerts the driver to current traffic conditions and can display alternate routes around gridlock. It features expanded coverage including many surface streets within the U.S., allowing the driver to choose faster, less congested routes. HD Digital Traffic is subscription-free.

The navigation system can be controlled by voice or through the 8-inch capacitive touch-screen audio display utilizing its tap, pinch and swipe functionality. The voice-activation system can respond to more casual command phrases that require less user familiarization, in addition to the previous capability of being able to understand spoken city and street names. This logic applies to audio functionality of the audio/information screen. The navigation system can also be controlled by voice with conventional navigation commands like, "Chinese restaurant" or "ATM."

The audio system is automatically muted when the "Talk" button is pressed. The voice-recognition technology allows the driver to simply speak city and street names aloud, and the system responds by displaying the matches available in the database. Points of interest on the map - such as restaurants or grocery stores - can be displayed, or you can have the system provide turn-by-turn navigation, all by voice command. The massive point-of-interest (POI) database includes telephone numbers that can be dialed by using the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system when the driver's cellular telephone is connected to the system.

The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System uses GPS in combination with detailed information from the vehicle's mapping system to pinpoint the vehicle's location and to provide a host of useful mapping and route guidance features. The system's antenna receives positioning information from a network of 24 global positioning satellites. If the antenna is obstructed by a tunnel, a parking garage or a tall building, an internal gyroscopic system and a speed sensor track the location of the vehicle so that the map information remains current and reliable. The vehicle clock is independently controlled by GPS data, so when time zones are crossed while driving, the clock will automatically set itself to the current time.

Automatic Bluetooth® Phone Pairing with Near Field Communication (NFC)

To simplify phone pairing, Accord Touring trims are equipped with a Near Field Communications (NFC) system. To pair a compatible phone, simply tap the phone near to the NFC logo on the instrument panel, then follow the on-screen prompts. Once the phone has been paired with the vehicle, an additional tap on the NFC logo will transmit image data to the Accord's audio system, where it can be displayed on the Display Audio system.

USB Ports and Connectivity Features

With a wide range of tech features, in the Honda Accord, connectivity is key. Based on trim level, the Accord has an expanding complement of connectivity features.

Chassis

Based on a substantially stiffer unibody structure with new front and rear suspension systems and benefitting from a lower center of gravity and a lower front roll center height, the 10th-generation Accord's chassis significantly advances the dynamic performance of Accord. Handling prowess, steering and braking precision and ride comfort communicate a sense of "absolute confidence" to the driver and passengers in all driving conditions.

On the Touring trim, the MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension now include Accord's first application of an Adaptive Damper System for an improved ride quality and driver-selectable performance via the Accord's Two-Mode Driving System with Normal and Sport modes.

The new Accord features larger front disc brakes, standard 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels with 225/50R17 all-season tires and available 19-inch wheels and 235/40R19 all-season tires. Shared with certain other 2018 Honda models are Straight Driving Assist, Agile Handling Assist, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Automatic Brake Hold, Hill Start Assist, and an Indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Front and Rear Suspension

The 2018 Accord's new suspension system uses a combination of front MacPherson struts and rear multi-link with rigid subframes, including a lightweight cast-aluminum unit in front and floating type in the rear. The strut-style front suspension improves the room available for crash reinforcement, and the compact multi-link rear suspension provides outstanding handling characteristics and ride quality - while also helping to maximize second-row seating and cargo space. Front and rear stabilizer bars on all trims improve turn-in response while reducing body roll during cornering. The stabilizer bars are now bonded to their mounting bushings and use low-friction connecting links for smoother operation. Sport trims have firmer spring and stabilizer tuning for improved responsiveness and a more connected feel, in keeping with the expectations of the Sport buyer.

In a first for Accord, Touring trims feature an Adaptive Damper System with a wide range of damping capabilities. Controlled by a microprocessor using information from the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system's wheel sensors, yaw/G sensor, engine rpm and torque, and steering angle, the Adaptive Damper System can adjust every 0.002 seconds to adapt individual wheels to road surfaces. This provides the Honda Accord Touring trims with the most composed and comfortable ride possible for the road conditions.

By selecting NORMAL or SPORT setting on the center console, the driver can take advantage of ride and handling characteristics focusing on either a more comfortable ride or else more responsive handling. The Adaptive Damper System links to the ADS function; when in SPORT mode the Accord Touring's steering function firms up the dual-pinion variable-ratio electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering (EPS), adding a higher level of feedback and feel for the driver. The system automatically resets to NORMAL whenever the Accord is started.

MacPherson Strut Front Suspension

A new MacPherson strut front suspension is engineered to provide inspired handling performance and a responsive feel for the driver. New L-shaped aluminum lower suspension arms connect to the cast-aluminum subframe via hydraulic compliance bushings. Engineered to absorb both longitudinal and lateral forces, they provide the ideal combination of handling stability and ride comfort, along with maximum isolation from road noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The lightweight lower suspension arms are aluminum for reduced suspension inertia, the front hub carriers are steel, and all Accord trims use a tubular front stabilizer bar with bonded mounts for smoother functionality. Specially calibrated geometry ensures a high degree of quickness and precision, smoothness and stability.

Multi-Link Rear Suspension

Accord's new multi-link rear suspension includes stamped-steel arms, cast-aluminum hub carriers and a stabilizer bar. Mounted on a floating type steel subframe, the rear suspension provides agile handling, both during normal driving and in emergency maneuvers, together with a flat ride. The trailing arms are located on the unibody via hydraulic compliance bushings for exceptional control of noise, vibration and harshness NVH while maintaining precise handling. All Accord trims use a solid rear stabilizer bar for crisp turn-in and body roll control. The compact design of the rear suspension also facilitates a more spacious trunk design.

Dual Pinion Variable Ratio Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering (EPS)

A first for Accord, the Electric Power Steering (EPS) incorporates dual pinion gears and a variable gear ratio for steering feel, performance and comfort that is unsurpassed in the class. Compared to a traditional single-pinion steering system, the dual pinion EPS utilizes the physical steering input from the driver as well as from a supplemental electric motor. A non-contact torque sensor measures the driver's steering effort and an ECU determines how much electric motor assist to apply, resulting in smooth, natural and precise steering feel.

The steering ratio is variable with a final full off-center ratio of 11.8:1. This provides a quick 2.3 turns lock-to-lock (compared to 2.5 on the previous model), enabling confident, precise steering control and easy low-speed maneuverability. The EPS on the Sport trim is further tuned to provide more information from the front tires for a more secure and precise enthusiast-oriented feel.

Straight Driving Assist

In another first for Accord, the Straight Driving Assist function reduces the steering effort required when driving on a sloped or crowned road. When the Straight Driving Assist system detects that steering effort is being applied to keep the car driving along a slope, the Electric Power Steering system applies motor assist. This reduces the muscle effort required to maintain the desired direction on the sloped road to the same level as is required on a flat road.

Four-Wheel Disc Brakes with ABS, Electronic Brake Booster (EBB), Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist

4-wheel disc brakes with 4-channel (ABS), Electronic Brake Booster (EBB), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist are standard equipment on all 2018 Accords. The system utilizes a large-diameter master cylinder to achieve a short-travel, firm pedal. The EBB uses an electronic servomotor to assist braking performance while improving brake feel and pedal modulation in virtually all conditions. The result is a comfortable and refined braking feel at low speeds, predictable and easy operation on the highway, a sporty feel on winding roads, and reassuring high-performance stopping in emergency situations.

The ventilated front brakes rotors are clamped by single-piston brake calipers. The rear disc brakes incorporate solid rotors, likewise paired with single-piston brake calipers. The low-friction design of the brake calipers reduces energy losses when the brakes are not in use, directly improving fuel efficiency.

Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control

Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) is an Electronic Stability Control system that works in conjunction with the Honda Accord's Drive-by-Wire™ throttle and its 4-channel ABS systems to enhance control capability while the vehicle is accelerating, braking, cornering or when the driver makes a sudden maneuver.

VSA also provides a limited-slip differential effect for the driving wheels by applying braking force to a slipping wheel, thereby redirecting driving force to the wheel with more traction. While the driver can reduce the traction control effectiveness allowing more wheel slip during stuck conditions by pressing the VSA button, ABS remains fully operational at all times.

Agile Handling Assist

Standard on all Accord trims, Agile Handling Assist selectively uses the vehicle's brakes to improve initial turning response and overall cornering ability. Agile Handling Assist utilizes brake vectoring to improve corner traceability and promote a confident handling feel. By applying braking force to the inside wheels during cornering at high lateral G, the system creates a yaw moment, thus generating more turning force and reducing understeer. Agile Handling Assist further sharpens the Accord's dynamics when the driving mode system is set to SPORT.

Hill Start Assist

The Hill Start Assist function helps to prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards when the driver switches from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal while the vehicle is stopped on a hill. Hill Start Assist automatically activates when the vehicle senses a certain incline and is fully stopped in any forward gear when facing up hill or reverse gear when facing downhill. The system uses a longitudinal G-sensor along with a wheel speed sensor to control the hydraulic brake modulator.

Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Brake Hold

The standard Electric Parking Brake (EPB) is simpler, more convenient and comfortable to use than a traditional parking brake. The EPB also frees up center console space, allowing a higher console and an extended armrest length.

Engaging the parking brake now requires only a pull on a switch on the center console. To release the parking brake, the driver simply presses on the accelerator pedal while the seatbelt is buckled when the transmission is in Drive or Reverse (AT models) or else pushes on the parking brake switch while operating the brake pedal.

Automatic Brake Hold

When activated, Automatic Brake Hold retains brake pressure when the vehicle comes to a stop such as at a traffic light or in heavy traffic. This frees the driver from continually pressing the brake pedal to maintain the vehicle in a stopped position until the driver presses the throttle pedal.

Operating the system requires two simple actions from the driver:

  • Activating/deactivating the system via a switch on the center console
  • Pressing on the brake pedal until the vehicle comes to a stop

Once these steps are taken, Automatic Brake Hold will indicate engagement and then maintain brake pressure when the vehicle has come to a stop, even if the driver later releases the brake pedal. A green "Brake Hold" icon on the instrument panel illuminates to show that the system is functioning. The Accord then remains stopped - even on a hill - until the driver presses the accelerator pedal. At this point, Automatic Brake Hold releases the brakes and the vehicle resumes normal braking function.

Wheels and Tires

The Accord LX, EX, EX-L and Hybrid trims ride on 225/50R17 A/S tires mounted on 17 x 7.5-inch aluminum alloy wheels, while Sport and Touring trims are equipped with lower-profile 235/40R19 A/S tires on 19 x 8.5-inch, 5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels. All tires carry an M+S all-season rating, making them suitable for year-round use in all weather and road conditions.

Developed cooperatively with Honda engineers, the tires help to reduce rolling resistance while also helping to improve both ride quality and handling. With low unsprung weight, they also allowed the engineers greater control of suspension tuning, which further improves ride and handling characteristics.

A summary of the 2018 Accord's wheel and tire sizes include:

  • LX, EX, EX-L
    • 17 x 7.5-inch alloy wheels
    • 225/50R17 94V all-season tires
  • Sport, Touring
    • 19 x 8.5-inch alloy wheels
    • 235/40R19 96V all-season tires
  • Hybrid
    • 17 x 7.5-inch alloy wheels
    • 225/50R17 94V all-season tires

Noise-Reducing Wheels

In a first for any Honda production vehicle, all 2018 Accord EX and above wheels have a special noise-reducing design that lowers noise by 6dB. The key elements of the noise-reducing function are a resonator and a resin molding applied in a band on the inside of the rim. The result is reduced noise resonance in the air column inside the wheel. One important benefit of the noise-reducing wheel technology is a noticeable reduction in audible thumping or bumping noises when the Accord crosses expansion joints on the roadway.

Space-Saving Spare Tire

For all gasoline-engine Honda Accord trims, the spare tire is a space- and weight-saving temporary unit on a steel wheel stored under a carpeted floor in the cargo area. Hybrid models use a Tire Repair Kit (TRK).

Low-Friction Wheel Bearings

The Accord's wheel hubs feature low-friction bearings that measurably reduce rolling resistance, which directly contributes to improved fuel efficiency.

Fuel Tank

The 14.8-gallon fuel tank (12.8-gallon on Hybrid) and fuel lines are molded of high-density polyethylene for low weight, freedom from corrosion, impact resistance and fuel vapor losses. The thin-walled tank and filler pipe are formed as a single unit, reducing weight and complexity, while further improving safety in the event of a collision. Additionally, the tank is positioned ahead of the rear wheels to help guard against collision damage. A high-efficiency fuel pump is housed inside the tank, and the fuel filter is a lifetime design that never needs replacement. An integrated baffle system, also positioned inside the tank, reduces the sound of fuel sloshing.

Indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

The new Accord uses an indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that uses the existing ABS wheel-speed sensors to continually monitor the rotational speed of each wheel. Because a tire with low pressure rotates more quickly than one with a higher pressure, by comparing these values with a specifically designed computer algorithm, indirect TPMS can determine when a tire is low on pressure. This information is delivered to the driver in the form of a warning symbol on the instrument panel. Special logic included in the TPMS processor is designed to eliminate false warnings.

Safety and Driver Assistive

The 2018 Accord receives numerous safety improvements and driver assistive features, beginning with its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, and the application of Honda Sensing®, including new Traffic Sign Recognition, as standard equipment on all models and trims. Accord also adds driver and front passenger knee airbags for the first time, plus rain-sensing windshield wipers, an electric parking brake (EPB) and available LED headlights.

Electronic advancements include the first application of Traffic Sign Recognition in a Honda, and the first application of Driver Attention Monitor in the Accord. As well, the new Accord Touring includes HondaLink™ telematics that allow remote engine starting, cabin temperature control, locking and unlocking doors via the driver's smartphone, a Wi-Fi hotspot, automatic emergency calling, stolen-vehicle tracking, a rear cross traffic monitor and more.

Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure

Honda's proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body-structure enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions.

Pedestrian Injury Mitigation Design

Structures in the front of the 2018 Honda Accord are designed to help absorb energy in the event of a collision with a pedestrian. Research by Honda shows that the following features can dramatically improve a pedestrian's chance of survival if struck by a moving vehicle.

  • Hood is designed to deform if contact is made with either an adult or a child pedestrian
  • Sufficient clearance exists between the hood and hard engine parts, allowing the hood to deform if impacted by a pedestrian
  • Windshield base has a unique section structure for efficient impact energy absorption
  • Energy-absorbing fender mounts and supports
  • Breakaway windshield wiper pivots
  • Deformable hood hinges

Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control

Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) is an Electronic Stability Control system that works in conjunction with the Drive-by-Wire™ throttle and the 4-channel ABS systems to enhance control capability while the vehicle is accelerating, braking, cornering or when the driver makes a sudden maneuver. VSA functions by applying brake force to one or more wheels independently while also managing the throttle, ignition and fuel systems to help the vehicle maintain the driver's intended path of travel.

VSA also provides a limited-slip differential effect for the front wheels by applying braking force to a slipping wheel, thereby redirecting driving force to the wheel with more traction. By pressing the VSA button, the driver can temporarily reduce the traction control effectiveness, allowing more wheel slip during stuck condition. ABS remains fully operational at all times.

Advanced 4-Channel ABS with Electronic Brake Booster (EBB) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)

The new 2018 Accord is fitted with 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-channel anti-lock braking (ABS). The ABS system also incorporates an Electronic Brake Booster that improves brake performance and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) circuitry that automatically proportions front-to-rear brake force based on the dynamic load on each wheel.

Brake Assist

A function of the VSA system, Brake Assist recognizes emergency or hard braking situations and almost instantly applies added braking force to ensure maximum stopping force, an action that can help shorten braking distance.

Seatbelts

Three-point seatbelts are standard for all seating positions. The front seatbelts are equipped with pyrotechnic pre-tensioners and load-limiting retractors to help mitigate injuries in a frontal collision.

Front Airbags

Advanced front airbags are provided to help reduce the likelihood of driver and front passenger injury in a collision of sufficient magnitude. Like other Honda vehicles, the driver's front airbag is located in the steering wheel while the passenger airbag is located on the top of the dash. When deployed, the passenger airbag inflates upward and then rearward to maximize its protective potential while reducing the likelihood of injuries caused by airbag deployment.

Front Passenger's Safety Vent Airbag

For the first time in Accord, the passenger's front airbag features a safety vent system that increases safety for the front passenger in a frontal collision involving an airbag deployment. If the passenger is sitting "out of position" - such as leaning forward in the pathway of the airbag deployment - the auxiliary vents remain open, directing a significant amount of gas out and away from the occupant. As a result, the potential for injury from the airbag striking an out-of-position passenger is reduced. However, if the passenger is correctly seated, the airbag has an internal tether that will close the auxiliary vents at the necessary time to provide optimal occupant restraint.

Driver and Passenger Knee Airbags

The inclusion of driver's and front passenger's knee airbags is a first for Accord. The airbags are designed to better control the forward motion of the occupants in the event of a frontal collision, in conjunction with the front airbags and seatbelts. Each knee airbag is contained beneath a panel on the underside of the instrument panel. For improved knee clearance, the panel is contoured away from the knees, offering two additional inches of legroom compared to the previous generation Accord Sedan.

Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor

All outboard seating positions are protected by side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor system. In the event of a severe side impact, the side curtain airbags deploy from modules in the roof, providing a significant level of head protection in the window area. In the unlikely event of a rollover, a roll-rate sensor along with multiple G sensors trigger airbag deployment. The side curtain airbags will also deploy and provide head protection in frontal impacts as necessary. For example, small overlap impacts, where the front corner of the vehicle collides with a solid object.

In the case of a rollover, the side curtain airbags on both sides of the vehicle will deploy. However, in the event of a sufficient side impact that does not result in a rollover, only the airbags on the impacted side of the vehicle will deploy. The airbag maintains full inflation for approximately six seconds after inflation to allow for the increased duration of a rollover accident.

Whiplash Mitigation Front Seat Design

Both front seats are designed to help mitigate the severity of neck injuries in the event of a rear impact by efficiently dispersing forces against the occupant as the seatback cushion compresses relative to the occupant's head. The seatback springs are optimized so that in a rear crash, when the seatback is pushed forward into the occupant, the seat will absorb the occupant's mass in manner that can help minimize the severity of a whiplash injury.

Adjustable Head Restraints

All front and rear seating positions feature individually adjustable head restraints.

Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH)

Both of the Accord's second-row outboard seating positions are equipped with the LATCH Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children child seat-mounting system. Tether anchors are provided the remaining middle seating position.

Indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

In a first for the Accord, an indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) uses wheel-speed data collected by the ABS system to determine when the air pressure in one tire drops below the recommended minimum. When this occurs, a symbol will illuminate on the instrument panel to warn the driver.

Parking Sensors

To assist in maneuvering in tight spaces, such as entering or exiting a parking space, the 2018 Accord Touring trim features a set of six parking sensors. A sensor is located at each corner of the vehicle with an additional two at the rear. When a sensor(s) detects an object close to the vehicle, the system provides an audible warning plus a visual alert on the MID and, when backing up, also on the Display Audio screen when showing the rearview camera view. With each type of visual alert, the system indicates in what direction the detected object is located.

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines

All 2015 and newer Honda models, including the 2018 Honda Accord, incorporate a multi-angle rearview camera. Based on the driver's selection, the center console display can show a top view, normal view, or wide view on the 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen when in Reverse gear, Dynamic guidelines project the vehicle's future path based on the driver's steering inputs.

Driver Attention Monitor

New for the 2018 Accord, on highway and arterial roads the Driver Attention Monitor continually monitors and assesses driver behavior behind the wheel to help determine if the driver is becoming inattentive - and then if so, warn the driver to take a break. The system uses input from the Electric Power Steering (EPS) to measure both the frequency and severity of the driver's steering inputs to gauge their level of awareness with four gradients.

When the Driver Attention Monitor is activated, the driver is first alerted by a coffee cup icon and a 4-level bar graph that is displayed on the Driver Information Interface (DII) below the speedometer and tachometer. The bar graph indicates full attention when four white bar elements are illuminated. As the driver attention drops, fewer and fewer bars are illuminated. When the number of bars drops to two, a message inviting the driver to take a break is illuminated. If the driver continues driving and the graph drops to the lowest level of one bar, a beeper sounds and the steering wheel vibrates, prompting the driver to pay closer attention or take a rest break.

Honda Sensing®

Honda Sensing® helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle, providing warnings to the driver and, under certain conditions, aiding the driver in avoiding or mitigating the severity of a collision. Honda Sensing is standard on all 2018 Accord trims and includes new Traffic Sign Recognition.

Honda Sensing® features include the following:

  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) - Integrated with CMBS
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) - Integrated with RDM
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF)

Traffic Sign Recognition

In a first for Honda, all 2018 Accord trims include a new Traffic Sign Recognition feature that supports the driver in recognizing traffic speed limit signs. To do so, the Accord's monocular camera can automatically recognize the signs and display the information on the Driver Information Interface (DII). The information is displayed immediately after the Accord passes the sign.

Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS)

All Accord trims offer the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), one of the most sophisticated driver-assistive technologies available. A millimeter wave radar unit, located behind the front grille, and monocular camera, located between the rearview mirror and windshield, scans traffic conditions ahead of the vehicle.

When the system determines a collision is possible with a detected vehicle, the integrated Forward Collision Warning FCW system's visual and audible alerts prompt the driver to take corrective actions. The visual alert appears on the Driver Information Interface (DII). If the situation is not resolved, CMBS can apply different levels of automatic braking action to help reduce vehicle speed and eventual collision forces, and therefore to help reduce the severity of a collision if the driver does not take corrective action on their own. The radar unit and camera work simultaneously and cooperatively to control the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) modulator, which initiates any required braking.

Due to the effectiveness of its monocular camera, CMBS can recognize shapes and differentiate between a vehicle and a pedestrian, warning the driver in each case.

It is important to note that CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead, nor is it intended to replace the driver's assessment of traffic conditions and control of the vehicle. The driver must intervene in certain situations, and must always be attentive when using the system. Although in many cases CMBS will stop the vehicle, it is not intended to apply enough braking force to prevent all collisions. Based on the conditions, the system also may not perform all visual- and audible-alert stages, and may instead automatically engage the brakes if the system deems it necessary. CMBS may be turned off via driver-selectable settings.

Forward Collision Warning (FCW) - Integrated with CMBS

Integrated with CMBS, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) uses the monocular camera and millimeter wave radar to detect vehicles ahead and to determine whether a collision is likely. This helps reduce the stress of driving in traffic, while also contributing to an increased level of passive safety.

If the FCW system detects a vehicle in front of the Accord and then determines that a collision may occur due to a speed differential between the two vehicles, it will trigger visual and audible alerts for the driver. These include a "BRAKE" message on the Multi-Information Display (MID), and a series of beeps to alert the driver to apply the brake pedal. The FCW system will not automatically brake, and the driver remains responsible for safely operating the vehicle and avoiding collisions. If the driver does not respond to the FCW warnings, however, the CMBS is triggered into operation.

Drivers may adjust the distance at which FCW alerts occur through the "Vehicle Settings" feature via the standard audio or Display audio screens. They can choose between "Long," "Normal" or "Short." FCW may also be turned off via the Safety Support" function in the driver meters.

Note that the FCW system cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors.

Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)

Integrating Lane Departure Warning (LDW) detailed below, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) uses a monocular camera mounted on the upper portion of the windshield to identify solid or dashed painted lane lines, Botts' dots and cats eye markers. RDM uses steering force, via EPS to help the Honda Accord stay in its lane and, if the vehicle is detected leaving a lane marked by solid lines, braking force, via Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), to keep the vehicle from departing the lane or roadway altogether.

The monocular camera recognizes lane features and identifies the lane. If the RDM system determines that the Accord is about to leave a detected lane, it will provide steering assist primary and in rare occasions when steering assist is not sufficient to avoid leaving a lane marked by a solid line, braking assist, to help the driver stay on the road. RDM is integrated with the VSA system to provide moderate braking, and with the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system to provide steering input.

Multiple visual warnings alert the driver when the RDM system is taking corrective action. These include a lane departure warning on the driver's Driver Information Interface (DII) along with a steering wheel vibration as an initial warning. A visual warning is included in the head-up display on the Touring trim.

RDM also has customizable timing of the initial warning of the steering wheel shake/vibration. This can be adjusted in the vehicle settings. RDM can be turned off via the "Safety Support" function in the driver meters.

Lane Departure Warning (LDW) - Integrated into RDM

Lane Departure Warning (LDW) is designed to alert the driver if the vehicle is leaving a detected lane without the turn signal being activated. The system functions at speeds from 45 to 90 mph on straight or slightly curved roads, alerting the driver of deviations from a detected lane. The LDW system utilizes the same upper front windshield camera used for CMBS and LKAS and provides visual and tactile alerts prior to the other systems actively engaging.

If the vehicle begins to move out of a detected lane without the turn signal activated, LDW illuminates a Lane Departure message on the Driver Information Interface (DII) and provides a visual and tactile warning, advising the driver to take appropriate action. A visual warning is instead included in the head-up display on the Touring trim. The system can be activated and deactivated by pressing the RDM button located on the instrument panel, to the left of the steering column.

There are certain conditions under which the system may not engage or operate, including inclement weather e.g., snow, ice or heavy rain and extreme cabin heat due to operability of the camera. The system will automatically suspend operation when the brakes are applied or the turn signals are used. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road conditions. The driver remains responsible for safely operating the vehicle.

Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) helps provide a less stressful driving experience by reducing the need for steering correction movements and driving effort on the highway. LKAS uses a camera to read lane markings and uses Electric Power Steering (EPS) to assist the driver in maintaining their position within the lane.

Designed for the U.S. road structure, the system uses a monocular camera mounted on the upper portion of the windshield to identify painted lanes, Botts' dots and cats eye markers at speeds between 45 mph and 90 mph. When LKAS senses that the driver is drifting from the middle of a detected lane, the system generates corrective steering torque to assist the driver in maintaining lane position. Drivers using LKAS need to keep their hands on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road.

LKAS may be activated or deactivated using a switch located on the lower right part of the steering wheel. The system will suspend operation after several seconds if the driver takes his or her hands off the wheel, accompanied by a visual warning in the MID, resuming when the driver makes a steering input. A visual warning is instead included in the head-up display on the Touring trim.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow allows the driver to set a desired speed and following interval from a vehicle detected ahead, allowing the use of cruise control in light traffic conditions. This significantly reduces the driver stress of driving in traffic. The system uses the millimeter wave radar and monocular camera to continually track the distance to the vehicle detected ahead, and then adjusts the Accord's speed to maintain the set following interval. A short, medium, long, or extra-long interval can be selected. When required, the Accord automatically brakes using the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) modulator. Integrated Low-Speed Follow extends the automatic following capability to stop-and-go traffic situations down to 0 mph. A visual warning is instead included in the head-up display on the Touring trim.

ACC operates in the following ways in the listed circumstances:

  • A preceding vehicle is detected in the lane ahead - Decelerates automatically, if required, and then controls the following distance.
  • The preceding vehicle slows to a stop - Stops automatically and remains stationary.
  • The preceding vehicle accelerates from a stop - Resumes following when the SET or RES switch or accelerator pedal is operated.
  • Another vehicle merges in between the Accord and the preceding vehicle - Automatically switches "targets" to the nearest detected preceding vehicle.
  • The preceding vehicle exits the lane - ACC system continues at cruise-control speed previously selected by driver 25 to 90 mph.

A Driver Information Interface (DII) message and audible warning alert the driver when the ACC function is activated.

Rear Cross Traffic Monitor

New to the 2018 Honda Accord EX and above trims, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor works in conjunction with the BSI radar sensors to enhance driver confidence when backing up. The system is especially useful when reversing in congested parking lots with an obstructed view from driver's seat.

The system utilizes a pair of radar units located in the rear bumper corners. When Reverse is selected and an approaching vehicle is detected, arrows indicating the approaching vehicles direction are shown on the center display's rear camera image as well as an audible warning.

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