2018 Honda Accord Unveiled With Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engines

Following a preview last month, Honda has officially unveiled the 2018 Accord.

Set to go on sale this fall, the redesigned sedan has a unique front fascia with a prominent grille that sits above a large lower air intake. The model also has a sculpted hood, a sportier roofline, and uniquely shaped windows behind the rear doors. Out back, the Accord features an integrated rear spoiler, LED taillights, and a dual exhaust system with chrome accents.

The exterior styling will likely prove polarizing but the cabin is different story as it features high quality materials and an upscale design. Once seated behind the three-spoke steering wheel, drivers will find a new soft-touch instrument panel, chrome accents, and an 8-inch Display Audio system with physical knobs for tuning and volume.

Elsewhere, Honda installed more deeply padded arm rests and improved seats with taller shoulder bolstering for additional support. Rear seat passengers will be grateful for the car’s longer wheelbase which results in nearly two inches of extra rear seat legroom.

A variety of options will be available including heated and ventilated front seats as well as 6-inch head-up display. Other highlights include a wireless smartphone charger and 4G LTE connectivity.

Entry-level models will be powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 192 hp (143 kW) and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque. It can be connected to either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.

The Accord will also be available with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 252 hp (187 kW) and 273 lb-ft (369 Nm) of torque. A six-speed manual is available on Sport variants but most models will come with a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

Buyers looking for something more eco-friendly can check out the Accord Hybrid which features a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle engine and two electric motors. Performance specifications will be announced closer to launch but Honda says the powertrain offers “improved power delivery with no compromise to interior or cargo space.”

All Accords will benefit from a lighter and more rigid body structure which uses ultra-high-strength steel. This enables the model to weigh between 110-176 lbs (49.9-79.8 kg) less than its predecessor.

On the handling front, the 2018 Accord has been equipped with a new MacPherson strut front suspension and a more compact rear multi-link setup. Other highlights include an adaptive damper system and a lower center of gravity.

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  • Maher

    Hideous!

    • Just another Supra fan

      He told you the design was subjective.

    • Bo Hanan

      We knew it was coming eventually. The ugly-stick at Acura would finally swing it’s way towards the Accord and wa-la. Looks like it’s face was literally kicked-in.

    • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

      looks better than the camry – i think i will like the design after a while same way i ended up liking the civic

    • AvarageCarGuy

      +1000

    • fgclolz

      BMW setting some polarizing trend with their 3/6 GTs.

      • Harry_Wild

        This is not a liftback however. To bad too.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Developing …

    What? a photograph?

    Ah! You’ve edited it now.

  • no25

    It’s definitely a nice interior – very Mazda like. The overall look, though, just isn’t my cup of tea.

    • Jorge Acosta

      Man! I was thinking the same! that’s the exact same interior as new Mazdas

  • ca

    new camry looks better

  • OdysseyTag

    Interior is quite dated for a 2018 year model. I’m sure it will find it’s buyers but it’s got a Clarity vibe to it and that’s worrying in my opinion.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    when is the new mazda 6 will coming out?

  • Blade t

    Wow,I think the last gen looks much better ….hints of the clarity in this new design ,and the clarity is hideous….

  • haudit

    It’s a rather unfortunate looking creation. It’s a very plain, middle-of-the-road shape sprinkled with some of the Civic’s more avantgarde styling details, and it just doesn’t work. The interior is OK, but not really an improvement on the current model, and more than a little reminiscent of a 2014 Mazda 6.

    They should just have imported the Spirior. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d5e28d9b3edb7b61cdfaedd8f34ef902dbf927d52b09cdad76cd26cb90bbde2e.jpg

    • Ilbirs

      The Spirior is a vehicle made in China by Dongfeng-Honda, one of the two partnerships of the Japanese automaker in China, the other one being Guangzhou-Honda. As Guangzhou-Honda makes the Accord, the Spirior was designed to fill the same niche and not making Dongfeng-Honda jealous to the fact that the other partner has something in a segment that interests. Redundant products are part of the Chinese strategy of the automakers that signed more than one partnership there. See Shanghai-VW and FAW-VW lineups and they will surprise about how redundant they are.

      • haudit

        I meant import the design, not literally import the finished car from China. It’s undeniably better looking than the new Accord.

        • Bananarama

          wat

          The Spiror looks extremely dated and awkward. It’s funny how similar a lot of the general shapes and lines are, but just done with a “mid-2000s” look. Accord looks leagues better than that thing.

  • Dennis Scipio

    The taillights remind me of the Honda Civic, I think that’s what they were going for.

    • Scott

      The whole thing reminds me of the new Civic. In fact, I thought it was the new Civic with different wheels.

    • BlackPegasus

      Tail light assembly looks like the new Buick LaCrosse.

  • Nordschleife

    I swear this looks like they decided to streamline the Honda Crosstour. Like what they did with the 5 Series GT by changing it to the 6. The interior is giving me Mazda vibes as well. It looks decent though.

    • Henry Juliao

      OMG, yes

  • Thando_Gqabaza

    Why fastback? I hate it. Why can’t we have are normal looking sedan? Nobody wants a fastback, looks like a cheap euro rep car

    • Thando_Gqabaza

      Oh , btw, the new Camry owns this thing. Real V6 and sedan styling for the win!!!

      • Six Thousand Times

        I will give you the V-6 but otherwise, no.

        • Tumbi Mtika

          But he’s right. It’s styled as a SEDAN.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Hard to see that gormless Camry as being “styled.”

    • Althea Later

      If it’s a fastback, it should have a lift-back!!!! Not this tiny trunklid stupidity.

  • T_Cake

    This may well be the ugliest Accord ever. Well done, Honda.

  • lapirk

    in Gordon ramsay voice: AHH F*&K ME!

    seriously wtf is this?? did they get inspired by the hideous maxima and try to make it worse
    this is by far the ugliest thing ive seen this year. good god
    on the contrary the interior looks normal. what a freakshow

  • Deckard_Cain

    Damn, that’s an ugly mug. The interior is nice though.

  • Gustavo Adriano

    It’s the first Accord that I real like in years…

  • Leconte Dave

    The size of a boat…

  • Dariush

    nice sculptural side, terrible front fascia. The new Camry is way better than this.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    There’s a reason they don’t show to many side views….wow…

  • U8INIT

    Looks good and will look better in person…

  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks…premium. Now I just noticed how weird the rear quater windows look.

  • Dan

    Where’s the Coupe??

  • Dan

    where’s the Coupe??

  • Henry Juliao

    What the hell was? Honda should fire everyone that worked on this car and gave it a green light.

  • Rocket

    Well, it sure falls short of that rendering Carscoops showed us a few weeks back, doesn’t it?

    https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OAljKULfJP8/WTKlUfNQ3LI/AAAAAAASdOg/-V9hT2FxRIQQuwXNB5v_YW4CAiYEAh58wCLcB/s1600/2018-Honda-Accord-Carscoops-2.jpg

  • Scott

    “more deeply padded armrests” ! Oh, well give me two then. /s

    Just looks like a larger Civic.

  • Jason Miller

    They need to ditch this chrome unibrow thing they have going on. It’s hideous.

  • SteersUright

    THE GOOD: Nice-ish interior for the class. Base engine seems peppy at nearly 200hp. Honda build quality & reliability.

    THE BAD: Who the fk signed off on the final design…this thing is UUUUUUUGLY!!!! Wow!! You’d need some pretty dim sunglasses to stare at this in your driveway every day. Also, the “upgrade” engine sucks at 250hp. The old V6 was more powerful, probably just as efficient in the real world, and made a lovely noise. The 2 liter should’ve been 280hp at the very least! Also, like all Honda’s this will probably suffer intense road and tire noise.

    • Just another Supra fan

      “…..this will probably suffer intense road and tire noise.”

      Just like most of Mazda’s vehicles.

  • ediotsavant

    King Camry rules over this Clarity inspired Accord.

    • Six Thousand Times

      “King Camry?” I’m going to have to ask you to turn in your man card.

  • Ilbirs

    I’m worried about this ACE platform premiered by tenth-gen Civic and continued by fifth-gen CR-V and now tenth-gen Accord. Does this modular base have more compromises than, for example, VW’s MQB and Toyota’s TNGA? I ask this because this Accord looks too much like a stretched Civic while the tenth-gen Civic became too bloated when compared to its predecessor. While we talk about this, MQB and TNGA have already proven they can give birth to a diversified range of vehicles specially when considering the size and the kind of body. If we add PSA to this account, the thing gets worse for ACE, as the French automaker managed to create a even broader range underpinned by EMP2.

    • Six Thousand Times

      A valid line of questions. I still lament Honda’s abandonment of double wishbones like my old 1991 Civic Si.

  • Mariusz Mitera

    Not a fan of Honda but any means, but with a Honda badge we all know this will sell like the Camry’s and Tacoma’s from Toyota.

  • Rocket

    Looks like Honda has been poaching Toyota/Lexus and Nissan designers.

    But seriously, Japanese designers have admitted that Americans don’t “get” modern Japanese styling. So why force this crap down our throats? Doesn’t a market the size of the U.S. deserve special attention if tastes are that different from the home market? If this thing looked like the Mazda6 (or even Carscoop’s rendering), Honda could single-handedly renew interest in the sleepy mid-size sedan segment.

    • Thando_Gqabaza

      This isn’t Japanese styling, this is the ugly Euro-look

  • getoffme

    Toyota Camry, you win.

  • Shobin Drogan

    I think they want to make it look more upmarket and conservative but failed with certain design cues. The interior is a massive improvement though.

  • gshemant

    The hp number for the 2.0t is disappointing but I’ve heard torque comes in from 1500 to 4000 rpm. Camry and Fusion remain the most powerful in the segment.

  • salamOOn

    it looks good in white and red….

  • Waleesa1

    The side profile reminds me of the Genesis G80. Even the door panel’s wood trim also reminds me of the G80.

    • Dariush

      YES! it has alot of that and the HCD_14 Hyundai Genesis concept!

  • Althea Later

    Wow… more of the same…. more fastback rooflines with tiny trunk lid… more of the same copycat fugly tail-lamps, more giant chrome handlebar grille, copying off Mazda’s white and black interior… those front seat cushions look so damn short…. meh

  • LJ

    Honda Exec 1: Everyone keeps telling us the Crosstour is hideous.

    Honda Exec 2: Really? Well I guess we should use the same styling for the Civic and Accord then.

  • BlackPegasus

    When will we see the standard equipment list? Are the LED headlights standard? Apple Car Play Standard? Available wheel sizes? How can an unveiling leave people with more questions than answers? 😒

    As for the design, I find it non offensive. But the interior seems to be a step backwards.
    I’ve yet to find an audience of car enthusiasts who seem to prefer these floating tablet-like info screens
    that look like an afterthought. Why are they doing this? 😖

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Yes, those screens are nasty.

  • 31/12/2999
    • BlackPegasus

      Have you seen the base version of the new Camry? It looks like a rental car. To get the style of the photos you posted it will cost some serious coin.

      • ediotsavant

        You can say the same for any base model car.

    • Harry_Wild

      I think the only way I buy this Camry is in blacknto blend in with the front end.

  • Six Thousand Times

    The grille is too big, obviously, but they all are these days because…China. otherwise, it’s rather attractive. Too bad about the struts, though. Bring back the wishbones, Honda!

  • Craig

    My ‘first impression’ was NOT good. But I’m [slowly] warming up to it. Very disappointed in the hp rating of the 2.0. So much so – I wonder if it’s a mistake. But…. love the fact that you can get that engine with a 6-speed manual. [At least on the ‘Sport’ version]

    • ediotsavant

      The lower hp is for better gas mileage numbers. If they used the Civics Type R 300+ hp engine, the numbers would be worse than the V6 it replaces.

      • Craig

        Fine. But 54 horsepower less?

        • ediotsavant

          Yes. Look at the numbers for the Civic Type R engine, EPA rated 22 city, 28 Hwy, 25 combined. Versus the 2017 Accord V6 with a manual, 21/32/25. I’m guessing the huge drop in hp is to get the Accord to achieve in my estimate, 24/35/29 in the cycle.

  • Rototo

    Acura called to remind them they don’t want their beak back.

  • Rototo

    Acura called: they don’t want their beak back.

  • Craig

    If that chrome strip up front was body coloured…. hmm. That might make ALL the difference. Any photoshop experts here?

  • nastinupe

    With the great success of the CrossTour Honda decided to double back and for an encore performance. Way to go Honda!

  • Adam Coats

    At least they finally added ventilated seats.

  • serge charles

    Congrats on not dropping the 6 speed!

  • Craig

    CARSCOOPS! Why do some of my comments need to be ‘approved’? What am I writing that triggers that?

  • wonderdallas
    • Craig

      Paint that chrome strip to match the rest of the car… and you just might have a winner!

  • AEE91

    The rear, specifically the taillights, wrecked whatever flow/continuity the car had. Shame.

  • lapirk

    In the words of Gordon Ramsay

    “AHHH F#&K ME”

  • Bananarama

    That looks great. Excellent proportions. Detailing is miles better than on the Civic. Interior is a huge step forward. The two things that bother me are the white/clear lenses on the tail lights, and the overall size/shape of the grille. The former is too alike to the Impreza and the later seems too undefined and like the Charger.

    No one on the site will ever be happy with Honda no matter what they do. To call this hideous is a joke.

  • Laurenz

    Honda just killed the Accord

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Why is the face so blunt?

    And this is just the Civic XL.

  • vantageman1

    very nice love the looks inside and out looks upscale and contemporary without being to in your face like the new camry and makes the TLX seems MORE pointless

  • ZYGIUS

    One word- Quasimodo……..

  • Major upgrade in interior design, ergonomics and higher quality…love the beefy tires…it’s a winner!

  • IT’S INTERESTING. CERTAINLY MORE PULLED TOGETHER THAN THE CIVIC.

  • 31/12/2999
    • Thando_Gqabaza

      Camry so good, never thought I’d say that

  • Liam Paul

    I never like the accord design, always thought it was dull as dish water but with this one,I don’t get the hate, this one looks damn good, esp in red. I like the interior a lot too.

    • Thando_Gqabaza

      Are you from Europe? Most in Europe seem to like this styling. Problem is , Europe does not buy Honda, so why give it this type of styling

    • donald seymour

      Thank you so much. It’s really thought provoking in my humble opinion.

  • klowik

    The shape looks good except the front and tail lights.

  • Tex

    The touring has so many features, not to mention the kick ass 2.0 liter turbo that it makes the TLX irrelevant again.

  • DJ

    OMG i love it. it looks very up market. so much better than the Civic. But ok that front end/grill has got to go .. (on all Hondas)

  • Mary Jane

    New employees of Honda Design are required to take a drug test…to make sure they ARE on drugs.

  • Bonni Gari Leksmana

    You’re joking rite… Seriously…

  • Maverick

    i dont know what is wrong with the honda designers the last generation was a great failure and now they are coning with this rubbish how come the korean models are more elegant and stylish than the new japanese cars ,i guess they must fire the design team for this unknown mismatching piece of shit

  • fawzy

    ugly ugly ugly

  • bimo movuzzo

    wtf, a bigger fastback civic

  • Trackhacker

    I’ll gladly be keeping my 2017 Accord Sport that looks elegant and classy as well as has a CD Player.

    • Craig

      I noticed that. Yet another new car without a CD player. And some people will actually praise that.

  • Astonman

    What a disappointment. The present design has a sporty European look to it. With the recent updates on the front end and the rear, the car looks really upscale. It looks more upscale than Acura’s offerings. This new design is just boring. I’m not a fan of the fast back look they’re offering here. They did a much better version of that design on the Civic.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Carscoops when Camry came out: THIS IS UGLY!
    Carscoops when the new Accord came out: Camry > Accord

  • Knotmyrealname

    Apart from the subjective opinion regarding the looks of the thing, is that front end really aerodynamic at all?

  • Honda NSX-R

    It’s funny how people on here lambasted the new Camry for being ugly. Now people on here are saying that the new Camry trumps this new Accord.

    • donald seymour

      Man, Preach!

  • Auto

    Doesn’t look to bad. Is no one else excited that they are offering a manual?

    • donald seymour

      I’m excited about the manual.

  • 77S30Z

    Honda Accord – no longer a car I would like to own.
    The Koreans are so happy about this!

  • Mark S

    I actually like it a lot. I would think they still could offer a V6 though. For me, I would like to see a 5 door fast back ala Gran Coupe to replace the discontinued 2 door, call it a Prelude. I also think a AWD wagon version would fit nicely between the CRV and the Pilot.

  • The Watcher

    I don’t get why they try to go with that front end for the last 2 gen? Is the designed a 12 years old?

  • goodtoberight1

    Honda has decided to make the Accord too ugly and gutless to compete and compare with Acura.

  • I like this car but as an owner 2008 Accord (09 TSX stateside) the current Civic is more than enough car to replace my Accord.

    The Accord has grown too big and now looks more like a car to be driven in rather than drive.

  • YUGE

    It’s ugly. The Accord is going backwards in looks.

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