The 2018 Honda Accord is more than meets the eye

What you see is, basically, what you get. But, when it comes to the Honda Accord, you see a lot-and that means you get a lot.

The Honda Accord was first introduced in 1976 as a compact car--or, at least, what we would consider a compact car today; the modern car has gone the way of the smartphone and the burger, and American consumers are calling for bigger and bigger. So, the newest Honda Accord now fits nicely into the midsize car category as a spacious and comfortable option for drivers looking for a four-door daily driver that's bold and gallant--but that's not too bold or gallant.

This sedan was, for years, regarded as the wheat bread of the car world: substantial, useful, not entirely bland but certainly not tasteful, and you wonder how different it really is from the other types of bread on the shelf.

But for the all-new 2018 Honda Accord, the midsize sedan gets a fresh new breath of life in a design that rejects convention and challenges tropes. The Honda Accord was able to ride comfortably on its iconic look for decades--and sold millions of models since its first arrival, so obviously it was working--but Honda's latest tweaks to the recipes has managed to keep what works, while adding new flavors to make this one of the most eye-catching cars in its segment.

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The flexible Honda Accord and its variants

The Honda Accord has had a larger impact on Honda's history and its lineup than you might think.

Along with the Honda Accord sedan and hybrid sedan that we see now (and the Honda Accord Coupe that was just discontinued before the introduction of the 2018 MY), there was once a Honda Accord wagon that offered similar comfort and practicality, but could add a significant boost of versatility and space for families who needed something a little more commodious than just a sedan. The wagon idea fizzled after just two generations, disappointing a handful of fans, but the bones of the Honda Accord actually gave life to another long-backed car in the lineup: the Honda Crosstour.

While it was gifted its very own moniker, the Honda Crosstour was built up largely from its smaller sedan sibling--though any backseat passenger who complained about a lack of legroom in the Honda Crosstour can probably believe that it had some sedan blood in its DNA.

You could say that the Honda Accord actually set the stage for a huge variety of cars and crossovers. The current lineup is, however, limited to just one body style and only a handful of trim levels across the entire grouping.

  • 2018 Honda Accord Sedan model trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, Touring
  • 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Sedan model trims: Hybrid, EX-L, Touring

The 2018 Honda Accord bucks stylistic tradition

It's not the job of an economy sedan to look good--that's why sports cars, muscle cars, and ultra-luxe saloons exist. But in a segment that's as competitive as the midsize car category is, a cut face and a daring gleam never hurt the sales numbers.

The new Honda Accord now features a slanted rear end that looks closer to a sportback than to the conventional sedans we're used to, possibly paying homage to its dearly departed coupe cousin. The front end has been completely redesigned to offer a more aggressive, punchy look compared to its previous generation, invoking the type of design you'd maybe see on a muscle car. It's shorter, lower, and wider than the last-gen Accord, making this new sedan a sportier option.

Exterior colors for the 2018 Honda Accord include Platinum White Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Still Night Pearl, San Marino Red, Radiant Red Metallic, Champagne Frost Pearl, and Kona Coffee Metallic.

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What matters is what's inside: like leather and technology

The outside of the Honda Accord may not be particularly inspiring, but try to remember what you learned in kindergarten--or from that feel-good internet article that keeps circulating on your newsfeed: it's what's inside that counts. And for the new 2018 Honda Accord, that counts for a lot. The interior of this model has received a lot of attention from Honda over the years--and it's why the Honda Accord has able to stay so competitive against other popular cars like the Toyota Camry, Subaru Legacy, Chevrolet Malibu, and the Ford Fusion.

The instrument panel sits a little lower than other normal sedans, and the dashboard across the driver's field of vision is smooth and subtle. Along with looking great, this smart design helps to accentuate the wide windows and create a super feeling of space. So even if you don't have more elbow/leg/head room than in other cars (though the Honda Accord increased legroom for rear-seat passengers by nearly two inches) it sure feels like you do. That feeling of roominess and space is complemented well by the Honda Accord's very-well-equipped interior--even the base models Honda Accord LX and Sport still help you feel like you're getting your money's worth.

New models offer available leather-trimmed upholstery and leather accents throughout the cabin; heated seats; one-touch power moonroof; touchscreen radio and a color Multi-Information Display; full sets of controls mounted on the steering wheel for access to cruise control; music streaming through Bluetooth; and even select control of your smartphone through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. If you tend to get lost even if your own neighborhood--or, you love to travel but hate the bulk of roadmaps--consider upgrading to a Honda Accord that's equipped with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System.

Interior colors for the 2018 Honda Accord include Black, Black/Ivory, Gray, and Ivory.

The family sedan goes turbo

It's not a new concept: try to spice up something that's a little bland with a quick dash of flavor. It's where avocado toast came from--and that turned out pretty well. But for Honda, the seamless integration of a robust turbocharged engine into every trim level within the new 2018 Honda Accord lineup was as intuitive and easy as putting wheels on it.

The new lineup offers an impressive selection of powertrain options, and each gives you a different feel and offers different benefits. Upper-level models can be equipped with Honda's new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (good for 252 horsepower and 274 pound-feet of torque), which delivers exceptional power for its size, and makes it a truly tough competitor against its top rivals. The new turbo is slightly less powerful than the old V-6 engine that it replaces, but its smaller size and turbo technology make it the better fit for sedan buyers.

A 192-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine comes standard on most 2018 Honda Accord models, and pairs to a smoother CVT. A six-speed manual transmission (which is becoming a rarity in modern cars, and which we actually might see disappear within the next decade) is available on Sport trims only.

The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan offers its own, unique powertrain that has been optimized for daily performance both in the city and on the highway.

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Do specs translate into actual driving enjoyment?

Sometimes a car can have it all on paper--the right engine, the best numbers, the biggest brags--and still drive like it's a chuck wagon on the Oregon Trail. It's why test-drives, in person and by you, are so important in choosing your next car. However, we can confidently point to critic's reviews across the industry and across the ages to show that the Honda Accord is one of the best midsize sedans to drive whether you're just commuting or you're a true enthusiast at heart. Even if you don't choose the higher-powered turbo engine offered, the 2018 Honda Accord is as responsive, sporty, and nimble as you'd hope to find in the sharp sedans that are normally marketed toward the youths.

It's a way to reclaim that childhood thrill of travel, of sticking your hand out the window and riding the air flow, and of playful drives through quiet neighborhoods late at night--without having to show up at your adult job in some teenager's car. It's maturity, but with a bit of a wild side.

Is it safe? It's a Honda, so... yes

This question barely needs to be asked, but it's important to address nonetheless. All of the main automakers in the "Family Brands" category (Ford, Subaru, Toyota, Honda) have a very compelling--monetary--reason to build the safest cars that they can. Because, while there are plenty of millennials, young people, adventurous singles, and "fur-kid parents" who drive Honda cars, a large number of people who are buying midsize sedans are families. So, it pays to be able to boast about safety. Fortunately, the Honda Accord is not all talk. The 2018 Honda Accord was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS with perfect scores in nearly every category, and the government gave the 2018 Honda Accord a five-star safety rating.

Safety and security primarily comes from engineering and how well the car is made. Honda has that one in the bag. But, for the 2018 Honda Accord, they're packing on the bubble wrap a little bit tighter, adding the brand's impressive Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technology standard. Honda Sensing may offer features like Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Traffic Sign Recognition, and more.

Your car's strength of body may be the last defense in the event of an accident, but new safety systems in the 2018 Honda Accord could potentially help you avoid that necessity altogether. If you're shopping around for a car that looks good, feels good, and that you can feel good about, you won't find a fuller package than the 2018 Honda Accord.

Wrap it all up in a tidy package

What you see might be all that you get--but for this surprisingly well-equipped, handsome, and elegant car, what you get is more than you probably expect from a midsize sedan. The 2018 Honda Accord is definitely worth a look: seventeen million buyers can't all be wrong.

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