Review: 2018 Honda Accord

Review: 2018 Honda Accord

What happens when you take one of America's best-selling sedans and give it a complete update for 2018? It becomes the country's fastest-selling sedan, so visit Valley Honda in Staunton and check out the 2018 Honda Accord to reserve your model today.

First, you'll want to be well-versed on the Accord's trims and available features, so read our full review to decide which one is right for you:

Comfort and Convenience

The 2018 Accord has five trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The Accord LX comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, Push Button Start, Cruise Control, tilting and telescoping steering column, a locking glove compartment, and illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls. Standard seating includes cloth trim and manual height adjustment, while basic entertainment features include a 7-inch audio display, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and Streaming Audio, Pandora Compatibility, SMS text function, and Radio Data System.

Upper trims add a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, sport pedals, HomeLink Remote System, Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror, and Door Pull Ambient Lighting. Additionally, when you upgrade you'll enjoy a 12-way power driver's seat, heated and/or ventilated front seats, leather-trimmed seating. Premium entertainment includes an 8- or 10-speaker sounds system, 8-inch Display Audio with touchscreen, HondaLink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Sirius XM Radio, HD Radio, wireless phone charging, mobile hotspot capability, and the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and HD digital traffic.

Safety and Tech

Each model of the all-new Accord comes standard with the HondaSensing suite of driver assistance technology, including a Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow, Traffic Sign Recognition System, Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and automatic high beams. Additionally, upper trims come with a Heads-Up Display and a Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor.

Since the 2018 Accord is all new, it has not yet been evaluated by major safety organizations. However for each of the previous six years, the Honda sedan received a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration* and was named a 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 Accord has two gasoline engines and a hybrid option. The base powertrain is a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. It's also available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, with a brand new 10-speed automatic transmission. The gasoline powertrains have a fuel economy of up to 30 MPG city and 38 MPG highway**.

The Accord Hybrid has a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine combined with an AC Synchronous Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor, making a net 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque.

Pricing

Starting at $23,570***

 

*Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). 2018 Honda Accord with Honda Sensing ™ and specific headlights.

**2018 EPA MILEAGE BASED ON 2018 EPA MILEAGE RATINGS. USE FOR COMPARISON PURPOSES ONLY. YOUR ACTUAL MILEAGE WILL VARY, DEPENDING ON HOW YOU DRIVE AND MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE, DRIVING CONDITIONS, BATTERY PACK AGE/CONDITION (HYBRID MODELS ONLY) AND OTHER FACTORS.

**Prices shown are Honda Suggested Retail Prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicle/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.