2018 Honda Accord is a sporty, sexy sedan

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2018 Honda Accord

Honda has shown off the latest in the Accord line-up – the 2018 Honda Accord – which we feel is a sporty and sexy sedan geared towards a market of young buyers who are often drawn to SUVs or sports cars.

The 2018 Honda Accord was shown off in the US at twin events held in Detroit and Torrance yesterday. The new Accord will be available for purchase this year itself and those who are a bit more environment conscious, will not be disappointed as Honda is offering a hybrid powertrain as well. Honda will offer the new Accord in three new engines – one of which is a turbocharged variant – paired with new 10-speed transmission.

The new Accord is wider and lower than its predecessor featuring safety technologies, sleeker body. Despite the sleek body, it has larger rear seating area, more passenger volume and more trunk space.

Under the hood, the base model front-wheel-drive 2018 Accord will be powered by a new 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline motor that makes 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. The car can also be had with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged version, which replaces a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and makes 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Those engines will be mated to either a CVT transmission, for the 1.5-liter engine, or Honda’s new 10-speed automatic transmission. Six-speed manual transmissions will be available in certain trim levels with all three gasoline engine choices.

Honda will also offer the 2018 Accord with its twin-engine hybrid powertrain. Honda said the 1.5- and 2.0-liter gasoline models will be available this fall, with the Hybrid model to start selling in early 2018.

All the new Accords will be fitted with Normal and Sport drive settings, and some will feature paddle shifters for a more engaged driving feel. Certain models will offer optional head-up windshield display. All will be Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.

Importantly, all models and trim levels will include all the Honda Sensing safety technologies as standard equipment. This will include a collision mitigation braking system, a lane departure warning, an adaptive cruise control program and other features. A rearview camera is standard equipment on all models, too.

Available on some models will be more advanced safety programs, such as blind-spot detection, cross-traffic monitor and more.

Like all manufacturers, Honda is also battling increasing consumer preference for sport utility vehicles over sedans. Though Honda does well with its HR-V and CR-V compact SUVs and holds the top two positions in retail domestic car sales with its Civic and Accord sedans, overall car sales are sliding.

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