2018 Honda Accord Review & Compare | Sandy, UT

2018 Honda Accord Review Sandy

Does the 2018 Honda Accord have a secret--or is it really just that good?

Honda has sold millions of its Accord-branded nameplates since the iconic sedan first debuted in 1976; does the auto giant have some secret, hidden from plain sight, that's allowed it to skyrocket into a lead position of popularity for decades, and to maintain one of the strongest reputations for durability and longevity among four-door family cars?

Ask one of the many drivers who have been piloting a Honda sedan for years, and they'll tell you that there's really not all that much a secret (though Honda surely has a small trick or two up its sleeve for cabin styling, seat stuffing, or touchscreen prodding). The Honda Accord really is just that good. Its new, larger, more comfortable interior and smoother driving dynamics look to improve it even further.

Like the original Honda Civic, the legendary Honda Accord was once billed as a much smaller body style--to fit the growing needs of growing American drivers, both of them blossomed into the current sizing that we know today. The newest 2018 Honda Accord slots nicely into the midsize sedan segment alongside similarly-sized and tough competitors like the Subaru Legacy, the Toyota Camry, the Nissan Altima, and the Ford Fusion.

And while this sedan was never known for inspiring any magnanimous feelings of artful awakening at first glance, that might all change with the recent redesign. Its solid-feeling construction, dependable powertrain, and relatively affordable price tag have kept this car at the top for longer than many other nameplates have even been on the road.

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The practical evolution of the Honda Accord

Like any model that's been around for some time (and this one is now pushing toward 50 years), the Honda Accord hasn't always looked, felt, and acted like the practical but flashy new family car that is now. Thanks in part to the success of the original Honda Accord, and in part to every automaker's natural instinct to roll out their lineup to be as wide and all-encompassing as possible in a picky, choosy market, the Honda Accord name has given birth to a variety of different shapes and sizes over the years.

And it was more than just a shift from "compact" to "midsize". The original sedan was shaped and scooped and sculpted to offer a two-door coupe body style (which has been since retired). In another iteration, the engine compartment was poked and prodded and battery-powered to offer a hybrid powertrain--that option is still around today.

Some time ago (and long dead now) the automaker experimented with a Honda Accord wagon, which was essentially a classic sedan shape at the front and forward cabin, with a blown-out cargo area behind the second row and a rear fascia that hung far back over the rear wheels. Business in the front, party in the back? Unknown to some, the Honda Crosstour (which did not adopt the "Accord" badging, potentially in an attempt to distance itself as an innovative offering) was actually built from many of the design strategies of the Honda Accord. That, however, also died away.

For the 2018 model-year lineup, there are two Honda Accord variations--both sedans--with multiple trim levels each: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, Touring Sedans, and Hybrid, EX-L, and Touring Hybrid Sedans.

A new, but still recognizable, style

You don't need to be an expert in design to be able to pick out a few classic styles, especially among modern sedans: a small lip at the trunk, exaggerated character lines to try to spice up an under-powered performance, some shaping on the hood. While the Honda Accord kept some of its more signature styling cues, the recent redesign got a little wild for a typical family car.

The biggest style changes for the Honda Accord make it shorter, lower, and wider than the previous generator, which makes for a look that's stable and solid. The front fascia of the new Accord is a lot more aggressive than we've seen for this mild-mannered sedan, but aggression smooths out along the side of the body to complement fierceness with maturity. The newest Honda Accord toned down the design language that we saw on the pointy new Honda Civic, but it's a better styling choice for the lofty comforts expected from a midsize.

How can you flavor your new Honda Accord? The 2018 lineup offers a multitude of available color options: 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.

New performance that's comfortable all around

Chances are, if you're buying a Honda Accord or any other sub-$30K car in the area, you're probably not expecting a sports car. And the Honda Accord... is not a sports car. But it's not supposed to be. It's supposed to be a practical, comfortable, everyday driver tailored for the average commuter, student, or small family. It does that well--but, don't be deceived in thinking that practical and proficient can't also be a little fun.

The last generation of Honda Accord sedans offered choice of a four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine. Both of these engines have disappeared for the next-gen sedan, though, and you'll be impressed by what Honda replaced them with. Standard powertrain performance now comes from a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, good for 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque when paired to Honda's smooth Continuously Variable Auto Transmission.

What replaces a six-cylinder? Well, if you're the Honda Accord, a 6-cyl engine gets swapped out for a peppy and fun new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, that boosts up power to 252 horsepower and 274 pound-feet of torque. Only a handful of its main rivals can beat it in max horsepower--one of which is the freakish Ford Fusion, which has been loaded up with more powertrain configurations than any one car needs.

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The interior may surprise you with tons of standard features

If you're hoping for a premium luxury car feel at a low starting price, you'll be pleasantly surprised with the new base Honda Accord models. You get the normal laundry list of modern-car standard features; things like power windows, music streaming through Bluetooth, USB connectors, etc. Jeep is the only brand these days who can get away with withholding basic human necessities in their entry model. But, the Honda Accord LX also gives you standard dual-zone auto climate control, a standard multi-angle rearview camera, and a standard 7-inch LCD screen.

If you're just looking to get a decent price on a nice-looking car, entry-level interiors like the LX and Sport will probably be satisfying enough. Especially since the redesign has added almost two inches of legroom for its rear-seat passengers.

If you can afford it, though, start on the Honda Accord EX and go up if you're looking for features and creature comforts. Honda did a great job with this new sedan, building on each higher trim level with more and more gear and equipment without going overboard--like some exceptionally zealous automakers have been wont to do. Available features for the new 2018 Honda Accord include touchscreen radio and a color Multi-Information Display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, leather-trimmed upholstery, one-touch power moonroof, and heated seats.

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

Honda Accord Safety and Security

Although everyone who's buying a car does, to some degree, care about safety. If you get into an accident, you want to be able to walk away from it. Preferably, you don't want to get into an accident at all. So even though Honda likes to market its cars to a more youthful audience, it knows that a large number of its sales of the Honda Accord are going to families, who think about safety more than anyone else.

And it's why the Honda Accord doesn't skimp on the good stuff. Every new 2018 Honda Accord is built with strong materials and good design to keep you safe, but there's more. New for the current generation, in a move that Honda will be soon be rolling out to all of its new models, the new Honda Accord comes standard with Honda Sensing on every model.

Honda Sensing collision avoidance technology offers equipment, tech, and features like Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Lane Keeping Assist System, and Traffic Sign Recognition.

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The secret sauce may just come down to name recognition

Is it possible that the Honda Accord's good sales records and strong reputation comes down to just being around for a long time? The mere-exposure effect says that humans are naturally more attracted to things, and have a stronger preference for them, simply because they're familiar with it.

So, do we think that the Honda Accord a great car just because it's comfortable and familiar? Or is it comfortable and familiar because it's a great car? The fresh updates for the new generation suggest that the secret sauce is a little bit of both.

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