2018 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T.
2018 Honda Accord has won a slew of awards, including the 2018 North
American Car of the Year, the industry’s most impartial
acknowledgment. Awards are like opinions, sure, and the
10th-generation Accord may not be good enough to stop the sales
slide of midsize sedans to crossovers but it should once again
overtake the Toyota Camry as the best-selling car in America.
leaner, sharper, better equipped, quicker, more fuel efficient, more
powerful, more spacious than the outgoing model and pretty much
anything else in its class. The top of the line Touring trim could
compete with premium brands such as Buick, Infiniti and Honda’s
own Acura TLX. Sound crazy? For $36,000, it’s a deal.
And it looks
good. Lower to the ground with a longer wheelbase and shorter ends,
it has an attractive fastback style with a sloping roofline tapering
into the rear. It’s no German sportback; the Accord has a proper
trunk, with 16.7 cubic feet leading the class. Four sets of golf
clubs should fit, or three extra teens sneaking into the drive-in
design keeps headroom tight for taller riders, and with the seat at
its lowest position it feels as if you’re getting in and out of a
Accord is no
longer offered with a 278-horsepower V-6 engine because the
252-horsepower 2-liter turbo four — nearly the same engine as the
Honda Civic Type R — offered in Touring trim does more better. It’s
all about the torque, which, grossly simplified, gets you going,
while horsepower keeps you going faster. The outgoing V-6 Accord
made 258 pound-feet, while the 2T4 with a 10-speed automatic pumps
out 273 pound-feet of torque, most ever for an Accord.
It pops from a
stop and drivers might notice a slight pull one way or another from
the front-wheel drive system. Torque steer is nearly unavoidable
with a car this potent. All that torque is available at just 1,500
rpm, so this Accord is ready for far more pressing challenges than
just passing moves.
punch with a lower center of gravity and sharp handling, and the new
Accord is downright fun. Yup, way more fun than the old V-6, and
more fun than Camry’s new V-6 in the XSE.
It gets better
on the inside. The touch screen, flanked with a tuning AND volume
knob is mounted high in the dash, which takes away from the overall
neat design. Chrome strips and soft-touch materials balance the
woodlike trim to keep it classy, though.
customizable instrument cluster — inch for inch the most valuable
real estate in the cabin — is what other automakers should
emulate. Audi sets the bar, but Honda has leapfrogged GM in setting
the pace for mainstream makes. With a toggle of the steering wheel
control, the tachometer becomes a 7-inch space to roll through audio
or phone commands, view nav directions, or check active fuel economy
or trip meters. Nothing revolutionary here, but it’s safe, smart,
and easy, relegating the touch screen to a map display or device for
the passenger to play with. The excellent head-up display furthers
the premium-car feel.
are a dime a dozen. But the 2018 Honda Accord is the best midsize
sedan on the market.
$35,800 (excluding $890 destination)
Mpg: 22 city,
2-liter turbo four-cylinder
Camry doesn’t come close.