2018 Honda Accord review with video

The basics:

Base price: $26,490 + taxes
As tested: $35,790 + taxes
Fuel economy over a week of driving: 7.8 L/100 kms (30 US MPG)
Competitors: Chevy Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda 6, Toyota Camry, etc

Sporty? Yep. Fuel efficient? Yep. Looks good? Yep. Spacious? Yep. Safe? Yep. Good value? Yep. The new tenth generation Honda Accord is a massive step forward for what, let’s be honest, was kind of a dull car. Well, now Honda’s aiming for a younger demographic of buyers with this redesign and it has the styling, fit and finish and value to grab your attention. Well done, Honda. You’ve done it. I don’t want to give the keys back! Check-out our full video review above and then scroll through our list of pros and cons below to see what makes this car stand out.

Pros:

– As Honda has done with so many of its latest generation vehicles, the Accord’s standard equipment has taken a huge step forward. You now get a 1.5-litre turbo engine putting out 192 hp, a proximity key, push button start, heated front seats, twelve way power driver’s seat, a seven inch infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a back-up camera, LED low beams and Honda Sensing (Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise, Collision Mitigation Braking, etc)
– It also just looks so much better. The low-slung roof line, the sweeping back end and the long, roadster-like hood – the Accord is suddenly scratching me in all the right places
– This 1.5 L engine, the same as we see in the new CR-V, has some kind of voodoo magic. There’s no way an engine this small should feel so peppy in a car this big and still manage to pull off impressive fuel economy
– The 1.5-litre equipped Accords come with either a 6 speed manual or a continuously variable transmission ($1300 extra). And while I’ve driven a lot of CVTs, and yes, some of them are garbage, this isn’t one of them. It’s smooth, responsive and doesn’t skip a beat when you use the paddle shifters that are available on the Touring trim. But if the smaller engine still doesn’t offer enough juice for you… or you can’t bring yourself to drive a car with a CVT, there’s a 2-litre turbo which takes over where the now discontinued V6 left off. It uses a 10 speed automatic transmission, which is an industry first for a front wheel drive car
– Fuel economy is solid. We averaged 7.8 L/100 kms this week with our 1.5-litre, CVT equipped car
– The coupe version of the Accord has disappeared for 2018 but as a bit of an olive branch, Honda has held onto the 6 speed manual transmission, which is available with both engines
– And yes, even on manual transmission models, Honda Sensing safety systems come standard… so take that all you companies that say you can’t make these safety systems work with a stick shift!
– Speaking of safety systems, we don’t have numbers yet from the IIHS, but the outgoing 9th generation model had a Top Safety Pick + rating and Honda’s been on a bit of a safety tear as of late so I don’t expect it will be any different for 2018
– The interior is also excellent. The switches feel good, the infotainment system looks good, the surfaces are almost entirely soft touch. The Accord punches way above its price class
– Despite a slight decrease in overall length, Honda has managed to carve out an extra two inches of second passenger legroom compared to the previous generation. It’s roomy back there. And despite that sloping roof line, I have the head room I need as a 6’2 adult
– The trunk is also 34 litres larger for 2017. You now have 473 litres of space which leads the charge compared the new 2018 Camry at 427 litres or the 462 litres in the Hyundai Sonata. A nice big opening means there was no issue loading up our standardized trunk test, too

Cons:
– All wheel drive isn’t an option on any trim
– The instrument cluster has also been redesigned for 2018 and now includes an entirely digital display on the left. It’s customizable and can you give things like a traditional tachometer, fuel economy, what you’re listening to or navigation instructions. But it’s kind of limiting since you can only see one of those things at a time. Our solution was to configure the head’s up display in our Touring trim so we could see the tach there instead. But that won’t be an option for you on lower trims
– Seat comfort is good but be prepared the first time you get in… they’re a little lower than you might be used to.
– And given how surprisingly eager this car is, there’s not a lot of bolstering in the seats if you do decide to whip through the corners a little
– Some of the little things I’m missing in this car are a panorama sunroof and a 360 degree parking camera – but given the price tag, the kit your getting is rock solid
– While there are 60/40 split folding rear seats, it’s a shame not to have a 40/20/40 split. The second row seats also don’t fold flat. So the Accord isn’t a great choice for longer items

Family Wheels report card:

Family Wheels driver comfort score: 4/5
Family Wheels interior layout score: 4/5
Family Wheels infotainment system score: 4/5
Family Wheels interior noise score: 4.5/5 (61 dB at 100 kms/h)
Family Wheels performance score: 4/5
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels trunk test score: 4/5
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 4/5
Family Wheels build quality score: 4/5
Family Wheels value score: 4.5/5

Family Wheels overall score: 45.5/50= 83%

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