Honda has showcased the tenth generation of the Accord in the US. For 2018, the sedan has added a bunch of new features and a new design. The 2-door coupe has been pulled off the shelf for the next generation, but the new roofline offers a mix of 3-box and coupe style to blend the two together. So you may miss the option of a 2-door Accord, but you won't miss the coupe.
The new Accord has a wider body and tracks and a longer wheelbase. The A-pillars are now narrower for a clearer view of the action around the car. The cargo capacity of the Accord has gone up by 25 litres for the non-hybrid trims. Clever stowage of batteries in the hybrid variant has brought its boot space to 473 litres, which is at par with the non-hybrid models.
In the interest of ergonomics, Honda has returned to the basics and blessed the tenth generation Accord with physicals knobs for temperature control, blower speed, volume control and radio tuning. Speaking of tactile feedback, two of the three powertrain options will come with a short throw 6-speed manual transmission.
The 1.5-litre turbo petrol motor replaces the 2.4-litre naturally aspirated unit. It delivers 194PS of power at 5500rpm and 260Nm of torque between 1500 and 5000rpm. The old engine produced 187PS and 245Nm. The 1.5-litre motor is also available with a new CVT, which has 11 per cent lower ratios for better acceleration.
The 2.0-litre turbo mill makes 255PS of power at 6500rpm and 370Nm of torque between 1500 and 4000rpm. The power figure comes close to beating the V6's 281PS while the torque is up by 28Nm. In addition to the 6-speed manual, this powertrain is exclusively available with the new 10-speed automatic transmission. Compared to the current Accord V6's 6-speed transmission, its first gear is 43 per cent shorter while the top cog is 17 per cent taller. So you get off the line quicker and cruise at a relaxed pace.
The hybrid retains its 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle motor along with the CVT for a smooth ride, and it produces 215PS and 315Nm at the crank.
New features include a heads-up display, wireless charging for compatible mobile phones, inbuilt 4G LTE connectivity for Wi-Fi hotspot and over-the-air software updates. The safety suite called Honda Sensing is available as standard equipment. It includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning and traffic sign recognition.
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