Honda has a reputation for making solid, perhaps not terribly inspiring cars. The 2018 Accord wants to change all that. Adopting a more aggressive design on the exterior, and cranking up the interior quality in the hope of giving cars from the German automakers some sleepless nights, it’s an all-new vehicle with even bigger ambitions.
Three engines will be offered. Smallest is a 1.5-liter turbo, with a larger 2.0-liter turbo offered for those needing more power. A hybrid puts a battery under the rear seat, with no impact on trunk space. Transmissions are a 10-speed auto or CVT, or a six-speed manual for purists.
As for the tech, there’s Honda Sensing – the automaker’s suite of active driving safety aids – as standard, together with the option of blind-spot monitoring and other niceties. Really, though, it’s the combination of aggressive pricing and Honda’s legacy of quality that makes this a true contender.