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  • 2018 Honda Accord 2.0T Touring

    Posted on April 13th, 2018 ninarussin

    Flagship sedan reimagined

    By Nina Russin

    2018 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T

    2018 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T

    As one of the oldest nameplates in Honda’s lineup, the Accord is, along with the smaller Civic, largely responsible for the automaker’s success in the US. When Honda launched the original hatchback for the 1976 model year, Americans discovered a friendly, affordably priced vehicle with the mechanical integrity to go the distance.

    Although it originally competed against the Toyota Camry, the Honda Accord has evolved into a premium vehicle with a larger interior, similar-to the Toyota Avalon, while the Camry has maintained a slightly smaller stature and in recent times has become sportier and more youthful.

    The all-new tenth-generation Accord debuts this year, with revised styling, an available two-liter turbocharged engine, active damping, standard Honda Sensing active safety technology and available 4G LTE Wi Fi.

    Base price for the upscale Touring model with the two-liter engine is $35,800. The fact that Honda has managed to pack so much content into a vehicle while maintaining a price that is right at the average transaction for new cars is impressive. Final MSRP including delivery is $36,690.

    Firing on all cylinders

    2018 Honda Accord

    2018 Honda Accord

    From its aggressive new styling to the powerful, fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, Honda product planners hit this one out of the ballpark. The new Accord maintains its solid build with structural improvements including the use of more high-strength steel to enhance structural rigidity and reduce overall weight. Fit and finish both inside and on the exterior is excellent.

    Although Honda is targeting buyers aged 25-48, the actual market for the vehicle is likely on the older end of this range as younger buyers continue to favor crossovers for their larger, family-friendly cargo areas. Having said this, styling is decidedly more youthful than any Accord in recent history. This is a car that can turn heads, and that owners will be proud to display in the driveway.

    Kudos to Honda for offering the two-liter turbocharged engine with the choice of six-speed manual or ten-speed automatic transmissions. Manual gearboxes are hard to find in this day-and-age, and Honda makes particularly good ones. The ten-speed automatic transmission has large overdrive gears to enhance fuel-economy for steady-state cruising, with plenty on the opposite end for a solid launch off-the-line. The engine, based on the same platform as the Civic Type R, develops up to 252-horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque at engine speeds as low as 1,500 rpm.

    2018 Honda Accord 1.5T Touring

    2018 Honda Accord 1.5T Touring

    A new MacPherson front and multi-link rear suspension is designed to absorb more road input and isolate occupants for a comfortable ride without feeling floaty. Active damping adjusts shock absorbers in real time according-to the road surface and driver’s style.

    Drivers can choose between normal and sport modes, the latter with more aggressive throttle mapping and quicker response from the electric power steering system.

    Standard active safety features include adaptive cruise control with forward collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring and lane keeping assist. I like all but the last feature which normally does a good job of keeping inattentive drivers inline, but forces drivers to fight the car in the event of an emergency evasive maneuver. While it is possible to turn the feature off, someone trying to avoid an accident isn’t going to have the time or presence of mind to do that.

    A standard rearview camera eliminates blind spots in the back corners and beneath the rear glass, while cross traffic alert makes it easier to back out of spaces in parking lots crowded with pedestrians and other moving vehicles.

    Engineers did an excellent job of minimizing noise intrusion to the interior so occupants in both rows can converse with ease or enjoy the audio system.

    Spacious interior

    2018 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T

    2018 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T

    A longer wheelbase gives the new Accord sedan more interior space that is especially noticeable in the second row. While the trunk isn’t as tall as the cargo bay in a crossover, it is quite large: capable of carrying groceries, golf bags and plenty of luggage for the family road trip.

    Keyless entry and start eases access and egress after dark. I found power driver’s seat controls easy to use with ample lower lumbar support. The infotainment system is well designed, with intuitive controls and minimal clutter on the center stack.

    Both the gauge cluster and center stack screen are easy to read in bright sunlight and after dark.

    2018 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T

    2018 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T

    The Touring grade comes loaded with the comfort and convenience features buyers look for, including dual-zone climate control, heated side mirrors, satellite and high-definition radio, Bluetooth interface, wireless phone charging, USB ports, driver’s seat memory, heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats and plenty of 12-volt power outlets.

    The rear seat folds flat in a 60/40 pattern to accommodate larger items such as skis and snowboards. While it might be possible to fit a bicycle inside with the front wheel removed, cyclists should expect to add a rear hitch mount of look at one of Honda’s crossovers.

    Standard safety

    The Honda Accord comes with eight airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, LED daytime running lamps and tire pressure monitoring.

    Honda builds the Accord at its Marysville, Ohio assembly plant.

    Like: A stylish and value-packed premium sedan with excellent interior space and an appealing new powertrain.

    Dislike: Standard lane keeping assist can make it more difficult to perform emergency evasive maneuvers.

    Quick facts:

    Make: Honda
    Model: Accord 2.0T Touring
    Year: 2018
    Base price: $35,800
    As tested: $36,690
    Horsepower: 252 HP @ 6500 rpm
    Torque: 273 lbs.-ft. @ 1500 rpm
    Zero-to-sixty: N/A
    Antilock brakes: Standard
    Side curtain airbags: Standard
    First aid kit: N/A
    Bicycle friendly: No
    Off-road: No
    Towing: No
    Fuel economy: 22/32 mpg city/highway

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