First introduced in 1976, the Honda Accord is the second longest-running automotive nameplate in Honda’s history, after the Honda Civic. Total global Accord production exceeds 17.5 million units.
The 2018 Accord is the 10th generation of Honda’s perennially best-selling midsize sedan. All new from the ground up, the new Accord is built on a new platform with a lower, wider stance, a lighter and more rigid unibody structure; a lighter and more sophisticated chassis; two advanced new power units, including Accord’s first-ever turbocharged engines, a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
In recreating Accord for its 10th generation, Honda designers and engineers sought to convey “absolute confidence” in every element of design and performance. Building on the bedrock character of Accord – its outstanding quality, fuel efficiency, packaging and sophisticated driving dynamics – they have imbued the 10th-generation Accord with a new level of emotional appeal and premium quality; an Accord that defies its mainstream midsize sedan status, providing even more refined and engaging performance, a more spacious and upscale interior, and the latest generation of advanced Honda safety and driver-assistive technologies.
In summary, the most dramatically styled, premium and fun-to-drive Accord yet.
Virtually everything on the Accord is new and substantially reengineered. Major new engineering features and technologies for the 10th-generation Accord redesign are as follows:
- 29 percent ultra-high strength steel, the highest ever for a mass-produced Honda
- ACE front body structure with crash stroke design
- Laser-brazed roof skin
- Rear crush zones with Softzone technology
- First use of structural adhesives in Accord
- First application of acoustic spray foam to Accord
- Lighter (10 Kg, body-in-white), and more rigid (+24 percent torsional stiffness, +32 percent bending stiffness)
- Aluminium intensive front suspension with new ultra-rigid aluminium and steel sub-frame
- Multi-link rear suspension with floating sub-frame
- Two-Mode Driving System (Sport trims)
- Dual-pinion, variable-ratio electronic power steering
- Electronic Brake Booster (EBB)
- Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Automatic Brake Hold
- Six percent lighter chassis (excluding tyres and wheels)
- Three new alloy wheel designs (17” and 18”)
The new Accord has a longer wheelbase (+55 mm), a lower overall height (-15 mm), a wider body (+10 mm) and a shortened overall length (-15 mm). A sweeping greenhouse, positioned farther back on the body, completes the new stance and proportion of the next-generation Accord. The combined effect of these changes is a more premium look, highlighted by shorter overhangs, a bold front fascia, a long and low hood, and a visual center of gravity moved closer to the rear wheels.
The 10th generation 2018 Accord takes an entirely new approach to performance with its two new direct-injected VTEC® Turbo 4-cylinder engines with dual VTC – a 1.5-liter 16-valve inline-4 and a 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC inline-4. Both new turbocharged engines produce peak torque across a broad range of engine speed (RPM), delivering smooth and virtually lag-free power for exceptional throttle response and power delivery in all driving conditions.
The 1.5-litre turbo is mated to a Honda continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with G-Shift Control. The new 2.0-liter turbo, sharing much of its design with the 2017 Civic Type-R engine, is mated to a smooth, responsive Honda-designed 10-speed automatic, the first of its kind for a front-wheel-drive car.
The two new automatic transmissions take greater advantage of available torque while maximizing quietness and efficiency during highway cruising. The redesigned CVT has an 11-percent lower ratio compared to the previous generation version for more powerful launch performance, while the new 10AT is 9kg lighter, with a 43-percent lower first gear and a 17-percent taller top gear compared to the previous generation Accord’s 6-speed automatic.
Turbocharged 2.0-Litre In-Line 4 Cylinder
Assembled in Honda’s Anna, Ohio engine plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts, the Accord’s available DOHC 2.0-litre engine shares much of its design with the race-bred 2017 Civic Type R and has the highest torque ever offered in an Accord. Compared to the 2.0-litre turbo in the Civic Type R, the Accord’s 2.0-litre engine uses a turbocharger with a smaller, low-inertia turbine for improved low-rpm boost response. With a maximum of 20.8 psi of boost, the Accord’s 2.0-litre powerplant peak output is 184kw (247hp) at 6,500 rpm and 370 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 3,500 rpm.
With peak torque available at a much lower engine rpm, responsiveness and acceleration is notably enhanced. The 2.0-litre turbo also offers much broader power delivery, holding a torque advantage over the V6 that spans the entire operating range between 1200 and 4800 rpm – the engine rpm range that is typically used the most.
10-Speed Automatic Transmission (10AT)
Accord 2.0-litre models are available with a new, Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT), the first of its kind in the Accord’s segment. Engineered for high efficiency with low internal inertia and an exceptionally wide ratio range, the 10AT maximizes the Accord’s performance and fuel efficiency. Compared to the previous 6-speed automatic, the 10AT is 9kg. lighter and has a 68 percent wider overall ratio range with a 43 percent lower first gear and a 17 percent taller top gear.
The 10AT is designed to be lightweight and compact. It features four planetary gear sets that work together to provide an exceptionally wide ratio spread of 10.139:1 compared to 6.041:1 on the previous-generation Accord’s 6-speed unit. The 10-speed also has substantially faster upshift and downshift performance than the previous generation 6-speed transmission. For greater responsiveness, the 10-speed transmission can make 4-gear direct downshifts: from 10th to 6th, or from 7th to 3rd.
To maximize fuel efficiency and minimize interior noise, the transmission’s 10th gear is exceptionally tall, resulting in quiet and relaxed cruising rpm.
|Model||Accord 2.0 Turbo|
|Length Width Height (mm)||4890 x 1860 x 1450|
|Engine||2.0-litre I4 DOHC VTEC Turbo (DI)|
|Power HP@RPM||247 @ 6500|
|Torque Nm@RPM||370 @ 1500-3500|
|Fr Suspension||MacPherson strut|
|Brakes||Front: Ventilated disc Rear: Disc|