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Rankings & Awards

The 2018 Honda Accord ranked #2 in Midsize Cars. Currently the Honda Accord has a score of 9.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 23 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.3
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: N/A

2018 Honda Accord Review

The completely redesigned Honda Accord earns one of the top spots in our midsize car rankings. Whether you want a practical family vehicle or you're looking for a midsize car that’s enjoyable to drive, the 2018 Accord fits the bill. 

Pros & Cons

  • Great gas mileage
  • Spacious cabin and comfortable seats
  • Lots of standard driver assistance features
  • Engaging handling
  • Narrow trunk opening

Is the Honda Accord a Good Car?

The Honda Accord is an excellent car. In fact, we named it a finalist for our 2018 Best Midsize Car for Families because of its spaciousness, great safety scores, heaps of praise from critics, and plethora of available tech features. It also has energetic turbocharged engine options and agile handling, yet it still provides a smooth ride. The interior is quiet and includes lots of premium materials. Both rows of seats are spacious, and there are plenty of standard and available tech features.

Should I Buy the Honda Accord?

If you’re in the market for a new midsize car (and since you’re reading this review, you probably are), then it’s hard to find a reason to buy anything else. The Accord is an excellent all-around vehicle with few flaws. In this extremely competitive segment, though, there are many good options. If you want to compare shop, you’ll find no shortage of worthy competitors.

The Toyota Camry, for example, is an excellent all-around car, much like the Accord. The Hyundai Sonata is another highly rated midsize car with a quality interior, and it has a slightly lower price tag than the Accord.

Compare the Accord, Camry, and Sonata »

Should I Buy a New or Used Honda Accord?

The 2018 redesign of the Honda Accord includes a complete revamp of the interior and exterior design. Under the hood, Honda drops the 278-horsepower V6 engine (optional in the 2017 Accord) in favor of a 252-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder. The base engine now features a 192-horsepower turbo-four, replacing 2017's 185-horsepower four-cylinder. With the base engine, fuel economy estimates improve from 27/36 mpg in 2017 to 30/38 mpg for 2018.

Inside, trunk capacity increases from 15.8 to 16.7 cubic feet, and more driver assistance features – including driver drowsiness monitoring, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert – are available.

Though you'll likely save money by shopping for a used Accord, you won't enjoy the benefits that come with the redesign. To research used Accord models, read our reviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Honda Accord. If you decide that an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page for savings and incentives on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 10 Reviews Analyzed

We don’t base our car reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we combine the findings of professional test drivers with data such as reliability ratings and crash test results to give you a complete overview of every vehicle we rank.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking vehicles since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years’ worth of combined experience in the auto industry. To keep our reviews unbiased, our editorial staff doesn’t accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and a third party handles all advertising on our site.

How Much Does the Honda Accord Cost?

The 2018 Honda Accord has a starting price of around $23,600. Many other midsize cars have base prices in the same ballpark. Prices increase as you go up the trim ladder. The Accord Sport and Accord EX start at around $25,800 and $27,500, respectively. The top trim, the Accord Touring, has a starting price of just under $34,000.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

Honda Accord Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Honda Accord or Toyota Camry?

Like the Accord, the completely redesigned Toyota Camry is one of our highest-ranking midsize cars. The Camry has long been known as a reliable family sedan. It also comes with plenty of standard driver assistance features and a spacious, upscale interior. The 2018 model offers two energetic engine options (that are more powerful than the Accord’s). The Camry gets great fuel economy estimates, and it's enjoyable to drive. The Accord has a few small advantages over the Camry, namely a slightly bigger trunk and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, which the Toyota doesn’t offer. But in reality, both of these vehicles are at the head of their class, and choosing the right one boils down to personal preference.

Which Is Better: Honda Accord or Hyundai Sonata?

The Hyundai Sonata joins the Accord and Camry as a vehicle that helps set the bar that most midsize cars will be measured against. The Sonata features a spacious, well-built interior and has a trunk that’s nearly as big as the Accord’s. Like its Honda rival, this Hyundai has a generous array of standard and available tech features. However, the Accord wins out on performance. It moves more eagerly than the Sonata, and it’s more agile as well. The Sonata is a good car, but the Accord is a slightly better choice between these two.

Compare the Accord, Camry, and Sonata »

Accord Interior

How Many People Does the Accord Seat?

There are no bad seats in this five-seat Honda. Front and back rows are spacious, and the rear seats have outstanding legroom. In addition to the roominess, the front seats are supportive and comfortable.

Accord and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the Accord.

Accord Interior Quality

The redesigned Accord has a beautiful interior. There are lots of soft-touch materials, and the overall quality is top-notch. The cabin is hushed, even at higher speeds.

Accord Cargo Space

The Accord has nearly 17 cubic feet of trunk space, which is enough room for multiple beach chairs, a weekend’s worth of luggage for the family, or more than a dozen shopping bags. You may have trouble loading some larger items because the trunk opening is on the narrow side.

Accord Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Accord include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a four-speaker audio system, a 7-inch display screen, and Siri Eyes Free. Available features include a moonroof, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an eight- or 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and navigation.

The Accord gains a leg up on some rivals by offering connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The upgraded infotainment system has an easy-to-use touch screen, but there are also physical controls for some functions.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Accord Performance

Accord Engine: 2 Turbocharged Choices

The Accord’s base engine is a 192-horsepower turbo-four. A 252-horsepower turbo-four is available. Neither has noticeable turbo lag, so you'll get smooth acceleration. The base engine has plenty of power for daily driving, but the more powerful engine provides quicker acceleration and a more fun driving experience.

Accord Gas Mileage: Great Ratings

With the base engine and the automatic transmission, this Honda gets 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, which are better ratings than many competitors get. For example, you’ll save about $200 in gas money per year by driving the Accord instead of the Hyundai Sonata. However, the Toyota Camry gets slightly better ratings than the Accord, and it might even save you a little money on gas compared to its Honda rival.

Accord Ride and Handling: It’s Fun on a Bun

The Accord has a smooth ride and capable handling. It navigates corners with ease, and the accurate steering gives this car a sportier feel than many other sedans.

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Accord Reliability

Is the Honda Accord Reliable?

The 2018 Honda Accord doesn’t yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Honda Accord Warranty

The Honda Accord comes with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Most other midsize cars have similar warranty terms.

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Accord Safety

Accord Crash Test Results

The 2018 Honda Accord has not yet been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Accord Safety Features

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, and the Honda Sensing system, which incorporates forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition.

Available driver assistance features include a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Which Honda Accord Model Is Right for Me?

The Accord comes in five trims. All feature front-wheel drive and a 192-horsepower turbo-four engine. Sport, EX-L, and Touring trims offer a 252-horsepower turbo-four engine for an extra $2,000-$4,530. Most trims come standard with a continuously variable automatic transmission or a 10-speed automatic transmission (depending on engine choice), but Sport trims offer a manual transmission for no additional charge. We review the Honda Accord Hybrid separately.

Getting more features in your Accord requires stepping up to a higher trim level, so it's important to know which features you value the most before choosing a trim.

With that in mind, the Touring is the most luxurious and well-equipped Accord, making it a great choice. However, it’s also considerably more expensive than the other trims, and it may not fit into every buyer’s budget. If price is a major factor for you, look to the Sport or EX trims. The Sport comes with a nice assortment of infotainment and connectivity features, while the EX adds some driver assistance technology and comfort upgrades like heated front seats.

Honda Accord LX

The Accord LX has a base price of $23,570. Beyond the standard features – which include things like dual-zone automatic climate control, driver drowsiness monitoring, and Honda Sensing – this trim doesn’t have much to offer. You can add front and rear parking sensors and wireless phone charging, however.

Honda Accord Sport

The Accord Sport has a starting price of $25,780. In addition to the LX’s standard features, the Sport trim comes with a power-adjustable driver’s seat, an eight-speaker audio system, an 8-inch touch screen, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Honda Accord EX

The Accord EX starts at $27,470 and adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, remote start, heated front seats, satellite radio, and a moonroof.

Honda Accord EX-L

The Accord EX-L has a starting price of $29,970. It adds leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and a 10-speaker audio system.

The Accord EX-L Navi starts at $30,970 and comes with navigation in addition to the EX-L’s features.

Honda Accord Touring

The Accord Touring starts at $33,800. The Touring is the highest trim, and it come with a head-up display, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, and front and rear parking sensors.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

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The Final Call

The Honda Accord is one of our highest-rated midsize cars year in and year out, and the redesigned 2018 edition is one of the best yet. This car offers an upscale, feature-filled interior and engaging performance at a reasonable price. If you're looking for a new midsize car, the Honda Accord should be one of the first cars you check out.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "We'll need more time with the new Accord before we can deliver a final verdict, but after a day spent driving every trim plus many of the competing mid-size sedans in this segment, I have to say this is really looking like the car to beat." -- CNET
  • "We applaud Honda's decision to bring its A-game to a segment that desperately needs an injection of energy. The 2018 Accord is an excellent ambassador for what many view as a design whose heyday is behind it. If all sedans were this good, maybe fewer people would be looking elsewhere." -- Left Lane News
  • "Might it be possible to design a midsize sedan so attractive, so dynamic, and so generally compelling that it at least slows the sales exodus from sedans to crossovers? Probably not, but wow, Honda sure is giving it the old college try with its 10th-gen Accord." -- Motor Trend
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