2018 Honda Accord

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2018 Honda Accord Review

The completely redesigned Honda Accord is a practical family car that’s enjoyable to drive. It fits the bill for many drivers and has few flaws, which helps earn it one of the top spots in our midsize car rankings.

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. It has two peppy turbocharged engine choices, engaging handling, and a smooth ride. Premium materials adorn the interior, which stays quiet even at high speeds. Both rows of seats are spacious, and there are plenty of standard and available tech features. The Accord earns heaps of praise from critics, and it has plenty of space, great safety scores, and a ton of available tech features. For these reasons, we named it a finalist for our 2018 Best Midsize Car for Families award.

Should I Buy the Honda Accord?

If you’re shopping for a new midsize car (and since you’re reading this review, you probably are), it’s hard to argue against buying an Accord. It's an excellent all-around vehicle with a starting price right in the middle of the class.

However, this is an extremely competitive segment, and you’ll find no shortage of worthy competitors to consider as well. The Toyota Camry has many of the same attributes as the Accord, but it offers an available V6 engine with a lot more horsepower. The Hyundai Sonata reaches the upper echelon of the class rankings, and it has a slightly lower price tag than both the Accord and the Camry.

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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 designs. 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 is now a 192-horsepower turbo-four, replacing the 2017 model’s 185-horsepower four-cylinder. With the new base engine, fuel economy estimates improve from 27/36 mpg city/highway to 30/38 mpg city/highway.

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. The redesign also eliminated the coupe body type. If you're looking for an Accord coupe, your only choice will be used models.

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 to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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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 Toyota Camry is fully redesigned for 2018 and maintains a top spot in our midsize cars rankings. Plenty of standard driver assistance features and a spacious, upscale interior make the Camry an excellent daily driver. It has two energetic engine options that are more powerful than the Accord’s. The Camry is also fun to drive, and it gets great fuel economy. The Accord has some advantages though, like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity (which the Toyota doesn’t offer) and a slightly larger trunk. Both of these vehicles are among the best midsize sedans you can buy, so you really can't go wrong with either.

Which Is Better: Honda Accord or Hyundai Sonata?

The Hyundai Sonata also ranks highly. It has a spacious, well-built cabin and a trunk that’s nearly as big as the Accord’s. This Hyundai also has a generous array of standard and available tech features just like its Honda rival. However, if performance is important to you, you'll want to go with the Accord. It handles with more confidence than the Sonata, and it accelerates off the line quicker. The Sonata is a good car, but the Accord is a slightly better choice between these two.

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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 on the Accord’s outboard rear seats. There’s also a tether anchor on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards the Accord’s LATCH system the highest score of Good for ease of use.

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 $250 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 has a predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power. Three is an average rating across the automotive industry.

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 earns outstanding crash test scores across the board. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Accord a five-star overall rating, with five out of five stars in the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests. The Accord also aces all six crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It earns a rating of Superior for its front crash prevention features and a score of Acceptable for headlight performance. The IIHS named the Accord a 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick.

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 that costs between $2,000 and $4,530 extra. Most trims come standard with an automatic continuously variable transmission or a 10-speed automatic transmission (depending on engine choice), but Sport trims offer a six-speed 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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