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2018 Honda Accord Review

The 2018 Honda Accord finishes near the top of our midsize car rankings because of its excellent safety scores, expansive cabin, and numerous standard driver assistance features.

Pros & Cons

  • Great gas mileage
  • Poised handling
  • Expansive, comfortable cabin
  • Lots of standard safety tech
  • Outstanding safety ratings
  • Narrow trunk opening




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 10.0
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2018 Honda Accord Overview

Is the 2018 Honda Accord a Good Used Car?

The 2018 Honda Accord is a good used midsize sedan that’s both practical and fun. It's a great pick for families or anyone looking for an all-around excellent car.

The 2018 Accord has many strengths:

  • Comfortable and spacious interior
  • Many active safety features
  • Great safety scores
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Agile handling

Its weaknesses are nearly nonexistent:

  • Small trunk opening
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We’ve analyzed 23 Honda Accord reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2018 Honda Accord?

Based on listings for the 2018 Honda Accord on our site, the average list price is $24,800, which is above average for the class. Prices range from $20,000 to $30,800 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Honda Accord Cost to Own?

The 2018 Accord’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $24,190, or $4,838 per year. These figures are above average for a midsize sedan.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Honda Accord?

The new 2019 Honda Accord is nearly identical to the 2018 model, so you're probably better off buying a used 2018 Accord, which will cost you less money.

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The 2018 Accord marked the start of the current generation. Accords from previous model years are drastically different. For 2018, Honda replaced the old 185-horsepower base four-cylinder engine with a 192-horsepower turbo-four that's more fuel-efficient, and an available 252-horsepower turbo-four replaced the optional 278-horsepower V6. Honda also increased the trunk capacity and added several safety features, including standard driver drowsiness monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition, as well as available blind spot monitoring, a head-up display, and rear cross traffic alert. The coupe body type was also eliminated, so you'll have to opt for one of the previous-generation models if you want an Accord coupe.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Honda Accord?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 Honda Accord a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2018 Honda Accord Recalls

At the time of writing, one safety recall has been issued for the 2018 Honda Accord:

  • Rearview image display may fail

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Honda Accord Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Honda Accord comes in five trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The base LX trim comes with a nice mix of safety and technology features, including driver drowsiness monitoring and a 7-inch display screen, but most shoppers will want to step up to a higher trim for more features and a better engine. The Sport trim is a good option if you're looking for the more powerful engine and smartphone integration technology like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

  • Honda Accord LX: The base LX trim comes with a rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, and traffic sign recognition. Other standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a 7-inch display screen, Bluetooth, four speakers, and a USB port.
  • Honda Accord Sport: The Sport trim adds a power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8-inch touch screen, eight speakers, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and fog lights. This is the first trim available with the upgraded engine.
  • Honda Accord EX: The EX trim includes a moonroof, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and satellite radio.
  • Honda Accord EX-L: The EX-L features a power-adjustable passenger seat, leather upholstery, and a 10-speaker audio system.
  • Honda Accord Touring: The top-of-the-line Touring trim adds a wireless phone charger, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, voice recognition, heated and ventilated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, and a head-up display.

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What Does Honda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Honda offers two levels of certification for its certified pre-owned vehicles: HondaTrue Certified and HondaTrue Certified+. Both levels come with a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance, up to two oil changes within the first year of ownership, and a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription.

The vehicle’s model year determines which program and repair coverage it qualifies for. HondaTrue Certified covers vehicles from the 2014 through 2020 model years. For vehicles still under the new-car warranty, Honda extends coverage to four years from the original sale date or 48,000 miles. For vehicles outside the new-car warranty, Honda offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. HondaTrue Certified+ is for 2018 to 2020 Hondas still under the new-car warranty. Honda extends these warranties to five years from the original sale date or 86,000 miles. Additional benefits may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Honda’s CPO program is better than that offered by many other affordable carmakers. Still, Chevrolet, Kia, and Hyundai have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Honda Accord?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 Honda Accord a Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest rating of Good in six crash test categories. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it an overall rating of five-out-of-five stars, with five stars in the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • forward collision warning
  • lane keep assist
  • adaptive cruise control
  • road departure mitigation
  • traffic sign recognition
  • rearview camera
  • driver drowsiness monitoring
  • collision mitigation braking
  • lane departure warning

Available advanced safety features:

  • rear cross traffic alert
  • blind spot monitoring
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • head-up display

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2018 Honda Accord Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Honda Accord or 2018 Toyota Camry?

The 2018 Toyota Camry has a lot of the same qualities as the Accord. Both have a long list of standard safety features, a refined cabin, and agile handling. The Camry's two engine choices are more powerful than the Accord's, however, and it has a higher predicted reliability rating and a lower average list price. That said, the Accord has a larger trunk, plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability (unavailable in the Camry). Both are good options, but the Camry is a more well-rounded choice.

Which Is Better: 2018 Honda Accord or 2018 Hyundai Sonata?

Like the Accord, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata features plenty of cargo space, a solid list of standard features, and good gas mileage estimates. The Sonata also has a slightly higher predicted reliability rating and a lower average list price. The Accord has better all-around performance, highlighted by quicker acceleration and more agile handling. Performance-oriented shoppers should choose the Accord, while more budget-conscious shoppers should opt for the Sonata.

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2018 Honda Accord Performance

How Does the 2018 Honda Accord Drive?

The 2018 Accord is one of the most athletic cars in the class. It has a composed ride, but it's agile enough to tackle sharp turns and corners with ease. The Accord comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that should satisfy most shoppers, and a stronger turbo-four is available for those looking for more power. The base engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that pairs well and doesn't suffer from the loud droning noise often associated with CVTs. The upgraded engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic, and a manual transmission is available.

  • Base engine: 192-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engines: 252-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard continuously variable automatic (CVT); available 10-speed automatic; available six-speed manual
Does the 2018 Honda Accord Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 Accord has some of the best fuel economy figures in the class.

  • 1.5-liter turbo-four: up to 30/38 mpg city/highway
  • 2.0-liter turbo-four: up to 23/34 mpg

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2018 Honda Accord Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Accord Seat?

The 2018 Accord seats up to five people in two rows. Every seat is cushy and supportive, and there's plenty of space to stretch out in both the front and back seats. There’s abundant legroom in the back row.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • manually adjustable seats

Available seating features:

  • power-adjustable driver's seat
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • heated front seats
  • power-adjustable passenger seat
  • leather upholstery
  • heated and ventilated front seats
How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Honda Accord?

For installing child safety seats, the 2018 Honda Accord has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat has an upper tether and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the adjoining seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the highest rating of Good for ease of use.

2018 Honda Accord Features

The Accord comes with a solid list of standard features. The infotainment system is easy to use with physical knobs on the control panel. A user-friendly touch screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration is available.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch display, four speakers, Bluetooth, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, an eight- or 10-speaker audio system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, voice recognition, and satellite radio
  • Additional standard features: push-button start and dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: a wireless phone charger and a moonroof

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2018 Honda Accord Dimensions

Honda Accord Cargo Space

There's 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space in the Accord, which is above average for the class. The trunk has a small opening, however, which makes it difficult to load larger cargo.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Honda Accord Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet
  • Curb weight: 3,130 to 3,430 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Honda Accord Built?

Honda built the Accord in Ohio.

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