2018 Honda Accord

Interior


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2018 Honda Accord Interior Review

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Interior: 8.3

The redesigned 2018 Honda Accord has a great interior. The attractive cabin is extremely quiet, even at highway speeds. Though there are a few low-grade plastics sprinkled about, the overwhelming majority of cabin surfaces feature premium, soft-touch materials.

Both rows of seats are spacious and comfortable, and the trunk provides nearly 17 cubic feet of room. There are lots of standard and available features, including plenty of connectivity and driver assistance technology.

  • "The richness of the interior materials, the Audi-esque feel of the switchgear, and the open airiness afforded by the thinner A-pillars and dramatically lowered instrument panel mass hark back to the days of the go-kart-like Hondas." -- Motor Trend
  • "Material selection and build quality are top-notch, with nicely grained plastics, soft leather, and even convincing faux-wood trim (just don't touch, as there's no texture to match the open-pore appearance). The three climate-control dials that adjust temperature and fan speed remind us of Audi knobs, both in their design and in the way they satisfyingly click through their motions." -- Car and Driver
  • "Cabin quality takes two steps forward and one step back. Soft-touch materials cover the upper doors and armrests up front, and stitched padding girds the center console on higher trim levels. Many controls have elegant two-tone detailing, and none felt rickety in my preproduction test cars. But ribbons of cheap, shiny plastic span mid-level areas on the doors and dash, and the rear doors revert to cheaper materials — an area where many competitors and the prior Accord maintain better consistency." -- Cars.com

Seating

The Accord seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are available.

There's plenty of room up front, with cushiony and supportive seats. The rear seats are expansive. There’s an impressive amount of legroom, and headroom is adequate for all but the tallest passengers, despite the sloping roofline.

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats.

  • "The front seats are well padded and enveloping, while rear-seat legroom is positively palatial, having benefited from the wheelbase stretch." -- Car and Driver
  • "Though the new Accord is smaller on the outside, it's bigger on the inside. Thanks to an increase in wheelbase and a back seat that nestles deep into the C-pillar, the 2018 Accord offers an absurd amount of rear-seat legroom—2.5 inches more than last the outgoing model—and a decent level of headroom considering the swooping roofline." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The new Accord got lower and wider, so getting in and out requires more ducking. There is plenty of headroom and elbow room up front, plus wide and comfortable seats. … Slide into the rear seat and you're greeted with abundant legroom, though headroom is a bit limited, which could make it feel confining for taller folks." -- Consumer Reports

Interior Features

Standard features in the Accord include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, 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, HD Radio, an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and navigation.

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.

The Accord’s infotainment system offers an available touch screen as well as physical controls for some audio functions. In previous years, the system lacked volume and tuning knobs, which irked some buyers. Still, the user-friendly touch screen makes it easy to change settings without taking your focus off the road for too long.

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  • "After switching many models over to a frustrating, nearly button-free touchscreen a few years ago, the company has gradually corrected itself, culminating in the new Accord's easy-to-use and attractive touchscreen. It combines the volume knob first seen on the new CR-V with the redesigned software first implemented on the new Odyssey, while taking the extra step of adding a tuning knob and eight hard buttons flanking the standard 7.0-inch or optional 8.0-inch screen. Although it takes some time to learn the ins and outs of the configurable menu structure, the basic functionality is good, and simple tasks like changing the radio station can be achieved without much distraction from the road." -- Car and Driver
  • "A prominent single-screen infotainment system replaces the dual-screen setup that infuriated us on higher-trim models of the outgoing Accord. It's more user-friendly than before, featuring vivid, colorful graphics and the ability to rearrange icons—but there is still a learning curve for drivers. We appreciate getting knobs for audio volume and tuning. The new digital and analog instrument cluster reinforces the high-tech nature of the new car." -- Consumer Reports
  • "On the infotainment side, the 2018 Accord is rocking Honda's latest dashboard software with a few major enhancements. Namely: volume and tuner knobs. … The good ol' knobs are a welcome return, while continued support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is excellent. … Get a new phone? Just tap it to the dashboard and in just a few seconds it'll be automatically paired. No more digging in menus. It's bliss." -- CNET

Cargo

The Accord has 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space. Split-folding rear seats are available, giving you some flexibility if you need to haul larger items. While that’s a generous amount of space, you may have some trouble loading larger items because the trunk opening is somewhat narrow.

  • "Meanwhile, the … trunk is actually one cube larger than that of last year's Accord." -- Car and Driver
  • "The trunk is bigger as well, but with the bottom edge of the rear window dragged so far rearward, the opening is rather small—it may be time for Honda to follow Buick's lead and turn the Accord into a liftback." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The aforementioned increase in wheelbase has bumped interior volume by 2.4 cubic feet (now at 105.6 cubic feet). Rear legroom grows by 1.9 inches and the car's … design added another .9 cubic feet of cargo space (now at 16.7 cubic feet). For reference purposes, all three numbers beat the equivalent measurements in the new 2018 Toyota Camry." -- Forbes
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