Since 1976, the Honda Accord has been a best-selling staple among midsized sedans. Long known for its reliability, affordable price and high quality, more than 13 million Accords have been sold in the United States.

 

Now, Honda’s rolling out its latest version — the 10th-generation 2018 Accord.

Tim Peeler, general manager at Honda of the Avenues, recently took delivery of the initial shipment of the retooled Accord. Needless to say, he’s impressed.

“It’s a great new body design and the car drives better than ever,” Peeler said. “They’re selling like hotcakes.”

The dealership has sold more than 20 of the sleeker Accord — a number sales manager James Denfield attributes to the new look.

“The vehicle has been redesigned; the new body lines on it are significantly more attractive to a more youthful audience,” Denfield said. “For a totally redesigned 2018 model, it’s very exciting.”

Honda changed a number of things, adding features and redesigning the car to make the 2018 unique from its predecessors.

Engine: Two direct-injected turbocharged four-cylinder engines are available for the 2018 Accord, a 1.5-liter and upgraded 2.0-liter, replacing the V-6. The 2.0-liter turbo engine’s 275 pound-feet of torque is more than any previous Accord.

“Honda revamped the 1.5-liter turbo engine that’s in the Civic, and gave it more torque and more horsepower, so it makes just shy of 200 horsepower,” Denfield said.

Both engine options are available with manual transmission.

Interior: Honda used acoustic glass, structural adhesives, sound insulation and underbody panels to make the interior quieter. The seats were redesigned and lowered to give a sportier driving position.

Driver visibility is improved thanks to windshield pillars that are 20 percent thinner and pulled back to give a more panoramic view.

The new model is loaded with electronic driver-assist systems. Honda offers a collision-mitigating braking system, lane-departure warning, a driver-awareness monitor, blind-spot monitoring and road-departure mitigation.

“They are great standard features. It’s good to see Honda going in the (safety) direction,” Denfield said.

Body: Gone is the two-door coupe, replaced by the sedan-only Accord. Though the sportier two-door is no longer available, Honda made subtle changes to the 2018’s frame, giving it a sleeker look.

The car has a longer wheelbase and wider body, but is 0.3 inches shorter, creating a sportier stance. The roofline slants down to the taillights resulting in a barely noticeable trunk deck lid.

“It really has a luxury look at a very affordable price,” Denfield said.

Price: The 2018’s base price starts at $24,445 — $315 higher than the 2017 model. A manual transmission is available on the Honda Accord Sport trim for $26,665.

Interior features, including navigation, heated and cooled front seats, rain-sensing wipers and an 8.0-inch touchscreen, can raise the price as high as $34,675.

For more information on the 2018 Accord, visit honda.com or hondaoftheavenues.com.

 


 

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