For 2018, Honda went with a complete overhaul of its critically acclaimed Accord—and it looks as delicious as ever. But what did Mom always say about judging a book by its cover? (Don’t.) In that case, let’s uncover what else the upcoming new Honda Accord has simmering before it lands at our South Florida Honda dealerships’ showroom floors.
What’s New, Accord?
With its redesign, the 2018 Accord looks like a whole new sedan, but it feels distinctively Accord-like.
On the outside—sorry, Mom—the Accord features a low-slung design, LED headlights, and a refined front grille, which looks flawless in its chrome top hat. Compared to the 2017 mode, this new Accord also slimmed down on length, increased its wheelbase by two inches, and dipped down closer to the ground to improve handling. Expectations for future sedans are now set thanks to this reimagined Accord.
High in quality and packed with tech-lover flavoring, the cabin of the new Accord is breathtaking. Soft-touch materials extend from door to door. Front pillars are narrower than the 2017 model, which improves driver visibility significantly. Even traveling up from Hollywood, FL, at “let’s see if we get pulled over” speeds, the cabin remains quiet enough to hear a pin drop.
The new three-tiered instrument panel has also been redesigned to showcase the Accord’s pièce de résistance: a brand-new 8-inch display that is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A wireless mobile charging station is new to higher Accord trims, as is 4g LTE Wi-Fi and “effortless” NFC phone-pairing technology, which is a first in the class. And yes, the 2018 Honda Accord also features physical knobs to tune stations and change volume.
Under the hood, Honda seems to have stepped outside of their comfort zone with the redesigned Accord—and we applaud them for it. All three engine options (the hybrid powertrain we left for another day) are now completely turbocharged, including the base 1.5L 4-cylinder that puts out a class-leading 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. This engine can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or Honda’s excellent CVT.
As the newest addition to Honda’s engine roster, a 2.0L turbo i-VTEC engine—it shares the same DNA as the engine inside the record-breaking Civic Type R—pumps out 252 hp and an impressive 273 lb.-ft. of torque, which marks the highest output ever for an Accord sedan. A 10-speed automatic transmission is married to this new engine, and it’s also a first for an FWD vehicle. For the Accord Sport trim, this 2.0l turbo can be mated to a 6-speed, as well; doing so gives it coupe-like performance, even though the 2018 Accord is only available as a sedan or hybrid.
Fuel-efficiency numbers have yet to be released or validated by the EPA, but Honda is content in their claim that the Accord’s highway/city mpg will be unprecedented.
Honda, always boastful of its nearly flawless safety ratings, has also made their innovative Honda Sensing® suite standard across the 2018 Accord lineup. These Honda safety systems include the following:
- Collision Mitigation Braking
- Road Departure Mitigation
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Traffic Sign Recognition (a brand-new feature that may pave the way for Honda autonomous self-driving vehicles)
When Can You Buy the New Accord in Miami?
Midsize sedans seemingly come and go, but not the high-flying Honda Accord. Now, with its 2018 re-imagining, this special car is ready to soar to even greater heights. But when will it be available for lease and purchase at our Honda dealerships near Miami? The ’18 Accord should find its way to our South Florida Honda Dealers this fall, so keep an eye out.
To be the first to know when the all-new Accord hits our Honda dealerships near Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale, sign up at Honda’s official site or reach out to your nearest South Florida Honda Dealers location. In addition to the 2018 and 2017 Honda Accord, our various dealers also offer some of the finest Honda lease deals in South Florida and beyond! (And don’t worry—we won’t roll our eyes when you judge this new Accord by its cover because it really is a magical midsize.)
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