- The well-known Honda Accord is all-new for 2023, with a gas-only powertrain for decrease trim ranges and a faster hybrid powertrain at larger trims
- The look is tailor-made and refined, and higher inside than out
- Honda hasn’t revealed costs. We anticipate it to begin round $26,000
Honda at present revealed an all-new 2023 Accord with easy, tasteful styling and hybrid choices which can be sportier than the gas-powered editions.
By Honda’s calculations, the Accord is America’s best-selling automotive during the last 50 years. It’s fallen behind the Toyota Camry in recent times, however the declare may effectively be true. You realize Accords. You’ve been in Accords. In case you haven’t owned an Accord, there’s most likely been multiple in your circle of household and buddies.
And America could have turned its style to SUVs, however over the previous 12 months, we’ve renewed our curiosity in sedans. Amid excessive gasoline costs, sedan procuring has been rising.
So a brand new Accord has the potential to win the affections of thousands and thousands. By the primary half of 2022, the Accord had slipped to turn out to be America’s 20th best-selling car (the Camry was fifth in the identical record). However the crown is in attain for Honda, if the corporate can get a few of its midsize mojo again.
To do this, they’ll embrace hybrid energy as a efficiency device, and depend on glossy cabin design.
Understated Look with Fastback Profile
The 11th-generation Accord wears an upright grille and quick entrance overhangs, giving the impression that it’s the agile cousin of a line of burly SUVs. Which it’s lately, as Honda has leaned into rugged for its larger automobiles.
However the Accord nonetheless slips via the air with a rear roofline you can virtually name a fastback (however that’s a real trunk – the glass doesn’t raise). If something, the look dangers being too easy. The perimeters are businesslike when most rivals are emphasizing curves and angles. Nevertheless it seems to be sharp with the correct paint coloration and a set of darkish wheels.
Honda has had the great sense to attenuate chrome and maintain the trim darkish. That method lends sophistication to designs that threat trying too easy.
LX, EX, and EX-L trims get black grille mesh, body-color facet mirrors, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Sport and Sport-L get black facet mirrors, a black rear spoiler, and 19-inch black alloys. Sport-L fashions add a black rear diffuser.
The highest-level Touring trim will get gloss-black 19-inch wheels, plus silver and black trim for what Honda calls “a pointy, high-contrast look.”
Good-looking and Sensible Inside
Inside, the Accord will get the brand new household genes. Just like the not too long ago redesigned Civic and CR-V, the dashboard is bisected horizontally by a line of silver mesh that hides the air vents. It seems to be like one large door-to-door air vent, however air flows solely from designated spots.
A touchscreen rises above it as if it recedes into it when off (it doesn’t). The display screen is simply 7 inches on LX and EX fashions, with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. However Sport, EX-L, Sport-L, and Touring fashions get Honda’s largest display screen at 12.3 inches, and wi-fi variations of the telephone compatibility programs. Each screens maintain a bodily quantity management knob, as a result of Honda designers have pushed vehicles earlier than.
We’re keen on this display screen placement, as the driving force can test it with out decreasing their eyes from the street. We’re keen on the entire design theme, actually. It’s good-looking, and appears extra subtle than the Accord’s worth level.
Google every thing comes built-in on Touring fashions, , together with Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play functionality.
Honda claims the Accord has class-leading cargo house, with 16.7 cubic ft within the trunk. Grey or black fabric is normal on LX and EX trims. Sport will get its personal black fabric upholstery plus aluminum pedals and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Larger trims get leather-based. The Touring model has heated and ventilated entrance seats, plus heated seats within the rear.
Larger Trims Are Hybrids, With Further Energy
Honda engineers have been on a roll not too long ago, sending out a collection of latest automobiles which can be enjoyable to drive for his or her worth ranges. The 2023 Accord has all of the elements to maintain that streak going.
It rides on a stiffer chassis, with new entrance brace bars and a four-wheel-independent suspension tuned for engagement.
LX and EX fashions use a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (sure, Honda loyalists, with VTEC) good for 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. It sends energy via a constantly variable transmission (CVT) to the entrance wheels. That energy degree is desk stakes within the midsize sedan sport and may get you forwards and backwards to work with out a lot thought of your engine.
However those that need one thing sportier will find yourself in a hybrid Accord. The Sport, EX-L, Sport-L, and Touring fashions all pair a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with a pair of electrical motors for a mixed 204 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. It additionally runs via a CVT, however Honda has in-built “linear shift management” to imitate that automated transmission really feel.
Gasoline-powered 2023 Accords get two driving modes – Econ and Regular. Hybrids get 4, including a Sport mode and a mode you may customise via the touchscreen.
Extra Driver Assists
The usual Honda Sensing suite of security aides has been improved – the cameras that energy automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise management now have a 90-degree area of view, whereas the radar system sees 120 levels. That ought to make the system safer in turning and cross-traffic conditions.
The blind spot monitor now sees 82 ft – additional than any prior Honda. Additionally new is Visitors Jam Help, which offers gentle steering help beneath 45 mph to ease the workload in site visitors.
It’s a powerful package deal and may be sufficient to assist the Accord win consideration from some Camry consumers. Lots will rely upon pricing, which Honda hasn’t but revealed.