What’s beneath the Accord’s hood?
Because it did with the current introduction of the redesigned CR-V, Honda is mashing collectively the Accord gasoline and hybrid variations into one trim construction. Which means the LX and EX trim ranges characteristic a gasoline powertrain, whereas the Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring all make the shift over to hybrid energy solely. From a advertising and marketing perspective, there is not an “Accord Hybrid” anymore.
The Accord will nonetheless be front-wheel-drive solely. This might be a draw back for sedan customers needing all-wheel drive to assist out with wintertime traction. For reference, the Kia K5 and Toyota Camry each provide out there all-wheel drive.
Beforehand, there have been two gas-only engines out there for the Accord: a base turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder and a extra highly effective 252-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder that was non-compulsory on the Sport trim and normal on the Touring. That upgraded engine is gone, however the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder carries on as the bottom engine within the LX and EX. It’s paired with a repeatedly variable automated transmission (CVT) and makes an identical 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque.
Below the hood of the hybrid fashions is an up to date hybrid system that incorporates a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a pair of electrical motors. Whole system output is 204 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque, down 8 hp however up 15 lb-ft of torque over final yr’s Accord Hybrid.
We have examined this powertrain not too long ago within the CR-V Hybrid and located that the system operates properly in metropolis driving however will get a little bit loud and unrefined when going up and down hills or accelerating as much as freeway speeds. Our ultimate impressions must wait till we get behind the wheel of the Accord with this setup. Honda additionally says the gasoline financial system figures are forthcoming, however we might guess that they will find yourself coming in at or barely under the 47 mpg mixed of the last-generation Accord Hybrid.
How’s the Accord’s inside?
The Accord takes on lots of the themes Honda launched within the smaller Civic. There is a lengthy, flat dashboard that is topped by a touchscreen with metallic accents on the local weather management dials and mesh over the vents. The Accord will get a unique mesh sample than the Civic’s, however the general aesthetic is comparable. It is a easy look that interprets properly on this barely bigger format, and we just like the understated however helpful format of the controls.
Up entrance, a brand new seat design is claimed to cut back fatigue on longer drives. I’ve solely sat in them briefly, however to this point I might fee them as very snug. Equally snug is the again seat, which possesses a gargantuan 40.8 inches of rear legroom. In that regard it feels just like the again seat of a full-size sedan, however in headroom it doesn’t. The Accord’s sloping rear profile cuts down into the cabin and in case you’re on the taller aspect, you will should slouch down a bit to maintain your head from bouncing into the headliner when the automobile is in movement.
How’s the Accord’s tech?
Probably the most notable inside adjustments for the Accord come on the know-how entrance. A ten.2-inch digital show for the instrument cluster comes normal, however the greater story is an out there 12.3-inch touchscreen show that comes normal on the highest 4 trim ranges (aka the hybrid ones).
That is the biggest display that Honda has ever put in a automobile, and it does a a lot better job of filling the dashboard and making it really feel fashionable than the smaller 9-inch screens discovered within the Civic, CR-V and Pilot (amongst others). The bigger display additionally provides on normal wi-fi connectivity for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. Yet one more factor we like about this display: It is positioned completely. Generally the bigger screens could be exhausting to achieve for the motive force, however I used to be in a position to simply attain the far fringe of the display from my driving place. There’s additionally a small ledge under the display so that you can stabilize your hand when utilizing the display, one other contact that simply makes all of it a lot simpler to make use of.
Surprisingly, solely Touring fashions provide a wi-fi charging pad, so solely these fashions can totally furnish the motive force with a cord-free existence. Touring fashions additionally solely get one different trick: Google built-in. It is a fancy strategy to say that Google apps are actually constructed into the system natively, and you’ll login with an current Google account and your locations will load into Google Maps and sync with the Google Assistant. There are benefits to having the system built-in like this into the automobile’s ecosystem. You possibly can, for instance, use the Google Assistant’s voice instructions to set the local weather management or the heated seats.
The Google Play retailer can be there, with the power to obtain apps which were particularly constructed to be used in-car. In apply, the system is tremendous snappy and straightforward to make use of, and the Google voice assistant particularly makes for a greater expertise than Honda’s voice recognition by a big margin.
LX and EX fashions make do with solely a 7-inch touchscreen, however all Accords now obtain the power to obtain over-the-air software program updates that may improve the automobile’s performance.
Driver help options have additionally been upgraded. The forward-facing digicam and radar that energy the automated emergency braking now have a wider area of view and provide higher object detection at intersections, Honda says. The blind-spot displays can detect different autos farther away than earlier than, and the adaptive cruise management system now options Visitors Jam Help, which permits the system to work in visitors all the way down to a cease.