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2018 Honda Accord First Drive

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The brand-new 2018 Honda Accord will probably be the best midsize sedan around when it goes on sale next month.

If that’s all you wanted to know about this comprehensively overhauled family four-door, you can stop reading right here; the single juiciest detail is right in sentence one.

Describing the new 10th-generation Accord as best-in-class is not something I take lightly since we haven’t had a chance to send it through the wringer in an AutoGuide.com comparison test. But after spending better than half a day driving, poking, and prodding this fresh-faced mid-sizer, hustling over the mountain roads of northern New Hampshire, I was slack-jawed with how well it performed and by the features it’s equipped with.

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Car and Driver estimates the base powertrain will yield a 0-60 of 6.6 seconds and 33 mpg combined. Now that's the win-win that the 2018 Camry couldn't achieve with it's 7.9 second run to 60.

This 1.5t / CVT powertrain sure seems to offer outstanding performance AND economy, finally beating the Mazda 6.

Now if the Accord weren't so ugly. I just don't get the point of all the ungainly creases and bulbousness.

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Yeeesh!! I feel like the 3rd gen 6 styling keeps getting more sexy with age :-)

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Being able to see the foam inside the grille seems a little weird to me.
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This 1.5t / CVT powertrain sure seems to offer outstanding performance AND economy, finally beating the Mazda 6.
This powertrain will give you one or the other, but not both. Drive it easy, you'll get good mileage.
Start pounding it where the engine has to work and the turbo kicks in all the time, and your mileage goes south.
Pick and choose.
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Optional turbo-4 with 252 HP. Nice.

Available 6-speed MTX with EITHER engine. VERY nice!

Sorry Mazda, but it seems Honda cares more about driving enthusiasts. Yeah, they dropped the V6, but at least they had the decency to replace it immediately (rather than drop it altogether and not bother to do anything about it for going on 4 years now...) Having the choice of 3 pedals is simply icing on the cake.

Nicely done, Honda.


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This powertrain will give you one or the other, but not both. Drive it easy, you'll get good mileage.
Start pounding it where the engine has to work and the turbo kicks in all the time, and your mileage goes south.
Pick and choose.
That was true of most turbo powertrains in the past, particularly Ford's but I get the impression Honda has balanced that tradeoff better than anyone else so far. Most compact car comparison tests I've seen have the Civic with the best fuel economy despite being driven the same way as the competition.

On fuelly.com, 1,000+ 2016-2017 Civics are averaging 34.5 mpg compared to only 30.7 mpg for 2016-2017 Mazda 3's.

Unless all those Civic drivers are babying it, which I highly doubt, Honda's 1.5t / CVT powertrain appears to be delivering outstanding fuel economy (and performance) in average, everyday driving.

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Car and Driver estimates the base powertrain will yield a 0-60 of 6.6 seconds and 33 mpg combined. Now that's the win-win that the 2018 Camry couldn't achieve with it's 7.9 second run to 60.

This 1.5t / CVT powertrain sure seems to offer outstanding performance AND economy, finally beating the Mazda 6.

Now if the Accord weren't so ugly. I just don't get the point of all the ungainly creases and bulbousness.
Car and Driver may be WAY off on their estimate. Motor Trend's review indicates a 0-60 of 7.6 seconds and they appear to have carefully measured it.

So maybe it's not a win-win but just another tradeoff like the 2018 Camry. Slower than the 6 but more efficient.

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I like the way the car looks except... what is the white color object behind the grill at the bottom? I don't think it is foam.. surely not foam... what the heck?

... if you watch the video link, they don't care much for the 10sp auto that comes with the 2.0L option but maybe the manual transmission would be a very good choice instead. Without the 2.0L motor I certainly don't want a CVT transmission so it would have to be the six speed manual for me. Still not sure I want a turbo assisted motor though.

Being unsure about a turbo assisted motor and if the Accord is near $36k decked out I will look for something else anyway. If going turbo, maybe the new Kia Stinger GT...?!

Or just stick with the Mazda3 or Mazda6 at much lower cost and sure reliability ???!!!
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