TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 18, 2017 – The all-new 2018 Honda Accord goes on sale at dealerships nationwide today as the quickest, most fuel-efficient, sophisticated and spacious Accord in the model’s 41-year history. The 2018 Accord 1.5T, powered by a new 192-horsepower VTEC Turbo® engine has a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $23,570 . The Accord 1.5T earned an EPA fuel economy rating of 30/38/33 mpg (city/highway/combined) in LX, EX, EX-L and EX-L Navi trims with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Also available in Sport trim with a 6-speed manual transmission, the Accord 1.5T will be joined next month by the even more powerful Accord 2.0T and, in early in 2018, by the new Accord Hybrid.
Recently called “America’s Best Sedan” by Car & Driver magazine, all Accords showcase new styling with increased focus on stance and proportion while benefitting from an all-new platform with a more rigid and lightweight body, a sophisticated new chassis and a longer wheelbase that contributes to a more spacious cabin with class-leading rear legroom. New standard features on all models include LED headlight and taillights, dual-zone climate control, 7-inch customizable digital driver’s meter and the full suite of Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies including new Traffic Sign Recognition.
New connected-car technologies available on the 2018 Accord include a 7-inch digital TFT driver’s meter (standard), an 8-inch, high-resolution Display Audio touchscreen with both volume and tuning/list-scrolling knobs and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility (Sport and above trims). A new 6-inch head up display (HUD), automatic Bluetooth phone pairing, wireless device charging and next-generation HondaLink™ Assist with available 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi and smartphone-controlled remote engine start are also available.
Powering the 2018 Accord 1.5T is a 1.5-liter, DOHC direct-injected VTEC Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine with peak outputs of 192 horsepower and 192 lb.-ft. of torque (both SAE net), making it the most powerful base engine ever for the Accord. It is available with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) in all trims and in Sport trim with either the CVT or a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission (6MT). The Accord 2.0T, arriving next month, will be powered by a responsive 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo® engine with peak outputs of 252 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque (both SAE net), the highest torque output ever for Accord. The Accord Hybrid, featuring the third-generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid powertrain, will join the lineup in early 2018.
The 2018 Honda Accord features the latest generation of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) safety body structure and advanced supplemental restraint systems, including new driver and front passenger knee airbags, and is anticipated to achieve top collision safety ratings from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing. Additional driver-assistive technology, standard on all trims, include a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with dynamic guidelines, Straight Driving Assist and Auto High-Beams. Blind spot information (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor is standard on EX and above trims, while Touring trims add front and rear parking sensors.
The Honda Accord is America’s best-selling car over the past 41 years with American car buyers having purchased more than 13 million Accords, more than 11 million of those produced in America, using domestic and globally-sourced parts. This all-new Accord should help carry the model to its fifth year in a row as the #1 midsize car in America – what’s more, Accord continues as the #2 car in the industry, second only to the Honda Civic.
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Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.
Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2016, more than 95% of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.2018 Accord Inventory WardsAuto data Jan. 1976 – Dec. 2015 and Autodata Jan. 2016 – Aug. 2017.