The Accord is one of Honda’s oldest nameplates, and at a time when automakers are abandoning sedans, the new Accord feels like a breath of fresh air in a sea of SUVs.
New Honda Accord: Exterior design
In terms of design, the classic three-box sedan shape of the new Accord is a significant departure from its fastback predecessor. Like the 11th generation Honda Civic, the new Accord is characterized by smooth and clean surfaces.
The elegant headlights flanking the wide and hexagonal grille create a smoky effect. The front bumper with a wide central air intake is relatively smooth, contrasted only by a silver strip at both ends.
The profile of the new Accord is characterized by a strong waist line and chrome trim around the window line. It rides on 17-inch two-tone wheels as standard, although 19-inch units can be ordered as an option.
At the back, a clean trunk lid and large taillights with an LED strip running almost from one end to the other, broken only by the Honda logo in the middle. There is also a gloss black trim on the bottom that runs the length of the sedan.
New Honda Accord: Interior and Features
Inside, the new Honda is very similar to the Civic and the new CR-V. It gets a 10.2-inch instrument cluster for the driver and a 12.3-inch touchscreen – the biggest Honda ever made – on higher trims, with built-in Google integration on the top-of-the-line variant.
The AC vents are nicely hidden behind mesh on the dash, and the physical buttons and dials for the HVAC are a welcome addition.
The new Accord also supports OTA (over-the-air) software updates. Other notable features include more supportive stabilizer seats, wireless phone charging, a 12-speaker Bose sound system, a six-inch head-up display and connected car technology. Safety features include 10 airbags and Honda’s ADAS package, which includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist and more.
New Honda Accord: Driving options
For the new Accord, Honda discontinued the 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine available in the previous generation. The automaker now offers an updated 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine with 192bhp and 260Nm of torque for the lower variants, mated to a CVT gearbox.
Higher variants are powered by a new two-motor hybrid system using a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine. The hybrid powertrain, where the engine and electric motor are mounted side by side, produces a combined output of 204 hp and 335 Nm.
Honda Accord in India
The Accord was launched in India in 2000 and was the automaker’s second model in India after the City.
Honda offered four generations of the Accord in India, where the first three generations were assembled. The fourth variant – imported as a hybrid – was a short-lived CBU import.