2017 vs. All-New 2018 Accord Sport Side by Side
Rather than evolved, the 2018 Accord Sport is reinvented.
Now that we’ve had some time to digest the all-new features of the new 2018 Accord, it’s interesting to pull up along a 2017 model to make some comparisons and notes. As you’d expect, there’s a lot of things different, but it’s almost like the new model has a fresh, up-to-date sense of being.
Engines are evidence of the biggest push forward, with the 2.4-liter inline-four cylinder and V6 models getting dropped in favor of 1.5-liter turbo and 2.0-liter turbo 4 cylinder engines. In his new online video, Edward Tomilloso, from Honda of Santa Maria, sees that fewer models are using this engine, noting: “I feel like the 2.4 liter engine is starting to slowly make its way out of the engine options.”
While the 1.5 turbo engine coupled with a CVT will be the bread and butter of sales sheets, the 2.0 turbo is a fantastic replacement for the V6. We’ve already reported that it’s not short on power at all. Enthusiasts were kept in mind with these new engines, because you can opt for a 6-speed manual transmission regardless of the displacement you choose.
Forward thinking has also been incorporated into the styling, and standard features. Going with a fast-back style design is a significant departure for the Accord, but allows the car to be more versatile. Side profile comparisons to certain German cars are inevitable, but with incorporation of Honda’s new grille design and “C” shape tail lights, it holds its own.
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With a 500 dollar increase in price, you’d expect to get added tech as well. Tomilloso happily holds a new blade-less key fob, saying “the old Honda Accord came with your traditional key fob.” But as he explains, push button start is now the new way for Honda.
Further more, Honda has added more tech to the driving experience. “You do have an analogue speedometer gauge on one side, with digital multi-function display on the left, Tomilloso notes. As well, the infotainment now integrates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability on every 2018 Accord.
So in all, the 2018 Accord has carved out its new niche in the market. But are buyers willing to accept the changes? Only time will tell, but we like what we see in the 10th gen Accord.