Smart tags, Acura NSX and Dodge Chargers: Honda's '18 Accord and what people are saying

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Crossovers and SUVs might be where the money is these days, but automakers aren’t abandoning hope for sedans. Enter the 2018 Honda Accord. New from the ground up, the redesigned, 10th-generation Accord now comes with a 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine standard, good for 192 hp and 192 pounds-feet of torque. The V-6 option, as well as the coupe variant, did not make the cut for the 2018 model year. Here’s what people are saying about the redesigned Accord.

“The proportions immediately bring to mind the Dodge Charger: muscular, long hood and short deck, greenhouse moved rearward to make it look like it’s a rear-wheel drive car (it’s not, that part hasn’t changed). But the crisp lines, low front end and sweeping roofline make it seem like Honda’s taken a page from the Audi A7 stylebook.

“It’s a strikingly different look for the Accord, and it’s damned attractive — it no longer looks like any number of anonymous mid-size sedans on the road. If this remains the best-selling car in the segment, I’ll be thrilled, as it means the streets of America are about to get better-looking.

“Inside, the changes are less dramatic. Interior quality is very good, with soft-touch materials and most controls within easy, viewable reach. The gauges are comprised of an electronic display screen, but they’re very clear and look classy.”

Aaron Bragman, Cars.com

“Naturally, given the conservatism of the midsize sedan segment, the new Accord isn’t as dramatically styled as the smaller Honda Civic. However, for an Accord, it does push the envelope. Honda reduced the front overhang and pulled the windshield pillars back to improve outward visibility and the car’s optical balance, adding visual weight to the rear through a rakish roofline and tapering greenhouse.

“In person, equipped with the larger aluminum wheels installed on the Touring models, the new Accord looks sensational. It remains a bit quirky compared to, say, a Mazda6, but the creases in the hood, the swelling front fenders, the beltline arc, and the sculpturing along the lower body make the Accord distinctive without resorting to spectacle.”

Christian Wardlaw, New York Daily News

Honda in the United States now sells a fastback Accord and an NSX. WHAT YEAR IS IT?

“I don’t know if there’s been a major midsize fastback for sale in the United States since Geo was still around. I’m shocked that this is what Honda’s going with.

“The specs are just as much of a throwback as the body style. You can get this thing with a manual transmission. This isn’t some kind of ‘manumatic DSG CVT — it’s both BS.’ This is a real three-pedal transmission.”

Raphael Orlove, Jalopnik

“Get used to the design, because you’ll start seeing these everywhere soon, and riding in them once your favorite Lyft or Uber driver gets a hold of them. According to Honda, the car is longer, lower, lighter, and wider than before, featuring a lower seating position and less overhangs than the ninth-generation car.”

Brian Silvestro, Road & Track

“On the dashboard of the new Accord, to the left of audio system is a little stylized N. Buried beneath that subtle logo is a near-field communications (NFC) tag that will make your life just a little bit easier if you happen to use an Android smartphone.

“In California and increasingly in other states, it’s illegal to do anything that requires actually touching your phone while driving. Thus, wireless Bluetooth connectivity between the phone and car is essential if you want to take or receive calls or play your music. However, if you’ve ever tried to pair your phone with the car when you get a new device or a new car, you may have found the process frustrating.

“That’s where NFC comes in. Most of the smartphones built in recent years aside from some of the least expensive models include an NFC chip. It’s the technology that makes tap-to-pay systems like Apple Pay and Android Pay work. When you tap your phone on a reader at the checkout to pay for your coffee or groceries, the reader is authenticating you through that NFC chip.

“Honda is the first mainstream automaker to include an NFC tag built in to one of its vehicles. If you have an Android phone, the first time you get in the car, you can just tap it on that little logo on the dashboard and instantly pair to the car’s Bluetooth.”

Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes

“The front end, while obviously squared up and toned down quite a bit, still has some visual semblance of the new Acura NSX, particularly with how the grille and chrome fascia grille bleed into the headlights.”

Eric Weiner, Automobile

“With the 2018 Honda Accord, the automaker is betting that midsized-sedan buyers care more about gaining a couple of extra inches of rear legroom than losing a pair of cylinders with the departure of the V6-powered model.

“The Accord joins other midsized sedans that have relinquished their V6s. That’s not a surprise, because few customers chose the V6 versions. The sculpted exterior gives the popular family sedan a more dramatic, upscale look in a competitive field that includes rivals such as the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, and Hyundai Sonata.

” … One key detail about the hybrid we do know is that Honda engineers have managed to fit its battery pack beneath the rear seat. This means that unlike the previous Accord hybrid, the 16.7-cu.-ft. trunk and split-folding rear seats remain unaffected by bulky, space-stealing batteries.”

Nick Kurczewski, Consumer Reports

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