The Honda Accord is no stranger to award ceremonies, landing on Car and Driver’s 10 Best list 31 times in its 41 year run. But this year’s prize (the coveted North American Car of the Year Award) is a first for the venerable family sedan.
So what makes the North American Car of the Year Award so special? The North American Car of the Year honor recognizes excellence in innovation, design, safety features, performance, technology, driver satisfaction and value. Initiated in 1994, the awards are judged by 60 professional automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who work for independent magazines, television, radio, newspapers and industry websites.
Completely redesigned from the ground-up, the all-new Accord features a sleek, sophisticated, and athletic exterior and a lighter and more rigid body structure. The fastback-like roof line and longer wheelbase give the 2018 Accord a sportier, more aggressive stance.
The drivetrain options include two all-new, high-torque VTEC® Turbo engines, the world’s first 10-speed automatic transmission for a front-drive car and a new generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid technology.
The base 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder generates 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. The upgraded 2.0-liter turbocharged, inline 4 brings 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque and replaces the outgoing V-6. Unlike other models in the segment the new Accord is still available in a six-speed manual transmission., a huge plus for the driving enthusiast.
The interior of the 2018 Accord got some serious upgrades as well, with well-padded and bolstered seats, superior rear seat leg room, and class-leading trunk space. The new Accord also has a much more intuitive touchscreen infotainment center augmented with real-world volume and tuning knobs. Plus, you get Apple Carplay and Android Auto as standard equipment on all but the base model LX.
Other standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a backup camera, and LED headlights and taillights. Step up to the EX-L trim and you’ll get a soft leather interior, power driver’s seat, ventilated, heated front and rear seating, sunroof, and rain sensing wipers.
The 2018 Accord also includes a host of standard safety equipment, including adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, and lane-keeping assist. EX models and above come equipped with blind spot monitoring as well.
All in all, the 2018 Honda Accord is a deserving winner of the coveted North American Car of the Year Award and has set a new standard for the mid-size sedan.