2018 Honda Accord Essential Expert Car Review

It is likely the best midsize sedan ever

What you need to know

The 2018 Honda Accord is acknowledged by most industry experts as the best sedan in its segment. All new for the 2018 model year, the 10th-generation Accord offers just about every feature a midsize sedan driver could want at a price that emphasizes value. Built on a new platform, the Accord features attractive exterior styling with a lower, wider stance. The body houses a more spacious and upscale interior and the latest generation of advanced Honda safety, connected-car and driver-assistive technologies. Ample power is provided by each of three advanced new power units – two turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and a third-generation two-motor hybrid system. While maintaining affordable midsize sedan pricing, the 2018 Accord’s keynotes are outstanding quality, exceptional fuel efficiency, and a level of fun-to-drive that leaves many of its competitors in the dust.

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Driving it

When equipped with the higher displacement 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and 10-speed transmission, the Accord offers stellar all-around performance, but Accords equipped with the 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine deliver satisfying acceleration as well. Maneuvering the Accord in parking situations is easy thanks in part to its rear-view camera system.

Best alternatives

Toyota Camry, Kia Optima, Mazda Mazda6, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion

Price range

Base MSRP: $24,460   Fully Equipped MSRP: $33,860   Typical Purchase Price: $25,475

Best feature

Highly fuel-efficient turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine


V6 engine option (but offers powerful optional 4-cylinder)

Typical buyer

36-year-old college-educated married male with young children

$76,000/year total household income


NHTSA Crash Rating: Not yet rated

Standard Electronic Safety Aids: Lane departure warning

Optional Electronic Safety Aids: Electronic stability control, Forward collision warning, Crash imminent braking, Dynamic Braking Assist

IIHS: Top Safety Pick +

Fuel Economy (EPA miles per gallon city/highway/combined)

Lowest: 26 / 35 / 31          Highest: 30 / 38 / 33

Hybrid: Not yet rated        Plug-in: Not available

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Born in Boston, Tom Ripley has been writing about the automotive industry and the human condition for more than a decade. He's a frequent traveller but nominally resides in Villeperce, France.