The 2018 Honda Accord drops V6, gains efficiency and refinement

Six-speed manual transmissions will be available in certain trim levels with all three gasoline engine choices.

The sport-inspired steering wheel is more "intricately contoured" and has deep thumb rests. Revisions to the design of the multilink rear suspension and subframe, Honda says, have contributed to better packaging. (260 Nm) of torque from 1,500-5,000 rpm, and a 2.0L DOHC DI turbo, closely related to the mill in the new Civic Type R, churning out 252 hp at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb. -ft.

Those engines will be mated to either a CVT transmission, for the 1.5-liter engine, or Honda's new 10-speed automatic transmission.

Front seats are heated and ventilated, with rear seats now getting back and bottom cushion heating. (20-cm) touchscreen. Making some critics happy, the vehicle gets not only a physical volume knob, as did Honda's CR-V after Honda gave the Civic touch-volume controls, but also a physical tuning knob.

There is wireless device charging, automatic Bluetooth phone pairing, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates, as well as a number of audio system options and USB charging ports. (370 Nm) of torque from 1,500-4,000 rpm. The 2.4-liter I-4 and sweet V6 are both out, replaced by 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines, iterations of which were already seen in Civic. Base models will come with a version of the Civic's 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, here uprated (from 174 hp) to 192 hp (coming in at 5,500 rpm) and 192 lb-ft of torque (from 1,500 to 5,000 rpm).

The hybrid system in the 2018 Accord is all-new.

As senior editor Nelson Ireson learned while testing a prototype in Japan last month, Honda will be also touting a new optional engine and transmission for the 2018 Accord. The company did not supply projected fuel economy for any of the models, but promised the new hybrid version will be more fuel efficient than the current one. The auto will use a next generation of Honda's 2-motor hybrid technology, with a 2.0L Atkinson-cycle engine boasting more than 40% thermal efficiency, the same thermal efficiency as the current Toyota Prius' 1.8L Atkinson-cycle 4-cyl. Honda claims that the 40-percent thermal efficiency is the highest of any mass-produced engine in the world.

The specs are just as much of a throwback as the body style. The '17 Accord Hybrid, which returned to Honda's lineup after a yearlong hiatus, makes 48 mpg (4.9 L/100 km) combined, short of the 50-mpg (4.7 L/100 km) Prius. Now with a longer wheelbase and wider stance, yet shorter overall length and lower height, Honda adds more aggression in both appearance and physics to the latest Accord. Rear seats have been pushed back for an extra 2.5 inches of legroom.

For more on the Honda Accord, read the in-depth reviews at The Car Connection. Still, depending on variant, overall weight is down by up to 176 pounds, an impressive figure for a vehicle that's not that large.

No surprise at all, the 2018 Accord also gets a bevy of driver-assistance tech like Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Blind Sport Monitoring with Cross Traffic and Driver Awareness Monitors.

As it has for the past 35 years, Accords will continue to be screwed together in Marysville, Ohio.

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