Honda has redesigned the 2018 Accord in an effort to keep pace with the also-redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry in what might be the second greatest game of "anything you can do, I can do better."
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The Accord gets new styling that takes it in a more premium-looking direction without being simply an off-brand Acura (Honda's premium brand). It also ditches the coupe body style and is only available as a sedan. The new Accord is lower and wider than the outgoing model, and sits on either 17- or 19-inch wheels depending on the trim level. An aggressive profile complements the new stance, and the rearward-sloping roof and rear windscreen are reminiscent of the Honda Civic and even the Audi A7, which is good — and not the old Honda Crosstour, which would be bad.
Inside, models with the 10-speed automatic transmission feature Honda's confusing push-button gear selector, but a six-speed manual is available on Sport trim levels, and models with the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinders get a mechanical shifter. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder will be available in late November.
The multimedia system features a touchscreen — 7 inches in LX models, 8 inches in other trims — with pages that can be customized like a smartphone. The larger system also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Most importantly, after years of automotive journalists' complaints, the stereo has physical controls, including both volume and tuning knobs.
Check out the gallery above for a closer look at the new 2018 Honda Accord.