Honda Sport Accord 2023 – The 2023 Honda Accord won’t be the first generation of the venerable midsize sedan to take on the guise of a luxury car, but it could be the first Accord to look the part. Recently unveiled with a stunning new design, the 11th generation model looks sharper, more modern and better proportioned than anything else in its class. While we’re sad to see the powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged upgrade gone, Honda assures us that the hybrid drivetrain is vastly improved, and the base 1.5-liter engine has received tweaks to improve refinement and economy. of fuel.
The manufacturer is repositioning to focus on hybrids, with Honda aiming for the gas-electric Accord to account for 50 percent of sales. Non-hybrid LX and EX trims come with a revised 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four and a continuously variable automatic transmission; horsepower and torque are the same 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet as before. (The manual transmission won’t return, as Honda dropped it from the previous-generation Accord midway through due to low demand.)
Honda Sport Accord 2023
The other four 2023 Accord trims—Sport, EX-L, Sport-L, and Touring—are hybrids only and come with an updated version of the two-motor drivetrain from the previous Accord hybrid. As in the new CR-V hybrid, the two electric motors are now arranged side by side, and the 2.0 liter inline-four Atkinson cycle gas engine takes direct fuel injection. Combined power is 204 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque, and Honda claims it will feel better than the previous system. EPA fuel economy ratings aren’t available yet, but it should get a few extra mpg compared to the 48-mpg combined rating of the current Accord hybrid.
Although the new Accord is 2.8 inches longer than before, its wheelbase has not changed and it will likely ride and handle like the outgoing model did. That’s fine by us, since we like the current Accord’s refined road attitude, but Honda says it’s increased chassis stiffness, retuned the suspension and widened the front track by 0.6 inches. . All Accords have a Normal and Economy driving mode, while the hybrids also offer a Sport mode and an Individual mode that allow drivers to customize the different settings of the vehicle.
While the fresh new exterior styling steals the show, the interior also looks better than before. Like the cabin of the new Civic and CR-V, the Accord features a piano black interior and air vent mesh that spans the width of the dashboard. A 7.0-inch touchscreen with volume and control buttons is standard on non-hybrids, and a much larger 12.3-inch screen (also with a volume rocker) is available on hybrids. Wireless smartphone mirroring is only offered with the larger screen, but a 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster is standard across the board. There’s a little extra legroom in the back, and boot space remains the same at 17 cubic feet.
A full range of driver assistance features will be standard on all trims, but many of the task features – such as leather upholstery – are reserved for hybrids only. The Touring is a fully loaded trim, with features like a head-up display, cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and a host of Google apps built into the infotainment system.
We expect a slight price increase for the new Accord, but we won’t know the details until closer to the car’s on-sale date in early 2023. Look for the LX to start around $28,000 and the Sport hybrid at around $33,000, with a loaded Touring pushing $40,000.
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2023 Honda Accord First Official Look: Not ‘all’ new, but that probably doesn’t matter The 11th generation builds on its predecessor with better hybrid powertrain and in-car technology
In the pantheon of automotive legends, the Honda Accord has a pedestal right up front. Whether measured by sales volume, customer loyalty, or general success, it was difficult to beat from the first washed up on the shores of North America. Now it’s time to see if the 11th generation, 2023 Honda Accord can keep up.
To call it completely new would be inaccurate. The length and track may differ by about half an inch, but the wheelbase, height and width are all the same. So is the massive 16.7 cubic meter trunk, and the interior looks just as big even though official dimensions are not available at this time. Narratively, the silhouette is remarkably similar to the outgoing Accord, with the updated styling amounting to something north of your typical center console design but a less-than-usual “new” redesign ” from the beginning. It generally appears lower, longer and more pointed.
This approach is not unlike what we’ve seen elsewhere in the industry in recent years as car companies shift dollars away from increasingly unpopular cars and towards R&D of the electricity. If that’s the case here, then at first glance, it’s hard to say that the 2023 Honda Accord is any worse for it. The previous generation was so great and competitive throughout its life that it was actually a surprise to learn that it had to be replaced (Conventions traditionally lasted five or six years).
Ok, so apart from the graphics, what has changed? The main thing is the model and what’s under the hood. The LX and EX trims are now exclusively paired with a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline four that has been reworked to be more refined and responsive despite its 192 horsepower. Its CVT now simulates gear changes under heavy throttle.
The Accord hybrid is no longer a standalone model, and instead is the only powertrain offered in Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring trims. It’s the same new hybrid powertrain that wowed the 2023 Honda CR-V, with more power (204 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque) and simulated transmissions that dramatically improve handling compared to -its predecessor and the Toyota hybrid. Meanwhile, the 2.0-liter turbo-four has been discontinued and doesn’t bother asking about a manual transmission.
Despite the cargo platform, the new Accord’s chassis is stiffer thanks to stiffer body support and front anti-roll bars that clearly improve ride, handling and the overall refinement (mind you, this was all very good on the previous Accord). The suspension has been retuned for a more engaging driving experience, specifically to reduce steering friction and increase steering smoothness (similarly done successfully in the CR- V).
While the interior remains similar if exactly the same, the exterior has been updated by adopting the same sporty motif as the Honda Civic, HR-V and CR-V. The metallic look of the air vent consists of a full triangle frame that looks a bit more robust and in line with a more expensive car like the Accord. All material quality is a step up from its aforementioned siblings, although to be precise, we only had a chance to check out the trim level of the top spec Accord Touring.
The Accord also differs from its siblings by offering a new 12.3-inch touchscreen as standard on the hybrid (the same 7-inch touchscreen found on those siblings is in the LX and EX). The widescreen layout allows for a split screen, and instead of bottom-mounted menu buttons like Honda’s 7- and 9-inch touchscreens, they’re positioned on the left. They stay docked when using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too, which is always appreciated.
You probably won’t need Android Auto in the Accord Touring, though, as it’s the first Honda to get built-in Google capabilities that integrate Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Google Play app menu into the car. Maps in particular seems to be a practical improvement over what you get with the Apple CarPlay version, with the controls being a bit more advanced and descriptive of the operating system in the car. You don’t need a Google subscription or device to use it, and Apple CarPlay is still available. We’re looking forward to testing this new 12.3-inch system, though it’s a shame it’s only available on the Touring. We expect buyers of the new 2023 Honda Pilot to feel a little embarrassed too.
Other notable technological improvements include standard over-the-air updates and crisp-looking all-digital instruments,