Honda Accord: 5 Things To Know

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Those engines will be mated to either a CVT transmission, for the 1.5-liter engine, or Honda's new 10-speed automatic transmission. The current Accord continues to take a conservative approach, and it will be interesting to see smarter styling making it on the model. Meanwhile, the car's battery pack will be mounted beneath the rear floor instead of the trunk to free up cargo space and allow for a 60/40 split folding rear seat. As we've heard in the past, the new Accord will lose its V6 in favor of a version of the Civic Type R engine-and you can get it with a stick.

The 143kW/260Nm engine coming with a choice of CVT auto or six-speed manual.

Whereas Toyota is sticking with an optional V-6 engine for its upmarket Camry, Honda is moving to a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder.

The design goal was to give the vehicle a more athletic stance with a low and wide body, more raked windshield, short overhang, low hood, large, more angled greenhouse, and narrow roof pillars, as well as sculpted body sides and an upswept decklid.

"(The IP's) 3-tier design with a strong upper deck that describes a continuous arc from its outboard section through the side door sills (gives) a sense of strength and visual continuity", Honda says.

A six-speed manual will be available in the "Sports" model.

. So far, the word is that the new Hybrid will use a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, which in concert with its dual-electric-motor system developed by Honda, does not need a conventional transmission. The new mid-sizer goes on sale this fall, as a 2018 model. It retains the chrome wing grille bookmarked by LED headlights and foglights.

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Inside there is a new soft-touch instrument panel in a three-tier design, as well as a new steering wheel with thumb rests and paddle shifters. A 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated and cooled front seats, and heated rear seats will be available, as well. A new touchscreen infotainment will also be in order supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while rumours suggest that Honda might bring back the volume control knob after hearing complaints that customers weren't too happy with the absence of it. There is also a 7.0-inch display in front of the driver.

The next generation of HondaLink telematics offers services such as emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen-vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, and geofencing.

On Touring trim levels, Honda is offering a new 6-in. In addition to the now requisite Bluetooth pairing, the new model has 4G LTE in-car WiFi.

The 2017 Honda Accord has an MSRP of $22,455 and could range in price based on trim to around $30,000. There will be new active and passive safety systems in place as well. Like with the 1.5 liter, torque is available at 1,500 rpm and should make the vehicle feel stronger around town. This will include a collision mitigation braking system, a lane departure warning, an adaptive cruise control program and other features.

Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

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