The Honda Accord is one of the most renowned family sedans in the world. It has now debuted in its 11th-generation avatar with modern styling and the latest hybrid powertrains.
The Accord now has the same base styling language as the new-gen Civic, but more premium and bigger than before. Elements like the front grille, headlamps, taillamps and bumpers look sleek and chiselled. The main shoulder line is very apparent from the bonnet, along the sides and till the tail end of the car. Its proportions can almost be described as muscular. Those straight-lined taillamps look more premium than some luxury car designs while the subtle spoiler integrated into the boot lid design gives just a slight hint of sportiness too. It comes with imposing 19-inch wheels in the top trim that lend to its large-ish road presence.
Honda states that the new Accord is also more fun to drive with improved driving dynamics, a stiffer body and more powerful hybrid powertrains. The sedan’s top variants come with the carmaker’s fourth-gen two-motor hybrid setup and a new 2-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine with direct fuel injection. It puts forward a combined output of 204hp and 335Nm which is far from being peppy but it’s not sluggish either. In case the hybrid tech ain’t your thing, there’s also the choice of a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine (with a CVT only) that makes 192hp and 260Nm in stock form. We suspect it might be easier to extract a little more performance from this non-hybrid setup down the line with some tasteful aftermarket parts.
Inside its cabin, the new Accord offers a premium and uncomplicated experience. There is a healthy dose of upmarket upholstery, soft-touch materials and plenty of room in both rows of seats. The dashboard features a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with a patterned finish for the middle section that neatly covers the central AC vents. The simple and modern styling is further enforced by the 10.2-inch digital driver’s display and the 6-inch heads-up display. In its top-spec, it comes with ventilated and power-adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, leather upholstery, aluminium pedals, a 12-speaker Bose sound system, and a large moonroof that opens up the cabin.
As part of Honda’s global electrification journey, nearly half of all sales for the new Accord are expected to be from the hybrid variants. Not exactly exciting, but a compromise we’re willing to take before these gorgeous sedans become entirely silent.
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