Hot on the heels of its 2023 Pilot launch, Honda officially debuted a redesigned Accord. This midsize sedan has been a staple of the brand for nearly five decades, and the revamped 2023 marks its 11th design generation with updated styling, tech, and a majority-hybrid model lineup.
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Since 1976, Accord has sold less than 100,000 copies just once, which was in 1977. In the subsequent decades, few cars in automotive history have enjoyed as much success. 1998-2001 was arguably the nameplate’s peak, with more than 1.6 million cars finding homes in that span. Despite the rise of SUVs and crossovers, this sedan has remained a strong performer. Even during the COVID pandemic and subsequent component shortages, Accord still managed to move an average of more than 200,000 units in 2020 and 2021.
While the 2023 Accord is a clean-sheet redesign, in many ways it seems like more of an evolutionary step forward. Honda slightly toned down the sweeping, fastback-like styling of the outgoing car in favor of a more mature, upright look that closely resembles the current-generation Civic. The 11th-gen model is about 3 inches longer overall but in most other key dimensions, it’s unchanged from the 2018-2022.
The dashboard layout is nearly identical to the Civic and Pilot with a tablet-style infotainment screen sitting atop the center of the dashboard. Base LX and volume-selling EX trims will have a 7-inch display while the uplevel Sport, EX-L, Sport-L, and flagship Touring will have a larger 12.3-inch unit that supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. Though somewhat oddly, only the Touring grade includes a wireless device charging pad – hopefully this feature will be available to other models as a dealer-installed accessory. The Touring will also be the first Honda to support a wide array of built-in Google services, including Assistant, Maps, and Play with over the air (OTA) updates allowing for bug fixes and new functionality to be added later.
LX and EX Accords will reprise a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The motor has been tweaked to produce 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. The previous high-output turbo four-cylinder has been dropped in favor of a new dual-motor gas/electric hybrid. A 2.0-liter non-turbo gas engine combines with a pair of electric motors to produce a combined 204 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque.
Updated safety features also mimic those of the redesigned Pilot. The collision warning cameras and radar sensors gain a wider field of view, allowing them to recognize more objects. The blind-spot alert gets a longer range as well while the adaptive radar cruise control and lane-keep assist systems have been updated to provide smoother response.
Full pricing and availability weren’t released but expect moderate increases over the outgoing car across the board. The 2023 Honda Accord will likely start arriving at dealers in January.
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