It may have taken a while, but we’re finally looking at Honda’s 10th generation Accord, with an updated design, new safety features, and, more importantly, a shift to Honda’s 1.5-liter turbocharged engine.
The Best-Looking Accord Yet
The all-new Honda Accord, dubbed the Honda Accord EL Turbo CVT Honda Sensing, features a refreshing redesign that takes several styling cues from the current Civic, giving it a sportier look while retaining a sense of maturity to its design. It’s wider, lower, and slightly longer than the outgoing model, with an increase in wheelbase of 55 mm, and its sloping roofline, combined with new 18-inch alloy wheels, gives it a decidedly more dynamic stance. The previous model was already a looker, but the Accord has never looked this good.
Honda has always excelled at creating incredibly refined cabins, and the Accord exemplifies that with style. The cabin’s aesthetic is kept simple thanks to clean lines, a neat-looking center console, and a highly-legible digital instrument cluster. True to Honda form, the choice of materials used in the all-new Accord are excellent, form the great-feeling steering wheel and shift knob, to the soft-padding and faux wood trim touches used in the door panels and dash. The various buttons, knobs, and switches return excellent and satisfying tactile feedback as well. Honda has managed to increase the interior room in almost every aspect, from rear leg room to significantly increased trunk space. In addition, extra measures have been taken to improve NVH levels, keeping things quiet in the cabin. Despite the sportier stance and sloping roofline, the Accord’s cabin manages to keep an open greenhouse thanks to adjustments to the A-pillar, improving driver visibility. Overall, the all-new Accord succeeds in creating an extremely premium environment for its passengers highly befitting the executive sedan segment.
Perhaps one of the more controversial decisions made by Honda regarding the new Accord is to forego their 2.4-liter engines in favor of the smaller 1.5-liter turbocharged engine mated to a continuously variable transmission powertrain combination which is also found in the Civic RS Turbo. For the Accord’s application, the engine gets a significant boost in horsepower compared to its younger brother, producing 187 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. Those in doubt can rest easy knowing that this new Honda Accord produces even higher figures than its predecessor, with the benefits of improved fuel economy – a win-win situation no matter how you look at it. Our brief experience with the Accord at Honda’s own test track proved that the Accord’s real-world feel matches the specification on paper, with the engine performing responsively when prodded, and rewarding the driver with excellent acceleration when pushed. We’ll delve more into the Accord’s performance characteristics after more hours behind the wheel, but we’re impressed with what we see so far.
Honda Sensing, Honda’s safety suite that we’ve previously seen on the Honda CR-V, is now available in the all-new Honda Accord. It includes an essential set of driver-assisting features such as Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS), which senses a possible collision and applies brake pressure automatically; Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF), which allows the driver to set a following interval as the system monitors traffic ahead and adjusts the cruise-control speed accordingly; Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), which warns the driver and gently corrects the Accord’s steering when it detects the car is drifting from the lane; Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), which alerts the driver and automatically corrects the car’s steering and braking when it detects that it’s too close to the side of the road; and finally, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), which alerts the driver of an impending collision. Combined with six airbags, front and rear parking sensors, and other standard safety features such as Vehicle Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist, ABS with EBD, and Multi-View cameras, this is the safest Accord yet, and easily one of the safest cars in its class.
The Honda Accord EL Turbo CVT Honda Sensing is available in three colors – Platinum White Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, and Crystal Black Pearl, and is priced at PhP 2,288,000.
|Cylinder Head||dohc, 4 valves per cylinder|
|Fuel Injector||Programmed Fuel Injection, VTEC Turbo|
|Max Power (bhp @ rpm)||187 hp @ 5500 rpm|
|Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm)||192 lb-ft @ 1600 - 5000 rpm|
|Suspension System||Front: MacPherson Strut, Rear: Multi-Link|
|Brakes||Front: Ventilated Discs, Rear: Solid Discs|
|Wheels||18 x 8.0J|
|Tires||235/45 R18 94V|
Weight and dimensions
|Wheelbase (mm)||2830 mm|
|Curb Weight||1476 Kg|
|Price as Tested (PHP)||PhP 2,288,000|