When the redesigned 2018 Honda Accord goes on sale Oct. 18, it'll set you back at least $24,445 for the base trim, called the LX. That's $1,115 more than the 2017 Accord's starting price (all prices include a destination charge), but it comes with a standard continuously variable automatic transmission and Honda Sensing — a package comprising adaptive cruise control, lane-centering steering and the all-important forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
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Given that the automatic transmission and Honda Sensing added a combined $1,800 to the base 2017 Accord, the 2018 model packs impressive value in base form. Its pricing is also competitive with the base 2018 Nissan Altima ($24,025) and redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry ($24,895), both of which have standard automatic transmissions and collision warning with automatic braking. The 2017 Volkswagen Passat ($23,260) has those features for less, but other mid-size sedans generally don't, lower starting prices notwithstanding.
With the sedan's base Used Engine , a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder, the Accord comes in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring variants. The Accord's available turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder will come later this year in Sport, EX-L and Touring trims. Transmissions are generally automatic across the board — a CVT with the 1.5-liter and a 10-speed automatic with the 2.0-liter — but the Sport offers a six-speed manual for the same price as the automatics. It also does so with either Used Engine , which marks the first time since 2007 that Honda has offered a stick-shift Accord sedan with the most powerful Used Engine . Three-pedal enthusiasts who need a backseat, have at it.
The LX is generously equipped, but the 1.5-liter Sport comes in at less than $27,000 with must-have tech features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus niceties like a power driver's seat and heated front seats and vinyl-and-cloth upholstery. That seems the most compelling mix of features for the price.
Here's a breakdown of major features for each trim:
1.5-liter LX ($24,445): 17-inch alloy wheels, collision warning with automatic emergency braking, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane-centering steering, LED low-beam headlights with automatic high beams, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen with a backup camera, Bluetooth and a USB port
1.5-liter Sport ($26,655): LX features plus an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, sportier exterior styling with 19-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, vinyl-and-cloth seats, a power driver's seat, a split-folding rear seat, and more stereo speakers and wattage; a manual transmission is the same price
1.5-liter EX ($28,345): LX features plus an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite and HD radio, an eight-way power driver's seat with four-way power lumbar, a split-folding rear seat, a moonroof, heated side mirrors, a keyless access system with remote start, heated front seats, a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, a second USB port and rear-seat air vents
1.5-liter EX-L ($30,845): EX features plus leather upholstery, a memory driver's seat, a four-way power passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, and a top-line audio system; a navigation system runs another $1,000
1.5-liter Touring ($34,675): LED high-beam lights, a head-up display, adaptive shock absorbers, automatic phone pairing (near-field communication), wireless phone charging, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers and chrome exterior accents
2.0-liter Sport ($31,185): 1.5-liter Sport features plus heated front seats, a moonroof, satellite and HD radio, and keyless access with remote start; a manual transmission is the same price
2.0-liter EX-L ($32,845): Same as 1.5-liter EX-L; a navigation system adds $1,000
2.0-liter Touring ($36,675): Same as 1.5-liter Touring
Typical of Honda, there isn't much in the way of options on each trim level, and the Accord Touring represents the full bevy of factory equipment. As sticker shock goes, its mid-$30,000s asking price is on the mild side. Non-hybrid versions of the 2018 Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry and Chevrolet Malibu top out closer to $40,000 with factory options. And the Ford Fusion, which offers all-wheel drive and a leather-ensconced Platinum trim, can top the mark if you load it up.
The Accord Hybrid hits dealers in early 2018; full details are still pending.