- The popular Honda Accord is all-new for 2023, with a gas-only powertrain for lower trim levels and a faster hybrid powertrain on higher trims.
- The appearance is designed and meticulous, and the inside is better than the outside
- Honda did not disclose prices. We expect it to start around $26,000
Honda today revealed the all-new 2023 Accord with a simple, elegant design and hybrid options that are more sporty than the gas-powered versions.
According to Honda’s calculations, the Accord has been the best-selling car in America for the past 50 years. It has fallen behind the Toyota Camry in recent years, but the claim may be true. You know the agreements. I’ve been to Accords. If you don’t own an Accord, chances are there’s more than one in your family and friends circle.
And America may have turned its flair for SUVs, but over the past year, we’ve rekindled our interest in sedans. Amid rising gas prices, sedans shopping has been growing.
So the new deal has the potential to win millions of feelings. During the first half of 2022, the agreement regressed to 20 in AmericaThe tenth The best-selling car (the Camry was ranked 5th on the same list). But the crown is within Honda’s reach, if the company can reclaim some midsize mojo.
To do this, they will adopt the power hybrid as a performance tool, and rely on a sleek cabin design.
Peek with a Fastback profile
11The tenthThe Gil-Accord wears an upright grille and short front hatches, giving the impression of a nimble cousin to a range of tough SUVs. What it is these days, Honda has gone off-road for its bigger cars.
But the Accord still glides through the air with a rear roofline you can call a Fastback (but that’s a real box – the glass doesn’t lift). If anything, the look risks being too simple. Aspects look practical when most competitors focus on curves and angles. But it does look sharp with the right paint color and a set of dark wheels.
Honda has good sense to reduce the chrome and keep the dark color. This approach adds complexity to designs that may seem too simple.
LX, EX and EX-L trims get a black mesh grille, body-color side mirrors and 17-inch alloy wheels. The Sport and Sport-L get black side mirrors, a black rear spoiler, and black 19-inch alloys. Sport-L models add a black rear diffuser.
The top-level Touring model features 19-inch gloss black wheels, plus silver and black trim for what Honda calls a “sharp, high-contrast look.”
Handsome and practical on the inside
Inside, the Accord gets the new family’s genes. Like the recently redesigned Civic and CR-V, the dashboard is divided horizontally by a line of silver grille that conceals the air vents. It looks like a giant door-to-door vent, but air only flows from the designated places.
The touchscreen rises above it as if it recedes when it is turned off (no). The screen size is just 7 inches on the LX and EX models, with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. But the Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring models get Honda’s largest 12.3-inch screen and wireless versions of the phone’s compatibility systems. Both screens retain a knob for controlling the volume, because Honda designers drove cars before.
We’re fond of this placement on the screen, which the driver can check out without taking their eyes off the road. We’re fond of the entire design theme, actually. It’s handsome and looks more sophisticated than the Accord price.
Everything from Google comes built into Touring Forms, including Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the ability to Google Play.
Honda claims the Accord has class-leading cargo space, with 16.7 cubic feet in the trunk. Gray or black cloth is standard on LX and EX models. The Sport gets its own black cloth upholstery as well as aluminum pedals and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The high edges get on the skin. The Touring model has heated and ventilated front seats, as well as heated seats in the rear.
Hybrid top trims, with extra strength
Honda’s engineers have been on the loose lately, sending out a series of new vehicles that are fun to drive in their price ranges. The Accord 2023 has all the ingredients that keep this line going.
It rides on a stiffer chassis, with new front rails and a four-wheel independent suspension tuned for interaction.
The LX and EX models use a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (yes, Honda loyalists, with VTEC) fit for 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. It sends power through a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to the front wheels. This power level is table stakes in a mid-size sedan and should get you working back and forth without much thought about your engine.
But those who want something sporty will end up with the Accord Hybrid. All Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring models are paired with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a pair of electric motors producing 204 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. It also operates through an automatic transmission, but Honda built “Linear Shift Control” to mimic the feel of an automatic transmission.
Gas powered 2023 accords get two driving modes – Econ and Normal. Hybrids get four, and add a sports mode and a mode that you can customize via the touchscreen.
More driver assistance
Honda Sensing’s standard suite of safety aides has been improved — cameras that engage automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control now have a 90-degree field of view, while the radar system sees 120 degrees. This would make the system safer in cornering and traffic situations.
The blind spot screen now sees 82 feet – farther than any previous Honda car. Also new is Traffic Jam Assist, which provides mild steering assistance at under 45 mph to lighten the workload in traffic.
It’s a great package and it might just be enough to help the Accord win consideration from some Camry shoppers. Much will depend on pricing, which Honda has yet to reveal.