Honda has built and sold millions of midsize cars in the U.S. for decades and has perfected the family sedan recipe with the Accord: comfortable interior, respectable fuel economy, affordable pricing and a full suite of safety gear.
Accord design has evolved with the times, notably to stand out in an expanding sea of crossovers and SUVs, more recently by embracing sportback styling.
The Accord, a mainstay of Honda's lineup and the midsize sedan market, is redesigned for 2023 with sportier handling, a more tech-forward cabin and a hybrid-dominated lineup.
The newest body has been stretched 2.8 inches, with front-to-back upper character lines along the side, and a longer hood. The fastback roofline remains but with cleaner lines.
The Accord is now available in six trims: LX, EX, Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring — down from 10 on the outgoing model.
Honda's turbo 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder engine, mated to a 10-speed automatic, has been discontinued. Base LX and EX models are powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable transmission. The package delivers 192 hp and 192 pound-feet of torque. Honda says the carryover powertrain has been updated for enhanced fuel economy: 29 mpg in city driving, 37 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined.
But Honda is banking on hybrid powertrains to anchor the 11th-generation car's lineup, with four positioned at the top.
The Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring trims come equipped with Honda's fourth-generation 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder engine with two electric motors mounted side by side. The hybrid engine produces 209 hp and 247 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid system is more responsive and refined, especially at highway speeds, Honda says. The hybrid powertrain is also EPA-rated to achieve 44 mpg combined.
Journalists recently drove the Accord in Southern California, and we've rounded up some early reviews.