In the pantheon of iconic automotive nameplates, Honda’s Accord is one of the greats. For nearly half a century and over 10 generations, this family-friendly vehicle has provided its legions of owners with top-notch safety and ample comfort, innovative features and, of course, legendary reliability. Icing on the cake, all this wholesome goodness has been offered in a reasonably priced and decently engaging package. When the Honda Accord gets overhauled, it’s always big news, and a redesigned version of this car is set to debut very soon.
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On Tuesday, Honda announced the 11th-generation Accord will be unveiled next month. Concrete details about the sedan’s official introduction have not been shared, but it’s almost guaranteed the car will be revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which will be open to the public from Nov. 18 to 27. In a release shared by the automaker, the new, 2023 Accord is designed to “bring excitement back to the mid-size sedan segment with sleek new styling, a more responsive and fun-to-drive hybrid powertrain, and Honda’s first integration of Google built-in for seamless on-the-go connectivity.”
The 11th-generation Accord promises to have an all-new interior and the car will offer a massive 12.3-inch touch screen, the largest ever fitted to a Honda vehicle. Bigger is better, right? It’s a definite maybe. The company released a trio of teaser images to build excitement for this new car, and one of the pictures shows this new display, which has a widescreen layout and is perched on top of the dashboard rather than integrated into it.
The other two images Honda released show the front and rear of the redesigned Accord. The car’s face looks extremely familiar, with a prominent hexagonally shaped grille filled in with a triangular mesh texture. This opening is flanked by a pair of leering headlamps. Overall, the new Accord’s front end looks cleaner and more premium, though the current model’s prow is still plenty tasteful and attractive.
It’s much the same story at this sedan’s rear. The design is simpler and more elegant that before. The Accord’s backside is uncluttered and its taillights span nearly the width of the trunk lid for an unmistakable look.
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Honda promises the updated Accord’s hybrid powertrain will be more responsive and fun, though specifics have not been shared. For reference, the 2022 Accord Hybrid features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a permanent-magnet electric motor and a small lithium-ion battery pack. Total system horsepower is a respectable 212, while peak torque should clock in at 232 pound-feet. An electronic continuously variable automatic transmission is part of the powertrain mix, too, and helps deliver impressive fuel efficiency — in the EX-L model, up to 48 miles per gallon across the board, that is, in city, highway and combined driving cycles. Other trim levels are slightly less efficient.
With sleeker styling, more technology and likely greater fuel efficiency from a reworked hybrid powertrain, the new, 2023 Honda Accord promises to be the best Accord ever. Pricing and availability information have not been shared, but we’ll likely know when this car will start arriving at dealerships once it’s revealed next month.