2023 Honda Accord: Sleep-Inducing Exterior With No Fun Engine Options, But There’s More

 

The eleventh generation of the Accord has been revealed, and it’s more simplified than the new Pringles logo. NPC design aside, Honda has made some changes to the hybrid system, and gave it all the tech it needs to keep up with the world.

 

 

We’re quite sure Honda’s new design language has a bit of the oversimplification trend injected to it, with the looks of the new Civic Type R, and almost every single one of their SUVs. The taillghts look oddly familiar to the Jetta’s. Or the new Golf’s. Comparing it to the previous generation is a real eye-opener. Say what you want about the tenth generation’s design; perhaps some might find that it, too, is dull, but put them side-by-side and you’ll find that there’s so much more to it than what we’ll have next year.

 

 

Gone is the optional 252 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4, and in comes updated versions for the hybrids. There’s no change in power numbers, so the 1.5-liter turbo inline 4 still retains the 192 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque, though it has been revised for fuel efficiency. Higher trims get the 2.0-liter inline 4 hybrid, the same system you can find in the latest CR-V. The 204 hp, 247 lb-ft powertrain is reserved for the higher trims. No manuals, as you would expect. All come with Honda’s CVT. Honda says the hybrids will be more fun-to-drive, but really, has any hybrid cheered them up down a curvy road? Who even buys hybrids for the driving experience?

 

 

With that out of the way, the 11th gen has six variants: starting from the base LX, EX, Sport, EX-L, Sport-L, and the range-topper touring. Aside from the LX and EX, all the trims are hybrids. Speaking of which, adding to the standard Econ driving mode is the Sport mode, exclusive for the hybrids. Honda leaves us to wonder once again for a sport driving mode on a hybrid.

 

 

The good news is that the interior is much more desirable than the outside. A 7-inch touchscreen infotainment is reserved for the lower two trims, while the rest gets a 12.3-inch unit; both of them surprisingly have volume knobs! Praise physical controls! A/C knobs and more buttons are in sight, so there’s one thing to thank Honda for: not abandoning physical controls and putting a PC monitor in the center console. The 10.2-inch screen serves as the instrument cluster, and it’s standard for all trims. An array of safety features and Honda Sensing is also included. For the top trim, there’s features to enjoy such as heated back seats, heads-up display, and pre-installed apps from the Google Play Store included in the higher trims. It also has over-the-air capabilities, ensuring that your software is never outdated.

 

 

That being said, there’s no saving Honda from the utter blandness of the eleventh iteration. Though some have found appreciation for it, we’d always prefer more spice in the Accord. Then again, this appeals to different markets, and looks are subjective. The engine choices show that the Accord is no longer the V6 competitor to the Aurion/Camry, rather, a hybrid midsize sedan, no more, no less.

 

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