It used to be when you hear about or see an Accord Sport, you’d think “grandpa’s car” or “nothing really exciting.” And you’d probably be right. Granted there are a few exceptions, a few niche markets or certain demographics that enjoy it. But overall, the public’s general opinion of the Accord Sport has always been “meh.”
With a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that put out roughly 190hp (less than the Civic Si), 19” wheels and no other actual performance upgrades, the “Sport” badge was purely aesthetic. It didn’t handle differently, it didn’t have any more get-up to it than a regular Accord, it just let you “shift” the gears on its CVT for a little more fun. “Meh” indeed.
That was until the 2018 Accord Sport 2.0T released this month, with a plethora of new features that made it truly live up to its “Sport” badge. Along with the safety features, which come standard on every trim in the 2018 line-up, there are quite a few performance upgrades that come with the badge.
Under the hood, the Accord has a 252hp 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine, mated to your choice of a 10-speed auto with paddles, or of course a 6-speed manual transmission, available only on the Sport trims. Equipped with 19” wheels and Macpherson Strut suspension in the front and a Multi-Link rear suspension, it’s not going to feel like a regular front-wheel-drive car.
So while many prefer the manual transmission, I had the chance to drive the 10-speed auto. Having driven dozens of different cars with different CVTs, DCTs, and DSGs, I’m used to paddles and slushboxes. However, the Accord’s 10-speed-auto is by far Honda’s best-feeling shift, as far as an alternative to a six-speed goes. Even compared to a V6 Coupe, the shifts felt snappier and more responsive, and the car just seemed to play along. There wasn’t any lag between gears whereas the V6’s CVT just didn’t want to leave the gear it was in. The 2018 felt light and compact, compared to the V6 that just felt heavy and lumbering around corners and getting back up to speed.
Everyone has a different opinion on this whole V6-vs-Turbo-4 engine debate; on one side you have “no replacement for displacement,” while on the other side you have the trend of the nearly every car manufacturer that has fuel economy in mind. While I cede that six-cylinder engines are quite formidable and terribly fun to drive, turbocharged 4-cylinders can make the case – if done right.
Honda hit the mark on producing a fuel-efficient family car that also makes a case for a respectable and fun daily driver and a good substitute for the V6 Accord. If you were looking for a racecar, try the Type-R.
By Christian Olsson, Honda Genius
Numbers don’t lie – with almost 4 million sold since its introduction in 1997 and an impressive seven years of documented sales gains for Honda, the CR-V is proving itself an excellent vehicle for its owners. But what is it about this compact SUV that continues to bring new drivers to the wheel? We wanted to take a closer look at the car that Business Insider recently touted as their Favorite SUV in America to find out what keeps the CR-V at the head of the pack in a market that is definitely not lacking in options. Here’s what we found.
There may seem to be few mysteries to uncover under the practical Honda Civic. But Honda isn’t immune to spicing things up every once in a while, and unlike other car companies, they don’t feel the need to broadcast it from sea to shining sea. The 10th generation of these cars (2016) has been redesigned, and Honda apparently wanted to have a little fun with their customers by putting an Easter egg into the center console. This little gem is all about celebrating the history of the car company.
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The 2017 Honda Accord and the 2017 Toyota Camry are their respective manufacturer’s entry into the same niche of the auto industry: a mid-size sedan for those whose primary concerns are reliability, comfort and safety. With both vehicles having long-established fan bases and being extremely popular, it can be difficult to choose between the two. Here’s a breakdown of what the base model of each vehicle offers:
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Seeing one of your dashboard indicator lights pop on when you’re in your car can be scary. By knowing exactly what all of the dashboard warning lights mean, you can save yourself a lot of unnecessary panic. To be safe, whenever you see a warning light on in your car, be sure to stop by the Honda Service Center so a certified Honda mechanic can take a closer look at the problem. You can schedule auto service online right from our site, so bring your car into our Louisville auto repair shop today.
While the dominance of small crossovers and SUVs in the past years have seemingly relegated the minivan to the back of the line for families seeking versatile haulers, a new generation of minivans has been getting ready. But while brand new models such as the Chrysler Pacifica, revivals like the Kia Sedona, and stalwarts such as the Toyota Sienna reinvent themselves, they continue to try to play catch-up with the leader of the pack, the Honda Odyssey. But as we’ve seen with Honda sedans like the Civic and Accord, or the extremely successful CR-V crossover, here at Honda they are always a step ahead.