The 2018 Accord starts at $24,460 for the base LX trim, and pricing for the top-of-the-line Touring model begins at $34,690. The base engine for all models is a 192-horsepower, 1.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder paired with a continuously variable transmission, or a six-speed manual on Sport models. Optional on Sport, EX-L, and Touring trims is a 252-hp, 2.0-liter turbo that's a borrowed and defanged version of the righteous engine found in the track-ready Honda Civic Type R. A six-speed manual is still available, although Honda ditches the CVT for its more powerful engine and attaches a 10-speed automatic.
Aside from an engine choice, all trims are monospec, making the purchasing process an easy one. Even the base model includes LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, automatic high beams, and a rearview camera.
Honda's must-have advanced Sensing suite of active safety gear is standard on automatic-equipped models, providing peace of mind via adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warning.
As fun as it was to drive, our tester, a manual-transmission Sport, is really not the best choice for the majority of drivers. Instead, we recommend the EX trim for the aforementioned safety goodies, along with its moonroof, heated front seats, eight-inch touchscreen, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and heated outside mirrors.
- Model: 2018 Honda Accord EX
- Engine: 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
- Output: 192 hp / 192 lb-ft
- Transmission: Continuously variable transmission
- Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
- MPG: 30 City / 38 Hwy
- Options: N/A
- Base Price:$28,360 (including the $890 destination charge)
- Best Value Price:$28,360