2018 Honda Accord nabs North American Car of Year honors
The electorate have chosen: The Honda Accord is a 2018 North American Car of a Year.
Honda rolled out a redesign for a 2018 indication year. It’s powered by a choice of dual 4-cylinder turbocharged engines. Hybrid and high-performance versions are offered. It’s also a biggest Accord, in terms of interior space.
The winner, comparison by a quarrel of 60 automotive reporters from a U.S. and Canada, was announced Jan. 14 during a North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
“The Honda Accord has set a customary for value several years running,” said Ralph Fine, ubiquitous manager of Bosak Honda in Highland. “The Accord is a 31-time leader of Car and Driver’s 10 Best award.
“This new indication year, a Accord is totally code new,” Fine continued. “They forsaken a 6-cylinder engine and transposed it with dual 4-cylinder options—1.5-liter or 2-liter. Both are turbocharged. The outcome is improved opening and improved fuel efficiency.”
The extraneous pattern creates for a most sleeker, sportier car. The front is wider, so a automobile sits reduce to a belligerent to cuddle a highway improved and hoop curves with ease.
“The redesign provides some-more leg, hip, and conduct room,” Fine said. “The comfort turn is amazing.”
The 1.5-liter engine develops 192-horsepower and 192 lb.-ft. of torque. The nonhybrid ascent engine is a 2-liter section with 252-h.p. and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed primer is accessible on a Sport trims for both engines. Automatic delivery options embody a CVT for a 1.5-liter or a 10-speed for a some-more absolute 2.0-liter. The Accord Hybrid is behind with an updated chronicle of Honda’s two-motor hybrid complement that couples a 2.0-liter 4 to dual electric motors and a lithium-ion battery for a sum outlay of 212-h.p.
EPA fuel economy ratings are 30/38 m.p.g. city/highway for a CVT-equipped 1.5-liter in all trims solely Sport and Touring, that get 29/35 m.p.g. The 1.5T with primer delivery gets 26/35 m.p.g. Trunk space on all is 16.7 cubic feet even in a Accord Hybrid, with a batteries now staying underneath a behind seats.
“The bottom Accord LX trim comes with a rearview camera, LED low-beam headlights, cloth upholstery, 17-inch amalgamate wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch screen, and a USB port,” Fine said. “If we pierce adult to a Accord EX trim we supplement a moonroof, remote start, 60/40 split-folding behind seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a incomparable 8.0-inch touchscreen.”
Sport models get 19-inch alloy-wheels, paddle shifters on CVT-equipped 1.5-liter turbo-4 versions, aluminum pedals, a behind spoiler, LED haze lights, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
With Remote Engine Start and Honda Sensing, a Accord offers top-of-the-line technology. The Honda Sensing package provides a latest in driver-assisted technologies such as line depart warning, backup and together park assistance, and protected stretch braking systems.
This is a third year in a quarrel that Honda has won one of these awards. Civic won Car of a Year in 2016, and Ridgeline pickup won Truck of a Year final year.
Runners-up for North American Car of a Year were a new Kia Stinger and redesigned Toyota Camry.
Tom Ballestero, sales manager during Bosak Kia in Burns Harbor, pronounced a Stinger is meant to contest with BMW and Audi sports cars.
“The Stinger is a purify pattern that’s unequivocally low, wide, and aggressive,” Ballestero said. “It’s a opening sports sedan, a singular automobile that’s unequivocally in a possess class.”
Stinger debuted during a 2017 Detroit automobile show, scarcely 6 inches longer than a judgment on that it was based. It sits between a compress and midsize sedan in length and altogether dimensions. Engine choices embody a bottom 2-liter turbo 4 with 255-horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 365-horsepower and 376 lb.-ft. Both are interconnected to an eight-speed involuntary transmission.
The Toyota Camry is new from a belligerent up, according to Eric Stamper, register manager during Lakeshore Toyota in Burns Harbor.
“The Camry has a whole new chassis,” he said. “It’s wider, longer, and has a incomparable trunk.”
The redesigned Camry offers a 2.5-liter, 203-horsepower 4-cylinder and a 3.5-liter, 301-h.p. 6, both with an 8-speed involuntary transmission.
“The new Camry is fun to expostulate and brings fad behind to a midsize car,” Stamper said.
Available facilities embody an updated chronicle of Toyota’s Entune multimedia interface with an 8-inch touchscreen, a 10-inch head-up display, a 7-inch LCD cluster between a gauges, a breathtaking roof, a JBL reward audio system, leather upholstery, 16- and 19-inch amalgamate wheels, a 360-degree perspective camera system, navigation, and Bluetooth.
“While a engineers focused on opening and style, they still enclosed all a reserve technologies that Toyota is famous for,” Stamper said.