The new Accord is available with the first use of Google Built-in by Honda.
The company believes the hybrid versions will account for half of the Accord’s sales in North America.
The 2023 Accord is also longer than the previous model.
The new generation of the Honda Accord will arrive on the market as a 2023 model with a number of changes to its powertrains and its infotainment technology, in addition to its entirely new exterior and interior styles.
Honda has been busy this year with the launch of all-new generations of many of its best-selling models such as the HR-V the CR-V and the Pilot. Despite this, the Japanese automaker also decided to unveil the next generation of its mid-size sedan, the Accord.
From the outside, this new generation that will arrive shortly for the 2023 model year is distinguished from the previous Accord by its front end which adopts a trapezoidal grille and headlamps that recall the new CR-V.
From the side, the new Accord is more similar to the previous model, except that it is 70 millimetres longer, which gives it a sleeker look.
The rear end is a big departure from any current Honda model since it features a horizontal lightbar that connects the two horizontal LED taillamps.
Inside, the 2023 Accord will be very familiar to people who have seen the current generation of the Civic or the new CR-V since the dashboard appears almost identical to those found in both of these models.
This means that the interior adopts a horizontal theme that is highlighted by the strip of mesh that runs from the steering wheel to the end of the dashboard on the passenger side, concealing the air vents.
In addition, the climate control system is controlled by a panel that features three prominent knobs, and the infotainment screen is sat on top of the center stack.
This screen comes standard as a 7,0-inch display on the entry-level EX model but it can be upgraded to a larger 12,3-inch unit that incorporates the wireless versions of the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity on the Sport and Touring models.
The top-of-the-line Touring version will also use this screen to house the first application of the Google Built-in infotainment system by Honda. This operating system is already used in some vehicles such as the Polestar 2 and the entire Volvo lineup, and it features technologies such as Google Assistant and Google Maps.
No matter which infotainment system is equipped, every 2023 Honda Accord can receive over-the-air updates to most vehicle systems, which makes it possible to change some of the vehicle’s parameters without having to visit a dealer.
Under the hood, the 2023 Honda Accord benefits from a new dual-motor hybrid powertrain that is more powerful that the previous system, with a combined output of 204 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque.
Both the Sport and the Touring models will be powered by this new powertrain, which is why Honda expects it to account for about half of all Accord sales in North America.
The entry-level EX will use an updated version of the existing 1,5L turbocharged engine that delivers 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels via a CVT transmission that has also been revised in order to reduce engine noise.
In terms of safety, the 2023 Accord is equipped with a number of new features in order to protect occupants, such as the new generation of driver and passenger airbags that were first seen on the 2022 Civic, knee airbags for the front occupants and rear side airbags.
In order to help prevent accidents in the first place, the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance systems gained a wider-angle camera, and the Traffic Jam Assist is available for the first time on the Accord.
Honda has yet to announce the price or the fuel consumption figures of the 2023 Accord, but these details are excepted soon since the model will make its entry into the brand’s Canadian dealerships in time for the next model year.