Honda Recalls 1.2 Million Accords Over Flaming Batteries

Joan Terry
July 14, 2017

To start with, we know that the Honda Accord will be coming in with an upgraded design.

The sedan's appearance (the coupe variant has been discontinued) is akin to a "sprinter in the blocks", the automaker says, due to its low and wide body.

Honda describes the design as being next-generation, though there are clearly some influences from the handsome 10th-generation Civic. Though Honda does well with its HR-V and CR-V compact SUVs and holds the top two positions in retail domestic auto sales with its Civic and Accord sedans, overall vehicle sales are sliding.

The front end, while obviously squared up and toned down quite a bit, still has some visual semblance of the new Acura NSX, particularly with how the grille and chrome fascia grille bleed into the headlights.

The sport-inspired steering wheel is more "intricately contoured" and has deep thumb rests. The new, more streamlined design is, according to Honda, approximately 3 percent more aerodynamically efficient. The new seats feature improved shoulder bolsters and more heavily padded armrests.

New seat padding is said to be "high-accuracy" and with variable firmness for comfort and support. The driver's seat has 12-way power adjustment and is available with both heating and ventilation.

An all-new HMI is present in the Accord, which has a new 8-in.

As with the Odyssey, the touchscreen's "app" tiles are customizable in their positioning. Six trim levels will be available, from base LX to the loaded Touring model. (15-cm) head-up display with selectable information. The optional V-6 engine has been dropped for 2018. Honda reveals here the car's 4-cyl. lineup will include the automaker's 1.5L DOHC direct-injected and turbocharged four from the Civic, making 192 hp at 5,500 rpm and 192 lb. -ft. (370 Nm) of torque from 1,500-4,000 rpm. Above this is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 252 hp and 273 lb-ft.

The 1.5T is paired to a CVT or a 6-speed manual, the latter available in the Accord's Sport grade.

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With all of this obstacle, how do you think the 2018 Honda Accord will perform?

Honda is hitting its US customers with yet another recall - this time over flaming batteries. The vehicle will use a next generation of Honda's 2-motor hybrid technology, with a 2.0L Atkinson-cycle engine boasting more than 40% thermal efficiency, the same thermal efficiency as the current Toyota Prius' 1.8L Atkinson-cycle 4-cyl. Honda claims that the 40-percent thermal efficiency is the highest of any mass-produced engine in the world.

But it also has a larger rear seating area, more passenger volume and more trunk space.

As with most recent sedan redesigns, the Accord's wheelbase and overall width grows while height is lowered.

For ultra-thrifty motoring, a hybrid version of the Accord will also be offered.

The greenhouse angles more towards the center of the vehicle with goal to make it look wider than it actually is. Helping improve efficiency, this is supposedly the most aerodynamic Accord Honda has ever built.

Overall, the Accord is between 110 and 176 pounds lighter, depending on specification.

No surprise at all, the 2018 Accord also gets a bevy of driver-assistance tech like Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Blind Sport Monitoring with Cross Traffic and Driver Awareness Monitors.

As it has for the past 35 years, Accords will continue to be screwed together in Marysville, Ohio.

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