It’s new. It’s fresh. It’s impeccable. The 2018 Accord is ready for the spotlight, and our Valley Honda Dealers around Phoenix are getting ready to show you why this new Accord is one of Honda’s best yet. But is this perfect specimen of a sedan worth waiting for, or should you opt for another new model like the Hyundai Sonata? Here’s how these two affordable 2018 cars compare to each other.
Honda Knows Engines
The Accord will come with two new turbo engines (and a 2.0L two-motor hybrid system):
- A base 1.5L that makes 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque;
- and an all-new 2.0L with i-VTEC that churns out 252 hp and an impressive 273 pound-feet of torque.
Both turbocharged options are new additions to the Accord lineup. The upgraded 2.0L engine shares the same DNA as the power plant inside the record-setting Civic Type R, so you know it’s ready for anything the street can throw its way.
Compared to the Sonata, it’s obvious to see why the Accord is a more powerful sedan. For 2018, the Hyundai Sonata can be equipped with one of three engine options, depending on trim level:
- 4L inline-4 that makes 185 hp and 178 pound-feet of torque;
- 0L turbo-4 that makes 245 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque;
- And a 1.6L twin-turbo engine that makes 178 hp and 195 pound-feet of torque
New for 2018 is the standard inclusion of Honda Sensing in all new Accords. That’s right—standard features like Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, and Traffic Sign Recognition (super new) are all added on the Accord, from the starting trim to the high-end model.
Hyundai Sonatas only offer their premier safety features as standard on the highest Limited 2.0T models, though some are optional on Limited and SEL trims. Still, with “N/A” indicators across the safety board, it’s a tough sell to say that the 2018 Sonata can even stand alongside the Accord. In fact, they’re on two different playing fields.
In addition to a slew of new safety features, the 2018 Accord will also come with some of the industry’s best technology. In-car 4G LTE Wi-Fi will be available—the Sonata doesn’t even have this as an option—as will a premium digital instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, wireless charging pads, and a brand-new touchscreen display. Honda engineers have also added what they call “effortless Bluetooth phone pairing,” which is a first for a mid- or full-size car; with a simple tap of the finger, you can connect your phone or tablet straight to the infotainment and audio system.
For 2018, the Sonata does include standard compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but it lacks standard wireless charging on all but the top-end Limited 2.0T. To get Accord-like features, be prepared to pay a premium for an upper Sonata trim.
The New Accord is Coming to a Phoenix Honda Dealer Near You
The 10th-generation Accord was just announced in July, and all our Valley Honda Dealers are excited to invite them into our showrooms. Are you excited to take one of these completely redesigned Accords on a test run? We bet you are.
To stay informed about the 2018 Honda Accord’s release date, pricing, and other Honda lease specials, be sure to contact a salesperson at your nearest Honda dealership in Phoenix, Mesa, or Scottsdale, AZ! Find your local Valley Honda Dealers location online, and get amped up for what should be another award-winning Honda Accord sedan.
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