We might be living in the world of jacked-up rides called “SUVs”, but Honda has revealed the 11th generation Accord—which is, of course, your good-old, normal ride-height sedan, unlike the 2023 Toyota Crown. Pricing and availability information are yet to be revealed, but the 2023 Honda Accord will be available in hybrid and non-hybrid variants and in a grand total of six trims. LX, EX and Sport trims will be available with a non-hybrid powertrain, while EX-L, Sport-L and Touring are for the hybrid powertrain.
Although the styling seems like a complete departure from the 10th gen Accord, the front fascia kinda tries to maintain the lineage. The headlights and grille combo are much slimmer this time around. However, the new Accord heavily borrows its styling cues from the new Civic lineup.
LX, EX and EX-L trims feature a black grille mesh, body-colored mirror caps and standard 17-inch alloy wheels. Sport and Sport-L get even sportier styling with black mirror caps, a black rear spoiler and black 19-inch alloy wheels, while Sport-L also adds a unique black rear diffuser. The top-level Touring features unique gloss-black 19-inch alloy wheels along with silver and black exterior elements for a high-contrast look.
The 2023 Accord measures 195.7-inches (4,971 mm) long, 73.3-inches (1,862 mm) wide and 57.1-inches (1,450 mm) tall, with a wheelbase of 111.4-inches (2,830 mm). Honda claims to have made suspension and steering updates in order to deliver a more fun to drive experience while simultaneously improving ride quality. New front suspension damper mount bearings and ball joints are claimed to reduce friction to improve steering smoothness.
Depending on the trim, key features on the inside include a 10.2-inch driver display (standard); a 12.3-inch central touchscreen (7-inch for lesser trims); Google built-in; wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibility; wireless smartphone charging pad, and new front Body Stabilizing Seats that are claimed to reduce fatigue on long drives.
As for safety equipment, 10 airbags are standard. The Honda Sensing suite of active safety and driver assistive technologies also comes standard. Blind spot information has been expanded, now with 82 feet of radar range. Also new is Traffic Jam Assist, which is a first for Accord. Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and Lane Keeping Assist have been updated for more natural responses. Traffic Sign Recognition is also standard, while Low-Speed Braking Control is available on Touring.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the 2023 Honda Accord will be available with a 1.5-litre (1,498 cc) 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 143 kW (192 bhp/194 metric hp) and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque, paired with a CVT.
For those interested in a hybrid powertrain, you get a 2.0-litre (1,993 cc) 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine combined with a pair of electric motors and a CVT. The combined figures are 152 kW (204 bhp/207 metric hp) and 335 Nm (247 lb-ft).