2023 Honda Accord – 1.5L turbo petrol, 2.0L hybrid; Google built-in on 12.3″ touchscreen, OTA software

2023 Honda Accord – 1.5L turbo petrol, 2.0L hybrid; Google built-in on 12.3″ touchscreen, OTA software

The 11th-generation Honda Accord has been unveiled, and the latest D-segment sedan from the Japanese manufacturer in six trim variants across two powertrain options; a 1.5 litre turbo petrol and a 2.0 litre hybrid.

The internal combustion 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine in the 2023 Accord produces 192 hp at 6,000 rpm and 260 Nm of torque 1,750 rpm to 5,000 rpm, while the hybrid features a 2.0 litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder petrol engine that is rated to produce 204 hp and 335 Nm of torque.

For the 1.5L turbo, drive is sent to the front wheels via a CVT that has been revised for reduced noise, along with drivability and performance enhancements that include Step-Shift programming to mimic gear changes at full throttle, such as with a conventional stepped ratio transmission.

Meanwhile, the 2.0 litre Atkinson-cycle petrol-electric powertrain in the Accord Hybrid gets direct fuel injection, now featuring two electric motors side-by-side where the new configuration allows for a larger drive motor with increased torque output, which is now up 20 Nm from before, says Honda.

2023 Honda Accord – 1.5L turbo petrol, 2.0L hybrid; Google built-in on 12.3″ touchscreen, OTA software

For the US market, the 1.5L Turbo is offered in LX and EX trim variants, while the Hybrid gets Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring trim variants.

The LX, EX and EX-L trim levels get a black grille mesh, body-coloured side mirror covers, and 17-inch alloy wheels shod in 225/50 tyres, while the Sport and Sport-L trim variants get sportier looks with side mirrors covers, rear spoiler and larger, 19-inch alloy wheels (in 235/40 tyres) in black; the Sport-L adds to these a black rear diffuser.

In terms of dimensions, the 2023 Accord measures 4,971 mm in overall length with a wheelbase of 2,830 mm, 1,450 mm tall, 1,862 mm wide and with front and rear track widths of 1,615 mm and 1,590 mm respectively. This makes the new car 91 mm longer longer than its 10th-generation predecessor while wheelbase and height is unchanged, and the new car is 2 mm wider than before.

Inside, Honda claims class-leading passenger space with 2,993 litres of space including 1,036 mm of rear legroom, while the luggage compartment holds 473 litres. Attention was paid particularly to the operation of switchgear and controls to yield a premium feel, says Honda. The gearlever knob has been angled towards the driver by five degrees, which is to allow cup holders to be positioned alongside and still hold large-sized cups, according to the carmaker.

Interior comfort has been further augmented with new Body Stabilising seats, which has a new-generation seat frame to firmly hold the occupant’s body in order to reduce fatigue on longer drives.

Hybrid versions of the Accord get a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, which makes it the largest ever to be installed in a Honda, according to the carmaker. This will be in the Sport, EX-L, Sport-L, Touring variants which get wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the top Touring variant additionally gets a 15-watt Qi wireless smartphone charging pad.

The Touring variant also gets the first Honda implementation of Google features built-in, and so includes Google Assistant, Google Maps and more, through the Google Play store for the available applications. Also on for the top Touring variant are a six-inch head-up display and a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system.

2023 Honda Accord – 1.5L turbo petrol, 2.0L hybrid; Google built-in on 12.3″ touchscreen, OTA software

Meanwhile, the LX and EX are kitted with a seven-inch touchscreen head unit with physical volume and tuning knobs, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and two illuminated 3.0-ampere USB-C ports on the LX, EX and Sport variants. Touring and EX-L variants additionally get two illuminated 3.0A USB-C charging ports for the rear passengers as well.

On the safety front, the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance technologies has been updated, and new for the 2023 Accord is Traffic Jam Assist, an Accord first. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) have been updated for more natural responses, while Traffic Sign Recognition is standard across the range and Low-Speed Braking Control is available on the Touring variant.

The 2023 Honda Accord for the United States continues to be built at the carmaker’s Marysville, Ohio plant, where the Accord has been manufactured for 40 years as of November. The Hybrid variant of the Accord is expected to account for 50% of the model’s sales, says Honda.

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Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.

 

Comments

  • Interior nothing special. Volkswagen Passat/Arteon looks better

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    • Roti john Reborn on Nov 11, 2022 at 5:56 pm

      What a stunning and mind-blowing design. Every Honda Accord generation is trully a Game Changer, even Proton rebadged the 8th Gen Accord as the Perdana

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    • Sanjiv Lopez on Aug 11, 2023 at 10:32 am

      I just purchased a pre used Honda Accord 2.0 year 2015 in April and the journey has been awesone.

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  • Sushi lover on Nov 11, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    Uncle car of the year!

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  • Wow

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  • Uncle but ugly

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  • Emergency Vehicles on Nov 11, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    It’s stunningly beautiful, American design, although in Malaysia it’s D-segment sedan, in Murrica land, it will only be Mid-Size sedan, God knows how big is the road in Murrica.

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  • Counting on Nov 11, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    Very boring looking at this

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  • Gabriel on Nov 11, 2022 at 2:15 pm

    Not a bad looking car. Handsome I might add.
    Oh well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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  • fugly on Nov 11, 2022 at 2:32 pm

    too american.. too fugly..

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  • what monstrosity! hahah

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  • Hafiz Khan on Nov 11, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    I think its not a head turner as it looks like another EV themed design. They should make it more distinct in its styling to make more recognisable indeed.

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  • salem on Nov 11, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    What are them doing with the basic cross plastic grille?

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  • Stupid Man on Nov 11, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Uninspiring. The lights especially the rear are like a noughties throwback from a Saturn or Mercury. Long defunct brands and for good reason. Only Muricans will like this. No wonder the Accord is rarely seen on Malaysian roads since Gen 10.

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  • rosdi on Nov 12, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    This looks awesome… perfection! Hopefully the price is perfection too

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  • minecraft on Nov 14, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    nowadays its quite difficult to see the accord & camry on the road….very rare species

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    • Rushdi Ahmad on Jul 18, 2023 at 10:50 pm

      Why chose them when Civic & Corolla delivered the same thing (plus they were tad expensive these days with our declining currency)

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  • KingoftheRoad on Mar 02, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    Ok la not bad design. Too american EV looking design but still much better than stapler accord 10th Gen or Gillette Mach 6 Camry

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  • So long not another yuppie car. Meant for those with real taste in life unlike the ever moaning and complaining yuppies.

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