Sleek, powerful and electrified: the new 2023 Honda Accord sets out to reinvigorate the midsize sedan segment

14 November 2022

America's best-selling car of the past five decades 1 , the all-new 2023 Honda Accord will reinvigorate the midsize sedan segment with sleek design and sophisticated, plus a more responsive available Advanced Hybrid-Electric system that enables a sporty and exhilarating driving experience. Accord hybrid models sit at the top of the 11th generation Accord lineup and will account for about 50% of sales. The new Accord will go on sale in January."The new 11th generation Accord is essential to our lineup as a critical driver of brand loyalty, and with hybrid models accounting for 50% of sales, it is a key part of Honda's electrification strategy," he said. Mamadou Diallo , Vice President of Automobile Sales, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "This is our best Accord ever, a true benchmark in its category, offering an unmatched combination of style, efficiency, performance and connectivity."

The new 2023 Accord is longer and sleeker, with premium proportions and a wide stance that continue Honda's design direction with a low horizontal beltline and long, powerful front end. America's most popular sedan complements its new look with more confident and refined dynamics, improved responsiveness and a personality that makes it more fun to drive.

The Accord will be available in six trims, starting with the turbocharged LX and EX and continuing with the Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring hybrids. With Honda's new 4th generation of  the two-motor hybrid system generating 247 lb-ft of torque, the hybrid 2023 Accords are the most powerful ever.

Its new sporty and modern interior offers fine craftsmanship, high-quality materials and must-have tech features, including Honda's largest touchscreen display yet and the first-ever Google Built-in integration for seamless connectivity on the go. The Accord is more comfortable thanks to new body-stabilizing front seats that help reduce fatigue on long drives.

Class-leading safety features incorporated as standard include new Honda Sensing ® safety and driver-assistive technology, next-generation front airbags, as well as new knee and side-impact zone airbags. later.

2023 Accord Key Features:

  • All-new sleek and sophisticated exterior design.
  • The 4th generation two - motor hybrid system (Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring) is more powerful and makes the Accord more fun to drive.
  • Sporty, modern, spacious and comfortable interior.
  • Standard 10.2-inch driver's digital instrument display.
  • 12.3-inch color touch screen for higher versions with wireless compatibility with Apple CarPlay ® and Android Auto™ (Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring).
  • Standard 7-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay ® and Android Auto™ (LX, EX)
  • Honda's first integration with Google Built-in (Touring), including Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play features with the latest apps and services.
  • New over-the-air (OTA) software updates to nearly all vehicle computer modules, improving functionality and capability.
  • Honda's enhanced global architecture supports improvements in ride, handling and overall refinement.
  • The updated 1.5-liter turbocharged engine (LX, EX) adds refinement and responsiveness while maintaining fuel efficiency.
  • Standard Honda Sensing ® system , plus Low Speed ​​Brake Control, Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) system and the new Traffic Jam Assist (TJA) system.
  • State-of-the-art frontal airbags designed to reduce traumatic neck and brain injuries.
  • New standard airbags for the knees and for the rear passengers in the event of a side impact.

new and elegant style

The 2023 Accord's sleek and sophisticated new styling continues Honda's new design direction, with long, clean body lines and a strong, powerful front end with a prominent grille and dimmed LED headlights. An imposing topline running the length of the body creates a sense of movement and highlights its increased overall length, which has grown by 2.7 inches.

A longer hood and flowing fastback roofline create a premium silhouette. Along the roofline, Accord uses laser welding technology, eliminating the need for crown molding and achieving a smooth, clean look. Distinctive straight, horizontal LED taillamps accentuate Accord's wide stance.

LX, EX and EX-L trims feature a black grille mesh, body-color side mirrors and standard 17-inch alloy wheels. Sport and Sport-L models get even sportier styling with black side mirrors, a black rear spoiler and 19-inch black alloy wheels, while the Sport-L adds a unique black rear diffuser. The top-tier Touring comes with unique 19-inch gloss black alloy wheels, along with silver and black exterior trim for a bold, high-contrast look. All 2023 Accords have a 0.4-inch-wider rear footprint for a wider stance and better stability.

The Accord will be available in eight exterior colors, three of which are new: Meteorite Gray Metallic, Urban Gray Pearl and Canyon River Blue Metallic.

Sporty and modern interior

With clean surfaces, high-quality materials, and luxury touches, Accord's all-new sporty-modern interior builds on Honda's new design direction while offering passenger volume (105.7 cu. and class-leading rear-seat legroom (40.8 inches).

High-quality materials are used in the cabin, particularly at touch points, with particular attention paid to the operation of switches and controls to create a premium feel. The shifter was tilted 5 degrees toward the driver, allowing cup holders to be located to the right of the shifter while retaining oversized cup capacity.

Materials were chosen with style in mind, like the sleek new Piano Black finish. A striking metal mesh that spans the dash serves both form and function, concealing air vents that would otherwise mar the uncluttered, harmonious design.

In turn, the Accord is more comfortable thanks to new front seats with body stabilization. The new generation seat frame supports the body firmly, reducing fatigue on long journeys. A spacious, open cabin and slim A-pillars provide excellent outward visibility.

The 2023 Accord has the most cargo space in its category, with all models offering 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space and standard folding rear seats.

Accord LX and EX feature gray or black cloth upholstery; the EX comes with an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat. The EX also adds a moonroof, heated front seats, and dual-zone climate control. The Sport features unique black cloth upholstery, aluminum pedals, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. On EX-L and Sport-L models, leather seating surfaces and a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat are standard. Ventilated front seats and heated rear seats were added for the Touring.  

Smart technology

Intuitive technology has been intelligently integrated with a focus on the driver. A standard 10.2-inch digital instrument panel was included with unique display functions depending on the powertrain. On Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring hybrid-electric models, a digital power flow meter replaces the tachometer. The multi-information display features user-selectable features such as Honda Sensing ® settings , vehicle information and more.

Hybrid Accord models (Sport, EX-L, Sport-L, Touring) feature Honda's largest 12.3-inch touchscreen with physical volume knob, Apple CarPlay ® and Android Auto ™ wireless compatibility, and a navigation framework Simplified with fewer menus. A 1-inch finger rest tab at the bottom of the touchscreen makes it easy to use by providing a stable surface to rest your hand on. 15W wireless charging for Qi-compatible smartphones (Touring) is also available.

The top-tier Touring features Honda's first integration with Google built in. It includes apps like Google Assistant, Google Maps and more on Google Play to provide a helpful, personalized and connected driving experience. Control select vehicle functions by voice with the Google Assistant, get directions and live traffic updates with Google Maps, and download music, podcasts, audiobooks and more with Google Play.

Accord Touring also includes a standard 6-inch head-up display and a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system. Featuring Bose Centerpoint technology and Bose SurroundStage digital signal processing, the new system was tailored precisely for Accord's new interior, so drivers and passengers, regardless of their seating position, can be at the center of the music, with a clear and spacious listening experience.

A new 7-inch touchscreen audio system is standard on LX and EX trims, with physical volume and tuning knobs, CarPlay ® and Android Auto ™ compatibility , as well as a simplified menu structure. Two illuminated USB-C 3.0A ports come standard on LX, EX and Sport trims. Rear-seat passengers in EX-L and Touring trims also get two illuminated USB-C 3.0A charging ports.

All Accords can now receive quick and easy over-the-air ( OTA) software updates for nearly all of the vehicle's computer modules, enhancing functionality and capability. Over-the-air OTA updates enhance the ownership experience.

More powerful hybrid models

The most fun-to-drive 2023 Accord sets a new benchmark for sporty yet comfortable and refined driving dynamics. Based on Honda's enhanced global architecture, the Accord's increased chassis rigidity with stiffer body mounts and new front brace bars further support improvements in ride, handling and overall refinement.

Suspension and steering updates make Accord more fun to drive while improving ride quality. A retuned four-wheel independent suspension offers a more immersive driving experience. New front suspension mounting bearings and ball joints reduce friction for improved steering smoothness.

Hybrid Accord models (Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring) feature a new 4th generation two-motor hybrid electric system with  a pair of electric motors now mounted side-by-side and a new 2.0-liter Atkinson -cycle four-cylinder that adds direct fuel injection. This new configuration allows the use of a larger drive motor with more torque. Combined system output is 204 hp 2 , while drive motor peak torque is 247 lb-ft of torque (an increase of 15 lb-ft).

The electric hybrid system is also more responsive and significantly more refined at highway speeds. Linear Shift Control enhances the driving experience by mimicking the rev-related feel associated with vehicle speed associated with a conventional throttle gear change. Changes to the hybrid control system also improve engine handling and electric power in different conditions for a better driving experience.

Under the hood of the LX and EX, the Accord's turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with VTEC ® Variable Valve Lift Technology has been upgraded with additional refinement and better emissions performance. Improvements include an updated direct injection system and a new cold-active catalyst, plus a high-rigidity camshaft and oil pan to reduce engine noise.

The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) for the 1.5-liter turbo has been updated to reduce noise. Significant handling and performance improvements have also been made, including Step-Shift programming that simulates gear changes under full throttle.

Drivers can easily switch between four selectable Driving Modes to optimize the Accord's driving experience in various conditions. Econ, Normal and Sport (hybrid only) modes feature preset performance settings for powertrain response, level of steering assistance, gauge cluster layout and adaptive cruise control settings. Hybrid models (Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring) also include a new Individual mode that allows you to customize your driving experience.

Leadership in safety performance

the 11th generation Accord leads in safety features among midsize sedans thanks to advanced active and passive safety technology that comes standard on all models. This includes the latest version of the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure that has been enhanced to provide even greater compatibility with larger vehicles. This includes better occupant protection in angled frontal collisions. Aiming for today's NHTSA Top Safety Pick+ and 5-Star ratings, Accord is designed to meet the Insurance Institute for Road Safety's new Side Impact Evaluation (SICE) 2.0 standards. Highways (IIHS), as well as anticipated standards for the future.

The new driver and passenger frontal airbags, introduced with the 2022 Civic, were designed to minimize the potential for severe brain trauma associated with angled frontal collisions. The new front driver airbag uses an innovative stitching structure to increase the rigidity of both sides of the airbag. The front passenger airbag uses a three-chamber design in which the two outer chambers are designed to shelter the head and minimize rotation. For the first time, Accord features standard knee and side-impact airbags in the rear passenger area.

Accord also features an updated Honda Sensing ® package of safety and driver-assistive technologies enabled by a new camera with a wider 90-degree field of view and wide-angle radar with a 120-degree field of view. This wide angle improves collision avoidance performance through an enhanced ability to recognize object attributes, such as vehicles or pedestrians, as well as white lines, road boundaries such as sidewalks, other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycles, and traffic signals. . The wide angle also allows you to extend the Accord's range of control at intersections.

Blind Spot Information (BSI) has been expanded and now offers a radar range of 82 feet. Also new is Traffic Jam Assist (TJA), a first for Accord. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed ​​Follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) have been updated to offer more natural responses. Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) is also standard, and Low Speed ​​Brake Control is available on Touring.

Accord features standard built-in Rear Seat Belt Reminder and Rear Seat Reminder, which alert drivers to check the rear seating area for children, pets or other valuable cargo when exiting the vehicle. vehicle. Other standard security features now include Stolen Vehicle Locator, Remote Immobilizer and Locate Your Vehicle.

40 years of making the Accord

Honda will celebrate 40 years of Accord production in Ohio on November 1, 2022. The new 11th -  generation Accord will continue to be built* at the Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio , continuing Honda's commitment to building products near the client's. Honda has produced more than 12.5 million Accord vehicles in Ohio since production began in the United States in 1982.

About Honda

Honda offers a complete line of green, safe, fun and connected vehicles sold through more than 1,000 independent Honda dealers across the United States. Honda has the fleet of vehicles with the highest average fuel economy and the lowest level of CO 2 emissions.among U.S. full-line automakers, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2021 Automotive Trends Report. Honda's award-winning lineup includes the Civic and Accord models, as well as the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan. Honda's electric vehicle lineup includes the Accord Hybrid, CR-V Hybrid and, in the future, the Civic Hybrid. The Prologue SUV, Honda's first battery-powered volume electric vehicle, will join the lineup in 2024.

Honda has produced automobiles in the United States for 40 years and currently operates 18 major production plants in North America. In 2021, more than 95% of all Honda vehicles sold in the United States were built in North America, nearly two-thirds of these in the United States, using domestic and imported parts.

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1 Fuente: Wards Intelligence cumulative U.S. light vehicle sales among passenger cars, 1972-2022CYTD Sep.

2  Total system horsepower (ISO net) from the maximum simultaneous output of the two electric motors and the gasoline engine.

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