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Old 02-26-2022, 06:30 AM   #1
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Everything We Know About the Next-Generation Midsize Sedan

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2023 Honda Accord: Everything We Know About the Next-Generation Midsize Sedan


Honda is having itself a busy year. Fresh off the launch of the new Civic sedan and hatchback, it is about to introduce a new HR-V small SUV, a new CR-V crossover, and this—a new-generation Accord midsize sedan. Just as the CR-V is a juggernaut among compact SUVs, duking it out with the likes of Toyota's RAV4 for sales, the Honda Accord is a mainstay in the shrinking yet still popular midsize sedan space. Even the relatively old 2022 model, which was introduced back in 2017 and is about to be replaced by this new 2023 Honda Accord, remains at the top of its class in our Ultimate Car Rankings. It is an achingly competent and satisfying car to own, delivering confident handling, a refined ride, punchy powertrains, and sleek looks inside and out.

What's New, New Accord?

So, what does changes are in store for the 2023 Accord? If we use the smaller Civic as a template, we can expect Honda to subtly hone everything that's made the outgoing Accord so great. Literally, just as the newest Civic is based on the previous model, the new Accord will be spun off the current one. That doesn't preclude Honda from heavily restyling the Accord, however—again, look no further than the 2022 Civic, which looks nothing like its predecessor despite using the same platform. But we also think given that Honda refashioned the Civic in the Accord's image, that it likes that image and won't change it too much for 2023. To give you an idea of what the next Accord might look like, we've provided the illustrations here.

Unlike the Civic, which matured from a wild vented, slatted, and creased visage to a cleaner, simpler design that looks vastly more upscale, the Accord already wears a clean, simple design that looks subtly upscale. That means the new model will probably adopt a few details from the Civic, namely its more horizontal shoulder line, squared-off front end, and thinner headlights. The outgoing Accord's various curves, arcs, and C-shaped taillights—all holdovers from previous-gen Honda design—will be straightened out, removed entirely, or, in the case of the taillights, slimmed down and simplified.

Though we haven't rendered the 2023 Accord's interior, again, look for more Civic inspiration to trickle up. The Civic's classy full-width dashboard air vent motif, with a mesh treatment blending the actual air vents into a glamorous strip stretching from door-to-door, is almost guaranteed. Ditto the Civic's more squared-off switchgear, door handles, steering wheel hub, and more. Again, where the old Accord's door panels and dashboard styling features arcs and swoops, the new one will be predominantly rectilinear.

A touchscreen will again float above the dashboard, but look for the current Accord's standard split-gauge cluster (half digital, half analog) to give way to a fully digital cluster across the lineup. The roominess of today's model will carry over to the new one, with perhaps a touch more trunk space carved out of the squarer tail.

Same Platform, Same Engines?

Today's Accord is relatively lightweight and has a well-sorted suspension that delivers sharp handling, satisfying control feel, and a good ride. Look for minor tweaks here, though the Accord's curb weight likely will increase slightly (as did the Civic's), as we anticipate Honda will add sound deadening and more features in a bid to quiet the sedan's wind and road noise while upping the luxe factor.

Look for the Accord's trio of powertrains to live on for 2023, albeit with small reworkings for improved fuel economy and power delivery. That means entry-level Accords will retain their turbocharged 1.5-liter I-4 engines and continuously variable automatic transmissions (CVTs), while up-level versions will offer a more powerful turbo 2.0-liter I-4 and a 10-speed traditional automatic. Finally, the Accord Hybrid and its 2.0-liter I-4 and electric motor combo will return, likely with changes geared toward improving its fuel economy further. Front-wheel drive probably will remain the Accord's lone option; many competitors, the Toyota Camry included, have begun offering optional all-wheel drive in recent years.

Will It Be Enough?

One question to keep front of mind as the 2023 Honda Accord comes into full view later this year is whether it stays relatively low-key or goes somewhat wild. Many automakers have cut bait and left the midsize segment entirely (as Ford has with its Fusion, and Chevy seems apt to do with its Malibu), and those sedans that remain have grown sexier (i.e. Hyundai Sonata), more athletic (i.e. Mazda6 Turbo), and generally more upscale in a bid to stand out to buyers. Gone are the days of "boring" midsize sedans playing the role of family sedans without appeal; automakers now see sedan shoppers looking for a more extroverted experience. Hey, if you're going to give up the practicality of a boxy crossover or a pickup, why not lean into windswept styling that cuts into rear-seat headroom and trunk space and sportier dynamics you can't get in a similarly priced SUV?

The old Accord was just handsome enough, but Honda's penchant for restraint might miss the moment these relatively affordable, roomy four-doors are having. All we know is, if the Accord drives anything like the new Civic, while delivering the same if not better quality, it'll be tough to complain about attractively understated styling.


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2023 Honda Accord: Release Date, Price, and Specs


Honda is overhauling much of its model lineup. Recently, the Japanese automaker released the redesigned Civic compact sedan and hatchback. Also, later this year, Honda will reveal the revamped HR-V subcompact crossover SUV and CR-V compact crossover SUV. Furthermore, it will give the Accord, its wildly successful midsize sedan, a redesign as well. Find out the release date, price, specs, and new features of the 2023 Honda Accord.

When will the 2023 Honda Accord be released and available?

Silver 2022 Honda Accord, highlighting release date and price of 2023 Accord


Honda didn’t yet announce an official release date for the 2023 Accord. However, the redesigned 2023 Accord will probably be released in late 2022 or early 2023. It will be available to buy at Honda dealerships throughout the United States, as well as in most international markets.

How much does the 2023 Honda Accord cost?

The price information for the 2023 Honda Accord is not yet available. However, given the redesign and feature upgrades, the 2023 Accord will likely cost slightly more than the 2022 Accord. The starting prices of the 2022 Accord range from $25,470 MSRP for the LX 1.5T trim up to $37,400 MSRP for the Touring 2.0T trim.

2023 Honda Accord specs: Upgraded engines

Rear view of red 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid, highlighting release date and price of 2023 Accord Hybrid

According to MotorTrend, the 2023 Accord will likely offer upgraded versions of the three powertrains that are offered for the 2022 Accord. This includes a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine (192 hp), a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (252 hp), and a hybrid (212 hp). With the upgrades, you can expect to see a boost in horsepower for all of these powertrains.

For the 2023 Accord Hybrid, the fuel economy will likely improve. The 2022 Accord Hybrid has a gas mileage of 48 city/47 highway mpg.

Some of the Honda Accord’s midsize competitors, such as the Toyota Camry, offer a traction-enhancing all-wheel drive system. However, like the 2022 Accord, the 2023 Accord will probably only offer a front-wheel drive system.

Redesigned 2023 Honda Accord: Exterior and interior features

Dashboard and front seats of 2022 Honda Accord, highlighting release date and price of 2023 Accord

As MotorTrend indicated, the 2023 Accord will likely incorporate some of the design features of the redesigned 2022 Civic. This includes thinner headlights, a “squared-off front end,” and a “more horizontal shoulder line.” Also, overall, many of the curved design elements from the 2022 Accord will be “straightened out” for the 2023 Accord.

The interior of the 2023 Accord will likely draw inspiration from the redesigned 2022 Civic as well. This includes a “classy full-width dashboard” and a “more squared-off” steering wheel hub, door handles, and switchgear.

Like the 2022 Accord, the 2023 Accord will have a touchscreen that “floats above the dashboard.” However, instead of the 2022 Accord’s “half digital, half analog” gauge cluster, the 2023 Accord will probably have a fully digital version. Also, while the 2023 Accord will probably have a similar amount of passenger space as the 2022 Accord, the available cargo space in the trunk will likely increase.

As more information becomes available about the redesigned 2023 Honda Accord, we’ll provide updates. This includes:

Official debut date
Official release date
Price information with the cost for each trim
Specs, including engine output and fuel economy
Full list of features and technologies
Color options
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Old 02-26-2022, 06:37 AM   #2
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Honda needs to fix the C pillar back (22 model year). Never looked good to me anyway. The way it goes down. Looks like it's glued on after the C pillar up was done. Boy it's big too. Also, the tail lights as mentioned.
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Honda needs to fix the C pillar back (22 model year). Never looked good to me anyway. The way it goes down. Looks like it's glued on after the C pillar up was done. Boy it's big too. Also, the tail lights as mentioned.
Agreed with the above statement. C Pillar and Rear Crab Claw lights are horrendous. While they are at it they should shrink the car too!
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Not likely, since the Civic, like practically all cars, has steadily gotten bigger.
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