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The new Honda Accord XL is nothing like the previous model...

Honda is upping the ante with the 2018 Accord, which is almost a complete redesign of the outgoing 2017 model.

It now comes standard with a 1.5 liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine compared with the 2.4-liter, four-cylinder featured in past models. This raises the horsepower from 185 to 192 while improving the car's gas mileage; so the 2018 boasts 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway compared to the 2017's 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.

Upgraded features and tech

Another upgrade in the 2018 Honda Accord is its ultra high-strength steel frame that brings the car's weight down by between 110 and 176 pounds, depending on the trim you choose, giving the car a more dynamic, sporty look.

The attractive features of the 2018 Accord don't stop with these upgrades. The interior of the standard model includes push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, 7-inch LCD monitor, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth and a day-night rearview mirror.

Contemporary details and luxury stylings

You can also expect to see details that Car and Driver calls "contemporary and upscale." These classy details include a lower front cowl, a contoured steering wheel, cooling and heating elements within the driver and front passenger seats, a four-way-adjustable lumbar support in the driver's seat, as well as better padding and wider arm rests for every seat. Certain models also feature heating elements in the back seats.

Despite being slightly shorter than its 2017 forbearer, the 2018 doesn't skimp on leg room, with 40.4 inches of rear leg room, almost 2 more inches in the rear seat area compared to the 2017 model. The trunk space also increased, from 15.8 to 16.7 cubic feet.

Innovative safety features

The all-new 2018 Honda Accord also incorporates a host of new safety features, including driver and front passenger knee airbags, auto on and off low-beam headlights, and the Honda Sensing suite of safety features. These features include the collision mitigation braking system, road departure mitigation system, lane keeping assist system, traffic sign recognition and adaptive cruise control.

One feature allows the driver to set a cruise control maximum speed limit and a minimum following distance. Thus, when the car in front of you slows down, your car will automatically slow down. Traffic sign recognition is another innovative feature, which improves driver awareness and safety by using a monocular camera to recognize street signs and then displaying that information on the dashboard display panel. It will recognize signs such as stop, no entry and speed limit.

Expert reviews

Kelly Blue Book's expert review of the 2018 Accord gave it a 9.6 out of 10, noting its "bold new look," "useful tech," and the fact that it is "the most advanced, most sophisticated midsize sedan on the market." The review also mentioned the impressive 30/38 mpg, which is class-leading in fuel economy.

Consumer Reports gave the Accord's driving performance a similarly stellar review with the comment, "This punchy, turbo-four delivers strong, smooth power. ... The automatic transmission is smooth and responsive, and it delivers almost imperceptible shifts."

Another feature Consumer Reports was impressed with was the user-friendly infotainment system "featuring vivid, colorful graphics and the ability to rearrange icons." The car also has a "new digital and analog instrument cluster (which) reinforces the high-tech nature of the new car."

If you’re looking for an everyday drive that doesn’t skimp on bold, crucial features, the 2018 Honda Accord is a great bet.

To find out more about the 2018 Honda Accord or to test one out for yourself, visit Rairdon's Honda of Sumner.

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