The humble sedan. It has served us admirably since Henry Ford started churning them out with his proprietary assembly line system a hundred years ago. In 1941, the sedan drove Junior to the recruitment office and hosted the tearful goodbye party with Peggy Sue. The sedan, along with some VW buses, drove Chet and Jenny to Woodstock and got them home through the muddy muck afterward. The sedan has long been our friend, waiting in the driveway for our next adventure. Rest in peace, old friend. “NOT SO FAST,” says Honda! They intend to save the sedan from further encroachment by SUVs, CUVs, and trucks. They believe the 2018 Honda Accord can do the job. The Drive first reported the news.
Well, what does it look like?” says the skeptical car buyer, already headed out the door to buy a CR-V. “Does it dazzle?”
Well, no it doesn’t. The Accord stopped being eye-catching several years ago and the 2018 Honda Accord hasn’t made visual strides.
The interior has changed, though, and for the better! The dashboard blends an analog speedometer with a reconfigurable, TFT screen tachometer, looking like one seamless display. The tach menus are easy to use, and in simple, high-contrast colors and controlled with a left-thumb click on the steering wheel. The new Accord’s seats are comfy, as one expects from a car designed to provide relaxed transportation for the masses.
Early sedans sold themselves with the interior room they provided. (Peggy Sue needed to be comfortable.) The new Accord takes roominess seriously. There’s enough space for four large adults to sprawl out. Add in the room to be found in the 16.7-square-foot trunk, and it’s hard to see the space advantage of a mid-sized crossover unless one desperately craves the third row.
The Accord (like most sedans) lost its way when it tried to be everything to everyone. The 2018 model has some of that going on, of course, but it just may siphon off some of the buyers who might otherwise choose something larger and more obnoxious. Gildshire’s Car Magazine will watch and see.