The American mid-size sedan segment has been dying for the last decade, with almost every American Manufacturer choosing to leave this segment to the Japanese and Korean leaders of value and quality. Of the longest lasting and most well-known of these names is the Honda Accord, which has just gone through a complete redesign for 2023. With a new design and standard hybrid powertrain for most trims, is the 2023 Honda Accord worthy to remain the top-dog? Keep on reading to find out!
What’s New for 2023
- Full Redesign of the Exterior and Interior
- New standard Hybrid Powertrain for most models
- Additional technology with many first in the Honda line-up
LX -> EX -> Sport -> EX-L -> Sport-L -> Touring
- Gas only: LX/EX
- Hybrid only: Sport+
The 2023 Honda Accord takes on a new look for the 11th generation, adopting the more aggressive look that most of the Honda line-up has received lately. All Accords will have a split grille design, with the upper portion sporting black mesh and the lower portion with black bars. The only difference in the front is that the Touring trim will have small chrome accents to set it out from the rest of the line-up. LED headlights will be standard on all Accord trims, but fog lamps are no longer available.
Side and Rear
Heading to the side of the Accord, you will find each trim level with a different set of wheels for 2023, ranging from various 17–19-inch alloy options. The braking specs are as follows:
Up to the mirrors, you will find only power adjusting as standard, with Blind Spot Monitoring on the EX and above, heating on the EX-L and, and black painted mirrors exclusive to the Sport trims. The side retains the sportback-like design from the previous generation of the Accord, measuring in at a healthy 195.7-inches long. The Sport-L trim will have black trim around the windows, while other trims will have chrome.
Heading to the rear, newly styled full-length LED taillights will be standard for the Accord. The differences between the Accord trims will be minimal, but the Sport models will have a black lip spoiler, the EX-L and up will have more premium black plastic on the lower fascia, and the EX-L and Touring will have additional chrome accents. No Accord will have exposed exhaust outlets.
Safety and Warranty
The Accord will be equipped with Honda’s 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Additionally, Honda is adding on an additional 3-years, 36,000-miles of complimentary maintenance. The Accord for 2023 will come standard with all of Honda’s basic safety systems, including:
- Honda Sensing Suite: forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, auto high beams, adaptive cruise control and Traffic Jam Assist
- Touring trim will add: low speed front and rear auto braking
Next, we’ll head to the interior, where Honda has continued the radical redesign inside.
Materials and Basic Features
To get inside the 2023 Honda Accord, smart entry, push button start, and remote start will all be standard on the all-new Accord. When it comes to interior materials, cloth comes standard on the LX, EX, and Sport with Leather on the EX-L and above. Black and gray will be your only color options, with black being the only option on the Sport trims. The seats will be 10-way power with 2-way on all but the base LX trim. Memory will come standard on the EX-L and above.
Specs- Legroom: 42.3 inches | Headroom: 39.5 inches
All Accord models will have a standard, Accord-exclusive 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster, with the addition of a heads-up display on the Touring model. Sitting in front of the gauges will be a steering wheel that is leather wrapped starting on the Sport trim but does not offer any heating. The Accord will come with a physical shifter and rain-sensing wipers only on the Touring model.
2023 Honda accord Tech and Luxury
Technology will be plentiful within the Honda Accord’s cabin, starting out with two-zone automatic climate and heated seats on the EX. For more premium features like ventilated seats and wireless charging, you will have to opt for the Touring trim The base LX will have a non-branded four-speaker sound system, the EX and up with an 8-speaker system, while the Touring receives a 12-speaker Bose Premium Audio system. At the center of the Accord’s cabin is a 12.3-inch digital display on all trims on the Sport and above, another Accord exclusive feature. All lower trims will have a 7-inch display. A backup camera is standard with sensors on the EX-L and Touring, but a 360 Camera is not available on any new Accord. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard as well as Google software built in, but the larger screens will have the luxury of Wireless phone systems. An auto-dimming mirror is standard on the EX-L and Touring. A standard sized moonroof is standard on the EX and above, and no panoramic option is currently available.
The rear seats will continue to capitalize on the Accord’s design, with the specs as follows:
Legroom: 40.8-inches | Headroom: 37.3-inches
The specs still keep the Accord at the top of its class when it comes to providing space for the rear passengers. Other amenities in the rear include USBs on the EX-L and above and heated rear seats reserved for the Touring only. Opening the trunk, you will find 16.7 cubic feet of space, once again putting the Accord as the largest in its class, which makes sense with its long length.
Powertrain & Driving Impressions
Honda has also made some changes here in the engine compartment. Not only is the beloved 2.5T engine now gone, the Sport trim and above is now Hybrid exclusive. The specs are as follows:
- Updated 1.5L Turbo I-4: 192 hp | 192 lb.ft
- Power is UNCHANGED
- Honda says its more refined and has less engine noise
- New 4th-generation 2-motor Hybrid system
- 2.0L I-4 + 2 electric motors + lithium ion battery: 204 hp | 247 lb.ft
- Slightly more HP and Torque than previous Hybrid
The non-hybrid option will be paired with a standard CVT transmission while the hybrids have an eCVT. The Accord will remain FWD only, despite some competitors offering AWD, and will consume fuel at the following figures:
- LX/EX: 29/37/32 MPG
- Sport/L/Touring: 46/41/44 MPG
- EX-L: 51/44/48 MPG
Behind the wheel of the Accord Honda claims that the Accord is more fun to drive than ever. Despite the loss of the more spunky 2.5T, the all-new Accord is still a lot of fun to drive, with the Hybrid powertrain offering a lot of torque. To get an in-depth perspective on our full driving impressions and more, watch our full review down below!
2023 Honda Accord Pricing
The 2023 Honda Accord prices are currently as follows:
Overall, this all-new 2023 Honda Accord seems like it has what it takes to continue staying at the top of its class. With the addition even more technology, Honda is making it difficult for Toyota and Hyundai to keep up! Compared to the competition, the Honda Accord sure seems like a winner to us!