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2018 Honda Accord Press Kit – Overview

The Legacy of Accord

First introduced to American car buyers in 1976, the Honda Accord is the second-longest-running automotive nameplate in Honda’s history, after the Honda Civic. Accord has become a household name over nine generations and 42 model years, and since its introduction, American car buyers have purchased more Accords than any other passenger car, with total U.S. sales exceeding 13 million vehicles. The current, ninth-generation, Accord has been the top retail-selling midsize car in America for the past six years (2011-2016).

The Accord was the first automobile from a Japanese automaker to be manufactured in America and has been in continuous production at the company’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant since November 1, 1982, using domestic and globally-sourced parts. Total U.S. Accord production exceeds 11 million units. In 1987, Accord became the first U.S-made automobile from a Japanese automaker to be exported overseas (Accord Sedan to Taiwan).

Accord has also played an important role in advancing low-emissions vehicle technology in America and was the first Honda automobile to meet California’s ULEV,SULEV and SULEV30 emission standards. Accord was Honda’s third hybrid (2005 Accord V6 Hybrid) and first plug-in hybrid (2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid).

Accord U.S. Model History

Gen Model Years Body Styles Engine Notable
1st 1976-1981 Hatchback, Sedan (1979) 1.6L L4,
1.8L L4
Hatchback introduced, 5-speed MT or 2-speed AT, CVCC, 68-72hp, digital clock (1978), Sedan introduced (1979), luxury SE (1981)
2nd 1982-1985 Hatchback, Sedan 1.8L L4 75-86hp, catalytic converter, U.S. production in Ohio, first of 31 Car and Driver “10Best” awards (1982), 4-speed AT (1983), fuel injection (1985)
3rd 1986-1989 Hatchback, Sedan and
Coupe (1988)
2.0L L4, 98-120hp, double wishbone suspension, retractable headlights, first Coupe, 4-wheel disc brakes, top-selling car in U.S. (1989)
4th 1990-1993 Sedan, Coupe and Wagon (1991) 2.2L L4, 125-140hp, fuel injection on all trims, electronic AT controls, motorized front shoulder belts, ABS and driver’s air bag (1991), top-selling car in U.S. (1990)
5th 1994-1997 Sedan, Coupe and Wagon 2.2L L4,
2.7L V6
130-170hp, VTEC®, Motor Trend “Import Car of the Year” (1994), first V6 (1995)
6th 1998-2002 Sedan and Coupe 2.3L L4,
3.0L V6
150-200hp, dual-stage front airbags and wide-deploying side curtain airbags, LEV, ULEV and SULEV emissions ratings
7th 2003-2007 Sedan and Coupe 2.4L L4,
3.0L V6
160-255hp, 17-inch wheels, navigation system, side airbags and curtain airbags (2003), PZEV emissions rating, satellite radio (2004), Accord V6 Hybrid (2004)
8th 2008-2012 Sedan, Coupe and Fastback (2010) 2.4L L4,
3.5L V6
177-271hp, V6 with VCM™, first car to achieve NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score (2010), rearview camera (2012)
9th 2013-2017 Sedan, Coupe and Fastback 2.4L L4, 3.5L V6,
iMMD Hybrid
Honda LaneWatch™, HondaLink™, two-motor iMMD powertrain, first Honda plug-in hybrid, Honda Sensing®

The New Accord

The 2018 Accord is the 10th generation of Honda’s perennially best-selling midsize sedan. All new from the ground up, the new Accord is built on a new platform with a lower, wider stance, a lighter and more rigid unibody structure; a lighter and more sophisticated chassis; three advanced new power units, including Accord’s first-ever turbocharged engines, a new 10-speed automatic transmission and a third-generation two-motor hybrid system.

In recreating Accord for its 10th generation, Honda designers and engineers sought to convey “absolute confidence” in every element of design and performance. Building on the bedrock character of Accord – its outstanding quality, fuel efficiency, packaging and sophisticated driving dynamics – they have imbued the 10th-generation Accord with a new level of emotional appeal and premium quality; an Accord that defies its mainstream midsize sedan status, providing even more refined and engaging performance, a more spacious and upscale interior, and the latest generation of advanced Honda safety, connected-car and driver-assistive technologies.

In summary, the most dramatically styled, premium and fun-to-drive Accord yet.

What’s New?
Virtually everything on the Accord is new and substantially reengineered. Major new engineering features and technologies for the 10th-generation Accord redesign are as follows:

Body

  • 29 percent ultra-high strength steel, the highest ever for a mass-produced Honda
  • ACE™ front body structure with crash stroke design
  • Laser-brazed roof skin
  • Rear crush zones with Softzone technology
  • First use of structural adhesives in Accord
  • First application of acoustic spray foam to Accord
  • More aerodynamically efficient: 3 percent reduction of CdA
  • Lighter (42 pounds, body-in-white), and more rigid (+24 percent torsional stiffness, +32 percent bending stiffness)
  • Active Shutter Grille (2.0-liter models)

Chassis

  • Aluminum intensive front suspension with new ultra-rigid aluminum and steel subframe  
  • Multi-link rear suspension with floating subframe 
  • Adaptive Damper System (Touring trims)
  • Two-Mode Driving System (Touring trims)
  • Dual-pinion, variable-ratio electronic power steering
  • Electronic Brake Booster (EBB)
  • Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Automatic Brake Hold
  • Six percent lighter chassis (excluding tires and wheels)
  • Five new alloy wheel designs (17″ and 19″)

Powertrain

  • 1.5-liter direct-injected VTEC Turbo® with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC) 
  • Available 2.0-liter direct-injected VTEC Turbo® with dual VTC 
  • Available 10-speed automatic transmission^ 
  • Available 3rd-generation Honda iMMD two-motor hybrid power unit (Hybrid model) 

Connectivity and Driver-Assistive Technology

  • Standard HONDA SENSING™ with new Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Available 8-inch Display Audio with over-the-air system updates
  • Available 6-inch Head Up Display
  • Available next-generation HondaLink™ telematics
  • Smartphone entry and engine start (with HondaLink)
  • Available 4GLTE Wi-Fi (with HondaLink)
  • Available wireless device charging
  • Available fast Bluetooth® phone pairing with Near Field Communication

Packaging and Design
In reimagining Accord, designers first established the fundamental packaging strategy. Consistent with the “Man Maximum-Machine Minimum (MM)” design philosophy that underpins all Honda designs, the team shrunk the Accord’s footprint while expanding its interior space, at the same time creating more premium and athletic proportions and stance. The move to 4-cylinder engines across the lineup is a key component of this approach, allowing a shorter engine bay while also reducing weight and improving dynamic performance.

The new Accord has a longer wheelbase (+2.16 inches), a lower overall height (-0.59 in.) and wider body (+0.39 in.), wider wheel tracks (+0.20 in. front, +0.79 in. rear), a shortened overall length (-0.39 in.) and a lower, sportier seating position (-1.0 in. front, -0.79 in. rear). A sweeping greenhouse, positioned farther back on the body, completes the new stance and proportion of the next-generation Accord. The combined effect of these changes is a more premium look, highlighted by shorter overhangs, a bold front fascia, a long and low hood, and a visual center of gravity moved closer to the rear wheels.

Viewed head-on, the new Accord’s greenhouse also angles in more sharply from the window sills to the roof, further emphasizing the wide lower body, while inside the cabin the seats have been moved slightly inward, which contributes to improved hip, shoulder and head room while enhancing occupants’ freedom of movement. Also, the longer wheelbase allowed designers to move the second-row seats substantially rearward, giving Accord 1.9 inches of added rear legroom. Overall passenger volume is increased by 2.5 cubic feet (LX trim) and trunk space, at 16.7 cubic feet on all models and trims, is up 0.9 cubic feet on 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter models and 3.2 cubic feet on the Accord Hybrid, aided by the repackaging of the hybrid battery pack beneath the rear seats.

Elegant and modern exterior detailing compliments the Accord’s new, more dynamic design. The bold and upright front fascia is highlighted by Honda’s signature chrome wing front grille positioned above a large main air intake and flanked by available 9-lamp full-LED headlights and LED fog lights. The chiseled hood features a distinctive and aggressive raised center, and the deeply sculpted body sides enhance the visual length and strength of the lower body.

A new laser brazing process that joins the roof to the body side panels creates a clean exterior appearance with no need for a garnish over the rain channels. The similarly low and wide rear view is finished off with an upswept decklid, distinctive LED light-pipe taillights and available integrated dual exhaust ports. Overall aerodynamic efficiency is improved by approximately 3 percent (based on EX trim) to make it the most streamlined Accord yet.

Elegant and Tech Savvy Cabin
The 2018 Accord also boasts a larger, more premium and tech savvy interior that compliments its athletic and elegant body design, delivering a level of quality and premium feel that belies Accord’s mainstream sedan status.

The new Accord features a panoramic forward view that is enabled by its lower cowl and by front roof pillars that are 20 percent narrower and moved rearward on the lower (and relative to the driver’s seating position). The new soft-touch instrument panel features an ultra-thin profile and three-tier design with a strong upper deck that describes a continuous arc from its outboard section through the side doorsills, giving a sense of strength and visual continuity.

A more intricately contoured sport inspired steering wheel with deep-set thumb rests and available paddle shifters compliment the Accord’s more sophisticated and sporty performance capabilities. Meticulous attention to the tactile and visual quality of surface materials and decorations communicates modernity and soft-spoken elegance throughout the cabin.

The inboard positioning of the seats provides for improved freedom of movement and is complimented by longer, wider and more deeply padded arm rests, front and rear; while the Accord’s newly designed seats feature taller shoulder bolstering for a more premium appearance and improved lateral support. New high-accuracy seat padding with variable firmness improves seating comfort and support. The driver’s seat now has available 12-way power adjustment with height-adjustable lumbar support, and passenger comfort is further enhanced by available new heated and ventilated front seats and by improved rear seat heating with both seat bottom and seat back heating elements.

The tech-savvy and easy-to-use 2018 Accord cabin also features an all-new HMI that includes a7-inch TFT digital driver’s meter and an available new 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with physical volume and tuning knobs. More intuitive, smartphone-like features and functionality including customizable app tiles and home-screen shortcuts, along with available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates, further enhance the new Accord.

The Accord also offers the next-generation of HondaLink telematics with new capabilities including emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, geofencing, speed tracking and more. Touring trims also feature a new 6-inch driver’s head-up display, wireless device charging, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, and fast, automatic Bluetooth® phone pairing with Near Field Communication technology.

Turbocharged and Electrified Powertrains
The 2018 Accord takes an entirely new approach to performance by featuring three advanced new powerplants – two turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and the third generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid powertrain technology. A new Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT), the first of its kind for a front-wheel-drive car, is paired with the new 2.0-liter engine, and a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission is available for both turbocharged engines in Sport trim.

The new 1.5-liter, 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC) and VTEC produces a peak of 192 horsepower (SAE net) at 5,500 rpm and 192 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net) from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm, up from 185 HP (SAE net) at 6,400 rpm and 181 lb.-ft. (SAE net) at 3,900 rpm on the existing normally-aspirated 2.4-liter model. The new 1.5-liter turbo is mated to a Honda continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), or in Sport trim to a CVT or a 6-speed manual transmission (6MT).

The Accord can also be equipped with a new 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo with VTEC® valvetrain and dual VTC, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission or, in Sport trim, to the 10AT or an available 6-speed manual. The new 2.0-liter turbo, sharing much of its design with the 2017 Civic Type R, produces 252 HP (SAE net) at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE Net) from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, compared to 278 HP (SAE net) at 6,200 rpm and 252 lb.-ft. (SAE net) at 4,900 rpm for the 3.5-liter V6 that it replaces.

The new Accord Hybrid is powered by the 3rd-generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid technology featuring a 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC Atkinson cycle engine with greater than 40 percent thermal efficiency, the highest for any mass-produced Honda engine, paired with two electric motors. As before, the Accord two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission. Additionally, a new, more compact intelligent power unit (IPU), containing the hybrid battery pack and its control systems, is now mounted under the rear floor instead of in the trunk, preserving both cargo space (16.7 cu.-ft.) and the flexibility of a 60/40-split and folding rear seat, standard on all Hybrid models and trims.

Body and Chassis Design
The 2018 Accord’s new body structure is lighter and more rigid, utilizing 29 percent ultra-high-strength steel, the most ever for a mass-produced Honda car. Overall, the new Accord employs 54.2 percent high strength steel (above 440 MPa).

Key body features include the latest generation of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure with crash stroke front frame, tailor-tempered rear frame members for improved crash-energy absorption, and the extensive use of structural adhesives for increased rigidity, cabin quietness and weight reduction. Total vehicle weight is down between approximately 110 to 176 pounds, depending on trim, while body torsional and bending rigidity are improved 32 and 24 percent, respectively, aiding ride quality, cabin quietness, and dynamic performance.

Mated to the new body is a more sophisticated new chassis design. The 2018 Accord’s chassis is 6-percent lighter than before (not including wheels and tires) and features a new Macpherson strut front suspension with L-shaped aluminum lower arms mounted to an aluminum front subframe. The new setup better isolates and manages varying road inputs, improving handling precision, ride quality and cabin quietness along with outstanding high-speed stability and control. The new, more space-efficient rear suspension is a multi-link design mounted to a more rigid, floating rear subframe. Fluid-filled compliance bushings at all four corners further improve ride comfort and absorption of road irregularities.

Touring trims of Accord also feature, for the first time, an Adaptive Damper System with the ability to adjust shock absorber damping force every 1/500 of a second (0.002 second), using a proprietary Honda control algorithm, providing for a more compliant and controlled ride in all driving situations. The adaptive dampers are tied to a Two-Mode Driving System with Normal and Sport modes that allows the driver to dial-up/down the vehicle’s sporty reflexes depending on the driving environment. The system engages with multiple chassis and drivetrain components, including the new dual-pinion variable-ratio electric power steering (EPS), automatic transmission, drive-by-wire throttle, adaptive dampers and Active Sound Control system, to provide the driver with an expanded range of driving characteristics. An ECON mode is also available that helps improve fuel efficiency by modifying throttle mapping and HVAC operation.

The new Accord has a 10-mm lower center of gravity. The adoption of lighter-weight turbocharged engines and other body design changes reduce the vehicle’s moment of inertia, resulting in crisper turn-in and steering response. All models now have near optimal FWD weight distribution of approximately 60/40 percent front/rear. Accords with the new 2.0-liter VTEC turbo and 10AT check in at approximately 61/39 percent front/rear, a significant improvement versus the current V6 Accord with 6AT.

Along with the first application of structural adhesives to Accord, cabin quietness is further enhanced by a comprehensive sound-insulating package that includes full underbody covers (which also aid aerodynamics), front and rear fender and engine compartment insulators, alloy wheels with Honda-proprietary resonator technology, sound-absorbing carpet, acoustic laminated windshield glass – plus front door acoustic glass on EX and above – and a new, 3-microphone Active Noise Control system. The result is low noise levels with a well-balanced sound quality and a pleasingly sporty engine note.

Advanced Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology
For 2018, all Accords feature the full suite of Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment. Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and, for the first time, Traffic Sign Recognition (see Safety section for more details). Additional available driver-assistive technologies include Blind Spot Information, front and rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Driver Awareness Monitor; and all models feature a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with dynamic guidelines.

Standard advanced active and passive safety systems include Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Booster, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), advanced front airbags, driver and front-passenger side airbags and new driver and front-passenger knee airbags. The Accord targets top U.S. government (NCAP) and IIHS collision safety ratings.

Accord Models and Trims
With the application of Honda Sensing™ as standard equipment, the 2018 Accord model and trim lineup is made simpler than before, while also offering customers more choice with the addition of a Touring trim for the 1.5-liter model and a Sport trim for the 2.0-liter model, as well as a new, more affordable base Hybrid trim as well as a new EX trim for the Hybrid.

The 2018 Accord with 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is available in six trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. The 2018 Accord with the 2.0-liter VTEC turbo comes in four trims: Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. The new Accord Hybrid has five trims: Hybrid, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring.

Major feature variations by trim
See “Models and Trims” section for complete details
LX/Hybrid
1.5L & Hybrid
Sport
1.5L
Sport
2.0L 
EX
1.5L, 2.0L & Hybrid
EX-L
1.5L, 2.0L & Hybrid
EX-LN
1.5L, 2.0L & Hybrid
Touring
1.5L, 2.0L & Hybrid
Honda Sensing™
17″ wheels & tires
19″ wheels & tires
Paddle shifters1
Aluminum sport pedals
LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights
Digital driver’s meter
Dual-zone climate control
8-inch Display Audio with Android Auto™,
Apple CarPlay™
Power moonroof
Heated front seats
12-way power driver’s seat
60/40-split rear seat
Blind Spot Information
HD Radio & SiriusXM
Remote engine start
4-way power FR pass seat
10-speaker premium audio
Honda satellite-linked navigation system
Full-LED headlamps
Adaptive Damper System with Sport Mode
Head-Up Display
Wireless device charging
HondaLink telematics
Auto phone pairing (NFC)
Ventilated FR seats
Noise insulation package

Accord Manufacturing
All variants of the 2018 Accord are manufactured using domestic and globally-sourced parts at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant. The company has invested $220 million to further advance quality and efficiency, including the introduction of new technologies and processes such as laser brazing and Honda’s inner frame weld body construction process — the latter involving the creation of an all-new $165 million weld department.

The 2018 Accord’s 1.5-liter turbo and 2.0-liter turbo engines are produced at the Anna, Ohio engine plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts, Honda’s highest volume engine plant globally. Its CVT transmission is manufactured at the company’s Russells Point, Ohio plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts and its new Honda-designed 10-speed automatic transmission is being produced at the company’s Tallapoosa, Georgia plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts. Honda has invested $47 at the Anna Engine Plant for Accord engine production and a combined $149 million in its Russells Point and Tallapoosa transmission plants to facilitate production of the new 10AT for multiple models, beginning with the 2018 Odyssey and now including the 2018 Accord.

2018 Honda Accord Press Kit – Overview

The Legacy of Accord

First introduced to American car buyers in 1976, the Honda Accord is the second-longest-running automotive nameplate in Honda’s history, after the Honda Civic. Accord has become a household name over nine generations and 42 model years, and since its introduction, American car buyers have purchased more Accords than any other passenger car, with total U.S. sales exceeding 13 million vehicles. The current, ninth-generation, Accord has been the top retail-selling midsize car in America for the past six years (2011-2016).

The Accord was the first automobile from a Japanese automaker to be manufactured in America and has been in continuous production at the company’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant since November 1, 1982, using domestic and globally-sourced parts. Total U.S. Accord production exceeds 11 million units. In 1987, Accord became the first U.S-made automobile from a Japanese automaker to be exported overseas (Accord Sedan to Taiwan).

Accord has also played an important role in advancing low-emissions vehicle technology in America and was the first Honda automobile to meet California’s ULEV,SULEV and SULEV30 emission standards. Accord was Honda’s third hybrid (2005 Accord V6 Hybrid) and first plug-in hybrid (2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid).

Accord U.S. Model History

Gen Model Years Body Styles Engine Notable
1st 1976-1981 Hatchback, Sedan (1979) 1.6L L4,
1.8L L4
Hatchback introduced, 5-speed MT or 2-speed AT, CVCC, 68-72hp, digital clock (1978), Sedan introduced (1979), luxury SE (1981)
2nd 1982-1985 Hatchback, Sedan 1.8L L4 75-86hp, catalytic converter, U.S. production in Ohio, first of 31 Car and Driver “10Best” awards (1982), 4-speed AT (1983), fuel injection (1985)
3rd 1986-1989 Hatchback, Sedan and
Coupe (1988)
2.0L L4, 98-120hp, double wishbone suspension, retractable headlights, first Coupe, 4-wheel disc brakes, top-selling car in U.S. (1989)
4th 1990-1993 Sedan, Coupe and Wagon (1991) 2.2L L4, 125-140hp, fuel injection on all trims, electronic AT controls, motorized front shoulder belts, ABS and driver’s air bag (1991), top-selling car in U.S. (1990)
5th 1994-1997 Sedan, Coupe and Wagon 2.2L L4,
2.7L V6
130-170hp, VTEC®, Motor Trend “Import Car of the Year” (1994), first V6 (1995)
6th 1998-2002 Sedan and Coupe 2.3L L4,
3.0L V6
150-200hp, dual-stage front airbags and wide-deploying side curtain airbags, LEV, ULEV and SULEV emissions ratings
7th 2003-2007 Sedan and Coupe 2.4L L4,
3.0L V6
160-255hp, 17-inch wheels, navigation system, side airbags and curtain airbags (2003), PZEV emissions rating, satellite radio (2004), Accord V6 Hybrid (2004)
8th 2008-2012 Sedan, Coupe and Fastback (2010) 2.4L L4,
3.5L V6
177-271hp, V6 with VCM™, first car to achieve NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score (2010), rearview camera (2012)
9th 2013-2017 Sedan, Coupe and Fastback 2.4L L4, 3.5L V6,
iMMD Hybrid
Honda LaneWatch™, HondaLink™, two-motor iMMD powertrain, first Honda plug-in hybrid, Honda Sensing®

The New Accord

The 2018 Accord is the 10th generation of Honda’s perennially best-selling midsize sedan. All new from the ground up, the new Accord is built on a new platform with a lower, wider stance, a lighter and more rigid unibody structure; a lighter and more sophisticated chassis; three advanced new power units, including Accord’s first-ever turbocharged engines, a new 10-speed automatic transmission and a third-generation two-motor hybrid system.

In recreating Accord for its 10th generation, Honda designers and engineers sought to convey “absolute confidence” in every element of design and performance. Building on the bedrock character of Accord – its outstanding quality, fuel efficiency, packaging and sophisticated driving dynamics – they have imbued the 10th-generation Accord with a new level of emotional appeal and premium quality; an Accord that defies its mainstream midsize sedan status, providing even more refined and engaging performance, a more spacious and upscale interior, and the latest generation of advanced Honda safety, connected-car and driver-assistive technologies.

In summary, the most dramatically styled, premium and fun-to-drive Accord yet.

What’s New?
Virtually everything on the Accord is new and substantially reengineered. Major new engineering features and technologies for the 10th-generation Accord redesign are as follows:

Body

  • 29 percent ultra-high strength steel, the highest ever for a mass-produced Honda
  • ACE™ front body structure with crash stroke design
  • Laser-brazed roof skin
  • Rear crush zones with Softzone technology
  • First use of structural adhesives in Accord
  • First application of acoustic spray foam to Accord
  • More aerodynamically efficient: 3 percent reduction of CdA
  • Lighter (42 pounds, body-in-white), and more rigid (+24 percent torsional stiffness, +32 percent bending stiffness)
  • Active Shutter Grille (2.0-liter models)

Chassis

  • Aluminum intensive front suspension with new ultra-rigid aluminum and steel subframe  
  • Multi-link rear suspension with floating subframe 
  • Adaptive Damper System (Touring trims)
  • Two-Mode Driving System (Touring trims)
  • Dual-pinion, variable-ratio electronic power steering
  • Electronic Brake Booster (EBB)
  • Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Automatic Brake Hold
  • Six percent lighter chassis (excluding tires and wheels)
  • Five new alloy wheel designs (17″ and 19″)

Powertrain

  • 1.5-liter direct-injected VTEC Turbo® with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC) 
  • Available 2.0-liter direct-injected VTEC Turbo® with dual VTC 
  • Available 10-speed automatic transmission^ 
  • Available 3rd-generation Honda iMMD two-motor hybrid power unit (Hybrid model) 

Connectivity and Driver-Assistive Technology

  • Standard HONDA SENSING™ with new Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Available 8-inch Display Audio with over-the-air system updates
  • Available 6-inch Head Up Display
  • Available next-generation HondaLink™ telematics
  • Smartphone entry and engine start (with HondaLink)
  • Available 4GLTE Wi-Fi (with HondaLink)
  • Available wireless device charging
  • Available fast Bluetooth® phone pairing with Near Field Communication

Packaging and Design
In reimagining Accord, designers first established the fundamental packaging strategy. Consistent with the “Man Maximum-Machine Minimum (MM)” design philosophy that underpins all Honda designs, the team shrunk the Accord’s footprint while expanding its interior space, at the same time creating more premium and athletic proportions and stance. The move to 4-cylinder engines across the lineup is a key component of this approach, allowing a shorter engine bay while also reducing weight and improving dynamic performance.

The new Accord has a longer wheelbase (+2.16 inches), a lower overall height (-0.59 in.) and wider body (+0.39 in.), wider wheel tracks (+0.20 in. front, +0.79 in. rear), a shortened overall length (-0.39 in.) and a lower, sportier seating position (-1.0 in. front, -0.79 in. rear). A sweeping greenhouse, positioned farther back on the body, completes the new stance and proportion of the next-generation Accord. The combined effect of these changes is a more premium look, highlighted by shorter overhangs, a bold front fascia, a long and low hood, and a visual center of gravity moved closer to the rear wheels.

Viewed head-on, the new Accord’s greenhouse also angles in more sharply from the window sills to the roof, further emphasizing the wide lower body, while inside the cabin the seats have been moved slightly inward, which contributes to improved hip, shoulder and head room while enhancing occupants’ freedom of movement. Also, the longer wheelbase allowed designers to move the second-row seats substantially rearward, giving Accord 1.9 inches of added rear legroom. Overall passenger volume is increased by 2.5 cubic feet (LX trim) and trunk space, at 16.7 cubic feet on all models and trims, is up 0.9 cubic feet on 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter models and 3.2 cubic feet on the Accord Hybrid, aided by the repackaging of the hybrid battery pack beneath the rear seats.

Elegant and modern exterior detailing compliments the Accord’s new, more dynamic design. The bold and upright front fascia is highlighted by Honda’s signature chrome wing front grille positioned above a large main air intake and flanked by available 9-lamp full-LED headlights and LED fog lights. The chiseled hood features a distinctive and aggressive raised center, and the deeply sculpted body sides enhance the visual length and strength of the lower body.

A new laser brazing process that joins the roof to the body side panels creates a clean exterior appearance with no need for a garnish over the rain channels. The similarly low and wide rear view is finished off with an upswept decklid, distinctive LED light-pipe taillights and available integrated dual exhaust ports. Overall aerodynamic efficiency is improved by approximately 3 percent (based on EX trim) to make it the most streamlined Accord yet.

Elegant and Tech Savvy Cabin
The 2018 Accord also boasts a larger, more premium and tech savvy interior that compliments its athletic and elegant body design, delivering a level of quality and premium feel that belies Accord’s mainstream sedan status.

The new Accord features a panoramic forward view that is enabled by its lower cowl and by front roof pillars that are 20 percent narrower and moved rearward on the lower (and relative to the driver’s seating position). The new soft-touch instrument panel features an ultra-thin profile and three-tier design with a strong upper deck that describes a continuous arc from its outboard section through the side doorsills, giving a sense of strength and visual continuity.

A more intricately contoured sport inspired steering wheel with deep-set thumb rests and available paddle shifters compliment the Accord’s more sophisticated and sporty performance capabilities. Meticulous attention to the tactile and visual quality of surface materials and decorations communicates modernity and soft-spoken elegance throughout the cabin.

The inboard positioning of the seats provides for improved freedom of movement and is complimented by longer, wider and more deeply padded arm rests, front and rear; while the Accord’s newly designed seats feature taller shoulder bolstering for a more premium appearance and improved lateral support. New high-accuracy seat padding with variable firmness improves seating comfort and support. The driver’s seat now has available 12-way power adjustment with height-adjustable lumbar support, and passenger comfort is further enhanced by available new heated and ventilated front seats and by improved rear seat heating with both seat bottom and seat back heating elements.

The tech-savvy and easy-to-use 2018 Accord cabin also features an all-new HMI that includes a7-inch TFT digital driver’s meter and an available new 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with physical volume and tuning knobs. More intuitive, smartphone-like features and functionality including customizable app tiles and home-screen shortcuts, along with available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates, further enhance the new Accord.

The Accord also offers the next-generation of HondaLink telematics with new capabilities including emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, geofencing, speed tracking and more. Touring trims also feature a new 6-inch driver’s head-up display, wireless device charging, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, and fast, automatic Bluetooth® phone pairing with Near Field Communication technology.

Turbocharged and Electrified Powertrains
The 2018 Accord takes an entirely new approach to performance by featuring three advanced new powerplants – two turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and the third generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid powertrain technology. A new Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT), the first of its kind for a front-wheel-drive car, is paired with the new 2.0-liter engine, and a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission is available for both turbocharged engines in Sport trim.

The new 1.5-liter, 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC) and VTEC produces a peak of 192 horsepower (SAE net) at 5,500 rpm and 192 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net) from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm, up from 185 HP (SAE net) at 6,400 rpm and 181 lb.-ft. (SAE net) at 3,900 rpm on the existing normally-aspirated 2.4-liter model. The new 1.5-liter turbo is mated to a Honda continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), or in Sport trim to a CVT or a 6-speed manual transmission (6MT).

The Accord can also be equipped with a new 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo with VTEC® valvetrain and dual VTC, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission or, in Sport trim, to the 10AT or an available 6-speed manual. The new 2.0-liter turbo, sharing much of its design with the 2017 Civic Type R, produces 252 HP (SAE net) at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE Net) from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, compared to 278 HP (SAE net) at 6,200 rpm and 252 lb.-ft. (SAE net) at 4,900 rpm for the 3.5-liter V6 that it replaces.

The new Accord Hybrid is powered by the 3rd-generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid technology featuring a 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC Atkinson cycle engine with greater than 40 percent thermal efficiency, the highest for any mass-produced Honda engine, paired with two electric motors. As before, the Accord two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission. Additionally, a new, more compact intelligent power unit (IPU), containing the hybrid battery pack and its control systems, is now mounted under the rear floor instead of in the trunk, preserving both cargo space (16.7 cu.-ft.) and the flexibility of a 60/40-split and folding rear seat, standard on all Hybrid models and trims.

Body and Chassis Design
The 2018 Accord’s new body structure is lighter and more rigid, utilizing 29 percent ultra-high-strength steel, the most ever for a mass-produced Honda car. Overall, the new Accord employs 54.2 percent high strength steel (above 440 MPa).

Key body features include the latest generation of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure with crash stroke front frame, tailor-tempered rear frame members for improved crash-energy absorption, and the extensive use of structural adhesives for increased rigidity, cabin quietness and weight reduction. Total vehicle weight is down between approximately 110 to 176 pounds, depending on trim, while body torsional and bending rigidity are improved 32 and 24 percent, respectively, aiding ride quality, cabin quietness, and dynamic performance.

Mated to the new body is a more sophisticated new chassis design. The 2018 Accord’s chassis is 6-percent lighter than before (not including wheels and tires) and features a new Macpherson strut front suspension with L-shaped aluminum lower arms mounted to an aluminum front subframe. The new setup better isolates and manages varying road inputs, improving handling precision, ride quality and cabin quietness along with outstanding high-speed stability and control. The new, more space-efficient rear suspension is a multi-link design mounted to a more rigid, floating rear subframe. Fluid-filled compliance bushings at all four corners further improve ride comfort and absorption of road irregularities.

Touring trims of Accord also feature, for the first time, an Adaptive Damper System with the ability to adjust shock absorber damping force every 1/500 of a second (0.002 second), using a proprietary Honda control algorithm, providing for a more compliant and controlled ride in all driving situations. The adaptive dampers are tied to a Two-Mode Driving System with Normal and Sport modes that allows the driver to dial-up/down the vehicle’s sporty reflexes depending on the driving environment. The system engages with multiple chassis and drivetrain components, including the new dual-pinion variable-ratio electric power steering (EPS), automatic transmission, drive-by-wire throttle, adaptive dampers and Active Sound Control system, to provide the driver with an expanded range of driving characteristics. An ECON mode is also available that helps improve fuel efficiency by modifying throttle mapping and HVAC operation.

The new Accord has a 10-mm lower center of gravity. The adoption of lighter-weight turbocharged engines and other body design changes reduce the vehicle’s moment of inertia, resulting in crisper turn-in and steering response. All models now have near optimal FWD weight distribution of approximately 60/40 percent front/rear. Accords with the new 2.0-liter VTEC turbo and 10AT check in at approximately 61/39 percent front/rear, a significant improvement versus the current V6 Accord with 6AT.

Along with the first application of structural adhesives to Accord, cabin quietness is further enhanced by a comprehensive sound-insulating package that includes full underbody covers (which also aid aerodynamics), front and rear fender and engine compartment insulators, alloy wheels with Honda-proprietary resonator technology, sound-absorbing carpet, acoustic laminated windshield glass – plus front door acoustic glass on EX and above – and a new, 3-microphone Active Noise Control system. The result is low noise levels with a well-balanced sound quality and a pleasingly sporty engine note.

Advanced Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology
For 2018, all Accords feature the full suite of Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment. Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and, for the first time, Traffic Sign Recognition (see Safety section for more details). Additional available driver-assistive technologies include Blind Spot Information, front and rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Driver Awareness Monitor; and all models feature a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with dynamic guidelines.

Standard advanced active and passive safety systems include Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Booster, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), advanced front airbags, driver and front-passenger side airbags and new driver and front-passenger knee airbags. The Accord targets top U.S. government (NCAP) and IIHS collision safety ratings.

Accord Models and Trims
With the application of Honda Sensing™ as standard equipment, the 2018 Accord model and trim lineup is made simpler than before, while also offering customers more choice with the addition of a Touring trim for the 1.5-liter model and a Sport trim for the 2.0-liter model, as well as a new, more affordable base Hybrid trim as well as a new EX trim for the Hybrid.

The 2018 Accord with 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is available in six trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. The 2018 Accord with the 2.0-liter VTEC turbo comes in four trims: Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. The new Accord Hybrid has five trims: Hybrid, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring.

Major feature variations by trim
See “Models and Trims” section for complete details
LX/Hybrid
1.5L & Hybrid
Sport
1.5L
Sport
2.0L 
EX
1.5L, 2.0L & Hybrid
EX-L
1.5L, 2.0L & Hybrid
EX-LN
1.5L, 2.0L & Hybrid
Touring
1.5L, 2.0L & Hybrid
Honda Sensing™
17″ wheels & tires
19″ wheels & tires
Paddle shifters1
Aluminum sport pedals
LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights
Digital driver’s meter
Dual-zone climate control
8-inch Display Audio with Android Auto™,
Apple CarPlay™
Power moonroof
Heated front seats
12-way power driver’s seat
60/40-split rear seat
Blind Spot Information
HD Radio & SiriusXM
Remote engine start
4-way power FR pass seat
10-speaker premium audio
Honda satellite-linked navigation system
Full-LED headlamps
Adaptive Damper System with Sport Mode
Head-Up Display
Wireless device charging
HondaLink telematics
Auto phone pairing (NFC)
Ventilated FR seats
Noise insulation package

Accord Manufacturing
All variants of the 2018 Accord are manufactured using domestic and globally-sourced parts at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant. The company has invested $220 million to further advance quality and efficiency, including the introduction of new technologies and processes such as laser brazing and Honda’s inner frame weld body construction process — the latter involving the creation of an all-new $165 million weld department.

The 2018 Accord’s 1.5-liter turbo and 2.0-liter turbo engines are produced at the Anna, Ohio engine plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts, Honda’s highest volume engine plant globally. Its CVT transmission is manufactured at the company’s Russells Point, Ohio plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts and its new Honda-designed 10-speed automatic transmission is being produced at the company’s Tallapoosa, Georgia plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts. Honda has invested $47 at the Anna Engine Plant for Accord engine production and a combined $149 million in its Russells Point and Tallapoosa transmission plants to facilitate production of the new 10AT for multiple models, beginning with the 2018 Odyssey and now including the 2018 Accord.

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 honda suv pilot

The all-new 2016 Honda Pilot SUV, with seating up to eight passengers, joins the Honda CR-V and all-new HR-V as the flagship in an expanded lineup of innovative, benchmark-setting Honda SUVs. It is the third generation of Honda’s popular three-row SUV to be designed, developed and manufactured in America. The new Pilot was designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., in Los Angeles and Ohio, and is manufactured exclusively by Honda Mfg. Alabama, Inc. in Lincoln, Alabama.1

Since its arrival in 2003 as the first three-row, mainstream SUV to be developed on a car-like unit-body platform, the Pilot has helped set industry standards for fuel efficiency, spacious and thoughtful interior packaging, safety performance, and dynamic handling performance in the midsize SUV segment. American consumers have responded by purchasing more than 1.4 million Pilots over the past 12 years. Pilot also ties the CR-V in having the highest brand loyalty of any Honda model, with approximately 63 percent of Pilot buyers returning to purchase another Honda vehicle.

Reengineered from the ground up, virtually every aspect of the 2016 Pilot has been thoroughly redesigned to better accommodate the needs of all its occupants – the driver and all passengers – delivering more family-friendly utility, more advanced technology, and more premium attributes and amenities than ever before. The 2016 Pilot also ups the ante for premium refinement with major upgrades to interior quality and more standard comfort and convenience features on all trims, along with the addition of a new, line-topping Elite version that offers a series of Honda-first features including 20-inch wheels and tires, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, a first-ever panoramic glass roof and many other luxury features.

The 2016 Pilot receives a new engine from Honda’s EarthDreams® Technology powertrain series – a direct-injected 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) – along with the available two new advanced transmissions and a class-defining all-new intelligent variable torque management (i-VTM4™) AWD system with Intelligent Traction Management and torque vectoring capability. Together, these features make this the most powerful, refined and capable Pilot Honda has ever offered. These technologies, combined with a nearly 300-pound reduction in vehicle weight (on upper trims), improved aerodynamics and reduced running resistance, make this the most fuel-efficient offering in the midsize SUV segment, with EPA fuel-economy ratings improved by as much as 2/2/2 mpg city/highway/combined2 over the previous model.

The new Pilot also moves to the top of the class in safety performance with the most comprehensive suite of Honda Sensing™ advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies ever offered on a Honda vehicle. Furthermore, the 2016 Pilot adopts the next generation of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure along with a new “3-bone” underbody frame design and new hot-stamped ultra-high strength steel door rings. Taken together, these engineering features and technologies deliver major gains to the Pilot’s collision avoidance and collision protection capabilities, as it targets the highest available U.S. government (NCAP) and IIHS safety ratings.

New Pilot Features

Features LX EX EX-L Touring Elite
6-Speed Automatic Transmission*
9-Speed Automatic Transmission*
LaneWatch™*
Blind Spot Indicator*
Smart Entry*
Push Button Start*
Blu-ray™ DVD Rear Entertainment System*
Idle Stop*
One-Touch 2nd-Row Seat^
Multi-Angle Rear View Camera*
Honda Sensing* Available Available
Intelligent Traction Management System^
8-inch touchscreen Display Audio system with Android operating system +^
Remote Engine Start^
LED Daytime Running Lights*
LED Headlights with Auto High-Beam

* First for Pilot, ^ First for Honda

2016 Pilot Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Trim Wheel Drive MSRP3 EPA MPG2 (city/highway/combined)
LX 2WD TBD 19/27/22
LX AWD TBD 18/26/21
EX 2WD TBD 19/27/22
EX AWD TBD 18/26/21
EX w/Honda Sensing 2WD TBD 19/27/22
EX w/Honda Sensing AWD TBD 18/26/21
EX-L 2WD TBD 19/27/22
EX-L AWD TBD 18/26/21
EX-L w/Honda Sensing 2WD TBD 19/27/22
EX-L w/Honda Sensing AWD TBD 18/26/21
EX-L w/Navi 2WD TBD 19/27/22
EX-L w/Navi AWD TBD 18/26/21
EX-L w/RES 2WD TBD 19/27/22
EX-L w/RES AWD TBD 18/26/21
Touring 2WD TBD 20/27/23
Touring AWD TBD 19/26/22
Elite AWD TBD 19/26/22

Premium Style and Features
The all-new design of the 2016 Pilot sports a modern, sleek, yet commanding and muscular form incorporating new premium features, including standard LED taillights, and available features such as LED projector headlights, LED daytime running lights, 20-inch wheels and first-ever panoramic glass roof. See the Exterior section for more information on exterior styling.

The premium quality of the new Pilot carries over to the interior, where designers have applied high quality, soft-touch materials throughout the cabin and added thoughtful details such as LED map lighting (see the Interior section for more information on interior styling). Additional high-end amenities include a standard 4.2-inch color display, available heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats. For the first time, the top-of-the-line Elite trim includes second-row captain’s chairs, providing for easy walk through between the second and third rows for a 7-passenger configuration, in addition to the standard second-row three-person 60/40 split seat for 8-passenger seating capacity. See the Comfort and Convenience section for more information.

Advanced Technology
The new Pilot delivers the connectivity and power access that modern families demand, including up to five USB ports, four that provide better recharging with 2.5-amp output – fully adequate to charge iPads or smartphones while they’re in use. Additional available ports and plugs include an auxiliary jack for nearly any audio player, an HDMI port for a gaming console or other similarly connected device, two headphone jacks, and up to three 12-volt power outlets and a 115-volt AC outlet to power a range of compatible devices. See theInterior section for more information.

The new Pilot also incorporates Honda’s latest thinking in advanced, family-friendly technology, including an upsized 8-inch capacitive touchscreen Display Audio connectivity interface powered by a new Android-based operating system and more powerful processor, along with an available all-new embedded Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™. The new navigation system features improved graphics and new capabilities, including 3D renderings of terrain, buildings and road signs, improved lane guidance, live search function and more.

The Pilot’s Display Audio system enables simplified smartphone connectivity making for easier access to all the features and connectivity options of the HondaLink® connected-car system. A 9-inch rear entertainment system with DVD and new Blu-ray™ disc capability is available. See the Audio and Connectivity section for more information.

Family-Friendly Utility
The new Pilot builds on its reputation for best-in-class interior space, versatility and utility with 3.5 inches of added overall vehicle length, enabling an inch longer tandem seating distance and a 1.3-inch longer cargo area that can hold an 82-quart cooler without compromising third-row seating capability. Third-row entry and exit is made even easier and more intuitive courtesy of the new available one-touch second-row seat on EX-L and above models, and larger third-row entryway. Compared with the current Pilot, the width of the lower portion of the third-row lower entryway has been increased by 2.5 inches with an inch lower step-over height.

The Pilot’s new center console features a cavernous storage compartment capable of accommodating items as large as a full-size iPad or a purse. And with its seamless cover in the closed position, the console provides a convenient, non-slip surface for items that the driver or front passenger may need close at hand. See the Interior section for more information.

EarthDreams® Technology Powertrain
The 2016 Pilot delivers more refined, powerful and fuel-efficient performance than ever before courtesy of its new 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) cylinder deactivation technology. The engine’s peak output of 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque is up 30 hp and 9 lb.-ft. over the previous model.4 The engine is matched to a choice of two new advanced transmissions – a Pilot-first 6-speed automatic transmission or, on upper trims, a Honda-first 9-speed automatic transmission – both delivering more refined, responsive and fuel-efficient performance.

These new powertrains combine with a new, lighter yet more rigid unit-body and aerodynamically efficient body and chassis designs that result in class-leading EPA fuel economy ratings topping out at 20/27/23 mpg (city/highway/combined) for two-wheel-drive models and 19/26/22 mpg for all-wheel-drive models.2 See the Powertrain section for more information.

Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4™) AWD System 
The Pilot’s available new Intelligent VTM4 (i-VTM4) is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced all-wheel-drive system offered in a mainstream, three-row SUV. This entirely more capable system progressively distributes optimum torque between the front and rear axles and, for the first time ever in a Honda vehicle, dynamically distributes engine torque between the left and right rear wheels. Benefits include superior all-weather handling and neutral, accurate steering under power that is more effective than front-drive, rear-drive or conventional all-wheel-drive systems.

Intelligent Traction Management
This new Pilot features a new button-operated Intelligent Traction Management System that offers different operating modes, for the AWD: Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand; and for the FWD: Normal and Snow. Developed, tuned and tested at various locations in the U.S. and around the world – including Imperial Dunes “Glamis”, California; Moscow, Russia; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates – the Intelligent Traction Management system allows the driver to select the operating mode that best suits the driving conditions by simply pushing a button on the vehicle’s center console. Based on the setting selected, the system adjusts the drive-by-wire map, transmission shift map, Vehicle Stability Assist™ and i-VTM4 torque distribution for AWD-equipped models for optimal performance in a variety of road or surface conditions. See the Powertrain section for more information.

Advanced Safety Performance
In keeping with Honda’s commitment to safety, the new Pilot features the most comprehensive set of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies ever offered on a Honda vehicle. Together these technologies make up Honda Sensing™, a suite of technologies designed to expand the driver’s situational awareness while sensing and responding to potential road hazards, including other vehicles, road obstacles and even pedestrians, even to the point of mitigating the possibility or severity of a collision. It includes a standard Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and a suite of available safety and driver assistive technologies that includes Honda’s popular LaneWatch™ display, a blind spot information system, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control, and two Honda-first technologies: Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) system and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.

The new Pilot is expected to deliver the highest safety ratings in its class and targets a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a GOOD rating in all crash modes. The new Pilot incorporates Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, designed to more efficiently absorb and disperse the energy from a frontal collision, along with new ultra-high-strength door rings designed to help better protect occupants. The 2016 Pilot also incorporates an all-new “3-bone” platform while also utilizing high and ultra-high strength body materials, which together reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), improve handling, increase rigidity and reduce weight.

Standard safety and driver-assistive features include four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control; an Expanded View Driver’s Mirror; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, driver and front passenger SmartVent® side airbags and side-curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions; and a new Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with real-time display of individual tire pressures. See the Safety and Driver Assistance section for more information.

2015 Honda North American Motorsports Overview

  • The Honda Racing Ladder detailed
  • Indy car and other pinnacle series programs
  • Grassroots Motorsports offerings

lat_lepage_150317_bhm_6280_1Introduction

Earlier this year, Honda Motor Co., Ltd announced Honda’s worldwide motorsports overview for 2015. With the company racing in more than 100 motorcycle and automobile categories around the world, Honda is proud of its ability to meet the needs of its customers and expand the joys of racing.

Today, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (AHM) and its subsidiary, Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD), announce the North American motorsports overview for 2015.

Motorsports Strategy:  “The Honda Racing Ladder”

Through the Honda Racing Line, Honda makes on-track competition accessible through affordable products and a racer support program in open-wheel, short-track, and touring-series racing. Honda has developed a system which powers a racer’s passions at nearly any level of the sport.

Honda offers a strong ladder platform, extending over customer racing pursuits in sports car, Formula racing, karting and production cars. In 2015, Honda will not only continue building upon this ladder, it will underscore the youthful and innovative spirit of our customers and their exciting stories as they progress up the ladder.

Honda Racing Line

Launched in 2009, HPD’s Honda Racing Line is a program targeted at licensed grassroots motorsports participants competing in sanctioned amateur and entry-level professional racing in the USA and Canada.

The Honda Racing Line provides a wide range of goods and services highlighting Honda’s exciting and fun automotive products. This includes, but is not limited to, racers participating in:

LADDER
Open Wheel Short Track Touring (Closed Wheel)
SKUSA/WKA Karting QMA & USAC 1/4 Midget Spec Racer Atom & SCCA Pro Solo and Solo II
Formula F Honda Racing/HPD Midget SCCA Club Racing & NASA Honda Challenge
Formula Atlantic / Lites National Midget Pro Grand Touring and Touring Car
IndyCar Prototype Sports Car

Whether our customers love to race their own Hondas in sanctioned motorsports events, or cheer their favorite cars and drivers to victory, American Honda’s motorsports initiatives seek to bring the excitement of Honda Racing closer to consumers.

At Honda, racing offers much more than an opportunity to highlight the quality of our products or our on-track accomplishments. We hope that in 2015, the sport of racing will be more fun for our customers because of Honda products.

Honda Engines / Honda Power Equipment

One of this country’s most popular entry-level racing categories, quarter midgets, receives support from HPD and Honda Power Equipment, which provides Honda GX engines, parts and product support to quarter-midget racers competing in events sanctioned by organizations such as the United States Auto Club and the Quarter Midgets of America.

The HPD Honda GXH50 Kid Kart engine is designed to improve quality, reliability and balanced performance at a low cost to the competitor. In 2015, through the Honda Racing Line, karters and other racers can arrange direct, door-to-door delivery of parts, and complete engines. HPD can even provide a suggested rules package to start a series

Honda Motorcycle

Today, many young racers gain their first racing experiences in karting. Recognizing this, HPD turned to Honda Motorcycle’s CR™125 engine. Honda CR125 engine parts and rebuild kits became available to both competitors and engine shops in 2011. In 2012, the program expanded to include the four-stroke CRF™250 engine.

The Honda CR125 engine is featured in the popular Spec Honda and Stock Moto classes by a variety of karting sanctioning bodies. In 2015, the Honda Racing Line continues to offer racers a new source for CR125 parts, engine-rebuild kits and technical support. As in club racing, HPD offers contingency award programs to kart racers competing in numerous organizations, including the WKA and SKUSA.

In addition to the CR125 engine kit, Honda’s more powerful CRF250 engine comes completely assembled and ready to install in a kart chassis.

The CBR600 in-line four-cylinder motorcycle engine will be utilized in SCCA’s F600 class, which is another popular low cost option to get started in open wheel racing.

Honda Auto

IndyCar Series Racing

In 2015, HPD will campaign the twin-turbocharged HI15TT Indy V6 engine with elite Verizon IndyCar Series drivers from teams including Andretti Autosport, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, A.J. Foyt Racing, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Dale Coyne Racing, and Bryan Herta Autosport.

Honda and HPD continue to bring innovations to the racetrack. In 2015, this tradition of innovation continues as Honda introduces new aerodynamic bodywork to the existing DW 12 IndyCar chassis. This innovation will offer an exciting, refreshed look to the core DW 12 IndyCar chassis.

The “aero kit” includes nearly 200 individual pieces, and was developed utilizing the latest in Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technologies concepts were validated using the Driver-In-Loop (DIL) Simulator, which minimized waste at the prototype stage and allowed aerodynamic direction to be determined prior to the creation of full-size components. Components went through wind-tunnel testing prior to six days of on-track testing at various North American circuits. In addition to improving performance, aerodynamic safety was a primary consideration in “aero kit” development.

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
For 2015, HPD’s sports car racing program again takes on a worldwide scope, powering the Tequila Patron ESM team running in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the endurance rounds of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship as well as Michael Shank Racing campaigning in the full TUDOR series.

IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge & SCCA Pirelli World Challenge
Developed from the popular “showroom stock” racing series of the 1980s, today’s North American professional, production-based racing series – IMSA’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge – feature large fields and fierce competition.

HPD provides parts, engineering development and technical support to teams competing in both series, from longtime Acura stalwart RealTime Racing and the multi-car efforts of Compass360 Racing to the smallest teams making their initial forays into professional racing.

Led by the most successful driver in Acura history, Peter Cunningham, RealTime has waved the “Caliper A” banner in professional competition since 1996, winning races and championships in every division of the series with an assortment of race-tuned Acura products including the TSX, RSX, NSX and Integra.

RealTime debuted the new Acura TLX GT in the World Challenge Grand Touring category in 2014, and has expanded to a two-car program in 2015. A number of teams run the Honda Civic Si in the Touring Car (TC) class, including Toronto-based Compass360, which returns with a multi-car program in 2015 as it helps defend Honda’s TC manufacturers’ and drivers’ championships.

Grassroots Motorsports Programs

Road Racing

HPD supports amateur racers taking part in SCCA and NASA club events across the country, as well as at licensed “track day” events, solo and autocross competition, rallying and in various “spec” categories such as Ariel Atom and Honda Challenge events.

In addition to providing parts and engineering support, HPD pays contingency awards to racers in a variety of categories, including professional and amateur Formula Atlantic, Formula F, the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge, IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, B-Spec Honda Fit competition, SCCA club racing and the NASA national championships.

B-Spec and Honda Civic Si

HPD joined with Mazda to introduce the new entry-level “B-Spec” category,  initially in SCCA club racing and now in the professional-level SCCA Pirelli World Challenge.  Other manufacturers have joined the category, with eligible models from Ford, Nissan, Mini, Chevy, Mazda and Kia. The B-Spec category continues to grow and prosper.

HPD has also developed a competition version of the Honda Civic Si for competition in a variety of series and categories, including SCCA and NASA club racing; the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge, IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, U.S. Touring Car Championship and Canadian Touring Car Championship.

HPD B-Spec Rally Fit

Designed for both stage rallying and Rallycross, the HPD B-Spec Rally Fit expands the concept of low-cost “B-Spec” competition from its road-racing origins. The prototype HPD B-Spec Rally Fit is campaigned by the Ohio-based Team Honda Research (THR) Rally team.

The Fit utilizes the same competition components introduced with the debut of B-Spec racing at the 2010 25 Hours of Thunderhill by Team Honda Research West, including the roll cage, suspension, camber adjusters, brake lines, brake pads and exhaust system. The transition from pavement to dirt is completed by raising the car on its suspension and installing off-road tires specific to the conditions.

Recognizing the potential of B-Spec, the Rally America National Championship began including the category as part of the organization’s Manufacturers’ National Championship program in 2013. The HPD B-Spec Rally Fit won this championship in its inaugural year and repeated in 2014.

The Manufacturers’ National Championship pits Rally America’s most commonly found manufacturer brands – such as Honda, Subaru, Ford, Mitsubishi, and Volkswagen – against one another. Every driver in the Overall, SP, 2WD and B-Spec Classes has a stake in the manufacturer’s outcome, as the top finishing car in each category wins that driver’s brand a total of 22 points after each round.

Grassroots Open-Wheel Racing Programs

Formula F

Recognizing the need for a modern engine in Formula F, the traditional “first step” for a young driver towards a career in professional racing, HPD introduced a race-ready version of the Honda Fit engine in time for the start of the 2010 season.

The engine has proven to be equal in power to the traditional “Kent” powerplant, and far superior in reliability and longevity.  It has helped revive Formula F club racing, and 2011 saw further growth for Formula F with the introduction of a pair of professional Formula F racing series – one based in the eastern United States and the other on the West Coast – that further boosted participation in the category.

A Honda-powered Formula F driven by Tim Kautz of Geneva, IL captured the 2012 national championship at the annual SCCA Runoffs at Elkhart Lake, WI, marking the first victory of a Honda-powered Formula F at the annual SCCA championship event. Kautz repeated his championship performance at the 50th Anniversary Runoffs in 2013. Jeremy Grenier used a Honda to win his recent Runoffs championship in 2014.

In 2012, the Honda Fit engine also was approved for competition in Canada’s two professional Formula F racing series, the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship and the Formula Tour 1600 series.

Formula Atlantic

Following a successful introduction of the Honda Fit-based Formula F engine in 2010, HPD continues to expand its grassroots motorsports offerings via the next rung on the performance ladder: the new 220-270 bhp K20 engine, adaptable to a wide variety of grassroots motorsports applications, from autocross and rallying to open-wheel Formula Atlantic competition.

Developed from the 2.0-liter engine used in several Honda passenger-car models, a prototype of the HPD K20 race engine was first displayed in December 2010, at the Performance Racing Industry Show (PRI) in Formula Atlantic guise.

Formula Atlantic was revived as a professional racing category for 2014, and an eight-race schedule has been announced for the Atlantic Championship Series in 2015.

In addition to Formula Atlantic, the K20 engine may be used in several other racing categories, including GT, ST and Sports Racing classes. Other potential competition uses for the engine include autocross, drifting, Rallycross and rallying.

Conclusion

Honda’s North American racing platform serves a wide variety of motorsports pursuits. The company’s strong commitment to engine technology, development and production — coupled with access to engine products through the Honda Racing Line — supports our customers’ passions to participate in and watch auto racing.

Whether a customer engages in karting or quarter midget racing or is seeking glory at the Indianapolis 500, Honda value and performance continue to provide a foundation for racing success. In 2015, this foundation will be strengthened through the direct efforts HPD and all the Honda divisions representing Team Honda.