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    All-New 2023 Honda Accord Offers More Advanced Hybrid System, Adds Available Google Built-In

    Honda is introducing the all-new 2023 Accord. The 11t-generation boasts a bunch of new features along with a more advanced available hybrid powertrain. The new Accord will mark the brand's first integration of Google Built-In. Honda also says the new Accord delivers refined driving dynamics and is more fun to drive. 

    The automaker says Accord hybrids will represent about 50% of Accord sales.  Honda calls the updated hybrid system more advanced and responsive.  With 247 lb.-ft of torque from Honda's new 4th-generation two-motor hybrid system, the 2023 Accord hybrids are the most powerful ever.

    "The all-new 11th-generation Accord is essential to our lineup as a critical driver of brand loyalty, and with hybrid models representing 50% of sales, a key part of Honda's electrification strategy." said Mamadou Diallo, vice president of Auto Sales, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "This is our best Accord ever, a true benchmark in its class, offering an unbeatable combination of style, efficiency, performance and connectivity."

    Design

    Honda designers made the new Accord longer and sleeker and gave it a broad stance. Honda says a low horizontal beltline and a long front end with an upright grille and blacked out LED headlights are also part of its new design direction.   

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    A longer hood and a flowing fastback roofline are designed to give a premium silhouette. Honda says laser brazing technology eliminates the need for roof molding so you get a smooth and clean roof line. In the rear, distinctive horizontal LED straight-line taillights are designed to accentuate its wide stance.  Accord will be available in eight exterior colors, including three new ones: Meteorite Gray Metallic, Urban Gray Pearl and Canyon River Blue Metallic.

    Accord will be available in six trim levels, starting with the turbocharged LX and EX and topped by the hybrid-powered Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring. 

    Here's a look at some design features by trim:

    • LX, EX and EX-L trims feature a black grille mesh, body-color side mirrors and standard 17-inch alloy wheels.

    • Sport, Sport-L get even sportier styling with black side mirrors, a black rear spoiler and black 19-inch alloy wheels

    • Sport-L models add a unique black rear diffuser.

    • The top-level Touring features unique gloss-black 19-inch alloy wheels along with silver and black exterior trim for a sharp, high-contrast look.

    Inside, Honda says a new sporty and modern interior offers fine craftsmanship and high-quality materials. The automaker says it paid special attention to materials used for the switchgear and controls.   Designers also angled the shift knob toward the driver by 5 degrees, allowing the cup holders to be positioned to the right of the shift knob and still hold large-size cups.  Honda says the sedan is also more comfortable thanks to new front Body Stabilizing Seats that reduce fatigue on long drives. Tech gets a boost, too. Available tech features include Honda's largest touchscreen ever and as we mentioned earlier, Honda's first integration of Google built-in for seamless on-the-go connectivity. 

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    • LX and EX feature gray or black cloth upholstery with EX sporting an 8-way power driver's seat.
    • EX also adds a moonroof, heated front seats and dual zone climate control. Sport features unique black cloth upholstery, aluminum pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a leather shift knob.
    • EX-L and Sport-L come standard with leather seating surfaces and a 4-way power-adjustable passenger seat. Touring adds ventilated front seats and heated rear seats.  

    Honda says the 2023 Accord has the most cargo room in its class, with all models providing 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space and standard fold-down rear seats.

    Standard class-leading safety features include a new Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technology, next-gen front airbags, as well as new front knee airbags and rear side-impact airbags.

    2023 Accord key features:

    • All 2023 Accords feature a 0.4-inch wider rear track for a broader stance and improved stability.
    • 4th-generation two-motor hybrid system (Sport, EX-L, Sport-L, Touring) is more powerful, makes Accord more fun to drive
    • Standard 10.2-inch digital driver instrumentation display
    • 12.3-inch color touchscreen for top trims with wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibility (Sport, EX-L, Sport-L, Touring)
    • Standard 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibility (LX, EX)
    • Honda's first integration of Google built-in (Touring), including Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play capability with the latest apps and services
    • New Over the Air (OTA) software updates to nearly all vehicle computer modules, enhancing functionality and capability
    • Enhanced global Honda Architecture supports improvements in ride, handling and overall refinement
    • Updated 1.5-liter Turbo engine (LX, EX) adds refinement and responsiveness while remaining fuel efficient 
    • Standard Honda Sensing system, plus Low-Speed Braking Control, Traffic Sign Recognition system (TSR), and new Traffic Jam Assist (TJA)
    • Next-gen front airbags designed to reduce traumatic brain and neck injuries
    • New standard knee and rear passenger side-impact airbags

    Technology

    Accord comes standard with a 10.2-inch digital instrument panel with unique display functions depending on powertrain.  A digital power flow meter replaces the tachometer in the hybrid-electric powered Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring.  All models benefit from new Over the Air (OTA) software updates.

    Here are some of the features by trim:

    • Sport, EX-L, Sport-L, Touring models come standard with Honda's largest ever touchscreen, a 12.3-inch unit with a physical volume knob, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and a simplified navigation structure with fewer menus. A 1-inch finger rest at the bottom of the touchscreen makes it easier to use by providing a stable surface to rest your hand.

    • Touring: Qi-compatible 15W wireless smartphone charging is available.

    • Touring also comes with a standard 6-inch head-up display and a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system. Featuring Bose Centerpoint technology and Bose SurroundStage digital signal processing, the new system was custom-engineered precisely for the Accord's new interior so drivers and passengers – regardless of their seating position – are placed in the middle of the music, with a clear and spacious listening experience.

    • LX, EX: A new 7-inch touchscreen audio system is standard on LX and EX with physical knobs for volume and tuning, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto usage and a simplified menu structure.

    • Two illuminated 3.0A USB-C ports are standard on LX, EX, and Sport models.

    • On EX-L and Touring rear seat passengers get two illuminated 3.0A USB-C charging ports as well.

    Google Built-In

    The top-line Touring features Honda's first integration of Google built-in. This includes apps like Google Assistant, Google Maps and more on Google Play for a helpful, personalized and connected driving experience. Control select vehicle functions by voice with Google Assistant, get directions and live traffic updates with Google Maps, and download music, podcasts, audiobooks and more with Google Play.

    Ride and Drive

    Honda says a retuned four-wheel independent suspension provides a more engaging driving experience. New front suspension damper mount bearings and ball joints reduce friction to improve steering smoothness.

    Powertrain

    Updated Hybrid System

    Accord hybrid models (Sport, EX-L, Sport-L, Touring) feature an all-new, more powerful 4th-generation two-motor hybrid-electric system with a pair of electric motors that are now mounted side-by-side and an all-new 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine that adds direct fuel injection. This new configuration allows for the use of a larger propulsion motor with increased torque output. Combined system output is 204 hp, while traction-motor peak torque is 247 lb.-ft. of torque (up 15 lb.-ft.).

    Hybrid models also feature a new Individual mode that enables customization of the driving experience.

    Honda says the new hybrid-electric system also is more responsive and significantly more refined at highway speeds. Linear Shift Control elevates the driving experience by mimicking the vehicle speed-linked rev feel associated with a conventional drivetrain shifting gears under acceleration. Changes to the hybrid control system also improve the management of engine and electric power in different conditions for a better driving experience.

    Updated Gas-Only Turbo 

    Under the hood of the LX and EX, Accord's 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with VTEC variable valve lift technology has been updated with additional refinement and improved emissions performance. Enhancements include an upgraded direct-injection system and new cold-active catalyst, plus a high-rigidity crankshaft and oil pan to reduce engine noise.

    The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) for the 1.5-liter turbo has been updated to reduce noise. Significant drivability and performance improvements were also made and include Step-Shift programming that simulates gear changes at full throttle.

    The powertrain features Econ, Normal, and Sport (hybrid only). 

    Safety

    The Accord comes standard with updated Honda Sensing safety suite that has a new camera with a wider 90-degree field of view and wide-angle radar with a 120-degree field of view. This wide angle improves collision prevention performance via improved ability to recognize attributes of objects, such as a vehicles or pedestrians, as well as white lines, road boundaries like curbs, other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles, and road signs. The wide angle also enables expanded control range for Accord at intersections.

    Blind spot information (BSI) has been expanded, now with 82 feet of radar range. Also new is Traffic Jam Assist (TJA), which is a first for Accord. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) have been updated to feature more natural responses. Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) is also standard, and Low-Speed Braking Control is available on Touring.

    Accord features standard Rear Seatbelt Reminder and Rear Seat Reminder, the latter notifying drivers to check the rear seating area for children, pets or other precious cargo when exiting the vehicle. Expanded available standard security features now include a stolen vehicle locator, remote immobilizer, and a Find-My-Vehicle function.

    New driver and passenger front airbags (first introduced on the 2022 Civic) were designed to minimize the potential for severe brain trauma associated with angled frontal collisions. The new front driver's airbag uses an innovative tuck sewing structure to increase the rigidity of both sides of the airbag. The passenger-side front airbag uses a three-chamber design with the two outer chambers designed to cradle the head and minimize rotation. For the first time, Accord features standard knee and rear-passenger side impact airbags.

    Honda celebrated 40 years of Accord production in Ohio on November 1, 2022.  The new 11th-generation Accord will continue to be built in the Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio. Honda has produced more than 12.5 million Accords in Ohio since U.S. production began in 1982.

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