2018 Honda Accord: Civic Type R Mill Not Addressing The Elephant In The Room

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In a matter of months from now, Honda will be launching the next-gen Accord and the vehicle will be coming out with a completely reshuffled powertrain option.

For starters, there won’t be any naturally aspirated V6 on the list. The base Accord is confirmed to rely on a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that is sourced from the tenth generation Civic and it is expected to develop 190hp.

With the Accord and the Civic being near similar in size, we can assume that performance will be no different across the two cars. The only separating factor would be with the upmarket Accord which is confirmed to run on the Type R-sourced 2L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

The confirmation got many excited as they are curious to see how the Accord will perform when running on the overpowered mill. However, we would prefer to expect less since Honda is likely to tone down on the performance of the mill to acquire greater fuel economy.

Either way, the engine reshuffle is not really addressing the thing that is lacking with the Accord – drivetrain. The Accord will retain its FWD setup; something which we feel is not a good decision due to the upsized Civic.

What the Accord really need is a drivetrain makeover to separate itself from the Civic. It would be a lot better if the Accord can run on SH-AWD but we don’t see it happening with the next-gen model.