2018 Honda Accord: Type R Shifts Focus From Speed To Safety

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After hearing about the next-gen Accord ditching every naturally aspirated mill in favor of turbocharged engines, it got us curious to see how much this change will impact the driving feel of the popular midsized sedan.

The base model looks like a step forward for the Accord family as the car relies on the 1.5L turbo-4 engine that can develop about 190hp. The same can’t be said for the range-topping model, even when it runs on the Civic Type R-sourced 2L turbo-4 engine.

We say so because the 2L unit has been detuned for a greater balance in power and fuel economy. In other words, the Accord won’t be speedy but it can cover this up with great safety.

Today, we got a full look at the standard safety features on the Accord and it allows us to confirm that the car is safer than rival Toyota Camry. Both vehicles are packed with pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, steering assist to stay in lane, steering assist to stay on road, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and rear cross-traffic alert.

While it may appear that both cars are near identical with each other on the safety front, it is the Accord which takes the win as it comes with blind-spot camera on side mirror.