Why is the 2018 Honda Accord the North American Car of the Year?

January 26th, 2018 by

The first Honda Accord drove onto the market more than 40 years ago. Since then, consumers have purchased more than 13 million Accords, and many argue the best may be yet to come.

On January 15, the 2018 Honda Accord became the North American Car of the Year, solidifying its place atop the best cars in America. This year marks the 24th year of the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards, presented during the North American International Auto Show, also known as the Detroit Auto Show.

Wait, what are the NACTOY Awards?

Approximately 60 professional auto journalists working in the United States and Canada make up the panel of jurors for the NACTOY awards. There are no paid positions among the organizing committee and the awards are funded by the dues paid into the organization.

This award is held in reverence among automobile awards as the longest running award not presented by a single publication, website, radio, or television station. NACTOY explains more about the judging process by explaining that “jurors evaluate the finalists based on segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction, and value for the dollar.”

The selection process for the 2018 award winners began in June 2017. Jurors sifted through dozens of new or completely redesigned models, held three rounds of voting, and decided on finalists. The committee announced finalists during the Los Angeles Auto Show: the Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry, and the Kia Stinger.

“Honda seems to have executed some sort of magic trick–not only is this 10th-generation Accord far sleeker and more decisively styled than its predecessor, it’s somehow roomier inside, too,” said Chris Paukert, a NACTOY juror and managing editor of Road Show by CNET. “Even in low-end trims, it drives well and offers a strong amount of standard equipment.”

What makes the 2018 Honda Accord stand out?

According to U.S. News and World Report, the 10th generation Accord is “new in almost every way.” With affordable pricing, your choice of trim, and all the new features, we feel like the 2018 is sure to impress.

Seating

The inside cabin of the 2018 Accord has seen several dramatic changes. The front seats sit lower, allowing the lower roofline to still provide adequate headroom. When you’re sitting in the backseat or are carrying long-legged passengers, everyone will be pleased with the added legroom. In fact, the new Accord has almost two, full inches of added legroom when compared to the 2017.

Cargo Room

The trunk may look shorter from the outside, which would provide less space, but looks are deceiving in this Accord. The trunk space increases in the 2018 model (versus the 2017) in both the hybrid and non-hybrid models. Non-hybrid trunk space increased by about one-cubic-foot, while hybrid models increased by more than three cubic feet.

Safety

The new model took safety seriously. Every trim package comes standard with the entire Honda Sensing active sensing package: forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and an adaptive cruise control system. Lane departure warning and lane keeping assist come standard to help drivers avoid collisions. Additional options available in some trim packages also include blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and a driver attention monitor.

Engine

Whether your interest lies with a hybrid or a non-hybrid, the 2018 Accord has something for you. For the non-hybrid enthusiast, the base engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and the upgrade is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Both engines have the option of a six-speed, standard transmission if you choose the Sport trim package. Fans of hybrid engines will see an updated version of their two-motor system, which includes a 2.0-liter i-4 transmission, two electric motors, and one lithium-ion battery.

Interior Gadgets

Technology lovers swoon over the all-new 2018 Accord standard features. Discover the LED low-beam headlights, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth connectivity in every trim package. As the quality of the trim package increases so does the technology.

Is there a winner in your future?

We think Car and Driver said it best, “The Accord’s hallmarks remain graceful handling, a spacious interior, and reasonable pricing, and after all these years, it’s still earning our love and admiration.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the 2018 Honda Accord and what we have in stock, you can check us out online or in person! We’re proud to introduce you to the 2018 North American Car of the Year.

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