New Honda Accord flaunts a more minimalist look and added tech

Units in the US have also ditched the manual transmission
by Drei Laurel | Oct 13, 2020
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If you’re a fan of the current-generation Honda Accord’s look, then we have some good news for you. The Japanese car manufacturer has just released the updated version of its midsize sedan and, well, it doesn’t look a whole lot different.

That isn’t to say nothing’s been altered, though. The face now flaunts a noticeably wider grille with a more minimalist appearance, thanks to a more subtle use of plastic and additional chrome trim. The fog light housings have also been changed, and the vehicle’s headlights feature new LEDs. Higher-end variants also run on new alloy wheels.

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Not much has changed inside, though some units now come equipped with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. This feature, together with the availability of a wireless charging pad, should make smartphone use inside the new Accord a very seamless affair. The brand says the vehicle’s Honda Sensing safety system has also been upgraded with tech like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist now featuring smoother performance.

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Three powertrain options are available for the new Accord. There’s a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 192hp and 260Nm, a 2.0-liter turbo with 252hp and 370Nm of torque, as well as a hybrid setup that uses a 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC and an electric motor to produce 212hp and 315Nm. The two turbos run on updated engine management software for better throttle response, Honda says.

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Oh, and not that it’s relevant to us in the Philippines, but the nameplate has ditched the manual transmission, too.

How much for the new Accord? In the US, the sedan’s base variant goes for $25,725 (P1.2 million), while the top-of-the-line hybrid unit carries a $37,195 (P1.8 million) price tag. These updates are by no means a reinvention of the wheel, but they’ll no doubt draw in customers who’ve been on the fence about upgrading to an executives vehicle. Like it?

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