2023 Honda Accord Preview

Christian Wardlaw | Nov 10, 2022

Traditional sedans are starting to go the way of the station wagon. Fewer of them are available, and with each year that passes, more drive off into that great big scrapyard in the sky. Those that remain still sell in significant enough numbers to justify their continued existence, so people who prefer 4-door cars to crossover SUVs will have a redesigned 2023 Honda Accord to consider.

2023 Honda Accord Red Front View

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The 2023 Accord is the 11th-generation version of the car that first went on sale in America in 1976, and it is a far different vehicle from the one that made the nameplate a household name. Honda bases the new 2023 Accord on an upgraded version of the previous-generation car’s architecture. Still, any similarities lay primarily in overall proportions, the standard turbocharged engine, and general Honda design philosophies and layout principles.

For the 2023 model year, the new Accord comes in LX, EX, Sport, EX-L, new Sport-L, and Touring trim levels. Most of them are hybrids. Only the LX and EX have a conventional turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. All-wheel drive is still not on the menu.

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  • Redesigned version of one of America’s favorite family cars
  • Continues to offer a large, roomy interior and class-leading trunk size
  • Lineup shifts to favor a hybrid powertrain, which Honda says will account for half of all sales
  • Improved driving dynamics
  • Standard digital gauges and two new infotainment systems
  • Next-generation Honda Sensing technology and safety features
  • The 2023 Honda Accord release date is January 2023

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2023 Honda Accord Touring Red Front Quarter View

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The new 2023 Honda Accord is 2.7 inches longer than the car it replaces, and to my eye, much of that added length lives forward of the front wheels. Indeed, Honda reports that the new Accord’s hood is longer than before, lending credence to my observation.

This appearance, coupled with simple, clean, but plain styling, represents a departure from the outgoing model. Stylistically, the tenth-generation Accord was a winner, with a short front overhang and taut, sinewy, flowing lines. Perhaps some of the details weren’t to everyone’s preference, but the fundamental design was terrific.

However, time marches on, so the new 2023 Accord adopts a more technical appearance with modern LED lighting. The result is appealing, and a rear track wider by nearly half an inch improves its stance, but overall, the design is not as compelling as the one that came before it.

Wheel selections will impact the appearance, so here is the lineup. The 2023 Accord LX gets silver 17-inch alloys, while the EX and EX-L have gray 17s. For black 19-inch wheels, you’ll want the Sport or Sport-L. The Touring model in the accompanying photos features gloss-black 19s with machined triangular detailing.

The 2023 Accord Touring also features an exclusive mix of silver and black exterior trim, while the Sport and Sport-L get black side mirrors and a black spoiler. Three new paint colors debut: Canyon River Blue, Urban Gray Pearl, and Meteorite Gray.

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2023 Honda Accord Interior Dashboard Seats Touring Trim

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According to Honda, the company has paid close attention to the new Accord’s interior materials, touchpoints, graphics, and the look and feel of the switchgear. But then, the automaker always does, so this isn’t anything new. The result, especially with the Touring trim, is an interior that appears more upscale than you might expect.

You’ll notice the 2023 Accord adopts the metal mesh dashboard trim and the embedded air vents that first debuted in the 2022 Civic and have since proliferated to other Honda models. Digital instrumentation is standard, and all the hybrid-powered trims have a large 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display, replacing the 7-incher in the LX and EX trims. Overall, the look is more sophisticated than the outgoing model.

As was true before, the new 2023 Accord is spacious and comfortable, especially in the back seat, where it supplies 40.8 inches of legroom. Though it competes in the traditional midsize car segment, it could easily be a full-size sedan.

2023 Honda Accord Interior Back Seat Touring Trim

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For the 2023 model year, the Accord gets new “body-stabilizing” front seat designs that Honda says will reduce fatigue on long trips. Get the Accord LX or EX and you can choose between Gray or Black cloth upholstery. The Accord EX also has an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a power sunroof.

Choose the 2023 Accord Sport and the car features unique black cloth seats, aluminum pedals, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The new-for-2023 Accord Sport-L has leather seats, just like the Accord EX-L. Touring trim adds ventilated front seats and heated rear seats.

Storage space is on par with the outgoing model, and the trunk is the same size. In other words, it is enormous, providing 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space, more than any other car in the class.

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2023 Honda Accord Touring Red Side View

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With LX and EX trim, the Accord comes with a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making 192 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 192 pound-feet of torque between 1,700 rpm and 5,000 rpm. It pairs with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to power the car’s front wheels.

Compared to the same engine in the outgoing car, and according to Honda, the updated 1.5-liter turbo offers improved responsiveness, lower emissions, and added refinement. Reportedly, CVT enhancements reduce powertrain noise, and step-shift programming helps it to sound and feel more natural during wide-open-throttle acceleration. Drivers can select between Econ and Normal driving modes, too.

Like Honda did with the redesigned 2023 CR-V, the automaker makes electrification standard on the new Accord’s upper trim levels. Starting with the Accord Sport, the only drivetrain choice is a next-generation version of the automaker’s two-motor hybrid system. It makes 204 hp and 247 pound-feet of torque, the latter available at a lofty 5,000 rpm to 8,000 rpm.

2023 Honda Accord Two Motor Hybrid Engine

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A new direct-injection, Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine forms the basis of this powertrain, which employs two electric motors in a new side-by-side arrangement that allows Honda to add a larger propulsion motor. The other of the two motors serves as an electronic CVT. Accords with this drivetrain include Sport and Individual driving modes in addition to Econ and Normal.

If you’re hoping for a return of the punchy turbocharged 2.0-liter, Honda canceled it. So, if that’s the engine you want, get thee to a Honda dealership and find a tenth-gen Accord with a “2.0T” badge on it right away.

Honda says it has improved the Accord’s ride, handling, and overall refinement thanks to increased structural rigidity, a re-tuned suspension, and revised steering. As a result, the 2023 Accord should be more engaging and smooth to drive, according to Honda.

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2023 Honda Accord Safety Features

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To enhance safety, Honda says the new 2023 Accord has an updated Advanced Compatibility Engineering structure that the company expects will improve occupant protection in angled frontal-impact collisions. In addition, the changes should make the car more crash-compatible with larger and heavier vehicles. Honda intends for the new Accord to excel in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests.

In addition, the 2023 Accord boasts next-generation front airbags designed to reduce neck and brain injuries, new front knee airbags, and improved rear side-impact airbags.

The standard Honda Sensing collection of advanced driver assistance systems is better than before, too. It adds new camera and radar units with wider fields of view, improving pedestrian and cyclist detection. It also brings the ability to see painted road lines and curbs and to sense other vehicles and objects. Honda says the enhancements also refine the blind-spot warningadaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping and lane-centering assistance systems.

Honda also adds new Honda Sensing features to the 2023 Accord. They include low-speed braking control when parking the car, a traffic-sign recognition system, and traffic-jam assist, which offers semi-autonomous driving assistance at lower vehicle speeds. Every 2023 Accord also includes a rear-seat reminder system and a rear seat-belt reminder system.

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2023 Honda Accord Google Built-in Infotainment System

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Every new 2023 Accord has a standard 10.2-inch digital instrumentation display. With LX and EX trim, it pairs with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Over-the-air updates keep the software current, and the Accord has two quick-charge USB-C ports.

Other Accords (the ones with the hybrid powertrain) have a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Choose EX-L or Touring trim and the Accord adds two more USB charging ports for rear-seat occupants. The HondaLink suite of connected services also includes new features for 2023, such as a find-my-car function, a stolen-vehicle locator, and a remote vehicle-immobilizer feature.

Google Built-in is exclusive to the 2023 Honda Accord Touring, providing access to Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the Google Play Store. The Google Assistant voice-recognition system performs various tasks, and during a demonstration by a Honda spokesperson, it worked as well as your smartphone’s digital-assistant technology.

The 2023 Accord Touring also has a wireless smartphone charger, a 6-inch head-up display, and a 12-speaker Bose Centerpoint premium sound system designed specifically for use in this car.

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2023 Honda Accord Touring Red Rear Quarter View

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With each year that passes, Americans have fewer choices in a traditional family sedan. However, the stalwart Accord, a traditional retail sales leader in the segment, isn’t going anywhere. For now.

When the 2023 Accord goes on sale in January 2023, it will count the Chevrolet MalibuChrysler 300Dodge ChargerHyundai SonataKia K5Kia StingerNissan AltimaNissan MaximaSubaru LegacyToyota CamryToyota Crown, and Volkswagen Arteon as competitors.

However, more than half of those rivals are slated for cancelation after the 2023 or 2024 model year, virtually guaranteeing that the shrinking pool of sedan buyers will keep choosing the Accord for a long time to come.

Honda is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of November 10, 2022, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.

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