Next-Gen 2023 Honda Accord Goes Premium With Inspiration From CR-V

Honda's midsize sedan is getting a reboot. The next-generation 2023 Honda Accord arrives with CR-V-inspired design, built-in Google technology and class-leading safety features.

The new, 11th-generation Accord is longer than its predecessor with a broad stance that gives it a more grounded look. Its lines are inspired by new CR-V design language, with a more upright grille than in the past and blacked out LED headlights.

Depending on trim level, the Accord comes with 17- or 19-inch wheels, and black or silver exterior trim. A black rear spoiler, side mirrors and rear diffuser are standard on the Accord Sport and Sport-L.

Accord will come in eight exterior colors, three of which are new offerings: Meteorite Gray Metallic, Urban Gray Pearl and Canyon River Blue Metallic.

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Riding on new architecture, the 2023 Accord is said to deliver a more refined ride with better handling than the last generation model.

Honda will sell the Accord in six trim levels: LX, EX, Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring.

The relationship of trim level to powertrain is similar in Accord as it is in the new Honda CR-V, where half the grades get an internal combustion engine and the other half get a hybrid powertrain, without specific model designation as "CR-V Hybrid". There is no specifically badged "Accord Hybrid" as part of the new generation.

Accord LX and EX will be powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that has been refined to be quieter when operational.

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The 2023 Honda Accord is longer and wider than the outgoing model. American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

A two-motor hybrid propulsion system powers Accord Sport, EX-L, Sport-L, and Touring models. Combined system output is 204 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. Unlike hybrids of the past, the Accord's hybrid powertrain is tuned for sportiness hand-in-hand with fuel economy.

The interior of the new Accord is sophisticated, leaning heavily on the parts bin for the Civic and CR-V. Honda stresses that the materials in the cabin have a premium look and feel, with special attention paid to switchgear.

Notably, a change to the design of the center console allows for large-size cups to occupy the cupholders.

New front seats come in the Accord, offering more support on long drives.

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The 2023 Honda Accord comes standard with a 7-inch screen, a bigger one is optional. American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The real difference between trim levels is apparent in the interior where the mid-grade Accord EX adding a host of desirable features like an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, moonroof, heated front seats and dual-zone climate control to the roster.

Moving up to Accord Sport buyers get unique black cloth upholstery, aluminum pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a leather-wrapped shift knob.

Accord EX-L and Sport-L go further offering standard leather upholstery and a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat.

The top-tier Accord Touring also has ventilated front seats and heated rear seats.

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The 2023 Honda Accord will be in dealerships next year. American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Accord comes standard with a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster and a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen. Buyers of hybrid Accords get a 12.3-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality. Wireless charging is available. Accord Touring also has a head-up display and 12-speaker Bose audio system.

The new Touring variant is the only Accord model to receive Google built-in. The technology allows for the integration of Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play in a fashion similar to how Volvo's new infotainment system does.

The new Accord comes with up to five USB-C ports, three are standard.

Nearly all of Accord's computer modules are able to be updated over the air, like a smartphone, allowing the new Accord to have the latest software updates from Honda installed seamlessly during its lifespan.

Accord delivers class-leading passenger volume and rear seat legroom. It also has more cargo space than any of the midsize sedans sold in North America, and comes standard with fold-down rear seats.

Every Accord gets the new benefits of the latest Honda Sensing suite of driver assist and safety technologies, as well as new airbags offering more coverage than in previous Accords. Low-Speed Braking Control, traffic sign recognition and traffic jam assist technology are also available.

The 2023 Honda Accord goes on sale soon. Pricing will be announced closer to the model's on-sale date.