Week 1: We replace our long-term Toyota Camry with its chief nemesis, the 2018 Honda Accord 2.0T Sport. We’re mean like that…
There couldn’t be a more fitting replacement to our long-term Camry; the void has been filled by none other than its arch-nemesis, the 2018 Honda Accord. As rivalries go, these two have been at each other’s throats for decades and for the latest generation both Toyota and Honda have completely revamped their family champs. And having driven the new Camry for nearly two months, I’m armed with plenty of context as I step into the new Accord.
On first acquaintance there are several high points to the 2018 Honda Accord. I think it looks great with its NSX-style LED headlamps and the drooping roofline, especially in the striking blue of our long-term tester. The interior is nicely kitted out and the ride quality is pretty darn good.
Our test car is the 2.0T Sport version, which, as the astute amongst you may have already gathered, means it has a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot. This is a first for the Accord and, while on paper it is down on power compared to our 3.5-litre Camry Grande long-termer at 247 horsepower, the engine is delightfully peppy. Mated with a 10-speed automatic, another first for an Accord, channeling 370Nm of torque to the front wheels, it is a respectably rapid car.
In typical Honda tradition, there is plenty of safety equipment in here, including the Honda Sensing package which brings a suite of electronic aids to the party. From Adaptive Cruise Control to Collision Mitigation Braking System to Traffic Sign Recognition and more; it’s a remarkably well equipped vehicle. But then, our top-spec tester weighs in at a whopping AED142,000, nearly 20 grand more than the Camry Grande.
So, is the 2018 Honda Accord worth the extra outlay? We will find out in the next six weeks.
2018 Honda Accord 2.0T Sport— Long-term review
Average fuel economy: NA
Lows: Expensive in top-end Sport guise
Highs: Looks great, plenty of active safety features
Costs this week: None