Week 3: Our long-term 2018 Honda Accord 2.0T Sport has a suite of active safety features, some way too active, perhaps
Three weeks in and our 2018 Honda Accord long-termer hasn’t been at the receiving end of any major complaints. I think it looks really rather good, in fact, it could well be the best looking car in its class – it edges its eternal rival, the 2018 Toyota Camry in styling stakes, and pretty much embarrasses the new Nissan Altima with its fussy Vmotion design language malarkey (Fun fact: Vmotion is an anagram for Vomit On – just thought I’d put it out there).
Back to the Accord. So, far things are looking good. The ride’s great, it drives really well in Sport mode and the cabin is modern and well equipped with a host of safety features.
That said, the latter is actually a cause of constant annoyance in daily driving situations. Honda’s active safety features, though welcome, are a touch too jittery. If the front radar believes that you’re on course to have an accident – when you know you clearly are not because you’re driving at 20km/h in stop-and-go traffic, and cars tend to get a bit close in that sort of situation – it beeps like world is about to implode. It’s way too enthusiastic.
It’s the same story with the lane assist feature, which is constantly trying to find problems where there are none. While admittedly it’s better to be safe than sorry, all this excessive nannying takes some getting used to.
Overall, though, there isn’t much to whinge about. But that can change next week, stay tuned…
2018 Honda Accord 2.0T Sport— Long-term review
Average fuel economy: 10 litres per 100Km
Lows: Over-enthusiastic active safety feature
Highs: Great overall family saloon, looks way better than its rivals
Costs this week: Fuel