Week 4: Our long-term 2018 Honda Accord 2.0T Sport is quite possibly the best version of the quintessential family saloon yet
It’s nearly the end of our 2018 Honda Accord long-term test and a few things that truly stand out are the car’s fuel efficiency, its unmistakable good looks, and indeed its dynamics. It’s no Ferrari, don’t get me wrong, but boy it drives well and looks good, especially in unconventional hues such as our tester’s striking blue finish.
It’s a riot in Sport mode, and, I never thought I’d say this about the Accord, it’s actually a whole lot of fun to pedal at full pelt than you would ever imagine. If you like your family saloon sans beige, then this is the car for you. The active safety features, although a touch hyperactive as I pointed out in the last report, are also quite handy.
Fuel economy is another high point. Despite my often enthusiastic driving, I’m registering an astonishing 7.8 litres per 100km these days. So, in essence it could be one of the best family saloons in its class. Or at least, the most interesting.
And now to this week’s lows. Well, actually, this is through no fault of the car; I have managed to scrape the front driver’s side of the bumper quite badly on a kerb. Thankfully though, it is still fully attached to the rest of the front, so that’s a good thing.
I’m not a fan of the sat-nav either. It’s has really bizarre ideas of how I should reach my destination. Sometimes, it implores me to forge a path through buildings, across the highway’s central reservation and more. This was exactly the case with the Honda Odyssey that we tested about a year ago. You’re better off using Google Maps on this one.
All in all though, the 2018 Honda Accord is still firmly my preferred saloon in its class for its all-round abilities. The 2018 Mazda 6 does have a more responsive engine, I will concede, but the Accord’s turbocharged unit feels a lot gutsier. It’s a very well thought through family car.
Next week, we bid it goodbye to the Honda and welcome a new long-term recruit from Nissan. Any guesses?
2018 Honda Accord 2.0T Sport — Long-term review
Average fuel economy: 7.8 litres per 100km
Lows: Loony sat-nav
Highs: Fantastic to drive and very fuel efficient; a rare combination
Costs this week: Fuel