2018 Honda Accord Kills the V6, Adds Type R Engine

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain
2018 honda accord kills the v6 adds type r engine

The 10th generation of Honda’s venerable Accord will debut for 2018 without a V6 engine option.

A few months later to the all-new midsize party than the next-generation 2018 Toyota Camry, the new Accord will not follow the Camry’s entrenched path of providing customers with a base four-cylinder and a V6 upgrade.

Instead, Honda will make do with the 1.5-liter turbocharged four already under the hood of the 10th-generation Civic and the fifth-generation Honda CR-V. As an upgrade, Honda will offer the 2.0-liter turbocharged unit from the 2018 Honda Civic Type R. In both cases, Honda has not yet revealed the power output. Honda will continue with an Accord Hybrid, as well.

But the V6 is a goner.

The outgoing Honda Accord’s optional V6 engine was a 278-horsepower 3.5-liter with 252 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy, according to the EPA, measured 21 miles per gallon in the city; 33 highway with the six-speed automatic.

In the all-new Accord that Honda says will debut later this year, the basic 1.5T — a non-VTEC powerplant — will be linked to either the continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual. The 2.0T, on the other hand, will be offered with both a 10-speed automatic or a six-speed manual.

Honda says only about 10 percent of Accord buyers were choosing the V6.

Honda began offering a V6 engine in the Accord for the 1995 model year. That 170-horsepower 2.7-liter unit was superseded by a 200-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 in 1998 and a 240-horsepower 3.0-liter in 2003. Displacement grew to 3.5 liters in 2008. In the CR-V, the current 1.5T produces 190 horsepower. The Civic Type R’s 2.0T is a 306-horsepower powerplant.

Honda says the new Accord will feature “a dramatically lower and wider appearance” after going through a new-from-the-ground-up redesign. Its engines are built in Anna, Ohio; the 10-speed automatic hails from Tallapoosa, Georgia. The Accord’s assembly plant is in Marysville, Ohio.

As for the Accord Coupe, there’s no word yet on timing. At a Civic Type R event in Montreal, Quebec, Honda spokesperson Sage Marie told TTAC’s Mark Stevenson, “Stay tuned.”

On a retail basis, Honda says, the Accord has been America’s best-selling midsize car in each of the last four years. The Camry has claimed overall sales leadership in 15 consecutive years.

With no V6 in the Accord, America’s midsize segment’s six-cylinder engine options will be limited to the Camry, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, and Subaru Legacy.

[Images: American Honda]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.net. Follow on Twitter @timcaincars.

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  • SuperCarEnthusiast SuperCarEnthusiast on Jun 13, 2017

    I like see what the 2018 Honda sedan end looking like. I hoping a Tesla S and A7 combination.

  • Volvo Volvo on Jul 02, 2017

    Late to this comment section but I probably wouldn't buy a gasoline car unless it has a NA engine. For torque and driving range it seems we will be limited to hybrids or euro style diesels (when they are imported into the US in enough makes and models). Lots of comments about the reliability of modern turbos. Glowing reports about the engines making 150K miles. From my point of view I usually keep most of my cars until they break and with proper auto selection, maintenance and some luck I think 300K is not unreasonable to expect. My personal experience with turbochargers is that a factory turbocharger was the only way to turn a 300K Volvo redblock engine into a 150K engine.

  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
  • ToolGuy Presented for discussion: https://xroads.virginia.edu/~Hyper2/thoreau/civil.html
  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?