Judge Yourself Accordingly: Honda Debuts 2023 Accord

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
judge yourself accordingly honda debuts 2023 accord

While some brands are running away from the full-size sedan segment as if it were populated with venomous rattlesnakes, others are re-upping their wares on a decently regular basis. The latest? Honda, with its venerable Accord.

Just don’t think it’s going to make as much power as it once did, okay?

That’s because the Big H is breaking trim levels into hybrid and non-hybrid models, with the latter kicking off the range in LX and EX guise. They will continue to utilize the familiar 1.5-liter turbocharged four-banger, good for 192 horsepower and a like amount of torque. The manual transmission was dropped in ’21 and does not make a return for ’23, leaving a CVT as the sole shifting selection.

Other trims (Sport, EX-L, Sport-L, and Touring) will get a hybrid powertrain comprised of a 2.0L four-cylinder gasser and a two-motor hybrid system. No, this doesn’t mean it is all-wheel drive. Combined system output is just 204 horses and torque is 247 lb-ft at a surprisingly high 5,000-8,000 rpm. We’ll wait until driving one to pass final judgment on the suitability of this amount of power but will point out that the departed 2.0L turbocharged mill made 252 ponies and 273 lb-ft of torque at just 1,500 rpm.

Inside, we find a take on the cross-car swath of mesh vents which has taken root as an integral part of Honda design since it showed up on the latest Civic. Ventilation controls seem logically placed and grouped, topped by the typical standing tablet which serves as the interface for infotainment and ancillary controls. Hybrid-powered models (Sport, EX-L, Sport-L, and Touring) get what Honda is describing as their largest-ever touchscreen, checking in at 12.3 inches. Lesser LX and EX trims make do with a 7-inch screen. 

Interestingly, there will be a 1-inch finger rest at the bottom of the big touchscreen, a feature that should make it easier to use by providing a stable surface on which to rest one’s hand. For those of us who generally eschew Sirius XM presets and surf channels manually during a long drive, this is a great idea. All hands get a 10.2-inch digital instrument panel but a power flow meter replaces the tachometer in hybrid-electric powered trims. Oh, joy. Rear seat legroom is a notable 40.8 inches and trunk space is listed at 16.7 cubic feet.

Overall length is up 2.8 inches to 195.7 inches and width stands at 73.3 inches. Those of you with accurate memories will recall that, 30 years ago, the new-for-1994 Accord was nearly a foot shorter when it shrank to 184 inches. All new Accords feature a 0.4-inch wider rear track this year, offered with 17- or 19-inch wheels depending on trim.

Honda marked 40 years of Accord production in Ohio this year, and the new Accord will continue to be built in Marysville. Honda says they have produced more than 12.5 million Accords in Ohio since U.S. production began in 1982.

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  • Jwee More range and faster charging cannot be good news for the heavily indebted and distracted Musk.Tesla China is discounting their cars. Apart from the Model 3, no one is much buying Tesla's here in Europe. Other groups have already passed Tesla in Europe, where it was once dominant.Among manufacturers, 2021 EV sales:VW Group 25%, Stellantis at 14.5%,Tesla at 13.9%Hyundai-Kia at 11.2% Renault Group at 10.3%. Just 2 years ago, Tesla had a commanding 31.1% share of the European EV marketOuch. https://carsalesbase.com/european-sales-2021-ev/@lou_BC, carsalebase.com changed their data, so this is slightly different than last time I posted this, but same idea.
  • Varezhka Given how long the Mitsubishi USA has been in red, that's a hard one. I mean, this company has been losing money in all regions *except* SE Asia and Oceania ever since they lost the commercial division to Daimler.I think the only reason we still have the brand is A) Mitsubishi conglomerate's pride won't allow it B) US still a source of large volume for the company, even if they lose money on each one and C) it cost too much money to pull out and no one wants to take responsibility. If I was the head of Mitsubishi's North American operation and retreat was not an option, I think my best bet would be to reduce overhead by replacing all the cars with rebadged Nissans built in Tennessee and Mexico.As much as I'd like to see the return of Triton, Pajero Sport (Montero Sport to you and me), and Delica I'm sure that's more nostalgia and grass is greener thing than anything else.
  • Varezhka If there's one (small) downside to the dealer not being allowed to sell above MSRP, it's that now we get a lot of people signing up for the car with zero intention of keeping the car they bought. We end up with a lot of "lightly used" examples on sale for a huge mark-up, including those self-purchased by the dealerships themselves. I'm sure this is what we'll end up seeing with GR Corolla in Japan as well.This is also why the Land Cruiser has a 4 year waitlist in Japan (36K USD starting MSRP -> buy and immediately flip for 10, 20K more -> profit) I'm not sure if there's a good solution for this apart from setting the MSRP higher to match what the market allows, though this lottery system is probably as close as we can get.
  • Jeff S @Lou_BC--Unrelated to this article but of interest I found this on You Tube which explains why certain vehicles are not available in the US because of how the CAFE measures fuel standards. I remember you commenting on this a few years ago on another article on TTAC. The 2023 Chevrolet Montana is an adorable small truck that's never coming to the USA. It's not because of the 1.2L engine, or that Americans aren't interested in small trucks, it's that fuel economy legislation effectively prevents small trucks from happening. What about the Maverick? It's not as small as you think. CAFE, or Corporate Average Fuel Economy is the real reason trucks in America are all at least a specific dimension. Here's how it works and why it means no tiny trucks for us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eoMrwrGA8A&ab_channel=AlexonAutos
  • Gabe A new retro-styled Montero as their halo vehicle to compete against the Bronco, Wrangler and 4Runner. Boxy, round headlights like the 1st generation, two door and four door models, body on frame.A compact, urban truck, Mighty Max, to compete against the Maverick. Retro-styled like the early 90s Mighty Max.A new Outlander Sport as more of a wagon/crossover to compete against the Crosstrek and Kona. Needs to have more power (190+ HP) and a legit transmission, no CVT.A new Eclipse hybrid to compete against the upcoming redesigned Prius. Just match the Prius's specs and make it look great.Drop the Eclipse Cross, I am not sure why they wanted to resurrect the Pontiac Aztec. Keep the Mirage and keep it cheap, make the styling better and up the wheel size. The Outlander seems fine.I like the idea of some sort of commercial vehicle, something similar in size to the Promaster City but with AWD.