2023 Honda Accord: Everything We Know About the Next-Generation Midsize Sedan. The class-leading four-door is getting a redesign this year. Here’s what to expect.
Honda is having itself a busy year. Fresh off the launch of the new Civic sedan and hatchback, it is about to introduce a new HR-V small SUV, a new CR-V crossover, and this—a new-generation Accord midsize sedan. Just as the CR-V is a juggernaut among compact SUVs, duking it out with the likes of Toyota’s RAV4 for sales, the Honda Accord is a mainstay in the shrinking yet still popular midsize sedan space. Even the relatively old 2022 model, which was introduced back in 2017 and is about to be replaced by this new 2023 Honda Accord, remains at the top of its class in our Ultimate Car Rankings. It is an achingly competent and satisfying car to own, delivering confident handling, a refined ride, punchy powertrains, and sleek looks inside and out.
What’s New, New Accord?
So, what does changes are in store for the 2023 Accord? If we use the smaller Civic as a template, we can expect Honda to subtly hone everything that’s made the outgoing Accord so great. Literally, just as the newest Civic is based on the previous model, the new Accord will be spun off the current one. That doesn’t preclude Honda from heavily restyling the Accord, however—again, look no further than the 2022 Civic, which looks nothing like its predecessor despite using the same platform. But we also think given that Honda refashioned the Civic in the Accord’s image, that it likes that image and won’t change it too much for 2023. To give you an idea of what the next Accord might look like, we’ve provided the illustrations here.
Unlike the Civic, which matured from a wild vented, slatted, and creased visage to a cleaner, simpler design that looks vastly more upscale, the Accord already wears a clean, simple design that looks subtly upscale. That means the new model will probably adopt a few details from the Civic, namely its more horizontal shoulder line, squared-off front end, and thinner headlights. The outgoing Accord’s various curves, arcs, and C-shaped taillights—all holdovers from previous-gen Honda design—will be straightened out, removed entirely, or, in the case of the taillights, slimmed down and simplified.
Though we haven’t settled the 2023 Accord’s interior, again, look for more Civic inspiration. The Civic’s classy full-width dashboard air controller motif, with a mesh arrangement blending the actual air vents into a glamorous strip stretching from door-to-door, this function is almost guaranteed. Ditto the Civic’s are the best option for switchgear, steering wheel hub, door handles, and more. Next topic, where the old Accord’s dashboard and panels styling features arcs and swoops, the upcoming one will be predominantly rectilinear.
A flat touchscreen will again posted above the dashboard, but the present Accord’s standard split-gauge cluster (half digital, half analog) to give way to a fully digital cluster. The roominess of present model will carry over to the new one, with perhaps a smooth touch more trunk space carved out of the squarer tail.
Same Platform and Engines feature
Today’s Accord is comparatively lightweight and has a well-sported suspension that delivers sharp handling, satisfying control panels, and it will give you a good ride. Let’s talk about minor tweaks here, though the Accord’s curb weight likely will increase simply, as we expect Honda will add sound deadening and more features in a bid to quiet the past disgrace and road noise while upping the luxe factor.
Now look for the Accord’s trio of powertrains to live on for 2023, albeit with small reworking’s for improved fuel capacity, economy and power delivery. That means entry-level Accords will bargain for their turbocharged 1.5-liter I-4 engines and continuously variable automatic transmissions, while up-level versions will offer a stronger turbo 2.0-liter I-4 and a 10-speed consecutive automatic. Finally, the Accord Hybrid 2023 and its 2.0-liter I-4 and electric motor combo will come back again, generally they working with changes geared toward improving its fuel economy further. Front-wheel drive will likely be the only option for the Accord; they found many competitors. The Toyota offering optional all-wheel drive in recent years.