Honda recalls 1.2M Accords, says battery sensors can catch fire

Honda recalls 1.2M Accords, says battery sensors can catch fire

Derived from the unit in the new Civic Type R, the turbo-four generates 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, replacing the outgoing 278-hp 3.5-liter V-6.

The overall shape is similar to that of the current Honda Civic.

Arguably the biggest news with the 2018 Accord is the move to all four-cylinder power.

Mated to that engine will be a new 10-speed auto transmission, said to be a first for a front-wheel drive vehicle. This Accord is 0.59 inches lower, 0.39 inches wider, rides on a 2.16-inch longer wheelbase than its predecessor. In back, the Accord features LED taillights and dual-exhaust ports. The driver's seat has 12-way adjustment, and the front seats can be heated and cooled. The engine is paired with the first 10-speed automatic in a front-drive auto and is also available with the six-speed manual transmission on the Sport trim. A new touchscreen infotainment will also be in order supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while rumours suggest that Honda might bring back the volume control knob after hearing complaints that customers weren't too happy with the absence of it.

The next generation of HondaLink telematics offers services such as emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen-vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, and geofencing.

"There have been no reported injuries related to these incidents", the company noted in its statement.

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Honda's versatile 1.5 litre turbo-petrol engine, as found in models like the Civic, HR-V and new-gen CR-V will also be available. Additional goodies include wireless phone charging, automatic Bluetooth pairing, 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hotspot, and over-the-air automatic software updates. In the Accord, the engine churns out 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque, the latter available as low as 1,500 rpm.

A 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four replaces the V6. While we mourn the loss of the V-6 option (one that the new Toyota Camry managed to retain in its redesign), we'll be the first to admit it was a frustrating source of torque steer in our Four Seasons Accord Coupe. Like with the 1.5 liter, torque is available at 1,500 rpm and should make the vehicle feel stronger around town.

Honda will also offer the 2018 Accord with its twin-engine hybrid powertrain. The new battery system is said to be integrated under the rear floor instead of in the trunk, improving cargo capacity and center of gravity. The Accord's weight is said to be down 110-176 lbs. The engine has i-VTEC and is mated to either a 10-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. The front suspension uses aluminum control arms and is mounted to an aluminum subframe.

And for safety, Honda is offering its Honda Sensing suite of electronic driver aids.

All '18 Accords will be assembled at Honda's Marysville, OH, plant, with engines and transmissions sourced in the U.S. All models also pack a rear-view camera. And the new Accord Hybrid will be available in five trims: Hybrid, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi, and Touring.

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