Filling the gap left by the Camry, this is the all-new 2023 Honda Accord; most powerful, techiest ever
Sanjay · Nov 10, 2022 11:17 PM
More powerful 2.0L hybrid system, 204 PS / 335 Nm
Biggest touchscreen ever in a Honda, Google integration
Longer legroom, bigger boot space, better Sensing
This is it, the all-new 2023Honda Accord that's just debuted in the United States of America. Lots can be said about it, but one thing is glaringly clear – the Accord has traded market places with the Toyota Camry.
Where the Camry is now, as Toyota describes, a controversial 'beautiful monster', the 2023 Honda Accord is a bland but safe choice, the common denominator that will appeal to the widest group of buyers in middle-class America - the Accord's most important market. Along that lines, Honda's created the most powerful, techiest Accord ever.
Powertrain: No more 2.0T, more powerful hybrid
Integral to that is its hybrid powertrain. Fittingly so, as the Accord hybrid models are positioned at the top of the 11th generation Accord lineup, representing about 50 percent of sales in the States. The pure-ICE turbo powerplants haven't been ignored too as these have been further refined.
The engines feature updated direct fuel injection, upgraded crankshaft and oil pan, plus a new cold-active catalyst to reduce engine noise and bump up smoothness.
Dimensions: Longer, better legroom
Power aside, there's more familiar numbers in the dimensions. The 11th-gen Accord retains the same wheelbase, height, and width figures, if only growing a little longer. Not sure how this'll fare for turning radius, but here's how they stack-up, US-spec to US-spec:
2023 Honda Accord dimensions
4,971 mm (+89 mm)
The extended body results in a spacier cabin, netting a 103.6 cm rear legroom (an average three-year-old can lie between your legs and the front seat), while boot space is a great 473 litres.
Interior tech: Honda's largest touchscreen, OTA updates
Beyond the smooth looks – perhaps divisive? – the inside comes with its own load of tech also. Standard on the Accord is a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, with top trims getting a 12.3-inch infotainment (Honda's largest touchscreen ever) with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The range's top banana, the Touring, nets Google integration which brings Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play capability. Sort of like Volvo and their Android Automotive system, this integration allows for Over the Air (OTA) software updates to nearly all vehicle computer modules. Bose has thrown in their 12-speaker setup in here too.
For lower-rung models there's a 7-inch headunit with wired connections. Differences aside, the rangewide similarities between variants is a minimalist cabin, Piano Black trims, and new Body Stabilising Seats that are touted to reduce fatigue on long drives.
Safety: Better Sensing, new airbags
Standard class-leading safety features include a new Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technology, next-gen front airbags, as well as new front knee airbags and rear side-impact airbags.
For the first time too, the Accord features standard knee and rear-passenger side impact airbags.
The Accord's Sensing ADAS suite is enabled by a new camera with a wider 90-degree field of view and wide-angle radar with a 120-degree field of view.
This wide angle improves collision prevention performance by boosting its ability to recognise attributes of objects, such as a vehicles or pedestrians, as well as white lines, road boundaries like curbs, other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles, and road signs. The wide angle also enables expanded control range for the Accord at intersections.
Blind spot information (BSI) has been expanded, now with 82 feet of radar range. Also new is Traffic Jam Assist (TJA), which is a first for Accord. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) have been updated to feature more natural responses.
Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) is also standard, and Low-Speed Braking Control is available on the top-spec Touring variant.
Conclusion: So much to look forward to
There you have it; a round up of the all-new 2023 Honda Accord. For now everything is centred on the US-spec model, and so far there hasn't been indicative pricing or when exactly it'll go on sale, so it's tough to predict its Malaysian entry.
Nonetheless you'll know more about it as soon as we have something to share. For now though, the 10th-gen Honda Accord is still available in Malaysia, and your pick of the lot are as below:
With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.