If you’re tired of the stiff and harsh ride of your two-million-peso pickup-based SUV and want to experience—or return to—the true luxury and comfort of a midsize executive sedan, then Honda’s got the car for you. It’s the all-new 10th-generation Accord and it magnificently puts Honda again in the sights of those who want to enjoy a true limo-like riding (or even driving) experience—while still avoiding the fuel consumption of a big inline-four or V6 petrol engine. The new Accord is powered by a 1.5-liter Earth Dreams Technology VTEC turbo-four engine borrowed from the Civic but tweaked to generate higher power and torque outputs (190ps/243Nm)—making the new model even more powerful than its 2.4-liter predecessor.

The 1.5-liter turbo VTEC engine makes 190ps and 243Nm — more power and torque than its 2.4-liter-equipped predecessor

Having made its world debut in 1976, the Accord is Honda’s second-longest running nameplate in its global lineup. It is also one of Honda’s bestselling models with close to 23 million units sold. 

Built on a new platform, the latest Accord sports a sleek, coupe-like profile reminiscent of the current Civic, but rendered in larger proportions. It has a wider and lower stance, a lower roofline, and a dramatically longer and lower hood. 

Up front, Honda’s signature chrome wing grille and streamlined wing-shaped full-LED headlights with auto leveling highlight the bold and upright front fascia. Combined with the chiseled hood and LED foglights, the new Accord presents a distinctive and compelling presence on the road.   

Full-LED headlights

Viewed from the side, the new Accord’s lower roofline and sharp upswept bodylines create a stylish yet dynamic appeal with its strong wheel arches and concave door panels further emphasizing its very sharp and distinctive character line. Completing the sleek and dynamic profile of the Accord are aggressive, cleverly designed and engineered 18-inch noise-reducing alloy wheels.

At the rear, the brightly trimmed rear fascia is as athletic and energetically designed as the front end, with a slightly longer overhang. The C-shape of the LED taillights complements the design of the front LED DRLs, contributing to the Accord’s distinctive visage.

The new Accord’s fastback rear backlight with the distinctive C-shaped LED taillamps

To further streamline the Accord, Honda adopted a laser brazing welding process for joining the roof and the side panels, creating a cleaner exterior appearance with no need for a garnish over the rain channels.

Inside, the new Accord boasts a more spacious, more premium, and tech-savvy interior. With Honda’s typical meticulous attention to the tactile and visual quality of materials used to elevate the overall premium feeling of the cabin, the new Accord is fitted with premium, high quality, and soft touch materials throughout the cabin with tasteful application of leather, wood and metal accents throughout.

The new Accord’s wider body and longer wheelbase also contribute to its improved cabin space. This is particularly noticeable in the rear cabin where an additional 48mm of legroom now provides heightened comfort and luxury for the rear passengers. The Accord now also gets an improved cargo capacity as it now boasts a 573-liter trunk space, 123 liters more than its predecessor.

The latest Accord implements an array of advanced technologies normally found in vehicles from a class higher. These features not only elevate the Accord in terms technological offerings, but also take driver and passenger convenience to a higher level.

For the main instrumentation, the Accord comes with a 7-inch TFT display (left side) that can present a wide range of information and a speedometer on the right side of the instrument package. The Accord now also sports a new 8-inch Display Audio system, which is one of the most advanced systems offered by Honda to date. The 8-inch touchscreen lets you control the vehicle’s audio system, display settings, Honda SENSING functions and other advanced features through swipe, tap and pinch gestures. The intuitive and easy-to-use system has a simplified menu structure and customizable shortcuts for commonly used features and applications. This system also comes with Navigation and supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The new Accord’s expansive and highly ergonomic dashboard

Other advanced convenience features such as Smart Key with Push Button Start and Remote Engine Start, Walk Away Auto Lock and Speed-sensing Door Lock, Electric Parking Brake with Auto Brake Hold, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror are standard.

As if all these state-of-the-art convenience and safety features and technologies aren’t enough, Honda saw fit to include the cutting-edge Honda SENSING technology. Honda SENSING aids the driver to prevent or effectively respond to dangerous driving situations. It’s a suite of advanced driver-assist safety features such as Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), and Auto High Beam. 

Honda SENSING receives information from two different devices; one is a millimeter-wave radar mounted on the front bumper and the other is a monocular camera mounted on the upper, inner part of the windshield. Both devices work simultaneously to monitor various conditions in front of the vehicle and give feedback to the driver by providing corrective actions to aid in preventing the collision.

Together with Honda SENSING, safety features such as six airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Emergency Stop Signal, front and rear parking sensors, Multiview Reverse Camera with Guidelines, LaneWatch Camera, and Straight Driving Assistcome as standard.

Honda SENSING uses a bumper-mounted millimeter-wave radar and a windshield-mounted monocular camera to “sense” cars and other objects in front of the car

Power from the turbo engine is transmitted through a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) developed based on Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology. Sport Mode is now available which enhances the Accord’s throttle and steering response. This, together with the CVT’s paddle shifters, give the driver a greater control over the vehicle’s transmission operation and power delivery. At the same time, Honda’s Eco Assist System, which consists of the ECON mode and Eco-Coaching Ambient Light, is still available to help encourage drivers achieve fuel-efficient driving.The new Accord has an SRP of P2,288,000 and will be available in three colors: Platinum White Pearl, Crystal Black, and Modern Steel Metallic

(L-R): HCPI executives Tomoyuki Nakano, Senior AVP; Noel Barachina, Dealer Business Division Head; Noriyuki Takakura, President and General Manager; Atty. Louie Soriano, Sales Division Head and Spokesperson; Koki Hattori, AVP

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