One of the most underrated enthusiast cars on the market was the V6-powered Honda Accord. Seriously. It's a quiet, comfortable car that's genuinely quick too, making it a perfect daily driver. You can even get a six-speed manual transmission in the V6 Accord Coupe. Sadly, if not unsurprisingly, the V6 Accord's days are almost over.
that for 2018, Honda will offer an all-new Accord with two turbocharged inline-fours, a 1.5-liter and a 2.0-liter. The smaller of the two is the same, excellent unit found in the Civic and CR-V and replaces the outgoing Accord's naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder. In the new Civic Si, this engine produces 206 hp, but it's unclear how much it'll make in the Accord. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder is similar to the engine used in the new Civic Type R, which produces 306 hp.
Both engines can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission, and as for automatics, the 1.5-liter is mated with a CVT, while the 2.0-liter gets a 10-speed unit. Honda also said today that it plans on updating the Accord Hybrid, but it didn't announce specs.
The 2018 Accord will ride on the new platform that underpins the Civic and CR-V, and will adopt some of the Civic's fastback sedan styling. We should learn more about the car in the coming weeks.
If you're especially fond of the Accord's outgoing naturally aspirated engines, you can still get them in the new Acura TLX, though without a manual transmission. The Acura costs more than the Accord, but it adds lots of nice luxuries and optional torque-vectoring all-wheel drive.
While it's a shame to see the underrated V6 Accord go, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder sounds promising, we're already fans of Honda's new 1.5-liter. And at least Honda hasn't given up on the manual transmission. That'll be a sad day, if it ever comes.