The new Accord includes Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, a safety feature that...

The new Accord includes Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, a safety feature that has been enhanced for better compatibility with larger vehicles, as well as improved occupant protection in angled frontal collisions.

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The all-new, 11th-generation 2023 Honda Accord will be available in six trim levels, starting with the turbocharged LX and EX and topped by the hybrid-powered Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring.

Intuitive technology has been integrated into the Accord, according to the announcement, including a standard 10.2-in. digital instrument panel with display functions depending on powertrain. A digital power flow meter replaces the tachometer in the hybrid-electric-powered Sport, EX-L, Sport-L, and Touring. The multi-information display features user-selectable functions such as Honda Sensing settings and vehicle information.

Accord hybrid models come standard with Honda’s largest-ever touchscreen, a 12.3-in. unit with a physical volume knob, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a simplified navigation structure with fewer menus. A 1-in. finger rest at the bottom of the touchscreen makes it easier to use by providing a stable surface to rest the driver’s hand, and Qi-compatible 15W wireless smartphone charging is available (Touring).

The Touring features Honda’s first integration of Google built-in, including Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play capability with the latest apps and services.

Accord hybrid models feature an all-new, fourth-generation two-motor hybrid-electric system with a pair of electric motors that are now mounted side-by-side and an all-new 2.0L Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine that adds direct fuel injection. This new configuration allows for the use of a larger propulsion motor with increased torque output. Traction-motor peak torque is 247 lb.-ft. of torque (up 15 lb.-ft.).

The LX and EX models feature a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with VTEC variable valve lift technology that has been updated with improved emissions performance. Enhancements include an upgraded direct-injection system and new cold-active catalyst, plus a high-rigidity crankshaft and oil pan to reduce engine noise.

Advanced active and passive safety technology comes standard and includes the latest version of Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure that has been enhanced for better compatibility with larger vehicles. It also includes improved occupant protection in angled frontal collisions. Targeting today’s Top Safety Pick+ and NHTSA 5-star ratings, Accord is designed to meet the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) Side Impact Crashworthiness Evaluation 2.0 as well as anticipated future standards.

Introduced on the 2022 Civic, new driver and passenger front airbags were designed to minimize the potential for severe brain trauma associated with angled frontal collisions. The new front driver’s airbag uses a tuck sewing structure to increase the rigidity of both sides of the airbag. The passenger-side front airbag uses a three-chamber design with the two outer chambers designed to cradle the head and minimize rotation. For the first time, Accord features standard knee and rear-passenger side impact airbags.

Accord also features an updated Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistive technologies 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 helps to enhance collision prevention via improved ability to recognize attributes of objects, such as 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 Accord at intersections.

Blind spot information has been expanded, now with 82 feet of radar range. Also new is traffic jam assist, which is a first for Accord. Adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, and lane keeping assist, have been updated to feature more natural responses. Traffic sign recognition is also standard, and low-speed braking control is available on Touring.

Expanded available standard security features now include a stolen vehicle locator, remote immobilizer, and a find-my-vehicle function.