It's official. The 10th-gen just got revealed, and it looks fresh and ready to rock its Civic-derived dramatic sheet metal. The Accord has always been a great-selling car, but now it faces an uphill battle against the new Toyota Camry and the growing popularity of the crossover segment, as evidenced by the number one selling passenger vehicle, the Nissan Rogue. But Honda did a lot of thinking in light of these facts, and the changes to the new 2018 Accord are myriad.

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First of all, the exterior of the new Accord looks nothing like the last model. It adopts much of the new Civic's edgy exterior design language, but the result seems more mature and better executed. Though it still looks like an Accord thanks to the wide chrome bar in front, flanked by the slim "jewel-eye" style headlights that began with Acura. 

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The Accord looks fuller from virtually all angles, and we see it as an improvement. We're not quite sure about the chrome detail at the C-pillar. It's an odd addition that reflects carmaker's attempts at creating an original signature detail, much like the new Infinitis--both manufacturers are clearly trying to do a version of BMW's famous "Hofmeister kink."

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The interior gets almost as many improvements as the exterior. The cabin gets an improved soft-touch instrument panel, a big 8-inch center display screen with physical buttons for audio (finally), a sport steering wheel with paddle shifters and a 7-inch driver display. The interior styling looks less convoluted and more sophisticated than before, a welcomed change for a car that suffered some demerits from the last car's rather odd interior and painful-to-use audio touch controls. 

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 The car is wider, lower and shorter but with a longer wheelbase, giving it more internal passenger space. The new Accord's seats get more hip, shoulder and head room, and the longer wheelbase provides almost two inches of extra rear leg room, great news for an already spacious car. 

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Under the hood, the big news is that the V6 has been dropped. The new car gets three engine options, including a 1.5-liter turbo four with 192 hp, a 2.0-liter turbo four with 252 hp, and a 2.0-liter hybrid. The coupe has also been killed due to lack of sales, so the only version of the Accord you can buy is the sedan. Look for us to review the new car sometime later this year, as it comes on the heels of the brand new Toyota Camry. How these two will fare against the onslaught of crossovers remains to be seen.

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