Honda Announces Pricing For Accord 2.0T
Let's say you've already decided to go with the 2.0T for the latest 10th generation Honda Accord. That's a good choice. Car magazines like Car & Driver and Motor Trend are already tallying the scores in mid-sized family sedans and the 2018 Accord is a shoe-in for first place. Honda's decision to ditch the old 3.5-liter V-6 for a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four allows them to increase the amount of trims it's available while decreasing emissions at a small cost of power output. We know if you're going for a fancy new Accord the 192-horsepower 1.5T won't be enough to cater to the premium experience you expect. You deserve something a little better.
If you're set on the larger engine, you'll have to pick from three of the five trims. The super-basic LX and third tier EX can only be optioned with a 1.5. That leaves the Accord Sport, EX-L, and Touring available. For Accord Sports with either 6-speed manual or 10-speed automatic the starting MSRP is $30,310 USD. Accord EX-L 2.0T models will set you back $31,970, and the top-end Accord Touring starts at $35,800. Accord EX-L and Touring trims only have a 10-speed auto available. None of the prices include an $890 destination charge.
Upgrading from the Accord Sport 1.5T to the 2.0T can be a tough pill to swallow. It's a $4,530 premium, though the whole point of the Sport is to deliver a more sporty experience at a 2nd-tier price point. EX-L and Touring engine upgrades only require a $2,000 premium.
Besides the additional initial cost, the 2.0T delivers "okay" mileage. EPA ratings say the Accord 2.0T Sport (Manual or automatic) achieves 22 city, 32 highway, and 26 mpg combined. A 5 mpg deficit versus an Accord Sport equipped with 1.5-liter engine and a CVT transmission. If the Accord is in EX-L trim with a 1.5, the combined mpg maxes out at 33. If you're looking for killer mileage, you should stick with the smaller unit. Both engines use regular 87 octane gasoline.
What you're getting with the 2.0T is 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is not as powerful as the 278 horsepower 3.5 V-6, but it delivers peak torque at only 1500 rpm. Honda's goal with the new units is to deliver a more reliable engine with lower emissions, lower weight, and more power in a usable rev band.
Looking at the more geeky details, you can see Honda puts a tremendous amount of effort into these engines. It features a die-cast aluminum block, direct injection, die-cast aluminum alloy cylinder heads, and an integrated exhaust manifold cast directly to the head for weight and space saving. Sodium-filled chambers around the exhaust valve take advantage of the cooling jackets from the exhaust head allowing the engine to run on a more lean mixture. Honda says conventional turbo engines use a rich air/fuel mixture as the fuel helps cool the valves.
A single mono-scroll IHI turbo is shared between the 1.5T and 2.0T. Its small diameter, low inertia, and electrically actuated wastegate helps build its 20.8 psi of boost. The bore, stroke, and 9.8:1 compression are the same between the Accord 2.0T and Civic Type-R but the hot hatch uses a larger MHI TD04 turbo instead. Obsessive weight savings in the engine bay lead Honda to hollow out the crankshaft, use smaller 12mm M12 sparkplugs, and resin composite intercooler inlet pipes. Exciting.
Sales begin November 18, 2017.