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Honda recalls 1.2M Accords, says battery sensors can catch fire

Honda recalls 1.2M Accords, says battery sensors can catch fire

On Friday, Honda took the wraps off a new generation of the Accord, the nameplate's 10th.

One of the highest-selling family sedans of all time (if you just count sales directly to consumers), none can match the widespread appeal of the Honda Accord. Equities research analysts forecast that Honda Motor Company will post $2.76 EPS for the current year. Rear seats have been pushed back for an extra 2.5 inches of legroom. Vehicle dynamics nerds will appreciate the 10-millimeter lower center of gravity and shorter front and rear overhangs, pushing the wheels to the corner of the auto. The large grille has a chrome bar running across the center and on certain trims is flanked by LED headlights and fog lights. In the back are LED taillights and duel exhaust ports. The recall covers more than 1.5 million cars worldwide. The overall passenger volume of 105.7 cubic feet is an increase of 2.5 cubic feet, and there is more trunk space.

Like the Civic and CR-V, the Accord's cabin is much improved over the outgoing model. The new, more streamlined design is, according to Honda, approximately 3 percent more aerodynamically efficient. The new seats feature improved shoulder bolsters and more heavily padded armrests. The driver's seat has 12-way adjustment, and the front seats can be heated and cooled. The Accord 4-door's length also is lessened a bit. All will be Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.

As with the Odyssey, the touchscreen's "app" tiles are customizable in their positioning.

The next generation of HondaLink telematics offers services such as emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen-vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, and geofencing. Helping improve efficiency, this is supposedly the most aerodynamic Accord Honda has ever built.

There is wireless device charging, automatic Bluetooth phone pairing, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates, as well as a number of audio system options and USB charging ports. That is why a lot of people will avoid getting the first model.




Additionally, the maker is preparing to introduce the 2018 model of the Accord next week. The third is the latest version of Honda's two-mode hybrid system.

Mated to that engine will be a new 10-speed auto transmission, said to be a first for a front-wheel drive vehicle.

Further cutting consumption is a pair of downsized, turbocharged engines.

Honda's 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four replaces the 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four as the base engine. Accurately predicted by Ireson's well-tuned butt senses, the new 2.0-liter makes 252 hp and a healthy 273 lb-ft of torque (at 6,500 rpm and from 1,500-4,000 rpm, respectively). The '17 Accord Hybrid, which returned to Honda's lineup after a yearlong hiatus, makes 48 mpg (4.9 L/100 km) combined, short of the 50-mpg (4.7 L/100 km) Prius.

The 1.5T is paired to a CVT or a 6-speed manual, the latter available in the Accord's Sport grade. The 2.0-liter model has four trims available: Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi, and Touring. This is no penalty. The engine has i-VTEC and is mated to either a 10-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. Production returns to OH after moving to Japan for the past few years. The drive motors are the first to use magnets containing no rare-earth metals. The Accord's weight is said to be down 110-176 lbs. The same changes means body rigidity is up.


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