No V-6 op­tion on new Ac­cord

Honda says mid­size car will be of­fered with only 4-cylin­der or hy­brid en­gines.

Los Angeles Times - - HIGHWAY 1 - Associated Press

Honda said Friday that its Ac­cord mid­size car will be of­fered with only four-cylin­der or gas-elec­tric hy­brid en­gines when an all-new ver­sion comes out this year.

The au­tomaker said the smaller en­gines are suf­fi­cient for what its cus­tomers want. Only 14% of buy­ers in 2016 bought V-6 Ac­cords.

Honda’s move away from the V-6 is part of a trend to­ward re­plac­ing larger en­gines with tur­bocharged smaller ones that can nearly match V-6 power. Chevro­let, Hyundai and oth­ers al­ready have elim­i­nated V-6 op­tions in their mid­size cars.

Honda re­leased some de­tails of the 2018 Ac­cord on Friday. The car will come stan­dard with a 1.5-liter tur­bocharged four-cylin­der en­gine or a more pow­er­ful 2liter tur­bocharged four-cylin­der. A hy­brid pow­er­train is op­tional. The smaller en­gine will get a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion, while the larger one will get a new 10speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. Manual trans­mis­sions also are avail­able.

The 1.5-liter turbo en­gine al­ready is in the smaller Honda Civic, where it pro­duces 174 horse­power and gets 36 miles per gal­lon in com­bined city and high­way driv­ing.

Honda said the new de­sign has a more ag­gres­sive stance than pre­vi­ous Ac­cords. Horse­power, price, fuel econ­omy and other de­tails will be an­nounced closer to when the car hits show­rooms in late summer or early fall.

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