2023 Honda Accord Spied with Smooth Next-Generation Design

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Photo credit: Brian Williams - Car and Driver
Photo credit: Brian Williams - Car and Driver
  • This is the next-generation Honda Accord, which will arrive early next year as a 2023 model.

  • Honda intends for the hybrid to become a more significant part of the lineup and aims for it to make up 50 percent of sales.

  • We think the turbo 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter gas engines will carry over.

UPDATE 7/26/22: Honda has confirmed to C/D that the redesigned Accord will be a 2023 model-year vehicle and that the new generation will launch early next year. We expect the hybrid to go on sale a few months later than the standard model, like with the new 2023 CR-V. This story has been updated accordingly.

The Accord may no longer be Honda's bread and butter—that would be the CR-V crossover nowadays—but the perennially 10Best-winning sedan is set to enter a new generation soon. These spy photos show its new design, which appears to be clean, simple, and not radically different from the current 10th-generation model that's been around since the 2018 model year.

Up front, narrow headlights flank what looks to be a relatively unassuming grille. There's minimal surfacing along the sides, and the taillights appear to stretch the width of the rear end and wrap around onto the fenders.

Photo credit: Brian Williams - Car and Driver
Photo credit: Brian Williams - Car and Driver

Honda has confirmed that it intends to make the next-generation Accord hybrid a larger part of the sales mix, as the company is aiming for hybrid versions to make up at least 50 percent of sales for the CR-V, Accord, and Civic models. Honda also says that the hybrids will be the "top and best performing models in the lineup." We hope this means that the current 212-hp Accord hybrid will gain power, and not that Honda plans on dropping the more powerful 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine option from the Accord. The turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four is likely to remain the base engine, although it may have some revisions.

Given that Honda dropped the six-speed manual transmission from the Accord a few years ago, we unfortunately think it's unlikely that this transmission will return for the new generation. A continuously variable automatic transmission will be standard equipment. Many of the Accord's rivals, including the Kia K5, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry, have added an all-wheel-drive option in recent years, but we're doubtful that Honda will go down this road.

Photo credit: Brian Williams - Car and Driver
Photo credit: Brian Williams - Car and Driver

Expect the 2023 Accord's interior to adopt a similar design as the latest Civic and upcoming CR-V, both of which have a distinctive honeycomb texture for the air vents and a tablet-style touchscreen sitting atop the center of the dash.

2022 will be the final model year for the current Accord, and Honda says that the 2023 Accord will arrive early next year. Honda has already said that the new Accord hybrid will follow the debut of the 2023 CR-V that's scheduled for July 12, but hasn't given exact timing for the arrival of the new sedan.

This article was originally published June 23, 2022.

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