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2018 Honda Accord: A Grown-Up Civic Type R?

Most people in the U.S. know the Honda Accord as one of the country's best selling vehicles and a dependable choice to haul your family around — but the car has always been a little more than that. When optioned correctly, the Accord is a car that's always had some solid enthusiast cred. With the debut of the new 10th-generation car for the 2018 model year, Honda has taken that even further.

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Set to go on sale this fall, the all-new 2018 Accord marks a big departure from its predecessor, with a wider, lower stance and fastback profile. There are also major changes to the car's powertrain options.

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Gone are the naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder and 3.5-liter V6 from the current car. In their place? An all-turbocharged engine lineup. Base models will use a 192-horsepower variant of Honda's 1.5-liter turbo four mated to either a CVT or a six-speed manual transmission. And replacing the old V6 is a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, available with a six-speed stick or 10-speed automatic. As before, a hybrid variant will also be available.

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The 252-horsepower 2.0 turbo will be the enthusiast choice. Seeing as it's a de-tuned version of the engine in the Civic Type R, it should have no shortage of performance potential. And with the choice of a manual transmission, the result should be a pretty fun family car.

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Aside from the changes to the styling and powertrains, the interior is also completely redesigned with more space and more tech features — stuff that's on par for the course with any new car release these days. Additionally, Honda says the new Accord will be up 176 pounds lighter than the current car.

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While the lovely K24 and V6 options will be missed, the 10th-generation Accord seems like it will continue the car's tradition of mixing the fun and the practical, and for some it could prove to be a Civic Type R in a family car wrapper.

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