Honda has revealed the redesigned 2023 Honda Accord mid-size sedan, which will continue to serve as a rival to the Chevy Malibu.
This all-new, 11th-generation Accord is longer and sleeker than the prior generation, with larger proportions and a wider stance. These exterior updates and changes reflect Honda’s new design direction with a low horizontal beltline and broader front end.
The new mid-size family commuter will be available in six trim levels, starting with the turbocharged LX and EX and topped by the hybrid-powered Sport, EX-L, Sport-L and Touring. Honda is putting much emphasis on the hybrid versions of this model, stating that the gas-electric powertrain’s take rate will be higher than before. In fact, Honda expects most the hybrid versions to account for 50 percent of total Accord sales.
As far as power goes, the turbocharged 1.5L I4 engine from the previous generation remains, producing 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid powertrain gets a bump in torque, with 204 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the turbocharged 2.0L I4 in uplevel Accord trim levels, which developed 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, has been dropped.
“The all-new 11th-generation Accord is essential to our lineup as a critical driver of brand loyalty, and with hybrid models representing 50 percent of sales, a key part of Honda’s electrification strategy.” said Mamadou Diallo, vice president of Auto Sales, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “This is our best Accord ever, a true benchmark in its class, offering an unbeatable combination of style, efficiency, performance and connectivity.”
The 2023 Chevy Malibu is GM’s answer to this competitor. It’s important to note that while Honda is hedging its bets on the hybrid powertrain to be successful, the Chevy Malibu hybrid has been discontinued since the 2020 model year.
As a reminder, the 2023 Chevy Malibu features the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LFV gasoline engine, delivering 163 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic (CVT) is the only transmission offered.