October 15, 2018
The Honda Accord is a sedan known for its consistency – it is a car that always meets expectations. Consequently, when changes are afoot, Accord loyalists take notice. The 2018 Accord offers plenty of changes, most notably of which is a bold redesign. Are the changes simply cosmetic, and does the 2018 Accord still meet expectations? Let’s compare the ’18 Honda Accord to another popular vehicle in its class – the 2018 Subaru Impreza.
There are several categories where the differences between the Accord and the Impreza are small, but performance is not one of them. The Accord handily wins this category with its significantly higher horsepower rating and torque. On the road, the difference is noticeable. The Accord is clearly a zestier drive.
The fuel economy contest is too tightly contested to declare a winner. Both cars deliver approximately 24/32 mpg city/highway, with the Accord perhaps dipping to 23/32 depending on options. Altogether, though, both cars are reasonably efficient on the road and at the pump.
The redesigned Accord still maintains its generous level of cargo space and a slew of new tech features, including an 8.0-inch central touchscreen, ventilated front seats, LED headlights, state-of-the-art safety features, and more. There is something that feels fresh about the interior of the Accord, while the Impreza merely maintains the status quo.
In most cases, when choosing between roughly analogous trim levels, the Impreza is going to make a lighter dent in your wallet. The baseline Accord may run $22,000 to $23,000 whereas the baseline Impreza comes in at roughly $20,000. Considering that fuel economy and resale value are also similar, the Impreza wins the wallet war on nearly every level.
The redesigned 2018 Accord is longer, bolder, sleeker, and more athletic in its appearance than any previous edition. Meanwhile, the 2018 Impreza arrives virtually unchanged, and while neither car is known as a head-turner, we prefer the visual direction and boldness that we see with the Accord.
If you value power, agility, and performance, the ’18 Accord is a better choice than the ’18 Impreza. However, those benefits come at a cost, so if you’re digging through the bargain bin, the Impreza may be a slightly better fit.
*Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid only), and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.
** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.