Take Over the Road With Your Choice of Engine Under the Hood of the 2018 Honda Accord

By Product Expert | Posted in Honda Accord on Friday, March 9th, 2018 at 10:05 pm
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2018 Honda Accord 1.5T vs 2.0T Engine and Performance Specs 

Buying a new vehicle comes with many choices. For example, if you’re in the market for a new midsize sedan and have your eye on the Honda Accord, you’ll find that the Accord does not offer just a one-size-fits-all option. Instead, there are many options, each one tailored to meet the unique demands and desires of individual drivers. For example, one of the bigger decisions you’ll need to make when getting your new 2018 Honda Accord is the 1.5T vs 2.0T engine options. Allow us to walk you through the engine and performance specs for each. 

Before we do that, however, it’s important to know which models offer which engines. Some models are engineered to come equipped with just the 1.5T option, while others are suited to offer either the 1.5T or 2.0T. Here is how it breaks down: 

  • rear view of Honda Accord driving on highway toward skyscrapers in the distance2018 Honda Accord LX – 1.5T 
  • 2018 Honda Accord Sport – 1.5T/2.0T 
  • 2018 Honda Accord EX – 1.5T 
  • 2018 Honda Accord EX-L – 1.5T/2.0T 
  • 2018 Honda Accord Touring – 1.5T/2.0T 

There are a few differences between each engine option, with overall power being one. But, for those who really like the details, we’ll note that the 1.5T option has a boost pressure of 20.2 psi and displacement of 1498 cc. Meanwhile, the 2.0T powertrain has a boost pressure of 20.8 psi and a displacement of 1996 cc. 

2018 Accord 1.5T and 2.0T Horsepower and Torque Figures 

If you’re like most drivers, you really just want to know about the output for horsepower and torque. Well, the 1.5T will be your milder option, but still plenty thrilling, with 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. Part of the benefit here is in the fuel economy department, where the 2018 Honda Accord LX can manage up to 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway* with the 1.5T engine. 

Then there is the 2.0T engine option, which is what many driving enthusiasts will be looking to power their new car. If you want a sporty and exhilarating drive, you’ll find it here with the engine’s output of 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. 

Last but not least is the transmission, which may also be a deciding factor when choosing between these two powertrains. The Accord Sport model is the only one that is available with a 6-speed manual transmission, and that can be paired to either the 1.5T or 2.0T. Otherwise, your options are a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with a Sport Mode available across the lineup or a 10-speed automatic that is available on the Sport, EX-L and Touring models for the 2.0T engine. 

Ready to take home a new Accord? Get started here! 

Of course, we can talk about engine and performance specs and figures all day. In the end, it’s no replacement for actually getting behind the wheel, so let us know if you’re interested in a 1.5T or 2.0T model and we’ll set you up with a test drive here at Atlantic Honda. 


*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors. 

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12 Responses to “Take Over the Road With Your Choice of Engine Under the Hood of the 2018 Honda Accord”

  1. Henry Alter says:

    Good luck finding one at that price. I own the 1.5 L with 5000 miles on it. Car is more than powerful enough with that engine and i love getting 42 mpg on hwy.

  2. Michael Kast says:

    I leased in September the Touring with the 1.5L. This engine has more than enough power for anything you want to do. I have found on trips setting the cruise control at 65 I’ve seen many trips of 45 mpg. All around average is about 27 which is excellent on regular gas. I drove the 2.0 and found for the Accord that it was more engine than necessary. I was coming off a MB C300. The 1.5 gave me the same performance. Going from 0-60 1 second quicker in the 2.0 is not worth $2500 and you’ll seldom use it. I will add one caveat. The seating position in the driver’s seat is horrible. I feel like I’m sitting on the floor every time I get into the car. I saw at the NY Auto show this week the new Hyundai Sonata 2019. Much sleeker car, more comfortable and better dashboard configuration.

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  4. JOHN says:

    Actually, its 2 seconds faster and its worth it!!I test drive both and went for the 2.0 and no regrets at all!

  5. Saul says:

    My LX with $1,500 worth of mods will beat your 2.0! Lol

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