Honda’s midsize sedan will soldier on for at least one more generation, by all appearances. This prototype of what is expected to be a 2024 Honda Accord was caught testing on public roads in the Midwest, our spies tell us, giving us an idea of what to expect from the perennial family sedan.
Given the current state of four-door sales, we’d forgive Honda for slapping a fresh coat of paint on the Accord and sending it right back out the door. After all, how much newness is really necessary in a model designed for customers who are at least a generation removed from the general automotive zeitgeist? Furthermore, how much is really necessary when the sedan in question is as excellent as the current Accord? Based on what we’re seeing here, reality will probably fall somewhere in between a full, ground-up redesign and a heavy refresh.
As you can see in the above photos, the prototype shows the same general proportions and body lines. The upswept lower rocker design and short rear deck appear to carry over almost completely unchanged, though the new car
The camo up front is really earning its keep, but there appear to be some dramatic differences here too. The large, single-piece grille treatment is either inverted or tossed completely. The new grille looks fairly similar to what can be seen on the new HR-V
We’re not sure exactly when the new Accord will be ready for prime time, but since Honda has been calling 2022 the “Year of the SUV,” we’re pretty confident in our assumption that we won’t see the new sedan until at least 2023. Stay tuned.