The all-new Honda Accord will be employing a couple of elements of the Civic such as its architecture. On top of that, Honda has even confirmed that it will be including the Civic’s 174hp 1.5T as an option.

However, we can’t help but feel that the V6 engine is crucial for the mid-size sedan for the very fact to differentiate itself from the Civic – considering that it’s slated to be styled just like the Civic.

That said, the Accord will not be only one going down this path as the Toyota Camry is also expected to forego its existing 268hp 3.5L V6 engine for a spanking new turbo-four.

And similar to the Accord, the Camry will also be leveling up to a whole new platform, the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). So far, this platform has only been utilized in the Prius and in the upcoming C-HR subcompact crossover.

Since the platform weighs less, it will help the Camry in achieving better driving dynamics and enhance its fuel efficiency – exactly like how it did for the Prius.

The main element that is currently separating the 2018 Accord and its competitor is its transmission. While the Accord hangs on to its six-speed auto and manual tranny, the Toyota is expected to gain a CVT.