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2013 Honda Accord Overview
Joining a slew of other midsize sedans that were redesigned for 2013, the Honda Accord gets brand new styling, along with mechanical changes and upgraded fuel economy.
The 2013 Accord’s styling isn’t so much revolutionary as it is evolutionary; at a quick glance it looks very similar to the previous version, but a closer look reveals some changes that help the new Accord to look sleeker and better proportioned. For 2013, slimmer headlight fixtures and extra contouring around the sides of the Accord let the eyes slide over the sheetmetal more cleanly. The taillights are also brand new and spill slightly onto the sides of the Accord.
There are also a few dimensional changes for 2013. Sedan versions are 3.6 inches shorter than last year, while the coupe loses 2.2 inches of length, a welcome change for a car that had almost ventured into full-size territory. The smaller size and other weight saving measures means that the 2013 Accord weighs 57 pounds less than the outgoing model, which contributes to the improved fuel economy. 16-inch alloy wheels are standard, while 17- and 18-inch alloys are available on higher trim levels.
Under the hood, the 2013 Accord gets the first of what Honda calls its “Earth Dreams” drivetrains. The new base engine is a 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with direct-injection. It is mated to a brand-new CVT, or a six-speed manual. If more power is required, the optional engine is a 278-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that works with a six-speed automatic (in coupe models the six-speed manual is also offered). Other mechanical changes include a new front suspension and electric power steering.
Fuel economy has improved for 2013. The best combination is the four-cylinder sedan with the CVT, which returns 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Opting for the coupe or the manual transmission drops mpg by 1-3. The V-6 returns 21 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway with the same caveats.
Inside, the 2013 Accord adds a brand new design and several newly standard technology features. Replacing the outgoing Accord’s tiered dash design is a single-piece center console that eliminates some of the controls that made the previous design cluttered. The new dash features a standard 8-inch touchscreen that houses controls for the audio system. Also standard are Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod input, auxiliary audio input, dual-zone automatic climate control, and steering wheel-mounted controls. That’s quite a list of standard equipment. Optional are a navigation system with voice recognition, push button start, heated front seats, and leather upholstery. The new Accord is slightly shorter which cuts into passenger volume slightly, but there is more cargo room now (15.8 cubic feet) although the rear seat only folds in full (no split-folding option).
Standard safety features include front, front side (head protecting), and side curtain airbags, electronic stability and traction control, antilock brakes with brake assist, and a backup camera with guidelines. Honda’s new LaneWatch system is optional, and mounts a camera on the passenger-side mirror that displays two lanes of adjacent traffic making lane changes a breeze.
The Accord has long been a top seller in this competitive segment and with improved fuel economy to go with a slew of new tech features, it should continue to be one of the best selling cars on the road today.