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5.0Excellent

MPG 23 City / 33 Highway
Pros
  • Attractive and distinctive styling
  • Responsive and engaging handling
  • Smooth and refined drivetrain
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Coupe body style also available
  • Outstanding value
Cons
  • CVT might not be for everyone
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The new Accord excels at almost everything and is quite possibly the best midsize sedan on the market today.

Introduction

Though the Accord is all-new for 2013, it has continued honoring its’ tradition of stuffing the trophy case. Selected to Car & Driver’s 10Best list for a record 27th time, the midsize Honda also received 5-stars from the NHTSA and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Yet the Accord comes with more than just accolades, including selection when choosing body-style and powertrain.

While the Accord sedan is more popular with consumers, the other available body-style sheds two doors in favor of a sporty coupe design. The base trim for the sedan is the LX, coming with a four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission. Building from the base model, the Sport, EX, and EX-L trims all feature four-cylinder engines; although the Sport engine has an additional four horsepower and the EX-L gets a standard Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which is optional on the other four-cylinder Accord sedans.

For those who like to use the passing lane, the four-door Accord offers the EX-L V6 and Touring trims, both of which are equipped with a 278 hp, 3.5L V6 attached to a six-speed automatic transmission. For the Accord coupe, there are four trims offered, beginning with the base LX-S. While the four-cylinder engine is not nearly as fun in the sedan as the V6, it provides 27/36 mpg city/highway with the CVT over the 21/34 mpg city/highway produced by the V6 and automatic transmission. Inside this new Honda, the interior cabin is open and inviting, providing plenty of standards as well as new options including upscale features.

Due to the amount of new midsize sedan designs debuting in 2013, it has been difficult for a single model to separate itself from the group. Competitors like Nissan have significantly stepped up their game with products such as the new Altima. With a better CVT than in the Accord, the Altima is smooth while delivering excitement simultaneously. Yet much like the Accord, Nissan’s interior is well outfitted and comfortable. Unlike both the Accord and Altima though, the all-new Ford Fusion has optional all-wheel drive for an engaging driving-experience. The Fusion is big on trunk space also though the interior’s styling falls short of the exterior’s flair. For the environmentally conscious, the Volkswagen Passat offers a diesel engine that is more fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive than the Accord sedan. Plus, the current generation Passat offers a larger cabin than ever before. Only a year removed from its’ redesign, the Toyota Camry boasts reliability as well yet falls short of the Accord in high-tech standard features.

New yet solid as ever, the 2013 Honda Accord has the pedigree and lineup to make almost any driver happy.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Honda Accord
Starting price
$15,989

2013 Honda Accord LX

Recommended for: Buyers satisfied with the long list of standard features on the lowest-priced Accord sedan.

With the amount of standard equipment included, Honda has significantly increased the value of the base model Accord. The 2.4L 4-cylinder has both a Hill Start Assist to help the Accord with unintended rollback and an Eco Assist to maximize efficiency. 16” alloy wheels help put power to the ground while chrome found on the door handles and exhaust gives the LX a not-so-basic look. Included interior features are an automatic dual-zone A/C system, rearview camera, and Bluetooth capability. Honda’s i-MID system lies within the eight-inch color screen and can be used to control audio fed to the four speakers within the LX. Besides a USB interface and MP3/Auxiliary input jack, the Accord’s entertainment portfolio also boasts Pandora Internet radio compatibility.

2013 Honda Accord
Starting price
$15,989

2013 Honda Accord LX-S

Recommended for: Those looking for the Honda Accord in the coupe version.

While having three other trims available (EX, EX-L, EX-L V6), the base model of the two-door Accord coupe is the LX-S. Excluding the top-level EX-L V6, all coupe trims come with a direct-injected 2.4L i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine that puts out 185 hp. Customers can choose to stick with the six-speed manual or go with the shiftless CVT. Exterior features include a strut front suspension and multi-link rear, electric power-steering and 17-inch alloy wheels. Daytime running lights ensure other drivers will see you, no matter the time of day, and a tire pressure monitoring system helps keep tires efficient. Inside, an eight-inch display screen in the center stack can be customized with owner preferences and also monitors the standard rearview camera.

2013 Honda Accord
Starting price
$15,989

2013 Honda Accord Sport

Recommended for: Drivers interested in four extra horsepower to go along with an upgraded appearance.

Building upon or replacing features part of the LX, the Sport trim consists mainly of additions dressing up the Accord sedan. However there are differences in the performance area as well. Still using a 2.4L i-VTEC 4-cylinder, the Sport increases horsepower output from the standard 185 to 189. Available transmissions include a six-speed manual and now a CVT with paddle shifters. Along with the Sport engine’s minor power increase comes a fuel-mileage decrease when compared to the standard 4-cylinder; the Sport getting one mpg less with 26/35 mpg city/highway when paired to the CVT. Appearance upgrades include 18-inch alloy wheels, body-color spoiler, fog lights and a dual exhaust finished in chrome. The steering wheel is leather-wrapped and the Accord’s model-standard power windows receive illuminated switches. Another interior feature, the driver’s seat is equipped with lumbar support as part of a 10-way power adjust feature.

2013 Honda Accord
Starting price
$15,989

2013 Honda Accord EX

Recommended for: Shoppers that like the Accord but love the convenience of Smart Entry.

Instead of adding to the Sport, the Accord EX trim adds to the base LX but equips more upscale features. Most notable may be the Smart Entry system that allows the driver to store their key in a purse or pocket and never have get it out to access, start or lock the Accord. Other EX standards include a slide/tilt power moonroof, one-touch automatic up/down on driver and front passenger windows, and a six-speaker audio system. The EX driver's seat is 10-way power adjustable as well. Honda’s LaneWatch technology is added to help with blind spot detection. Side mirrors are body-colored, heated and power adjustable plus the EX wheels measure 17-inches.

2013 Honda Accord
Starting price
$15,989

2013 Honda Accord EX-L

Recommended for: Those seeking the most luxurious Accord with only four-cylinders.

Of those with the four-cylinder engine, the EX-L is the only trim to have a standard CVT. Two advanced EX-L safety systems are the forward collision warning and lane departure warning. More technology is included with a multi-angle rearview camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror and a touch-screen to control audio. All seating is leather-trimmed and the front passenger gets 4-way power adjustment to complement the driver’s 10-way. A 360-watt premium sound system consists of six speakers and a subwoofer. An optional navigation package comes with a satellite-linked system featuring voice recognition and FM traffic. Also, the steering wheel is mounted with additional controls for the turn-by-turn system.

2013 Honda Accord
Starting price
$15,989

2013 Honda Accord EX-L V-6

Recommended for: Consumers who want to pay for the V6 but not the most expensive trim.

If it wasn’t for the badging, it would be difficult to tell the EX-L V6 apart from its’ 4-cylinder counterpart when in park. Yet put the six-speed automatic into drive and the V6 does its own talking. For performance and strength, hood struts are added while dual chrome exhausts let the engine exhale easier. To save fuel, the V6 utilizes Variable Cylinder Management, which will intelligently shut off some cylinders until their power is requested by the throttle. LED daytime running lights give a decidedly modern touch to the Accord’s appearance and a HomeLink remote system is added inside. Also available on the EX-L V6 is Honda’s navigation package.

2013 Honda Accord
Starting price
$15,989

2013 Honda Accord Touring

Recommended for: Car-shoppers wanting the V6 engine in its' most upscale offering.

The most significant difference between the EX-L V6 and Touring trims is that the navigation package is standard on the Accord Touring. Yet there are some other additions. LED headlights are equipped to match the LED taillights in back. Also, adaptive cruise control can monitor surrounding traffic and adjust speed accordingly. Other features included with the standard navigation package are an eight-inch high-resolution screen with i-MID, Voice-driven song selection and a hard disk drive that has 16 GB of music storage.

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