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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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|Build & Price|
2014 Honda Accord$20,998 | 4,300 mi
2014 Honda Accord$22,986 | 2,982 mi
2013 Honda Accord$18,599 | 17,363 mi
2013 Honda Accord$23,998 | 18,126 mi
2013 Honda Accord$24,648 | 23,080 mi
2013 Honda Accord$24,955 | 20,499 mi
2013 Honda Accord Sdn$28,000 | 16,943 mi
2012 Honda Accord$16,857 | 47,248 mi
2012 Honda Accord$17,789 | 30,701 mi
2012 Honda Accord$18,821 | 24,399 mi
2012 Honda Accord Cpe$20,100 | 13,612 mi
2012 Honda Accord$20,991 | 18,232 mi
2011 Honda Accord$17,568 | 41,860 mi
2011 HONDA ACCORD$17,926 | 28,603 mi
2009 Honda Accord$15,988 | 29,474 mi
2009 Honda Accord$17,960 | 37,974 mi
2008 Honda Accord Sdn$11,994 | 121,949 mi
2008 Honda Accord$12,962 | 84,127 mi
2008 Honda Accord$14,791 | 82,982 mi
2008 Honda Accord$15,971 | 77,792 mi
2008 HONDA ACCORD$15,987 | 69,614 mi
2007 Honda Accord$10,444 | 79,257 mi
2007 Honda Accord$10,932 | 134,071 mi
2007 Honda Accord$14,788 | 80,123 mi
2006 Honda Accord$10,650 | 115,377 mi
2004 Honda Accord$8,999 | 139,901 mi
2003 Honda Accord$7,495 | 138,349 mi
1995 Honda Accord Cpe$3,499 | 209,929 mi
High fuel-mileage but not as many high-tech standard features.
Reliable and proven yet has uninspired performance.
Nice choice of powertrain options but the infotainment system can be frustrating.
Exciting and fuel-efficient diesel engine option but bland sheet metal.