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.
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