The 2013 Accord represents the ninth generation of the nameplate. The 2013 Honda Accord has a new platform, engine, transmissions, suspension, bodywork, interior, electronics and safety equipment. It is appropriate it to call it a new car.
Reversing a common trend, the 2013 Honda Accord is smaller on the outside and, by total volume, smaller on the inside. However, dimensionally the cabin is bigger in every measure except front-seat hiproom. More important, it feels just as roomy as last year’s model, and the trunk is significantly larger than before.
The 2013 Accord is offered in four-door sedan and two-door coupe versions. New iterations for 2013 include a Sport version of the four-cylinder sedan. (A plug-in hybrid PHEV is expected in early 2013 as a 2014 model.) For 2013, there are six trim levels for sedans and four for the coupe. Both coupe and sedan offer a choice of two engines and three transmissions.
A new four-cylinder engine has more usable power and is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission. Fuel economy ratings are very competitive. The V6 engine is mildly revised from 2012 and available with a new 6-speed automatic or, on Coupe only, a 6-speed manual. The 2013 Accord V6 sedan EPA 34 mpg Highway rating matches that of the 2012 Accord four-cylinder, an impressive achievement.
The new 2013 Accord interior is as functional as before but more user friendly, especially on top-line models. It has room for four adults, five in a pinch, a new suite of telematics and electronic applications, and a longer slate of standard equipment. We find the cabin more visually appealing than before and can’t imagine anything a mid-size sedan buyer needs that the 2013 Accord doesn’t offer at some level.
On the road the 2013 Accord is quiet and controlled, a blend of isolation from annoyances that some drivers prefer with road manners other drivers prefer. It isn’t about being the fastest in a straight line or flattest around the corners but rather being well-rounded and doing everything better than average.
2.4L I-4 Engine
6-spd man w/OD Transmission
185 @ 6,400 rpm Horsepower
181 @ 3,900 rpm Torque
Front-wheel Drive type
ABS and driveline Traction control
16″ silver aluminum Wheels
Front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
AM/FM stereo, seek-scan Radio
1st row LCD monitor
Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
Cloth Seat trim