2013 Honda Accord Sedan Test Drive & Car Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/honda/accord/2013/ The mid-sized sedan segment is by far the most competitive segment in the entire automotive industry. Practically every manufacturer has a vehicle targeting this segment. For years the Accord was at the top of the heap winning award after award, year after year. But the Accord quickly got stale and with the new Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry redesigns; the Accord was losing ground quickly. Now we have a new measuring stick with the all new redesigned 2013 Honda Accord Sedan. The Accord is one of the safest bets in America today. The base price is $21,680; the car drives great, has a nice resale value, and offers wonderful reliability.
Most enthusiasts and automotive journalist would cringe at the thought of having to test drive yet another family sedan. But the reality is that this is still the most popular segment of car in America today. The Camry and Accord combined sell almost a million cars per year. Honda has basically set the standard with the Accord for over 30 years. This nameplate has been around since the 1970's and is now in its 9th generation and the Accord keeps on getting better. What's unusual about the new 2013 Honda Accord is that it has actually gotten shorter while interior room has increased and the cargo room is larger, which is a great testament to Honda Engineers.
Styling is dramatically improved with the nice shoulder lines and shorter overhangs. Basically the car looks more modern and up to date. But it is not just about styling with the new Accord Sedan. Under the hood is a brand new engine and CVT transmission. Not to be outdone by Mazda's SkyActiv engine technology, Honda has released their own line called Earth Dreams Technology. The new engine is very efficient and powerful. The motor is a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder that makes 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft. of torque. The CVT transmission helps the Accord to get fuel economy ratings of 27 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway. The Accord comes in several trim levels that include the: Base LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and the top of the line Touring model. If you want to get a 4-cylinder engine, that comes standard on the 3 lower trims. When you move up to the more expensive trims the V-6 engine becomes optional/standard.
Shoppers of mid-sized sedans are looking for rear legroom space. Thankfully the Accord has plenty of it including a lot of rear headroom too. The Accord's interior has been completely redesigned. You have an all new instrument panel, center stack, and gauges. Everything works really well. The speedometer looks like a high-tech Swiss watch, the steering wheel is nice and compact, and the controls are great. Another bonus is the fact that every 2013 Honda Accord comes with and 8-inch infotainment screen standard as well as a rear backup camera. The Accord also comes with Honda's new lane-watch safety system.
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Honda has long been known as a serious kind of car company. Press events
are orderly, the Honda folks wear suits and their products are similarly
starched. While we have a new corporate nose up front with a chrome
"smiley" face and aggressive headlamps, the rest of the profile is buttoned
up and professional. The large (and low) greenhouse says "I have kids," an
image that Honda has been embracing with their latest commercials,
essentially admitting they are leaving descriptives like "sexy" and
"dramatic" to Hyundai and Ford. I have to admit I am quite torn, I love the
Fusion's sexy sheetmetal making it my first pick in terms of looks, but
oddly enough the "plain Jane" Accord is number two for me because it's
simple clean. The new Kia Optima is a very, very close third thanks its
nose job for 2014. I'm not convinced that the Camry's nose or the Sonata's
dramatic character lines will age well, let me know what you think in the
comment section. Something important to keep in mind is the Accord has
bucked the growth trend and has shrunk on the outside compared to the
previous generation making it among the smallest in this segment. Good if
you live in the city, bad if you were hoping for a Honda land yacht.
Honda's interiors have long been known for their simple functionality
rather than opulence or elegance and Honda is still singing the same tune.
Despite being an all-new model for 2013, Honda hasn't radically changed the
interior design, opting instead for incremental improvements and more
standard features. All Accords now get standard dual-zone automatic climate
control, Bluetooth phone integration, a backup cam and active noise
cancellation. Honda seems to have listened to the complaints from reviewers
and customers and took a methodical and dedicated approach to making the
Accord quieter on the road. In addition to the fancy noise cancelling
software, there's more foam, more carpet and a one-piece dash designed to
prevent squeaks later in life.
Honda's seat engineers seem to be designing seats specifically for my back
lately. The Accord and the refreshed Civic both sport supportive seats that
coddled by back and backside on long journeys. There is a caution I must
toss in however, the lumbar support in Sport, EX and LX models is fixed and
pronounced. If you need some adjustibility in your back support, you'll
need to step up to a leather model to get it. 2013 has brought a raft of
materials improvements to the Accord cabin from improved seat fabrics to
more squishy dash bits and the ever-so-popular stitched pleather.
Thankfully Honda spares potential owners the shame of faux wood trim,
instead opting for a modern brown pattern that I found attractive. The trim
and the style are not as stylized or futuristic as eh competition, but
controls are easy to locate, and consistent in their high quality feel.
What piqued my interest at the launch even was Honda's new 2.4L
direct-injection four cylinder engine. The engine and the brand-new CVT
turned my impression of the Accord on its head. The engine's 185HP still
arrived at a very-Honda high RIM of 6,500, but thanks to the
direct-injection sauce torque jumps to a [nearly] HP matching 181 lb-ft
with a strong pull from idle and a peak at a decidedly un-Honda 3,900RPM.
If you choose the 6-speed manual, this means you no longer have to rev the
nuts off the engine to get the Accord in motion. Most shoppers however will
find a Continuously Variable Transmission under their Accord's hood,
although they may not even notice. Why? This is quite possibly the world's
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2013 Honda Accord EX-L - Autoweek long-term intro video
The redesigned 2013 Honda Accord EX-L gets a fresh powertrain developed
under the company's Earth Dreams banner that includes a new
direct-injection four-cylinder and an updated V6. Jonathan Wong and Mac
Morrison welcome the Honda Accord EX-L to the Autoweek long-term test fleet
and point out some of the key features of this mid-size sedan.
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