What we like about the 2013 Accord is the subtle execution. It doesn't reset the bar with edgy styling at the cost of rear-seat room. Fuel economy was a priority yet performance is more than adequate and better than that of the previous versions. The new Accord takes up less space outside but has a more comfortable cabin and larger trunk. There are more options in entertainment and telematics and the man-machine interface is much easier to use. Tradeoffs and compromises are hard to find where they exist at all, so the Accord will remain a favorite in family sedans.
G.R. Whale filed this report after his test drive of the Accord models in Southern California.
Model Line Overview
Honda Accord LX sedan ($21,680); LX-S coupe ($NA); Sport sedan ($23,390); EX sedan ($24,605); EX coupe ($NA); EX-L sedan ($27,995); EX-L nav sedan ($29,995); EX-L V6 sedan ($30,070); EX-L nav V6 sedan ($32,070); Touring sedan ($33,430); EX-L V6 coupe ($30,350); EX-L V6 coupe Navi ($32,350); PHEV Sedan
two-stage front airbags, dual-chamber front side airbags, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints; electronic stability control, antilock brakes, tire pressure monitors, rear camera, daytime running lights
Safety equipment (optional):
LaneWatch, forward collision warning, lane departure warning
3 years/36,000 miles
Marysville, Ohio; Sayama, Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Honda Accord sedan EX CVT ($25,205)
cloth upholstery, dual-temperature climate control, power steering, power disc brakes, power windows/locks/heated mirrors, moonroof, LaneWatch, tilt-and-telescope steering wheel w/illuminated controls, heated front seats, power driver's seat, rearview camera, Bluetooth hands-free, USB port, split-element driver-side mirror, 8-inch display, Pandora, SMS text messaging, automatic headlamps, folding rear seat, cruise control, floor shift, active noise cancellation, 17-inch alloy wheels, 160-watt AM/FM/CD/aux stereo, auto-dimming rearview mirror, six airbags, electronic stability control
Options as tested (MSRP):
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
2.4-liter dohc 16-valve I4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
185 @ 6400
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
162 @ 4400
continuously variable transmission
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
15.8 cu. ft.
independent strut, coil springs, antiroll bar
independent, coil springs, antiroll bar
P215/50VR17 Michelin Primacy
vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of August 20, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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