Summary, Prices, Specs

By October 4, 2012

Summary

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
Model lineup: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
Engines:185-hp 2.4-liter I4; 278-hp 3.5-liter V6
Transmissions:6-speed manual; CVT continuously variable transmission; 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):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
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Marysville, Ohio; Sayama, Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Honda Accord sedan EX CVT ($25,205)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):none
Destination charge:$790
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$25995
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:2.4-liter dohc 16-valve I4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):185 @ 6400
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):162 @ 4400
Transmission:continuously variable transmission
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:27/36 mpg
Wheelbase:109.3 in.
Length/width/height:191.4/72.8/57.7 in.
Track, f/r:62.8/62.7 in.
Turning circle:38.1 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.1/55.6/42.5 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.5/54.7/38.5 in.
Cargo volume:15.8 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent strut, coil springs, antiroll bar
Suspension, r:independent, coil springs, antiroll bar
Ground clearance:5.8 in.
Curb weigth:3336 lbs.
Tires:P215/50VR17 Michelin Primacy
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:17.2 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of October 4, 2012.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-999-1009 - automobiles.honda.com