The 2013 Honda Accord

2013 Honda Accord Review

Accord Is Still Better Than The Rest.

By: David Merline

Web2Carz Contributing Writer

Published: December 15th, 2012



One of the problems about being on top for so long is that all anyone can do is wait for you to fail. Hearing the same story year after year gets boring, it lacks drama. Such has been the problem, if you can call it that, with Honda. How many times can people hear that the Accord is the best sedan on the market before they throw up their hands and say "Enough already! We get it!" And sure enough, as if deliberately playing into the media's pre-written narrative, Honda slipped a bit in recent years. They had some help from a few natural disasters, but still, the perception was that Honda had lost its way. Now along comes the 2013 Accord, much improved from previous iterations, and voila! Honda's got its groove back.

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  • Exterior

    The first smart thing Honda did with this new Accord was to streamline its looks. It looks smaller, yet stronger. It's edges are more chiseled, its corners less soft. And it is shorter than the old Accord by 3.5 inches. But it's the overall look that gives it its new lean look. Honda seems to have shaved the exterior down to is bare essence, as if all the fat of the old Accord has been converted into muscle.

  • Interior

    Despite its shrunken exterior, inside the car the Accord feels as roomy and accommodating as ever. And in fact, its utility has actually been improved. The trunk, which never seemed undersized, has gained a square foot, and you can tell as soon as you open the trunk, it seems to go on endlessly. How a car that's shorter than before manages to add trunk space and still have a luxurious amount of leg room, both in front and back, is a tremendous feat of design. There's still enough plastic to remind you that you're not in a luxury car, but it's still tastefully appointed. If you opt for the EX-L trim level, you'll have heated seats and a nav system and you'll be even closer to a true luxury car.

  • On The Road

    The Accord's engine has also been upgraded. The new 2.4-liter "Earth Dreams" engine packs a wallop, despite its Woodstock-generation-sounding name. Our tester had the six-speed manual, which we'd definitely recommend, as it gives the Accord a sporty feel. Honda's manuals have always felt smoother and more intuitive than other makers' and this remains the case. The handling and steering are likewise seamless and uncomplicated. This Accord, to us, embodies that ridiculous concept known as fun-to-drive better than many sportier cars we've tested. The blind-spot monitoring system (a side-mirror mounted camera that shows the car's blind spot on the screen) is extremely useful. Having used it on this car, we now wish it was standard in every car.

  • Fuel Economy

    Fuel-efficiency has always been another of Honda's strong points, and true to form, the new accord can get you up to 36 mpg on the highway and 27 in the city. The manual drops those numbers to 34 and 24, respectively, but for the added joy, we'd gladly sacrifice those few mpgs.

  • Final Thoughts

    The Accord may not be the sexiest, most attention-grabbing sedan on the market, but Honda has always been about the things that really matter: driving experience, utility, and efficiency, and the new Accord nails it on every point. Whatever hardships Honda has endured in previous years, and however the company may have drifted, it's definitely back on the right track.

  • Specs, Features, & Price

    ENGINE:
    2.4-liter inline-4
    185 horsepower
    181 lb-ft of torque

    TRANSMISSION:
    
6-speed manual

    FEATURES: 

    Satellite radio, 8-inch multi-information display, Bluetooth hands-free link, USB ports.

    PRICE (BASE, EX TRIM):
    $25,395

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