The Honda Accord sedan has been one of the best-selling cars in America for decades. But it's fallen behind the Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion--so Honda's hitting back this year with new powertrains, new styling, and new technology. The question--is it enough to elbow those great new sedans aside?
The Accord has always taken the safe route when it comes to styling, and this generation is no different. But Honda has cleaned up the basic look of the last generation, with thinner pillars and a simpler grille, giving it an even more BMW-like stance.
Inside Honda has made the Accord more luxurious and modern. Important controls are all placed quick high and within reach of the driver, while trim and materials appear to be more premium. EX-L and Touring models such as ours, feature a touch-screen audio system with two separate screens.
The Accord gets one of two engines--either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at up to 189 horsepower, or a 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 278 horsepower. A hybrid and plug-in hybrid will be coming for 2014. Four-cylinder Accords get a CVT for up to 36 miles per gallon highway, while the V-6s like our tester, have a six-speed automatic--and they're rated at up to 34 miles per gallon highway by the EPA.
The Accord used to have the most advanced suspension in its class, but now it has struts in front, not double wishbones. The Accord feels nimble, with good ride quality that's not as taut as the Fusion, not as soft and relaxed as the Altima. All Accords now feature electric power steering and it's actually done right, though on the V-6 model it seems like there's even less feedback.
While the front seats receive better support for those long road trips, the back seat receives about an inch more legroom. Out back the trunk is not only larger at 15.8 cubic feet, but the cargo floor is now flat.
The 2013 Accord hasn't yet been crash-tested, but all Accords get hill start assist, and Bluetooth. Top models get forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. There's also a cool new camera feature that gives you a wide view of the passenger side of the vehicle--it's great for parking.
Honda has been criticized for being skimpy on features in the past, but that's no longer the case with the 2013 Accord. The base Accord is priced from about $22,500 and includes Bluetooth along with a USB port and iPod integration, a rearview camera. The $24,600 Accord EX adds Honda's LaneWatch technology, push-button entry, and a power moonroof. Our Touring V-6 Accord has navigation, leather-trimmed seats, an upgraded audio system, and adaptive cruise control for just over $32,000.
So what's the bottom line with the new 2013 Honda Accord? It's one of the most sensible mid-size sedans you can buy, and the V-6 might be one of the best highway cruisers on the market.
For more information be sure to read our full review of the 2013 Honda Accord here.