To the point, you're going to feel comfortable in the Accord right away. It's quiet, accommodating, and even luxurious in feel for everyday driving, which can make its crisp responses and athletic, balanced feel on a curvy road seem all the more delightful.
Dash not always intuitive
For all the Accord's refreshingly straightforward presentation, we still find the control layout for the 2013 Accord perplexing. With its multi-tier layout, we understand that the intent is to place crucial information up top, with secondary controls below. The redundancy to the two displays still strikes us as odd—you can get to a point where both are displaying audio information, which they update at slightly different times—but as several Honda officials have assured me, it's intentional.
Elsewhere in the cabin, there's very little that doesn't feel as it would in a car with a luxury badge; as we scrutinized the switchgear and trims, it all feels fully up to what we'd expect to see in a $34k car.
Our V6 Touring, with no additional options, totaled $34,220. With it, we get upgraded audio, touch-screen navigation, adaptive cruise control, and fine ventilated leather seats. And that's in addition to the wealth of equipment you get in EX and EX-L models—features like Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning, heated side mirrors, a power moonroof, and the excellent LaneWatch system, whichIs that, the excellent feature set, and the refined luxury-car feel enough? Or should you pay just a little bit more and get a true luxury badge—and the luxury dealership experience to go with it—with the Acura TL or Lexus ES 350?
Be sure to read our full review pages on the 2013 Honda Accord for all the details.