2013 Honda Accord V6 Touring: Driven Page 2

May 21, 2013
The seating and driving position in the Accord feel about perfect, and we appreciated the perfect amount of side support and thigh support built into those front seats—which should be about right for a very wide range of sizes. With the thinner pillars and somewhat improved greenhouse, the driver has a better view out than nearly any other mid-sizer. And the trunk is now huge—although we still can't get over why Honda nixed the split-folding rear seatback (we don't buy what company officials then told us, that those who want that level of flexibility will get a crossover).

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, which

Is 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?

Priorities, priorities.

Be sure to read our full review pages on the 2013 Honda Accord for all the details.


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