If you are in the market for a new mid-sized sedan, you have my sympathies. Making a choice just got harder thanks to the 2013 Honda Accord.
This much-anticipated Honda sedan has been a favorite of car buyers since being introduced in 1976. This 9th-generation Accord is slightly smaller than the 2012, is a little lighter, much sleeker, and has a greatly improved interior. My test car is the Touring Edition with the 3.5-liter V6 and a six-speed automatic.
This combination produces 278-horses. Accord is also available in a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and the CVT transmission for those more interested in fuel economy than performance. The Accord accelerates strongly and smoothly, and the six-speed shifts effortlessly. I was hoping to test the CVT to see how it performed, especially since some people just don’t like the way the CVT performs.
I have had extremely good listener feedback on the CVT, and knowing Honda, they got it right. Visually, the Accord still looks like an Accord and I wish Honda had not played the exterior so safe and conservative. What they lacked in exterior styling, however, was made up on the interior. The minute you open the door, the clean, chiseled and sculpted interior jumps out at you. It is immediately clear that the seats are made of quality leather and look extremely comfortable, and in fact, are. The Touring Edition comes well-appointed, and in fact my tester this week does not have a single option.
This Accord has all the power options you would expect, including a power moonroof. Other notable features are navigation system, adaptive cruise control, rearview camera, LED headlights, automatic temperature controlled air conditioning, and push-button start. One phenomenal feature on the new Accord is called Lane Watch. With a camera mounted in the passenger side-view mirror, the driver can use the display to identify vehicles in their blind spot through real-time video without the risk of false warnings found in some other systems. Every time you turn your right blinker on, you see down the right side of the Accord on the 8” color monitor in the center of the dash. This system is the most effective blind-spot monitoring system I have seen.
New for 2013 is HondaLink, which is a system that connects your smartphone to the Accord’s infotainment system. By using your iPhone or Android-based smartphone you have access to Aha cloud services. A few of the HondaLink features system include Internet Radio usage, Slacker Support, audiobooks, Yelp and Facebook. The HondaLink system will read-out your Facebook newsfeed. The HondaLink system was designed to reduce distracted driving. It can be controlled in the car via steering wheel buttons, dash buttons and voice-control. The HondaLink system works by letting users download an application to their smartphone, and set up their HondaLink profile. When drivers get into the car and connect their phone via Bluetooth, or iPhone’s USB cable, it will pull up all of the information from the application. Interior room for both front and rear seat passengers is more than ample.
Headroom is good for all, and the trunk is extremely large. This new Accord drives well, and handles really well. The suspension is firmer than some of the competition like the new Camry, this will be good news for some people, not so good news for others, depending on your preference.
One thing Honda did right is interior quietness, not normally a strong suit for the Japanese automakers. It is clear that Honda put a lot of money and effort into this car being one of the quietest on the market.
The 2013 Accord is an enjoyable car to drive. Honda quality is never in question and how they are getting great mileage out of this V6 is pretty amazing. This red-hot mid-sized car segment includes a lot of new entries, like Fusion, Camry, Altima, Malibu, Passat and many other cars that I have enjoyed.
As I said in the beginning, you have my sympathy. One thing is for sure though, Accord should be on your consideration list.
What I liked most: The interior and cabin quietness, and the Lane Watch feature.
What I would change: Give me larger, chrome wheels on the Touring!
MSRP: $34,220 as equipped.
Fuel Economy: 21 in town/34 highway/25 overall.
Warranty: 3 year/36000 bumper-to-bumper, 5 year/60,000 on the powertrain.
2013 Accord V6 Touring in a few words: No doubt the best Accord ever.