All 2013 Accord models remain front-wheel drive, and in order to boost fuel economy, Honda is introducing a couple of all-new powertrains this year. First, Honda brings direct-injection engine technology to North America for the first time in models with the four-cylinder engine. You can choose from a six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). With its unique G-Design shift logic, the Accord offers a more immediate acceleration response than conventional automatics or other CVT designs. Most four-cylinder Accords make 185 horsepower, while an Accord Sport model makes 189 hp. Otherwise, the V-6 model is definitely still alive in the Accord lineup. For 2013 it makes 278 hp and couples to a six-speed automatic transmission or (in Coupes only) a six-speed manual gearbox. All models include an Econ button that engages a set of fuel-saving measures like more conservative use of accessories and softened throttle response. Both engines run on regular unleaded gasoline and have impressive fuel economy ratings: 27 mpg city, 36 highway with the four-cylinder engine and CVT, and up to 21/34 with the V-6.
The Accord opted for more tunable struts that improve ride and handling while cutting cabin noise and harshness. Honda also reduced weight and keeps away harshness with a new aluminum-and-steel front subframe and some careful underbody aerodynamic work. The Accord drives with much of the verve of previous editions, and the new electric power steering is particularly good.
While Honda has shortened the Accord just a bit, it's packaged better. Rear legroom increases about an inch, while shoulder room in front and in back is improved, and trunk space is not only larger but the cargo floor is now flat. A couple of design traits that Honda draws attention to - the near-level beltline and ample window glass, with thinner-than typical front and rear pillars - helps you stay safe with a better view outward.
All 2013 Accord models come with four-wheel disc brakes, including Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist, plus stability control, and hill start assist. In addition to all the expected airbags, the Accord features a new SmartVent technology for its side airbags that eliminates the need for fussy occupant-position detection systems. Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control systems are all available on the Accord, and a cool new LaneWatch Blind Spot Display provides a wide view of the passenger side of the vehicle on the Multi-Information Display (i-MID) screen - a feature that should be very useful in avoiding mishaps when changing lanes with a full vehicle or distractions.
Honda was not skimpy on features when it came to the 2013 Accord. Bluetooth connectivity is included throughout the lineup, not just in top trims. All Honda Accords include USB and iPod integration plus a rearview camera and an Expanded View Driver's Mirror. The 2013 Honda Accord Sedan will be offered in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, V6, and Touring trims, with the Coupe available in LX-S, EX, EX-L, and EX-L V6 models. Adaptive Cruise Control is exclusive to the Touring Sedan, which also includes Honda's first LED projector headlamps, while LED brake lights are included in EX-L and Touring models. All V6 models include daytime LED running lamps.
If you've never driven a Honda Accord - now is the time to do it.