Ever since the first Honda Accords hit the North American market more than 35 years ago, this innovative model has been a trendsetter. The 2013 Accord models, scheduled to reach dealers in late September 2012, continue this proud tradition with some substantive improvements to the base design and an extremely reasonable price point.
The most visible upgrade is also one of the most important to the driver experience: the passenger cabin has been retooled with a lavish hand. The touch surfaces – steering wheel, gearshift lever, door handles, etc. – have a much higher level of engineering and design than in previous Accord models. The speedometer, tachometer, and gauges are laid out in a sophisticated three-dimensional array that is both stylish and extremely functional. A dash-mounted touchscreen provides access to audio, video, and online services. Rear legroom has improved, as has the trunk’s storage capacity.
Safety features also receive a technological boost. Automated sensors include a forward collision detector, a lane-departure warning system, and a video camera mounted in the passenger-side mirror that automatically brings up an image of any car that appears in the Accord’s (very small) blind spot. The vehicle’s frame has been strengthened and made more crash-resistant as well.
The engine has been redesigned as well, utilizing an aluminum block and direct fuel injection. Lighter and more powerful, the new engine configuration delivers 12% more torque and 4% more base power. Drivers with a need for speed can upgrade from the standard 2.4-liter engine to a 3.5-liter V6. The suspension system has received a similar update, with a Continuous Variable Transmission that’s winning raves from reviewers for eliminating the “rubber band” feel some engines have been burdened with. The new Accord’s standard automatic transmission achieves an impressive 26 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway.
The pricing for the 2013 Accord family continues to be aggressive, with base models coming in at just over $22,000 – a fantastic value for a car of exceptional reliability, well-reviewed driving performance, great passenger and driver comfort, and top-notch electronics and features. The 2013 Honda Accord meets and exceeds an already-formidable reputation for quality, performance, and value.