2013 Honda Accord Revealed: More MPG, More Value

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2013 Honda Accord Revealed: More MPG, More Value

The first model to utilize Honda’s new Earth Dreams engine technologies, the redesigned 2013 Accord gets a long list of upgrades and a big bump in fuel economy.

A long selection of engine and transmission options is available for 2013, not to mention a choice of two body styles and an available plug-in hybrid. The new 2.4-liter 4-cylinder adds direct-injection and makes 185 hp and 6400 rpm and 181 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm and can be mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or an all-new CVT automatic. Fuel economy is rated at 27 mpg city, matching the segment-leading Altima, while highway mileage falls just short at 36 mpg. A combined, or average, fuel economy rating is 30-mpg, one mpg short of the Altima.

An all-new 3.5-liter V6 engine for the first time combines Honda’s i-VTEC technology and cylinder deactivation, delivering a total of 278-hp at 6200 rpm and 252 lb-ft of torque at 4900 rpm. Available exclusively with a six-speed automatic in the sedan, in the Accord Coupe, the V6 engine can be paired with a six-speed manual. Fuel economy for the V6 is up, to 21 mpg city and 34 mpg highway for a combined 25 mpg, tying the other segment leaders, though all are behind some of the turbocharged 4-cylinder models currently on offer.

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A third engine option, a plug-in hybrid, will mark the first use of the technology for Honda and signal a shift away from the brand’s long outdated Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system. Combining a lithium-ion battery pack, electric motor and 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, total system output is rated at 196-hp and 226 lb-ft of torque with an electric-only range of 10 to 15 miles. One innovative feature of the system is that it allows the driver the option of choosing when to use the electric only portion.

In the styling department the new Accord has received a subtle update with a slightly more dramatic flat-fronted chrome grille and a chrome lower front splitter. Further helping to add some premium style to the new Accord are standard 16-inch aluminum wheels and chrome door handles. Out back a new taillight design is oddly reminiscent of the Hyundai Genesis sedan.

Perhaps the biggest change to the overall look of the Accord is its smaller size, with a one-inch shorter wheelbase and the car 3.6-inches shorter in length overall. Despite the change in size, Honda has managed to keep interior room the same while increasing trunk space slightly.

Honda will continue to push the safety message with the all-new Accord and claims it will achieve top marks in every crash test and be the first non-premium model to achieve the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Plus rating. Optional safety features include a lane departure warning system and forward collision alert, while standard on the mid-level EX trim will be the Honda exclusive LaneWatch system that uses a camera on the side of the car to display what is in your blind spot on the center screen.

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That center-screen, an 8-inch unit, will come as standard equipment, as will Honda’s i-MID system, a back-up camera and an Econ button, which, when pressed, will dull throttle response to further improve fuel economy.

Upgrading to the new Sport trim adds 18-inch wheels, a 10-way power seat, fog lights, a leather steering wheel, dual exhaust a rear spoiler and paddle shifters. The volume EX trim adds the LaneWatch feature, keyless access with a push button ignition, a moonroof, 17-inch wheels and rear seat ventilation. Finally the EL-L delivers leather, heated seats, an upgraded audio system, forward collision alert and lane departure alert, with navigation optional. V6 models come only as an EX-L trim with leather, while a new top-trim Touring model adds adaptive cruise control and LED headlights.

While pricing is still under embargo, along with the many upgrades, the 2013 Accord adds more content to each trim level, packing more value than ever before.

GALLERY: 2013 Honda Accord Sedan

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GALLERY: 2013 Honda Accord Coupe

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  • Phil

    new accord is sexy!! reminds me of the older accords, but modern, and the interior is very much inspired from bmw, i like!

  • whitneymuse

     love that rear-looking camera; it’s very helpful, and is standard, too. The engine (Dream) is as state-of-art in any production car on the road.  I’ve heard Honda doesn’t get their cars until the October deliveries and current 2012 models use far too much fuel in comparison. The 30 mpg on these for ~300 BHP is outstanding; think that has to be a 4cyl and would like to know where the V-6 scores fall.  Drove a 2012 V-6 Acura and it’s a dream; with the Dream engine configuration, if 300 HP is true; will be incredible amount of power for a town car.  

  • whitneymuse

    I like the pieces on the “Earth Dreams” engines; only the Japanese could name their great technologies  with funky names like this.  E.g. the same nation that rolled out “Hello Kitty” into a multi-billion kid’s toy; or the original name of the 240Z: Fairlady. That said, I own a 4 month old Acura TL and want the earth dreams version: supposedly will be badged the TLX, smaller in girth and an ~inch shorter; Dealers who will speak say that the last quarter of 2012 will see the earth dreams invasion of the newest Honda Motors engine in all Honda built cars.
    In my city the dealers who would express it say the cars are on the trailers and will be delivered: 13th of September. Acura is later and even less detail on specific dates.
    The specs on the “Earth Dreams” technology is impressive.
    I sent a contribution to Wikipedia for already having a thorough first article on this machine.
    If you agree, be sure and send the Wikipedia a pay-pal. $.      

  • PassTheBatonAlready

    It’s funny how the photo is of the base model (with wheels/tires that look better than the top-of-the-line model). 

  • Jcbelinda

    These accords have to be most beautiful accords ever made!! way better than the Civics that have looked the same since 2006. Honda, I commend you for the new accords. great job!

  • Khaledkhaldi

    Nice engineering but still a very important small details honda should take care such like wooden steering weel as well as side curtains. all other details looks good.
    The most important for any consumer the suspension system to provide a comfortable driving and decrease the outside noise.

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