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Honda has been selling the Accord in America for nearly four decades, and the completely redesigned 2013 model marks the start of the Accord’s ninth generation. The sheetmetal has a different look -- more sculpted than before -- while under the skin the Accord’s chassis has been revamped to provide a smoother, quieter and more responsive ride. The sedan is shorter overall than the outgoing version, yet interior room has increased thanks to more efficient cabin packaging.
Under the hood there’s a brand-new 2.4-liter direct-injection four-cylinder (Honda calls this family of engines “Earth Dreams”) that makes more power and torque than its predecessor. The optional V6 is tuned up for greater output, too.
Later in 2013 Honda will bring out two gas/electric hybrid Accord models -- one a plug-in hybrid --though these will be considered next year’s models (and reviewed separately).
Safety was a big priority in the Accord’s redesign, and the car is the first to receive Honda’s new Lane Departure and Forward Collision warning systems, both using a camera mounted behind the windshield to monitor potential danger. Honda’s new Lane Watch blind-spot display, tied to a camera mounted on the passenger-side rearview mirror, will also be deployed first on the Accord.
On the connectivity front, the Accord will offer the new HondaLink streaming media system, which taps into the Cloud to bring in Bluetooth streaming audio, Pandora internet radio and a SMS text message function. An optional Aha feature brings in even more content, including Facebook audio feeds and audio books.
Honda faces some stiff competition in its midsize sedan segment, with vital new offerings from literally all over the world vying for a new-car buyer’s attention. We’ll have to spend some time with the 2013 Honda Accord to see if it can gain ground against such fierce rivals.
The 2013 Honda Accord is available in coupe and sedan body styles, in several different trim levels and with a choice of two powertrains.
The base engine for the Accord is a 2.4-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine producing 185 horsepower (189 hp in Sport Sedan models) and 181 pound-feet of torque. It can be mated to either a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT).
A second gas engine, a 3.5-liter V6, makes 278 hp and 252 lb-ft. It can also be paired with a six-speed manual or a conventional six-speed automatic.
The Accord sedan is available in six trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6, and Touring. The Accord coupe comes in four models: LX-S, EX, EX-L and EX-L V6. Standard equipment across all Accord models includes a backup camera, expanded-view driver’s mirror, Bluetooth connectivity, a multi-information display and USB/iPod integration.
At the higher trim levels, the Accords are equipped with push-button start, Lane Watch blind-spot display, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning systems. Top-tier Touring Sedan models also receive adaptive cruise control, LED projector headlights and LED taillamps.
The EPA has not yet rated the fuel economy for the 2013 Honda Accord, but the manufacturer estimates its four-cylinder models will achieve 36 mpg on the highway, while V6 models will reach 34 highway mpg.
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