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2013 Honda Accord Review

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The Accord is synonymous with Honda and has been known for nearly four decades as a reliable, comfortable, pragmatic way to move families. What began as a 2-door hatchback in 1976 has grown into today's full-size sedan and coupe. For 2013, the Accord has been revamped inside and out, and found its way to a prime spot on our 10 Best Family Cars of 2013 roundup. With the choice of two fuel-efficient gasoline engines, new transmissions, a more refined interior and quieter ride, the 2013 Honda Accord has taken the steps needed to keep up with ever-better competitors like Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima and Chevy Malibu in this sizzling segment. In 2013, plug-in hybrid and regular hybrid versions will debut as 2014 Honda Accord models.

You'll Like This Car If...

The Honda Accord is the Labrador retriever of sedans. If you want a hassle-free, pleasing family car with a reputation for quality and an immediate familiarity, it's hard to go wrong with the Accord. Coupe versions, meanwhile, add an element of sportiness, especially when fitted with the strong V6 engine.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If cutting-edge looks, all-wheel drive or fuel economy over 36 mpg are among your must- haves, look beyond the Accord. The Honda is good at many things, but its balanced approach isn't for all. A Kia Optima has the looks, Nissan's Altima and VW's Passat TDI obtain superior fuel economy, and the Subaru Legacy offers all-wheel drive.

What's New for 2013

The 2013 Honda Accord is all new inside and out. Sleeker, rippled sheetmetal defines an exterior that has shrunk around an interior that is magically roomier. The 4-cylinder engine has direct injection and is mated to a CVT automatic transmission for better fuel economy, while the V6 has more power and exceptional fuel efficiency. New trims are Sport to capture younger buyers and, at the top, a Touring version.

Driving the Accord

Driving Impressions The most surprising thing about the Accord is its refined continuously variable transmission (CVT). Mated to the 4-cylinder, this CVT feels much like a normal automatic, mimicking gear changes. Even...

a base Accord has good power for acceleration and passing, yet attains an impressive 36 mpg on the highway. Move up to a V6 model with 6-speed automatic transmission, and the Accord is downright quick. Coupe models with the V6 can be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that offers great engagement but whose shift lever could use a bigger knob for better grip. Thankfully, Honda has remedied much of the road noise in the previous Accord. Visibility remains a strong point, and the telematics and audio/climate controls are relatively straightforward. The available LaneWatch system works well, giving the driver a camera image of what's happening in the right-side blind spot, while a specialized expanded-view mirror on the driver's-side aids visibility to the left.

LANEWATCH
This first-of-its-kind technology for the Honda Accord uses a tiny video camera mounted underneath the passenger-side mirror that displays what's happening in the driver's blind spot. Ingeniously, this system – included in EX and Touring models – can be configured to stay on or automatically turn on when the right-hand turn signal is engaged.

V6 POWER, 34-MPG FUEL ECONOMY
With the optional V6 engine, the 2013 Honda Accord lets you have your cake and eat it, too, giving you both power and superb fuel economy. This V6 is more powerful than the previous version, yet at 34 mpg highway matches the fuel economy of the previous generation's 4-cylinder.

2013 Honda Accord Details
2013 Honda Accord photo Interior

Like the rest of the car, the 2013 Accord's 5-passenger interior is a pleasing step forward. The cabin boasts soft-touch materials for a quality feel. Among the biggest changes is, on select models, an additional LCD screen in the middle of the dash, below an upper 8-inch VGA screen. The bottom screen is touch-sensitive for controlling features like audio and phone, while the upper screen conveys navigation, rear- and side-view camera images, and more. The upper display can be customized with your own photos, so the smiling kids always travel with you. The front seats are comfortable, and we liked that the driver's seat actually toned down the lumbar support. The rear seats gain even more room, as does the trunk.

Exterior
2013 Honda Accord photo

The sheet metal has more curves, the front and back have been tweaked, and the Accord's overall length has decreased by more than three inches. Yet even at first glimpse, few will wonder what car this is. The 2013 Accord still looks like, well, an Accord. Just one that is a bit more modern to keep up with changing tastes, such as LED exterior lights and the ever-popular honeycomb grille. We like the Accord's downsized footprint, as the previous sedan was beginning to feel largish. The coupe, too, has gotten smaller, but only by less than an inch. Sport models are meant to attract slightly younger buyers with its more aggressive appearance that includes 18-inch wheels, spoiler and dual exhaust pipes.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even a base Honda Accord LX is well-equipped, with features such as an 8-inch color display with rear-view camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, 16-inch wheels, and a 160-watt AM/FM/CD stereo with Pandora Internet radio compatibility. Sport models add a power driver's seat, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a slight increase in horsepower. EX models include a power moonroof and the LaneWatch system. EX-L models get leather surfaces, upgraded audio, heated front seats, and lane-departure warning. At the top is the Touring model with a standard V6 engine, forward collision warning, LED headlights, and adaptive cruise control.

Optional Equipment

Major options in the 2013 Accord are obtained by moving up trim levels. Among the biggest features are satellite navigation, the V6 engine, a 7-speaker/360-watt audio system, 18-inch wheels, leather seating, multi-angle rear-view camera, LED headlights, blind-spot display, and adaptive cruise control. Accessories for further personalization include a sport grille, underbody kit, rear spoiler, remote engine starting, and an illuminated door sill.

Under the Hood

Two gasoline engines and three new transmissions are offered in the 2013 Honda Accord. The base engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that makes a healthy 185 horsepower (189 in Sport versions). The optional engine, also part of Honda's new Earth Dreams technology highlighting fuel economy, is a 3.5-liter V6 that makes a robust 278 horsepower. In the sedan, 4-cylinder engines are linked to a 6-speed manual transmission or CVT automatic, and V6 engines are connected to a 6-speed automatic. In the coupe, the V6 can be connected to a 6-speed manual transmission for those who want a more engaging experience. All models can run on regular fuel. Some coupe versions get slightly lower fuel economy, mainly due to aerodynamics.

2.4-liter inline-4
185 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
181 lb-ft of torque @ 3,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/34 mpg (manual), 27/36 mpg (automatic, sedan), 26/35 mpg (automatic, coupe)

3.5-liter V6
278 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
252 lb-ft of torque @ 4,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 mpg (manual, coupe), 21/34 mpg (automatic, sedan), 21/32 mpg (automatic, coupe)

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2013 Honda Accord Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 209 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Very well designed family sedan.

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliability, resale value, fuel economy, safety."

Cons: "Text to voice doesn't work with iPhone"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have owned a wide range of vehicles, and I must say that I wish I had purchased an Accord much sooner. Coming from a BMW M3 and a VW Touareg, I am absolutely amazed at how much value the Honda offers. Build quality, fit and finish, and the lay out of controls are wonderful. My daughter and I recently took it on a 1500 mile trip, and it was very pleasant on the highway. The cvt transmission performed flawlessly, and returned an average of 34-ish mpg at 80 mph. Plenty of room to stretch out, and the interior was reasonably quiet at highway speeds. I'm not sure how a person could possibly go wrong choosing an Accord. Great car."

Dependable Car

By on Monday, June 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Honda's have always been dependable cars. Cons of this vehicle as well as all Hondas has been there interior noise and especially with this vehicle is the paint. Definitely has been getting cheaper than prior years'. Not sure I would ever buy another Honda. Competition has caught up to them and some manufacturers have exceeded."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Poor Quality, Wind Noise, Cheap!!

By on Thursday, June 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,800

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Mpg is ok for V6"

Cons: "Cheap parts and build, wind noise, bad seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Bought it brand new and at 3500 Miles engine started leaking oil. Dealer fixed it within 2 days. Seats are terrible, can't find a position that would feel comfortable. Had a 2013 Impala as a rental last week and I was amazed how comfortable Impala in comparison to Accord is! Wind noise from pillar and window molding at speeds above 40 mph. When AC compressor kicks in entire car shakes. It almost has 10k and I noticed at higher speeds while braking steering wheel shakes so I think time to visit dealership is around the corner. Seems like contracts to parts manufacturers were given to lowest bidders and guys at assembly line are not so happy to be working for this Company."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

First Car - Best money I ever spent

By on Monday, June 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Tech, Safety, Drive, Exterior Styling, Comfort"

Cons: "sometimes less than smooth/quick gear shifts (CVT)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"After driving the '06 Camry, the family hand-me-down car, I knew my first purchase would have to be a V6, and a V6 it was. I bought this car fully loaded - EX-L V6 Sedan. 278hp, moonroof, LED DRLs, heated seats, 360 watt music system - It has everything you could ask for, and valued at considerably less than a comparable German car. The exterior styling is amazing (models 2013-beyond). The car drives like a dream, although it does have a little more road noise than it's Toyota counterpart. Those, like myself, that like driving more than they like getting from point A to B will love this car. The only things that this car lacks are AWD and ventilated seats. If you are looking for a reasonably priced automobile with the most bang for your buck, make sure to include the accord on your short-list."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Very good but Flaws Exist

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I love the acceleration, steering, and gas mileage. I do not like the excessive tire noise, CVT transmission, entry difficulty (6'2") and terrible stereo. I put $1500.00 into 4 new speakers, an amp, and a sub-woofer to make the stereo acceptable. I'm gonna trade it in for a Chevy Impala 2LTZ, which has a much higher rating on the auto sites, and does not have the faults noted above."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

2014 Honda Accord

By on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "quiet, solid ride, great mpg, lovely sound system"

Cons: "small front hood damage (parking lot ....)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This beautiful car is being sold due to medical bills in retirement. It has extra trim (small windscoop on rear, door trim-along the exterior doors, and door edge trim) as well. It has Zurich Shield paint protection. The miles have been mostly highway, it is a one owner car owned by a mature driver, no smoking, no pets. still smells new.. Original tires in great shape, all maintenance done at the dealership. All records available."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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