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2013 Honda Accord Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.3

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 219 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

Excellent gas mileage

By on Friday, August 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great gas mileage"

Cons: "Interior could have been better"

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

"Pros: Very reliable, get 30 mpg in the city and 39+ mpg on highways. Low maintenance cost, had done only 1 oil change in a year, which was free. Cons: I got an EX, but, still sound quality of the radio is just okay. Seat cloth could have been better. Slightly sluggish at the start due to CVT."

Awesome car

By on Sunday, August 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,100

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, excellent performance and ride."

Cons: "A little boomy at 1700 to 1900 rpms."

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

"Adding 265/40x18 tires made a huge difference in braking and handling. Ride did not suffer. Fuel economy is very good, better than epa estimates."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Generally disappointed with my Accord EX-L w/Nav..

By on Sunday, August 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,300

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Exterior styling, bluetooth audio"

Cons: "Wonky audio system quality, squeaky driver's seat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"Can't wait to get out of my 3 year lease. Beware of audio system nightmares starting with a non-operational subwoofer setting, that I finally got resolved by showing my Honda tech using a clever website video that someone had helpfully posted. I drove this car for 1.5 years before realizing the subwoofer had been intentionally turned off in its programming settings by Honda techs at it's pre-delivery inspection. I'm not a beatbox kid, but rather an adult who appreciates a fullness of sound coming from my car's audio system as intended. That, plus a blasé attitude from my selling you know who, and a repetitive squeaky driver's seat that they won't repair under warranty due to fit and finish policy expiring after 1 year... I'm so over this car, and this is my 4th Accord I've owned since the late 1980's. The exterior styling and mechanical reliability have been perfect as anticipated. And it is inexpensive to maintain properly. However, I'm disappointed with these daily hapless annoyances I've put up with driving it in the past 2.5 years."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

My 2nd One - Upgraded to Sport & Loving It!

By on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "sporty, trendy, fun to drive, comfortable"

Cons: "none"

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

"Traded in my 2012 LX for a 2015 Sport last November when the dealership was begging me to give them back my lease (they wanted to sell mine to college grads & put me in a new car early). Good timing on their part as I was getting bored with my "run of the mill" Accord. I had zero issues mechanically or performance-wise with my 2012, but it was nothing to write home about. As a young professional, I wanted something a little snazzier. My husband and I were about to leave after being shown the hideous CRV (I was considering a small SUV) when they put me in the Sport. What a difference! My LX had beige fabric seats, the Sport has black sporty fabric. It feels like an upscale sports car on the inside. Gas mileage is great, not that I need it. My commute is less than 5 miles one way, so I'm fortunate to be a great leasing candidate and keep my cars very low mileage. Also love the included back up camera for parking in the parking garage at work; built in Pandora; and better sound system (I like to listen to my music loud). My Sport also looks really cool- white with black trim rims and tinted windows, with snazzy LED headlights and double rear exhaust. It's a quick little thing too! All for around $300 per month. I only gave 9/10 for value because you could probably get a Lexus in this price range if you were willing to put a little cash down- we were going for free/no money down. We also haggled and got all servicing for the lifetime of the lease for only $7 per month. Love my Honda! Will enjoy until I decide to go for an SUV- I'm not impressed with theirs."

Superior condition, both body and engine

By on Monday, August 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,400

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Gas mileage terrific-25 town 36-37 highway"

Cons: "Black seats"

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

"I have owned many cars in my lifetime and I can truly verify that this is the best car overall that I have ever owned."

BEST CAR I HAVE EVER OWNED

By on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable stylish and easy connectability"

Cons: "nothing bad to say"

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

"I recommend that anyone looking for a reliable sedan look at the Honda Accord you won't be disappointed. With so many options it's almost impossible to find one that you won't love. The Honda Lane Watch and great fuel economy makes this car stand out above any other vehicle in it's class!"

9 people out of 26 found this review helpful

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