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2013 Honda Accord

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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 256 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Best Accord yet

By on Sunday, July 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "reliability, styling, resale value, comfort"

Cons: "No Apple car play, navigation interface is clunky"

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

"I have owned 4 new Hondas, my first was a Prelude in 1984, then I had 3 Accords. All from the same dealership. In all those years I have had exactly one part break on me. The AC clutch on my 2003 Accord failed after 11 years, $300 later and it was fine. So one failure in 32 years. My 2015 Accord Touring is the best, it is smooth and fast and get's amazing milage for a V6, I get about 27-28 in town driving conservatively, 34 on the highway at a round 80mph. The adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning works great. I especially love the ACC, I set it to drive 1000 miles to Texas and rarely ever used the brakes, so much more relaxing. The phone works really well using the car. My iPod integrates well too and the voice commands work about 85% of the time. I wish mine had Apple Carplay but most of the functions are fine with my phone and iPod. The navigation works well to but the interface is a bit hard to use. Just last week I used voice commands to find a place in Phoenix and it found it on the 2nd try. The voice guidance continues to work even if you leave the navigation screen. I use XM/Sirius radio and Pandora a lot too. Both work well but Pandora has better sound fidelity. Now I want a car that will drive autonomously, the ACC get's you one step closer since it accelerates and brakes on it's own. The braking was not advertised and surprised me the first time it occurred when a semi pulled in too close, the car braked quickly and then smoothly went back to a follow speed. It has a nice interface too. I will buy an Accord again when they come out with a self steering model. Every time i have sold my used Hondas for more than blue book with no problem. Never on the market longer than a week. Plus Honda's extended warranty is the best I have seen, every Honda in your home is covered for roadside assistance when you buy the warranty. A great perk since we have 3 Hondas."

Handling is precise and stable

By on Saturday, June 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,625

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: "Very nice handling with no corner roll"

Cons: "No Lane Watch feature"

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

"I have purchased over 35 new vehicles in my life and this is without a doubt the best handling and comfortable car I have ever driven. This Sport Model has a bit firmer ride than the LX which I like very much. The only option I would have liked on this model which was not offered is the lane watch. I had a Civic EX-L last year and the lane watch option was a very nice safety feature."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Good car, but a little disappointed

By on Wednesday, June 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfort, looks, efficiency, features"

Cons: "Several repairs already, infotainment system, CVT"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I've been a Honda guy for a long time. I've owned 5 previous to this one: 1993 Civic DX, 1994 Accord EX, 2000 Civic Si, 2003 Accord LX, and a 2009 Accord LX. The '93, '94, and '03 I drove until they were well over 100k and had no real problems with any of them. I've also owned 3 American-made cars, but with so much success, when I decided it was time for an upgrade to the '09, I looked to Honda again. I purchased the 2015 Accord EX-L in January 2015, a little ways into the 2015 car cycle. This is my first brand new Honda. I actually went into the process planning to get an SUV like the CR-V, but I got such a good price on the Accord I decided it was the best option. Some of the things I really like about this car: Looks - I think it's refined and handsome. I have the white exterior with tan interior and love the color combination. User-friendly - Like every Honda I've owned, 99% of what you want/need is exactly where you'd expect it. The infotainment system takes away from that some but overall it's very good. Comfort and space - This is a large and roomy car, and the leather seats are quite comfortable and supportive. Road trips are comfortable, I've never experienced any fatigue from being in the car. Trunk space is good too. Efficiency - I get 27 in the city pretty consistently and usually about 33 or 34 on highway road trips. Oddly enough, I get significantly worse efficiency (and performance) when using Eco mode, so I keep it turned off. Features - Bluetooth, blind spot camera, backup camera, Bose system, power seats, keyless door/trunk opening and start, auto up/down windows and sunroof, it's all there. There are cars that have more features, like a 360 camera or Apple Car Play, and I expect future Accords will too. This one does have a lot of features though. So I like the Accord generally, but some of the product quality I expect from Honda is not as present as I would like. From day one, the infotainment system has been pretty spotty. For example, when returning from a bluetooth phone call, sometimes it just freezes and won't do anything. No sound, buttons don't work, can't turn it off or on, can't change source, etc. Sometimes it does similar things when returning from blind spot or back up camera. I've brought this to my dealership's attention a number of times but they've looked at it and say there's nothing they can do. I also had to go in twice for AC overhauls in the first 16 months of ownership. There's apparently a faulty component that causes the freon flow to stick open and just discharge into thin air... and that's happened twice. It's about $1000 to fix and I'm concerned about it happening again once I get out of warranty. The latest thing is that the rear deck (the part between the back seat and the rear window) has started vibrating like crazy against the rear window when standard bass plays through the speakers. It seems like the deck has just worked its way loose. So I'm heading back to see if they can resolve that too. There are other things that frustrate me, like when the (CVT) transmission seems to skip around and hunt for a gear. This sometimes leads to a shudder or a lull instead of immediate acceleration. That can be especially frustrating in tight spots and/or heavy traffic, where timing is important. So, all in all, driving this Accord has been a positive experience. I got a good value, it's nice-looking, comfortable, efficient, and has a good feature set. There have been enough negatives though that I'll be looking at other options/brands the next time I'm in the market."

14 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Nice car

By on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,800

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Nice family car with a good gas mileage. Roomy and comfortable for a family with a toddler. Very reliable."

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Love my Honda!

By on Friday, May 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable, Fun to drive, LaneWatch and safety!"

Cons: "I'm now spoiled by the great features!"

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

"I love my Honda. Formerly had a Civic for 382,000 miles, also a great car, but it was time for a new one. Switched to the Accord and this car is just perfect. I love all the features in the newer vehicles. The LaneWatch is a lifesaver. Massive trunk space. True space for passengers in the back seat, including their legs and feet. I would buy this car over again without a second thought. I've had this Accord for 2 years now."

8 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Nice vehicle!

By on Thursday, May 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Overall good car. Honda is a brand known to satisfy the consumer and you won't be disappointed. Certainly, not in the luxury car classification, but for the dollar very sound investment. Don't think anyone will be disappointed. Regular maintenance and that was it. On several occasions received compliments from others on the looks of the vehicle."

18 people out of 24 found this review helpful

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