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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 240 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
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Good but a few issues

By on Monday, January 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "driving, brakes, handling"

Cons: "windows freeze in winter, rims are unrepairable"

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

"This is for the "Sport" model with the manual transmission. Got the manual for a last blast before everything becomes CRV. Handling, brakes, and suspension are all very good. A good overall car. However, was somewhat of a let down for me personally. I have bought Accords religiously since 1999. The car came with 3 defects which has never happened to me before. Two on the door and the manual transmission would not go into 4th gear reliably. Honda seems to have "value engineered" the car too much. Why only one USB plug with a knockout for the other one? No pass through for the trunk like in the past? Computer screen seems primitive. Tried to get the sport mag wheels redone after some curb rash. Cannot redo them due to porosity in the wheels."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great car with fantastic gas mileage.

By on Tuesday, January 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

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
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Dealer was great. Never any issues at all"

Cons: "Ride is a bit taut, but sporty. Radio is lacking"

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

"Only draw back is a rather taut ride, but fine when on the road. Easy 36+ mpg on the road at speed limit and above. City/Highway averages 31 MPG. The 4 cylinder has plenty of power. Quiet inside but a bit of engine noise when outside. Added additional tint to rear side and back glass as the factory tint is very light. Don't much care for the radio."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great Car! Worth Every Penny!

By on Tuesday, January 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

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: "Gas Mileage, Comfort, Convenienc Features, Quality"

Cons: "Shouldn't have passed on the Navigation"

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

"We have had this car for a few months now. It seems like every time we drive it, we are pleased and reminded that this purchase was a good decision. The gas mileage is incredible. It is very comfortable. The convenience features are well thought out and work flawlessly. My only regret is that we did not get Navigation with it. I look forward to handing this Accord down to my kids when they are old enough to drive. I would not hesitate to buy this again."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Don't waste your money, buy the Accord LX!

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Rooomy"

Cons: "Poor workmanship interior, noisy, trunk is cheap"

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

"The Accord Touring is a nice looking car but that is where the quality stops. The Accord seats are not comfortable,they need vented seats, the leather is just to hot for hot climates. The car is not well built. I have had multiple pieces fall off, these being the vent knobs, a piece on the window corner and the emergency key cover on the front console. It has multiple rattles and noises when on any type of rough road, especially with the hand latch above the drivers door. The navigation is hard to set up and the other instrumentation loaded into the navigation system is confusing and hard to set up. Bluetooth reception is bad. It is roomy and the radio is pretty good. If you want an Accord stick with the basic. The Touring is overpriced for what it delivers."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I have a 2016 accord touring version.

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 750

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great ride, lots of options, standard on touring"

Cons: "None to speak of yet"

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

"The 19 wheels on this vehicle are very nice and the ride is as smooth as any sedan I have ever driven. The car looks and rides as nice as the expensive import sedans, but you get all this at a very economical price."

2015 Sport - Great Overall Car

By on Thursday, December 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "MPG, Comfortable, Tech"

Cons: "Noisy, Rough Ride"

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

"I bought this car a few months back and overall it has been great. It is a perfect road trip or daily commuter. I get a lot of compliments and a few of my friends even went and bought accords after riding in mine. The CVT accelerates much better than I expected. It handles great but you do sacrifice a smooth ride, especially with the Sports low profile tires. A lot of noise comes through the pillar on the drivers door but it's nothing that turning up the radio a little won't fix. The seats can get a little uncomfortable after about three hours, but what seats don't? The trunk is massive, I haven't found anything that I really need to take that wont fit, if I do I can always rent or borrow a pickup. I have been getting around 28-30 mpg around town and up to 37 on the high at 75 mph. I do enjoy the car but honestly I have been suffering a little buyers remorse the last few weeks. I think it has more to do with not going used rather than going for the Accord."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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