The fully redesigned 2013 Honda Accord is a handsome midsize car that’s offered in coupe and sedan body styles, with the latter providing ample room for five. It is a strong competitor in the segment, with good fuel economy, composed driving dynamics and an attractive, high-quality interior.
The Honda Accord sedan is sold in five trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring. The Accord coupe is available in three trims: LX-S, EX and EX-L.
The 2013 Accord is an all-new, ninth-generation model. Key changes this year include updated engines that offer improved power and efficiency. A four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission are standard. You’ll also find the Accord’s first ever continuously variable transmission (CVT), which is available with the base engine. A V6 is available and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission on most trims.
Other changes include the availability of LED headlights and enhanced driver assistance features, such as the new Honda LaneWatch blind-spot display.
The 2013 Accord offers an evolutionary departure from the previous generation model. Its contoured sides come across as sleek and handsome on the sedan and streamlined on the coupe, with the latter featuring a slightly higher rear deck than the sedan. Honda used higher grades of steel for the 2013 Accord, resulting in improved durability and rigidity, as well as a lighter overall weight. Other changes underneath the Accord provide improved aerodynamics.
The 2013 Accord comes with standard daytime running lights, projector-beam headlights and 16-inch alloy wheels. Each model also comes with an integrated rear window antenna, chrome door handles, and a chrome exhaust finisher (V6 models feature dual exhaust finishers).
Available exterior upgrades include LED headlights, daytime running lights and brake lights, as well as heated sideview mirrors and 17- or 18-inch wheels.
Both the Accord sedan and coupe offer room for five. The sedan has more interior room than the coupe, owing in part to an extra 2 inches between the wheels and a longer roofline.
The sedan’s interior space rivals that of some large cars, offering excellent head- and legroom in the front row and ample space in the second row. Similarly, the coupe’s front row is roomy, but rear legroom and hip room are tighter. The Accord coupe is better suited to four passengers.
Cargo volume measures 15.8 cubic feet in the sedan and 13.4 cubic feet in the coupe.
Standard equipment includes a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, power accessories, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, illuminated vanity mirrors, cloth seats and a fold-down rear seatback. Power front seats, leather seating surfaces and heated front seats are available.
The standard 2013 Accord engine is a 2.4-liter four cylinder making 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT.
Also available is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that creates 278 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. It’s generally paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, though a six-speed manual is available in the Accord coupe.
The 2013 Honda Accord gets an EPA-estimated 26/35 mpg city/highway with the base engine and CVT. Accord V6 models are rated as high as 21/33 mpg.
Technology changes to the 2013 Accord are numerous, with standard features that include Bluetooth connectivity, Pandora internet radio integration, hands-free text messaging, a USB port, a four-speaker audio system and a rearview camera. Navigation, keyless entry/ignition, satellite radio and upgraded six- or seven-speaker audio systems are offered.
Forward collision warning, lane departure warning and the Honda LaneWatch blind spot display are standard on EX-L and Touring models. The Accord Touring sedan is also the first Accord model to come with adaptive cruise control.
Honda LaneWatch uses a camera fixed to the right sideview mirror to increase visibility. The camera is activated by the turn signal lever, sending an image of the passenger-side blind spot to the Accord’s 8-inch color display.