2013 Honda Accord Review
Test drivers agree the 2013 Honda Accord will appeal to a broad range of midsize car shoppers with its extensive powertrain lineup and upscale interior, but the redesign doesn’t knock any reviewers’ socks off.
A new four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission make their way onto the Accord’s powertrain lineup for 2013. The majority of automotive reviewers are happy with both, and Cars.com says, "The Accord's new staple drivetrain, a direct-injection four-cylinder and continuously variable automatic transmission, provides enough oomph around town. … The Nissan Altima's CVT responds faster to accelerator nudges, but Honda's gets the job done, kicking engine revs sky-high when you need passing power." A V6 engine, six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions are also available, depending on the trim. Fuel economy for the four-cylinder model with the CVT is 27/36 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. The new suspension and power steering garner mixed comments. Auto critics generally think the Accord is smooth and capable, but most note that the steering is numb. If reliability is high on your must-have list, the Accord has one of the highest reliability ratings in its class.
The automotive press likes the 2013 Accord sedan’s new interior, saying that it’s one of the most spacious and comfortable in the class. With more standard features than many rivals, like a rearview camera and hands-free text messaging capability, test drivers are impressed with the increase in value over the 2012 model, as well as the high-end materials and high-tech available safety features. They like the overall design, and several appreciate the simplified control layout. MarketWatch writes, "Inside, Honda did its best to create a touch or three of luxury with some new gadgets along with a new one-piece dash panel." One downside reviewers point out is that the back seat folds down in one piece instead of two, which means no one can sit in the back when you have large cargo items to haul.
- "Materials and assembly quality appear to be at or above past Honda standards and, to our eyes, it even looks better than the car it replaces. That Honda needs a winner in the new Accord is clear. After our drive, we would say it has one." -- Inside Line
- "Substantially upgraded inside, outside and underneath, the 2013 Accord pushes all the right buttons, especially in its new high-value lower specification models." -- Left Lane News
- "With the new Accord, Honda brings some heat, but it doesn't knock anybody down. The redesigned 2013 Honda Accord adds refinement and convenience, but it loses a bit of driving fun." -- Cars.com
- "Is the new Accord any good? Yes, in fact, it is. It looks better; it drives better; it's a nicer place to spend time; it gets better fuel economy; and it does it all without offending the traditional Accord buyer. Accord people will love it, and the rest of us must admit it's certainly more than 10 percent better than the old one." -- Motor Trend
Other Cars to Consider
Although some reviewers think the Accord’s handling is somewhat sporty, they agree that the 2013 Nissan Altima is one of the most athletic handlers in the class. If you want an engaging, fun driving experience, they say the Altima should be on your list. Like the Accord, the Altima has a smooth CVT and a comfortable interior, and the Altima surpasses the Accord with higher highway fuel economy estimates.
If fuel economy is high on your list and you don’t want a hybrid, check out the 2013 Volkswagen Passat diesel. The diesel Passat surpasses the Accord with better city and highway fuel economy ratings. Test drivers also like the Passat’s nimble handling, ample engine power and large cabin and trunk.
Details: 2013 Honda Accord
The 2013 Honda Accord is fully redesigned and is available in sedan and coupe body styles. The Accord sedan comes in six trim levels, while the Accord coupe comes in four trims. Both models range from a four-cylinder engine and manual transmission to a V6 with an automatic. A CVT is also available on four-cylinder models. A plug-in hybrid Accord is expected to go on sale early next year as a 2014 model, followed by a regular Accord hybrid in the summer.