2013 Honda Accord Interior
The 2013 Honda Accord’s redesigned cabin receives positive comments from the automotive press, though a few reviewers say the interior is not as stylish as rivals’. Overall though, most reviewers are impressed with the high-quality materials and clean design.
- "Dashboard and door materials are more attractive, with low-gloss wraparound panels. Stitched door panels with generous padding recall the Acura RDX, and chrome door pulls finally replace the last generation's wretched silver plastic. It's not a slam dunk - some dull gray panels still line the center dash, for example - but the improvement is consistent with redesigned competitors." -- Cars.com
- "The interior is a gem." -- Fox News
- "Owners of the old Accord will feel like they've landed in a luxury hotel the second they slip into the new interior." -- Automobile Magazine
- "This latest Accord might not set the standard for style in the segment the way the Kia Optima does, but its cabin is undeniably a comfortable place to whittle away the miles." -- Left Lane News
Accord sedan and coupe models both seat five. Higher trims offer leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats and a 10-way power-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar support. Despite the 2013 Accord being smaller than the 2012 model, auto critics love the increased cabin space Honda created. They agree that seat comfort is superb and they like that even tall adults have ample leg- and headroom in the back. One even says the Accord coupe’s rear seat has enough room for adults, which is uncommon praise for a coupe.
- "The front seats are roomy, while the rear seat area is positively cavernous, which is all the more impressive considering it's a smaller car. Honda has again worked its voodoo magic and somehow taken 3.6 inches out of the overall length and a full inch out of the wheelbase while increasing rear seat legroom by 1.4 inches and trunk space by a cubic foot." -- Motor Trend
- "The seats -- previously rock-hard and unsupportive -- are now soft and coddling." -- Automobile Magazine
- "[Back-seat] Headroom is fine, legroom is excellent and the seat sits high enough for adults to have sufficient knee height. The five-seat Accord coupe saw gains in the back, too, with adult-friendly confines for outboard passengers." -- Cars.com
- "The new seats seem abundantly comfortable, and there is ample room for tall folks both front and rear, despite the fact that the new Accord is about 3 inches shorter than the old model." -- MarketWatch
- "Bucket seats don't get much more comfortable than these -- regardless if they are upholstered in cloth or leather -- and the large windows buck the low-roofline trend and offer great visibility." -- Fox News
The base Accord sedan and coupe come standard with a rearview camera, Bluetooth, hands-free text messaging capability, USB and auxiliary audio jacks and Pandora Internet radio compatibility. Higher trims on both models have features like a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, satellite radio, navigation, HondaLink multimedia system, premium audio system with subwoofer and a multi-angle rearview camera. Honda’s optional safety features include forward collision warning, lane departure warning and Honda LaneWatch, which uses a camera mounted under the passenger side mirror to show the driver what’s in his or her blind spot via the larger touch screen.
Most test drivers are happy with the center stack’s logical, simplified design, though several say the smaller touch screen for audio controls is unnecessary given the larger touch screen directly above it. Many reviewers talk about the Accord’s new camera-based LaneWatch blind spot system. Several are disappointed that it only lets you view the passenger side blind spot instead of both sides of the car, and some note that it’s distracting to manually check your blind spot and then look at the screen to double-check what the camera is showing. On the other hand, several reviewers like the assurance the camera gives them to help show what’s hiding in their blind spot.
- "That passenger-side camera is a sweet piece of work. … It's not a very high-resolution camera - more cell phone than GoPro quality - but it adds confidence to every lane change. No doubt Ray LaHood has already added it to his wish list of future mandated safety technologies." -- Inside Line
- "While we're not sure what to make of LaneWatch, we do have one firm complaint about the interior, and that's the touch screen stereo control on navigation-equipped models. … It's completely redundant. Everything that can be done on the touch screen can also be done on the big screen, at the exact same time, even." -- Motor Trend
- "The 2013 Accord's center stack is dramatically less complicated than the old one, which looked like someone sneezed at it with a mouthful of buttons. HVAC controls are mercifully separated into their own, clearly delineated panel. All of the radio controls are logically arranged and easy to use." -- Automobile Magazine
- "We're not so sure about this feature; looking over your left shoulder on the driver's side to merge or pass seems to be more risky (and difficult), yet that side is overlooked by this system. And if the camera is left on, the screen is distracting." -- Consumer Reports (on the LaneWatch system)
- "Generally, the [smaller touch-screen] system is intuitive, but we would have preferred traditional switches for commonly-used functions like radio presets. At least Bluetooth pairing was a cinch." -- Left Lane News
In lower trim levels (LX, Sport and EX), the 2013 Accord sedan has 15.8 cubic feet of trunk space. Upper trims (EX-L, EX-L V6 and Touring) have slightly less room at 15.5 cubic feet because the subwoofer takes up some trunk space. The Accord coupe offers 13.7 cubic feet of cargo space in LX-S trims and 13.4 in EX, EX-L and EX-L V6 models. Reviewers are divided on the functionality of the Accord sedan’s cargo space. One says the trunk opening is on the small side, and is unhappy that the rear seat doesn’t fold down in split sections like most rivals’. Instead, the whole rear seat folds down as one piece, which means if you have long cargo items to haul, no one can sit in the back. Another reviewer thinks the trunk is very family-friendly due to the large opening and even floor.
- "… the trunk's opening is a bit more of a squeeze than the other models. The folding backseat remains the biggest disappointment - it folds in a single piece rather than the 60/40 split other cars boast, allowing a passenger to sit in back when carrying longer cargo." -- Cars.com
- "The Accord's trunk is bigger than before and has a very flat floor, a wide opening and low liftover height. This is Family Car 101 kind of stuff and Honda has aced it. Not everybody does." -- Fox News