Saturday, September 15, 2012

Photos: 2013 Honda Accord Test Drive

The redesigned Honda Accord is set to hit dealerships September 19th. Bernardi Honda in Natick, MA got some in a few days early so I headed over today for a test drive.
2013 Honda Accord EX-L V6 Sedan
The 2013 is said to be a complete redesign, and it is indeed a brand new model. But to those familiar with the prior Accord -- as I am since we've been leasing a 2010 Accord EX sedan for two and a half years -- it feels like more of an incremental improvement. A very nice incremental improvement.
2013 Honda Accord Sport Sedan
The trim levels should be familiar to long-time Honda fans. An LX, an EX, an EX-L, and an EX-L V6 are available along with a new Sport model priced just south of the EX, and a loaded Touring model. The Sport lacks a moonroof but includes 18" alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips and a spoiler.
To my eye, the rear styling is a nice change from the prior model. They probably could have done more to catch my attention on the front - I think it looks almost identical to the 2010.
 
The new Accord offers some very nice standard features. It's amazing how much a single little feature -- like an AUX input for audio from your mobile phone -- can change how much I enjoy a car. All new Accords come standard with Bluetooth integration, AUX and USB inputs, rear backup cameras, dual zone climate control and more. Compared to our 2010 Accord EX which lacked external temperature display for example, the 2013 is very nicely equipped.
2013 Accord Sport Interior
The view of the dashboard from behind the steering wheel is significantly revamped, mostly for the better in my opinion.
I took a 2013 Accord Sport sedan out for a test drive. It comes with cloth seats which I thought they were a bit more comfortable than the prior model. A bit firmer in a good way. Touch points are nicely trimmed in leather and the car feels very comfortably sized with a touch of new technological splash.
 
If there's one complaint I have about our 2010 Accord, it's that the car is a bit slower than I'd like it to be. Even when you really give it some gas it doesn't have very good throttle response from say 10-45 mph when you're merging with traffic.
 
The 2013 boosts horsepower slightly while also improving mileage so I was looking forward to seeing if it was any more powerful. I'd say it felt about 10% more powerful. Which is probably enough to give us what we need but not necessarily what we want. This is an Accord after all.
 
One other unique feature in the 2013 is its Continuously Variable Transmission. I've never driven one of these before - and I think this is a first in the Accord. I was expecting the car to never feel like it's shifting but the net effect is that it felt to me like it was holding its current gear for a long time under heavy acceleration.
 
Separate from the CVT is a Sport mode which can be selected just south of "D" when selecting which gear you'd like to drive in. And separate from this is an Econ button to the left of the steering wheel that can be used, presumably, to improve mileage. I think these are welcome additions but I'm not sure I'd like to think about these things and would prefer the car to adjust automatically to provide the best mileage possible while giving me power when I need it.
 
They also had a 2013 EX-L on the lot. I thought the EX rims looked a little lackluster compared to the Sport's, and not quite as stylish as the outgoing model:
 
2013 Honda Accord EX-L
Pricing looks to be very modestly increased compared to the outgoing model. The 2013 Sport sedan I drove stickers for just $24k. I think that's a lot of car for the money.
2013 Sport Window Sticker
Full details on pricing, colorization options, and packages is set to arrive this Wednesday, September 19th.
 
I'm also considering a new 3 series or a used 5 series. Long shot considerations include the VW Passat and the Hyundai Genesis. I'd be a trading in a used 2003 325i -and- terminating a lease on our 2010 Accord 6 months early. Discounts on the new model are said to be hard to come by - but isn't that always said to be the case when you're on the buying end of a car transaction?
 
Bottom Line
 
I think the 2013 is a very nice redesign of a very reliably good midsize sedan. I'll look forward to learning a bit more about them and seeing if we can work out a deal I can't refuse.
 
Question of the Day:What do you think of the new Accord? Leave a comment below or ping me on Twitter: @RobertDwyer
 
Further Reading: How to lease a new car for a rock bottom price
 
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22 comments:

car hire in singapore said...

Am in. Which all centers have this test drive?

Edward Nickett said...

This car looks so amazing. I bet you enjoyed riding and driving it. The innovation are quite awesome, another to look forward to this year.

Lonnie Ortiz said...

A friend of mine had the chance to own this car because his application for a car loan was approved. Now, I am really thinking about applying for a car loan.

Linda E. Arce said...

You did a great review of those cars. Now I am just thinking of which car to buy.

Rosa D. Blakely said...

I agree with you on this especially the in the redesigning part. This unit is impressive and I think you must give it a try.

Adam Dorsey said...

What I love about Accord Sport Sedan is that, it looks good in any way you customize it - specially the mags. I'm choosing between this model and the Nissan Sentra because I want to modify it soon after I receive it.

Melissa Martins Rocha said...

Even back then when the Accord first came out, it was really a wonderful sedan introduced by Honda. Until now, Accord is still a great sedan even though I hate how Honda redesigned the exterior of the car.

Josh Chambers said...

The 2013 model they will be launching is something to look forward to. I've been wondering what's the new thing they are going to show this time.

Monica May said...

New sedan? I'm quite more interested in the older designs, but I could give this a try too! Thanks for the updates!

Hannah Graves said...

Thanks for the updates! In my case, I prefer Toyota Sedans, but I guess I'll give this a try too. You should try reviewing Toyota too!

Aaron Finch said...

I have seen so many new released models this year and Honda did a great job in Sedan! Seems usual outside but defined auto parts inside.

Kimberly Grantham said...

It would be more interesting if they set out their own electrical models in line with the launching and the test-drive of their Honda accord. This way, they will leave the public the impression of something to look forward to in the near future.

Rachel Hawthorn said...

I thought the 2013 accord had a bit more muscle in it than its previous incarnation. Slightly more powerful engine, more stylish interior, more accessories, better outward appearance. It's definitely worth the investment.

Richard Favela said...

Couldn't agree more with you @Rachel my first car is a Honda Civic 2005 and I must say that you could rely on it's performance even for the next couple of years. So I think, this Honda Accord would be as awesome as the one I used to have, you know it's durability will always depend on how the owners maintain and take care their cars.

Gerry Cross said...

The 2013 Honda Accord EX-L V6 Sedan is an awesome car! Looking at the car specs can ensure you that it can give you the good quality of a car that you're looking for. What I liked about this car is the presence of the security equipment; I will definitely buy this type of car!

Harry Philips said...

I wonder how that thing will hold up. The older city and civic models were pretty durable, even with minimal maintenance and just routine part check and replacement. This has to keep up the tradition its predecessors maintained.

Karen Storke said...

The one thing I love about the 2013 City is the electronics suite. It's got all the gadgets I could ever need in a car: reliable music player, gps, rear-view camera, the works. That's why I love this car.

Allie French said...

i still consider the city to be a top-end, rough-and-tumble sedan, even if I don't drive one anymore. The one I used to have was a godsend, maintenance-wise, as I didn't have to shelve out extra for replacement parts every time I go to the shop. That's how durable the parts were.

Ed Joice said...

Honda is one of the reputed luxury and sports car maker in the auto mobile industry. I love all Honda car models and also the Honda bikes. Honda cars very beautiful and stylish. They are very comfortable to drive and the interior designing of the Honda cars are really very nice. Nice exterior look and the modeling is extremely good in case of the Honda Accord and its my favorite Honda car.

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