Add my name to the growing list of auto writers singing the praises of the all-new 2013 Honda Accord.
This ninth-generation Accord really is quite an automobile, with an all-new directinjected powertrain, a laundry list of safety innovations and a new plug-in hybrid model added to the lineup. Completely redesigned for 2013, this sleek Accord has a host of engineering, electronic and safety firsts combined with nice looks and smart styling.
The new Accord lineup includes Sedan and Coupe models powered by four-cylinder, V-6 and hybrid powertrains, paired with manual, automatic and continuously variable transmission (CVT) options. Using the most high-strength steel ever in a Honda, the 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe bodies combine sophisticated, athletic styling with a flowing aerodynamic design, while revised Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structures improve frontal crash safety.
Honda’s all-new Earth Dreams powertrains include the first U.S. application of Honda’s next-generation 2.4-liter direct-injected fourcylinder engine. Both the Sedan and Coupe offer a more powerful and efficient V-6 and there even is an all-new two-motor Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Sedan.
Four transmissions are available, including the first-ever application of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) on 2.4-liter fourcylinder models, a six-speed automatic on V-6 models, and unique six-speed manual transmissions on 2.4-liter four-cylinder models and the 3.5-liter V-6 Coupe. Fuel efficiency is the best ever for the midsize Accord, with fourcylinder models getting up to 36 mpg on the highway and V-6 models reaching 34 mpg.
A new MacPherson-strut front suspension improves ride and handling, while also reducing interior noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The new lighter aluminum and steel front subframe also uses a proprietary Honda friction-stir welding process.
Other new Accord technologies include the first application of the all-new cloudbased HondaLink system, which lets drivers put away their smartphones and remain connected to their contacts, music and social media. One especially interesting new item is the available LaneWatch blind-spot display that uses a camera on the right exterior mirror for a better look at the road behind. It channels the expanded rear view image through the Multi-Information Display (i- MID) monitor on the dash. The system also includes a rearview camera and is standard on Accord EX, EX-L and Touring Sedan and EX-L Coupe models. Two additional popular features are now standard on all new Accords: Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and USB/iPod integration.
All Accord models have Econ button with Eco Assist as standard equipment and the new Smart Entry & Push Button Start is included on Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models. Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) features are standard on some trim levels.
Base pricing on the 2013 Honda Accord ranges from $21,680 to $33,430.
Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to LetsTalkCars@aol.com