Honda once had a trendsetter with the Accord. The nameplate was a cornerstone, the car all other brands would base their success on. The Accord is still a cornerstone, but there’s no denying that it has lost some of its luster over the past few years, due in no small part to the emergence of a new breed of competition from Hyundai, Kia, and Volkswagen. The Camry and Altima are coming out swinging with new models too, so it’s no surprise that Honda didn’t just lay back and play defense. It’s main offense? It’s the redesigned 2013 Accord, complete with a hybrid plug-in model that promises to provide some generous economy for owners.
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2013 Honda Accord: Moving on up
The 2013 Accord will again be available in 2 or 4-door midsize forms with an estimated starting price of around $20,000, but the redesign and plug-in additions are what Honda is counting on to light up sales. Forced to keep up with a competitive midsize class, Honda will be offering a smaller, lighter Accord than the current version, with updated styling and new features. Honda says that the sportier Accord will offer improved handling while maintaining its generous cabin space. Take a look at some more highlights.
2013 Accord Feature Updates
Honda is upping the standard features list for 2013; niceties will include Bluetooth, SMS audio text functionality, and Pandora radio with iPhone interface all bundled together with a Multi-Information Display (i-MID) system. And keeping 2013 Accord a healthy shade of green is Honda’s ECO Assist vehicle efficiency system, also standard on every model.
2013 Accord Performance Updates
Three new engines will grace Accord’s underbelly including a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder with direct injection and an improved 3.5 liter V6. Honda says the 4-cylinder will provide more than 181 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque while being paired with either a 6-speed manual or CVT transmission. The V6 is given 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual options; both engines are promised to see improvements in performance and fuel economy. The other new intro is the plug-in hybrid powertrain. Speaking of which…
2013 Accord Plug in Hybrid
Another exciting aspect for electric/Honda fans is the Accord plug in hybrid, a model that features a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder coupled with an electric motor rumored to be 161 horsepower- the gas engine is said to have 134 HP and 111 lb.-ft. of torque. Controlled by an electronic continuously variable transmission (e-CVT), Honda says the plug in Accord can achieve 10-15 city miles and up to 62 MPG in electric only mode. Charging times are around 4hours with a 120 volt outlet or 1.5 hours with 240 volts. The plug in engine maximizes economy by going between all electric, gas-electric, and direct drive (gas engine only) modes- which drivers can control.
2013 Accord Safety Updates
Honda will be introducing plenty of safety tech for the new Accord including lane departure and forward collision warning systems, and a LaneWatch blind spot system featuring a passenger side mounted camera for enhanced vision. And a backup camera will come standard on every model.
2013 Honda Accord Summary
11 million US Accords sold and still going. It’s easy to get excited about the new Accord and Honda isn’t likely to disappoint its fans by rolling out anything other than a top class competitor. Will it be able to once again rise to the top of the midsize market? We’ll find out soon enough. Keep an eye out for the 2013 Honda Accord, and all of Honda’s current and future vehicles, by using CarWoo!, the best way to buy.