Last month I had a chance to evaluate the all-new 2013 Honda Accord sedan.
This week, I had the opportunity to log a little more seat time in the Accord, only in the coupe body style.
As I mentioned in my first report, there is a lot to like about the 9th generation Honda Accord.
Made at Honda’s assembly plants in Ohio, the new model is without question the most technologically advanced Accord ever produced in the nameplate’s 37-year history.
The 2013 Accord produces more power, yet achieves higher fuel economy numbers over last year’s model — due in large part to new technology. It also has a bigger trunk.
To sweeten the deal, ride and handling have also been improved, in large part to a new MacPherson strut front suspension system.
With a base price starting at $21,680, the five-passenger, front-wheel drive 2013 Accord is available in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, Touring sedan trim levels; LX-S, EX and EX-L trim levels on the coupe.
Consumers have their choice of two engines. The base powerplant is a 2.4-liter direct injection I-4 delivering 185 horsepower (189 for Sport models) and 181 lbs.-ft. torque (182 for Sport models).
For those wanting more power, a 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivers 278 horsepower and 252 lbs.-ft. torque.
Both engines use regular unleaded gasoline.
When it comes to transmissions, consumers have their choice of a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic and new this year, a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
With a lot of powertrain options to choose from, EPA fuel economy ratings have also been improved across the board. Accord models equipped with the I-4 have an EPA fuel economy rating that ranges from 24 to 27 mpg city, and from 34-36 mpg highway.
Accord V-6 models have a fuel economy rating ranging of 21 mpg city, 34 mpg highway.
Standard features include Bluethooth HandsFreeLink with audio streaming, USB/iPod integration, rearview camera and an audio/information screen, as well as Honda’s Eco Assist driving system, dual-zone climate control, Pandora internet radio integration and an SMS text messaging function, to name but a few.
In addition to a long list of standard safety features, which include advanced vehicle stability assist with traction control and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution. The new Accord also offers new advanced systems, such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning, Honda LaneWatch blind spot display and adaptive cruise control, again, to name but a few.
It’s impossible for me to list all of the features in this limited space, so for the sake of brevity, pretty much any feature you want is available on one or more of the Accord trim levels.
For those in the market for a midsize coupe, the new Accord should be on the test drive list.
Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 20 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association.
The Nuts and Bolts
2013 Honda Accord
5-seat midsize sedan or coupe
LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, Touring (sedan); LX-S, EX, EX-L (coupe)
2.4L I4 (185 hp/181 T)
3.5L V6 (278 hp/252 T)
EPA: 24/27 mpg city, 34/36 mpg highway (I4 6MT/CVT); 21 mpg city, 34 mpg highway (V6 6AT)
Vehicle stability assist with traction control
LENGTH: 207.6 inches
WHEELBASE: 109.3/107.3 in.*
WIDTH: 72.8 inches
HEIGHT: 57.7/56.5 in.*
WEIGHT: 3192-3536 lbs.
FUEL TANK: 17.2 gallons
TIRES: 16-, 17-, or 18-inch
* Denotes (sedan/coupe)