2013 Honda Accord: First Look — KickingTires

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2013 Honda Accord: Look

Competes with: Camry, Nissan Altima, Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Sonata

Looks like: rear end got a much-needed makeover

185- or 189-horsepower, 2.4-liter with six-speed manual or 278-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with manual or six-speed automatic; drive-

Hits dealerships: 19 (sedan), Oct. 15 (coupe)

redesigned the Accord for 2013, the ninth generation of its popular car amid a hotbed of competition. By volume, some seven out of 10 cars saw redesigns for 2012 or The list includes household Chevrolet Malibu. Ford

Nissan Altima. Toyota .

Honda hopes to recapture of the sales momentum lost in an 2011 with a lighter, fuel-efficient and better-equipped 2013 With an automatic transmission, the Accord sedan gets an 27/36 mpg city/highway (26/35 mpg in the Sport) — which is up 3 mpg in combined versus its predecessor in all but the Sport. It and standard with features alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, a backup and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Accord follows a transition in the Altima, Malibu and Camry: new, the sheet metal with the outgoing car. headlights ensconce a familiar with optional fog lights — rectangular on the sedan, circular on the The tail sees the biggest dropping clear-lens lights for and red ones that recall the Genesis sedan. The Accord meanwhile, gets vertical reflectors similar to those on the Outback .

After a size for the prior Accord, the ninth shrinks a bit. The sedan 3.6 inches of length, while the drops 2.2 inches. The smaller combines with higher-strength a lighter front suspension and weight-saving measures that 57 pounds off the sedan.

Sixteen-inch alloy wheels are with 17s or 18s optional. Uplevel have LED brake lights, V-6 versions get LED daytime running The top-of-the-line Accord Touring full LED headlights, a first for

Stay tuned for a full of trim levels and pricing.

The trades the last Accord’s dash panels for a single piece with fewer controls. Inlayed materials run silver in the base Accord LX to a brown in the leather-lined EX-L. have beige or black

Cabin volume decreases in the sedan, but trunk room to 15.8 cubic feet — up 1.1 feet from last In the subwoofer-equipped EX-L, it shrinks to cubic feet. Cabin increases in the Accord coupe, and trunk room increases to cubic feet from year’s 11.9.

The rear seat folds in a piece, however, as opposed to the seats in most competitors.

A of noise abatements — A-pillars flush with the windshield, hood and fender insulation — the Accord near the top of its class for Honda says. The automaker aerodynamics in the sedan have 7% with the redesign.

Thinner and reshaped mirrors help visibility, Honda says. in the Honda CR-V, the Accord’s mirror sculpts outward at its for extra visibility.

An 8-inch screen runs the standard system, which includes compatibility, Bluetooth phone and streaming and an app for Pandora internet Uplevel cars add a touch-screen with the HondaLink system ; it podcasts, audiobooks and more via smartphone and internet radio Aha. Honda says it include more apps the road.

The Accord marks the first of new Earth Dreams drivetrains, a direct-injection 2.4-liter four-cylinder as the base engine. It makes 185 in the Accord sedan and coupe. An Sport, which slots above the LX, makes 189 hp thanks to a exhaust system.

Above is Honda’s 278-hp 3.5-liter

Gas mileage for the automatic sedan is mpg with the four-cylinder — just of the 27/38 mpg four-cylinder Altima — and mpg with the V-6. That’s up 11% and 4% the last Accord, respectively. and stick-shift cars rate 1 to 3 mpg overall. The four-cylinder ditches year’s five-speed automatic for a new variable automatic transmission, the V-6 gets a six-speed automatic.

A six-speed manual is available on the sedan and four- or six-cylinder

Major mechanical changes new electric power steering, replaces the outgoing Accord’s setup, and a strut front replacing last year’s

Standard features include automatic climate control, control and various power Move up the trims, and you can get a moonroof, seats, a navigation system, access with push-button and heated leather seats. coupes have bolstered seats and red accents on the gauges and displays, but a power passenger remains unavailable.

Head-protecting airbags, antilock brakes and an stability system are standard. So is a camera. Safety options lane-departure and forward-collision warning The latter alerts drivers to obstacles, but it doesn’t engage braking, as some do.

Honda’s new LaneWatch system a camera on the passenger-side rearview to show two lanes of adjacent Honda says it displays a that’s about four wider than the mirror

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