2013 Honda Accord Sedan Preview

Jeff Youngs | Sep 06, 2012
  • Redesigned for 2013
  • New 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine
  • New continuously variable transmission
  • New Sport and Touring trim levels
  • Improved fuel economy
  • More standard features
  • Bigger trunk and back seat


The redesigned 2013 Honda Accord Sedan is offered in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6 and Touring trim levels. A plug-in hybrid version of the new Accord Sedan arrives early in the 2013 calendar year as a 2014 model, followed by a 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid in the summer of 2013. The Accord Plug-in Hybrid model is discussed in a separate article.

Exterior Features

The all-new 2013 Honda Accord Sedan is 3 inches shorter in length and 1 inch shorter in wheelbase than the previous model, but is equipped with a bigger trunk, more rear-seat leg room, and more shoulder room for front and rear passengers. Additionally, the Accord is styled to improve aerodynamics and, by extension, fuel economy, Honda says. Additionally, Honda uses underbody panels for the 2013 Accord to reduce aerodynamic drag.

All 2013 Accord models are equipped with standard aluminum wheels. The Accord EX-L and Accord Touring trims include LED taillights, all vehicles equipped with a V-6 engine have LED running lights, and the Accord Touring trim features LED headlights.

Interior Features

Redesigned with what Honda calls "simplified" controls, the 2013 Honda Accord Sedan's interior is offered in black, gray or ivory colors. Newly designed seats are installed front and rear, wrapped in cloth fabric in the LX, Sport and EX trims.

Standard equipment for all Accord sedans includes dual-zone automatic climate control, color 8-inch multi-information display, reversing camera, and an expanded-view driver-side mirror. Active Noise Control and Active Sound Control are standard, employed to make the interior quieter.

Optional Features

To add options to a 2013 Honda Accord Sedan, buyers must purchase the next level of trim as stand-alone options are not available from the factory. Key upgrades include leather, heated front seats, 10-way power driver's seat, power sunroof, navigation system, premium sound system, Smart Entry keyless entry and push-button starting, and several safety-related technologies.

Under the Hood

All versions of the 2013 Honda Accord Sedan except for the Touring model are equipped with a standard direct-injected, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Honda says the CVT is equipped with "G-Design Shift Logic" for a "connected feel" and "more immediate acceleration response."

The 4-cylinder engine generates 185 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 181 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,900 rpm. The Accord Sport receives slight power boosts to 189 horsepower and 182 lb.-ft. of torque.

The Accord EX-L V6 and the Accord Touring are equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine featuring Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology. The VCM system is designed to shut two or three of the six cylinders down when the vehicle is coasting or cruising under low engine-load conditions. The V-6 engine creates 278 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 252 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,900 rpm.

All Accord models offer an Econ button with EcoAssist technology. By pressing the button, the driver adjusts powertrain mapping to automatically conserve as much fuel as possible.


Honda equips every 2013 Accord Sedan with 6 air bags, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, traction and stability control, and a hill-start-assist system. Additionally, a reversing camera and an expanded-view driver side mirror are standard. The new Accord's SmartVent side air bags are designed to eliminate excessive air bag deployment force.

A LaneWatch blind-spot information system, which monitors only the passenger's side of the car, is standard on EX, EX-L and Touring trims. Forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning systems are standard on EX-L and Touring trims. Adaptive cruise control is included only on the Accord Touring Sedan.


All 2013 Accords are equipped with Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming, SMS text messaging capability, Pandora Internet radio compatibility, and a USB/iPod connection.

A new touch-screen audio and navigation system is available on the Accord EX-L and standard on the Accord Touring. These versions of the Accord are also offered with the automaker's new cloud-based HondaLink connectivity system, featuring Aha Radio, access to Internet applications, roadside assistance, and more.
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