2013 Honda Accord EXL Sedan

Specifics on the redesigned 2013 Honda Accord have trickled out slowly, but Wednesday, Honda released detailed features and powertrain information for its midsize car. The Accord sedan goes on sale Sept. 19, while the coupe hits dealerships Oct. 15.

In a statement, Honda says the redesigned Accord offers four-cylinder and V6 engines, as well as two hybrid powertrains that will debut next year. The base Accord comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 185 horsepower, which is more than the 2012 model’s 177-horsepower four-cylinder engine. The 2013 Accord can be fitted with a continuously variable transmission, which wasn’t available last year, or a six-speed manual transmission. Competitors like the 2013 Kia Optima and 2013 Hyundai Sonata stopped offering manual transmissions after the 2012 model year. The Accord Sport sedan uses the same engine as the base model, though it makes 189 horsepower.

2013 Honda Accord ELX Coupe

A 278-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine is optional and makes 7 horsepower more than the prior V6. The 2013 Accord’s V6 is paired to a six-speed automatic in sedans. Coupe models receive a six-speed manual, but an automatic is unavailable. The EPA hasn’t released official fuel economy data for the 2013 Accord yet, but Honda says models with the four-cylinder engine average up to 36 mpg on the highway, while V6 models average up to 34 mpg on the highway. These figures are higher than the 2012 Accord’s EPA-estimated ratings of 23/34 mpg city/highway (four-cylinder) and 20/30 mpg (V6).

Honda adds that its first plug-in hybrid Accord sedan, which will have 2.0-liter four-cylinder two-motor system, will go on sale in early 2013. A conventional hybrid will debut in the summer of 2013.

Compared with the outgoing model, the 2013 Accord offers more interior and safety features. Standard amenities include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, SMS text messaging, Pandora Internet Radio and a rearview camera. Navigation and HondaLink, which connects to smartphones to access features such as music, Internet applications and roadside assistance, are optional. In addition to its six standard airbags, the Accord offers optional forward collision warning, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control, which are commonly offered on more upscale cars.  

2013 Honda Accord EXL Sedan

On the outside, the 2013 Accord sedan and coupe are shorter than the models they replace and have new grilles. Automobile Magazine says that while the new Accord’s exterior design isn’t radical, its feature and powertain updates have the potential to bring it to the top of its class. “With these updates, several new flavors for including the new Touring and Sport trims, and the upcoming plug-in hybrid, the 2013 Honda Accord appears ready to retain its predecessor's position as a top seller in the midsize sedan segment, and possibly mount a challenge to the Camry's long-standing domination of the sales charts.”

Honda hasn’t released pricing information for the 2013 Accord sedan and coupe, but the 2012 Accord sedan starts at $21,480, while the 2012 Accord coupe starts at $23,080.

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