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2013 Honda Accord Review

The 2013 Honda Accord has a stylish cabin with plenty of room, comfortable seats, and soft-touch surfaces. However, the Accord sits in the middle of the competitive midsize car class because its reliability rating isn’t as high as rivals and its transmissions have lackluster performance.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable, upscale cabin
  • Athletic handling
  • Great fuel economy
  • Awkward blind spot monitor




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 6.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.5
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2013 Honda Accord Overview

Is the 2013 Honda Accord a Good Used Car?

Available as a sedan or coupe, the 2013 Honda Accord is a decent choice in the midsize car class. It’s one of the more agile vehicles in the lineup, offering zippy handling and precise steering. While both of the Accord’s transmissions are decent overall, they’re not without issues. Some reviewers found the manual lacked a clear clutch point, while the CVT delivers bland performance.

Inside, the 2013 Accord features a clean layout, first-rate materials, and an impressive number of standard features. The seats are plush and spacious in both rows. Plus, the Accord gets good fuel economy estimates and excellent safety scores. One of the few complaints is aimed at Honda’s LaneWatch blind spot monitor, which is difficult for the driver to see. The Accord will fit the needs of many, but it’s worth shopping around in this competitive class. 

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How Much Is the 2013 Honda Accord?

There are about 980 listings on our site for the 2013 Honda Accord. The average list price is $14,300, which is above average for the class. However, pricing can range from $10,900 to $17,800, depending on the trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2013 Honda Accord Cost to Own?

The 2013 Honda Accord’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs come to nearly $24,060. That’s high for the class, and it’s a few thousand dollars higher than the five-year estimates for rivals like the 2013 Toyota Camry and 2013 Hyundai Sonata.  

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Honda Accord?

The 2019 Honda Accord’s starting price of $23,720 is about $9,400 more than the average cost of a 2013 model. If that’s too rich for your blood, consider the 2013, which is a good vehicle that will likely meet your needs. However, the 2019 has sportier handling and a standard turbocharged engine with plenty of gusto and very little turbo lag. Its standard Honda Sensing System is particularly notable. This suite of advanced safety features includes forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. The 2019 model also has a larger trunk than previous models.

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You won’t find any midsize cars priced as low as a 2013 Honda Accord.

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Which Model Year of the Honda Accord Is Best?

The fully redesigned 2013 Honda Accord was the first model of a generation that ended with the 2017 model. All models in the generation are good picks, but the 2013 Accord is an excellent value. Compared to earlier models, the 2013 Accord has an extra cubic foot of trunk space and a roomier interior in sedan models. It also comes with a rearview camera and Bluetooth. Advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning are available.

The 2014 and 2015 models saw few changes. The 2016 model will cost a bit more, but it received an exterior refresh and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay became available. The 2017 model saw no significant changes.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Honda Accord?

J.D. Power gave the 2013 Accord a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average. However, many rivals earn higher marks for reliability.

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2013 Honda Accord Recalls

As of this writing, the 2013 Honda Accord has two reported recalls. Most of the recalls involve improperly functioning air bags, and one recall addresses a possible battery sensor failure. Ensure that these problems are addressed before purchasing a used model.

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Which Used Honda Accord Model Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Accord coupe and sedan are available in five main trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The Honda Accord LX sedan comes well-equipped with an 8-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary audio inputs, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, and alloy wheels. These models will suit buyers who don’t need or want a stronger engine. The sedan-only Accord Sport adds larger wheels and gets a small boost in horsepower. The Honda Accord EX comes with a moonroof, satellite radio, and proximity key.

The Honda Accord EX-L is available with either the base four-cylinder engine or the available V6, and it adds a touch screen, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, heated front seats, and leather upholstery. Finally, the Honda Accord Touring (V6 sedan only) adds navigation and adaptive cruise control.

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How Safe Is the Accord?

The 2013 Honda Accord has excellent safety ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+, the organization’s highest award. The sedan also received the highest rating of Good in all six IIHS crash test evaluations. The Accord coupe has a Good rating in all but the driver-side small overlap front test, in which it received the second-highest rating of Acceptable.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2013 Accord sedan a perfect five-star overall rating, as well as five stars in all but the frontal crash test. The coupe model received five stars in all crash tests.

A rearview camera comes standard. Honda’s available safety features include forward collision warning, lane departure warning and Honda LaneWatch blind spot monitor. The LaneWatch system displays live video of the passenger-side blind spot but not the driver-side. Some may find it hard to use.

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2013 Honda Accord Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2013 Honda Accord or 2013 Nissan Altima?

The 2013 Nissan Altima and 2013 Accord are similar in many ways. Both sleekly styled cars have athletic handling, comfortable seats, and the same reliability rating. Both are also available in sedan and coupe body styles. However, the Altima’s superior fuel economy and lower five-year estimated total ownership costs give it the edge over the Accord.

Which Is Better: 2013 Honda Accord or 2013 Toyota Camry?

The 2013 Toyota Camry is a top pick in the class, and it’s a better midsize car than the Accord for a number of reasons. First, the Camry is one of only a few cars in the class that earned a perfect predicted reliability rating. Used Camrys also tend to be less expensive than Accords, both in terms of what you pay up front and what you’ll pay over the long haul in ownership costs. While the Camry isn’t quite as lively or sleek as the Accord, it’s more comfortable and practical.

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2013 Honda Accord Performance

How Does the 2013 Honda Accord Drive?

The 2013 Accord is available with three engines: a 185-horsepower four-cylinder, a 190-horsepower four-cylinder, and a 278-horsepower V6. A six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. A continuously variable automatic transmission is available with the four-cylinder engine, and a six-speed automatic is available with the V6.

Each engine provides brisk acceleration, even on the highway. The V6 is the quietest option under hard acceleration. The Accord’s accurate steering and cornering agility make it one of the more fun-to-drive cars in the class. Its ride isn’t quite uncomfortable, but it is firmer than most rivals. The real issues are with the Accord’s transmissions. The CVT delivers a rather dull driving experience, and the manual transmission has an awkward clutch that can make shifting tricky.

Does the 2013 Honda Accord Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2013 Accord with the automatic transmission returns impressive fuel economy estimates of 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

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2013 Honda Accord Interior

How Many People Does the 2013 Honda Accord Seat?

Both the sedan and coupe versions of the Accord seat five. The seats are exceptionally roomy and comfortable in both rows, even in coupe models. The well-insulated cabin features a clean design and quality materials.   

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2013 Honda Accord?

The rear outboard seats have two full sets of upper and lower LATCH connectors, and the middle seat has an upper tether.

2013 Honda Accord Features

The Accord sedan and coupe come standard with Bluetooth, hands-free text messaging, USB and auxiliary audio jacks, and Pandora compatibility. Higher trims include features like a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, satellite radio, navigation, a HondaLink multimedia system, and a premium audio system with a subwoofer.

The 2013 Accord’s redesigned interior features a logically arranged center stack and a user-friendly standard infotainment system. The larger available infotainment screen, on the other hand, is somewhat tricky to use. Be sure that your smartphone or other electronic devices are compatible with Honda’s Bluetooth technology.

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2013 Honda Accord Dimensions

Honda Accord Cargo Space

The 2013 Accord has a typical amount of storage space for the class. The base sedan has a 15.8-cubic-foot trunk, and the base coupe’s trunk measures 13.7 cubic feet.

2013 Accord Length and Weight

The 2013 Honda Accord is about 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,186 pounds to 3,559 pounds, depending on how it’s equipped.

Where Was the 2013 Honda Accord Built?

Honda assembled the 2013 Accord in Ohio.

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