Spy images of Honda’s restyled 2013 Accord have come out. But instead of raising the excitement for the model, the photographs have been seen as disappointing to some people. The mid-sized sedan received just evolutionary changes compared to its older design. By next spring, this segment will be a crowded one with the arrival of several aggressive redesigns of the Toyota Camry, Volkswagen Passat, Nissan Altima, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion and Mazda6.
It won’t be an easy walk in the park then for the Accord to dominate in this segment. The new Accord will be a “very balanced product” and would be the best product in many factors like interior packaging, content, and fuel economy, according to Erik Berkman, head of research and development for Honda Americas.
Honda executives said that they have started to rethink this strategy of taking out too much content on the redesigned 2012 Civic. Berkman didn’t give details about this vehicle’s features except to say that it will be “one of the most feature-rich vehicles” that the company has ever built. The new Accord is slated to start selling early this fall.
Honda’s decision to make just evolutionary design changes to the Accord may make it fall behind its rivals that made major styling revisions, especially the Ford Fusion with its lines that are comparable to those of Aston Martin.
In the U.S. market, Hyundai and Kia have made a lot of progress with their mid-sized sedans that have radical designs. The 2013 Accord is the last of four core models Honda will present during a two-year period. In late 2010, its all-new Odyssey minivan started being available. The new Civic compact arrived last spring while the revamped CR-V came late last year.
The expressive nature of the new Honda Accord extends to the sides of its body, as personified by a character line flowing upward towards the rear, making it seem that the car is moving even while at a standstill. The expressiveness of the sedan could also be seen on the bright trim surrounding the windows as well as on the top section of the rear renders curving inward to the C Pillar. For those who want extra trim on the rear panel and door handles finished in chrome, the EX-L and Touring versions of the Accord could be a fit.
Meanwhile, the new Honda Accord Coupe features a front end marked by a large lower radiator intake as well as twin faux brake scoops. These scoops also accommodate the fog lights, except on the LX version. On the other hand, the coupe’s large front wheel arches transition smoothly into deep character lines that sweep on the doors and then flow to the rear wheel arches.
These character lines on the sides, the rear wheel arches and the roofline carefully meet at the decklid as if calling attention of onlookers to the rear spoiler, an aerodynamic aid only found on V6-powered versions of the coupe. The lower sides of the doors feature expressive sculpting that also helps direct flow of air around the rear tires.
A manual remote entry system is provided to customers of Accord LX and Sport Sedan models while a new Smart Entry system -- with engine start/stop button – is standard on Accord EX, EX-L and Touring versions.
A power glass moon roof -- with tilt feature – is available on Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models and Auto-on/off headlights, variable-speed windshield wipers and a rearview camera are fitted as standard on all Accord models.