The appearance of Honda’s all-new 2013 Accord would be a lot similar to the current model but what makes it more appealing is that it will be offered with new trim packages: Sport and Touring. Amid the intense competitiveness in the mid-size family sedan segment and with rivals offering revamped versions, Honda probably realized that it will have to step up.
It’s believed that the new Accord Sport package would be directly rivaling the very popular Toyota Camry SE. The Camry SE features all types of sportier options that can’t be seen in the usual Camry, such as bigger wheels and a retuned suspension, as well as paddle shifters and a transmission that rev-matches on down-shifts.
It’s uncertain if the Accord Sport improves on its performance. So far, Honda hasn’t commented on this matter. The 2013 Accord is offered with a 6-speed manual transmission or a new continuously variable transmission for the 4-cylinder models.
With regards to the V6 model, a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission will be available. The new 2013 Accord will arrive at dealerships in September 2012.
Ever since Honda released the first Accord 37 years ago, it has become its best-selling midsize car. With this success, Honda revealed that it will be releasing the ninth generation of the Accord. Set to be released in the Coupe version and Sedan model, the new Accord is the best one in this range by far. Aside from being more sophisticated and displaying a more luxurious feel, the equipment fitted to it is better, improving its performance significantly.
This new version is expected to bring with it a higher sense of craftsmanship and luxury. Indeed, even the standard equipment and the dynamics are considered as some of the best in its class.
One big change in the 2013 Accord is that the fuel efficiency has been enhanced. For the Coupe equipped with the 4-cylinder engine, the EPA-estimated highway rating is 36 mpg. Meanwhile for the Sedan and its V6 engine, that value stands at 34 mpg. In terms of technology, the 2013 Accord not only reveals upgraded features but contains new technologies as well.
It will be the first model from Honda for example to have Earth Dreams, a technology that improves the fuel efficiency of the vehicle while ensuring that the environment-impact is minimized.
When compared to the eighth generation, the 2013 Accord has a shorter overall length as well as wheelbase. This means that the new version is more compact yet the interior reveals that some modifications were made in order to offer better space for both the legroom in the rear and larger volume for the trunk. Aside from offering enough space, the 2013 Accord has its driving dynamics made better, handling made more responsive, and appearance made even more athletic.
It is clear that everything about the Accord was redesigned, from the edge of its bumpers in the front and all the way to the tip of the exhaust finishers. Major components experienced a redesign as well like aerodynamics, glass, sheet metal, and the unit body. The same was true for a number of features in the interior and even electronic systems. Changed as well are the parts of the chassis, engines, transmissions, and the different safety systems.
Even with all of these changes, the 2013 Accord will continue to showcase the excellent mix of values the brand is known for. These are safety and security, convenience and comfort for passengers, handling and performance, and of course, excellent value for money. The new 2013 Accord will be manufactured in two facilities, both located in Ohio. The launching of this latest model from Honda also serves to mark 30 straight years of producing the Accord in the U.S.