Redesigned 2013 Accord is first of many Hondas to have CVT

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 12, 2012

The new 2013 Honda Accord will have a continuously variable transmission as its only automatic transmission offered when it comes together with a four-cylinder engine. The launch of the CVT in the redesigned Accord is just the first among the Honda vehicles to have this transmission type, executives revealed.

According to Honda Motor CEO Takanobu Ito, the company has "a lot of expectations" for the CVT technology, adding that careful consideration must be made with regard to deciding which models can be "most effective" to have the technology.

In addition, the Accord four-cylinder is available with a five-speed manual transmission. However, the manual gearbox generally accounts for a small percentage of total sales, CEO of American Honda Tetsuo Iwamura revealed. Meanwhile, the V-6 Accord will be available in six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.

John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president, related that there will be "some institutional learning" for customers, "but I think we'll do fine with it." He added that other traditional-transport automobiles will be candidates for getting the CVTs. He also said that any vehicle with off-road or performance characteristics would stay with the traditional geared transmissions.

In November, Honda allowed journalists to drive the CVT at its Motegi test track. Most CVTs have an off-putting feeling such as a slipping clutch under acceleration as the transmission struggles to find the proper ratio, but the Honda CVT felt much more precise.

Exterior Design

Both the 2013 Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe come with a stylish and aerodynamic body that has been engineered to deliver a higher level of Accord ownership experience. This new body allows the Accord to offer more precise ride and handling, a quieter and more comfortable interior, improved fuel efficiency and enhanced visibility.

Since the body of the 2013 Accord employs more high-strength steel than its predecessors, the new model boasts a higher level of structural strength, which in turns improves ride quality and cornering precision. Each body style has its own character. For instance, the Sedan features a bold, sleek and fluid body design, while the Coupe comes with rakish, taut and athletic styling.

Both body styles boast of extensive aerodynamic detailing -- like the further use of under-covers – to enhance the car’s aerodynamic efficiency. The new Honda Accord is equipped with LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and mirror-mounted turn signals. It also features an Expanded View Driver's Mirror that improves the driver's field of vision by 4.2 degrees.

Meanwhile, the 2013 Accord sedan features expressive sides marked by a character line running upward and rearward across the door surfaces. The sedan also comes with a deep contour on the lower doors as well as bright window surround trim. On the rear, the tops of the fenders curve inward toward the C-pillars. EX-L and Touring versions of the new Accord are specified with chrome door handles and extra trim on the rear panel.

The two-door Accord Coupe, meanwhile, features a front end defined by a large lower radiator opening as well as twin faux brake scoops that also serve as fog-light nacelles -- except on the LX. Its large front wheel arches smoothly transition to deep character lines running across the doors to the muscular rear wheel arches. The coupe version of the Accord also comes with a flowing roofline.

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