2013 Honda Accord Coupe gets a five-star crash-test rating from NHTSA

Article by Christian A., on February 21, 2013

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given a five-star crash-test rating to the two-door coupe version of the 2013 Honda Accord. The agency has also given the Accord sedan with a five-star overall rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has also named these models as Top Safety Pick+ vehicles.

The coupe did even better than the sedan in the New Car Assessment Program of the NHTSA. The coupe scored five stars in frontal, side, and rollover crash tests. In the side and rollover test, the Accord sedan had gotten five stars. However, it only received four stars in the frontal crash test.

IIHS has given a “Good” rating to the 2013 Accord coupe in all the categories except when it got an “Average” score for the small overlap front test. The sedan got a “Good” rating for all tests. The Nissan Altima coupe, which is the main rival for the Accord coupe, wasn’t fully tested by the NHTSA but did earn five stars in the rollover crash test.

2013 Honda Accord coupe has a starting price of $24,140 including destination charges. The standard safety equipment includes front, front-side, and side-curtain airbags; stability control; a backup camera; and a tire pressure monitoring system. Buyers can get features like forward collision and lane departure warning as options.

The next generation of the Honda Accord – both its sedan and coupe body styles – is considered as most sophisticated model in the nameplate’s history, thanks its elegant and aerodynamic design. The 2013 Honda Accord is laden with an array of advances designed not only to make it more visually appealing, but also improves its ride and handling, cabin comfort, visibility and fuel efficiency.

For the 2013 iteration, the unit-body of the Accord employs more high-strength steel than any previous model, giving the new generation high structural strength, which in turn greatly enhances ride quality and makes cornering more precise. As designed, the sedan is given a bold, confident yet sleek body. The Coupe, meanwhile, is provided with rakish, solid and athletic body. Both body styles extensively employ aerodynamic detailing like expanded use of under-covers. This allowed the new Honda Accord to become more aerodynamically efficient, allowing it to use less fuel.

Further advancements employed on the new Accord include LED headlights and daytime running lights. It also features mirror-mounted turn signals as well as an Expanded View Driver's Mirror that could increase the field of vision by 4.2 degrees.

When viewed from the sides, the new Honda Accord sedan reveals a character line flowing upward and rearward through the door surfaces. It also reveals deep contour on the lower doors, lending substance and a sense of motion to the sedan version of the sedan. The windows are bordered by a bright trim while top sections of the rear fenders curve inward toward the C-pillars. The EX-L and Touring models could be availed with chrome door handles and extra trim on the rear panel.

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