2013 Honda Accord earns recommended status from Consumer Reports

Article by Anita Panait, on December 18, 2012

Honda Motor Co.’s revamped 2013 Accord received high marks from Consumer Reports, which said the model ranks among the market's best mid-sized cars. In a statement, Consumer Reports said that the new Accord, which was rolled out in September 2012, topped other sedans with four cylinder engines, like the Hyundai Sonata and the Toyota Camry.

Both the four-cylinder and V-6-poweded Accords received Consumer Reports’ recommended status that the 2012 Honda Civic failed to earn. Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports Auto Test Center, said in the statement that while Honda missed the mark with other redesigned models in recent years, it “nailed this one,” referring to the 2013 Honda Accord.

According to the magazine, Accord's appeal was a product of good combination of interior room, high fuel economy, ride and handling, features and price.

Consumer Reports optimistic assessment of the 2013 Honda Accord coincides with the Japanese carmaker’s big rebound in its biggest market, the United States. In 2011, Honda’s sales in the US suffered a 6.8 percent drop due to the natural disasters in Asia that partially maimed its output for months and the unfavorable review of the 2012 Honda Civic.

For the January to November period, Honda posted a 24-percent increase in sales. The carmaker released in November its modified 2013 Civic, which features a restyled interior, new front hood and grille new rear taillights and quieter cabin. The carmaker also strengthened the car’s front-end to boost crash safety to address the 2012 car's deficiencies. Fisher said in November that the new version of the best-selling U.S. small car is a "major improvement.

For 2013, Honda Accord Coupe and Honda Accord Sedan usher the beginning of Honda’s 9th generation of the brand’s in-demand midsize car. With features that are more elegant, better performing and more advanced than other Accord models in its 37-year history, the new models for 2013 clearly highlight the sense of craftsmanship and luxury, dynamics and sophistication. Manufactured in two of the company’s Ohio factories, the debut of the brand-new Accord models is a tribute to the 30 long and successful years of Accord domination in the United States.

The wheelbase and exterior length of the Accord Coupe and Accord Sedan are a little more compact compared to the previous Accord models while also being built with key improvements in interior design including changes in the trunk volume and rear legroom. The outcome is an all-new Accord that is spacious and athletic with enhanced driving dynamics and more responsive handling.

From the top edge of the front bumpers down to the tip of the exhaust finishers, all components of Honda Accord were reevaluated and redesigned. Essential elements like the sheet metal, unit-body, aerodynamics and glass, as well as its electronic systems and interior features, the transmissions and engines, the safety systems and the chassis components. Even with the total generational modifications, the 2013 Accord Coupe and Sedan still focus tightly on giving the same blend of unmatched Honda security and safety, fun handling and driving performance, passenger convenience and comfort, and great value for money.

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