2013 Honda Accord priced from $22,470

Article by Anita Panait, on September 10, 2012

The prices of the feature-loaded 2013 Accord sedan will jump by an average of slightly lower than $300, according to Honda Motor Co. Loaded with thousands of dollars more of standard features and technology, the 2013 Accord sedan features more fuel-efficient engines, a continuously variable transmission and additional standard equipment.

Aside from that, the 2013 Accord sedan is loaded with new technologies like the lane departure warning and blind spot detection. The base version of the 2013 Accord sedan, Accord LX with manual transmission, will have a tag price $200 higher than its older variant at $22,470. The price for the 2013 Accord LX fixed with a continuously variable transmission – which Honda expects to be come out as the most popular model -- will also increase by $200 to $23,270.

According to Honda, LX models offer standard equipment that includes dual climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, rearview camera, USB connection and SMS text message function. Also installed as standard are a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system, and Pandora internet radio compatibility. The prices for the 2013 Accord sedan, which will be available for sale on Sept. 19, 2012, include a $790 destination and handling charge.

The coupe version of the Accord, meanwhile, will be made available to the public on October 15, 2013, with a base price of $24,140 for the LX-S model. The 2013 Honda Accord is set to target customers looking for mid-sized sedan.

Honda, however, is not without any fierce rival in this market, as other carmakers like Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai have rolled out competing models that are likewise endowed with additional features and technology, coupled with slight price increases and generous lease deals. Carmakers like Chevrolet, Ford and Volkswagen are also rolling out more competitive family sedans for the 2013 model year.

Honda is aiming to sell 350,000 units of the 2013 Accord annually in the US, and it may try to breach its previous peak of 414,718 units sold in 2001. John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda, remarked that 2012 is the year for the midsized sedan, adding that the new Accord will solidify Honda’s position at the “head of the pack.”

The all-new 2013 Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe has a sharper and aerodynamically efficient body design and engineering, the most sophisticated amongst every model in Accord’s 37 years of existence. Improvements in terms of Accord ownership experience are tailor-made so that it focuses more on precise ride and handling, quieter interior environment, enhanced visibility, and greater fuel efficiency.

Compared to previous models, the 2013 Accord’s unit-body is composed of more high-strength steel giving it high structural strength that contribute to an improved ride quality and more precise cornering. On the outside, the sedan is described as somewhere between bold and decisive, as well as sleek and fluid, while the coupe is more on the taut and athletic build.

Aerodynamic detailing, such as the expanded use of under-covers, has been used extensively on both the sedan and coupe to improve aerodynamic efficiency which in turn, is beneficial to fuel efficiency. LED headlights, LED DRLs, mirror-mounted turn signals, and an Expanded View Driver’s Mirror (which increases the driver’s field of vision by 4.2 degrees) are also a few other upgrades.

A character line flows upward and towards the rear across the door surfaces while strategically positioned on the lower doors are deep contours – all of which add to the expressive aura that radiates from the sedan, exuding a sense of motion and substance. The luxurious feel of the bright window surround trim is also complemented by the rear fenders that curve inward toward the C-pillars so that it looks like flexed muscles. Chrome door handles and additional trim on the rear panel are also available for the EX-L and Touring models.

Press Release

2013 Honda Accord Adds Thousands of Dollars in New Standard Features with an MSRP Starting Under $22,000

The dynamic all-new 2013 Honda Accord Sedan will debut at U.S. dealers nationwide on September 19, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) ranging from $21,680 for the well-equipped Accord LX to $33,430 for the luxurious Accord Touring model, plus a destination and handling charge1 of $790 per vehicle. The Accord Coupe will go on sale October 15 with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $23,350 for the sporty LX-S model plus a destination and handling charge1.

The all-new Accord adds thousands of dollars worth of standard features and technologies with average pricing across the sedan lineup increasing by less than $300. The price of the most popular Accord LX (4-cylinder) trim is up by only $200.

The 2013 Honda Accord has been fully redesigned from the ground up to deliver new levels of refinement, sophistication, fuel efficiency and fun-to-drive performance in the midsize segment. Every new Accord is equipped with alloy wheels, and standard features now also include a rearview camera, an Expanded View Driver's Mirror,  Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, USB/iPod® integration, Pandora® internet radio compatibility, SMS text message function, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system.

"The 2013 Accord excels in all areas with sophisticated design, a luxurious interior, world-class dynamic performance, class-leading standard features and legendary Honda quality, all at a tremendous value for the customer," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales, American Honda Motor Co. Inc., "2012 is the year of the midsize sedan, and the new Accord will once again solidify Honda's position at the head of the pack."

New to the Accord Sedan lineup for 2013 are the Sport and Touring models. The Accord Sport targets younger buyers with the addition of 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights,10-way power driver's seats, a decklid spoiler, dual chrome exhaust finishers, paddle shifters (on CVT models), a stiffer tower strut bar and exclusive suspension and steering tuning. Positioned between the Accord LX and Accord EX, the Sport model is equipped with the 2.4-liter direct-injected all-aluminum VTEC® engine paired to either a 6-speed manual or Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The Sport model is value priced with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $23,390 plus a destination and handling charge1.

The luxurious and technology-packed Accord Touring is equipped with a powerful V-6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. Equipped with Honda's first application of LED headlights and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), the Accord Touring sedan is priced with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $33,430 plus a destination and handling charge1.

The 2013 Accord lineup is powered by a wide array of new Earth Dreams™ powertrains, which includes the first U.S. application of Honda's next-generation 2.4-liter direct-injected VTEC 4-cylinder engine. The 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe will also offer a more powerful and efficient Earth Dreams VTEC V-6. Three transmissions are available, including the first-ever application of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) on 2.4-liter 4-cylinder models, a six-speed automatic on V-6 models, and 6-speed manual transmissions on 2.4-liter 4-cylinder models and the 3.5-liter V-6 Coupe.

The 2013 Accord successfully balances fun-to-drive performance with fuel efficiency. Accord Sedan 4-cylinder models paired to the CVT earn an impressive 27/36/30 mpg2 city/highway/combined EPA fuel economy ratings (an increase of 3/2/3 mpg compared to the previous model) and the V-6 models achieve class-leading EPA fuel economy ratings of 21/34/25 city/highway/combined mpg2 (an increase of 1/4/1 compared to the previous model) making it the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered vehicle in the V-6 midsize sedan class.

Other new Accord technologies include the first application of the all-new cloud-based HondaLink™ system featuring Aha™, which lets drivers put away their smartphones and still stay connected to the people, music and social media they love. Also debuting on the 2013 Accord is Honda LaneWatch™ blind-spot display, which uses a camera integrated with the passenger-side mirror and the vehicle's 8-inch color display to provide for an enhanced view of the passenger-side roadway. LaneWatch is standard equipment on EX and above versions of the Sedan, and EX-L versions of the Coupe.

Celebrating 30 years of Accord production in the United States, the all-new 2013 Honda represents the expanding capabilities of Honda in North America. The Accord is produced by Honda of America Mfg. Inc. in Marysville, Ohio, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Its engines are produced at Honda plants in Anna, Ohio and the transmissions are produced at Russells Point, Ohio, and in Tallapoosa, Georgia. The Marysville Auto Plant earned a Silver Plant Quality Award from J.D. Power and Associates in its 2012 Initial Quality Study.

The 2013 Honda Accord is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile Limited Vehicle Warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited-mile Corrosion Limited Warranty. 


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