Honda has introduced the redesigned 2013 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe. Built using high-strength steel, these midsized cars are a product of Honda’s engineering, powertrain, electronic and safety firsts, as well as the carmaker’s trademark visibility and smart design. The all-new Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe models are powered by 4-cylinder, V-6 and hybrid powertrains, which transmit power to manual, automatic and continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The 2013 Honda Accord Sedan will be made available to the riding public on September 19, 2012, while the Sedan will be offered on October 15, 2012. The models will be followed by a new two-motor 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Sedan in early 2013. The PHEV Sedan will be followed by a conventional hybrid based on the same powertrain architecture in summer 2013.
2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe models boast of urbane and athletic styling with aerodynamic streamlining. These new Accord uses the Revised Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structures, which enhanced its frontal crash safety. Because of this feature, the all-new Accord is expected to excel in the upcoming small-overlap frontal barrier crash test.
2013 Honda Accord features the all-new Earth Dreams powertrains, which include the application of 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 4-cylinder models offer the best fuel efficiency in the EPA Midsize class, earning up to an EPA 36 mpg highway rating. The V-6 models, meanwhile, earned up to an EPA 34 mpg highway rating.
The bodies of the 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe are considered as the brand’s most sophisticated so far, as they aren’t just elegant and aerodynamic, but are also employing high-grade steels. In fact, high-tensile steel makes up 55.8 percent of the unit-body of the new 2013 Accord – the highest composition to date in any Accord.
Moreover, around 17.2 percent of the steel used in the body of the new Accord are graded 780, 980 and 1,500 – making the structure more rigid yet lighter than before. With these attributes, the new Accord is easier to handle and more comfortable to ride. In addition, the use of these materials in the new Accord also heightens quietness and overall performance while increasing the levels of efficiency and durability.
Design also differentiates the bodies of the sedan and the coupe. For instance, the body of the sedan version features sleek, bold and determined design, while its coupe counterpart is more solid and sportier. The new Accord employs under-covers to improve aerodynamics, thereby increasing its fuel efficiency. Drivers would surely appreciate the fact that the new Accord is fitted as standard with Expanded View Driver's Mirror which could improve their field of vision by 4.2 degrees. The new Accord could also be availed with LED headlights, daytime running lights and brake lights as well as with turn signals mounted on the mirror.
On the other hand, Honda also paid the same amount of attention of the chassis of the Accord, redesigning applicable parts to allow it to allow drivers to enjoy their rides. By employing advanced electronics and refined suspension systems to complement the vehicle’s already rigid unit-body, the new Honda Accord now offers a more responsive and more polished ride on city roads and even on winding streets.
For the latest iteration of the Honda Accord, its chassis is supported by a new MacPherson strut front suspension, a new front subframe made from a steel and aluminum, as well as electric power steering (EPS). Four-cylinder and V-6 models of the new Accord also feature Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC), both helping offset unwanted engine noise.