Should Honda Build a 2013 Honda Accord Convertible?

Rumors Suggest Honda Might Get Back Into the Convertible Game


  • 2013 Honda Accord Convertible Picture

    2013 Honda Accord Convertible Picture

    We always liked the look of the latest Accord coupe, so it's no surprise that the convertible version looks so good. | August 20, 2012

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When the 2013 Honda Accord was revealed a few weeks ago it got us thinking. The Accord has been one of the best-selling models in America for years, yet Honda has been hesitant to expand the model lineup beyond the basic coupe and sedan. Sure, there was the original hatchback, a wagon in the early '90s and even the recent Accord Crosstour experiment. But what about something a little more interesting? Something that might inject some life into Honda when it needs it the most? What about a 2013 Honda Accord Convertible?

With that in mind we asked some of our industry sources if such a vehicle had been considered for the latest Accord lineup. Sure enough, they said there was some internal discussion about just such a car. But as far as they could tell, that's about as far as the convertible got.

In fact, when we asked a Honda official if any Accord convertible prototypes existed, he responded with a light-hearted, "Yes! And the really cool thing about them is that at speeds over 60 mph, the wheels retract and high-efficiency jets pop out." We took that as a no, and he confirmed that rumors about such prototypes are "purely fictional."

The idea stuck in our heads, though, so our in-house Photoshop artist created a couple renderings of what an Accord convertible would look like. The result is an attractive look for the new Accord, with clean lines and a refined shape that convertible buyers in this category would likely find enticing.

And let's face it, the category is ripe for the taking. Consider what a Honda Accord convertible would be up against. The Camaro and Mustang convertibles are most often considered performance cars or kids convertibles, while the Chrysler 200 is either a rental car or an old person's car depending on whom you ask. Sure, there are more refined drop tops for more money (G37, Lexus IS 250 C, etc.) but an Accord convertible would appeal to those looking to have a little fun without appearing like they cashed out of their kids' college funds to do it.

Seems reasonable to us. Then again, we don't have to engineer the thing, but a basic soft-top mechanism shouldn't be that hard to work up. Honda did a fine job with the S2000's lid. Speaking of which, that car has been out of production for a few years, so it's high time Honda gets back into the convertible game once again. What do you think? Would this convertible be a good addition to the Accord family?

Comments

  • tom34491 tom34491 Posts:

    Sign me up for the first one as long as it has a decent trunk ala my now defunct Toyota Solara which I am keeping forever if neccessary. Tom Hartman

  • larryhutch larryhutch Posts:

    An Accord convertible would be great news for open-air driving lovers! ... Especially since Toyota discontinued the Solara cabriolet in '08, and since nothing has yet appeared in the import field as a worthy replacement ... Toyota and Honda have long been at the "top of the heap," as far as reliability and customer satisfaction is concerned ... I owned an '05 Solara once and would LOVEta have an Accord drop-top should Mr. Honda ever jump off Mt. Fuji and build one ...

  • lnkamuf lnkamuf Posts:

    Please make my dream come true and bring that Honda Accord Ex Sedan convertible to life! I NEED it! Ready for my 3rd Honda Accord Ex, waiting.........LNK

  • billcatcher billcatcher Posts:

    come on...i've been SCREAMING for an accord convertible for years! i love hondas...and (i hate to say it) almost never buy NEW cars...but if honda puts an accord convertible on the lineup - i'll be the FIRST in line to buy it

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