This is my 6th Honda Accord (79/80/84/91/05/13), and I've liked every one.
BUT this one is in a completely different category.
Best car I've ever had - and in many ways.
The Sport model was made for "ME" - large inside, handles great, 6 speed manual transmission is great, and very zippy and fun to drive.
The 18" wheels really make a difference, as does whatever they did to stiffen the front suspension of the car.
Hit 100 MPH driving uphill at 11,000 feet above sea level (5th gear).
Looks rival Audi and BMW - and nicer than the Acura TL.
Today we spent the day driving with three large men - total weight of 625 lbs - 6'1", 6,0" and 6'3" and a full trunk, and car handled great.
Easily room for 4 6' men and four sets of golf clubs.
I made two significant upgrades that I highly recommend:
I added aftermarket heated leather seats (black, of course) and I upgraded the stereo system (Focal component speakers in front, and Focal coaxial in the rear).
BUT one of the key upgrades that I highly recommend is adding sound insulation when you upgrade your stereo system.
The base stereo was the only disappointment - not even close to the old sound system in my EX-L (2005).
By adding sound insulation (Dynamat) and the above mentioned speakers - my car is quieter than an Acura TL, with a much better sound system and ride experience.
All in- with EVERYTHING (heated leather, speakers, and Dynamat - car was $24,850!)
2013 Honda Accord EX-L w/Navigation 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl CVT)
Our 5th Honda ('97 Civic EX, '04 Accord EX-L, '08 Odyssey EX-L, '11 CR-V EX-L Navi. Took it out today on first highway outing--about 120 miles round trip. Best Honda we've owned to date. Sufficient power, comfortable ride (though still stiff suspension, excellent handling, smooth CVT (vs. my somewhat choppy CR-V tranny), and quietest cabin of all the Hondas we've owned. Still on first tank of gas, but it appears that mpg will blow away all previous Hondas except our '97 Civic (w/far less comfort/power). Will update this review once we've put more miles on the car.
Honda driver's seat comfort/support. Rear passenger room. All the qualities noted above.
Too soon to say. The new Navi/radio setup has a steeper learning curve than my CR-V Navi/audio system, but it also gives a lot more user-customizable options for all vehicle systems.
I have never encountered this problem in any of the cars I owned. Last week we went back to our car, and found all four windows and the sunroof wide open.It was not pleasant as it was pouring with rain.We thought it was something we did. Yesterday same thing.Today, someone came up to us and asked us if we had that problem, which we confirmed. It seems his windows and sunroof have been doing this for the last month. Once,only Sunroof partway, another time the windows of only one side of the car.He went to his dealer, and they blew him off every time, telling him it is his doing.None of us were in our car when this happened. Has anyone experienced this. Our car is four months old, his 3.
Looks great. Love the cameras & the trim.
I feel every pebble on the road. The car rolls badly. Driver seat very uncomfortable for a small person. No garage opener. Lousy speakers.
Have 3,500 miles now, so feel I can give a good posting on the car.
This is my 5th Honda--and it's definitely the best to date.
Traded my V6 auto Accord to this 4 cyl. manual Sport model--really fun car to drive!
Quick easy throws on the manual and the engine loves to rev in the high range.
The car seems screwed together well--no rattles or initial problems with build quality.
Easy to drive both city and highway--but ride is much firmer than my previous Accord.
Having test driven the Mazda 6 (as this was the closest contender), I went with the Honda for features and value.....but it was a close call.
Gotta say, not disappointed with my purchase at all--really have enjoyed the car.
Like the 18 inch wheels, the back up camera, and love the ability to plug in my iphone to play tunes through the USB port!
Also, like the hill assist clutch--car doesn't roll back on a hill as you're engaging the clutch.
The white to green colored speedometer is also a cool trick; the light around the speedometer turns to green as you are more effecient in your driving and use of fuel.
Also, cloth seat material seems really good quality--I think it will wear well.
Stereo speakers could be improved--it wouldn't cost much to put in a better quality speaker!
Would have liked more paint color choices for the Sport in a manual--I could only get black or grey.
The blue tooth control for the phone doesn't recognize my voice commands, that could be improved.
I am disappointed mostly in the transmission. It is unnerving when you stop and the transmission lurches forward. It makes you feel like you,don't have control. My car is 2 months old and twice the check engine light has come on. The first time the dealer replaced the fuel pressure sensor. The very next day another check engine light. Something with too high voltage, so they reset it by switching a part from a car on the lot and then putting my part back in. The latest is the paint. Buy the paint protection, there is no clear coat on the car. I have owned many cars and never has bird poop marred the paint. It took the thin clear coat right off!
Love the exterior styling. Love the instrument panel. Good gas mileage.
Enough clear coat paint so you don't have to buy paint protection. I didn't buy it and the bird poop ate the clear coat,off in two days. Fix the cvt for a smoother ride. There is a jerk or shudder in the transmission when stopping.