I'll update this review in 1000 miles or so, but for now, I've just brought home my new Honda Accord Sport and commuted once to work.
Absolutely no buyers remorse. Having read in a couple of places about transmission jerkiness at low speeds or road noise, I'm thrilled to report I've noticed NO such problems.
Car has a fantastic exhaust note, and is whisper quiet. Acceleration is smooth and the vehicle is extremely responsive. The Sport quickly found its way to 80 mph with little prodding and felt as if it was standing still.
Seating is incredibly comfortable,and the interior calming and spacious.
The Sport package is
sharp looking, probably best in the line with the possible exception of the Touring model.
Looks fantastic from the front
and the wheels do add to the appearance.
The vehicle handles lateral motion well, and responds quickly to steering input.
On a combination of open road rapid acceleration and stop and go traffic, I averaged between 26.8-31MPG ...and that was on the first drive from the dealer! Told it should get even better over time.
Drove two adults in the back seat and they had legroom to spare.
The Sport is tuned to have a little more horsepower and a tighter suspension.
This is good for those who don't want to give up sporty driving dynamics for a family sedan...but be aware that this, coupled with the larger tires, make for a ride that is a little stiffer with more road feel than in the base or EX trim level.
I would have liked to see 6 speakers and perhaps an optional moonroof in the Sport class.
All in all, a fantastic vehicle (so far) one that is worthy of the praise heaped upon it by the Automotive press.
Confused about which sedan to buy - get the Accord and stop worrying.
If you like a little more aggression in your ride, buy the Sport. You won't be disappointed
I don't know where to begin;
At 6ft+ I needed something bigger to drive, getting in and out of small cars sucks when you are tall. I also wanted decent MPG and good build quality. I have been shocked by both aspects in the new accord. The seats are comfortable, the MPG is awesome, 35MPG average today, and I have yet to break it in.
The clutch is smooth, and the shifter is one of the best I have driven. The ride is quiet and refined and the fit and finish feel and look 40K dollar car like on a sub 20k dollar budget.
quiet at speed
Car has 42 miles on it, was told there is a break in period where MPG will suffer until the car is broken in. I averaged 35MPG on the highway into work today, which is better then the Corolla in which I replaced, and I am pretty sure I can fit the corolla in the trunk.
While everything is what I expected, I do wish they offered a model without that stupid line in the side view mirror, as that is annoying and really if you don't know cars have blind spots you shouldn't be driving anyway.
I purchased my V6 Accord on 6/1/13 and feel it is remarkable. This car should cost $15M-$20M more. Extremely roomy, real large trunk, terrific build quality and steering feel is perfect. I am still on my first tank of gas and averaging 29.7 MPG (according to the trip computer) in mixed driving with the econ mode. What more can you ask of a powerful V6?
The navigation system/infotainment system takes some time to learn but most younger people should have no problem. My only complaints: 1).The stereo system is inferior to the 2012 Accord. Has very little base which is just the opposite of the 2012 EXL. 2). The carpeting is really cheap. Has no pile and looks like mouse fur. Shame on Honda!
Styling, power, fit and finish, ride and handling, roomy interior, huge trunk, extraordinary $value
No base in stereo system, awful quality carpeting especially for a $33M car.
After several months of searching, researching and test driving everything from a Subaru Impreza to the Lexus IS, I came across the Accord Sport almost by accident while at a Honda Dealer having another car serviced. I was amazed! The base LX was light years ahead of my 2002 model, and the sport version was equipped with just the right options, and not thousands of dollars worth of fragile high tech nonsense. An extensive test drive over more different roads than the salesman was used to confirmed my initial impression. While no one will mistake the Sport for a 3 series, the handling was precise and nimble, far superior to your average family sedan.
The 18 inch wheels and 45 series tires gripped well yet were also smooth on rough road surfaces. The ten way power drivers seat ( unusual at this price point) is well bolstered and supportive, yet very comfortable . Some have mentioned uncomfortable headrests and high wind noise, by I have no problems there. The "technology" takes a little getting used to , but for the most part is very intuitive and straightforward. A little time in the driveway with the owners manual, and it soon becomes second nature. The CVT feels a little different at first, but it is a gem, and rewards you with consistently better than EPA estimated MPG. The interior is well laid out, roomy, quiet, and comfortable
At some point in the production cycle, Honda saw fit to change the Michelin MPV 4s that were on the car I test drove, to the vastly inferior Goodyear Eagle LS that were on the car I actually received. What a mistake! The car loses so much of its good handling ability ,is touchy on wet roads, and is noisy on the highway. I complained to the dealer and to Honda, and both were equally useless. This car does so much so well that it is a shame that they would go and ruin it with cheap tires. If you see one at a dealer ,and it has the Michelin tires, buy it! If not, save your money and stick with the LX.
2013 Honda Accord EX-L w/Navigation 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl CVT)
I fell in love with Honda Accord after I seeing someone driving a Black 2013 EX-L earlier this year. I previously only owned Toyota's (2 Camry's and a RAV 4) but decided to give the Accord. I decided to go for the EX-L w/NAV and it was a great decision. The cloth in the EX looks really cheap, but the leather in the EX-L is luxurious and feels great. This is my first car with a NAV system so the features takes some getting used to.
The gas mileage is much better than any of my Toyota's, but I'm not sure that the ECON button is saving me any money on gas. I love that there is enough space in the back seat for my kids which is a definite plus, and the trunk is huge for groceries and shopping.
By far, the smart key and push button start are the best features since I usually carry a big purse and can never find my keys. The side view camera is so useful; I didn't think I would need it but it comes in handy.
The back-up camera is fantastic as well, especially since it has 3 different views.
I also love the touch screen radio and the feel of the leather seats. They are really cushiony and comfortable. The interior/exterior designs are really stylish and the gas mileage is great.
Lastly, I really like the Bluetooth PHONE connectivity and the ride is very, very smooth. The side and front lane detections are useful... but annoying.
The extended drivers side mirror is a bit distracting and awkward; I would rather not have it. I also think that the front cup-holders are too far back and uncomfortable to reach when driving. Also, there is no place for change (coins), more storage would be useful.
By far though, the most disappointing feature is the Ipod and Bluetooth Audio connectivity.
The radio doesnt allow you to access your playlist from the radio screen and the search feature when using Ipod and Bluetooth is soooo limited! Toyota has Honda beat with Ipod and Bluetooth connectivity.