2013 Honda Accord EX Sedan (2.4L 4-cyl. CVT Automatic)
Driven On 8/28/2012
Honda's 2013 Accord is more than the sum of its parts -- smooth and comfortable yet never out of its element. Honda has once again hit its stride with a midsize sedan that does everything well and feels like something we'd be happy to drive every day for years.
PerformanceAccord EX is among the best performing four-cylinder midsize sedans in dynamic tests. Fuel economy is on par for the segment.
CVT still feels weak off the line, but its 0-60 and quarter-mile performance is at the top of the segment (among 4-cyl models).
Customarily weak Honda brakes. No significant distance fade in our test, but an uninspiring pedal.
Nothing special, but electric power steering offers adequate feel and feedback.
Substantially better than old Accord despite the loss of double wishbone suspension up front.
Superb here. Mindlessly easy to drive. Not fun, but not offensive, either. A terrific midsize sedan.
ComfortAs comfortable as it needs to be -- comparable to Camry SE, which offers real damping. Never sloppy or soft in its suspension movements or creature comforts.
Vastly improved over 2012 Accord, which had awkward lower back support.
Comfortable, but the Accord does not live on the plush end of the scale.
Average for the segment despite active noise cancellation.
InteriorA step above the old Accord and on par with the best in the segment when it comes to usability and functionality.
Fewer buttons than before is nice. Also, they're logical and well placed.
Ingress and egress are never a problem in Accord.
Smaller outside but the same size inside -- an impressive engineering feat.
Above average for the class. A low waistline aids visibility from the rear seat.
An additional .8 cubes in the trunk is awesome considering this Accord's shorter overall length.
ValueMore features, better handling and efficiency than before with only a mild price increase. Solid overall value.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Better than many competitors. Looks and feels like a Honda again.
Good safety features including LaneWatch. HondaLink, too, helps bring the Accord up to current feature-tech standards.
A solid value. See above.
This is a very close race among midsize sedans. Accord is better than before, but so is everyone else.
Nothing spectacular here. Middle of the road. 3-year/36,000-mile basic, 5-year/60,000-mile drivetrain.
Fun To DriveBetter-than-average dynamics help the Accord be more fun than many competitors, but it's still a family car and not a sports car.
CVT is rarely fun, but it gets the job done. The six-speed manual (base transmission) and the Sport package (optional) raise the bar for fun to drive.
More Honda personality than many Honda products in recent years. Solidly built with good materials, good visibility and a powertrain that's adequately powerful, miserly and utterly smooth.
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