Saturday, January 31, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Accord makes big changes for 2013

By
From page C1 | November 30, 2012 |

Honda’s 2013 Accord sedan is handsomely restyled and re-engineered to be more fuel efficient and refined than its predecessor, and it offers more technology, including a standard rearview camera that’s an option on major competing sedans.

In fact, the new top-level Accord Touring model comes with standard light-emitting diode headlamps similar to the ones on Audis. They are the first LED headlights on an Accord and give the Accord a luxe-tech look.

This top Accord also has a first-ever frontal collision warning system, and some Accords are available with a cloud-based HondaLink system that provides hands-free access to services, audio and information.

Consumer Reports predicts reliability of the five-seat 2013 Accord will be better than average.

Best of all, the new Accord sedan’s starting retail prices of $22,470 with four-cylinder engine and manual transmission and $23,270 with continuously variable transmission (CVT) that a driver operates like an automatic are increased just $200 from the 2012 Accord starting prices.

Even without factoring in the new standard equipment, which includes dual-zone, automatic climate control and the 16-inch alloy wheels on base 2013 Accords, the pricing is aggressive for Honda.

The competing Toyota Camry, which has been the top U.S. seller in the segment for years, has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, of $22,850 for a 2012 four-cylinder model with automatic.

Yet, the base Camry doesn’t have standard dual-zone, automatic climate control or standard rearview camera, and the base , 16-inch Camry wheels are steel with wheel covers.

Toyota has not officially released details of its 2013 Camry.

Meantime, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata, which doesn’t have standard alloy wheels, rearview camera or standard dual-zone, automatic climate control on lower-trim models, has a starting retail price of $21,770 with automatic transmission.

With sales of more than 235,000 in calendar 2011, the Accord is Honda’s biggest seller. But following the previous generation Accord that grew big, bland and cheap-feeling, the 2013 version is critical for Honda.

There are both sedan and coupe Accords, with four-cylinder and V-6 gasoline engine offerings. Later in the model year, hybrid Accords are due.

The base, 2.4-liter, double overhead cam four cylinder with Honda’s variable valve operation called i-VTEC is new and now is direct injected for sprightly performance.

It helps, too, that the 2013 Accord has been sized down just a bit — it’s 3.5 inches shorter in length than its predecessor, for example — and thus has lost a few pounds.

Horsepower now is 185 or 189, depending on the Accord model, instead of the 177 from last year’s four cylinder. The four cylinder’s torque increased noticeably to 181 foot-pounds at 3,900 rpm in the base 2013 Accord from 161 foot-pounds at 4,300 rpm.

Despite the power improvements, the 2013 Accord has better fuel economy ratings, in part because the automatic has been dropped from four cylinder models and replaced by a CVT, which uses a wide power band, rather than pre-set gears, to optimize gasoline mileage.

A 2013 Accord with four cylinder and CVT is rated by the federal government at 27 miles per gallon in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway. This is up from 23/34 mpg from last year’s four-cylinder Accord. The 278-horsepower, 3.5-liter, single overhead cam V-6 that was in the test Accord Touring sedan, however, was rated lower at 21/34 mpg and averaged 23.6 mpg in combined city/highway travel. The V-6 uses regular gasoline.

The V-6 now is mated to a six-speed automatic, rather than a five-speed, and it worked with smooth precision in the tester. A driver can shift gears without a clutch pedal for more spirited driving.

The new Accord sedan has graceful lines, but doesn’t follow Hyundai’s Sonata and Ford’s Fusion coupe-like roofline.

As a result, seats can be fitted more upright, allowing the 2013 Accord’s rear-seat legroom of 38.5 inches vs. the Sonata’s 34.6 inches.

Headroom in front and rear is about on par, and the Accord’s trunk space of 15.8 cubic feet is up from last year’s 14.7 cubic feet but less than the 16.4 in the Sonata.

The new, front-wheel drive Accord is quieter than the old model, and in the Touring model, rode smoothly and handled curvy mountain roads with poise. Steering is a bit on the light side.

Honda devotees will appreciate the low cowl which, with slimmer-than-some-competitors’ metal pillars at the sides of the windshield, gives an airier feel to the front seats.

The middle of the dashboard in the Touring model commanded attention because it had not one, but two, large display screens. The top one handled navigation items.

The lower one displayed views from the rearview camera and, more strikingly, a new LaneWatch blind spot system that’s standard on EX and higher Accords. The first few times it activated, which was during right-hand turns, the driver was mesmerized by the clear portrayal of the curbs and sidewalk crossings displayed as the car passed by. It’s not a view normally seen by a driver. Note this LaneWatch camera works only for the passenger side of the car.

Meantime, the rearview camera on the test car had a snafu once, turning on as the car traveled forward down an avenue. The camera stayed on for nearly a mile.

After the car was turned off and restarted, the rear view was only seen when it was supposed to — when the car is in “reverse.”

Seats were soft-to-firm, and fit and finish inside and out was excellent on the test car.

Standard safety equipment includes six air bags, front-seat active head restraints to reduce whiplash, electronic stability control and traction control.

2013 Honda Accord 4-Door Touring V-6

BASE PRICE: $21,680 for four-cylinder LX with manual; $22,480 for LX with CVT; $23,390 for Sport manual; $24,190 for Sport with CVT; $24,605 for EX manual; $25,405 for EX CVT; $27,995 for EX-L; $30,070 for EX-L V-6; $33,430 for Touring.

PRICE AS TESTED: $34,220.

TYPE: Front engine, front-wheel-drive, five-passenger, mid-size sedan.

ENGINE: 3.5-liter, single overhead cam V-6 with i-VTEC.

MILEAGE: 21 mpg (city), 34 mpg (highway).

TOP SPEED: NA.

LENGTH: 191.4 inches.

WHEELBASE: 109.3 inches.

CURB WEIGHT: 3,559 pounds.

BUILT AT: Marysville, Ohio.

OPTIONS: None.

DESTINATION CHARGE: $790.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    Solano News

    Solano County confirms 1st local case of measles

    By Staff and wire reports | From Page: A1, 3 Comments

     
    SPCA begins caring for more than 100 rescued dogs

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1, 4 Comments | Gallery

     
     
    Top workers, top students – and succulent crab

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

    Armijo students savor catered Fuddruckers lunch

    By Susan Hiland And Susan Winlow | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Partial Fairfield freeway road closure starts Monday

    By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

     
    DUI patrols set for Super Bowl Sunday

    By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

    Suisun City police log: Jan. 29, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

     
    Fairfield police log: Jan. 29, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

     
    .

    US / World

    Stanford University to get $50 million to produce vaccines

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

     
    Man charged in California family’s deaths will be own lawyer

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

    PG&E releases thousands of emails with state regulators

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    Yosemite park fee hikes coming in March

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    San Francisco coroner says human remains are from 1 man

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Judge expresses doubt about constitutionality of no-fly list

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    French fracture laid bare as 8-year-old praises terrorists

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    US mulls Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 Census

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Balloon crew makes history crossing Pacific Ocean

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    Murder trial begins 35 years after 6-year-old vanished in NY

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Judge: Funeral home wrongly sold Lee Harvey Oswald’s casket

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    .

    Opinion

     
    GOP should plan for post-Obamacare world

    By Ramesh Ponnuru | From Page: A8, 16 Comments

    Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 31, 2015

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Solano College news makes me sick

    By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 2 Comments

    .

    Living

    Today in History: Jan. 31, 2015

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Community Calendar: Jan. 31, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

    My recently widowed mother is already thinking about re-marrying

    By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B7

     
    Horoscopes: Jan. 31, 2015

    By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

    Five ways 3D-printed food will change the way we eat

    By The Washington Post | From Page: B10, 1 Comment

     
    .

    Entertainment

    TVGrid

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    List: 10 Super Bowl ads you’ll be talking about

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    Miranda Lambert leads ACM Awards with 8 nominations

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    Shakira gives birth to 2nd baby with Spanish football star

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Sports

     
    Mustangs ride away from Indian’s home court with 66-60 victory

    By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Hayward, Utah Jazz upset Golden State Warriors 110-100

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

    LeBron returns, Love, Irving team for 44, as Cavs top Kings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Laird leads as Tiger shoots 82 and misses the cut

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Seau, Warner, Pace first-time Hall eligibles

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    N.H. Speedway general manager faces lewdness charge

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Judge: Jury can watch Super Bowl unless Hernandez mentioned

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Blackhawks Hall of Famer Stan Mikita has brain disorder

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Ko takes lead at LPGA opener, closes in on golf history

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Djokovic beats Wawrinka to reach fifth Australian Open final

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Kings’ Cousins to replace Kobe Bryant in All-Star game

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Carroll says decision is Sherman’s if baby arrives early

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

    NFL’s Goodell seeks to look past ‘tough year,’ to future

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

     
    This date in sports history for Jan. 31, 2015

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

     
    .

    Business

    US consumer confidence at highest level in a decade

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    Companies steering clear of Super Bowl name

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5, 1 Comment

    .

    Obituaries

    Danica Gojkovich Ryder

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    Anneliese Edith (Luckner) Fraser

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Beetle Bailey

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Pickles

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Blondie

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Zits

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Garfield

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Peanuts

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    B.C.

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Dilbert

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Frank and Ernest

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Baldo

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Rose is Rose

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Baby Blues

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Sally Forth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Get Fuzzy

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Wizard of Id

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    For Better or Worse

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Bridge

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

     
    Cryptoquote

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

    Word Sleuth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

     
    Sudoku

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

    Crossword

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

     
    .

    Home Seller 1/31/2015

    Quirky add-ons a common feature of celebrity homes

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR2

    5 ways to make a kitchen more germ-free

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR3

    Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.66 percent

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR3

    Real estate transactions for Jan. 31, 2015

    By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR3