Literally just making it’s debut, the new Honda Accord sedan and coupe are…well, not so new. This should have been the mid-cycle refresh rather than the “new model”. There are quite a few key alterations between the 2013 model and previous model, but nothing that can distinguish these as truly redesigned cars.

The most noticeable differences are:

-Slightly more chiseled body
-Projector Headlights/LED Daytime Running Lights
-Lower end of the front bumpers
-Rear bumper on the coupe
-More detailed taillights on the sedan.

Coming fully equipped, Honda has made the Touring trim level the top-of-the-line package, competing with the likes of the 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium package, Nissan Altima SL, & KIA Optima SX Limited. The most dramatic change seems to be inside the car as the center console seems to be revised for the better. Unlike the previous model, and it’s disastrous cluster of buttons, the new model keeps things simple and clean. Also, making it’s debut is Honda’s infotainment system, HondaLink. A cloud-based system that can utilize various apps like Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, Yelp, and more.

But after looking at the new Accords, you kind of have to wag your finger at Honda for their lack of effort to actually bring something “new” to the table. Especially since the Accord is their flagship vehicle, holding down the fort in the most competitive market in the auto industry of mid-size sedans. The laziness could cost them major decline in sales, not because their buyers will get tired of the Accord’s dated styling, but because other better looking new comers will be occupying the minds of soon to be ex-Honda buyers.

Key Competition For The New Accord

- ’13 Nissan Altima
- ’13 Ford Fusion
- ’13 Chevy Malibu
- ’13 Volkswagen Passat
- ’13 KIA Optima

Engine Option:

2.4-liter I4 – 181 hp. CVT transmission or six-speed manual.
3.5-liter V6 – 271 hp. Six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.
2.0-liter Plug-in hybrid. i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine. Electric CVT with possible all-electric mode.

Basic Specs

Base Price
Unveiling August 2012
Availability Fall 2012
Status Nearing production
Engine 2.4L four-cylinder, 3.5L V6
Body Style Sedan/Coupe
Segment Sport
Size Midsize

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