Nearly 35 years after the original Accord hatchback was introduce to the world, Honda has taken the veil of secrecy off the ninth generation 2013 Honda Accord which is smaller outside, but more spacious inside for the 2013 model year.
Exterior styling has been revamped for 2013. The grille is larger than the previous generation Accord’s, and the lower fascia has been reworked to provide new detailing that makes it look much cleaner and more purposeful. When viewed from the side, the 2013 Accord largely retains its predecessor’s profile, but with the addition of a bolder character line. The rear of the car features smaller tail lights that are better integrated into the design than the units found on the previous Accord. Honda engineers also added several aerodynamic tweaks and upgrades specifically to help the car consume less fuel.
Honda has currently not released any official images of the reworked interior, but the company promises that several changes to the overall packaging scheme have helped make the interior a roomier place in which to spend time in compared to the old car. The interior will also feature Bluetooth connectivity and a full color infotainment screen with text message reading capability as standard equipment.
Honda has also not released information on the official power-plants for the 2013 Honda Accord but expect the company’s 2.4 liter “Earth Dreams” four cylinder to serve as the volume engine for the model with power being transmitted through either a new fuel-saving CVT or a 6 speed manual gearbox. It will be interesting to see if buyers embrace the CVT in the Accord. It seems that the similarly strong-selling Nissan Altima does all right with a CVT, despite relentless auto reviewer complaints about them. For whatever it’s worth, Honda claims that its new Ohio-built Accord CVT is not “rubber bandy.” Transmission options will mirror those of the four cylinder model, and it will be interesting to see if buyers embrace the CVT in the Accord. The previous generation Accord’s 3.5 liter V6 carries over to the new model and will serve as an optional engine choice for higher grade Accord models. Expect a slight horsepower increase over the outgoing Accord along with improved fuel economy numbers, and the V6 will be paired with either a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic – hopefully both choices will be available in both the sedan and coupe.
Buyers interested in adding a 2013 Honda Accord coupe or sedan to their garage will have to wait until this fall to sign o the dotted line. Stay tuned to Autosavant for more information on the 2013 Honda Accord as it becomes available.