- Honda Accord, 2013
The all-new 2013 Honda Accord Sedan and Honda Accord Coupe mark the beginning of the ninth generation of Honda's best-selling midsize car. More luxurious, more sophisticated, better performing and better equipped than any other model in the Accord's 37-year history, the 2013 models remarkably advance the sense of luxury and craftsmanship, vehicle dynamics and the range of standard equipment to the highest levels in their class. Built in two locations in Ohio, launch of the all-new models celebrates 30 continuous years of Accord production in the United States.
The exterior length and wheelbase of both the Accord Sedan and Coupe are slightly more compact than the prior generation Accord while still providing improvements in key interior dimensions including rear legroom and trunk volume. The result is a spacious all-new Accord that boasts a sportier appearance, more responsive handling and improved driving dynamics.
From the tip of the front bumpers to the end of the exhaust finishers, literally nothing was left unexamined when redesigning the Honda Accord. This includes major elements like the unit-body, sheet metal, glass and aerodynamics, along with interior features and electronic systems, the engines and transmissions, the chassis components, and the many safety systems. Despite the complete generational changes, however, the 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe are still tightly focused on providing the same long-established blend of unbeatable Honda safety and security, value for money, fun-to-drive performance and handling, and passenger comfort and convenience.
Fuel efficiency is also improved, with EPA estimated highway mileage ratings up to 36 mpg for the 4-cylinder Accord and 34 mpg for the V-6 Accord Sedan. Not only does Accord advance the state of the art in its segment, but the new Honda Accord models also introduce a host of new technologies to Honda - while serving as the first vehicle to use Honda's new Earth Dreams™ technology, which is dedicated to enhancing fuel efficiency and minimizing the company's environmental footprint. In early 2013, an all-new 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Sedan will launch, followed by a conventional hybrid based on the same powertrain architecture in the summer of 2013, bringing Honda levels of fun and efficiency to the hybrid segment.
In addition to the upcoming hybrid versions of the Accord, the all-new 2013 Accord Sedan 4-door is available in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6 and new Touring trim levels, while the 2-door Accord Coupe comes in LX-S, EX, EX-L and EX-L V6 trim levels. Standard features on the new Accord include Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® with audio streaming, USB/iPod® integration, rearview camera and an audio/information screen and an Eco Assist™ driving system. As in previous EX-trim Accords, a choice of fabric or leather seating upholstery is available.
Other standard Accord features include dual-zone climate control, Pandora® internet radio integration and an SMS text messaging function. Available features include a hard disc drive (HDD)-based Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition and FM Traffic, and Adaptive Cruise Control. New visibility technologies include an expanded-view driver's mirror and Honda's new LaneWatch™ feature - along with available features such as LED headlights, daytime running lights (DRLs) and brake lights.
Safety advancements include a thoroughly revised Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and available Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems.
Two Earth Dreams™ powertrains are available initially, including an all-new 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with Honda's first use of direct injection in North America, and a 3.5-liter V-6 with revised VTEC + VCM functions. In early 2013, the Accord lineup will see the first application of a new Earth Dreams™ 2.0-liter 4-cylinder/two-motor plug-in hybrid system in the Honda Accord PHEV Sedan. The Honda two-motor hybrid system will operate continuously through three modes - all-electric, gasoline-electric and direct-drive - to maximize fuel efficiency. The 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid will also serve as the basis for a conventional hybrid version of the Accord Sedan, which will join the Accord lineup in the summer of 2013. Accord 4-cylinder models will offer a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that helps the Accord achieve outstanding fuel-efficiency, along with a new fun-to-shift 6-speed manual transmission on selected models. The Accord's V-6 engine offers a choice of a new 6-speed automatic or in the V-6 Coupe, a 6-speed manual. The Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid will feature a new electric coupled CVT.
Crisply styled and aerodynamically efficient, the all-new 2013 Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe body design and engineering are the most sophisticated in the Accord nameplate's 37-year history. The advances are tailor-made to improve every aspect of the Accord ownership experience, from more precise ride and handling to a quieter interior environment, along with enhanced visibility and greater fuel efficiency.
The 2013 Accord's unit-body uses more high-strength steel than any Accord in the model's history. This gives the Accord high structural strength for improved ride quality and more precise cornering. The Sedan's body design is bold and decisive, sleek and fluid, while the Coupe body design is rakish, taut and athletic. In both body styles, extensive use of aerodynamic detailing, including expanded use of under-covers, improves the Honda Accord's aerodynamic efficiency, which directly benefits fuel efficiency. Other advances include available LED headlights, LED DRLs, mirror-mounted turn signals, and an Expanded View Driver's Mirror that increases the driver's field of vision by 4.2 degrees.
Even the Sedan's body-sides are expressive, with a character line flowing upward and rearward across the door surfaces, and a deep contour strategically positioned at the lower doors, offering substance and a sense of motion. Bright window surround trim adds a luxury feel, while in back, the tops of the rear fenders curve inward toward the C-pillars like flexed muscles. The EX-L and Touring models offer chrome door handles and additional trim on the rear panel for added elegance.
The Accord Coupe is the most exhilarating 2-door Honda Accord yet. Its front end is set apart with a large lower radiator opening and twin faux brake scoops, which double as fog-light nacelles on all models except the LX. The large front wheel arches segue to deep character lines sweeping across the doors and back to the muscular rear wheel arches, while the flowing roofline draws the eye up and over the windswept cabin.
Careful sculpting on the lower door sides continues the kinetic look of the Accord Coupe, while helping to direct airflow around the rear tires. The roofline, bodyside character lines and rear wheel arches all converge at the deck-lid, drawing the eye to the rear spoiler on the V-6 models and providing an emphatic final impression as the Coupe drives away.
All Accord LX and Sport Sedan models feature a convenient manual remote entry system, while Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models include a new Smart Entry system with engine start/stop button. The Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models also include a power glass moonroof with tilt feature.
All Accord models have variable-speed windshield wipers and auto-on/off headlights, and a rearview camera is standard on all Accord models. Aerodynamic advancements improve fuel efficiency while also reducing interior noise. These features include body A-pillars that are now nearly flush with the windshield glass, windshield wipers that are flush with the rear edge of the hood edge, and optimized windshield and side glass thickness.
The 2013 Accord Sedan is available in nine exterior colors, including four metallic and five pearl colors. All-new colors include Champagne Frost Pearl, Hematite Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Obsidian Blue Pearl. The 2013 Accord Coupe is available in seven exterior colors, including two metallic, five pearl and one solid color. All-new colors include Modern Steel Metallic, Still Night Pearl, Tiger Eye Pearl and White Orchid Pearl.
Accord Sedan and Coupe body features
Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
Extensive use of high-tensile steel
Expanded View Driver's Mirror
Available Honda LaneWatch™ blind spot display (EX, EX-L and Touring Sedan; EX-L Coupe)
One-touch open/close power moonroof (EX, EX-L and Touring)
Variable-speed windshield wipers
Auto on/off headlights
LED headlights (Touring)
LED daytime running lights (DRL) (V6)
LED brake lights (Sedan EX-L and above)
Body-colored folding side mirrors (with turn signals on EX, EX-L and Touring)
15.8 cu ft. of trunk volume (Sedan)
13.7 cu ft. of trunk volume (Coupe)
Engineers considered every facet of the Accord Sedan and Coupe exterior in pursuit of low aerodynamic drag for a quiet ride and maximized fuel efficiency. The effort begins with an overall "teardrop" exterior cabin shape, which results in the most effective combination of low aero drag and useable interior space. To this basic concept engineers added numerous aerodynamic details including near-flush windshield glass, carefully tailored A-pillar shapes, flush-mounted windshield wipers, and careful under-body tailoring that reduces aerodynamic drag, directly improving fuel efficiency.
Accord Sedan and Coupe models have under-body aerodynamic covers in front of the engine/transmission assembly and rear wheels and trunk. Accord V-6 models also have two more covers under the driver's and front passenger's floor areas. In addition, ground clearance is purposefully lowest just in front of the rear wheels, causing a low-pressure area in between the wheels. This low-pressure area pulls the airflow around the rear wheels instead of across them. Although seemingly small, the details add up, and result in meaningful gains in fuel-efficiency.
The 2013 Honda Accord unit-body uses 55.8-percent high-tensile steel, more than in any previous Accord. In addition, 17.2-percent of the steel is now grade 780, 980 and 1,500 - extremely high grades that have never before been used in any Accord. This contributes to higher body rigidity and reduced weight, which directly benefits ride and handling, interior quietness, performance and efficiency and long-term durability.
The measured improvements in rigidity are significant. In static tests, bending rigidity is up 34 percent and torsional rigidity is up 42-percent compared to the previous-generation Accord. In dynamic tests, front lateral rigidity is up 16 percent and rear vertical rigidity is up 39-percent.
Body-Colored Folding Power Side Mirrors
Standard on all Accord models, body-colored power side mirrors allow the driver to adjust the mirrors position with ease. They can also be manually folded inward for tight parking spaces, if desired. Side mirrors on EX and above models are heated for all-weather driving convenience, and the passenger-side mirror includes an integrated Honda LaneWatch™ camera. The mirrors were specifically designed to be more aerodynamic, reducing wind noise. Every Accord EX, EX-L and Touring model has LED turn-signal indicators integrated into the side mirror housings for added visibility in traffic.
Expanded View Driver's Mirror
Introduced to the Honda line in the 2012 CR-V, the 2013 Accord's Expanded View Driver's Mirror is integrated into the driver's side mirror. Standard equipment on all 2013 Accord models and trim levels, the mirror increases the driver's field of vision by 4.2 degrees to provide a better view of objects to the back and side of the vehicle.
Honda LaneWatch™ Blind Spot Display
The new Honda LaneWatch™ blind spot display, included on Accord EX, EX-L and Touring Sedan models and EX-L Coupe, uses a camera located below the passenger-side mirror to display an expanded rear view of the passenger side roadway on the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID).
One-Touch Open/Close Power Moonroof
Included on Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models, a power glass moonroof with tilt feature includes one-touch control for both open and close functions. An auto-reverse feature reverses direction of the sliding moonroof panel if the operating system detects resistance to closing. A manually operated sliding sunshade improves comfort on bright or hot days.
Integrated Rear-Window Antenna
All new Accords feature an AM/FM radio antenna integrated into the rear window. This eliminates the need for a traditional mast antenna, improving the vehicle's exterior appearance and eliminating the possibility of damage in automatic car washes. Models equipped with XM Radio have a small fin-type antenna mounted at the rear of the roof.
Power Door Locks With Remote Entry and Programmable Auto-Locking Doors
All Honda Accord LX and Sport Sedan models feature a convenient manual remote entry system, while Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models include a new Smart Entry system.
Remote Entry System
The manual remote entry system allows the driver to lock or unlock the doors and trunk with the press of a button on the integrated wave key. This system has a range of up to 50 feet and includes an emergency "panic" button that sounds the horn when pressed. In addition, the manual remote entry system features a security system that is automatically activated when the lock button on the remote is pushed. A beep of the horn confirms that the security system is set. Any unauthorized entry will then sound an alarm.
Smart Entry System
The new Smart Entry system with engine start/stop button on Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models simplifies approaching, entering and starting the Accord - especially when the driver is carrying personal items. The Smart Entry system allows the driver to walk up to the vehicle, touch the door handle to unlock the door, start the engine and shut it off at the end of the trip using a push button ignition switch, and then get out and touch the lock button on the door handle to secure the car - all without ever touching a key. The system only requires that the driver has possession of the Smart Entry key. The Smart Entry key features a die-cast body with attractive chrome plating and acrylic covers that use "back side printing" for durability.
All 2013 Accord models also include a programmable auto-locking/unlocking system that is preset to automatically lock the doors when the vehicle reaches approximately 10 mph. Drivers can program the system to lock and unlock doors in several different ways, or else deactivate some or all of the system if desired.
Variable-Speed Windshield Wipers
All Accord models have variable-speed windshield wipers that automatically adjust the rate of operation according to vehicle speed. The result is the most efficient clearing of moisture from the windshield, and minimal wind noise at highway speeds. The design of the wipers also helps the blades press firmly against the windshield even at higher speeds, further assisting the clearing process. For 2013, the windshield wipers are positioned at the same level as the Accord's rear hood edge when not in use, reducing aerodynamic drag and wind noise.
Auto On/Off Headlights
All 2013 Accord models feature auto-on/off headlights for greater convenience. The headlights are multi-reflector/projector-beam units on all Sedan and Coupe models except the V-6 Touring Sedan, which has auto-on/off LED headlights. The headlights are sculpted for maximum aerodynamic efficiency and to compliment the Accord's styling. All Accord models likewise feature Daytime Running Lights (DRL) - halogen on 4-cylinder models and bright, dramatic LED DRLs on the V-6 models.
The 2013 Honda Accord Touring Sedan exclusively features Honda's first use of Light Emitting Diode (LED) headlights. This dual-lamp LED projector array provides improved light distribution for improved visibility and enhanced nighttime driving performance, while requiring only one-half the electrical power of conventional halogen/projector headlights. The LED array also has a highly technical appearance that sets the Touring Sedan model apart.
LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Every Accord is equipped with Daytime Running Lights (DRL), making it easier for pedestrians and other drivers to see the Accord in both daylight and twilight conditions. For 2013, new Light Emitting Diode (LED) DRLs are on all V-6 powered Accord Sedan and Coupe models.
LED Brake Lights
Light Emitting Diode (LED) brake lights are standard on all Accord Sedan EX-L and Touring models. Compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, LEDs illuminate more quickly, use less power and have a longer service life. They also provide a high-tech look to the rear of the EX-L and Touring models.
The 2013 Accord Sedan is available in eight exterior colors, including three metallic and five pearl colors. All-new colors include Champagne Frost Pearl, Hematite Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Obsidian Blue Pearl. Also available are Alabaster Silver Metallic, Basque Red Pearl II, Crystal Black Pearl and White Orchid Pearl.
The 2013 Accord Coupe is available in seven exterior colors, including two metallic, four pearl and one solid color. All-new colors include Modern Steel Metallic, Still Night Pearl, Tiger Eye Pearl and White Orchid Pearl. Also available are Alabaster Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and San Marino Red.
Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) Reduction
Generation after generation, the Accord's ability to filter out noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) from the ride experience has become measurably better. For 2013 the reduction efforts are even more impressive, beginning with structural improvements in the unit-body and the greatest use of high-tensile steel in Accord history. The exceptional rigidity of the unit body reduces bending and twisting, which directly improves NVH characteristics.
Aerodynamic tailoring of the body and undercarriage also contribute to reduced cabin noise levels as turbulence is reduced in the surrounding airflow. The strategic use of specific engine, body, door and interior insulation materials also contributes to an even quieter cabin in both Sedan and Coupe models. This directly increases passenger comfort and helps put the Accord near the top of its class for quietness. NVH countermeasures continue, even in areas that cannot be seen. These include under the hood, inside the doors and body openings, and in the technical properties of the interior carpeting and trim. Key Accord NVH countermeasures :
Body A-pillars are now nearly flush with the windshield glass for reduced wind noise
Windshield wipers are positioned flush with the rear edge of the hood, smoothing airflow for reduced noise
Windshield and side glass thickness is optimized for reduced wind noise
Hood insulator reduces audible engine and road noise
Fender liner insulators reduce road and tire noise
Sealing rubber at bottom of doors reduces road noise
Foam at leading edge of front door openings reduces road and tire noise
Trunk trim with insulator reduces road noise
The Honda Accord Sedan has a trunk capacity of 15.8 cubic feet - 1.1 cubic feet larger than the previous-generation Accord Sedan's, and is spacious enough to easily accommodate four large golf bags. Meanwhile the Coupe trunk has a capacity of 13.7 cubic feet, 1.8 cubic feet larger than previously. In both models, the new trunk area is easier to access and use, and the trunk floor is flatter, allowing easy placement and removal of items, with more secure storage. Integrated storage hooks allow securing cargo for safe transit. All Accord models one-piece rear seatback can be lowered to expand the cargo area when needed by pulling a convenient handle located in the trunk. The trunk is carpeted and lined, and a temporary spare tire is located in a well under a removable section of the cargo-area floor.
A rearview camera is now standard on all Accord models. Accord LX, Sport and EX models feature a single-angle "Normal View" display, while EX-L and Touring models have a multi-angle rearview camera with three viewing angles - wide view, normal view and top-down view. Drivers may select the preferred view according to driving conditions. All rearview camera systems feature guidelines.
To give the Accord every advantage in the highly competitive mid-size class, a completely new interior was designed, bringing with it a level of luxury and craftsmanship never before seen in the Accord. Available in Black, Gray and Ivory, the Accord's new interior combines welcoming comfort with an impressive new range of standard and available technologies. Redesigned seating and features like dual-zone climate control enhance passenger comfort inside the roomy cabin, and the controls and instrumentation have been simplified to help the driver feel in command and control.
Although the Accord's length has decreased over three inches and the wheelbase is almost an inch shorter, key interior dimensions grow. While the Accord's sleeker shape decreases already plentiful headroom slightly, rear legroom increases over an inch, both front and rear shoulder room increase, and trunk space is up over a cubic foot. Both the Accord Sedan and Coupe interiors offer spacious accommodations for five passengers, upscale style and high-quality fit and finish. The more capacious trunk also now features a flatter floor and more space for greater utility. Along with interior quietness, seating and ergonomics, personal connectivity and electronic technologies are rapidly evolving, and the Accord can seamlessly interface with the latest generation of compatible personal mobile electronics.
A bright, full-color 8-inch (diagonal) "intelligent" Multi-Information Display (i-MID) serves as the control center for the Accord's many electronic functions. The i-MID screen displays the image from the new standard backup camera, fuel economy information, audio functions, and an available LaneWatch™ feature, which can help drivers on busy multi-lane roads by displaying a wide-angle view of the passenger side roadway of the vehicle.
A new Audio with touchscreen system is standard and features a Pandora® internet radio interface, and a convenient SMS text messaging function that can read incoming texts aloud and allow the driver to respond with factory preset text messages. A Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® phone interface adds intuitive hands-free calling convenience. Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition and FM Traffic, is available.
The 2013 Accord is the first Honda product to offer available HondaLink™ technology, which works with the owner's compatible smartphone to connect the Accord with music and other media sources, internet apps, roadside assistance and more to help improve the driving experience. Aha™ by Harman is the first HondaLink internet app resource, and future apps will expand HondaLink functionality substantially.
The Accord EX-L and Touring have new Forward Collision Warning (FCW) systems to advise the driver when the system determines a potential collision with another vehicle ahead exists. The Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system will alert the driver with audio and visual alerts if the driver begins to move out of a detected lane without using the turn indicators. The line-topping Accord Touring features Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which can regulate the Accord's speed to maintain a pre-set following distance interval between it and the vehicle directly ahead.
Inside the Accord, all tactile surfaces, from the interior door handles to the seat controls to the instrument panel, steering wheel, and switchgear are designed to be pleasing to the touch - and easy to operate. The upper instrument panel is now one seamless piece of soft-touch material, the product of a new in-house Honda manufacturing process. This soft upper pad has an improved fit, a luxurious finish and an integrated passenger-side airbag cover. Cloth velour upholstery is standard in the Accord, while the Accord EX-L and Touring grades have standard leather seating surfaces.
During the design of the Honda Accord, designers set out to create a highly functional and intuitive interface between the vehicle and the driver. Key design features include large analog instrumentation complemented with a new 8-inch color "intelligent" Multi-Information Display (i-MID) positioned high in the central part of the instrument panel. A range of new audio systems is offered, with EX-L and Touring Sedan and EX and above Coupe models featuring an easy-to-use color touch screen display that eliminates button clutter. The final elements of the Accord's smart interface approach are its steering wheel mounted controls. By allowing the driver to operate a range of features without taking their hands off the wheel, the potential for driver distraction can be reduced in many situations.
The Accord has elegant analog instrumentation with a sophisticated and technical appearance. The centrally positioned speedometer is the largest feature in the instrument cluster. A high-contrast Multi-Information Display (MID) is positioned in the center of the speedometer and provides a range of information and trip computer functions. Illuminated Eco Assist arcs on each side of the speedometer indicate when the vehicle is being operated efficiently. The speedometer is flanked by an analog tachometer, coolant temperature and fuel level gauge.
Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID)
All Accord models without navigation feature Honda's "intelligent" Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with a large 8-inch WQVGA (480 x 320 pixel) screen. Compared to the previous Accord's MID system, the new i-MID system offers added interactive elements and improved graphics. The i-MID displays information on Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, fuel economy, audio functions, and more. Wallpaper display and customizable settings are also included. Accord models with navigation have a high-resolution WVGA (800x480 pixel) display that takes the place of the i-MID display in non-navigation models. The high-resolution screen combines navigation and i-MID functionality. The i-MID information categories:
Honda LaneWatch™ (EX, EX-L and Touring Sedan, EX-L Coupe)
SMS text message function
Pandora® internet radio compatibility
Multi-Information Display (MID)
All Accord models have a new, larger Multi-Information Display (MID) positioned in the center of the speedometer face. The high-contrast white-on-black display can provide a wide range of information for the driver, including exterior temperature, trip information and much more.
MID information categories:
Average fuel economy
Digital odometer and dual digital tripmeters
Engine oil life
Instant fuel economy
Miles to empty
Shift lever position (when equipped with CVT or 6AT)
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) (Touring)
Maintenance Minder Display
All Accord models have a Maintenance Minder system that tracks service related items based on vehicle usage. The Maintenance Minder system automatically indicates when to have standard service performed based on actual driving conditions (tracked by the ECU) and minimizes the guesswork related to whether the vehicle is being used in standard or severe use conditions for maintenance interval purposes. The display indicates when to change the oil, air cleaner, transmission fluid, spark plugs or coolant, as well as when to rotate the tires. Maintenance Minder information appears in the Multi-Information Display located in the center of the speedometer.
For 2013, a rearview camera is standard on all Accord grades. Accord LX, Sport and EX models feature a single-angle "Normal View" display, while EX-L and Touring models have a multi-angle rearview camera with three viewing angles (wide view, normal view and top view). Drivers may select the preferred view according to driving conditions. The rearview image is displayed on the 8-inch color i-MID display, or on the navigation system display on models equipped with navigation. All rearview camera systems feature distance guidelines.
For greater convenience, many of the controls that are most frequently used are positioned on the Accord's steering wheel within easy reach. An improved circular switch layout similar to the current Civic and CR-V models helps make operation simple and intuitive. Paddle shifters are included on a number of automatic-transmission Accord models, including the Sport Sedan, and all Coupe models. All Accord models feature a manually adjustable tilt and telescope steering column that allows drivers to easily adjust the steering wheel position to their liking. For greater comfort, the Accord EX-L and Touring steering wheels are wrapped in upgraded leather using fine chain stitching for improved comfort.
Comfortable, Supportive Seating
Redesigned seats with updated internal structure and reengineered padding blend comfort with support. Roomy and accommodating, the front seats are designed to help reduce the likelihood of neck injuries in rear collisions and have pronounced lateral support to help secure the occupant when cornering. Smoothly contoured shapes give the seating an appealing appearance, and help make entry and exit easier. The new front headrests are smaller to afford rear passengers a better view forward, and the headrests have softer padding for greater comfort. New side airbag technology now allows a seatback heater in the passenger's seat on EX-L and Touring models (previously only the passenger's seat cushion was heated).
Interior Utility And Storage
The Accord's interior is designed to offer excellent day-to-day livability, with plenty of storage space. A revised center console adds to the Accord's versatility, and offers internal storage space that can accommodate seven CD jewel cases. A USB port, auxiliary input jack and 12-volt power outlet are positioned in front of the console, and another 12-volt power outlet is positioned inside the console. The padded console lid serves as a comfortable armrest for the driver or front passenger.
A pair of large cupholders is positioned just ahead of the storage compartment within easy reach, and there is a bottle holder and storage bin in each door. The rear seating area of the Sedan has a fold-down padded center armrest with dual cupholders.
The Accord Sedan has a trunk capacity of 15.8 cubic feet, an increase of 1.1 cubic feet compared to the previous-generation Honda Accord Sedan. The Coupe trunk has a capacity of 13.7 cubic feet, an increase of 1.8 cubic feet compared to the previous generation Coupe. To make loading and packing easier, the trunk floor of both the Sedan and Coupe is now flatter. A redesigned trunk lid torsion bar system and thinner parcel shelf bulkhead open up additional cargo space. Storage hooks on the left and right walls make it easy to secure cargo.
The trunk is carpeted and lined, and a temporary spare tire is located in a well under a removable section of the cargo-area floor. The one-piece rear seatback can be lowered to expand the cargo area when needed by pulling a convenient handle located in the trunk.
Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
All Accord models feature a dual-zone automatic climate control system with independent left and right temperature controls. A single temperature can be selected for the entire cabin, or the driver and front passenger can set different temperatures for their sides of the cabin. Dual adjustable vents located in the rear of the Sedan center console (EX and above) help keep rear seat passengers comfortable.
All Accord models come with an Eco Assist function. Located on either side of the speedometer, Eco Assist has illuminated arcs that show if the vehicle is being driven in an efficient style. The system operates in essentially the same manner as on other Honda models, in this case with white and green "coaching" arcs that illuminate on either side of the speedometer. A white color signifies inefficient driving, while green means a more efficient driving style is being used. The color changes gradually in response to overall driving style.
Every 2013 Accord is equipped with a green ECON button to the left of the steering wheel, a feature that was included on the 2012 Civic and CR-V. When the button is pushed to activate ECON mode, several operating characteristics of the vehicle are modified for enhanced fuel efficiency. The Drive-by-Wire throttle system provides more gradual response, and to save additional energy, the climate control's fan speeds are lowered incrementally and other climate control system characteristics are altered based on the conditions. Another push of the ECON button reverts all systems to their normal mode.
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
The EX-L and Touring Sedan models feature an electrochromic interior rearview mirror that automatically dims during nighttime driving to reduce glare from the headlights of following vehicles.
HomeLink Remote System
Accord EX-L V-6 and Touring Sedan, and V-6 Coupe models feature the HomeLink wireless remote system. Built into the overhead module, HomeLink can be programmed with the remote-control codes of up to three devices, such as a garage-door opener, a remote lighting system, or a home security system.
Power Windows With Auto-Up/Down
All Accord models have front and rear power windows with a one-touch auto-up/down driver's window. In the EX grade and above, the front passenger's window also has auto-up/down capability. In all models except the LX Sedan, illuminated controls allow for easy operation at night.
Power Door Locks with Remote Entry
Power door locks are standard on all Accord models, and a customizable auto-locking feature can be configured using the i-MID and steering-wheel mounted controls. Remote entry is standard equipment on all Accord models. The LX Sedan and LX-S Coupe have a wave key design that has an integrated transmitter in the handle with lock, unlock, trunk open and panic buttons. All other Accord models have the keyless Smart Entry system.
Smart Entry System
The Accord EX and above models have Honda's new Smart Entry & Push Button Start. The Smart Entry system lets the Accord owner gain access to the vehicle without having to unlock it with the remote transmitter or a conventional key. The Smart Entry remote has a unique digital identity and the Accord can be unlocked when the driver pulls one of the front door handles while the remote in his/her possession. When carrying the fob (or if all doors are unlocked), the trunk can be opened by pressing a button located on the Accord's rear fascia.
Once the driver has opened the door and is seated, the Smart Entry system allows the Accord to be started by pushing the Engine Start/Stop button positioned on the instrument panel. When leaving the car, a press of the soft-touch button on exterior door handle locks all the doors. Alternatively, a press of the Lock button on the Smart Entry remote will also simultaneously lock all the doors. The Smart Entry system will not allow the transmitter fob to be locked in the interior or the trunk of the Honda Accord.
Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC)
Key contributors to the Accord's quiet, refined interior are Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC). The two systems are comprised of dual overhead microphones, an ANC/ASC electronic processor, and the audio system's four door-mounted speakers. ASC/ANC operates whenever the Accord is running, even if the audio system is turned off.
ANC is designed to reduce low frequency sound in the cabin caused mainly by the roughness of the road surface. The overhead microphones pick up sound waves and send them to the ANC/ASC processor, which creates and sends a precisely timed "reverse phase" audio signal to a special amplifier. In turn, the amplifier drives the door speakers to cancel the original noise signal.
ASC is a related technology designed to improve the engine sound quality by making the sound pressure level more linear as the engine revs increase. Typically, engine noise doesn't increase in a linear way with rising revs; instead there can be many resonances that create peaks and valleys in the sound pressure level and an uneven sound. ASC helps smooth out the engine sound by creating a same-phase or reverse-phase sound signal as needed and sending it to the door speakers. Though the system offers benefits from idle to redline, it makes the largest difference in the range between 1000 and 2000 rpm, where it lowers the sound pressure level by approximately 3-dB with an opposite-phase audio signal.
The Accord LX and Sport Sedan are equipped with a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers. The CD player can also read CD-Rs loaded with Windows Media® Audio (WMA) or MP3 audio files. The system also includes Bluetooth® streaming audio and Pandora® internet radio compatibility (with compatible iPhone and Android devices). Audio information is displayed on the color i-MID screen positioned high in the center section of the instrument panel. An auxiliary input jack is standard, along with a USB Audio Interface that can allow an iPod, iPhone or flash drive to be connected to the system.
The audio system features Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC). With SVC, as the vehicle speeds up and exterior noise increases, the audio system automatically raises the music's volume, and then lowers it again as the vehicle slows down. If desired, SVC can be deactivated at any time.
The LX-S and EX Coupe, and the EX Sedan have an upgraded AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers. Accord EX-L and Touring models provide an even more impressive 360-watt, 7-speaker premium audio system including subwoofer and XM® Radio. When equipped with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System With Voice Recognition and FM Traffic, the hard disk drive (HDD) includes 15-GB of audio memory for storage of personal music libraries.
The audio system's new color touch panel eliminates multiple hard keys and improves audio-system ease of use. It allows quick and intuitive control of the audio system, HandsFreeLink phone interface and a range of customizable settings. When an iPod is plugged into the Accord's USB port, the audio touch panel can display iPod contents in Cover Flow format when the vehicle is stopped.
USB Audio Interface
A USB Audio Interface is located in the center console of all Accord models. It can read flash drives and compatible digital music devices, such as iPods or iPhones, that contain MP3 or WMA music files. (It is important to note that only the iPod Video, iPod Nano and other fifth-generation or later iPods are compatible with this system. The iPod Shuffle, Mini, and older iPod models are not compatible.) When an iPod or iPhone is connected, the Honda logo will appear on the screen of the compatible device showing it is ready for use. The device can then be controlled using the steering wheel-mounted controls or audio system controls. Information such as song title, artist, album art and other information will appear on the Accord's i-MID screen and audio touch-screen. The USB audio interface will also charge the device while it is connected.
The Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® interface is designed to offer hands-free operation for many Bluetooth-enabled mobile telephones. Standard on all Accord models, the system wirelessly connects the driver's cell phone to the vehicle's audio system. This allows the driver to make or answer cell phone calls without removing hands from the steering wheel. The system is compatible with Bluetooth-enabled cell phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP). A list of compatible phones can be found at handsfreelink.com or honda.com.
Bluetooth HandsFreeLink enables audio files to be played through the vehicle's audio system wirelessly with a feature called Bluetooth Audio. If an audio compatible device is paired it will be added as an auxiliary source on the audio screen. This allows the Bluetooth device's media to be played wirelessly by the audio system. Cell phone devices that support the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) and Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.3 allow the display of metadata for artist, album and track name. The vehicle's audio controls for "skip forward" and "skip backward" allow for navigation from track to track.
Bluetooth HandsFreeLink is designed for easy use. After the driver completes a simple one-time "pairing" process to link the cell phone with the vehicle, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink can communicate wirelessly and securely with the driver's cell phone when the phone is within about 33 feet of the vehicle. Once the driver enters the vehicle, the phone can be stored in a pocket, briefcase, purse or a storage bin inside the vehicle's cabin as the call transfers information through the wireless telephone interface. Certain compatible cell phones can also transfer the cellular phonebook into the vehicle through the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system. After the cellular phonebook is transferred, calls can be made by making selections from the registered phonebook displayed on screen.
Phone numbers of incoming calls are displayed on the i-MID (or navigation screen, if so equipped)
Pressing the steering wheel-mounted "Pick up" button answers the call and mutes the audio system
Caller is heard through the audio-system speakers
An overhead microphone picks up the driver's voice while minimizing background noise and echoing
Numbers with voice tags may be stored in the system's memory
To make a call hands-free, the driver first activates the system using the steering wheel-mounted fingertip controls, then speaks a preset voice tag
Numbers can also be dialed by speaking the telephone number (in Accord models equipped with navigation system)
Automatic import of phone book and call history
Up to five different compatible mobile phones can be paired with the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system
Pandora Internet Radio Compatibility
The Accord incorporates a wide range of entertainment features to accommodate the ever-changing preferences of customers. All Honda Accord models are designed to provide a convenient interface for Pandora® internet radio. Pandora® is a free music service that allows users to open an account online and create up to 100 personalized internet "radio stations" that are based on favorite songs or artists. Users can choose among their stations and listen via computer, and can also download a free smartphone Pandora® app, which allows users listen to the same list of personalized stations via their compatible phone. Though Pandora® is free, phone data charges apply.
At this time, the Pandora® Audio USB interface in the Accord only supports the iPhone. To use Pandora® in the Accord, an iPhone is connected via the USB port located in the center console. The vehicle's audio source is set to iPod, the Pandora® app is launched on the iPhone. (If the Pandora® app is not launched, the phone will function as an iPod.) The i-MID (or navigation display in vehicles with navigation) and audio touch-screen displays Pandora® information and album art, and the audio controls allow listeners to choose from among existing stations, pause, resume, skip forward, and mark a track with "like" or "dislike" ratings. To ease driver use, some functionality of the Pandora® iPhone app is locked out when using the Accord's Pandora® interface.
Pandora® internet radio audio can also be streamed wirelessly to the Accord by a compatible cell phone (not only the iPhone) via the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® connection. With this type of connection, however, only the sound level of the Pandora® radio station can be controlled through the Accord; other features of the Accord's Pandora® interface are not available.
XM® Radio is a standard feature for Accord EX-L models and above, and subscription fees for the service are covered for the first 90 days of ownership. XM Radio provides more than 130 digital channels of programming with near CD-quality sound. The XM® broadcast signal is beamed to two satellites positioned in geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles above earth. The beams from these two broadcast satellites (one located over the West Coast, one over the East Coast) combine to span the entire continental United States and some of Canada. In addition, there are also more than 1,000 ground antennas to help boost the XM® signal (in metropolitan areas with tall buildings) until satellite reception is restored.
XM® programming includes channels devoted to music, sports, talk, traffic, weather, children's programming and entertainment. Of the 130 XM® channels, 69 are commercial-free. When the Accord's audio system plays XM®, the display screen shows the current station, song title, or artist's name.
The 2013 Accord is the first Honda product to feature HondaLink™ technology. It's the new center point for Honda owners for hands-free access to cloud-based services, audio and information, and is designed to keep Accord drivers informed and connected while on the go. HondaLink is available in EX-L and above Accord Sedan and EX and above Accord Coupe.
HondaLink works with the owner's compatible smartphone to connect the Accord with music and information resources, internet apps, roadside assistance and more. Set to launch in September 2012, Aha™ by Harman is the first HondaLink resource; future apps will expand the functionality of HondaLink substantially, and allow Accord owners to easily add capability.
Once the Honda Accord VIN and owner information are in the HondaLink owner database, the HondaLink Data Cloud can store personalized information for the Accord owner, including Navigation system POIs (points of interest), routes, preferences and more.
Owners can use the HondaLink website to access information or change preferences. HondaLink is also accessible via Twitter, Facebook, and other online tools. A series of free HondaLink apps are also available, including My Honda, personal profile and roadside assistance. Because HondaLink utilizes a cloud-based platform, as features, functions and apps grow, Accord owners will be able to enjoy the latest capabilities.
Aha™ by Harman
A new feature called Aha™ is accessed via HondaLink and is standard on the Accord EX-L Sedan and above, and standard on Accord EX Coupe and above. Aha organizes the Accord owner's favorite content from the web into personalized on-demand radio stations in the vehicle. Aha is a comprehensive, cloud-based platform optimized for the automotive environment that provides a simple integration point for HondaLink equipped vehicles to bring in a wide range of current and future applications into the audio system head unit. This new capability allows users to access their favorite podcasts, internet radio, on-demand music, restaurant recommendations, and even audio updates from Facebook and Twitter.
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Audio
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Audio (Accord EX-L Navi and Accord Touring) systems featuring the 15GB HDD-based memory are programmed from the factory to copy music tracks from pre-recorded CDs, enabling customers to store many CDs worth of music on-board for easy access. The system will not copy music from burned CDs or from USB flash drives. Based on music files measuring an average size of 4.2MB per song at a 128kbps bitrate, approximately 3,500 songs can be loaded into the 15GB system (approximately 175 CDs).
The HDD-based system records music at a variable rate between 4X to 8X of the original music track time. The automatic-recording default setting can be changed to manual if desired.
The audio system can display information about the music tracks, such as artist names and song titles using the Gracenote® database in the system software. This database can be periodically updated to reflect newly released music. Gracenote updates can be downloaded by Accord owners at automobiles.honda.com in the Ownerlink section (up to four updates per year maximum). The updates can then be loaded onto a CD-R or onto a USB thumb drive, which in turn can be used to update the Accord's audio system. Even without a Gracenote update, newly released audio tracks will play on the sound system, but will play without accompanying text information on genre, artist, album name and track name.
Song By Voice®
Navigation-equipped Accords offer the Song by Voice® feature. From most navigation screens, the driver can simply press the TALK button on the steering wheel. With so much audio content potentially available on the HDD or from an iPod, Honda engineers set out to make it easy to find content. So drivers can simply give a voice command, such as "Play song 'Danny Boy,'" and the system will automatically begin playback. Song by Voice also lets the driver choose music by artist, album, track name, genre, playlist and even composer.
SMS Text Message Function
All Honda Accord models have a standard SMS Text Message function that can read incoming texts aloud over the audio system, and allow the driver to reply with any of six factory preset messages. The system works with SMS-capable cell phones that have an active data plan and the Message Access Profile (MAP), such as the Blackberry, Droid X and others. The iPhone does not support this feature.
Once a compatible phone is paired with the Accord's Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system, the text messaging function is enabled. When the phone receives a text message, an alert appears on the i-MID (or navigation screen in vehicles equipped with navigation). Using the audio system controls, the driver can choose to have the message read aloud, can select among the preset reply choices, or can call the sender - all without touching the phone. To help avoid driver distraction, the text of the incoming message is not displayed on-screen while the vehicle is moving.
Available factory preset text replies:
Talk to you later, I'm driving
I'm on my way
I'm running late
LaneWatch™ Blind Spot Display
The new LaneWatch™ blind spot display is standard on Accord EX, EX-L and Touring Sedan models, and on EX-L Coupe. It uses a camera positioned below the passenger-side exterior mirror to display a wide-angle view of the passenger side roadway on the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i- MID). The image appears when the right turn signal is activated, or when a button on the end of the turn signal stalk is pressed.
The typical field of view for a passenger-side mirror is approximately 18- to 22-degrees, but the LaneWatch™ blind spot display field-of-view is about four times greater, or approximately 80-degrees. The system helps the driver to see traffic, as well as pedestrians or objects, in the vehicle's blind spot. To help make judging distance easier, the display has three reference lines. Drivers are encouraged to visually confirm roadway conditions prior to changing lanes.
On navigation-equipped models, when LaneWatch™ is in use and a navigation turn prompt is needed, the image changes to split-screen so that LaneWatch™ and navigation information can be displayed simultaneously. LaneWatch™ can also be customized to suit the driver's preferences. Turn-signal activation of the LaneWatch™ system can be turned on or off, as can the three on-screen reference lines. Screen brightness, contrast and black level are also adjustable.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
The Accord EX-L and Touring model each feature a new Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system as standard equipment. When the system detects a vehicle ahead and determines that collision is possible, it provides the driver with visual and audio alerts to encourage avoidance actions. (The system does not include an automatic braking function.)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) is new for 2013 on Accord EX-L and Touring models, and provides the driver with visual and audible alerts if the vehicle begins to move out of a detected lane without using the turn signal indicator. A button on the lower left portion of the instrument panel allows the system to be switched on and off.