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2013 Honda Accord: Used Car Review

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author photo by Joe Tralongo October 2014

When people talk about the Honda Accord -- which was completely redesigned for the 2013 model year -- it's often described as bulletproof, a gold standard and the best in its class. Accolades such as these don't come easily, but they certainly aren't exaggerations. As far as used cars go, the 2013 Honda Accord is one of the safest bets on the road. Sure, you can find cars with more pizzazz, such as the Hyundai Sonata, or better fuel economy, such as the Passat TDI, but when it comes to overall owner satisfaction, the Accord runs away with the prize.

In addition to its excellent reputation for reliability and high resale value, the Accord strikes just the right balance between ride comfort and good handling, satisfying acceleration and good fuel economy, and interior comfort and convenience. The Accord can accommodate up to five passengers and has room for a good amount of luggage or groceries in its trunk. Top-of-the-line models come standard with leather seating, navigation and adaptive cruise control -- all very desirable options. The Accord remains a conservative sedan, however, so if you're looking for features such as a turbocharged engine, a panoramic moonroof, a high-end audio system or heated rear seats, you'll need to look at other sedans.

What We Like

Lots of standard features; spacious interior; excellent fit and finish; quiet ride; good handling; impressive continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT); available manual transmission

What We Don't

Limited features on entry-level trims; sleepy styling; 4-cylinder engine can feel underpowered at times

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The Accord's standard engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that's good for 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. In the Sport trim, the same engine produces a bit more power, rated at 189 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque. With the 6-speed manual transmission, the Accord is rated at 24 miles per gallon in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The automatic CVT improves those figures to 27 mpg city/36 mpg hwy (26 mpg city/35 mpg hwy with the Sport).

The optional 3.5-liter V6 produces 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque and can be mated to a 6-speed automatic, or in the coupe, a 6-speed manual. Fuel economy for this engine is rated at a remarkable 21 mpg city/34 mpg hwy with the automatic and 18 mpg city/28 mpg hwy with the manual.

Standard Features & Options

For 2013, the Accord offers six trims and two body styles. The Accord sedan comes in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6 and Touring trims. The Accord coupe comes in LX-S, EX, EX-L and EX-L V6 trims.

The Accord LX features 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth, USB audio connectivity, Pandora Internet Radio compatibility, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary and USB/iPod input, and the i-MID infotainment system with an 8-in screen.

The LX-S coupe is similarly equipped to the LX sedan.

The Sport trim adds 18-in wheels, a rear spoiler, a 10-way power driver's seat with adjustable lumbar, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and paddle shifters (CVT-equipped model).

The EX builds on the LX trim with 17-in wheels, 6-speaker audio, a power driver's seat with power lumbar, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power sunroof, heated side mirrors, keyless entry with push-button starting and a blind spot monitoring system.

The EX-L includes leather seating, a driver's-seat memory feature, LED brake lights, HondaLink smartphone and app integration, a 4-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, and a premium 7-speaker touchscreen audio system with satellite radio.

The EX-L V6 simply adds a V6 engine to the EX-L trim.

The Touring comes standard with a V6 engine, navigation, LED headlights and adaptive cruise control.

As Honda has a one-trim-fits-all policy, there are few options, but the EX-L and EX-L V6 trims are available with navigation.

Pricing

Because the Honda Accord holds its value well, be prepared to pay a premium even when the car has higher mileage. To get a good idea of the Accord's price range, we suggest using the used-car values at KBB.com. You can also search the AutoTrader Classifieds to see what models are currently for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the following recalls for the 2013 Honda Accord:

A recall was issued due to a possible fuel filler neck that is out of specification and can cause the fuel pump to not properly seal the fuel tank.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

The Honda Accord sedan's safety record appears to be quite good. NHTSA gave the Accord four stars in its front crash test and five stars in the side-impact and rollover tests. The Accord coupe earned five stars in all three tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Accord sedan its highest rating of Good in its offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests, while the Accord coupe earned similar marks in all but the small-overlap front crash test, for which it received an Acceptable mark.

The Accord left the factory with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Both are fully transferable. If you buy a certified pre-owned Accord, it will have gone through a 150-point inspection and will come with an extension of the basic warranty (4 years/48,000 miles). If the vehicle's new-car warranty has expired, it will instead come with a 1-year/12,000-mile basic warranty from the date of purchase. The powertrain warranty is also extended by 7 years/100,000 miles from the date that the vehicle entered service.

Other Cars to Consider

Kia Optima -- The Optima offers a more sophisticated design and more features than the Accord, and its resale is almost as good. The Optima's repair history, however, is not as good as the Accord's, but it does have a longer basic warranty (5 years/60,000 miles).

Ford Fusion -- The Fusion is an excellent competitor for the Accord, offering hybrid, all-wheel-drive and even plug-in-hybrid models, but the Fusion has had a number of recalls, and its resale and fuel economy figures are not as good as the Accord's.

Toyota Camry -- The Camry is every bit the Accord's equal, with similar features, fuel economy and resale values. The Camry's hybrid option, however, offers superior fuel economy.

AutoTrader's Advice

With Google Maps on your smartphone, the need for factory navigation is really redundant. For this reason, we think that most people will be quite happy with the base LX 4-cylinder Accord. It offers plenty of features, has the lowest price point and gets great gas mileage. Those seeking a bit more luxury should look to the EX-L, while power players who are willing to shell out more money should go for one of the upscale V6 trims. Don't have kids? You should consider one of the Accord coupes!

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