The best Accord ever?Upon arrival at Honda to pick it up, I immediately noticed my navy blue tester; the blue Accord was looking sharp as ever. Although the Accord Coupe was a wonderful vehicle, I couldn’t help but notice that it lacked a certain “je ne sais quoi” when it came to real-world practicality.
I was recently given the great pleasure of testing the newly redesigned 2013 Honda Accord Coupe, so the new Accord is no stranger to my driveway. I was ecstatic to hear that my 2013 Honda Accord V6 Touring tester would once again be powered by the engine I had come to love.
Upon arrival at Honda to pick it up, I immediately noticed my navy blue tester; the blue Accord was looking sharp as ever. Although the Accord Coupe was a wonderful vehicle, I couldn’t help but notice that it lacked a certain “je ne sais quoi” when it came to real-world practicality. While I absolutely love the styling and lines of the two-door model, a four-door version of the car is far more justifiable in every way.
As expected, as soon as I got in, the interior and nearly everything within it was identical to that of its 2-door sibling. While even the power was identical, I noticed something different right off the bat. Rather than the 6-speed manual transmission I had come to love in the coupe, the sedan had a 6-speed automatic. Being a true purist in every sense of the word, I prefer to drive manuals, but this particular auto-box was definitely significantly better than any continuously-variable-transmission (yes, even the supposed “great” one in the 4-cylinder Accord).
The 2013 Honda Accord V6 Touring comes with a few extra perks for the family man looking for a bit of fun along with a high level of practicality. Honda has introduced its Earth Dreams™ 3.5-liter V-6, putting out a healthy 278-horsepower, with revised VTEC + VCM functionality. If you are wondering what VCM (Advanced Variable Cylinder Management) does for you, it performs like a 6-cylinder when you stomp on it, but sips on fuel like its I-4 younger brother when you are cruising on the highway at a steady rate of speed. This is achieved by electronically shutting down three of the six cylinders at cruising speeds.
My 2013 Honda Accord V6 Touring trim-level sedan came equipped with a nice appointed beige interior along with all the goodies found in the coupe, such as automatic climate control, heated seats, and Honda’s new dual screen display for audio, navigation, and vehicle setting controls. This system is known as i-MID. While the Accord is more than accommodating for four full-sized adults, squeezing in a fifth might be a bit of an issue.
With this car having the same i-MID as the coupe, I continued to experience the issues I had with the iPod integration; slow to react and rather obnoxious to operate on a day-to-day basis. Voice recognition seemed a significant bit better in the sedan as well. The ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) noticeably helped the voice recognition software work better; virtually eliminating 70% of exterior wind noises from the microphone when entering voice prompts while driving.
Over a few days of driving the sedan, I noticed myself growing accustomed to the quiet, smooth, tame nature of the car. It’s easy to see why so many people buy it. While it has every bit of practicality of its competitors (I’m looking right at you; Altima and Camry), it definitely possesses a tad more character. The Accord is overall brilliantly smooth, and a pleasure to drive. However, as with every other midsize sedan on the market, it lacks the inspiration to hop in and drive aimlessly. For instance, while I like the current Hyundai Sonata’s turbocharged offering, the current Sonata Hybrid is so mediocre it’s quite possibly one of the most forgettable vehicles we’ve driven this year. In order to gain this feeling of excitement I crave so much, the manual transmission Accord Coupe must be given another look. I initially expected this automatic sedan to be 90% of the fun my 2-door friend had, but as it even lacked the option of paddle shifters, it was hard not to be bored throughout the drive.
All this said and done, I do like the fact this it is one of the few midsize family sedans which still offers a V6, along with the Toyota Camry and the Nissan Altima. However, fuel mileage, even with the 3-cylinder shutoff, continued to sit at a less-than-pleasant 9.8L/100km. Luckily the Accord does still take regular-grade fuel.
For me, I had high hopes for the Sedan, but I would have been infinitely happier if Honda had made it available with the 6-cylinder and manual transmission. If you are a family man looking for a comfortable sedan to take the kids to parent-teacher night, and grew up blasting around town in your VTEC-powered Civic Si, look no further; your car has arrived.
2013 Honda Accord V6 Touring Gallery