The all-new 2013 Honda Accord is now in Australia and, with a starting price of $31,490, enters at the bottom end of the large-car market.
Honda will be looking to the new Accord's sharp entry price to boost its sales in this struggling segment. It's a tough place to be: this year, total large car sales stand at 14,601 units compared to 82,752 small cars.
The new Accord brings a number of new technologies with it, including Honda's new 'Earth Dreams' systems, a ligher new front-end and new safety features.
Four trim grades will be offered, along with a pair of four- and six-cylinder engines, mated to five- and six-speed automatic transmissions.
The new Accord range is offered with two petrol engines, kicking off with a 2.4 litre four-cylinder and topping out with a bigger 3.5 litre V6.
In four-cylinder form, the new Accord offers 129kW at 6200rpm and 225Nm at 4000rpm, compared to 133kW at 6500rpm and 226Nm at 4500rpm in the outgoing model.
While the 2013 model's output figures haven't moved much, fuel consumption has fallen to 7.9 l/100km, down from 8.7 l/100km in the current sedan.
For the big six, power is rated at 206kW at 6200rpm and 339Nm at 4900rpm, compared to 202kW at 6200rpm and 339Nm at 5000rpm.
Fuel consumption in the six is listed at 8.1 l/100km on the combined cycle, marking a significant drop from the 9.9 l/100km figure of the current model. The six's figure creeps slightly to 9.2 l/100km in the V6L model.
Four-cylinder models continue with a five-speed automatic transmission, while the more powerful V6 is upgraded to a six-speed auto.
Honda has treated the new Accord to an upgraded suspension setup, switching out the old model's double-wishbone front end for MacPherson struts, built into a new aluminium and steel sub-frame.
Honda says the upgrade promises major improvements to handling, along with reduced noise, vibration and harshness in the cabin.
Towing capacity is listed at 1600kg braked and 500kg unbraked, across all models and both engines. Down ball force is listed at 60kg.
Features and Dimensions
In the entry VTi, the 2013 Accord gets cloth trim, a three-mode reversing camera (including top-down view), dual-zone climate control, cruise control, six-speaker audio with Bluetooth/USB/aux audio streaming, steering-mounted controls, manual seat adjustment, engine immobiliser and alarm.
There's also halogen headlights with coming/leaving home feature, a multi-information display, LED daytime running lights and 16-inch alloy wheels with full-size spare.
Standard safety features include six airbags, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and emergency brake assist, tyre deflation warning, trailer stability assist and whiplash-mitigating head restraints.
Upgrading to the VTi-S adds LaneWatch Blind Spot Monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers and LED headlights, front fog lights, seven-speaker premium audio and touchscreen display, reverse-tilting door mirror and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Moving to the VTi-L adds leather trim with heated front seats, eight-way powered driver's seat and four-way powered front passenger seat, driver's lumbar support and memory, leather-wrapped gear shift and steering wheel, a sunroof, active cornering headlights, i-MID display with satellite navigation, intelligent dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and 18-inch alloy wheels with full-size spare.
As an option, buyers can also order Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist System with Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keep Assist System, and E-Pretensioner seatbelt for the driver.
The top-shelf V6L model gets Advanced Driver Assist System as standard, along with a twin exhaust, hydrophilic side mirrors, electric rear window sunshade, eight-way powered seats up front and E-Pretensioner seatbelt for the driver as standard.
The new Accord is shorter than its predecessor, measuring 4885mm long compared to 4960mm for the outgoing model. The wheelbase has also shrunk from 2800 to 2775mm.
But, at 1850mm wide and 1465mm tall, it's 5mm wider than the old model and 10mm shorter from the ground, giving the new model a stronger appearance.
Front leg room is listed at the same 1079mm, while rear legroom grows from 944 to 977mm. Front shoulder room is also up by 10mm.
Rear storage capacity is listed at 461 litres in the VTi, dropping slightly to 457 litres in the up-spec models.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- 2013 Accord VTi - $31,490
- 2013 Accord VTi-S - $33,990
- 2013 Accord VTi-L - $41,490
- 2013 Accord VTi-L with ADAS - $44,990
- 2013 Accord V6L - 51,990