Let us get this straight: The new Accord has ditched its control-arm front suspension for struts; a CVT has displaced its four-cylinder’s step-gear automatic; and gasoline direct injection is new this year-but only on the four-nine years after Audi first offered it in the U.S. So why is this car back on the list for a record 27th time? It’s not because the Accord is a looker. What it has is inner beauty: Luxury-car big inside and yet smaller outside than before, this ninth-gen version fully delivers on Honda’s “man-maximum, machine-minimum” philosophy. The Accord’s greatness has always derived from its ability to disappear under it’s driver, but this new car verges on the ethereal-it is so easy to see out of, so easy to point into a corner, so elegant and light and forgiving in its responses that one big fluid loop develops between man and machine. This is true whether you’re talking about the base four-cylinder sedan or the six-cylinder coupe with its clock-work manual. Its playful and graceful spirit takes taking grandma to the doctor and the kids to soccer practice and the boss to lunch no chore. You only think it’s a driving appliance until you drive it. Then you understand.
2013 Honda Accord Named Car and Drivers Top Ten for 27th Time
Vehicle Type: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 2-door coupe or 4-door sedan
Base Price: $21,680 LX Sedan and $23,350 LX-S Coupe
Engines: DOHC 16-valve 2.4-liter inline-4, 185-189 hp, 181-182 lb-ft; SOHC 24-valve 3.5-liter V-6, 278 hp, 251-251 lb-ft Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, continuously variable automatic Wheel Base:107.3-109.3 in Length: 189.2-191.4 in Width: 72.8 in Height:56.5-57.7 in Curb Weight:3186-3559 lb EPA City/Hwy Fuel Economy Ratings: 24 city/35 hwy mpg rating for Sport Sedan and 4-cylinder Coupe models with CVT. 21 city/34 hwy mpg rating for V-6 Sedan models. 18 city/28 hwy mpg rating for V-6 Coupe 6MT models. 21city/32 hwy mpg rating for V-6 Coupe 6AT models.
MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $790.00 destination charge and options. Dealer pricing may vary. Based on 2013 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purpose only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.