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#53 of 134 Inside Line Article
Sep 23, 2012 (6:20 am)
5 Cool Things About the New 2013 Accord
http://blogs.insideline.com/straightline/2012/09/five-cool-things-about-the-new-- - 2013-honda-accord.html#more
Here's part of the story:
"....The manual transmission. Say what you will about Honda’s fall from enthusiast-driver grace, but one signal Honda’s serious again is the availability of 6-speed manual transmissions for both the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder (185 hp/181 pound-feet and 189 horses for the Accord Sport trim) and the snarly single-cam 3.5-liter V6 (278 hp) in the Accord Coupe when it launches Oct. 19.
That’s an honest-to-goodness 3-pedal manual; don’t go looking for one of those in the Nissan Altima or Hyundai Sonata and we figure given the general direction of the family-sedan market, it would’ve been all too easy for Honda to go all-automatic, too. The 6-speed manual is standard for all 4-cylinder versions of the 2013 Accord sedan and coupe. And we’ll throw this in for what it’s worth: Honda’s all-new automatic for all 4-cylinder Accords is a continuously variable job. But before you cringe, Honda’s CVT is, as of this moment, the best of the breed. It quasi-mimics shift points and imparts a decidedly more agreeable perception of engine speed and acceleration building in tandem.
2. The chassis. Don’t blubber about losing its double-wishbone front suspension (even though ditching same for the Civic indeed was a mistake): the new Accord handles a little. Rides great, too.
Credit a couple of new components. First, a special non-contact torque sensor for the electric power steering may sound arcane, but it does seem to have added a better degree of response – we’re not saying feel – to the Accord’s power steering. Even the current-best EPS out there can struggle to replicate the kind of response to steering input that decades of hydraulic power steering conditioned us all to expect.
Second, the 2013 Accord’s got serious front dampers. With an eye toward minimizing body roll and, the front dampers have an internal rebound spring and optimized fluid and valving. Besides impressive body control for the new Accord, what’s the takeaway from this shock talk? Expensive – Honda made a costly choice to help improve the Accord’s handling and ride. Although nobody’s saying it straight out, this basically is the shock Honda uses for many Acura applications...."
#54 of 134 Re: Naysayers [owned3hondas]
Sep 23, 2012 (7:30 am)
You make claims here that you can not possibly back up. What do you base your remarks on? You spout things that can not be proven. The only truth here is that you don't like the cars you've mentioned. You bought the Camry so obviously you liked it. If the Altima is such...junk as you call it, why are they selling so well? 80,000 miles and a Sonata will fall apart? Dude...are you kidding here?
It's obvious that Honda needed to do something really big here as the current model is so plain. I wish Honda well with the new Accord...I like Honda products and own one.
Sep 23, 2012 (1:58 pm)
What are dealers selling the Accord EX-L Touring for?
#56 of 134 Drove 2013
Sep 23, 2012 (3:18 pm)
Drove a 2013 EX yesterday. The CVT was not noticeable in the least. The car responds when you step on the gas, just like a normal transmission. The steering was light in the parking lot and firm on the road. Very comfortable seat especially with the power adjustments.
Thinking of buying one soon. Dealer will give us 20200 for 2010 Odyssey. Looking to downsize and get better gas mileage.
Kudos to Honda for stepping up their game and building a car that's ahead of the rest!
#57 of 134 Re: Test drive this AM [benjaminh]
Sep 23, 2012 (7:35 pm)
I sat in a EX-L this weekend and noticed the LDW Lane Departure Warning can be turned off from a button on the left side of the dash below the ECO button. There appears to be another button, possible traction or stability control right next to it.
The interior was very nice but I'm not sure how well the leather door armrests would hold up to long term wear. I like the seats in the Sport model as they looked durable and didn't have the fuzzy look of the LX and EX. The texture reminded me of a GTI.
#58 of 134 LDW Re: Test drive this AM [tld]
Sep 24, 2012 (3:22 am)
I am aware of that button. Thanks.
For me, the key is, as I stated
'I certainly hope this is something that can be permanently turned off??'
I can't imagine having to turn this off
every time I started the car.
It was really quite annoying ...
Waiting for the Coupes to arrive at the Dealer.......
#59 of 134 Re: Naysayers [benjaminh]
Sep 25, 2012 (7:12 pm)
If they put paddle shifters on the V6 Sedan, I'd probably be a buyer. If the 4 cylinder had 270HP you'd have point. The 6 speed manual is not available on the V6 Sedan or I'd be a buyer. Instead, they gave the V6 Sedan the lamest transmission interaction ever. They are completely out of their minds. I'm sure it is about as fun as driving a golf cart.
#60 of 134 Re: LDW Re: Test drive this AM [rayainsw]
Sep 26, 2012 (2:36 am)
My reading of the .pdf owners manual suggests that the LDW is not ‘on by default’ – and can simply be left off, if the driver so desires.
As opposed to the VSA – a.k.a. Stability Control:
‘VSA® is turned on every time you start the
engine, even if you turned it off the last time
you drove the vehicle.’
Happy with this arrangement . . .
#61 of 134 test drive I4with navi and exlv6 with navi.
Sep 27, 2012 (3:25 am)
I4 very nice ride ,exl v6 fantastic ride plenty of power ,wanna have fun in family car,
well go no farther this honda is for you.Put the v6 in sport mode and your off ,,love this car
waited long enough for it.honda did a great job. dont forget this car was made the masses
not just for you .dont like the tires ,do an upgrade .whatever.
I own an 03 accord great car treated me good .put my order in two days ago for the exl v6 with navi
got a fantastic deal. your gonna love it to.
#62 of 134 Re: test drive I4with navi and exlv6 with navi. [faischivo]
Sep 27, 2012 (3:24 am)
Thanks for this report! Congrats! I'm surprised that you got much off of list, but if you're willing please share your deal with us...