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#1 of 56 2013 Honda Accord Driving Impressions
Jan 14, 2013 (6:22 pm)
Hey everyone. Thought it would be nice to have a place to discuss what we like/don't like about our new Accords. Be sure to mention which Accord you own.
Me: EX-L V6
Like: quietness, acceleration, features, MPGs.
Dislikes: not crazy about the engine braking. We'll save our brakepads, I suppose. The iphone integration isn't what I thought it'd be for texting. The way it stands, its a feature I can do without.
Comments: I don't mind the LDW. Few false alarms. Often I don't know I'm over the bike lane marker until it beeps. I've had fewer collision warning beeps. And mark my words: that camera on the right mirror is going to make all of us _worse_ drivers than we are now. I have never been in an accident in 30 years of driving, but even for someone as safe as I am, I find myself doing a headcheck less than I used to. There is almost no reason to use the right mirror. I mean, of course there is a reason, but it's easy to just check the screen and carry on.
#2 of 56 Re: 2013 Honda Accord Driving Impressions [michaelvox]
Jan 22, 2013 (9:02 am)
Hi! I am torn between EX-L w/nav four or V-6. Heard bad things about CVT so am leaning toward V-6 to get six-speed tranny. Don't really need all that extra horsepower, and reduced gas mileage is not a good thing. Also, am very leery about that feature where three of the six Cylenders shuts off if the car deems it appropriate.
Please share some insights.
#3 of 56 Re: 2013 Honda Accord Driving Impressions [yatittle]
Jan 22, 2013 (8:17 pm)
I chose the V6 because the Honda V6 I'm replacing is still running smoothly and quietly with 208,000 miles on it. It's parked outside right now. I didn't get either V6s so I could race people, but a big engine gives you power if you ever need it. Plus, it's my opinion that Honda has a pretty good idea of how to make them. The CVT is supposed to be an awesome improvement over older ones, but my other car is a Camry hybrid and it weezes as it finds the right gear. I'm sure that Honda has made them much better. The Cylinder shut-off has been a technology for years. Even pickups use it. The mileage is something to think about. My real world average is 27.04 but I've been playing with different speeds and power and gears. When I calm down, I expect around 30 for the way I drive.
#4 of 56 V-6 issues
Jan 24, 2013 (6:59 pm)
There is as thread here about unwelcome vibration with the six, presumably when it switches to three cylinder mode. I realize that Honda has been using cylinder deactivation for several years, but I think they have changed it for this model. Namely, they used to also employ a 4-cylinder mode at times, but have dropped that. Perhaps they need to do some rethinking.
Also, Sport mode on the V-6 is almost useless, way too aggressive with shift points. It doesn't shift to fifth gear until you reach 70-80 mph! Would be nice if they offered a manual mode, as they do on the coupe.
#5 of 56 Re: V-6 issues [frogee]
Feb 02, 2013 (10:46 am)
I have the 2013 V6 EX-L, no navi. Driving with Econ off (using all 6 cyl) everything is smooth and the response is impressive. I got 28.2 mpg on a 17 mile trip (1/2 city, 1/2 highway and very little hills). With Econ on, I pulled an impressive 42 mpg on the return trip (same 17 miles). I did not notice any bad vibration at all. The engine did sound a little different and the response time was a bit slower, but look at the mpg difference (well worth it). Also, while using the Econ dash green light to monitor my driving, I only added about 90 seconds more on the return trip. Overall, excellent vehicle, excellent price.
#6 of 56 Re: V-6 issues [jjjaymmman]
Feb 02, 2013 (3:03 pm)
Sorry, I did not preview my previous post. 42 mpg was incorrect, it should have been 34.2 mpg. I apologize.
#7 of 56 Re: V-6 issues [jjjaymmman]
Feb 03, 2013 (10:57 am)
You mentioned that the engine sounded different, but was there a noticeable vibration? Some have complained about a vibration.
#8 of 56 Re: V-6 issues [valleytrojan]
Feb 06, 2013 (9:18 am)
Honestly I have no complains about how this car feels when it flips over to 3 cylinder mode. I have not experienced any heavy vibrations as some others have posted. For me to notice the change over, I have to shut the radio off and really listen for it, it is very minor at best.
Also, I really like the electric steering. It is quiet, smooth, and reacts so much better while parking.
I've read that some do not like the electronic steering feedback while driving on the highway but I did not have the same reaction. It drives just like a BMW 5 series I had while living in Germany. It handles great at all speeds.
Actually, this was one of a few tipping points on why I went with the accord versus the Camry.
#9 of 56 2013 Accord EX-LV6
Feb 13, 2013 (1:10 pm)
Just traded our 2008 EX-LV6 for the new one and like the improvements very much. Interior is quieter and finished nicer. Seats (especially head rests) feel much better. Touch screen controls are easier to use and we like the bigger display for audio. The new 6 speed trans is smoother than the 2008 5 speed and the new suspension and sound proofing gives a very nice driving experience. Hope the lane departure and forward collision improves safety with interstate travel. Looks like gas mileage will be better than the 30 highway mpg of the 2008. Only disappointment so far (had the car a week) is the loss of storage space in the console and lower dashboard area. Three pockets are gone and the two that remain are half the size of the 2008. Very happy with the new model thus far!
#10 of 56 Re: 2013 Accord EX-LV6 [beav6]
Mar 20, 2013 (7:11 pm)
I traded my 2011 EX-L V6 for a 2013 EX-L V6. Loved my 2011 with no complaints. Really like the upgrades to the 2013 including the exterior and interior. My wife didn't the the faux strips on the trunk of the 2011. It was a very solid car. The noise reducition in the 2013 is nice and the other amentities are great too. No complaints whatsoever. Bought it for $27752 using Consumer Reports guaranteed pricing. Corwin Honda in Jefferson City Mo was great to work with and hassle free