- Honda Accord, 2013
The all-new 2013 Honda Accord Sedan and Honda Accord Coupe mark the beginning of the ninth generation of Honda's best-selling midsize car. More luxurious, more sophisticated, better performing and better equipped than any other model in the Accord's 37-year history, the 2013 models remarkably advance the sense of luxury and craftsmanship, vehicle dynamics and the range of standard equipment to the highest levels in their class. Built in two locations in Ohio, launch of the all-new models celebrates 30 continuous years of Accord production in the United States.
The exterior length and wheelbase of both the Accord Sedan and Coupe are slightly more compact than the prior generation Accord while still providing improvements in key interior dimensions including rear legroom and trunk volume. The result is a spacious all-new Accord that boasts a sportier appearance, more responsive handling and improved driving dynamics.
From the tip of the front bumpers to the end of the exhaust finishers, literally nothing was left unexamined when redesigning the Honda Accord. This includes major elements like the unit-body, sheet metal, glass and aerodynamics, along with interior features and electronic systems, the engines and transmissions, the chassis components, and the many safety systems. Despite the complete generational changes, however, the 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe are still tightly focused on providing the same long-established blend of unbeatable Honda safety and security, value for money, fun-to-drive performance and handling, and passenger comfort and convenience.
Fuel efficiency is also improved, with EPA estimated highway mileage ratings up to 36 mpg for the 4-cylinder Accord and 34 mpg for the V-6 Accord Sedan. Not only does Accord advance the state of the art in its segment, but the new Honda Accord models also introduce a host of new technologies to Honda - while serving as the first vehicle to use Honda's new Earth Dreams™ technology, which is dedicated to enhancing fuel efficiency and minimizing the company's environmental footprint. In early 2013, an all-new 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Sedan will launch, followed by a conventional hybrid based on the same powertrain architecture in the summer of 2013, bringing Honda levels of fun and efficiency to the hybrid segment.
In addition to the upcoming hybrid versions of the Accord, the all-new 2013 Accord Sedan 4-door is available in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6 and new Touring trim levels, while the 2-door Accord Coupe comes in LX-S, EX, EX-L and EX-L V6 trim levels. Standard features on the new Accord include Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® with audio streaming, USB/iPod® integration, rearview camera and an audio/information screen and an Eco Assist™ driving system. As in previous EX-trim Accords, a choice of fabric or leather seating upholstery is available.
Other standard Accord features include dual-zone climate control, Pandora® internet radio integration and an SMS text messaging function. Available features include a hard disc drive (HDD)-based Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition and FM Traffic, and Adaptive Cruise Control. New visibility technologies include an expanded-view driver's mirror and Honda's new LaneWatch™ feature - along with available features such as LED headlights, daytime running lights (DRLs) and brake lights.
Safety advancements include a thoroughly revised Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and available Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems.
Two Earth Dreams™ powertrains are available initially, including an all-new 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with Honda's first use of direct injection in North America, and a 3.5-liter V-6 with revised VTEC + VCM functions. In early 2013, the Accord lineup will see the first application of a new Earth Dreams™ 2.0-liter 4-cylinder/two-motor plug-in hybrid system in the Honda Accord PHEV Sedan. The Honda two-motor hybrid system will operate continuously through three modes - all-electric, gasoline-electric and direct-drive - to maximize fuel efficiency. The 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid will also serve as the basis for a conventional hybrid version of the Accord Sedan, which will join the Accord lineup in the summer of 2013. Accord 4-cylinder models will offer a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that helps the Accord achieve outstanding fuel-efficiency, along with a new fun-to-shift 6-speed manual transmission on selected models. The Accord's V-6 engine offers a choice of a new 6-speed automatic or in the V-6 Coupe, a 6-speed manual. The Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid will feature a new electric coupled CVT.
Crisply styled and aerodynamically efficient, the all-new 2013 Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe body design and engineering are the most sophisticated in the Accord nameplate's 37-year history. The advances are tailor-made to improve every aspect of the Accord ownership experience, from more precise ride and handling to a quieter interior environment, along with enhanced visibility and greater fuel efficiency.
The 2013 Accord's unit-body uses more high-strength steel than any Accord in the model's history. This gives the Accord high structural strength for improved ride quality and more precise cornering. The Sedan's body design is bold and decisive, sleek and fluid, while the Coupe body design is rakish, taut and athletic. In both body styles, extensive use of aerodynamic detailing, including expanded use of under-covers, improves the Honda Accord's aerodynamic efficiency, which directly benefits fuel efficiency. Other advances include available LED headlights, LED DRLs, mirror-mounted turn signals, and an Expanded View Driver's Mirror that increases the driver's field of vision by 4.2 degrees.
Even the Sedan's body-sides are expressive, with a character line flowing upward and rearward across the door surfaces, and a deep contour strategically positioned at the lower doors, offering substance and a sense of motion. Bright window surround trim adds a luxury feel, while in back, the tops of the rear fenders curve inward toward the C-pillars like flexed muscles. The EX-L and Touring models offer chrome door handles and additional trim on the rear panel for added elegance.
The Accord Coupe is the most exhilarating 2-door Honda Accord yet. Its front end is set apart with a large lower radiator opening and twin faux brake scoops, which double as fog-light nacelles on all models except the LX. The large front wheel arches segue to deep character lines sweeping across the doors and back to the muscular rear wheel arches, while the flowing roofline draws the eye up and over the windswept cabin.
Careful sculpting on the lower door sides continues the kinetic look of the Accord Coupe, while helping to direct airflow around the rear tires. The roofline, bodyside character lines and rear wheel arches all converge at the deck-lid, drawing the eye to the rear spoiler on the V-6 models and providing an emphatic final impression as the Coupe drives away.
All Accord LX and Sport Sedan models feature a convenient manual remote entry system, while Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models include a new Smart Entry system with engine start/stop button. The Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models also include a power glass moonroof with tilt feature.
All Accord models have variable-speed windshield wipers and auto-on/off headlights, and a rearview camera is standard on all Accord models. Aerodynamic advancements improve fuel efficiency while also reducing interior noise. These features include body A-pillars that are now nearly flush with the windshield glass, windshield wipers that are flush with the rear edge of the hood edge, and optimized windshield and side glass thickness.
The 2013 Accord Sedan is available in nine exterior colors, including four metallic and five pearl colors. All-new colors include Champagne Frost Pearl, Hematite Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Obsidian Blue Pearl. The 2013 Accord Coupe is available in seven exterior colors, including two metallic, five pearl and one solid color. All-new colors include Modern Steel Metallic, Still Night Pearl, Tiger Eye Pearl and White Orchid Pearl.
Accord Sedan and Coupe body features
Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
Extensive use of high-tensile steel
Expanded View Driver's Mirror
Available Honda LaneWatch™ blind spot display (EX, EX-L and Touring Sedan; EX-L Coupe)
One-touch open/close power moonroof (EX, EX-L and Touring)
Variable-speed windshield wipers
Auto on/off headlights
LED headlights (Touring)
LED daytime running lights (DRL) (V6)
LED brake lights (Sedan EX-L and above)
Body-colored folding side mirrors (with turn signals on EX, EX-L and Touring)
15.8 cu ft. of trunk volume (Sedan)
13.7 cu ft. of trunk volume (Coupe)
Engineers considered every facet of the Accord Sedan and Coupe exterior in pursuit of low aerodynamic drag for a quiet ride and maximized fuel efficiency. The effort begins with an overall "teardrop" exterior cabin shape, which results in the most effective combination of low aero drag and useable interior space. To this basic concept engineers added numerous aerodynamic details including near-flush windshield glass, carefully tailored A-pillar shapes, flush-mounted windshield wipers, and careful under-body tailoring that reduces aerodynamic drag, directly improving fuel efficiency.
Accord Sedan and Coupe models have under-body aerodynamic covers in front of the engine/transmission assembly and rear wheels and trunk. Accord V-6 models also have two more covers under the driver's and front passenger's floor areas. In addition, ground clearance is purposefully lowest just in front of the rear wheels, causing a low-pressure area in between the wheels. This low-pressure area pulls the airflow around the rear wheels instead of across them. Although seemingly small, the details add up, and result in meaningful gains in fuel-efficiency.
The 2013 Honda Accord unit-body uses 55.8-percent high-tensile steel, more than in any previous Accord. In addition, 17.2-percent of the steel is now grade 780, 980 and 1,500 - extremely high grades that have never before been used in any Accord. This contributes to higher body rigidity and reduced weight, which directly benefits ride and handling, interior quietness, performance and efficiency and long-term durability.
The measured improvements in rigidity are significant. In static tests, bending rigidity is up 34 percent and torsional rigidity is up 42-percent compared to the previous-generation Accord. In dynamic tests, front lateral rigidity is up 16 percent and rear vertical rigidity is up 39-percent.
Body-Colored Folding Power Side Mirrors
Standard on all Accord models, body-colored power side mirrors allow the driver to adjust the mirrors position with ease. They can also be manually folded inward for tight parking spaces, if desired. Side mirrors on EX and above models are heated for all-weather driving convenience, and the passenger-side mirror includes an integrated Honda LaneWatch™ camera. The mirrors were specifically designed to be more aerodynamic, reducing wind noise. Every Accord EX, EX-L and Touring model has LED turn-signal indicators integrated into the side mirror housings for added visibility in traffic.
Expanded View Driver's Mirror
Introduced to the Honda line in the 2012 CR-V, the 2013 Accord's Expanded View Driver's Mirror is integrated into the driver's side mirror. Standard equipment on all 2013 Accord models and trim levels, the mirror increases the driver's field of vision by 4.2 degrees to provide a better view of objects to the back and side of the vehicle.
Honda LaneWatch™ Blind Spot Display
The new Honda LaneWatch™ blind spot display, included on Accord EX, EX-L and Touring Sedan models and EX-L Coupe, uses a camera located below the passenger-side mirror to display an expanded rear view of the passenger side roadway on the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID).
One-Touch Open/Close Power Moonroof
Included on Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models, a power glass moonroof with tilt feature includes one-touch control for both open and close functions. An auto-reverse feature reverses direction of the sliding moonroof panel if the operating system detects resistance to closing. A manually operated sliding sunshade improves comfort on bright or hot days.
Integrated Rear-Window Antenna
All new Accords feature an AM/FM radio antenna integrated into the rear window. This eliminates the need for a traditional mast antenna, improving the vehicle's exterior appearance and eliminating the possibility of damage in automatic car washes. Models equipped with XM Radio have a small fin-type antenna mounted at the rear of the roof.
Power Door Locks With Remote Entry and Programmable Auto-Locking Doors
All Honda Accord LX and Sport Sedan models feature a convenient manual remote entry system, while Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models include a new Smart Entry system.
Remote Entry System
The manual remote entry system allows the driver to lock or unlock the doors and trunk with the press of a button on the integrated wave key. This system has a range of up to 50 feet and includes an emergency "panic" button that sounds the horn when pressed. In addition, the manual remote entry system features a security system that is automatically activated when the lock button on the remote is pushed. A beep of the horn confirms that the security system is set. Any unauthorized entry will then sound an alarm.
Smart Entry System
The new Smart Entry system with engine start/stop button on Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models simplifies approaching, entering and starting the Accord - especially when the driver is carrying personal items. The Smart Entry system allows the driver to walk up to the vehicle, touch the door handle to unlock the door, start the engine and shut it off at the end of the trip using a push button ignition switch, and then get out and touch the lock button on the door handle to secure the car - all without ever touching a key. The system only requires that the driver has possession of the Smart Entry key. The Smart Entry key features a die-cast body with attractive chrome plating and acrylic covers that use "back side printing" for durability.
All 2013 Accord models also include a programmable auto-locking/unlocking system that is preset to automatically lock the doors when the vehicle reaches approximately 10 mph. Drivers can program the system to lock and unlock doors in several different ways, or else deactivate some or all of the system if desired.
Variable-Speed Windshield Wipers
All Accord models have variable-speed windshield wipers that automatically adjust the rate of operation according to vehicle speed. The result is the most efficient clearing of moisture from the windshield, and minimal wind noise at highway speeds. The design of the wipers also helps the blades press firmly against the windshield even at higher speeds, further assisting the clearing process. For 2013, the windshield wipers are positioned at the same level as the Accord's rear hood edge when not in use, reducing aerodynamic drag and wind noise.
Auto On/Off Headlights
All 2013 Accord models feature auto-on/off headlights for greater convenience. The headlights are multi-reflector/projector-beam units on all Sedan and Coupe models except the V-6 Touring Sedan, which has auto-on/off LED headlights. The headlights are sculpted for maximum aerodynamic efficiency and to compliment the Accord's styling. All Accord models likewise feature Daytime Running Lights (DRL) - halogen on 4-cylinder models and bright, dramatic LED DRLs on the V-6 models.
The 2013 Honda Accord Touring Sedan exclusively features Honda's first use of Light Emitting Diode (LED) headlights. This dual-lamp LED projector array provides improved light distribution for improved visibility and enhanced nighttime driving performance, while requiring only one-half the electrical power of conventional halogen/projector headlights. The LED array also has a highly technical appearance that sets the Touring Sedan model apart.
LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Every Accord is equipped with Daytime Running Lights (DRL), making it easier for pedestrians and other drivers to see the Accord in both daylight and twilight conditions. For 2013, new Light Emitting Diode (LED) DRLs are on all V-6 powered Accord Sedan and Coupe models.
LED Brake Lights
Light Emitting Diode (LED) brake lights are standard on all Accord Sedan EX-L and Touring models. Compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, LEDs illuminate more quickly, use less power and have a longer service life. They also provide a high-tech look to the rear of the EX-L and Touring models.
The 2013 Accord Sedan is available in eight exterior colors, including three metallic and five pearl colors. All-new colors include Champagne Frost Pearl, Hematite Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Obsidian Blue Pearl. Also available are Alabaster Silver Metallic, Basque Red Pearl II, Crystal Black Pearl and White Orchid Pearl.
The 2013 Accord Coupe is available in seven exterior colors, including two metallic, four pearl and one solid color. All-new colors include Modern Steel Metallic, Still Night Pearl, Tiger Eye Pearl and White Orchid Pearl. Also available are Alabaster Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and San Marino Red.
Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) Reduction
Generation after generation, the Accord's ability to filter out noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) from the ride experience has become measurably better. For 2013 the reduction efforts are even more impressive, beginning with structural improvements in the unit-body and the greatest use of high-tensile steel in Accord history. The exceptional rigidity of the unit body reduces bending and twisting, which directly improves NVH characteristics.
Aerodynamic tailoring of the body and undercarriage also contribute to reduced cabin noise levels as turbulence is reduced in the surrounding airflow. The strategic use of specific engine, body, door and interior insulation materials also contributes to an even quieter cabin in both Sedan and Coupe models. This directly increases passenger comfort and helps put the Accord near the top of its class for quietness. NVH countermeasures continue, even in areas that cannot be seen. These include under the hood, inside the doors and body openings, and in the technical properties of the interior carpeting and trim. Key Accord NVH countermeasures :
Body A-pillars are now nearly flush with the windshield glass for reduced wind noise
Windshield wipers are positioned flush with the rear edge of the hood, smoothing airflow for reduced noise
Windshield and side glass thickness is optimized for reduced wind noise
Hood insulator reduces audible engine and road noise
Fender liner insulators reduce road and tire noise
Sealing rubber at bottom of doors reduces road noise
Foam at leading edge of front door openings reduces road and tire noise
Trunk trim with insulator reduces road noise
The Honda Accord Sedan has a trunk capacity of 15.8 cubic feet - 1.1 cubic feet larger than the previous-generation Accord Sedan's, and is spacious enough to easily accommodate four large golf bags. Meanwhile the Coupe trunk has a capacity of 13.7 cubic feet, 1.8 cubic feet larger than previously. In both models, the new trunk area is easier to access and use, and the trunk floor is flatter, allowing easy placement and removal of items, with more secure storage. Integrated storage hooks allow securing cargo for safe transit. All Accord models one-piece rear seatback can be lowered to expand the cargo area when needed by pulling a convenient handle located in the trunk. The trunk is carpeted and lined, and a temporary spare tire is located in a well under a removable section of the cargo-area floor.
A rearview camera is now standard on all Accord models. Accord LX, Sport and EX models feature a single-angle "Normal View" display, while EX-L and Touring models have a multi-angle rearview camera with three viewing angles - wide view, normal view and top-down view. Drivers may select the preferred view according to driving conditions. All rearview camera systems feature guidelines.
To give the Accord every advantage in the highly competitive mid-size class, a completely new interior was designed, bringing with it a level of luxury and craftsmanship never before seen in the Accord. Available in Black, Gray and Ivory, the Accord's new interior combines welcoming comfort with an impressive new range of standard and available technologies. Redesigned seating and features like dual-zone climate control enhance passenger comfort inside the roomy cabin, and the controls and instrumentation have been simplified to help the driver feel in command and control.
Although the Accord's length has decreased over three inches and the wheelbase is almost an inch shorter, key interior dimensions grow. While the Accord's sleeker shape decreases already plentiful headroom slightly, rear legroom increases over an inch, both front and rear shoulder room increase, and trunk space is up over a cubic foot. Both the Accord Sedan and Coupe interiors offer spacious accommodations for five passengers, upscale style and high-quality fit and finish. The more capacious trunk also now features a flatter floor and more space for greater utility. Along with interior quietness, seating and ergonomics, personal connectivity and electronic technologies are rapidly evolving, and the Accord can seamlessly interface with the latest generation of compatible personal mobile electronics.
A bright, full-color 8-inch (diagonal) "intelligent" Multi-Information Display (i-MID) serves as the control center for the Accord's many electronic functions. The i-MID screen displays the image from the new standard backup camera, fuel economy information, audio functions, and an available LaneWatch™ feature, which can help drivers on busy multi-lane roads by displaying a wide-angle view of the passenger side roadway of the vehicle.
A new Audio with touchscreen system is standard and features a Pandora® internet radio interface, and a convenient SMS text messaging function that can read incoming texts aloud and allow the driver to respond with factory preset text messages. A Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® phone interface adds intuitive hands-free calling convenience. Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition and FM Traffic, is available.
The 2013 Accord is the first Honda product to offer available HondaLink™ technology, which works with the owner's compatible smartphone to connect the Accord with music and other media sources, internet apps, roadside assistance and more to help improve the driving experience. Aha™ by Harman is the first HondaLink internet app resource, and future apps will expand HondaLink functionality substantially.
The Accord EX-L and Touring have new Forward Collision Warning (FCW) systems to advise the driver when the system determines a potential collision with another vehicle ahead exists. The Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system will alert the driver with audio and visual alerts if the driver begins to move out of a detected lane without using the turn indicators. The line-topping Accord Touring features Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which can regulate the Accord's speed to maintain a pre-set following distance interval between it and the vehicle directly ahead.
Inside the Accord, all tactile surfaces, from the interior door handles to the seat controls to the instrument panel, steering wheel, and switchgear are designed to be pleasing to the touch - and easy to operate. The upper instrument panel is now one seamless piece of soft-touch material, the product of a new in-house Honda manufacturing process. This soft upper pad has an improved fit, a luxurious finish and an integrated passenger-side airbag cover. Cloth velour upholstery is standard in the Accord, while the Accord EX-L and Touring grades have standard leather seating surfaces.
During the design of the Honda Accord, designers set out to create a highly functional and intuitive interface between the vehicle and the driver. Key design features include large analog instrumentation complemented with a new 8-inch color "intelligent" Multi-Information Display (i-MID) positioned high in the central part of the instrument panel. A range of new audio systems is offered, with EX-L and Touring Sedan and EX and above Coupe models featuring an easy-to-use color touch screen display that eliminates button clutter. The final elements of the Accord's smart interface approach are its steering wheel mounted controls. By allowing the driver to operate a range of features without taking their hands off the wheel, the potential for driver distraction can be reduced in many situations.
The Accord has elegant analog instrumentation with a sophisticated and technical appearance. The centrally positioned speedometer is the largest feature in the instrument cluster. A high-contrast Multi-Information Display (MID) is positioned in the center of the speedometer and provides a range of information and trip computer functions. Illuminated Eco Assist arcs on each side of the speedometer indicate when the vehicle is being operated efficiently. The speedometer is flanked by an analog tachometer, coolant temperature and fuel level gauge.
Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID)
All Accord models without navigation feature Honda's "intelligent" Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with a large 8-inch WQVGA (480 x 320 pixel) screen. Compared to the previous Accord's MID system, the new i-MID system offers added interactive elements and improved graphics. The i-MID displays information on Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, fuel economy, audio functions, and more. Wallpaper display and customizable settings are also included. Accord models with navigation have a high-resolution WVGA (800x480 pixel) display that takes the place of the i-MID display in non-navigation models. The high-resolution screen combines navigation and i-MID functionality. The i-MID information categories:
Honda LaneWatch™ (EX, EX-L and Touring Sedan, EX-L Coupe)
SMS text message function
Pandora® internet radio compatibility
Multi-Information Display (MID)
All Accord models have a new, larger Multi-Information Display (MID) positioned in the center of the speedometer face. The high-contrast white-on-black display can provide a wide range of information for the driver, including exterior temperature, trip information and much more.
MID information categories:
Average fuel economy
Digital odometer and dual digital tripmeters
Engine oil life
Instant fuel economy
Miles to empty
Shift lever position (when equipped with CVT or 6AT)
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) (Touring)
Maintenance Minder Display
All Accord models have a Maintenance Minder system that tracks service related items based on vehicle usage. The Maintenance Minder system automatically indicates when to have standard service performed based on actual driving conditions (tracked by the ECU) and minimizes the guesswork related to whether the vehicle is being used in standard or severe use conditions for maintenance interval purposes. The display indicates when to change the oil, air cleaner, transmission fluid, spark plugs or coolant, as well as when to rotate the tires. Maintenance Minder information appears in the Multi-Information Display located in the center of the speedometer.
For 2013, a rearview camera is standard on all Accord grades. Accord LX, Sport and EX models feature a single-angle "Normal View" display, while EX-L and Touring models have a multi-angle rearview camera with three viewing angles (wide view, normal view and top view). Drivers may select the preferred view according to driving conditions. The rearview image is displayed on the 8-inch color i-MID display, or on the navigation system display on models equipped with navigation. All rearview camera systems feature distance guidelines.
For greater convenience, many of the controls that are most frequently used are positioned on the Accord's steering wheel within easy reach. An improved circular switch layout similar to the current Civic and CR-V models helps make operation simple and intuitive. Paddle shifters are included on a number of automatic-transmission Accord models, including the Sport Sedan, and all Coupe models. All Accord models feature a manually adjustable tilt and telescope steering column that allows drivers to easily adjust the steering wheel position to their liking. For greater comfort, the Accord EX-L and Touring steering wheels are wrapped in upgraded leather using fine chain stitching for improved comfort.
Comfortable, Supportive Seating
Redesigned seats with updated internal structure and reengineered padding blend comfort with support. Roomy and accommodating, the front seats are designed to help reduce the likelihood of neck injuries in rear collisions and have pronounced lateral support to help secure the occupant when cornering. Smoothly contoured shapes give the seating an appealing appearance, and help make entry and exit easier. The new front headrests are smaller to afford rear passengers a better view forward, and the headrests have softer padding for greater comfort. New side airbag technology now allows a seatback heater in the passenger's seat on EX-L and Touring models (previously only the passenger's seat cushion was heated).
Interior Utility And Storage
The Accord's interior is designed to offer excellent day-to-day livability, with plenty of storage space. A revised center console adds to the Accord's versatility, and offers internal storage space that can accommodate seven CD jewel cases. A USB port, auxiliary input jack and 12-volt power outlet are positioned in front of the console, and another 12-volt power outlet is positioned inside the console. The padded console lid serves as a comfortable armrest for the driver or front passenger.
A pair of large cupholders is positioned just ahead of the storage compartment within easy reach, and there is a bottle holder and storage bin in each door. The rear seating area of the Sedan has a fold-down padded center armrest with dual cupholders.
The Accord Sedan has a trunk capacity of 15.8 cubic feet, an increase of 1.1 cubic feet compared to the previous-generation Honda Accord Sedan. The Coupe trunk has a capacity of 13.7 cubic feet, an increase of 1.8 cubic feet compared to the previous generation Coupe. To make loading and packing easier, the trunk floor of both the Sedan and Coupe is now flatter. A redesigned trunk lid torsion bar system and thinner parcel shelf bulkhead open up additional cargo space. Storage hooks on the left and right walls make it easy to secure cargo.
The trunk is carpeted and lined, and a temporary spare tire is located in a well under a removable section of the cargo-area floor. The one-piece rear seatback can be lowered to expand the cargo area when needed by pulling a convenient handle located in the trunk.
Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
All Accord models feature a dual-zone automatic climate control system with independent left and right temperature controls. A single temperature can be selected for the entire cabin, or the driver and front passenger can set different temperatures for their sides of the cabin. Dual adjustable vents located in the rear of the Sedan center console (EX and above) help keep rear seat passengers comfortable.
All Accord models come with an Eco Assist function. Located on either side of the speedometer, Eco Assist has illuminated arcs that show if the vehicle is being driven in an efficient style. The system operates in essentially the same manner as on other Honda models, in this case with white and green "coaching" arcs that illuminate on either side of the speedometer. A white color signifies inefficient driving, while green means a more efficient driving style is being used. The color changes gradually in response to overall driving style.
Every 2013 Accord is equipped with a green ECON button to the left of the steering wheel, a feature that was included on the 2012 Civic and CR-V. When the button is pushed to activate ECON mode, several operating characteristics of the vehicle are modified for enhanced fuel efficiency. The Drive-by-Wire throttle system provides more gradual response, and to save additional energy, the climate control's fan speeds are lowered incrementally and other climate control system characteristics are altered based on the conditions. Another push of the ECON button reverts all systems to their normal mode.
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
The EX-L and Touring Sedan models feature an electrochromic interior rearview mirror that automatically dims during nighttime driving to reduce glare from the headlights of following vehicles.
HomeLink Remote System
Accord EX-L V-6 and Touring Sedan, and V-6 Coupe models feature the HomeLink wireless remote system. Built into the overhead module, HomeLink can be programmed with the remote-control codes of up to three devices, such as a garage-door opener, a remote lighting system, or a home security system.
Power Windows With Auto-Up/Down
All Accord models have front and rear power windows with a one-touch auto-up/down driver's window. In the EX grade and above, the front passenger's window also has auto-up/down capability. In all models except the LX Sedan, illuminated controls allow for easy operation at night.
Power Door Locks with Remote Entry
Power door locks are standard on all Accord models, and a customizable auto-locking feature can be configured using the i-MID and steering-wheel mounted controls. Remote entry is standard equipment on all Accord models. The LX Sedan and LX-S Coupe have a wave key design that has an integrated transmitter in the handle with lock, unlock, trunk open and panic buttons. All other Accord models have the keyless Smart Entry system.
Smart Entry System
The Accord EX and above models have Honda's new Smart Entry & Push Button Start. The Smart Entry system lets the Accord owner gain access to the vehicle without having to unlock it with the remote transmitter or a conventional key. The Smart Entry remote has a unique digital identity and the Accord can be unlocked when the driver pulls one of the front door handles while the remote in his/her possession. When carrying the fob (or if all doors are unlocked), the trunk can be opened by pressing a button located on the Accord's rear fascia.
Once the driver has opened the door and is seated, the Smart Entry system allows the Accord to be started by pushing the Engine Start/Stop button positioned on the instrument panel. When leaving the car, a press of the soft-touch button on exterior door handle locks all the doors. Alternatively, a press of the Lock button on the Smart Entry remote will also simultaneously lock all the doors. The Smart Entry system will not allow the transmitter fob to be locked in the interior or the trunk of the Honda Accord.
Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC)
Key contributors to the Accord's quiet, refined interior are Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC). The two systems are comprised of dual overhead microphones, an ANC/ASC electronic processor, and the audio system's four door-mounted speakers. ASC/ANC operates whenever the Accord is running, even if the audio system is turned off.
ANC is designed to reduce low frequency sound in the cabin caused mainly by the roughness of the road surface. The overhead microphones pick up sound waves and send them to the ANC/ASC processor, which creates and sends a precisely timed "reverse phase" audio signal to a special amplifier. In turn, the amplifier drives the door speakers to cancel the original noise signal.
ASC is a related technology designed to improve the engine sound quality by making the sound pressure level more linear as the engine revs increase. Typically, engine noise doesn't increase in a linear way with rising revs; instead there can be many resonances that create peaks and valleys in the sound pressure level and an uneven sound. ASC helps smooth out the engine sound by creating a same-phase or reverse-phase sound signal as needed and sending it to the door speakers. Though the system offers benefits from idle to redline, it makes the largest difference in the range between 1000 and 2000 rpm, where it lowers the sound pressure level by approximately 3-dB with an opposite-phase audio signal.
The Accord LX and Sport Sedan are equipped with a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers. The CD player can also read CD-Rs loaded with Windows Media® Audio (WMA) or MP3 audio files. The system also includes Bluetooth® streaming audio and Pandora® internet radio compatibility (with compatible iPhone and Android devices). Audio information is displayed on the color i-MID screen positioned high in the center section of the instrument panel. An auxiliary input jack is standard, along with a USB Audio Interface that can allow an iPod, iPhone or flash drive to be connected to the system.
The audio system features Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC). With SVC, as the vehicle speeds up and exterior noise increases, the audio system automatically raises the music's volume, and then lowers it again as the vehicle slows down. If desired, SVC can be deactivated at any time.
The LX-S and EX Coupe, and the EX Sedan have an upgraded AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers. Accord EX-L and Touring models provide an even more impressive 360-watt, 7-speaker premium audio system including subwoofer and XM® Radio. When equipped with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System With Voice Recognition and FM Traffic, the hard disk drive (HDD) includes 15-GB of audio memory for storage of personal music libraries.
The audio system's new color touch panel eliminates multiple hard keys and improves audio-system ease of use. It allows quick and intuitive control of the audio system, HandsFreeLink phone interface and a range of customizable settings. When an iPod is plugged into the Accord's USB port, the audio touch panel can display iPod contents in Cover Flow format when the vehicle is stopped.
USB Audio Interface
A USB Audio Interface is located in the center console of all Accord models. It can read flash drives and compatible digital music devices, such as iPods or iPhones, that contain MP3 or WMA music files. (It is important to note that only the iPod Video, iPod Nano and other fifth-generation or later iPods are compatible with this system. The iPod Shuffle, Mini, and older iPod models are not compatible.) When an iPod or iPhone is connected, the Honda logo will appear on the screen of the compatible device showing it is ready for use. The device can then be controlled using the steering wheel-mounted controls or audio system controls. Information such as song title, artist, album art and other information will appear on the Accord's i-MID screen and audio touch-screen. The USB audio interface will also charge the device while it is connected.
The Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® interface is designed to offer hands-free operation for many Bluetooth-enabled mobile telephones. Standard on all Accord models, the system wirelessly connects the driver's cell phone to the vehicle's audio system. This allows the driver to make or answer cell phone calls without removing hands from the steering wheel. The system is compatible with Bluetooth-enabled cell phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP). A list of compatible phones can be found at handsfreelink.com or honda.com.
Bluetooth HandsFreeLink enables audio files to be played through the vehicle's audio system wirelessly with a feature called Bluetooth Audio. If an audio compatible device is paired it will be added as an auxiliary source on the audio screen. This allows the Bluetooth device's media to be played wirelessly by the audio system. Cell phone devices that support the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) and Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.3 allow the display of metadata for artist, album and track name. The vehicle's audio controls for "skip forward" and "skip backward" allow for navigation from track to track.
Bluetooth HandsFreeLink is designed for easy use. After the driver completes a simple one-time "pairing" process to link the cell phone with the vehicle, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink can communicate wirelessly and securely with the driver's cell phone when the phone is within about 33 feet of the vehicle. Once the driver enters the vehicle, the phone can be stored in a pocket, briefcase, purse or a storage bin inside the vehicle's cabin as the call transfers information through the wireless telephone interface. Certain compatible cell phones can also transfer the cellular phonebook into the vehicle through the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system. After the cellular phonebook is transferred, calls can be made by making selections from the registered phonebook displayed on screen.
Phone numbers of incoming calls are displayed on the i-MID (or navigation screen, if so equipped)
Pressing the steering wheel-mounted "Pick up" button answers the call and mutes the audio system
Caller is heard through the audio-system speakers
An overhead microphone picks up the driver's voice while minimizing background noise and echoing
Numbers with voice tags may be stored in the system's memory
To make a call hands-free, the driver first activates the system using the steering wheel-mounted fingertip controls, then speaks a preset voice tag
Numbers can also be dialed by speaking the telephone number (in Accord models equipped with navigation system)
Automatic import of phone book and call history
Up to five different compatible mobile phones can be paired with the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system
Pandora Internet Radio Compatibility
The Accord incorporates a wide range of entertainment features to accommodate the ever-changing preferences of customers. All Honda Accord models are designed to provide a convenient interface for Pandora® internet radio. Pandora® is a free music service that allows users to open an account online and create up to 100 personalized internet "radio stations" that are based on favorite songs or artists. Users can choose among their stations and listen via computer, and can also download a free smartphone Pandora® app, which allows users listen to the same list of personalized stations via their compatible phone. Though Pandora® is free, phone data charges apply.
At this time, the Pandora® Audio USB interface in the Accord only supports the iPhone. To use Pandora® in the Accord, an iPhone is connected via the USB port located in the center console. The vehicle's audio source is set to iPod, the Pandora® app is launched on the iPhone. (If the Pandora® app is not launched, the phone will function as an iPod.) The i-MID (or navigation display in vehicles with navigation) and audio touch-screen displays Pandora® information and album art, and the audio controls allow listeners to choose from among existing stations, pause, resume, skip forward, and mark a track with "like" or "dislike" ratings. To ease driver use, some functionality of the Pandora® iPhone app is locked out when using the Accord's Pandora® interface.
Pandora® internet radio audio can also be streamed wirelessly to the Accord by a compatible cell phone (not only the iPhone) via the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® connection. With this type of connection, however, only the sound level of the Pandora® radio station can be controlled through the Accord; other features of the Accord's Pandora® interface are not available.
XM® Radio is a standard feature for Accord EX-L models and above, and subscription fees for the service are covered for the first 90 days of ownership. XM Radio provides more than 130 digital channels of programming with near CD-quality sound. The XM® broadcast signal is beamed to two satellites positioned in geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles above earth. The beams from these two broadcast satellites (one located over the West Coast, one over the East Coast) combine to span the entire continental United States and some of Canada. In addition, there are also more than 1,000 ground antennas to help boost the XM® signal (in metropolitan areas with tall buildings) until satellite reception is restored.
XM® programming includes channels devoted to music, sports, talk, traffic, weather, children's programming and entertainment. Of the 130 XM® channels, 69 are commercial-free. When the Accord's audio system plays XM®, the display screen shows the current station, song title, or artist's name.
The 2013 Accord is the first Honda product to feature HondaLink™ technology. It's the new center point for Honda owners for hands-free access to cloud-based services, audio and information, and is designed to keep Accord drivers informed and connected while on the go. HondaLink is available in EX-L and above Accord Sedan and EX and above Accord Coupe.
HondaLink works with the owner's compatible smartphone to connect the Accord with music and information resources, internet apps, roadside assistance and more. Set to launch in September 2012, Aha™ by Harman is the first HondaLink resource; future apps will expand the functionality of HondaLink substantially, and allow Accord owners to easily add capability.
Once the Honda Accord VIN and owner information are in the HondaLink owner database, the HondaLink Data Cloud can store personalized information for the Accord owner, including Navigation system POIs (points of interest), routes, preferences and more.
Owners can use the HondaLink website to access information or change preferences. HondaLink is also accessible via Twitter, Facebook, and other online tools. A series of free HondaLink apps are also available, including My Honda, personal profile and roadside assistance. Because HondaLink utilizes a cloud-based platform, as features, functions and apps grow, Accord owners will be able to enjoy the latest capabilities.
Aha™ by Harman
A new feature called Aha™ is accessed via HondaLink and is standard on the Accord EX-L Sedan and above, and standard on Accord EX Coupe and above. Aha organizes the Accord owner's favorite content from the web into personalized on-demand radio stations in the vehicle. Aha is a comprehensive, cloud-based platform optimized for the automotive environment that provides a simple integration point for HondaLink equipped vehicles to bring in a wide range of current and future applications into the audio system head unit. This new capability allows users to access their favorite podcasts, internet radio, on-demand music, restaurant recommendations, and even audio updates from Facebook and Twitter.
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Audio
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Audio (Accord EX-L Navi and Accord Touring) systems featuring the 15GB HDD-based memory are programmed from the factory to copy music tracks from pre-recorded CDs, enabling customers to store many CDs worth of music on-board for easy access. The system will not copy music from burned CDs or from USB flash drives. Based on music files measuring an average size of 4.2MB per song at a 128kbps bitrate, approximately 3,500 songs can be loaded into the 15GB system (approximately 175 CDs).
The HDD-based system records music at a variable rate between 4X to 8X of the original music track time. The automatic-recording default setting can be changed to manual if desired.
The audio system can display information about the music tracks, such as artist names and song titles using the Gracenote® database in the system software. This database can be periodically updated to reflect newly released music. Gracenote updates can be downloaded by Accord owners at automobiles.honda.com in the Ownerlink section (up to four updates per year maximum). The updates can then be loaded onto a CD-R or onto a USB thumb drive, which in turn can be used to update the Accord's audio system. Even without a Gracenote update, newly released audio tracks will play on the sound system, but will play without accompanying text information on genre, artist, album name and track name.
Song By Voice®
Navigation-equipped Accords offer the Song by Voice® feature. From most navigation screens, the driver can simply press the TALK button on the steering wheel. With so much audio content potentially available on the HDD or from an iPod, Honda engineers set out to make it easy to find content. So drivers can simply give a voice command, such as "Play song 'Danny Boy,'" and the system will automatically begin playback. Song by Voice also lets the driver choose music by artist, album, track name, genre, playlist and even composer.
SMS Text Message Function
All Honda Accord models have a standard SMS Text Message function that can read incoming texts aloud over the audio system, and allow the driver to reply with any of six factory preset messages. The system works with SMS-capable cell phones that have an active data plan and the Message Access Profile (MAP), such as the Blackberry, Droid X and others. The iPhone does not support this feature.
Once a compatible phone is paired with the Accord's Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system, the text messaging function is enabled. When the phone receives a text message, an alert appears on the i-MID (or navigation screen in vehicles equipped with navigation). Using the audio system controls, the driver can choose to have the message read aloud, can select among the preset reply choices, or can call the sender - all without touching the phone. To help avoid driver distraction, the text of the incoming message is not displayed on-screen while the vehicle is moving.
Available factory preset text replies:
Talk to you later, I'm driving
I'm on my way
I'm running late
LaneWatch™ Blind Spot Display
The new LaneWatch™ blind spot display is standard on Accord EX, EX-L and Touring Sedan models, and on EX-L Coupe. It uses a camera positioned below the passenger-side exterior mirror to display a wide-angle view of the passenger side roadway on the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i- MID). The image appears when the right turn signal is activated, or when a button on the end of the turn signal stalk is pressed.
The typical field of view for a passenger-side mirror is approximately 18- to 22-degrees, but the LaneWatch™ blind spot display field-of-view is about four times greater, or approximately 80-degrees. The system helps the driver to see traffic, as well as pedestrians or objects, in the vehicle's blind spot. To help make judging distance easier, the display has three reference lines. Drivers are encouraged to visually confirm roadway conditions prior to changing lanes.
On navigation-equipped models, when LaneWatch™ is in use and a navigation turn prompt is needed, the image changes to split-screen so that LaneWatch™ and navigation information can be displayed simultaneously. LaneWatch™ can also be customized to suit the driver's preferences. Turn-signal activation of the LaneWatch™ system can be turned on or off, as can the three on-screen reference lines. Screen brightness, contrast and black level are also adjustable.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
The Accord EX-L and Touring model each feature a new Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system as standard equipment. When the system detects a vehicle ahead and determines that collision is possible, it provides the driver with visual and audio alerts to encourage avoidance actions. (The system does not include an automatic braking function.)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) is new for 2013 on Accord EX-L and Touring models, and provides the driver with visual and audible alerts if the vehicle begins to move out of a detected lane without using the turn signal indicator. A button on the lower left portion of the instrument panel allows the system to be switched on and off.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
The line-topping Accord Touring features Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). This vehicle speed and distance control system uses a grille-mounted millimeter-wave radar to monitor the distance between the Accord and the vehicle directly ahead (the same radar is used for the Touring's FCW system). Like a conventional cruise control system, the ACC system can maintain a preset speed. In addition, by combining radar data with data from speed sensors, ACC can regulate the Accord's speed to maintain a preset following distance interval between it and the vehicle directly ahead.
The system is activated by pressing the "MAIN" button on the right-hand spoke of the steering wheel. When this button is pushed, "ACC" will appear on the instrument panel indicating that the ACC system has been turned on. To select the ACC cruising speed, the driver accelerates to a chosen speed and presses the "Set/-" button, which is also located on the right-hand spoke of the steering wheel. Once selected, the chosen cruising speed is shown on the Multi-Information Display in the center of the speedometer.
The following-distance interval is selected by pressing the "Distance" button on the steering wheel. Using this button, the driver can choose one of four following intervals: approximately 1 second, 1.35 seconds, 2 seconds or 2.8 seconds. Each time the button is pressed, a vehicle-shaped icon on the Multi-Information Display changes to reflect the chosen following interval:
One bar representing approximately a 1-second interval
Two bars representing approximately a 1.35-second interval
Three bars representing approximately a 2-second interval
Four bars representing approximately a 2.8-second interval
Once ACC is activated, the system's electronic control unit (ECU) adjusts the throttle and applies light braking to maintain the chosen following-distance interval between the Accord and the car directly ahead. If a vehicle from another lane cuts in front of the Accord (between the Accord and the car that it has been following) the system will beep and the "vehicle" icon will flash on the Multi-Information Display to alert the driver that a new vehicle has been detected. The system then adjusts the throttle and applies braking to maintain the pre-set following interval between the Accord and the new vehicle. A vehicle icon will appear each time a vehicle moves into the ACC system's range. Conversely, when a vehicle moves out of the system's range, the icon changes to an outlined image. If the vehicle directly ahead of the Accord brakes suddenly, a series of beeps will sound and the word "BRAKE" appears on the Multi-Information Display, warning the driver to apply the brakes.
If the vehicle directly in front of the Accord accelerates out of the radar's detection zone or moves to another lane, and another vehicle is not within the system's range, ACC will accelerate the Accord until the pre-set cruising speed is achieved. When a vehicle moves out of range, the vehicle icon on the Multi-Information Display will change from solid to outline.
The driver can switch between ACC and conventional cruise control by using the "Distance" button located on the steering wheel. Cruise control system status is displayed continuously on the Multi-Information Display.
Because the ACC system's millimeter-wave radar can be affected by rain, snow, fog and other types of inclement weather, the ACC system should not be used during these conditions.
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System With Voice Recognition And FM Traffic
The Honda Accord's available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System uses GPS technology and a fast new 60-GB hard-drive based (HDD) system to provide drivers with turn-by-turn guidance to their chosen destination. The system adds FM traffic data for 2013 and provides coverage in many large metropolitan areas within the U.S., allowing the driver to choose faster, less congested routes. Unlike some other in-car traffic data systems, FM Traffic has no recurring subscription fee. Faster, more capable and easier to use than any previous-generation Honda system, the Accord's new system is similar to current Odyssey and Pilot navigation systems.
Accord's navigation features an 8-inch (diagonal) high-resolution WVGA (800x480 pixel) backlit color display that takes the place of the lower-resolution i-MID display in non-navigation models. The system can be controlled by voice, or with a convenient interface dial. The new technology allows the voice-activation system to respond to more casual command phrases that require less user familiarization, in addition to the previous capability of being able to understand spoken city and street names. For example, a voice request for "Radio 98.3 FM" can now be spoken in approximately a dozen different ways ranging from "change the radio station to 98.3" to "98.3 FM." This logic applies to audio functionality of the audio/information screen. The navigation system can also be controlled by voice with conventional navigation commands like, "Find nearest Chinese restaurant" or "find nearest ATM."
The audio system is automatically muted when the "Talk" button is pressed. The voice-recognition technology allows the driver to simply speak city and street names aloud, and the system responds by displaying the matches available in the database. Points of interest on the map (such as restaurants or grocery stores) can be displayed with brand logo icons or you can have the system provide turn-by-turn navigation - all by voice command. The massive point-of-interest (POI) database includes telephone numbers, which can be dialed by using the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system when the driver's cellular telephone is connected to the system.
The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System uses Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) in combination with detailed information from the vehicle's mapping system to pinpoint the vehicle's location and to provide a host of useful mapping and route guidance features. The antenna can utilize up to 12 satellites from a network of 24 global positioning satellites. If the antenna is obstructed by a tunnel, a parking garage or a tall building, an internal gyroscopic system and a speed sensor track the location of the vehicle so that the map information remains current and reliable. The vehicle clock is independently controlled by GPS data, so when time zones are crossed while driving, the clock will automatically set itself to the current time.
A digital version of the Zagat Survey® restaurant guide provides detailed information and reviews on select restaurants in the database. The reviews can be read on-screen or spoken over the audio system by a synthesized voice.
The navigation system can also suggest scenic routes based on the National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads guide. The National Scenic Byways Program is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. The program is a grassroots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. Since 1992, the National Scenic Byways Program has funded 2,832 projects for state and nationally designated byway routes in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. Scenic-route information for 126 routes can be accessed from inside the "Information" menu and is displayed on the map as a green-and-red segmented line.
Befitting the 2013 Accord's mission to advance every aspect of the driving experience, literally every aspect of the chassis engineering and componentry was reviewed, revisited and redesigned as needed to create the strongest possible dynamic driving experience. Now its highly rigid unit-body, refined suspension technology, and a host of electronic advancements quite simply define the 2013 Accord chassis as the most capable in Accord model history. The result is a car that is quieter and more responsive on city streets, quieter and smoother riding the highway, and even more faithful to the driver's wishes on winding roads.
All-new chassis features include a MacPherson strut front suspension, a new steel and aluminum front subframe, and new electric power steering (EPS). Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC) are also included, counteracting engine noise and helping to create a more linear and sophisticated high-rpm engine note.
The advanced new MacPherson strut front suspension system is lighter than the double-wishbone system it replaces, and provides superior ride and handling qualities while also reducing interior noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The 2013 Accord also uses a new aluminum and steel front subframe that reduces weight and, in conjunction with new rear compliance bushings and independent multi-link rear suspension, also measurably reduces NVH. Additional noise reductions are derived from careful tailoring of the underbody and suspension systems.
The EPS uses an electric motor to assist the rack-and-pinion steering rather than the hydraulic assist of the previous Accord. The result is reduced steering effort, improved precision, feel and stability, and less power consumption.
Alloy wheels are now standard on every Accord Sedan and Coupe, and range in size from 16 inches to 18 inches depending on model. Four-wheel disc brakes are also standard across the model range, along with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist, a 4-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Hill start assist is also standard, helping the driver accelerate smoothly from a stop while on an incline.
Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC) are standard across the Accord model range. Using microphones, a signal processor and the Accord's audio speakers, ANC counteracts engine noise, while ASC helps create a more linear and sophisticated high-rpm engine note. Additional noise reductions are derived from careful tailoring of the underbody and suspension systems.
MacPherson Strut Front Suspension
An all-new MacPherson strut front suspension gives the 2013 Accord an exceptionally smooth and quiet ride, stable and responsive handling and flatter cornering. This advanced new suspension takes the place of the previous-generation Accord's double-wishbone system. The highly evolved new front suspension is significantly lighter with higher dynamic performance including improved responsiveness, ride comfort and stability, significantly reduced noise and increased driving enjoyment. The Accord's turning diameter is 38.1 ft. for the Sedan and 37.6 ft. for the Coupe.
Hydro-compliance bushings mount the front lower suspension arms. These bushings help reduce steering shimmy at all speeds, improve NVH characteristics and promote more accurate suspension geometry. The result is an ideal blend of ride quality, responsive steering and precise handling.
Enhanced structural rigidity plays a part in the Accord's new suspension performance, with highly rigid attachment points for the struts, as well as for the front subframe. This new structure is an integral part of the Accord's ACE body structure, which helps crash performance in a frontal collision. And finally, the repackaging of the front suspension allows a shorter front overhang to be incorporated, improving vehicle styling.
The struts are specially tuned for the ideal blend of comfort and handling. Innovative features include new hydraulic valves and seals, a low-friction Teflon® internal bushing, new oil specifications, and a special rebound damper spring that dramatically reduces body roll while turning. The Accord Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring Sedan, and the EX and EX-L Coupe all feature a front strut-tower connecting bar that further improves handling response.
Lightweight Front Subframe
A new front subframe, which cradles the engine, transmission and lower suspension mounts, utilizes unique aluminum and steel construction. Using a process developed by Honda, the subframe joins aluminum and steel components with a type of friction-stir-welding to form a single high-strength, lightweight unit that provides ideal ride and handling properties along with lower weight. The weight savings directly improves both fuel efficiency and overall dynamic performance.
Independent Multi-Link Rear Suspension
The Accord's compact, multi-link rear suspension offers supple ride comfort and excellent overall handling. This system features high-strength stamped-steel upper A-arms with aluminum knuckles and precise geometry that reduces lift during hard braking. The lower links connect to a rigid rear subframe, which is isolated from the body by rubber mounts that reduce drumming and low-frequency sound.
Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering (EPS)
The 2013 Accord's new electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering (EPS) replaces the conventional hydraulically assisted power-steering system used on the previous-generation Accord. The new system uses a rack-and-pinion steering assembly with an electric motor assist that reduces steering effort, improves feel and enhances precision and stability. It also uses less power than the previous Accord's system, contributing to the new Accord's increased fuel efficiency. For ideal component packaging, on 4-cylinder Accords the steering pinion is electrically assisted, and on V-6 Accords the steering rack is electrically assisted.
Other EPS benefits include a more sophisticated, linear, solid and accurate steering feel, more nimble handling and improved highway stability. Additionally, the steering column diameter has increased 27-percent over the previous-generation Accord, resulting in greater vibration damping and increased vertical stiffness.
Aluminum Alloy Wheels
For first time in Accord model history, all 2013 Accords have alloy wheels. The wheel sizes range from 16- to 18-inches in diameter, depending on model and trim level. Sedan models have 16-, 17- or 18-inch wheels, while Coupe models have 17- or 18-inch wheels.
Reducing the aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance of tires is an essential part of attaining better fuel efficiency for any vehicle. So the 2013 Accords use a range of tire widths from 205mm to 235mm that offer the best balance between all-season grip, low drag and low rolling resistance. As always, the tires also excel at providing accurate steering feel, a quiet, comfortable ride and long wear. They are also M+S rated for all-season drivability. The Honda Accord comes with a T125/80-D16 97M temporary spare tire mounted on a steel wheel.
4-Wheel Disc Brakes with ABS
All Accord models are equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes with a 4-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) for confident stops. The front discs measure 11.5 inches in diameter (LX: 11.1), while the rear discs measure 11.1 inches in diameter. A power brake booster offers a solid pedal feel and an optimized pedal stoke.
ABS independently modulates braking power at each wheel to help the driver retain steering control during heavy braking, while Brake Assist recognizes emergency braking situations and almost instantly applies full braking force when appropriate. Brake-system upgrades for 2013 include new brake pads on the Accord LX and Sport models, and new brake discs, pads and calipers on EX, EX-L and Touring models. These changes, along with an optimized hydraulic-system ratio, improve pedal feel and modulation.
Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) is standard on all Accord models. EBD adjusts front-to-rear brake pressure according to vehicle load distribution for optimum brake balance at all times. Sensors at each wheel send signals to the brake-control module, which can modulate braking pressure based on individual wheel speed, optimizing brake pressure balance on all four wheels, while providing a linear pedal feel.
The Accord's electronically controlled Brake Assist is designed to help drivers apply full braking force in a collision-avoidance situation. If the driver suddenly brakes harder than normal in an emergency, the system fully activates the brakes. However Brake Assist does not take over braking - it only assists the driver in obtaining full braking performance in an emergency. Brake Assist deactivates when the driver releases pressure on the pedal.
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control
Standard on all Accord models, VSA works with ABS and the Drive-by-Wire throttle system to enhance vehicle stability when cornering. If vehicle understeer or oversteer is detected, the system selectively reduces power and/or brakes individual wheels to help correct the condition and stabilize the vehicle.
Traction control monitors front-wheel slippage, such as when starting on slick surfaces or patches of ice. If it is detected, traction control activates one or more brake calipers and reduces engine torque to slow the spinning wheel so it can regain traction.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
The Accord's Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) helps the driver maintain proper air pressure to improve driving safety, as well as reduce wear and tear on the vehicle's tires. Located in the instrument panel, a TPMS icon illuminates to alert the driver whenever any of the tires has a significantly low pressure reading that requires the driver's attention.
Hill Start Assist
All 2013 Accord models have hill start assist, a feature that debuted on the 2009 Honda Pilot. Hill start assist holds brake pressure when stopped on an incline or descent for a brief period of time, allowing the driver's foot to move from the brake pedal to accelerator without the vehicle moving.
Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC)
For the first time in Accord history, Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC) work together as a system to reduce noise in the cabin, while simultaneously improving the sound quality during strong acceleration. The combined effect helps make the Accord cabin a more pleasant and relaxing place to spend time.
Included in all 2013 Accord models, Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC) use two microphones, a processing unit and four speakers (integral to the Accord's audio system) to collect and interpret sound entering the cabin and then deliver an out-of-phase audio signal to cancel unwanted background noise - and better define desirable noise such as the engine note during acceleration.
Active Noise Control (ANC) counteracts engine noise, for instance when the 4-cylinder Accord is idling with the air-conditioning on, or when the V-6 engine's Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) function is cycling on and off. For its part, Active Sound Control (ASC) helps create more linear and sophisticated high-rpm engine sounds, for instance when the Accord is accelerating up a freeway on-ramp or passing slower traffic.
For the new ninth-generation Accord, Honda engineers were committed to improving the performance of both 4-cylinder and V-6 engines, while also making substantial gains in fuel efficiency. Two Earth Dreams™ engines are initially available in the 2013 Accord family - an all-new direct-injected (DI) 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine, and a significantly updated 3.5-liter V-6 that is Honda's most powerful to date. Launching in early 2013 (in the all-new 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Sedan), an all-new Earth Dreams™ 2.0-liter 4-cylinder/two-motor plug-in hybrid powertrain will also join the lineup.
Available transmissions include a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) for the 4-cylinder engines, unique 6-speed manuals for the 4-cylinder and V-6 engines, and a new 6-speed automatic for V-6 models.
The new non-hybrid powertrains help the 2013 Honda Accord surpass the previous-generation model in fuel economy by a significant margin. The Accord Sedan with 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and CVT has an EPA fuel economy rating of 27/36/30 mpg city/hwy/combined, an improvement of 11 percent in combined driving. The Sedan with the 3.5-liter V-6 engine and the 6-speed automatic transmission returns an EPA fuel economy rating of 21/34/25 mpg city/hwy/combined, for an improvement of four percent over its predecessor in combined driving.
The new direct-injected 2.4-liter i-VTEC inline 4-cylinder powerplant is the base Accord engine. Offering 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft. of torque, this engine delivers 4-percent more horsepower and 12-percent more torque compared to its predecessor, while operating on regular unleaded fuel and meeting PZEV and ULEV-2 emissions standards. With its high-flow exhaust system, the Accord Sport Sedan 4-cylinder engine generates 189 horsepower and 182 lb-ft. of torque.
The Accord's efficient new direct-injected inline 4-cylinder engines can be paired with either an all-new 6-speed manual transmission with smooth and precise shift action, or with a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). With a wider ratio range than the 5-speed automatic transmission it replaces, combined with greater operating efficiency, the CVT is a major contributor to the Accord's improved fuel efficiency.
The available 3.5-liter V-6 engine now delivers 278 horsepower at 6200 rpm (an increase of seven horsepower) and 252 lb-ft. of torque at 4900 rpm. Torque is significantly improved between idle and the 4900-rpm torque peak, where the engine typically operates. On V-6 models with an automatic transmission, the engine also features a new generation of Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) variable displacement technology and a special SOHC i-VTEC valvetrain. Depending on driving conditions, the engine operates on three or all six cylinders to help boost fuel efficiency or power as needed. The V-6 is designed to run on regular unleaded fuel and also meets ULEV-2 emissions standards.
The V-6 engine can be paired with a smooth-shifting 6-speed manual transmission, or a new 6-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control. More compact and efficient than the 5-speed automatic transmission it replaces, the 6-speed automatic improves the acceleration and fuel efficiency of the V-6 Accord. The V-6 is designed to run on regular unleaded fuel, and has an EPA fuel economy rating of 21/34/25 mpg city/hwy/combined (Sedan).
In early 2013, the Accord Sedan lineup will also feature the first application of a new two-motor plug-in hybrid system. The Honda two-motor hybrid system moves continuously through three modes (all-electric, gasoline-electric and direct-drive) to maximize fuel efficiency. In all-electric mode, the 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) will use a 6.7 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and a powerful 124 kW electric motor to achieve an all-electric range of 10 to 15 miles. Fully recharging the battery will take less than three hours using a 120-volt outlet and less than one hour using a Level-2 (240-volt) charger.
Direct-injected 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder
An all-new direct-injected 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine that develops 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft. of torque powers the Accord LX, EX and EX-L Sedan, and the LX, EX and EX-L Coupe. This is the first production example of Honda's "Earth Dreams Technology" which is comprised of a next-generation set of technological advancements, which greatly enhance both driving performance and fuel efficiency.
The engine's direct injection (DI) system and other technologies combine to create a significant 12-percent increase in engine torque output, with greater power available over a wide operating range. Peak power is also up by eight horsepower, an increase of four percent. This clean-running engine meets PZEV emissions standards in select states, and Federal Tier 2, Bin 5 standards in most states.
Fuel economy ratings are significantly improved due in part to efficient direct injection, a new combustion chamber design, offset cylinder bores and a range of friction reducing technologies. The 4-cylinder Accord Sedan equipped with the CVT has an EPA fuel economy rating of 27/36/30 mpg city/hwy/combined. Further enhancing all-around performance, engine weight has been reduced by 3.5-percent with a lighter block design, resin cam cover and a more efficient accessory belt design.
Engine Block, Crankshaft and Pistons
The Accord's 2.4-liter engine has a new, lighter-weight die-cast aluminum block with a single main-bearing cradle design that creates a rigid assembly to help minimize noise and vibration. Cast-in iron cylinder liners provide long-lasting durability. Each journal on the forged-steel crankshaft is micropolished to reduce internal friction. To improve smoothness throughout the rpm range and help lower noise levels, the Accord is fitted with an internal balancer unit. Consisting of a pair of chain-driven counter-rotating shafts located in the oil pan, the balancing system helps quell the inherent second-order harmonic vibrations that normally impact inline 4-cylinder engines.
To reduce piston-sliding friction, the cylinder bores are now offset by 8.0-mm from the crankshaft. This gives the connecting roads a more favorable angle during each power stroke, which reduces side loading on the pistons and in turn, improves efficiency. The direct-injected engine features a forged crankshaft for high rigidity and low friction. With increased diameter of the counterweights, the crankshaft offers optimized flywheel effect, while minimizing the total weight.
New lightweight pistons have a carefully optimized skirt design to minimize reciprocating weight, and reduced weight minimizes vibration and increases operating efficiency. The piston crowns are dished, to help maintain stable combustion and to optimize distribution of the stratified fuel charge from the direct injector in each cylinder. This close control over the combustion process boosts overall operating efficiency.
The new engine is also positioned differently within the Accord's engine bay. While the previous-generation powerplant was positioned with a 15-degree rearward slant, the new generation direct-injected engine is positioned with a 10-degree rearward slant to accommodate the differing packaging requirements of the new forward exhaust layout.
The Accord's 4-cylinder engine makes use of new friction-reducing technologies designed to improve engine efficiency. The outer skirts of lightweight aluminum pistons feature a low-friction coating applied in a unique dot-pattern application. The result is reduced overall friction as the pistons move within the cylinder bores. Plateau honing further lowers the friction level between the pistons and the cylinders by creating an ultra-smooth surface. Plateau honing is a 2-stage machining process that uses two grinding processes instead of the more conventional single honing process. This also enhances the long-term wear characteristics of the engine. Low viscosity oil (0W-20) also reduces friction.
Cylinder Head and Valvetrain
The direct-injected Accord 4-cylinder engine has a lightweight cylinder head that is made of pressure-cast aluminum alloy. The exhaust ports are now located on the front side of the engine (the previous-generation Accord had the exhaust ports located on the rear of the engine) which provides greater freedom in the layout of the close-coupled catalytic converter which mounts directly to the cylinder head. With exhaust passages cast directly into the cylinder head, the need for a traditional separate exhaust manifold is eliminated.
A silent-chain drives dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder, and features a new double-arm tensioner design that reduces operating friction. The cam drive is maintenance free throughout the life of the engine. To help further reduce friction, the finish of the camshaft journals has been improved.
To help boost fuel efficiency and power, the combustion chamber shape and valve angles have been optimized. The previous-generation Accord 4-cylinder engine had a 51-degree included angle between the intake and exhaust valves. In the new direct-injected engine, the included valve angle has been reduced to 35-degrees. The narrower valve angle decreases the surface-to-volume ratio and helps create a flatter, more compact combustion chamber that reduces unburned hydrocarbon emissions. With this new combustion chamber shape and the precise control of direct injection, the compression ratio has been increased to 11.1:1 (up from 10.5:1 on the previous port-injected engine), yet the engine still operates on regular unleaded fuel.
The cylinder head features a new high-tumble intake-port design. In combination with the new combustion chamber and piston crown shape, the design's high level of airflow tumble helps create a homogenous fuel mixture for low fuel consumption and high airflow for high power output.
i-VTEC Valve Control System
The Honda Accord's direct-injected 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve i-VTEC engine uses an advanced valve-control system to combine high power output with high fuel efficiency and low emissions. The Accord system combines VTC (Variable Timing Control), which continuously adjusts the intake camshaft phase, with Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC), which changes valve lift, timing and duration of the intake valves.
At low rpm, the VTEC intake valve timing and lift are optimized for rapid swirl-pattern cylinder filling. As engine rpm builds past 4800 rpm, the VTEC system transitions to a high-lift, long-duration intake cam profile for superior high-rpm engine power.
The "intelligent" portion of the system is its ability to continuously vary the timing of the intake cam relative to that of the exhaust camshaft. This helps boost power and also provides a smoother idle (allowing idle speed to be reduced). The intake cam timing is varied based on input from sensors that monitor rpm, timing, throttle opening, cam position and exhaust air-fuel ratio. The result is increased fuel efficiency and lower NOx emissions.
Direct Injection System
Conventional engines using multi-port fuel injection to mix fuel and air before they enter the combustion chamber. With direct injection, fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber. This allows for better combustion and overall efficiency.
The Accord's 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine has been redesigned to incorporate direct-injection (DI) for 2013. This is the first application of direct-injection for a Honda vehicle in the North America. The system features a compact high-pressure direct-injection pump that allows both high fuel flow and pulsation suppression, and variable pressure control optimizes injector operation. A multi-hole injector delivers fuel directly into each cylinder (not to the intake port, as in conventional port fuel injection designs).
The multi-hole injectors can create the ideal fuel/air mixture in the cylinders and also create a weak stratified combustion effect that maximizes fuel efficiency at lower power settings. The stratified charge puts a mixture that's richer near the spark plug for easy ignition, while other areas on the combustion chamber have a leaner fuel/air ratio.
Based on the operating conditions, the direct injection system alters its function for best performance. Upon cold engine startup, fuel is injected into the cylinders on the compression stroke. This creates a weak stratified charge effect that improves engine start-up and reduces exhaust emissions before normal operating temperature is reached.
Once the engine is fully warm for maximum power and fuel efficiency, fuel is injected during the intake stroke. This helps create a more homogeneous fuel/air mix in the cylinder that is aided by the high-tumble intake port design. This improves volumetric efficiency, and the cooling effect of the incoming fuel improves anti-knock performance.
High-Efficiency Catalytic Converters
Key contributors to the Accord 4-cylinder engine's excellent emissions performance are its high-efficiency catalytic converters. One converter mounts directly to the front of the cylinder head, close-coupled for fast activation after the engine is started. A second converter is positioned slightly downstream, beneath the passenger compartment floor. Both converters use a thin-wall design that increases internal reaction area and improves efficiency. A high-efficiency exhaust system and high-density catalytic converters help the Accord engine meet stringent ULEV-2 emissions certifications in California and Federal Tier 2 Bin 5 certifications.
A PZEV (Partial Zero Emission Vehicle) version of the 185- and 189-horsepower 4-cylinder direct-injected engines is available in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. The principal differences between the PZEV Accord and the ULEV-2 version sold in all other states is a remapped Powertrain Control Module (PCM) programming. The horsepower, torque and EPA-estimated fuel economy of the PZEV and ULEV-2 engines are identical.
Direct-injected 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder (Sport Sedan)
The direct-injected 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder that powers the Sport Sedan is essentially identical to the engine in the LX, EX, EX-L Sedan and LX-S, EX, EX-L Coupe. The Sport Sedan's 189-horsepower inline 4-cylinder meets ULEV-2 in most states, and PZEV emissions standards in select states.
The key feature that allows this engine to make an additional four horsepower compared to the 185-horsepower 4-cylinder engine is a special exhaust system with larger diameter tubing and dual outlets that nets a 52-percent increase in flow relative to the 185-hoursepower 4-cylinder system.
3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6
The Earth Dreams™ 3.5-liter V-6 engine available in the Accord EX-L V-6 and Touring Sedan, and EX-L V-6 Coupe has been extensively reworked for 2013 with a range of improvements including revised intake and exhaust ports, updated valve timing and Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC), and when equipped with automatic transmission, Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) with a wider range of operation. The aluminum-alloy 24-valve engine now produces 278 horsepower at 6200 rpm (an increase of seven horsepower) and generates 252 lb-ft of torque at 4900 rpm. Torque is markedly improved in the lower ranges below 4900 rpm where the engine typically operates.
Along with the increased horsepower, the updated V-6 also contributes to a 13-percent increase in the estimated EPA highway fuel economy rating (with automatic transmission), thanks in part to internal friction reduction features including an oil-ring ion-plating treatment, plateau honing and reduced auxiliary-belt tension. A new tumble-type intake port design improves combustion efficiency, and torque-converter function in the new available 6-speed automatic transmission has been refined. A 3.5-percent weight reduction is due to a new cylinder head bridge structure with separate rocker arm holders and lightweight resin cam covers. The Accord V-6 has an estimated EPA fuel economy rating of 21/34/25 mpg city/hwy/combined (Sedan 6AT).
Engine Block and Crankshaft
With its 60-degree V-angle, the Accord's V-6 engine is inherently smooth and has compact overall dimensions that allow efficient packaging within the vehicle. The V-6 has a die-cast lightweight aluminum alloy block with cast-in-place iron cylinder liners. Made with a centrifugal spin-casting process, the thin-wall liners are high in strength and low in porosity. The block incorporates a deep-skirt design with four bolts per bearing cap for rigid crankshaft support and minimized noise and vibration.
A new cooling control spacer positioned in the water jacket surrounding the cylinders helps to keep operating temperature and tolerances more consistent. Plateau honing further lowers the friction level between the pistons and the cylinders by creating an ultra-smooth surface. This 2-stage machining process uses two grinding processes instead of the more conventional single honing process. Plateau honing also enhances the long-term wear characteristics of the engine.
Like other Honda V-6 powerplants, the new 2013 Accord V-6 engine's 4-valve cylinder heads are a single-overhead-camshaft design, with the cams driven by the crankshaft via an automatically tensioned toothed belt. Made of low-pressure cast, low-porosity aluminum, each cylinder head incorporates a new "tumble port" design that improves combustion efficiency. An integrated exhaust manifold cast into each cylinder head reduces parts count, improves flow and optimizes the location of the close-coupled catalyst.
i-VTEC with 2-stage Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™)
The Accord's available SOHC V-6 with automatic transmission includes a new generation of+ i-VTEC with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM). Advances to VCM technology make a large contribution to the Accord V-6's estimated EPA fuel economy rating of 21/34/25 mpg city/hwy/combined (Sedan with automatic transmission). That's an increase over the EPA rating for the previous Accord V-6 (20/30/24 mpg city/hwy/combined) of 1-mpg city, 4-mpg hwy and 1-mpg combined.
i-VTEC Valve Control System
The Accord's V-6 engine combines Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) (when equipped with automatic transmission) with Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC), which changes valve lift, timing and duration of the intake valves. A new switching mechanism allows each cylinder to operate with low-rpm valve lift and duration or high rpm lift and duration. When equipped with automatic transmission, the rear cylinder bank can also leave all intake and exhaust valves closed to maximize fuel efficiency during cylinder deactivation.
The "intelligent" portion of the system is its ability to vary valve operation based on the driving situation and engine rpm. At low rpm, the VTEC intake valve timing and lift are optimized for increased torque, which now allows a wider range of 3-cylinder operation (when equipped with automatic transmission). As engine rpm builds past 5150 rpm (6AT; 6MT: 4900 rpm) the VTEC system transitions to a high-lift, long-duration intake cam profile for superior high-rpm engine power. In cylinder cut-off mode (6AT models), the rear bank of intake and exhaust valves remain closed, to eliminate pumping losses.
To help improve the fuel efficiency of the V-6 engine, a new generation of Honda's Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) is used in models with automatic transmission. In 2008 through 2012 Honda Accord V-6 models, Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) operated on three cylinders for cruising, four cylinders for modest acceleration or six cylinders for strong acceleration. Advancements to the VTEC system and active engine mounts now allow the VCM system to operate with three cylinders in a wider range of situations to maximize fuel efficiency and lower emissions. Four-cylinder operation has been eliminated for 2013. When greater power is needed, the system switches seamlessly to 6-cylinder operation.
During startup, aggressive acceleration or when climbing hills - any time high power output is required - the engine operates on all six cylinders. During moderate-speed cruising and at low or moderate engine loads, the system operates just the front bank of three cylinders.
The VCM system can tailor the working displacement of the engine to match the driving requirements from moment to moment. Since the system automatically closes both the intake and exhaust valves of the cylinders that are not used, pumping losses associated with intake and exhaust are eliminated and fuel efficiency gets a further boost. The system combines maximum performance and maximum fuel efficiency - two characteristics that don't typically coexist in conventional engines.
VCM deactivates specific cylinders by using the VTEC (Variable Valve-Timing and Lift Electronic Control) system to close the intake and exhaust valves while simultaneously the Powertrain Control Module cuts fuel to those cylinders. The spark plugs continue to fire in inactive cylinders to minimize plug temperature loss and prevent fouling induced from incomplete combustion during cylinder re-activation.
The system is electronically controlled, and uses special integrated spool valves in the cylinder heads. Based on commands from the system's electronic control unit, the spool valves selectively direct oil pressure to the rocker arms for specific cylinders. This oil pressure in turn drives synchronizing pistons that connect and disconnect the rocker arms.
The VCM system monitors throttle position, vehicle speed, engine speed, automatic-transmission gear selection and other factors to determine the correct cylinder activation scheme for the operating conditions. In addition, the system determines whether engine oil pressure is suitable for VCM switching and whether catalytic-converter temperature will remain in the proper range. To smooth the torque-induced jolt of activating or deactivating cylinders, the system adjusts ignition timing, drive-by-wire throttle position and turns the torque converter lock-up on and off. As a result, the transition between 3- and 6-cylinder operation is unnoticeable to the driver.
Active Control Engine Mounts and Active Noise Control
A new-generation 28-volt Active Control Engine Mount system (ACM) is used to minimize the effects of engine vibration as the VCM system switches cylinders on and off. The more powerful 28-volt ACM is a key factor in the VCM's broader range of operation in the new Accord. Sensors alert the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) to direct ACM actuators positioned at the front and rear of the engine to move to cancel engine vibration. Inside the interior of the Accord, an Active Noise Control system (ANC) works in cooperation with the ACM system to further reduce any sound relating to the function of the VCM system.
Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
The V-6 engine's Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) continually adjusts fuel delivery to yield the best combination of power, low fuel consumption and low emissions. Multiple sensors constantly monitor critical operating parameters, such as throttle position, intake air temperature, coolant temperature, ambient air pressure, intake airflow volume, intake manifold pressure, exhaust air-fuel ratio and the position of the crankshaft and cams.
Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder
The Earth Dreams technology used on the Accord PHEV includes an i-VTEC 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine coupled with a two-motor hybrid drive system. The hybrid system features a 124-kW electric motor powered by a 6.7-kWh Li-Ion battery pack. The gasoline engine produces a maximum 137 horsepower (hp) at 6200 rpm. In conjunction with the two-motor hybrid-drive system, the total power output peaks at 196 hp, which surpasses the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, Chevrolet Volt and the projected out of the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid. The EarthDreams engine horsepower alone surpasses the total gas-electric output of the Prius Plug-In Hybrid.
Although not finalized at press time, anticipated fuel economy ratings for the 2014 Accord PHEV are expected to exceed 100+ MPG-e1 in full-electric mode, provide a 10- to 15-mile1 EV driving range and a calculated1 total driving range over 500 miles. When in gasoline-only mode, it is expected to return one of the top EPA fuel economy ratings among mid-size sedans, and is also expected to earn an Enhanced AT-PZEV rating from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
The two-motor hybrid system in the 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid allows power from the gasoline engine to flow directly to the front wheels, power the generator to supply electrical propulsion or even charge the battery pack. The Accord PHEV hybrid system moves seamlessly and automatically through its three powertrain states to maximize performance, efficiency and range.
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
The Accord 4-cylinder's available new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) offers smooth and predictable gear ratio transitions and excellent acceleration matched with efficient low-rpm cruising. Available in all 4-cylinder Accord LX, Sport, EX and EX-L models, the CVT has a wider ratio spread than a 5-speed automatic transmission found in the previous-generation Accord 4-cylinder models. This results in strong acceleration performance coupled with reduced engine rpm at high road speeds. The highly efficient operation of the CVT contributes 10-percent towards greater overall fuel efficiency, compared to the prior 5-speed automatic transmission.
The CVT is comprised of a torque converter that drives two variable-width pulleys connected by a steel belt. With its angled inner faces, the belt can circle the angled pulley faces at varying diameter depending on the pulley width, which alters the effective ratio between the pulleys. Since there are no steps in the pulley faces, the range of possible gear ratios is essentially infinite. This ultra-fine control of the gear ratio is the key to the CVT's greater efficiency over a conventional automatic transmission with a limited number of discrete gear ratios. Instead of approximating the correct ratio for the conditions like a conventional automatic does, the Accord CVT can precisely select the optimum ratio from moment to moment without steps or slippage.
Computer control of the transmission allows the ratio between the pulleys to be altered almost instantly to best suit the driving conditions and accelerator pedal setting. A planetary gearset allows the transmission to shift between forward and reverse operation, and a variable-flow oil pump optimizes flow to the transmission's moving parts while minimizing the load on the engine. Compared to the previous generation 5-speed automatic transmission, the CVT has more compact dimensions, fewer parts and a higher torque capacity.
CVT Automatic Modes
The transmission can be operated in two different fully automatic modes with the console-mounted straight-gate shifter. The D mode is ideal for most driving situations, and combines fuel efficiency with smooth operation and responsive power when needed. The S mode is for more performance-oriented driving, and features more aggressive transmission mapping to keep engine rpm higher for greater acceleration and response.
G-Design Shift Feature
The Accord CVT is designed to provide the optimum gear ratio for the driving conditions, and to offer a more natural driving feel than some previous CVT transmissions that may have something of a disconnected "rubber-band" feel compared to a conventional automatic transmission.
The Accord CVT has special G-design shift logic that is designed to offer more immediate acceleration response than either conventional automatics or other CVT designs. When abruptly applying power from a steady-state cruising speed, the Accord CVT immediately sends power to the drive wheels while simultaneously adjusting the gear ratio (seamlessly and progressively downshifting) to smoothly bring the engine to its horsepower peak in a linear way.
By comparison, a conventional automatic is slower to respond and loses time making multiple downshifts. Since the automatic transmission has a limited number of separate, discrete ratios, even when fully downshifted, it can only approximate the optimum engine rpm as speed increases. This cuts into acceleration.
Compared to other CVT systems, the Accord CVT offers stronger acceleration response with a linear build in engine rpm that avoids much of the "disconnected" or "slipping" feeling some drivers notice with other CVTs. G-design shifting logic gives the Accord a more linear and sporty driving feel.
To allow the driver to alter the operation of the CVT, the console-mounted gear selector includes an "S" or Sport mode that provides a sport-shift schedule that delays upshifting for more available power, and provides greater engine braking.
Steering-Wheel Mounted Paddle Shifters
Whether in D or S mode, special transmission logic programming allows the use of the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, which are standard on the Sport (CVT) trim of the Accord Sedan and all CVT equipped Accord Coupes. When the driver operates the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters while in Drive, the transmission responds to the driver's shift command by selecting one of the available seven fixed ratios, and then returns to its normal fully automatic Drive mode if further paddle shift inputs are not made within a short time. This special logic makes it easy for the driver to command a quick downshift without leaving the convenience of Drive mode.
When in S mode, use of the paddle shifters puts the transmission into full manual mode that remains until another mode of operation is selected with the console-mounted shifter. The paddle shifters allow the driver to select among seven fixed gear ratios. When in manual mode, if the engine redline is reached the Accord will automatically shift to the next gear ratio to avoid engine damage. It will also shift down to an appropriate lower gear ratio if necessary.
Six-Speed Automatic Transmission with Grade Logic Control
To maximize driver control, acceleration and fuel efficiency, the 2013 Accord V-6 is available with an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission featuring racing-inspired steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and two automatic shift modes. Closely related with the 6-speed automatic that is standard in the Odyssey Touring, the 6-speed automatic is shorter overall than the previous generation Accord's 5-speed automatic transmission, and careful engineering of the layout and power flow minimizes size, parts count and overall weight. With its additional gear ratio, expanded torque converter lockup range and better efficiency, it contributes a 3.3-percent improvement in the EPA fuel economy rating compared to the previous Honda Accord 5-speed automatic transmission.
The new 6-speed automatic advances launch-feel, acceleration performance and fuel efficiency. Compared to the previous-generation 5-speed transmission, the new 6-speed transmission has lower gear ratios (higher numerically) in first through fifth gears. The lower gear ratios improve acceleration and pulling power. The sixth gear ratio is taller (lower numerically) than the top gear in the 5-speed transmission. The taller final gear allows for a relaxed cruising rpm and enhanced fuel efficiency.
The 6-speed transmission can be controlled by a straight-gate console-mounted shifter or a steering wheel paddle shifter system (EX-L V-6 Coupe only) that works whenever the transmission is in either of its two automatic modes.
The 6-speed automatic transmission also includes engineering enhancements aimed at improved performance and efficiency. Expanded torque-converter multi-disc lock-up control improves the efficiency of power delivery and works with the new gear ratios to provide an improvement in fuel efficiency, as compared to a conventional design. In addition to Grade Logic Control, all of the transmission logic systems work together to automatically alter shift timing based on driving conditions.
Multi-Clutch Lock-Up Torque Converter
The 6-speed automatic transmission teams with a new torque converter that has a unique converter lock-up assembly. The lock-up assembly uses multiple lock-up disks that generate nearly double the facing area of a typical torque converter. The new lock-up assembly not only reduces heat build-up during operation, but also features improved overall lubrication that generates better cooling. The new torque converter allows for lock-up activation during a much wider range of driving conditions for improved fuel efficiency.
The 6-speed transmission can be operated in two different fully automatic modes with the console-mounted straight-gate shifter. The D (or "Drive") mode is ideal for most driving situations, and combines fuel efficiency with smooth operation and responsive power when needed. The S (or "Sport") mode is for more performance-oriented driving, and features more aggressive shift mapping to keep engine rpm higher for greater acceleration and response.
In Sport mode the transmission typically operates in the four lowest gears, and it won't shift to fifth gear unless the vehicle reaches a much higher speed. In Sport mode, the efficiency-oriented sixth gear is locked out. When in the D mode (that is optimized for normal driving), the transmission incorporates an advanced Grade Logic Control System and Shift Hold Control, which reduce unwanted shifting and gear hunting. The result is smart transmission operation that optimizes fuel efficiency and keeps the transmission in the appropriate gear for the specific driving conditions, thus generating excellent performance and smooth operation.
While traveling up or down hills, Grade Logic Control alters the transmission's shift schedule to reduce shift frequency and improve speed control. A shift map in the transmission computer continually measures throttle position, vehicle speed and acceleration/deceleration, and then determines when the vehicle is on a hill. The shift schedule is then adjusted to hold the transmission in lower gears to boost climbing power or to provide engine braking when traveling downhill.
Shift Hold Control keeps the transmission in its current (lower) gear ratio when aggressive driving is detected, as in the case of decelerating at a corner entry. Shift Hold Control leaves the chassis undisturbed by excess shifting and ensures that power will be immediately available (without a downshift) at the corner exit.
Temporary Manual Operation in "Drive"
Whether in Drive or Sport mode, special transmission logic programming allows the use of the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters (standard on EX-L V-6 Coupe). When the driver operates the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters while in Drive, the transmission responds to the driver's shift command and then returns to its normal fully automatic Drive mode if further paddle shift inputs are not made within a short time. This special logic makes it easy for the driver to command a quick downshift without leaving the comfort of Drive mode. When in Sport mode, use of the paddle shifters puts the transmission into full manual mode that remains until another mode of operation is selected with the console-mounted shifter.
The transmission is shifted into Sport mode by moving the center console-mounted gear selector lever rearward to the detent labeled "S." This mode offers automatic operation with more aggressive shift mapping. A pull on the racing-inspired, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters (standard on EX-L V-6 Coupe) places the transmission in fully manual mode. A digital instrument display indicates which gear the transmission is in.
A double-kick-down feature lets the driver command a sport-minded double downshift - such as from fifth to third gear. By pulling on the left downshift paddle twice in rapid succession, the transmission will drop directly to the chosen lower gear ratio. The Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system also creates a "blip" of the throttle to help match gear speeds while downshifting.
To prevent harm to the powertrain when the transmission is paddle shifted by the driver (including during double-kick-down shifts), the system will inhibit potentially damaging shifts. As an added protective measure, the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) can also cut off engine fuel flow to prevent over-revving. If fuel cut-off is insufficient to prevent engine over-revving, as may be possible when the vehicle is on a steep downhill, the transmission will automatically upshift to prevent damage. On downshifts, the transmission will not execute a driver command that will over-rev the engine.
For improved stop-and-go performance and to prevent "lugging" the engine, the transmission will automatically downshift to first gear even though the transmission has been left in a higher gear, (except in second gear) as the vehicle comes to a stop. In Manual Mode, when coming to a stop in second gear, the vehicle will start in second gear as well.
Six-Speed Manual Transmission (4-cylinder)
On Accord Sedan models, the new 6-speed manual transmission (6MT) is now standard on Accord LX, Accord Sport and Accord EX. On Accord Coupe models, the new 6-speed is standard on LX-S and EX. More compact than the 5-speed transmission it replaces, the unit also offers smooth and precise shift feel and greater efficiency. The transmission has been carefully engineered to deliver state-of-the-art performance and shift action, with reduced internal friction, tighter internal tolerances and improved synchronizers. The transmission also has a more rigid aluminum exterior case, higher-capacity ball bearings, stiffer gear shafts, and greater torque capacity. Refinements to the shift linkage and selector mechanism reduce the sensation of play at the shift lever and smooth the shift action. A new constant-mesh helical reverse gear mechanism significantly reduces noise when reverse is selected. A reverse lockout feature prevents the transmission from accidentally being shifted into reverse while the car is moving forward.
Six-Speed Manual Transmission (V-6)
The Accord EX-L V-6 Coupe is available with a unique 6-speed manual transmission (6MT) that is carried over from the previous-generation Accord Coupe V-6. With closely spaced gear ratios and a short-throw shifter, the 6-speed manual is the perfect complement to the Accord V-6 Coupe's sporting side. A lightweight aluminum transmission case and hollow gear shafts help reduce weight, while durability is ensured by high-strength gears. A reverse lockout feature prevents the transmission from accidentally being shifted into reverse while the car is moving forward.
The Accord's manual transmission is matched with a compact clutch unit that is self-adjusting for consistent pedal stroke and load throughout its service life. A dual-mass flywheel cuts down the transfer of engine vibration into the cabin and provides increased comfort during shifting and helps to reduce noise.
The Accord 4-cylinder and V-6 engines are all called i-VTEC powerplants, but it's important to note that the details in each application differ. Honda's 4-cylinder engines have double overhead camshafts (DOHC) and i-VTEC that is comprised of VTEC + Variable Timing Control (VTC) of the intake camshaft for optimized power production and fuel efficiency. Accord V-6 engines use a Single Overhead Camshaft (SOHC) design that features i-VTEC with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) to maximize fuel efficiency.
Regular Unleaded Fuel Operation
To keep operating costs at a minimum, all Accord models are designed to use relatively less expensive regular unleaded fuel, thanks to compact 4-valve combustion chambers and precise fuel injection or direct injection and spark control.
Drive-By-Wire (DBW) Throttle System
The Accord's drive-by-wire throttle system uses smart electronics instead of a conventional cable system to connect the throttle pedal to the throttle butterfly in the intake tract. Besides allowing engineers to program the relationship between throttle pedal movement and engine response, the system offers a better drivability and optimizes engine response to suit driving conditions. The system monitors throttle pedal position, throttle butterfly position, road speed, engine speed and engine vacuum. This information is used to define the throttle control sensitivity.
Direct Ignition System
All Accord engines use direct ignition, which has a coil unit for each cylinder, positioned within each spark plug's access bore.
Both inline-four and V-6 Accord engines have their exhaust manifold(s) cast directly into the aluminum alloy cylinder head(s) to reduce weight and parts count and to position each primary catalytic converter as close as possible to the combustion chambers. A high-efficiency converter mounts directly to the exhaust port of each cylinder head for extremely rapid converter activation after engine startup.
The Accord's vehicle maintenance schedule is calculated by the Maintenance Minder system, which automatically indicates when to have standard service performed based on actual driving conditions (tracked by the ECU). This minimizes the guesswork related to whether the vehicle is being used in standard or severe use conditions for maintenance interval purposes. The display indicates when to change the oil, air cleaner, transmission fluid, spark plugs or coolant, as well as when to rotate the tires. As calculated by the Maintenance Minder system, the Accord has an engine tune-up interval of 100,000+/- miles or more (only routine inspections and fluid changes are required up to this point).
Thoroughly redesigned and featuring a host of new standard and available technologies, the 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe offer the greatest range of active and passive safety credentials of any vehicle in Honda's history. From new collision-avoidance technologies to passive-safety features, the new Accord models help the driver avoid a collision in the first place - and, if one occurs, help protect against injury. For instance, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) is standard, and available new safety technologies include Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
Collision safety engineering in the 2013 Accord is also significantly enhanced, thanks to a next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. More extensive use of high-tensile steel allows a high level of protection to be provided while reducing the weight of vehicle structures. An important evolution of the previous ACE system, ACE improves occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. Like other Honda models, the new Accord also has an impact-absorbing front body design to help attenuate energy in the event of a frontal collision with a pedestrian.
Inside, passive-safety features include a total of six airbags, including dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, improved new SmartVent™ front side airbags, and side curtain airbags. The new SmartVent side airbag construction helps mitigate the risk of excessive airbag deployment force while eliminating the need for the prior Accord's Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS). SmartVent also allows improved heating of the passenger seatback on EX-L and Touring models.
Independent and government crash-test results were not available at the time of publication for this press kit. However based on internal testing, both the 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe are expected to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and 5-Star ratings in federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests.
Traditional safety engineering has focused on keeping vehicle occupants safe in a collision. But throughout many vehicle generations, Honda has equally emphasized "active safety," the ability to avoid a collision in the first place, along with advanced features that can help reduce injuries to pedestrians. Now the new 2013 Accord takes this safety focus a step further with the availability of several new Honda technologies. The 2013 Accord features a broader array of available active- and passive-safety features than any Honda vehicle in history. New safety technologies available for the Accord:
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) - detects a possible collision with another vehicle
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) - alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use
Collision safety capability is enhanced in the 2013 Accord, thanks to the newly revised Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, while the more extensive use of high-tensile steel allows protection to be provided with less weight. While official testing had not been completed at press time, internal Honda results indicate that the Honda Accord will earn 5 Stars (the top rating) in federal NHTSA crash testing, along with Good crash ratings (the top level) and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™)
The 2013 Accord utilizes the latest version of Honda's proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body-structure technology to enhance occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. Like the original ACE, the new ACE utilizes a network of connected structural elements - with an improved design and a greater use of high-tensile steel - to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles in a crash. Additionally, ACE helps minimize the potential for under-ride or over-ride situations that can happen during head-on or offset frontal impacts with a larger or smaller vehicle.
Unlike most conventional designs that direct frontal crash energy only to the lower load-bearing structures in the front end, ACE actively channels frontal crash energy to both upper and lower structural elements, including the floor frame rails, side sills and A-pillars. By creating specifically engineered "pathways" that help distribute these frontal impact forces through a greater percentage of the vehicle's total structure, ACE can more effectively route them around and away from the passenger compartment to help limit cabin deformation and further improve occupant protection. Integral to the ACE concept is its unique front polygonal main design structure.
Pedestrian Injury Mitigation Design
The Accord has an impact-absorbing front body design to help absorb energy in the event of a frontal collision with a pedestrian. Research by Honda shows that the following features can dramatically improve a pedestrian's chance of survival if struck by a moving vehicle:
Impact-energy absorbing hood
Space is provided between the underside of the hood and key powertrain components, allowing the hood to bend and deform if contact is made with either an adult or a child pedestrian.
Deformable hood hinges
Hood hinges are designed to deform easily.
Energy-absorbing fender mounts and supports
Front fender mounts and brackets are designed to deform easily to help absorb impact energy.
Deformable windshield wiper pivots
Wiper pivots are designed to deform and break away easily.
Impact energy-absorbing front bumper
The front bumper beam is designed to serve as a cushion that helps absorb impact energy.
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) is an Electronic Stability Control system that works in conjunction with the Accord's Drive-by-Wire™ throttle and its 4-channel ABS systems to enhance control capability while the vehicle is accelerating, braking, cornering or when the driver makes a sudden maneuver. VSA functions by applying brake force to one or more wheels independently while also managing the engine output to help the vehicle maintain the driver's intended path of travel.
The VSA system constantly analyzes data from sensors that monitor wheel and vehicle speed, steering input, lateral G forces and yaw rate. It compares the driver's control inputs with the vehicle's actual response. Whenever the actual response falls outside of a predetermined acceptable range, VSA intervenes with a corrective action. For instance, if VSA detects an oversteer condition, the system may apply braking force to the outside front and rear wheels to counteract the unintended yawing effect. In the event of understeer, VSA may apply braking to the inside rear wheel while reducing engine power to help return the vehicle to its intended course.
VSA also provides a limited-slip differential effect for the front wheels by applying braking force to a slipping wheel, thereby redirecting driving force to the wheel with more traction. VSA is calibrated to function in a near-transparent manner, and in many cases a driver will not even be aware of its operation. However, anytime the system engages, an indicator light flashes in the instrument cluster. While the driver can deactivate the VSA stability enhancement and traction-control functions via a switch on the instrument panel, ABS remains fully operational at all times.
A function of the VSA® system, the Brake Assist feature recognizes emergency braking situations and quickly applies added braking force once the driver has initiated braking. Brake Assist is controlled by a special logic in the system that evaluates the pedal application rate and force to recognize a panic-stop situation. At that point, the VSA modulator pump increases braking pressure while the pedal is still being pressed to ensure maximum stopping force, an action that helps shorten braking distance as much as possible.
Advanced 4-Channel ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution
The Accord's 4-channel anti-lock braking system incorporates Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) circuitry that automatically proportions force based on the vehicle's weight distribution.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
The Accord EX-L and Touring model each feature a new Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system as standard equipment. When the system detects a vehicle ahead and determines that collision is possible, it provides the driver with visual and audio alerts to encourage avoidance actions. The Accord will not automatically brake, and the driver remains responsible for safely operating the vehicle and avoiding collisions. The FCW system can be activated and deactivated by a button on the lower left portion of the instrument panel.
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
New for 2013 on the Accord EX-L and Touring Sedan and EX-L Coupe models, Lane Departure Warning (LDW) uses an upper front windshield camera (the same camera used on the EX-L FCW system) to visually read the lane lines on the road. If the driver begins to drift out of a detected lane without using the turn indicator, the system will provide the driver with visual and audible alerts.
Comprehensive Airbag Technology
Consistent with its role as a vehicle safety leader, Honda continues to provide advanced airbag technology throughout its product lineup. Dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, redesigned front side airbags and side-curtain airbags are standard equipment on the 2013 Accord.
Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)
Every Accord Sedan and Coupe is equipped with dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS). One or both of these airbags will be deployed only in the event of a sufficient frontal impact. If deployed, the airbags are capable of being inflated at different rates depending on crash severity, seat-belt usage and/or other factors. Front airbags are designed to supplement the seat belts to help reduce the likelihood of head and upper body injuries in frontal crashes.
Driver and Front Passenger SmartVentTM Side Airbags
Driver's and front passenger's side airbags mounted in the outboard area of each front seatback are designed to help provide pelvic and thorax protection in the event of a severe side impact. In the 2013 Accord, a revised side airbag design allows the side airbags to deploy in a manner that mitigates the risk of injury to a smaller seat occupant, eliminating the need for the previous-generation Accord's passenger side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS). On Accord EX-L and Accord Touring models, which are equipped with heated front seats, the elimination of OPDS allows space for an additional heating element in the seatback of the front passenger seat.
Side Curtain Airbags
All outboard seating positions in the new Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe include a side curtain airbag system. The side curtain airbags deploy from modules in the roof in the event of a sufficient side impact, providing a significant level of head protection for outboard occupants. A first for Honda, the new side curtain airbags now have a wider deployment profile to enhance ejection mitigation. This application is two years in advance of new safety regulations going into effect in 2015.
Front 3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System
Three-point seatbelts are standard for all seating positions. The front seatbelts are equipped with automatic tensioners to help minimize injury potential in a frontal collision. When an impact occurs, the automatic tensioner tightens the seatbelt (shoulder and lap) to help hold the seat occupant firmly in position, but then slightly relax the pressure to minimize the chance of injury from the seat belt itself. The front seatbelts of the Sedan also feature adjustable-height shoulder anchors.
Driver's and Front Passenger's Seat-Belt Reminder
To help increase seat-belt usage, a reminder for the driver and front passenger has been incorporated into the instrument cluster. After starting the vehicle, a weight sensor detects whether the front passenger seat is occupied. If the driver or front passenger has not already fastened the seat belt, an icon in the cluster illuminates and a chime sounds as a reminder to do so.
Revised Front Seat Design
A new front seat design that helps mitigate the likelihood of neck injury in a rear collision eliminates the need for the active front head restraints found on the previous-generation Accord. Featuring specially calibrated spring settings in the seatback and bottom cushions, this design is intended to help mitigate the severity of neck injuries in the event of a rear impact.
Adjustable Head Restraints for All Seating Positions
All front and rear seating positions feature individually adjustable head restraints. The rear head restraints comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) for rear passenger head restraints that took effect for any all-new 2011-model-year-and-later vehicle. The new rules closely specify the size, position and operation of the rear-seat head restraints.
Child Safety Features
Two Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) child seat-mounting positions are built into the outboard rear seats. The LATCH system utilizes both an upper child-seat tether anchor and dedicated lower-anchor points that are built into the body of the vehicle. These help ensure correct mounting of a compatible child seat. A third upper tether is located in the rear center position. Accord Sedan models also feature childproof rear door locks. When engaged, they permit the rear doors to be opened only from the outside, thereby helping to prevent accidental opening by a child.
The Accord is preprogrammed to automatically lock all doors when the vehicle reaches approximately 10 mph and unlock the driver's door when the vehicle is shifted into Park. This auto-locking system can be programmed to lock the doors three different ways and unlock them in five different ways to accommodate owner preferences. The system also can be deactivated (in whole or in part) if desired.
Doors lock when the vehicle reaches approximately 10 mph (factory setting)
Doors lock when the shift lever is moved out of the Park (P) position (CVT and 6AT models)
Auto-locking fully deactivated
Driver's door unlocks when the shift lever is moved to the Park (P) position (factory setting) (CVT and 6AT models)
Driver's door unlocks when the ignition is switched to the Accessory (I) position or the vehicle is turned off (Accord models with Smart Entry)
All doors unlock when the shift lever is moved to the Park (P) position (CVT and 6AT models)
All doors unlock when the ignition is switched to Accessory (I) position or the vehicle is turned off (Accord models with Smart Entry)
Auto-unlocking fully deactivated
Safety R&D Facilities
Honda operates two of the world's most sophisticated crash-test laboratories, both of which were created to help develop improved safety designs and technologies. One facility, located in Tochigi, Japan, contains the world's first indoor multi-directional car-to-car crash testing facility and plays a critical role in the development of enhanced designs for occupant safety, pedestrian injury mitigation and vehicle-to-vehicle compatibility.
The second facility is located at Honda R&D America's development center in Raymond, Ohio, where Honda performs advanced testing on all North American-developed models. The facility features the world's first pitching test sled, which aids efficiency by enabling economical and speedy crash-test simulations with certain interior safety components, such as seats and seatbelts, prior to conducting a crash test with an actual vehicle. It also features one of the world's highest-resolution impact barriers, which enables precise measurement of the distribution of impact load forces on a vehicle.
A line of Honda Genuine Accessories was developed simultaneously with the Accord to provide vehicle personalization for the Honda owner. Like all Honda Genuine Accessories, the Accord accessories are covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty if installed by the dealer at the time of original vehicle purchase. Accessories for the 2013 Accord:
17-inch alloy wheels
All-season floor mats
Illuminated side sills
Rear seat cover
Remote engine starter