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2013 Honda Accord Concept Preview

5/7/2012
Fast Facts:
  • Accord is redesigned for 2013
  • New 4-cylinder engine
  • More powerful V-6 engine
  • Plug-in hybrid version available
  • New safety and infotainment features

Introduction
The Honda Accord is scheduled for a redesign for the 2013 model year, and the Honda Accord Concept gives consumers a good idea of what the 2-door Accord Coupe will look like when it goes on sale.

Exterior Features
Honda says the 2013 Accord Coupe will remain about the same size as the current car, but that the redesigned 2013 Accord Sedan will shrink in size to lose weight, improving both fuel economy and driving dynamics as a result.

Interior Features
Though the Accord Sedan is claimed to be smaller on the outside than today's model, Honda says it will retain its roomy interior. Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming will be standard, along with voice-to-text SMS text messaging capability.

Under the Hood

Three different powertrains will be available for the 2013 Honda Accord when it goes on sale. The standard engine will be a direct-injected 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with EcoAssist technology making 181 horsepower. A new continuously variable transmission (CVT) is paired with this engine.

A V-6 engine will be available as an option. Displacing 3.5 liters, it is the same size as what the current Accord has, but Honda says it will be more powerful and, when equipped with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology, it will also be more fuel-efficient. Most Accord V-6 models will be paired with a new 6-speed automatic transmission, but Honda plans to offer a manual gearbox with this engine, too.

The third powertrain choice will be a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Details are limited to claims by Honda that the 2013 Accord Plug-in Hybrid will be able to travel up to 15 miles on electricity alone, provided that the driver does not exceed 62 mph. Honda says a standard household outlet can recharge the battery pack in four hours.

Safety
New safety technologies that will be available on the new 2013 Honda Accord include Forward Collision Warning, lane-departure warning, and Lane Watch blind-spot monitoring. Honda also says the new Accord's side curtain air bags will be wider to help reduce the chances that an occupant will be ejected from the vehicle in a crash.

Other 2013 Honda Previews
2013 Honda CR-V
2013 Honda Accord Coupe
2013 Honda Fit EV
2013 Honda Crosstour
2013 Honda Accord Sedan

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