Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the 2013 Honda Accord.
So, after checking out the entry-level Honda Accord VTi last week (read the full review here) it was good to have a look at what the top-of-the-range Accord has to offer.
The VTi-L is of course the premium version of the four-cylinder Accord, you can still pay a little extra however and go for the V6 version which costs from $51,990 (you can catch a recent review of that vehicle here).
None-the-less the VTi-L costs from $41,490 or exactly $10,000 more than the VTi.
On paper that seems a pretty reasonable price gap given the VTi-L picks up a stack of additional features including;
- Keyless entry and push button ignition
- Leather interior
- Electrically adjustable front seats with heaters
- Attractive 18” alloy wheels
- Auto headlights and wipers
- LED headlights
Beyond that the VTi-L I tested also came with the optional $3500 ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) package which includes crash avoidance control, adaptive cruise control and lane departure assist.
In all the added safety/driver assist features are a nice touch; the crash avoidance system is particularly handy and could just save you from a future crash.
One of the best features though is the blind spot monitor which displays vision of the left hand rear blind-spot on the large centre display, this system switches on when you turn the left indicator on, or via a button on the indicator stalk, very clever.
A big tick of approval also for the new GPS software utilized in the new Accord, it’s a huge improvement over the previous satellite-navigation system offered by Honda.
On the road the VTi-L is essentially identical to the VTi, though the 45 series tyres on the larger 18” alloys certainly take away some of the impressive comfort experienced in the base model Accord.
Interestingly this Accord used less fuel than the VTi reviewed last week – I averaged 8.2L/100km in the VTi-L, as opposed to the 11.2L/100km achieved in the base model (albeit I did a couple of longer trips in the premium model).
Summing it up, well the VTi-L gives essentially the same driving experience as the base-model but picks up a whole stack of extra luxury features.
There is plenty to like about the new Accord and overall it’s an easy car to drive and live with.
But, in saying that the four-star safety rating is a major let-down and at $41,490, plus an extra $3500 for the ADAS system, you may just find a better alternative that ticks all the boxes and saves you a few dollars as well.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 2.4 litre petrol delivering 129kW and 225Nm
Transmission: Five speed automatic
Safety: Four stars
Price: From $31,490