Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the 2013 Honda Accord.
The new Honda Accord is here and frankly I don’t think it’s ever looked better. It also drives well and comes pretty well equipped as well.
But just a four star ANCAP safety rating takes a little of the shine off, as does the fuel consumption I achieved in the base model VTi.
First of all a quick overview of the new Accord, it’s offered in three different specification levels in four-cylinder/automatic form and is priced from $31,490 to $41,940.
A V6 version is also available but comes only with all the bells and whistles and pricing starts at $51,990.
The VTi is the starting point in the range and from here it looks like the model that offers the best all-round value.
Standard features include;
- Dual-zone climate control
- Reversing camera
- Keyless entry
- Cruise control
- LED daytime running lights
At this end of the range however you will have to do without features such as satellite-navigation and auto headlights and wipers.
In saying that though the new Accord does have a quality feel about it and despite the slightly ambitious pricing this does keep it in the game.
On the road the first thing you notice is the rather lightly weighted steering. Despite the lack of effort required to manoeuvre the Accord around the steering is quite direct and offers pretty good feedback.
Handling is OK too, the ride, especially on the 215/60 series tyres on the 16” alloys on the VTi, is very good.
Acceleration is spirited without being exciting, but be warned the 2.4 litre four-cylinder petrol engine is a touch thirsty, I averaged just over 11L/100km in city driving (which is right on the claimed urban rate of 11.4L/100km) – the official combined figure is 7.9L/100km.
From the driver’s seat visibility is excellent all-round and the cabin is particularly quiet when out on the road.
With good legroom front and back, a nice cabin layout, comfy seats and generally an acceptable look and feel throughout the Accord is a pleasant car to get around in.
The highlight though inside the cabin of the new Accord is the well-proportioned centre display screen.
Boot space is also generous and long items can be stored via a small door located behind the backseat centre arm rest.
On the other side of the ledger the VTi Accord comes with an old fashioned blade style key ignition and all variants of the Accord come with a foot operated parking brake and this could be a turn-off for some buyers.
Summing it up – the new Accord is generally a very good effort from Honda. As you would expect it looks and feels really good and I’m sure it will provide many years of happy motoring, especially if you get in at VTi level.
In saying that there are some drawbacks – the four-star ANCAP rating, out-dated five-speed auto transmission and worse than expected fuel economy most notably.
I would also check out the Mazda6, new Kia Cerato and Hyundai i40 first.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 2.4 litre petrol delivering 129kW and 225Nm
Transmission: Five speed automatic
Safety: Four stars
Price: From $31,490.