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THE 2013 Honda Accord may be only two months old in the country, but continues the mature feel set chapter and verse by its predecessors.
The new Accord sports an exterior design that blends the best elements of sporty machismo and simplicity without the fussy over-designed feel of many of its competitors. Right off the bat, you won't mistake it for anything but a Honda, as the familiarity of the front fascia is near instant.
The strong lower bodylines add a muscular power to the car's rear quarters. The chrome accents around the body are subtle, adding an up-market touch.
Inside, the car follows the same suit with a swooping uncluttered futuristic dashboard made even more modern by the dual screens for the touch-operated entertainment system. The driver's instruments give a hint of the performance abilities of the Accord with its large racy centre speedometer and offset surrounding gauges. In the middle is a small info screen feeding the other needed driving data. All major conveniences are powered, and the fully adjustable seats and steering wheel allow anyone to get comfortable in the driver's seat. Even the key operates the trunk, and can lower all four windows along with the sunroof with the press of
Where the Accord shines is on the road. Acceleration is brisk, smooth and progressive as the standard 153bhp 2-litre four-cylinder engine never seems overwhelmed to provide power at any speed. The transmission helps things along, shifting seamlessly. Frugality isn't forgotten, as before you even enter the car there's a big ECO button visible. Press it and the car takes active measures to save fuel, which is especially useful in start/stop traffic. The car will also automatically move into ECO-mode based on driving habits, a change alerted by a green ring around the speedometer.
As the Accord is aimed at the executive and family market segments, safety is key and the car starts by having a great driver's feel right off the bat. Brake Assist, ABS and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBC) are all standard, but in case of an accident, automatic tensioning seatbelts, multiple airbags, and a well-engineered chassis make survivability high.
Starting at $4.95 million for the base cloth interior, the 2013 Honda Accord represents an amazing value for a vehicle that many consider the standard-bearer in its class.
New for 2013, the Honda Accord
continues on its core values of ingenuity,
excellence and value, starting at just
under $5 million from ATL Motors.
The performance of the optional 3.5-litre V6 won’t be missed as the standard
2-litre makes 153bhp and 190lb/ft of torque more than enough to put the Accord
into licence-losing territory, while maintaining high fuel efficiency levels.
binnacle has a very
sporty look and feel.
The interior is spacious in both front and rear with luxurious white leather
available. (PHOTOS: RORY DALEY)
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