2013 Honda Accord: First Images Of All-New Midsize Cars With Plug-In Hybrid Model

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Used to be, cars were unveiled at auto shows. These days, their makers reveal them in little bits and pieces, just as the best ecdysiasts do (that's "strippers" to you).

So today we have the first images of the redesigned 2013 Honda Accord sedan and coupe, the powerhouse mid-size line that competes in the hotly contested mid-size segment with the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, and Hyundai Sonata.

It's only a pair of photos, but they show the lines of what Honda calls its "most sculpted Accord ever."

The 2013 Accord includes a "new, bold grille" leading to styling lines on the hood, a side character line that passes upward through the door handles, deeply contoured rocker panels, and body sides that taper into the trunk.

Inside, Honda claims more space and a greater level of luxury in both sedan and coupe models.

More volume for both passengers and cargo is contained in a 2013 Accord that's shorter overall.

To boost the fuel efficiency of all models, Honda has focused on reducing aerodynamic drag.

The windshield is virtually flush with the surrounding sheetmetal, the wipers have been carefully engineered to cut the air turbulence they generate, and flat panels on the underside add up to a new Accord that requires less gasoline to be burned pushing it through the air.

Honda didn't give details about optional equipment, except for the available LED headlights, front running lights, and taillights.

The 2013 Honda Accord will introduce the company's first direct-injected four-cylinder engine for the U.S. market.

Following the renewed 2012 Civic line, all Accord models are likely to offer at least slightly better gas-mileage ratings than their predecessors.

And the 2013 Honda Accord will be the first vehicle to launch the company's new, two-motor full hybrid technology, which--unlike the small mild-hybrid system used in Honda's Insight, CR-Z, and Civic Hybrid models--will permit fully electric running under light load conditions.

There will also be a 2013 Accord Plug-In Hybrid model, which will compete against plug-in hybrid versions of the Toyota Prius, 2013 Ford Fusion, and 2013 Ford C-Max, as well as the range-extended electric Chevrolet Volt.

Like its competitors, the plug-in hybrid version of the 2013 Accord will offer an all-electric range of up to 15 miles.

Expect to see more details of the 2013 Honda Accord emerge from behind the satin and feathers over the coming weeks, as Honda dribbles out more bits and pieces on this very important model.

The 2013 Honda Accord will go on sale across the U.S. this fall. No pricing details have been announced.


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Comments (10)
  1. Really lost the stripper metaphor at the end by choosing "dribbling out" as the reveal. Slightly gross actually.

    But I am sure the reveal of the Honda Accord plug-in will be exciting.

  2. Zzzzzzz, this is another boring, boring, boring lack of inspiration from Honda. We owned several CRX versions, a Prelude, the "first edition" MDX, and an Odyssey and even one of the original Civic station wagons, but over the last 10 years Honda "design" has become an oxymoron.....or their "design staff" simply ....morons. This makes even the recent Toyota Camry look creative.

    The only glimmer of inspiration from the Honda corporate designers MIGHT be the just over-the-horizon new NSX, but now I am worried that they will destroy this model as well.

  3. What does it say about the car buying public that these "boring" cars are the best selling in the USA.

  4. John, still good selling, but compare the Accord's sales 4-8 years ago with now and you'll see they have lost major market share. Still solid, but I think George and Mittar are right; Honda is respectable, but boring and there are usually better choices. The new Fusion looks better in pictures, but Honda has lost all design originality to me. Sad, as Honda was my favorite non-luxury brand for most of my life.

  5. And they'd better not destroy the NSX, either!!! What a great car in its day, so let's hope Honda does a better job with that.

  6. I'm a life long Honda fan, and drove a Civic for many years. I've loved the Accord designs until the last few years, when they went boldly into "Meh" territory. This is yet another "Meh" for design style, boring and unremarkable, it's a shame... :(

  7. Looks like hondas taking a queue from those ugly toyota camry's and corollas. Bad move.

  8. 15 miles is really pointless..

    To be honest, Accord and Camry were never in the race to be the best looking sedans in America. It is about value. Family sedans are always about doing everything well at a great price...

    Accord still drives better than most of the family sedans. Its handling and acceleration are still some of the best. Fuel economy of the Accord are pretty good as well.

    But I think doing it with a half effort of 15 miles is pointless, especially if you floor the car or go past 62mph...

    All those "pretender" plugins (started with Prius Plugins) are just going to take up all the public charging stations for EVs...

  9. I truly grieve for Honda. In highschool, I totally wanted a Midnight Blue Honda Accord - it was such a gorgeous design in those times. Now, they are clearly following their customer base to their graves, as Oldsmobile and Mercury did.

  10. so, I checked pictures again. The front looks like a Nissan and the rear end looks like a 90s Lexus LS400...

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