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2013 Honda Accord Preview

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Honda has released the first images of its all-new 2013 Accord sedan and Accord Coupe, which go on sale nationwide this fall. As the images reveal, Honda has only slightly updated the styling of the previous generation, adding a new sculpted look and a few premium touches.

Key design traits are sharper and more focused lines, with the overall design dominated by a bold grille, angular headlights and sweeping character lines running the length of the body.  Honda hasn’t revealed the interior just yet, though we suspect the premium look of the exterior will filter across into the cabin.

The automaker did note, however, that its designers have paid very close attention to the aerodynamics of the new shape, and have chosen to install flush windshield glass, flush-mounted windshield wipers and smooth underbody panels to reduce drag and thus enhance fuel economy.

Anyone who considers the current Accord just a tad too large will be pleased to know that the latest 2013 model is shorter than the one it replaces. The interior, however, is said to boast more space for both the cabin and trunk.

Honda hasn’t revealed any other details on its 2013 Accord, though the automaker has previously stated that it would launch a new cloud connectivity service with the car as well as its HondaLink smartphone feature. We also know that an Accord Hybrid is set to return and will be joined by a new plug-in hybrid model, mimicking Ford’s strategy with the 2013 Fusion by offering gas, hybrid and plug-in hybrid options.

Like its competitors, the plug-in hybrid version of the 2013 Accord will offer an all-electric range, in this case up to 15 miles. The regular gas models should include a base 2.4-liter model and a range-topping 3.5-liter V-6.

The Accord is a crucial model for Honda; a leader in performance, safety, efficiency and value since its introduction in 1976, the Accord remains one of the top-selling cars in America though its age has seen that popularity drop in recent times. Key rivals include the aforementioned Ford Fusion, as well as the Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry and recently revealed 2014 Mazda Mazda6.
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  1. Honda Accord? How is this a luxury or performance car? Are you going to start covering pickups too? How about minivans?
     
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  2. You’ll find that we still cover key model introductions Mike, though we don’t go in-depth when they’re not performance or luxury related.
     
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  3. This is ideal for those who like their cars with a good serving of bland. My cousin has a 2010 Accord and it is very reliable, so I guess this is perfect for buyers of dependability. But I don't see it helping Honda gain new market share. The new Fusion on the other hand....
     
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  4. YAWN…. this is a great late 1990s design
     
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  5. If Honda was seeking bland and unimpressive - They've hit the mark.
     
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  6. What's with this "premium" look? It's an Asian car, and looks like every other vehicle from that part of the globe - anonymous!
     
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  7. Premium for an Accord dagr382. The chrome detailing on the front grille, around the windows and across the trunk lid, multi-spoke wheels and satin finish all give the car a more premium look. Note, this doesn't mean it is a premium car, just that designers have tried to make it look that way.
     
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  8. In addition to bland and unimpressive, I find it not original. By the way I find it to have things in common with a Toyota Avalon
     
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