Honda reveals 2013 Accord concept in Detroit
Japanese automaker proves it can build exciting cars.
Honda Accord Coupe Concept
The ninth-generation Honda Accord is making its presence known at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Referred to as the 2013 Concept, this newest version of Honda's best-selling model aims to over-deliver on quality, design and standard equipment. New technologies and three new powertrains improve fuel economy and boost the fun factor for budget-conscious driving enthusiasts.
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2013 Honda Accord Concept
What is it? The first official look at the new Honda Accord, originally launched in 1976 but celebrating its 30th year of production in the United States.
What's hot? The new styling cues mark the most muscular, aggressive Accord we've ever seen. Both 4- and 6-cylinder engines feature hybrid technology aiming for best-in-class economy; the direct-injected 4-cylinder gets a bump in power to 181 horses and 177 lb-ft of torque. The Eco Assist button from the CR-Z migrates to all 2013 Accord models as well.
What's not? The abundance of visual assists included in the Accord — blind-spot camera assist, multiangle rearview camera, expanded-view driver's mirror — are safety-conscious, but possibly belie some obstructions in the Accord's new, aggressive design.
How much and when? No word on pricing from Honda, but the company plans on having the 2013 Accord available in showrooms this fall.
MSN Autos' verdict: It has been said that one thing can't be all things to all people. But this new Accord sure does seem to try as hard as it can. From the economy-minded 4-cylinder with its continuously variable transmission to the 6-speed manual V6 model, there's a 2013 Accord for all seasons and reasons. If the exciting new styling translates to the production model, its good looks and abundant amenities should make it a hit.
James Tate cut his teeth in the business as a race team crew member before moving to the editorial side as Senior Editor of Sport Compact Car, and his work has appeared in PopularMechanics, Automobile, MotorTrendand EuropeanCar. When not writing, Tate is usually fantasizing about a vintage Porsche 911.
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It wasn't 'exciting' cars that made Honda great.
It was cars that were well made and affordable.
It seems some homey is running Honda today.
The new designs smack of aggression and pompousness.
They need to go back to what made them successful to begin with.
The new CRV is hideous, the new Pilot is a flop and they failed at bringing a diesel to the USA. Now this is their idea of improvement for the Accord?
Job well done? I think NOT.