Honda is one car brand which has always comes with a great line of cars and one such car is the Honda Accord. The Accord cars have helped Honda keep the brand name high ever since its launch in 1976. The first accord launched was a hatchback model. The car was a hit by the consumer for five years till it was discontinued in 1981 when Honda launched Accords sedan and coupe version. Till date this luxury car by Honda is in its eighth generation and has become one of the flagship sedan by Honda in many countries. Ever increasing demand of bigger cars by States and other Asian auto market make Honda keeps on improving the Accord generation in terms of size and footprint.
When it comes to some of the world’s most reliable cars comes, the Honda Accord tops the chart as it is loved by consumers with all its editions. It has also been awarded as the best luxury sedan by various publications in various countries.
The present generation of the Honda Accord is one of the most stylish of the previous generation of the accords. The mass and the bulk of the machine gives accord more powerful looks. Not only looks, it is also lass with many high end features which make the Accord at par car with German sedans in many aspects.
The sedan makes a design statement with its bold grill, rakish headlamps and the liberal use of chrome. The prominent shoulder line and the little bulge on the wheel arches give a solid base to the design of the vehicle. The rear view of the Honda accord is also bold and classy from every nook and angle.
In 2008 when Honda Accord was last re-designed it got mixed reviews from the consumers. They appreciated the more chiseled and voluptuous looks. But the best part was that the looks of sedans were intact. In the redesign process the instrument panel of the car got a revived look and feel with other minor improvements.
Even though the 2012 Honda Accord Coupe and Sedan models target a different clientele, the front looks are quite similar but when you look at the side profile or back view, you can notice the changes. The Accord follows a more conservative approach than its coupe sibling. The Coupe has the more aggressive styling with its downward curving roof, sculpted flanks and shorter length. It is about three inches shorter than its sedan cousin.
The Accord sedan’s trim levels make a huge difference in making its style statement. The interior trim can be plastic and the base version uses some pretty dull and plain materials. The instrument panel looks good but the button placement ignores the basics of ergonomics and it feels like style has been given more importance. Though the Accord is more stylish than its brethren – the Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion but is still behind the Hyundai Sonata which is more urbane and futuristic.
2013 Honda Accord Sedan
Since its launch Honda Accord continues to flourish in sales, finding a sweet spot in the luxury cars list with great performance and superior functions. The 2013 model will mark the updated version of the car with more dramatic changes in the way accord looks.
Accord Coupe Concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show previewed that the new Honda accord looks more like a present accord. But with a touch of harmoniously blended elements with more refined and stylized looks.
Like the earlier version the 2013 Accord is expected to have four and six cylinder engines with a direct injection method to its 2.4 Ltr. The engine is expected to give minimum 191 hp with good mileage. New Honda Accord will have 6-speed manual gearbox with automatic transmission CVT.
Based on the spy shots even though they are heavily camouflaged, it seems that the Accord Coupe concept that was shown in Detroit has been used in the version being tested. The information about the changes in the interior design, engine and tech upgrades is still hard to come by and is not available in the public domain.
The 2013 Honda Accord is expected in showrooms later this year with the coupe version following the sedan launch.
Sofia Williams writes for Mark Kia. She is a freelance content contributor and likes to write about various spheres like Social Media, technology trends and her secret favorite – cars and automobiles. She is a keen observer and contributor for various auto forums and the online auto space.