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Honda Accord V6 2013 review

Styling of the latest Honda Accord aims at sophistication - and hits the mark.

The ninth generation Honda Accord has been introduced at a special event in Auckland, New Zealand. Our Kiwi neighbours received the car a month ahead of Australia and Honda was keen to let us test the new car on some of the world’s best driving roads. NZ and Oz Accords have identical specifications.

Honda Accord’s high grade models have levels of equipment that rival that of the much more expensive Honda Legend, and there’s a big push on refinement and sophistication.

Value

Prices are sharp, with the four-cylinder range starting at just $31,490. The topline V6 Accord L comes with a host of standard features and has a recommended retail of $51,990. On-road costs can be obtained by contacting your local Honda dealer.

Design

The new Accord has a conservative body shape. It works well to our eyes and some may feel it makes the shapes of the latest crop of upmarket German sedans look rather over-styled in comparison.

The interior of the Accord has two large, easy to read, screens for the driving and infotainment systems. Seating is comfortable and there’s good legroom in the rear even when a tall person is driving. Headroom is reduced when a sunroof is installed, but remains acceptable.

There’s a strong emphasis on luxury, even in the rear compartment, and this big Honda could be regarded as a limo, a role it performs in many Asian countries.

An impressive feature is the use of noise cancelling technology. Small microphones ‘listen’ to the interior noise and generate sound waves to cancel out, or at least minimise, unwanted sounds. This results in a very quiet cabin that’s most pleasant to ride in. 

However, interior stowage space could be better; the door pockets are small and we have seen significantly larger centre console boxes. Boot space is good, but has lost depth due to it being modified to take a full-size spare wheel/tyre for the Australian market.

Safety

There’s a strong emphasis on the safety provided by crash avoidance and/or mitigation features, with many of the items in the Accord normally being seen only in upmarket European cars.

These include radar cruise control, lane keeping assistance, automatic braking, blind spot warning and reversing cameras. Not all items are standard in every model, so check with your dealer or Honda’s head office for details.

It almost goes without saying that the all-new Honda Accord has received maximum star ratings in crash testing.

Engines

As before, Accord engine options are a four-cylinder 2.4-litre and a V6 displacing 3.5 litres. The four is an all-new powerplant and puts out 129 kW of power and 225 Nm of torque. The six (206 kW, 339 Nm) is based on the previous V6 unit but has been extensively updated.

There’s a strong emphasis on torque in the V6 and, while it’s slightly down on peak power than previously it proved very willing on the scenic mountain roads that are such a feature of driving in NZ.

Interestingly, Honda Australia will continue to import the ‘other’ Accord. The Accord Euro, a smaller car aimed at the sporting driver and very European in its driving dynamics has won a lot of applause from keen drivers in Australia. Though it’s getting on in years, the Euro has recently been facelifted and updated in its drivetrain.

Drive

New Accord is a large car, almost Commodore and Falcon in length but is aimed more at tackling Mazda6, Toyota Camry and VW Passat rather than the big Aussie sixes.

The Honda is softer in its suspension and steering than its competitors, but this is a deliberate move to push comfort ahead of other aspects. If you want a sporty sedan look elsewhere, but if smoothness, luxury and near silence inside a car is your thing then the new Honda Accord should sit high on your short list.

The automatic transmission beside the four-cylinder engine has five forward ratios; there are six gears with the six-cylinder powerplant. We found the 2.4-litre four was working fairly hard at times on steep, twisting hill climbs, the V6 was effortless in the way it handled everything we threw at it.

Verdict

This all-new Honda Accord is an impressive piece of automotive engineering and will appeal to smart buyers who realise it gives them as much quality as the big German marques, but without their inflated price tags.

Pricing guides

$17,990
Based on 40 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$12,989
Highest Price
$24,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
V6-L 3.5L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $10,100 – 15,290 2013 Honda Accord 2013 V6-L Pricing and Specs
VTi 2.4L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $7,500 – 11,660 2013 Honda Accord 2013 VTi Pricing and Specs
VTi Limited Edition 2.4L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $7,000 – 10,890 2013 Honda Accord 2013 VTi Limited Edition Pricing and Specs
VTi-L 2.4L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $8,300 – 12,870 2013 Honda Accord 2013 VTi-L Pricing and Specs
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