Honda Automobiles: 2013 Honda Accord: Body

Crisply styled and aerodynamically efficient, the all-new 2013 Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe body design and engineering are the most sophisticated in the Accord nameplate’s 37-year history. The advances are tailor-made to improve every aspect of the Accord ownership experience, from more precise ride and handling to a quieter interior environment, along with enhanced visibility and greater fuel efficiency.

The 2013 Accord’s unit-body uses more high-strength steel than any Accord in the model’s history. This gives the Accord high structural strength for improved ride quality and more precise cornering. The Sedan’s body design is bold and decisive, sleek and fluid, while the Coupe body design is rakish, taut and athletic. In both body styles, extensive use of aerodynamic detailing, including expanded use of under-covers, improves the Accord’s aerodynamic efficiency, which directly benefits fuel efficiency. Other advances include available LED headlights, LED DRLs, mirror-mounted turn signals, and an Expanded View Driver’s Mirror that increases the driver’s field of vision by 4.2 degrees.

Exterior Dimensions

Accord Sedan

Accord Coupe

Exterior Design
Even the Sedan’s body-sides are expressive, with a character line flowing upward and rearward across the door surfaces, and a deep contour strategically positioned at the lower doors, offering substance and a sense of motion. Bright window surround trim adds a luxury feel, while in back, the tops of the rear fenders curve inward toward the C-pillars like flexed muscles. The EX-L and Touring models offer chrome door handles and additional trim on the rear panel for added elegance.

The Accord Coupe is the most exhilarating 2-door Honda Accord yet. Its front end is set apart with a large lower radiator opening and twin faux brake scoops, which double as fog-light nacelles on all models except the LX. The large front wheel arches segue to deep character lines sweeping across the doors and back to the muscular rear wheel arches, while the flowing roofline draws the eye up and over the windswept cabin.

Careful sculpting on the lower door sides continues the kinetic look of the Accord Coupe, while helping to direct airflow around the rear tires. The roofline, bodyside character lines and rear wheel arches all converge at the deck-lid, drawing the eye to the rear spoiler on the V-6 models and providing an emphatic final impression as the Coupe drives away.

All Accord LX and Sport Sedan models feature a convenient manual remote entry system, while Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models include a new Smart Entry system with engine start/stop button. The Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models also include a power glass moonroof with tilt feature.

All Accord models have variable-speed windshield wipers and auto-on/off headlights, and a rearview camera is standard on all Accord models. Aerodynamic advancements improve fuel efficiency while also reducing interior noise. These features include body A-pillars that are now nearly flush with the windshield glass, windshield wipers that are flush with the rear edge of the hood edge, and optimized windshield and side glass thickness.

The 2013 Accord Sedan is available in nine exterior colors, including four metallic and five pearl colors. All-new colors include Champagne Frost Pearl, Hematite Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Obsidian Blue Pearl. The 2013 Accord Coupe is available in seven exterior colors, including two metallic, five pearl and one solid color. All-new colors include Modern Steel Metallic, Still Night Pearl, Tiger Eye Pearl and White Orchid Pearl.

Accord Sedan and Coupe body features

  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
  • Extensive use of high-tensile steel
  • Expanded View Driver’s Mirror
  • Available Honda LaneWatch™ blind spot display (EX, EX-L and Touring Sedan; EX-L Coupe)
  • One-touch open/close power moonroof (EX, EX-L and Touring)
  • Variable-speed windshield wipers
  • Auto on/off headlights
  • LED headlights (Touring)
  • LED daytime running lights (DRL) (V6)
  • LED brake lights (Sedan EX-L and above)
  • Rearview camera
  • Multi-reflector/projector-beam headlights
  • Body-colored folding side mirrors (with turn signals on EX, EX-L and Touring)
  • 15.8 cu ft. of trunk volume (Sedan)
  • 13.7 cu ft. of trunk volume (Coupe)

Aerodynamic Performance
Engineers considered every facet of the Accord Sedan and Coupe exterior in pursuit of low aerodynamic drag for a quiet ride and maximized fuel efficiency. The effort begins with an overall “teardrop” exterior cabin shape, which results in the most effective combination of low aero drag and useable interior space. To this basic concept engineers added numerous aerodynamic details including near-flush windshield glass, carefully tailored A-pillar shapes, flush-mounted windshield wipers, and careful under-body tailoring that reduces aerodynamic drag, directly improving fuel efficiency.

Accord Sedan and Coupe models have under-body aerodynamic covers in front of the engine/transmission assembly and rear wheels and trunk. Accord V-6 models also have two more covers under the driver’s and front passenger’s floor areas. In addition, ground clearance is purposefully lowest just in front of the rear wheels, causing a low-pressure area in between the wheels. This low-pressure area pulls the airflow around the rear wheels instead of across them. Although seemingly small, the details add up, and result in meaningful gains in fuel-efficiency.

High-Strength Steel
The 2013 Accord unit-body uses 55.8-percent high-tensile steel, more than in any previous Accord. In addition, 17.2-percent of the steel is now grade 780, 980 and 1,500 – extremely high grades that have never before been used in any Accord. This contributes to higher body rigidity and reduced weight, which directly benefits ride and handling, interior quietness, performance and efficiency and long-term durability.

The measured improvements in rigidity are significant. In static tests, bending rigidity is up 34 percent and torsional rigidity is up 42-percent compared to the previous-generation Accord. In dynamic tests, front lateral rigidity is up 16 percent and rear vertical rigidity is up 39-percent.

Body-Colored Folding Power Side Mirrors
Standard on all Accord models, body-colored power side mirrors allow the driver to adjust the mirrors position with ease. They can also be manually folded inward for tight parking spaces, if desired. Side mirrors on EX and above models are heated for all-weather driving convenience, and the passenger-side mirror includes an integrated Honda LaneWatch™ camera. (See Interior section for more information.) The mirrors were specifically designed to be more aerodynamic, reducing wind noise. Every Accord EX, EX-L and Touring model has LED turn-signal indicators integrated into the side mirror housings for added visibility in traffic.

Expanded View Driver’s Mirror
Introduced to the Honda line in the 2012 CR-V, the 2013 Accord’s Expanded View Driver’s Mirror is integrated into the driver’s side mirror. Standard equipment on all 2013 Accord models and trim levels, the mirror increases the driver’s field of vision by 4.2 degrees to provide a better view of objects to the back and side of the vehicle.

Honda LaneWatch™ Blind Spot Display
The new Honda LaneWatch™ blind spot display, included on Accord EX, EX-L and Touring Sedan models and EX-L Coupe, uses a camera located below the passenger-side mirror to display an expanded rear view of the passenger side roadway on the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID). (See the Interior section for more information.)

One-Touch Open/Close Power Moonroof
Included on Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models, a power glass moonroof with tilt feature includes one-touch control for both open and close functions. An auto-reverse feature reverses direction of the sliding moonroof panel if the operating system detects resistance to closing. A manually operated sliding sunshade improves comfort on bright or hot days.

Integrated Rear-Window Antenna
All new Accords feature an AM/FM radio antenna integrated into the rear window. This eliminates the need for a traditional mast antenna, improving the vehicle’s exterior appearance and eliminating the possibility of damage in automatic car washes. Models equipped with XM Radio have a small fin-type antenna mounted at the rear of the roof.

Power Door Locks With Remote Entry and Programmable Auto-Locking Doors
All Accord LX and Sport Sedan models feature a convenient manual remote entry system, while Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models include a new Smart Entry system.

Remote Entry System
The manual remote entry system allows the driver to lock or unlock the doors and trunk with the press of a button on the integrated wave key. This system has a range of up to 50 feet and includes an emergency “panic” button that sounds the horn when pressed. In addition, the manual remote entry system features a security system that is automatically activated when the lock button on the remote is pushed. A beep of the horn confirms that the security system is set. Any unauthorized entry will then sound an alarm.

Smart Entry System
The new Smart Entry system with engine start/stop button on Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models simplifies approaching, entering and starting the Accord – especially when the driver is carrying personal items. The Smart Entry system allows the driver to walk up to the vehicle, touch the door handle to unlock the door, start the engine and shut it off at the end of the trip using a push button ignition switch, and then get out and touch the lock button on the door handle to secure the car – all without ever touching a key. The system only requires that the driver has possession of the Smart Entry key. The Smart Entry key features a die-cast body with attractive chrome plating and acrylic covers that use “back side printing” for durability.

Auto-Locking/Unlocking System
All 2013 Accord models also include a programmable auto-locking/unlocking system that is preset to automatically lock the doors when the vehicle reaches approximately 10 mph. Drivers can program the system to lock and unlock doors in several different ways, or else deactivate some or all of the system if desired.
Variable-Speed Windshield Wipers
All Accord models have variable-speed windshield wipers that automatically adjust the rate of operation according to vehicle speed. The result is the most efficient clearing of moisture from the windshield, and minimal wind noise at highway speeds. The design of the wipers also helps the blades press firmly against the windshield even at higher speeds, further assisting the clearing process. For 2013, the windshield wipers are positioned at the same level as the Accord’s rear hood edge when not in use, reducing aerodynamic drag and wind noise.

Auto On/Off Headlights
All 2013 Accord models feature auto-on/off headlights for greater convenience. The headlights are multi-reflector/projector-beam units on all Sedan and Coupe models except the V-6 Touring Sedan, which has auto-on/off LED headlights. The headlights are sculpted for maximum aerodynamic efficiency and to compliment the Accord’s styling. All Accord models likewise feature Daytime Running Lights (DRL) – halogen on 4-cylinder models and bright, dramatic LED DRLs on the V-6 models.

LED Headlights
The 2013 Accord Touring Sedan exclusively features Honda’s first use of Light Emitting Diode (LED) headlights. This dual-lamp LED projector array provides improved light distribution for improved visibility and enhanced nighttime driving performance, while requiring only one-half the electrical power of conventional halogen/projector headlights. The LED array also has a highly technical appearance that sets the Touring Sedan model apart.

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Every Accord is equipped with Daytime Running Lights (DRL), making it easier for pedestrians and other drivers to see the Accord in both daylight and twilight conditions. For 2013, new Light Emitting Diode (LED) DRLs are on all V-6 powered Accord Sedan and Coupe models.

LED Brake Lights
Light Emitting Diode (LED) brake lights are standard on all Accord Sedan EX-L and Touring models. Compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, LEDs illuminate more quickly, use less power and have a longer service life. They also provide a high-tech look to the rear of the EX-L and Touring models.

Exterior Lighting

Exterior Colors
The 2013 Accord Sedan is available in eight exterior colors, including three metallic and five pearl colors. All-new colors include Champagne Frost Pearl, Hematite Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Obsidian Blue Pearl. Also available are Alabaster Silver Metallic, Basque Red Pearl II, Crystal Black Pearl and White Orchid Pearl.

The 2013 Accord Coupe is available in seven exterior colors, including two metallic, four pearl and one solid color. All-new colors include Modern Steel Metallic, Still Night Pearl, Tiger Eye Pearl and White Orchid Pearl. Also available are Alabaster Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and San Marino Red.

Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) Reduction
Generation after generation, the Accord’s ability to filter out noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) from the ride experience has become measurably better. For 2013 the reduction efforts are even more impressive, beginning with structural improvements in the unit-body and the greatest use of high-tensile steel in Accord history. The exceptional rigidity of the unit body reduces bending and twisting, which directly improves NVH characteristics.

Aerodynamic tailoring of the body and undercarriage also contribute to reduced cabin noise levels as turbulence is reduced in the surrounding airflow. The strategic use of specific engine, body, door and interior insulation materials also contributes to an even quieter cabin in both Sedan and Coupe models. This directly increases passenger comfort and helps put the Accord near the top of its class for quietness. NVH countermeasures continue, even in areas that cannot be seen. These include under the hood, inside the doors and body openings, and in the technical properties of the interior carpeting and trim. Key Accord NVH countermeasures include:

  • Body A-pillars are now nearly flush with the windshield glass for reduced wind noise
  • Windshield wipers are positioned flush with the rear edge of the hood, smoothing airflow for reduced noise
  • Windshield and side glass thickness is optimized for reduced wind noise
  • Hood insulator reduces audible engine and road noise
  • Fender liner insulators reduce road and tire noise
  • Sealing rubber at bottom of doors reduces road noise
  • Foam at leading edge of front door openings reduces road and tire noise
  • Trunk trim with insulator reduces road noise

Cargo Area
The Accord Sedan has a trunk capacity of 15.8 cubic feet – 1.1 cubic feet larger than the previous-generation Accord Sedan’s, and is spacious enough to easily accommodate four large golf bags. Meanwhile the Coupe trunk has a capacity of 13.7 cubic feet, 1.8 cubic feet larger than previously. In both models, the new trunk area is easier to access and use, and the trunk floor is flatter, allowing easy placement and removal of items, with more secure storage. Integrated storage hooks allow securing cargo for safe transit. All Accord models one-piece rear seatback can be lowered to expand the cargo area when needed by pulling a convenient handle located in the trunk. The trunk is carpeted and lined, and a temporary spare tire is located in a well under a removable section of the cargo-area floor.

Rearview Camera
A rearview camera is now standard on all Accord models. Accord LX, Sport and EX models feature a single-angle “Normal View” display, while EX-L and Touring models have a multi-angle rearview camera with three viewing angles – wide view, normal view and top-down view. Drivers may select the preferred view according to driving conditions. All rearview camera systems feature guidelines. (See Interior section for more information.)

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