Honda Automobiles: 2013 Honda Accord: Interior

To give the Accord every advantage in the highly competitive mid-size class, a completely new interior was designed, bringing with it a level of luxury and craftsmanship never before seen in the Accord. Available in Black, Gray and Ivory, the Accord’s new interior combines welcoming comfort with an impressive new range of standard and available technologies. Redesigned seating and features like dual-zone climate control enhance passenger comfort inside the roomy cabin, and the controls and instrumentation have been simplified to help the driver feel in command and control.

Although the Accord’s length has decreased over three inches and the wheelbase is almost an inch shorter, key interior dimensions grow. While the Accord’s sleeker shape decreases already plentiful headroom slightly, rear legroom increases over an inch, both front and rear shoulder room increase, and trunk space is up over a cubic foot. Both the Accord Sedan and Coupe interiors offer spacious accommodations for five passengers, upscale style and high-quality fit and finish. The more capacious trunk also now features a flatter floor and more space for greater utility. Along with interior quietness, seating and ergonomics, personal connectivity and electronic technologies are rapidly evolving, and the Accord can seamlessly interface with the latest generation of compatible personal mobile electronics.

A bright, full-color 8-inch (diagonal) “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID) serves as the control center for the Accord’s many electronic functions. The i-MID screen displays the image from the new standard backup camera, fuel economy information, audio functions, and an available LaneWatch™ feature, which can help drivers on busy multi-lane roads by displaying a wide-angle view of the passenger side roadway of the vehicle.

A new Audio with touchscreen system is standard and features a Pandora® internet radio interface, and a convenient SMS text messaging function1 that can read incoming texts aloud and allow the driver to respond with factory preset text messages. A Bluetooth®4 HandsFreeLink® phone interface adds intuitive hands-free calling convenience. Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition and FM Traffic, is available.

The 2013 Accord is the first Honda product to offer available HondaLink™ technology, which works with the owner’s compatible smartphone to connect the Accord with music and other media sources, internet apps, roadside assistance and more to help improve the driving experience. Aha™ by Harman is the first HondaLink internet app resource, and future apps will expand HondaLink functionality substantially.

The Accord EX-L and Touring have new Forward Collision Warning (FCW) systems to advise the driver when the system determines a potential collision with another vehicle ahead exists. The Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system will alert the driver with audio and visual alerts if the driver begins to move out of a detected lane without using the turn indicators. The line-topping Accord Touring features Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which can regulate the Accord’s speed to maintain a pre-set following distance interval between it and the vehicle directly ahead.

All new Accords provide the following features:

  • Roomy and comfortable interior offers upscale style and high-quality fit-and-finish
  • Spacious layout offers room for up to five passengers
  • Roomy trunk features a flatter floor and more space for greater utility
  • Passenger volume, cu-ft.: 103.2 (Sedan); 95.6 (Coupe)
  • Trunk volume, cu-ft.: 15.8 (Sedan); 13.7 (Coupe)
  • Extensive safety equipment including six airbags (See Safety section for more information.)

New Interior Technology

  • “Intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID)
  • Standard Bluetooth®4 HandsFreeLink® with audio streaming
  • Audio with touch screen
  • Pandora® internet radio integration with compatible cell phones3
  • SMS text messaging3 function with compatible cell phones
  • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition now with FM Traffic on Accord EX-L V-6 and Touring
  • Eco Assist™ driving system for enhanced fuel efficiency
  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Standard rearview camera with guidelines
  • Available Honda LaneWatch™
  • Available Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Available Adaptive Cruise Control

Standard Interior Features
Standard interior features for the 2013 Honda Accord LX Sedan and Accord LX-S Coupe include:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with air-filtration system
  • Remote entry system
  • Power door locks; power windows with auto-up/down driver’s window
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • 160-watt AM/FM/CD Audio with touch screen system with 4 speakers (6 speakers in LX-S Coupe)
  • USB Audio interface7
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
  • i-MID with 8″ WVGA (800×480) Screen
  • Rearview camera with guidelines (single angle)
  • Pandora® internet radio compatibility3
  • SMS text message function
  • Illuminated steering wheel-mounted cruise/audio controls
  • Speed-sensitive volume control (SVC)
  • Maintenance Minder™ system

Added interior features on the Accord Sport Sedan include:

  • Driver’s seat with 10-way power adjustment
  • Illuminated power window switches
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Immobilizer theft-deterrent system

Added interior features on the Accord EX Sedan and Accord EX Coupe include:

  • Power moonroof with tilt feature
  • Smart Entry and Start
  • Honda LaneWatch™ (Sedan only)
  • Driver’s seat with 10-way power adjustment, including power lumbar support (Sedan only)
  • 160-watt, 6-speaker audio system
  • Auto up/down front passenger’s window

Added interior features on the Accord EX-L Sedan and Accord EX-L Coupe include:

  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • 360-watt premium audio system with 7 speakers, including subwoofer
  • HondaLink interface
  • XM® Radio5
  • Honda LaneWatch™
  • Compass
  • Driver’s memory seat
  • Passenger’s seat with 4-way power adjustment (Sedan only)
  • Heated front seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror (Sedan only)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

Added interior features on the Accord EX-L V-6 Sedan and Accord EX-L V-6 Coupe include:

  • HomeLink remote system
  • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition, FM Traffic

Added interior features on the Accord Touring Sedan include:

  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition, FM Traffic
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

Interior Materials
Inside the Accord, all tactile surfaces, from the interior door handles to the seat controls to the instrument panel, steering wheel, and switchgear are designed to be pleasing to the touch – and easy to operate. The upper instrument panel is now one seamless piece of soft-touch material, the product of a new in-house Honda manufacturing process. This soft upper pad has an improved fit, a luxurious finish and an integrated passenger-side airbag cover. Cloth velour upholstery is standard in the Accord, while the Accord EX-L and Touring grades have standard leather seating surfaces.

Control Layout
During the design of the Accord, designers set out to create a highly functional and intuitive interface between the vehicle and the driver. Key design features include large analog instrumentation complemented with a new 8-inch color “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID) positioned high in the central part of the instrument panel. A range of new audio systems is offered, with EX-L and Touring Sedan and EX and above Coupe models featuring an easy-to-use color touch screen display that eliminates button clutter. The final elements of the Accord’s smart interface approach are its steering wheel mounted controls. By allowing the driver to operate a range of features without taking their hands off the wheel, the potential for driver distraction can be reduced in many situations.

The Accord has elegant analog instrumentation with a sophisticated and technical appearance. The centrally positioned speedometer is the largest feature in the instrument cluster. A high-contrast Multi-Information Display (MID) is positioned in the center of the speedometer and provides a range of information and trip computer functions. Illuminated Eco Assist arcs on each side of the speedometer indicate when the vehicle is being operated efficiently. The speedometer is flanked by an analog tachometer, coolant temperature and fuel level gauge.

Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID)
All Accord models without navigation feature Honda’s “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with a large 8-inch WQVGA (480 x 320 pixel) screen. Compared to the previous Accord’s MID system, the new i-MID system offers added interactive elements and improved graphics. The i-MID displays information on Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, fuel economy, audio functions, and more. Wallpaper display and customizable settings are also included. Accord models with navigation have a high-resolution WVGA (800×480 pixel) display that takes the place of the i-MID display in non-navigation models. The high-resolution screen combines navigation and i-MID functionality. The i-MID information categories include:

  • Audio system
  • Rearview camera
  • Honda LaneWatch™ (EX, EX-L and Touring Sedan, EX-L Coupe)
  • SMS text message function
  • Pandora® internet radio compatibility3
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
  • Warning screens
  • Clock
  • Compass
  • Customizable wallpaper
  • Customizable settings

Multi-Information Display (MID)
All Accord models have a new, larger Multi-Information Display (MID) positioned in the center of the speedometer face. The high-contrast white-on-black display can provide a wide range of information for the driver, including exterior temperature, trip information and much more.

MID information categories include:

  • Average fuel economy
  • Digital odometer and dual digital tripmeters
  • Engine oil life
  • Exterior temperature
  • Instant fuel economy
  • Maintenance Minder™
  • Miles to empty
  • Shift lever position (when equipped with CVT or 6AT)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) (Touring)

Maintenance Minder Display
All Accord models have a Maintenance Minder system that tracks service related items based on vehicle usage. The Maintenance Minder system automatically indicates when to have standard service performed based on actual driving conditions (tracked by the ECU) and minimizes the guesswork related to whether the vehicle is being used in standard or severe use conditions for maintenance interval purposes. The display indicates when to change the oil, air cleaner, transmission fluid, spark plugs or coolant, as well as when to rotate the tires. Maintenance Minder information appears in the Multi-Information Display located in the center of the speedometer.

Rearview Camera
For 2013, a rearview camera is standard on all Accord grades. 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 view). Drivers may select the preferred view according to driving conditions. The rearview image is displayed on the 8-inch color i-MID display, or on the navigation system display on models equipped with navigation. All rearview camera systems feature distance guidelines.

Steering Wheel
For greater convenience, many of the controls that are most frequently used are positioned on the Accord’s steering wheel within easy reach. An improved circular switch layout similar to the current Civic and CR-V models helps make operation simple and intuitive. Paddle shifters are included on a number of automatic-transmission Accord models, including the Sport Sedan, and all Coupe models. All Accord models feature a manually adjustable tilt and telescope steering column that allows drivers to easily adjust the steering wheel position to their liking. For greater comfort, the Accord EX-L and Touring steering wheels are wrapped in upgraded leather using fine chain stitching for improved comfort.

Comfortable, Supportive Seating
Redesigned seats with updated internal structure and reengineered padding blend comfort with support. Roomy and accommodating, the front seats are designed to help reduce the likelihood of neck injuries in rear collisions and have pronounced lateral support to help secure the occupant when cornering. Smoothly contoured shapes give the seating an appealing appearance, and help make entry and exit easier. The new front headrests are smaller to afford rear passengers a better view forward, and the headrests have softer padding for greater comfort. New side airbag technology now allows a seatback heater in the passenger’s seat on EX-L and Touring models (previously only the passenger’s seat cushion was heated).

Interior Utility And Storage
The Accord’s interior is designed to offer excellent day-to-day livability, with plenty of storage space. A revised center console adds to the Accord’s versatility, and offers internal storage space that can accommodate seven CD jewel cases. A USB port, auxiliary input jack and 12-volt power outlet are positioned in front of the console, and another 12-volt power outlet is positioned inside the console. The padded console lid serves as a comfortable armrest for the driver or front passenger.

A pair of large cupholders is positioned just ahead of the storage compartment within easy reach, and there is a bottle holder and storage bin in each door. The rear seating area of the Sedan has a fold-down padded center armrest with dual cupholders.

Cargo Capability
The Accord Sedan has a trunk capacity of 15.8 cubic feet, an increase of 1.1 cubic feet compared to the previous-generation Accord Sedan. The Coupe trunk has a capacity of 13.7 cubic feet, an increase of 1.8 cubic feet compared to the previous generation Coupe. To make loading and packing easier, the trunk floor of both the Sedan and Coupe is now flatter. A redesigned trunk lid torsion bar system and thinner parcel shelf bulkhead open up additional cargo space. Storage hooks on the left and right walls make it easy to secure cargo.

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. The one-piece rear seatback can be lowered to expand the cargo area when needed by pulling a convenient handle located in the trunk.

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
All Accord models feature a dual-zone automatic climate control system with independent left and right temperature controls. A single temperature can be selected for the entire cabin, or the driver and front passenger can set different temperatures for their sides of the cabin. Dual adjustable vents located in the rear of the Sedan center console (EX and above) help keep rear seat passengers comfortable.

Eco Assist™
All Accord models come with an Eco Assist™ function. Located on either side of the speedometer, Eco Assist has illuminated arcs that show if the vehicle is being driven in an efficient style. The system operates in essentially the same manner as on other Honda models, in this case with white and green “coaching” arcs that illuminate on either side of the speedometer. A white color signifies inefficient driving, while green means a more efficient driving style is being used. The color changes gradually in response to overall driving style.

Every 2013 Accord is equipped with a green ECON button to the left of the steering wheel, a feature that was included on the 2012 Civic and CR-V. When the button is pushed to activate ECON mode, several operating characteristics of the vehicle are modified for enhanced fuel efficiency. The Drive-by-Wire throttle system provides more gradual response, and to save additional energy, the climate control’s fan speeds are lowered incrementally and other climate control system characteristics are altered based on the conditions. Another push of the ECON button reverts all systems to their normal mode. (See Powertrain section for more information.)

Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
The EX-L and Touring Sedan models feature an electrochromic interior rearview mirror that automatically dims during nighttime driving to reduce glare from the headlights of following vehicles.

HomeLink Remote System
Accord EX-L V-6 and Touring Sedan, and V-6 Coupe models feature the HomeLink wireless remote system. Built into the overhead module, HomeLink can be programmed with the remote-control codes of up to three devices, such as a garage-door opener, a remote lighting system, or a home security system.

Power Windows With Auto-Up/Down
All Accord models have front and rear power windows with a one-touch auto-up/down driver’s window. In the EX grade and above, the front passenger’s window also has auto-up/down capability. In all models except the LX Sedan, illuminated controls allow for easy operation at night.

Power Door Locks with Remote Entry
Power door locks are standard on all Accord models, and a customizable auto-locking feature can be configured using the i-MID and steering-wheel mounted controls. Remote entry is standard equipment on all Accord models. The LX Sedan and LX-S Coupe have a wave key design that has an integrated transmitter in the handle with lock, unlock, trunk open and panic buttons. All other Accord models have the keyless Smart Entry system.

Smart Entry System
The Accord EX and above models have Honda’s new Smart Entry Push Button Start. The Smart Entry system lets the Accord owner gain access to the vehicle without having to unlock it with the remote transmitter or a conventional key. The Smart Entry remote has a unique digital identity and the Accord can be unlocked when the driver pulls one of the front door handles while the remote in his/her possession. When carrying the fob (or if all doors are unlocked), the trunk can be opened by pressing a button located on the Accord’s rear fascia.

Once the driver has opened the door and is seated, the Smart Entry system allows the Accord to be started by pushing the Engine Start/Stop button positioned on the instrument panel. When leaving the car, a press of the soft-touch button on exterior door handle locks all the doors. Alternatively, a press of the Lock button on the Smart Entry remote will also simultaneously lock all the doors. The Smart Entry system will not allow the transmitter fob to be locked in the interior or the trunk of the Accord.

Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC)
Key contributors to the Accord’s quiet, refined interior are Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC). The two systems are comprised of dual overhead microphones, an ANC/ASC electronic processor, and the audio system’s four door-mounted speakers. ASC/ANC operates whenever the Accord is running, even if the audio system is turned off.

ANC is designed to reduce low frequency sound in the cabin caused mainly by the roughness of the road surface. The overhead microphones pick up sound waves and send them to the ANC/ASC processor, which creates and sends a precisely timed “reverse phase” audio signal to a special amplifier. In turn, the amplifier drives the door speakers to cancel the original noise signal.

ASC is a related technology designed to improve the engine sound quality by making the sound pressure level more linear as the engine revs increase. Typically, engine noise doesn’t increase in a linear way with rising revs; instead there can be many resonances that create peaks and valleys in the sound pressure level and an uneven sound. ASC helps smooth out the engine sound by creating a same-phase or reverse-phase sound signal as needed and sending it to the door speakers. Though the system offers benefits from idle to redline, it makes the largest difference in the range between 1000 and 2000 rpm, where it lowers the sound pressure level by approximately 3-dB with an opposite-phase audio signal.

Audio Feature Summary




Bluetooth® audio/ Pandora® internet radio compatibility3

HondaLink Interface

Audio with touch screen

Other Features

 LX, Sport Sedan

160-watt AM/FM/CD with WMA4/MP3 capability, auxiliary input jack; USB Audio Interface5



Not Available

Not Available

CD text info, customizable welcome screen, steering-wheel audio controls, SVC

EX Sedan, LX-S Coupe

160-watt AM/FM/CD with WMA/MP3 capability, auxiliary input jack; USB Audio Interface



Not Available

Not Available

CD text info, customizable welcome screen, steering-wheel audio controls, SVC

EX Coupe

160-watt AM/FM/CD with WMA/MP3 capability, 6-in. color touch-screen display’ auxiliary input jack; USB Audio Interface



Not Available


CD text info, customizable welcome screen, steering-wheel audio controls, SVC

EX-L V-6, Touring Sedan; EX-L,
EX-L V-6 Coupe

360-watt AM/FM/XM/CD Premium Audio System with WMA/MP3 capability, 6-in. color touch-screen display’ auxiliary input jack; USB Audio Interface





CD text info, customizable welcome screen, steering-wheel audio controls, SVC

Audio Systems
The Accord LX and Sport Sedan are equipped with a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers. The CD player can also read CD-Rs loaded with Windows Media® Audio (WMA6) or MP3 audio files. The system also includes Bluetooth® streaming audio and Pandora® internet radio compatibility (with compatible iPhone and Android devices). Audio information is displayed on the color i-MID screen positioned high in the center section of the instrument panel. An auxiliary input jack is standard, along with a USB Audio Interface that can allow an iPod, iPhone or flash drive to be connected to the system.

The audio system features Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC). With SVC, as the vehicle speeds up and exterior noise increases, the audio system automatically raises the music’s volume, and then lowers it again as the vehicle slows down. If desired, SVC can be deactivated at any time.

The LX-S and EX Coupe, and the EX Sedan have an upgraded AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers. Accord EX-L and Touring models provide an even more impressive 360-watt, 7-speaker premium audio system including subwoofer and XM® Radio. When equipped with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System With Voice Recognition and FM Traffic, the hard disk drive (HDD) includes 15-GB of audio memory for storage of personal music libraries.

The audio system’s new color touch panel eliminates multiple hard keys and improves audio-system ease of use. It allows quick and intuitive control of the audio system, HandsFreeLink phone interface and a range of customizable settings. When an iPod is plugged into the Accord’s USB port, the audio touch panel can display iPod contents in Cover Flow format when the vehicle is stopped.

USB Audio Interface
A USB Audio Interface is located in the center console of all Accord models. It can read flash drives and compatible digital music devices, such as iPods or iPhones, that contain MP3 or WMA music files. (It is important to note that only the iPod Video, iPod Nano and other fifth-generation or later iPods are compatible with this system. The iPod Shuffle, Mini, and older iPod models are not compatible.) When an iPod or iPhone is connected, the Honda logo will appear on the screen of the compatible device showing it is ready for use. The device can then be controlled using the steering wheel-mounted controls or audio system controls. Information such as song title, artist, album art and other information will appear on the Accord’s i-MID screen and audio touch-screen. The USB audio interface will also charge the device while it is connected.

Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
The Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® interface is designed to offer hands-free operation for many Bluetooth-enabled mobile telephones. Standard on all Accord models, the system wirelessly connects the driver’s cell phone to the vehicle’s audio system. This allows the driver to make or answer cell phone calls without removing hands from the steering wheel. The system is compatible with Bluetooth-enabled cell phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP). A list of compatible phones can be found at or

Bluetooth HandsFreeLink enables audio files to be played through the vehicle’s audio system wirelessly with a feature called Bluetooth Audio. If an audio compatible device is paired it will be added as an auxiliary source on the audio screen. This allows the Bluetooth device’s media to be played wirelessly by the audio system. Cell phone devices that support the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) and Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.3 allow the display of metadata for artist, album and track name. The vehicle’s audio controls for “skip forward” and “skip backward” allow for navigation from track to track.

Bluetooth HandsFreeLink is designed for easy use. After the driver completes a simple one-time “pairing” process to link the cell phone with the vehicle, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink can communicate wirelessly and securely with the driver’s cell phone when the phone is within about 33 feet of the vehicle. Once the driver enters the vehicle, the phone can be stored in a pocket, briefcase, purse or a storage bin inside the vehicle’s cabin as the call transfers information through the wireless telephone interface. Certain compatible cell phones can also transfer the cellular phonebook into the vehicle through the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system. After the cellular phonebook is transferred, calls can be made by making selections from the registered phonebook displayed on screen.

Operational features include:

  • Phone numbers of incoming calls are displayed on the i-MID (or navigation screen, if so equipped)
  • Pressing the steering wheel-mounted “Pick up” button answers the call and mutes the audio system
  • Caller is heard through the audio-system speakers
  • An overhead microphone picks up the driver’s voice while minimizing background noise and echoing
  • Numbers with voice tags may be stored in the system’s memory
  • To make a call hands-free, the driver first activates the system using the steering wheel-mounted fingertip controls, then speaks a preset voice tag
  • Numbers can also be dialed by speaking the telephone number (in Accord models equipped with navigation system)
  • Automatic import of phone book and call history
  • Up to five different compatible mobile phones can be paired with the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system

Pandora® Internet Radio Compatibility
The Accord incorporates a wide range of entertainment features to accommodate the ever-changing preferences of customers. All Accord models are designed to provide a convenient interface for Pandora® internet radio. Pandora® is a free music service that allows users to open an account online and create up to 100 personalized internet “radio stations” that are based on favorite songs or artists. Users can choose among their stations and listen via computer, and can also download a free smartphone Pandora® app, which allows users listen to the same list of personalized stations via their compatible phone. Though Pandora® is free, phone data charges apply.

At this time, the Pandora® Audio USB interface in the Accord only supports the iPhone. To use Pandora® in the Accord, an iPhone is connected via the USB port located in the center console. The vehicle’s audio source is set to iPod, the Pandora® app is launched on the iPhone. (If the Pandora® app is not launched, the phone will function as an iPod.) The i-MID (or navigation display in vehicles with navigation) and audio touch-screen displays Pandora® information and album art, and the audio controls allow listeners to choose from among existing stations, pause, resume, skip forward, and mark a track with “like” or “dislike” ratings. To ease driver use, some functionality of the Pandora® iPhone app is locked out when using the Accord’s Pandora® interface.

Pandora® internet radio audio can also be streamed wirelessly to the Accord by a compatible cell phone (not only the iPhone) via the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® connection. With this type of connection, however, only the sound level of the Pandora® radio station can be controlled through the Accord; other features of the Accord’s Pandora® interface are not available.

XM® Radio
XM® Radio is a standard feature for Accord EX-L models and above, and subscription fees for the service are covered for the first 90 days of ownership. XM Radio provides more than 130 digital channels of programming with near CD-quality sound. The XM® broadcast signal is beamed to two satellites positioned in geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles above earth. The beams from these two broadcast satellites (one located over the West Coast, one over the East Coast) combine to span the entire continental United States and some of Canada. In addition, there are also more than 1,000 ground antennas to help boost the XM® signal (in metropolitan areas with tall buildings) until satellite reception is restored.

XM® programming includes channels devoted to music, sports, talk, traffic, weather, children’s programming and entertainment. Of the 130 XM® channels, 69 are commercial-free. When the Accord’s audio system plays XM®, the display screen shows the current station, song title, or artist’s name.

The 2013 Accord is the first Honda product to feature HondaLink™ technology. It’s the new center point for Honda owners for hands-free access to cloud-based services, audio and information, and is designed to keep Accord drivers informed and connected while on the go. HondaLink is available in EX-L and above Accord Sedan and EX and above Accord Coupe.

HondaLink works with the owner’s compatible smartphone to connect the Accord with music and information resources, internet apps, roadside assistance and more. Set to launch in September 2012, Aha™ by Harman is the first HondaLink resource; future apps will expand the functionality of HondaLink substantially, and allow Accord owners to easily add capability.

Once the Accord VIN and owner information are in the HondaLink owner database, the HondaLink Data Cloud can store personalized information for the Accord owner, including Navigation system POIs (points of interest), routes, preferences and more.

Owners can use the HondaLink website to access information or change preferences. HondaLink is also accessible via Twitter, Facebook, and other online tools. A series of free HondaLink apps are also available, including My Honda, personal profile and roadside assistance. Because HondaLink utilizes a cloud-based platform, as features, functions and apps grow, Accord owners will be able to enjoy the latest capabilities.

Aha™ by Harman
A new feature called Aha™ is accessed via HondaLink and is standard on the Accord EX-L Sedan and above, and standard on Accord EX Coupe and above. Aha organizes the Accord owner’s favorite content from the web into personalized on-demand radio stations in the vehicle. Aha is a comprehensive, cloud-based platform optimized for the automotive environment that provides a simple integration point for HondaLink equipped vehicles to bring in a wide range of current and future applications into the audio system head unit. This new capability allows users to access their favorite podcasts, internet radio, on-demand music, restaurant recommendations, and even audio updates from Facebook and Twitter.

Aha™ key features:

  • Free service with wide content choice
  • Enables flexible personalization and station management
  • Content updated automatically throughout vehicle life

Aha™ content categories:

  • On-demand news and weather
  • Personalized music including Slacker
  • Internet Radio
  • On-demand iPodcasts
  • Audio Books
  • Local Search: Restaurants, fuel, ATM, parking, etc.
  • Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, etc. via audio
  • Custom Interactive OEM Channels: Direct communication to and from vehicle owners

Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Audio
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Audio (Accord EX-L Navi and Accord Touring)
systems featuring the 15GB HDD-based memory are programmed from the factory to copy music tracks from pre-recorded CDs, enabling customers to store many CDs worth of music on-board for easy access. The system will not copy music from burned CDs or from USB flash drives. Based on music files measuring an average size of 4.2MB per song at a 128kbps bitrate, approximately 3,500 songs can be loaded into the 15GB system (approximately 175 CDs).

The HDD-based system records music at a variable rate between 4X to 8X of the original music track time. The automatic-recording default setting can be changed to manual if desired.
The audio system can display information about the music tracks, such as artist names and song titles using the Gracenote® database in the system software. This database can be periodically updated to reflect newly released music. Gracenote updates can be downloaded by Accord owners at in the Ownerlink section (up to four updates per year maximum). The updates can then be loaded onto a CD-R or onto a USB thumb drive, which in turn can be used to update the Accord’s audio system. Even without a Gracenote update, newly released audio tracks will play on the sound system, but will play without accompanying text information on genre, artist, album name and track name.

Song By Voice®
Navigation-equipped Accords offer the Song by Voice® feature. From most navigation screens, the driver can simply press the TALK button on the steering wheel. With so much audio content potentially available on the HDD or from an iPod, Honda engineers set out to make it easy to find content. So drivers can simply give a voice command, such as “Play song ‘Danny Boy,'” and the system will automatically begin playback. Song by Voice also lets the driver choose music by artist, album, track name, genre, playlist and even composer.

SMS Text Message Function
All Accord models have a standard SMS Text Message function that can read incoming texts aloud over the audio system, and allow the driver to reply with any of six factory preset messages. The system works with SMS-capable cell phones that have an active data plan and the Message Access Profile (MAP), such as the Blackberry, Droid X and others. The iPhone does not support this feature.

Once a compatible phone is paired with the Accord’s Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system, the text messaging function is enabled. When the phone receives a text message, an alert appears on the i-MID (or navigation screen in vehicles equipped with navigation). Using the audio system controls, the driver can choose to have the message read aloud, can select among the preset reply choices, or can call the sender – all without touching the phone. To help avoid driver distraction, the text of the incoming message is not displayed on-screen while the vehicle is moving.

Available factory preset text replies:

  • Talk to you later, I’m driving
  • I’m on my way
  • I’m running late
  • OK
  • Yes
  • No

LaneWatch™ Blind Spot Display
The new LaneWatch™ blind spot display is standard on Accord EX, EX-L and Touring Sedan models, and on EX-L Coupe. It uses a camera positioned below the passenger-side exterior mirror to display a wide-angle view of the passenger side roadway on the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i- MID). The image appears when the right turn signal is activated, or when a button on the end of the turn signal stalk is pressed.

The typical field of view for a passenger-side mirror is approximately 18- to 22-degrees, but the LaneWatch™ blind spot display field-of-view is about four times greater, or approximately 80-degrees. The system helps the driver to see traffic, as well as pedestrians or objects, in the vehicle’s blind spot. To help make judging distance easier, the display has three reference lines. Drivers are encouraged to visually confirm roadway conditions prior to changing lanes.

On navigation-equipped models, when LaneWatch™ is in use and a navigation turn prompt is needed, the image changes to split-screen so that LaneWatch™ and navigation information can be displayed simultaneously. LaneWatch™ can also be customized to suit the driver’s preferences. Turn-signal activation of the LaneWatch™ system can be turned on or off, as can the three on-screen reference lines. Screen brightness, contrast and black level are also adjustable.

Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
The Accord EX-L and Touring model each feature a new Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system as standard equipment. When the system detects a vehicle ahead and determines that collision is possible, it provides the driver with visual and audio alerts to encourage avoidance actions. (The system does not include an automatic braking function.)
(See Safety section for more information.)

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) is new for 2013 on Accord EX-L and Touring models, and provides the driver with visual and audible alerts if the vehicle begins to move out of a detected lane without using the turn signal indicator. A button on the lower left portion of the instrument panel allows the system to be switched on and off.
(See Safety section for more information.)

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
The line-topping Accord Touring features Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). This vehicle speed and distance control system uses a grille-mounted millimeter-wave radar to monitor the distance between the Accord and the vehicle directly ahead (the same radar is used for the Touring’s FCW system). Like a conventional cruise control system, the ACC system can maintain a preset speed. In addition, by combining radar data with data from speed sensors, ACC can regulate the Accord’s speed to maintain a preset following distance interval between it and the vehicle directly ahead.

The system is activated by pressing the “MAIN” button on the right-hand spoke of the steering wheel. When this button is pushed, “ACC” will appear on the instrument panel indicating that the ACC system has been turned on. To select the ACC cruising speed, the driver accelerates to a chosen speed and presses the “Set/-” button, which is also located on the right-hand spoke of the steering wheel. Once selected, the chosen cruising speed is shown on the Multi-Information Display in the center of the speedometer.

The following-distance interval is selected by pressing the “Distance” button on the steering wheel. Using this button, the driver can choose one of four following intervals: approximately 1 second, 1.35 seconds, 2 seconds or 2.8 seconds. Each time the button is pressed, a vehicle-shaped icon on the Multi-Information Display changes to reflect the chosen following interval:

  • One bar representing approximately a 1-second interval
  • Two bars representing approximately a 1.35-second interval
  • Three bars representing approximately a 2-second interval
  • Four bars representing approximately a 2.8-second interval

Once ACC is activated, the system’s electronic control unit (ECU) adjusts the throttle and applies light braking to maintain the chosen following-distance interval between the Accord and the car directly ahead. If a vehicle from another lane cuts in front of the Accord (between the Accord and the car that it has been following) the system will beep and the “vehicle” icon will flash on the Multi-Information Display to alert the driver that a new vehicle has been detected. The system then adjusts the throttle and applies braking to maintain the pre-set following interval between the Accord and the new vehicle. A vehicle icon will appear each time a vehicle moves into the ACC system’s range. Conversely, when a vehicle moves out of the system’s range, the icon changes to an outlined image. If the vehicle directly ahead of the Accord brakes suddenly, a series of beeps will sound and the word “BRAKE” appears on the Multi-Information Display, warning the driver to apply the brakes.

If the vehicle directly in front of the Accord accelerates out of the radar’s detection zone or moves to another lane, and another vehicle is not within the system’s range, ACC will accelerate the Accord until the pre-set cruising speed is achieved. When a vehicle moves out of range, the vehicle icon on the Multi-Information Display will change from solid to outline.

The driver can switch between ACC and conventional cruise control by using the “Distance” button located on the steering wheel. Cruise control system status is displayed continuously on the Multi-Information Display.

Because the ACC system’s millimeter-wave radar can be affected by rain, snow, fog and other types of inclement weather, the ACC system should not be used during these conditions.

Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System With Voice Recognition And FM Traffic
The Accord’s available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System uses GPS technology and a fast new 60-GB hard-drive based (HDD) system to provide drivers with turn-by-turn guidance to their chosen destination. The system adds FM traffic data for 2013 and provides coverage in many large metropolitan areas within the U.S., allowing the driver to choose faster, less congested routes. Unlike some other in-car traffic data systems, FM Traffic has no recurring subscription fee. Faster, more capable and easier to use than any previous-generation Honda system, the Accord’s new system is similar to current Odyssey and Pilot navigation systems.

Accord’s navigation features an 8-inch (diagonal) high-resolution WVGA (800×480 pixel) backlit color display that takes the place of the lower-resolution i-MID display in non-navigation models. The system can be controlled by voice, or with a convenient interface dial. The new technology allows the voice-activation system to respond to more casual command phrases that require less user familiarization, in addition to the previous capability of being able to understand spoken city and street names. For example, a voice request for “Radio 98.3 FM” can now be spoken in approximately a dozen different ways ranging from “change the radio station to 98.3” to “98.3 FM.” This logic applies to audio functionality of the audio/information screen. The navigation system can also be controlled by voice with conventional navigation commands like, “Find nearest Chinese restaurant” or “find nearest ATM.”

The audio system is automatically muted when the “Talk” button is pressed. The voice-recognition technology allows the driver to simply speak city and street names aloud, and the system responds by displaying the matches available in the database. Points of interest on the map (such as restaurants or grocery stores) can be displayed with brand logo icons or you can have the system provide turn-by-turn navigation – all by voice command. The massive point-of-interest (POI) database includes telephone numbers, which can be dialed by using the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system when the driver’s cellular telephone is connected to the system.

The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System uses Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) in combination with detailed information from the vehicle’s mapping system to pinpoint the vehicle’s location and to provide a host of useful mapping and route guidance features. The antenna can utilize up to 12 satellites from a network of 24 global positioning satellites. If the antenna is obstructed by a tunnel, a parking garage or a tall building, an internal gyroscopic system and a speed sensor track the location of the vehicle so that the map information remains current and reliable. The vehicle clock is independently controlled by GPS data, so when time zones are crossed while driving, the clock will automatically set itself to the current time.

A digital version of the Zagat Survey® restaurant guide provides detailed information and reviews on select restaurants in the database. The reviews can be read on-screen or spoken over the audio system by a synthesized voice.

The navigation system can also suggest scenic routes based on the National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads guide. The National Scenic Byways Program is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. The program is a grassroots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. Since 1992, the National Scenic Byways Program has funded 2,832 projects for state and nationally designated byway routes in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. Scenic-route information for 126 routes can be accessed from inside the “Information” menu and is displayed on the map as a green-and-red segmented line.

1 Honda products are produced using domestic and globally sourced parts.

2 Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use  for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

3 Compatible with select phones with Bluetooth® only. Your wireless carrier’s rate plans apply. State or local laws may limit use of texting feature. Only use texting feature when conditions allow you to do so safely. Drive responsibly. Some state laws prohibit the operation of handheld electronic devices while operating a vehicle. For safety reasons, always launch your audio application or perform any other operation on your phone or audio device only when the vehicle is safely parked.

4 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any such use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.

5 XM services require a subscription after 90-day trial period. Subscriptions governed by SiriusXM Customer Agreement; see If you decide to continue your XM service at the end of your complimentary trial, the plan you choose will automatically be renewed and you will be billed at then-current rates until you call XM at 1-800-967-2346 to cancel. Fees and programming subject to change. Available only to those at least 18 years of age in the 48 contiguous United States and D.C. ©2012 Sirius XM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc. and its subsidiaries.

6 Windows Media® is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

7 The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Please see your Honda dealer for details.

8 Preliminary EPA fuel economy ratings and gas-electric range rating determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage ratings not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage and range will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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