We’ve spent plenty of time here lauding the design of Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Aston Martin and the like. Rarely do we take a moment to applaud the more accessible cars. The cars most of us drive every day aren’t the type to grab attention for their design, at least not in a positive way.
Cars for the masses are typically either understated and bland or so modern that they quickly show their age.
The Honda Accord certainly falls into the bland category, though images of the 2013 version have just been released, and things are looking…well…a little less bland!
Honda calls it “the most sculpted Accord ever,” and you know, it is. Of course, the Accord doesn’t exactly have a history of being described with the word “sculpted,” so that isn’t saying too much. The new car is certainly attractive, though. More attractive than any vehicle to come before it and wear the Accord name.
That said, the Accord isn’t meant to be case study in design. It’s supposed to be an efficient, comfortable and dependable mode of transportation and has certainly succeeded in that area! Honda’s challenge with the 2013 Accord is to keep those core values intact while offering a design that can keep up with the likes of the Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Ford Fusion and even the Toyota Camry.
The Accord might be the Mitt Romney of cars. It’s conservative and handsome, but a lot of people out there prefer something that takes more chances. I won’t go into a full rundown of design elements here, but they do all work together to create a car that looks sleeker and more modern than its predecessor without crossing the line into craziness.
It remains to be seen if the newest Accord will suffer from the lack of interior quality that has plagued other models, though I would assume Honda quickly learned its lesson on that mistake.
The base engine will be a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder with around 180 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque and come with an automatic transmission, while the 3.5-liter V6 will offer a 6-speed manual.
Is Honda back on track with the 2013 Accord?