Bottom line: The 2013 Honda Accord Sport is a buy, especially for frugal young families in search of a high-quality midsize sedan.
Ride, acceleration, and handling: It gets very good marks in all three. “Very good” means the car’s road performance will please motorists more interested in fuel economy than they are in living out racetrack fantasies.
Head-turning quotient: Handsome, somewhat sinewy. It is attractive inside and out. Goodbye to blah Accords.
Body style/layout: The 2013 Accord is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive midsize automobile available as a sedan or coupe. The sedan is available in four trim levels—base LX, Sport, popularly equipped EX and upscale EX-L.
Engine/transmissions: The car comes with a base 2.4-liter, 16-valve, gasoline-direct-injection in-line four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing (185 horsepower, 181 foot-pounds of torque). A six-speed manual transmission is standard and is recommended here. A continuously variable automatic transmission is optional.
Capacities: There are seats for five people. There is enough cargo space for a week’s worth of groceries for a family of five, or for two large bulky items (such as space heaters). The fuel tank holds 17.2 gallons of gasoline — regular grade recommended.