2013 Honda Accord Sport Arrival
Upsizing to a Family Hauler
After several months with our long-term Volkswagen GLI, which I appreciated for its high fun-to-drive factor, I realized hauling two small kids (and all their crap) meant I needed to upsize. Enter the bigger, but not quite as sporty, Honda Accord Sport. With a dual exhaust, a rear decklid spoiler, 18-inch alloys, a CVT auto with paddle shifters, and a 189-hp I-4 that revs to nearly 7000 rpm, the Accord Sport lives up to its name. That direct injection 2.4-liter, by the way, makes an extra 5 hp and 1 lb-ft of torque compared with non-Sport I-4/CVT Accords, thanks to the dual exhaust, but suffers some in the EPA's ratings: 26/35 mpg city/highway versus 27/36.
At the track, the Sport laid down the following numbers: 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds, quarter mile in 15.8 seconds at 90.8 mph, lateral acceleration of 0.88 g, figure eight in 26.7 seconds at 0.68 g, and 60-0 braking in 129 feet. For context, our I-4 CVT long-term 2013 Nissan Altima SL registered 0-60 in 7.7 seconds, the quarter mile in 15.9 at 88.9, lateral acceleration of 0.82 g, figure eight in 28.0 at 0.60 g, and 60-0 braking in 120 feet. While its 129-foot braking distance isn't terribly impressive, I plan to swap the all-season Michelins with summer tires, to see if stickier rubber can drop that number into the teens and push lat g's into the 0.90s.
Thus far, I've found the Accord a satisfying daily driver. The 10-way power driver seat is comfortable and supportive. The Bluetooth, backup camera, and Pandora radio have proved convenient and useful. And the 103.6 cubic feet of interior volume is loved by my kids. My only nits are the lack of keyless entry, push-button start, satellite radio, and navigation on the Sport trim. That said, I've already sourced a sleek Garmin nüvi 3597 LMT portable nav unit, so at least I'm not getting lost. Nevertheless, at $24,980, it's hard to knock the Sport's value. Whether I can knock it for anything else over the next year, though, remains to be seen.
|2013 Honda Accord Sport|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$24,980|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan|
|ENGINE||2.4L/189-hp/182-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4|
|TRANSMISSION||cont. variable auto|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||3328 lb (60/40%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||191.4 x 72.8 x 57.7 in|
|0-60 MPH||7.5 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||15.8 sec @ 90.8 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||129 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.88 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||26.7 sec @ 0.68 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON||26/35 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY||130/96 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS||0.66 lb/mile|