Honda desperately needs to hit a home run with its all-new 2013 Accord, a car that's perennially on the best-seller list in the United States.

The current Accord, which is in its eighth generation, debuted in 2008 before most of the latest and greatest technological advances began filtering their way into the interiors of mainstream cars and trucks. As such, Honda's family sedan offering is a ways behind in the infotainment and navigation categories.

For 2013, Honda will launch HondaLink, its next-generation infotainment package, in the Accord. Though the technology will see a much smaller debut in the Fit EV (as seen above), that rollout won't hit the masses the way it undoubtedly will in the Accord.

According to Wired, it's not yet clear if Honda will rely on satellite data or if the automaker will incorporate a cellular modem into the package, but either way, Honda's Aha Radio service will make its first appearance in the 2013 Accord. There's also a possibility that the Accord could be the first machine to use Siri integration from Apple, though that's nothing more than speculation at this point.

We certainly look forward to see what Honda has cooked up for its bread-winning model. After all, as shown most notably by Ford, having the most built-in technology, especially in its first generation, isn't always a slam-dunk with mainstream consumers.


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      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow, beam me up scotty
      Smiley
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bought into all of this Honda Hype. Out of College I had a $40k budget but gas was high. I decided to not be flashy, and be smart. I bought a fully loaded 2009 Accord Coupe with 6 Speed and 19" wheels. Every conceivable worthwhile option. It is honestly the biggest pile of crap I have ever owned. I've owned multiple Jeeps, a Ford expedition, among other things. Where they get this quality reputation is beyond me. The only thing I can think of is it must be the reliability of the drive train. I can say I've had zero break downs. But everything else is garbage. The interior is garbage, I have 45k miles and it has fallen apart. The suspension is garbage, the clutch is garbage, the gearbox is garbage, the radio is garbage. The list goes on and on. I just wanted to vent. Hopefully someone doesn't make the same mistake I did. If you can afford better, buy it!
        ClementZ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Smiley
        Mind telling us what exactly is falling apart? And if everything is so ******* garbage, why the hell did you buy it? Did you not test it first?
        g2k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Smiley
        you must abuse your cars
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Smiley
        Very surprised to hear negative feedback about a Honda manual gearbox, but don't forget, we're complaining that today's honda isn't anything like the Honda we like. Buy an older Si or an S2000 or something like that, and you'll see why we like and miss the company, and why we've pronounced it dead for quite some time.
          Soyntgo4it
          • 2 Years Ago
          @IBx27
          Hes lying through his teeth.. Like I said in my comment I'm sure hes beating the snot out of the car and probably modified it and and screw stuff up.. Its his own fault..
        Soyntgo4it
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Smiley
        Stop beating on the car then.. A car can only take so much.. I can see you probably modified it on your own and are blaming Honda for your errors grow up kid. Honda makes great cars that last.
        Smiley
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Smiley
        BTW I paid $30.5k OTD with a top of the line warranty.
          bluphish69
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Smiley
          If you got a top of the line warranty then there shouldn't be any issues that you have to worry about... ie suspension or gearbox unless you are just abusing the car. If you have had the car worked on by the dealership then you are just dealing with a shitty dealership. Where I work if you were truly sold a lemon you wouldn't still be driving it. They should've explained lemon laws to you when you bought the car. Its one of the books collecting dust in your glovebox. From the description of what you bought it sounds like you enjoy driving the car hard and not maintaining it but that's just an assumption based on what you said. I know 271hp and 6MT is hard to not drive hard but you have to maintain it if you do.
        bluphish69
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Smiley
        I have owned two Honda Accords in the past 10 years along with 2 VW's and a Subaru WRX. I also work for Honda. I believe in the product and I stand behind what I sell. Honda's have good quality products that typically last a long time and are very dependable. My last Accord had 262,000 miles when I sold it to a friend and he was very happy with it. The 2009 Coupe is a solid built vehicle and the interior, although not the most modern or flashy, is both functional and of average style. I have seen some very abused Accords come into the dealership and none have looked so bad that I would be ashamed to say I am selling the product or to call it garbage. It sounds like to me you are not taking care of the vehicle you purchased. Do you appreciate what you have? It doesnt sound like it. There is a reason holds its value the way that they do. They are quality... boring but quality. I only say boring because they are not the same company that sold the S2000, CRX, Civic Type-R or any other fun car. Hopefully they make a return to fun very soon. Non the less... the 2009 Accord V6 with 6 speed tranny is a blast to drive and is a quality built car and it sounds like you didnt deserve to own it. I say this as a fan of automobiles and not as an employee of HONDA. If I am wrong I am wrong but I dont think that I am.
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      e46mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a mess Honda. Are you guys ever going to build anything desirable again?
      Jordan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, talk about an over-styled interior. Almost hurts your eyes to even look at it. lol
        ilmhmtu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jordan
        That interior is for the Fit EV (electric car) and not the Accord.
      timbrands
      • 2 Years Ago
      ??? Ford's first generation SYNC wasn't a problem at all. A couple of years ago it was the best in the industry. And consumers loved it, it was mentioned many times as a reason to buy a Ford. If you are referring to the 1st generation of MyFord/MyLincoln Touch that goes a few steps beyond SYNC, yes there have been some issues. Most of all a steep learning curve, especially for the tech challenged. The other problem was black screens and rebooting. Most if not all of that has been solved in the revisions that were mailed to owners or performed by the dealerships. Other revisions and added features may become available. But SYNC isn't standard on the base Focus or even SE model. And MyFord Touch (the high tech version) is optional on SEL and standard on Titanium. So it isn't like you HAVE to get if you don't want it. People seem to be bitching about MFT even if they didn't have it...........must have been listening to automotive "journalists".
        ClementZ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @timbrands
        My main problem with MFT and other touch systems is the lack of tactile feedback. With buttons/knobs, you know if they have been pressed, and if the knob has turned, and how much. This means that things can be operated without taking your eyes off of the road, once you have learned where to find everything. MFT on the other hand, hasn't any tactile feedback. I suppose that once you know where everything is, you can tap without looking, but being more reliant on a computer than buttons and knobs, things may lag and not register sometimes (I personally haven't had this problem in a vehicle equipped with MFT, though it has occurred on every other touch based thing I've used (microwaves, my phone, certain all-in-one computers, tablets) so I wouldn't rule it out occurring in a car, once the car got old enough). Furthermore, most touch systems seem to be based on menus, which demand more attention than a button or a knob would.
      spinnetti
      • 2 Years Ago
      What. A. Disaster! That interior his HORRIBLE! Honda has seriously lost their way.. Except for a few bright spots, they've been going down hill for years. What happened?
        Ben
        • 2 Years Ago
        @spinnetti
        Dude - that is the FIT interior.
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      Hennessey
      • 2 Years Ago
      This interior is exactly why, despite growing up swearing by Honda, I own a VW now. This is horrendous. Let's see how many circles we can put around the driver and then put a rectangle for the screen. Then some sort of dormer vent. Too many shapes. Having the biggest, (useless) screen for bragging rights doesn't cut it anymore. FUNCTIONALITY please.
        ilmhmtu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hennessey
        Good lord, people. Read the article. That interior is for the Fit EV (electric car) and not the Accord.
      SW
      • 2 Years Ago
      That dash has more ridges than Freddie Crugers face...
      wynotme
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awful interior. Looks like it belongs in a Fit.
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