If Honda's words are to be believed, what you're looking at here is "the most sculpted Accord ever." The camouflage has been pulled away and we're now getting our first glimpse at the production 2013 Accord sedan.

Now, let's dissect that "most sculpted Accord" statement for a moment. Historically, Honda has never been known to break design barriers with its decidedly likable midsize sedan. But when you're competing with the likes of the best-selling Toyota Camry in one of the most competitive and highly shopped segments in the industry, sex doesn't always sell. And to that extent, yes, this is the most sculpted Accord we've seen – certainly more attractive than the current sedan – but it won't set the world on fire. And that's fine, because conservative, handsome styling sells.

Conservative and handsome it definitely is. We like the strong character line that sweeps along the belt line and fades off just before the C pillar, and elements like the attractive 10-spoke wheels, LED running lamps, headlamps and taillamps keep it looking modern. From the rear, we won't fault you for mistaking the Accord for a Hyundai Genesis, and we'll really have to see the car in person before making final design judgments. It's not Sonata sleek, but it certainly doesn't look bad.

That's all we know for now, though Honda does say that the 2013 Accord sedan is "bigger on the inside and smaller on the outside." We'll have more details when the car officially debuts in the fall. In the meantime, peruse the two high-res images in our attached gallery and scroll down for Honda's press blast.
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All-New 2013 Honda Accord Will Debut with Premium and Sophisticated Exterior Styling

The most sculpted Accord ever is bigger on the inside and smaller on the outside


TORRANCE, Calif., Aug. 8, 2012 – Honda today revealed the first images of the much anticipated all-new 2013 Honda Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe, set to go on sale this fall. The most sculpted Accord ever delivers an even more spacious and luxurious passenger cabin wrapped in an upscale, sophisticated exterior designed to stand the test of time.

The 2013 Accord's styling is expressive, sophisticated and premium. Starting in the front, a bold new grille imparts a distinctive and dynamic tension that complements the powerful look of the hood's multiple styling lines. A strong side character line flows through the door handles and flares upward toward the rear of the vehicle to further convey a sense of motion. A deep contour in the rocker panel firmly grounds its visual presence to the road and smartly turns upward to convey a sporty attitude. In the back, the inward slope where the fenders taper into the trunk and C-pillars is designed to convey a powerful, athletic stance from the rear.

True to the spirit of Honda and every Accord before it, the ninth-generation embraces a customer focus from the inside out. Smart interior packaging allows for increased passenger and cargo space in both the sedan and the coupe, while the overall exterior lengths are noticeably shortened, contributing to a sportier driving character and easier parking. An expansive greenhouse and generous rear seating area provide excellent levels of visibility and comfort for the driver and all passengers.

"This car is the most sculpted and the most dynamic Accord yet," said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda. "Following Honda's long-held philosophy of 'man maximum, machine minimum,' the beautiful exterior evolved from a focus on interior space and the needs of the people inside it."

On the road, an overall aerodynamic shape combined with low-drag exterior surfaces including nearly flush windshield glass, flush-mounted windshield wipers and careful under-body tailoring promise enhanced fuel efficiency. Premium details like available LED daytime running lights, headlights and taillights hint at the sophisticated technology and luxury available inside.

More information about the all-new 2013 Accord will be revealed later this fall. For photos about the styling direction of the 2013 Accord, visit www.hondanews.com.


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      icecoldpepsi24
      • 2 Years Ago
      You can also see the coupe pictures at Temple of VTEC. Don't know why Autoblog didn't post those... :/
      1701J
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the design characteristics of this car is good.. but not great. I like that they have tightened the styling up, but I agree with many that it looks like a refresh of what they cranked out from 08-12. However, Honda does put out a very reliable product, so regardless of the bold styling everyone else is running with now, I think it may be a smart play on things, but this design could use a bit more slink. I will say it looks better than the current Camry.
      ashwats
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like they really digged deep into their heritage!
      PatrickH
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm actually slightly impressed. Honda actually went in the right direction and made this better looking than the last model. Of course, I thought the last model looked horrible and ungainly. To that end this model still resembles that one a bit too much and if I was in the market for a (boring) car of this type I would go elsewhere because of the styling.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meh, it's not bad. It's not a homerun by any means, but it's handsome overall. Better looking than the outgoing model. I'm more concerned with them addressing that awful mess of an interior, honestly. And regardless of looks, lets hope they kept the solid driving dynamics.
      Nick H
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks decent. Not too exciting or dramatic, but compared to the designs Honda has been putting out over the last few years it's a giant leap forward.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      ZOZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nothing special, but much better than current model, and the 2012 Camry for sure. I agree who believe Honda needs new blood though.
      john m
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, it does look a lot better than the old one. I hated the appearance of the old one. It's got the same greenhouse and the same rims as the old one. And it's got a little Hyundai Azera in the front and Genisis on the back going on. Still conservative looking, which is what Honda owners like I think, but it does look better. Personally, this is what the previous model should have looked like in the first place.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        EJD1984
        • 2 Years Ago
        Heck, even Oldsmobile designers could have done better (i.e. Aurora)
          luigi.tony
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EJD1984
          LOL, I knew you have zero credibility, now with the Aurora comment, It's confirmed, you are fullofshit.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EJD1984
          Debatable. The Aurora wasn't that great looking...
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EJD1984
          The problem with the Aurora wasn't so much the styling, but the fact that buyers didn't know who sold it. There were no Oldsmobile badges on the car.
        Jonathan Wayne
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yep.
      AGSHOP
      • 2 Years Ago
      HONDA IS BACK! :D
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AGSHOP
        >CVT Yeah no.
          Amco
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          also the V6 has an all new 6AT!!! no CVT. CVT only on the new Earth dreams i4
          fivesix7eight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          @carguy Re: K-series with direct injection Earth Dreams (ED) engines are not just K-series with direct injection: 660cc, 1.3L, 1.5L, and 1.8L DOHC engines will debut throughout Honda's stable of Kei-cars and sub-compacts. AFIK, Honda doesn't currently offer a K-series with less than 2.0L displacement nor do they offer a DOHC (Atkinson Cycle) engine with less than 2.0L -- I'm not familiar with Honda's engines outside of the US market so maybe someone can shed some light on that? The cylinder head is all new indicated by the exhaust manifold being up front similar to the D/B/H-series engines -- a K-series has its exhaust manifold by the firewall; the the coolant and oil plumbing is completely different too. Earth Dreams 2.4L http://world.honda.com/news/2011/4111130Earth-Dreams-Technology/photo/images/01.jpg K24a2 http://www.hmotorsonline.com/shop/images/k24a2_cc.jpg ED engines will use low-friction internals, weigh less, and offer more fuel economy + power + torque. I'm not going to list out all the technical aspects of it but if you're interested in educating yourself you can find the official press release here complete with an outline of Honda's Earth Dreams Technology roll-out: http://world.honda.com/news/2011/4111130Earth-Dreams-Technology/index.html
          ClementZ
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          carguy1701 - Answer to what? You nor I ever asked a question. And no, I don't think manuals are necessary in a midsize sedan. They sure make driving more enjoyable though (IMO), regardless of the car type that they are attached to. I cling to manuals because I don't like CVTs or automatics. You seem to cling to automatic because you don't like manuals are CVTs. It's the same thing. And really? New Altima owners need their transmissions replaced because of failure? I haven't seen or read that anywhere... And that comment about the Earth Dreams power band wasn't necessary. They haven't been dynoed anywhere yet, so any power delivery is completely speculative.
          ClementZ
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          >ignores 6MT. ok bro.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          Pretty sure the 6MT cars won't be volume sellers. In case you haven't noticed, the manual transmission is disappearing from this segment, and the simple reason is that it isn't necessary in the segment anymore. By and large, cars in this segment, regardless of brand, are treated as appliances, and the customer doesn't want to have to shift gears for themselves, especially if the automatic transmission option gets better fuel economy. Why else would all the other manufacturers drop the option? The more you cling to the outdated notion that a manual is necessary in a vehicle like a mid-size sedan, the more I think you have other problems.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          >implying CVTs are an answer Yeah, tell that to Nissan owners that have had to have their transmissions replaced because of failure. And again, manual transmissions are not necessary in mid-size sedans. I love how you cling to them like they're still relevant in an appliance segment. Plus, if the Earth Dream K-series is anything like its predecessor, it will have the same problem that has plagued every Honda engine ever: lack of low end torque. That's why the transmissions are so easy to shift: you have to keep shifting to keep the engine in its power band, so making them notchy/hard to shift would be counter intuitive.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          Touche. I don't care for manuals in FWD sedans. In a car like 3-series or a Mustang, different story.
          ClementZ
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          The same customer that doesn't want to shift for themselves normally doesn't care if his automatic transmission is planetary gear or continuously variable. My point was, that if CVT is the bane and an abomination upon everything, as you repeatedly seem to think, learn to operate three pedals effectively. I'm aware that CVTs don't last as long as automatic transmissions, but I am also aware that most customers won't care, especially when compared to other automakers that are also phasing out traditional automatic transmissions for CVTs.
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