Honda has released official Environmental Protection Agency ratings for the 2013 Accord. Base models come equipped with a direct-injection 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. When mated with a new six-speed manual gearbox, the sedan returns 24 miles per gallon city, 34 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined.

Engineers have also developed a new continuously variable transmission for peak fuel economy. When paired with the CVT, the four-cylinder yields 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined. Those numbers mark an increase of four mpg city and two mpg highway over the old automatic, but land the Accord behind the 38 mpg of the 2013 Nissan Altima.

While the new direct-injection system and transmissions account for a large portion of that increase, tricks like an electric power steering system and reworked aerodynamics also help. Sport trim bumps power up to 189 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque with no significant fuel economy penalty. Buyers who step into the 278 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with its 252 lb-ft of torque can look forward to 21 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. That's an increase of one and four mpg, respectively, which helps push the six-cylinder to 25 mpg combined.


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      adam512
      • 2 Years Ago
      The V6 is nearly as good as the 4 cylinder on highway MPG. 34 mpg is very impressive for a 280bhp 3.5 v6!
      gofast182
      • 2 Years Ago
      When a ton of new photos are released, why does Autoblog not bother to post them and instead sticks with the CGI images that were released weeks ago?
      EverythingBagel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mmm Accord V6. The way that motor SOUNDS is worth thousands more than any turbo four in the class, especially the Hyundai/Kia one which sounds like a kitchen fan.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      I give Honda credit for at least offering a manual. I doubt any dealers will stock them though.
        Kevin W
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        A good dealer will order one for you. I had to wait a few weeks, but I got my 2011 V^ 6MT fresh off the truck. The "test drive" was me taking it home. :) Well worth the wait. Honda makes some of the best manuals out there, even if they don't bother promoting that fact.
          Luis
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kevin W
          Absolutely. The Honda manual trannys are awesome. I'm waiting to see if I can get the new accord V6 with one, I may just need a car before that is available though.
          Joe Bo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kevin W
          I really like honda 6 speed gearboxes. Half the reason I bought the 6speed manual tsx was for the gearbox. I need to replace the wifey's car and she hates automatics. I'd consider this new accord if it had been out for a few years. (I typically buy cars a few years old)
      L1011
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't help but wonder what MPG an Accord diesel would get. Again, we in the US get the shaft when it comes to diesel cars.
      ijardine
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it me or does 21/34 mpg for the 278HP V6 variant sound fantastic? Maybe too fantastic to be true....
      PICKLEBOY
      • 2 Years Ago
      they should put that 4 cylinder in the civic
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      No wonder why the Chinese are passing the Japanese with technology? Geely already upgraded all its cars with 6 speeds and 7 speeds while Honda is still making some 5 speed vehicles. On top of that, Geely is putting its own turbo engines into its cars whereas Honda still has no turbos on the drawing board.
        banstaman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        You say it like the chinese were the first to utilize turbos and transmissions with such speeds.
        M5_4_life
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Dude, quit the trolling, it's not pretty. We get it, the Chinese are past blatantly copying others and managed to come up with something remotely passable as a car, check! Geez.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @M5_4_life
          "The Mspeed3 is amazing, but the regular Mazda3 is lacking in terms of fun factor." You lost almost all of your credibility with the second part of that sentence. A car that's been praised by EVERYONE as being the most fun to drive in its segment is :lacking in terms of fun factor"? No.
          takumi12350
          • 2 Years Ago
          @M5_4_life
          I agree with SonataGuy1. The Sonata is a big bang for the buck. It's really apples and oranges. The one thing that Honda has over Toyota/Hyundai is the handling. Pretty much all their cars handle superior to cars in similar class. That's kind of been their niche. "The affordable sporty Japanese car." So either you dish out the cash for a "sportier" car or a more luxurious(Sonata) one. I'm sure you can agree that the Accord out handles the Sonata. Especially the Sonata turbo, which has been synonymous with wheel hop. Not sure about the other trims. The Focus has stepped it up as well as the Mazda 3. In terms of reliability, we will see. The original focus was a piece of crap. The Mspeed3 is amazing, but the regular Mazda3 is lacking in terms of fun factor. Once again apples vs oranges.
        takumi12350
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        The Chinese will NEVER surpass the Japanese in terms of technology. That's why they pretty much bootleg everything. Even their car designs are blatant rip offs of luxury brands. Sure they look nice, but in terms of safety/technology/structural integrity they are inferior. Why do you think so many Chinese cars have been banned in first world countries. I'm Chinese and i would NEVER step foot in a Chinese car. You must work for the Chinese car industry because you are d!ck riding pretty hard. Sure 6 and 7 speeds are great, but in reality Honda is quite good at what it does and that's why they've been around so long. They build solid cars, not something i can say about ANY Chinese brand.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @takumi12350
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        @Yang Xi Gua
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        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        This is a D segment sedan, not a C segment sized Civic. No non-hybrid gasoline D segment sedan is getting 40MPG, the Altima leads the pack at 38HWY.
        ken
        • 2 Years Ago
        Cars have to get smaller thanks to government intervention. If the people from 1990 could live with 184 inches of Accord, so will the people of 2020. After all, people are getting significantly wider, not taller.
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        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        No, it really doesn't. The new Mazda 6 is beautiful, this is not beautiful at all. Sedan and conservative, yes, but beautiful, no.
      m2anishmathew
      • 2 Years Ago
      does anyone still remember when Honda made cars because they wanted to and not because they had to? what happened to Toyota,Nissan and other japanese car makers, its like they stopped caring about making cars and started caring more about their quarterly profit. Someone should let them know thats a bad move they are making.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @m2anishmathew
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