Consumer Reports and Honda seem to have patched things up thanks to the 2013 Accord. The publication says the four-cylinder sedan now sits at the top of its class after testing, beating out the Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry, while the V6 Accord is giving the Camry and Camry Hybrid serious competition in CR ratings. The Accord managed to improve its position thanks to its fuel economy, smooth CVT and driving characteristics, though testers also said the Accord boasts "one of the best driving positions available in its class."

That's not to say there weren't a few sore spots. Consumer Reports found the sedan's optional Lane Watch system to be gimmicky given the tech doesn't cover the driver's side blind spot. While the full test results are currently available on the CR web site, the report will also show up in the February issue of the magazine. Expect to see it hit news stand on December 27. Until then, you can check out the full press release below.
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CONSUMER REPORTS TESTS FIND REDESIGNED HONDA ACCORD RETURNS TO THE FRONT OF THE PACK

Impressive Accord Redesign Alters Mid-sized Sedan Landscape

YONKERS, NY - With a roomy interior, frugal fuel economy, a fun-to-drive character, and an attractive combination of features and price, the Honda Accord has given Consumer Reports testers convincing evidence that Honda may be back on track.

The new four-cylinder Accord now tops its class, edging out the Hyundai Sonata and Camry, while the V6 model is challenging the Camry Hybrid and V6 Camry for the top spot in Consumer Reports ratings.

"Honda missed the mark with other redesigned models in recent years, but it nailed this one," said Jake Fisher, director, Consumer Reports Auto Test Center.

Consumer Reports tests found the new Accord to be a very fuel efficient and well-rounded sedan. Its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, matched with a smoothly operating continuously variable transmission, squeezes out an excellent 30 mpg overall and 40 mpg on the highway. The 3.5-liter V6 is super smooth and quite powerful, snapping off a 6.3-second 0-to-60 mph time that beats some sports cars. And its 26 mpg overall is better than many four-cylinders.

Inside the cabin, the Accord offers one of the best driving positions available in its class, with excellent visibility and comfortable seats. Upper-level versions have Honda's LaneWatch system which uses a camera to display what lurks in the car's passenger side blind zone. CR found this gimmicky and distracting, especially since there is no warning for cars on the driver's side.

The full report and road test results are available at ConsumerReports.org on December 18th and in the February issue of Consumer Reports on newsstands December 27. Updated daily, ConsumerReports.org is the go-to Website for the latest auto reviews, product news, blogs on breaking news and car buying information. Check out CR's ongoing Twitter feed at @CRCars.

While Consumer Reports previously tested the revamped Chevrolet Malibu's mild-hybrid Eco version, this group included a conventionally powered Malibu with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Consumer Reports engineers found it to have a plush ride, quiet cabin, and reasonable 26 mpg. With better handling and acceleration, this Malibu scored notably higher than the Malibu Eco. But its $26,030 sticker is high for the class and the rear seat is snug for a family sedan.

Subaru updated the 2013 Legacy, tweaking its suspension and giving it a new engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT). Consumer Reports found the Legacy to be spacious and nicely equipped, with good fuel economy given the standard all-wheel-drive. But while the handling of this new version is a little crisper, it comes at the expense of the previously cushy ride. The unrefined CVT accentuates engine noise, which also cost the car points in Consumer Reports testing. Overall, Consumer Reports found the new Legacy isn't notably better, only different.

The Accord and Legacy are Recommended by Consumer Reports; the Legacy has had above-average reliability and we expect the same for the Accord, based on its good track record. While the Malibu scored well, it's too new for Consumer Reports to have sufficient reliability data

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Subaru XV Crosstrek SUVs were also recently tested by Consumer Reports. The stylish, midsized Santa Fe Sport was notably upgraded for 2013. Tests found it offers good fuel efficiency, a composed ride, a spacious cabin, and an impressive array of features for the money. But a few shortcomings, notably vague steering and limited visibility, keep it mid-pack in Consumer Reports' Ratings.

Consumer Reports found the Crosstrek, which is based on the Subaru Impreza hatchback, poses convincingly as a miniature SUV. Its raised ride height provides 8 inches of ground clearance, on par with "real" SUVs. While no rugged off-roader, it's more than a match for deeply rutted muddy roads. Fuel economy is impressive at 26 mpg overall, but acceleration with the CVT feels a little sluggish when it first gets underway. The engine sounds raucous when revving, which it has to do a lot. Road noise adds more racket.

The jacked-up ground clearance and stiffened suspension take a toll on agility and ride comfort. "Most buyers should stick with the higher-scoring Impreza Sport that costs $2,000 less," Fisher said.

Consumer Reports is the world's largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.

The full report and road test results are available at ConsumerReports.org on December 18th and in the January issue of Consumer Reports on newsstands December 27th.


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      DudM
      • 2 Years Ago
      where is video??????????
      Zippswitch
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a good car. I've driven the Sport - The paddle shifters work very well and the car is quick.
        jessesrq
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zippswitch
        Honda needs to add the paddle shifters to the Touring model. The Touring is compelling as an alternative to a entry luxury sedans (TL, S60, A4), but needs just a couple more upgrades from the rest of the Accord trim levels to stand out.
      Tom
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't get why Lane Watch would cover the driver's-side blind spot. The whole point is that it uses the navigation screen, to the driver's right, which is the same direction the driver would be looking to check the passenger side. It would be counterintuitive for the driver to look to the right to check for vehicles on the left. Of course, using SAE-recommended mirror positions eliminates blind spots, so no one in the know really cares.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is nothing but an appliance. You know how boring it is to own a Accord or Camry? No trips to repair shop, no engine catching fire, no water pump spontaneously combusting, no rattles or road noise. Just fill gas, occasional maintenance, and they just keep working like a champ. I hate this kind of monotonous life. This is why I drive a BMW - I like living on the edge. I like the excitement of not knowing when my shitty car will break down, not knowing whether it will make through another month without needing repairs, and when it finally falls apart after 50K miles, I get to buy another one.
        Xi Gua
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        until you hit an innocent kid and gets life prison
        FIDTRO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        The millions of owners receiving their numerous recall notices from Honda and Toyota after all these years for their "reliable" cars will probably disagree with you. But it's ok, companies that cover up their recalls are just looking out for the consumer! I know it would just ruin my day if I WAS told about a serious mechanical defect that could result in a horrible accident. I can't wait to join the Honda and Toyota nation.
          Famsert
          • 2 Years Ago
          @FIDTRO
          Toyota and Honda are actually ranked VERY well in terms of complaints per market share. One of the best in fact. http://www.edmunds.com/autoobserver-archive/2010/02/toyota-ranks-17th-for-nhtsa-customer-complaints-edmundscom-analysis-shows.html Now whether a government organization that may or may not be impartial chooses to recall for a safety complaint is a different story.
          Jack
          • 2 Years Ago
          @FIDTRO
          @ FIDTROLL, Yes, they've had their recalls, but Honda and Toyota still do extremely well in reliability studies year after year. I think most recalls are much ado about nothing anyways, or are complete BS. Many, many owners drive their cars for hundreds of thousands of miles with little to no issues with their cars. And it's not as if other manufacturers aren't hiding things about car you'd like to know about.
        krispytoasterbutter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        Yeah, I'm the kind of guy that ignores recalls so I can watch my car burn down my house. That's how hardcore I am. Aahhh, I just get so pumped when I see my instrument cluster light up like a Christmas tree!! Camcord owners don't know what they're missing.
        ELG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        its funny that you think only honda and toyota make reliable vehicles. you can have a reliable vehicle AND not bore yourself to death. amazing.
        Sox05
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        BMW > Honda
          superchan7
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sox05
          How much was that oil change? Tires? Brakes? Suspension and shocks?
        Toronto St. Pats
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        Haha well done sir!!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
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        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        tough to disagree....I feel 100% and live your comment myself too
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the Honda humpers are here to save the day..
      BUY AMERICAN MADE!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Continuously variable trannies suck. Nothings worse than the spongy, slow feel of a CVT. It's why you never see American cars using them.
      Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's worth noting that the V6 Accord gets roughly the same mileage as the base Fusion / Malibu at 21 city 34 highway compared to 22 city 34 highway.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Laughing my you-know-what off here....any car with a CVT is a disaster for anything but mileage. And how CR can violate it's own rules by putting a new design at the top of its list when there is insufficient data for reliability determination. Clearly, CR is simply putting an asterisk after Honda based on past performance and reliability but ignoring CR's own past denigration of the marque/model.
      BUY AMERICAN MADE!
      • 2 Years Ago
      POS BUY AMERICAN MADE!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      peaceinmiddleeast
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't think there is one genuinely negative thing to say about this car. Good MPG, value, looks, resale, reliability, responses. The only car capable of challenging the accord in that segment is the upcoming Mazda 6.
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