Claiming the title of “Canadian Car of the Year” is an honor that guarantees quality and equals increased sales for the recipient. The hopefuls for 2013 can now uncross their fingers because the Honda Accord Sedan has emerged victorious. The 2013 Accord is breaking new ground for this line of cars. In previous years, the Accord does well, but it gets lost in the shuffle when it comes to formal recognition.
The contest was not a dead giveaway by any means. The new Accord had to really put its best foot forward in order to compete with contending cars in Canada such as the Hyundai Sonata and the Toyota Camry. The technology in development by Honda finally made its way into this popular model , giving it the leg up that it has always needed. However, the technology was not just in the form of interior gadgets. The innovation made major impacts on the performance and economy of this vehicle.
Honda’s sedans of the past, including the EX models, were run of the mill when it came to design and performance. Drivers had few things to really get excited about. The new Accord counters this trend with its new contours aimed at increasing visibility and exposure to light. The engine breaks the mold of previous specifications by coming off the line with a 2.4-Liter, 4-cylinder engine that takes advantage of direct-fuel injection. The engine provides 185 horsepower from 181 pounds per feet of torque. These numbers are just enough to give the driver a sense of power without taking things over the top in any way that might be considered excessive.
Fuel economy is ramped up over previous Accords with the inclusion of the continuously variable transmission (CVT). This systems works beautifully with the already established variable-valve timing system (i-VTEC). The new technology gives the engine more freedom when it comes to gear ratios. Nissan originally mastered this kind of engine versatility. However, Honda has clearly advanced its capability in 2013. Steering has also made a considerable contribution to the win. It handles with essentially the same comfort at both high and low speeds. Any electrical assistance that may be aiding the driver is well concealed by adaptive handling and superior balance.
The gas mileage is not anything overtly spectacular in the scheme of things. Drivers can expect to average 36 MPG on the highway and 27 MPG in the city. However, Eco-mode driving that is built into the system does little to noticeably impact the car’s performance. Drivers may also find it strange that there is no built-in navigation system. Given that most people use their smart phones for this purpose, the absence of this kind of tech is hardly missed. An average price of $23,000 makes attaining Canada’s gold winner an affordable investment that certainly will have its payoffs.