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2013 Honda Accord Is the Only Affordable Midsize That Aced the Latest IIHS Crash Test

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2013 Honda Accord Is the Only Affordable Midsize That Aced the Latest IIHS Crash Test

Aced as in a perfect score across the board!

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2013 Honda Accord during the new IIHS Small Overlap Crash Test – This one separates the boys from their mama’s and the Accord nailed it!

First the car we drove just two short weeks ago back in LA happened to be available for the 2013 Honda Accord with the 6-speed stick review. It did everything right except for being a Sport variant that left a few mpg’s on the table vs. the slightly less expensive LX trim.

The non-calibrated 64.5 mpg result places it right there amongst the leaders including the 2011 Hyundai Sonata with the stick at an actual 66.x mpgUS result achieved just over 1,000 miles (the stick is no longer available however ) and the 2013 Nissan Altima with a non-calibrated 64.6 mpg result over a 115 mile RT drive loop at its short lead last summer.

The good: It has a nice ride, really good handling, great stick action, and decent visibility, good performance (both straight line and FE wise) and it was comfortable.

The bad: Like every midsize, the Accord has a low starting price but gets pricey real quick with just a few ticks off the trim or option list.

And its safety? Absolutely beyond reproach with a perfect “best-in-class” IIHS small overlap crash test and overall result that none of its competitors can match.

The all-new 2013 Honda Accord Sedan was only one of two midsize sedans to earn an overall GOOD rating in the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap frontal crash test. Under the more stringent testing guidelines, the new small overlap frontal crash test is designed to replicate what happens when only a small portion of the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole. Additionally, both the 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe are among the first vehicles in the industry to earn the highest possible safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the IIHS.

As a manufacturer, Honda leads the industry with three TOP SAFETY PICK+ vehicles which include the 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe and 2013 Acura TL.

Beginning with the 2013 Honda Accord, Honda is applying the second generation of Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE II) body structure to its models. This reinforced front frame structure provides further enhanced frontal crash energy management through a wider range of offset and oblique crashes. The result of these efforts provides the capability for the Accord Sedan to achieve a top mark of GOOD in the new IIHS small overlap frontal testing.

The new IIHS test is more challenging, as it requires additional vehicle cabin structure and front structure outboard of the main frame rails. By re-engineering of the vehicle structure, Honda has added enhancements that minimize the possible adverse effects on handling and ride comfort, fuel efficiency and overall body vibration, while increasing the safety performance of the vehicle for its passengers.


If some believe Honda is not putting forth it’s A-Game, they probably do not understand what the above results mean.

Standard safety equipment on all Honda and Acura models include Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags (some vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor as well); dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and a driver's side airbag.

Now if we can only convince them to add rear passenger side airbags, their vehicles would prove to be even safer!

2013 Honda Accord Sport


It may not be quite as flashy or as fuel efficient as some of its segment competitors but it sure is safe.

All told, I cannot wait to see the results of the newer new 2013 Civic on the same IIHS small overlap crash test.
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Re: 2013 Honda Accord Is the Only Affordable Midsize That Aced the Latest IIHS Crash

The Suzuki Kizashi was the other car that earned the good rating in that test.
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Re: 2013 Honda Accord Is the Only Affordable Midsize That Aced the Latest IIHS Crash

Hi Blackbelt:

The Suzuki did not receive an across the board Good rating as it fell away from the Accord with its roof crush strength test results.

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It's a funny thing. Just a year ago I wouldn't have even bothered visiting a Honda dealership if I were looking for a new midsize sedan. Today I think it would be my first stop.
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Re: 2013 Honda Accord Is the Only Affordable Midsize That Aced the Latest IIHS Crash

Mid-size ? Try full-size. It's a giant boat of a car. And yes, with today's tech boat is more efficient than yesterday's boat.

But it's still a boat.
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Re: 2013 Honda Accord Is the Only Affordable Midsize That Aced the Latest IIHS Crash

Hi Edwin:

The all-new 2013 is smaller than the 8th generation (it lost 3 cu. ft. of interior volume and 1 cu. ft. of cargo volume) and is again EPA size rated as a midsize.

Saying that. only the 12/13 Passat had more room in the back!

2013 Honda Accord Review


The Accord provided very comfortable front and rear seat ergonomics and seating position.


2013 VW Passat TDI by comparison. Notice the short rear seat bottoms in the Passat?


2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid for comparison. Even though it has the leg/knee room, notice the low seat bottoms in the back leading to lack of thigh support.


2013 Chevrolet Malibu. This was an ergonomic nightmare for those in the rear.

The Accord is more comfortable in the rear because of its more laid back and stretched out seating position. A car that really does fit better than some of its competitors. The 2013 Altima was also large from the front to rear but I did not have the chance to snap a pic of the same at the short lead this past summer

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The Suzuki did not receive an across the board Good rating as it fell away from the Accord with its roof crush strength test results.

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It received a rating of TSP+, the same as the Accord.
The difference between the 2 in the roof test was 15,907# for the Accord Vs 13.023 for the Kizashi.

Big difference between the 2 currently is you can buy a Kizashi for $6,000-$8,000 less than an Accord.
That's pretty important and a pretty big difference.
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But can you stiill buy the Kizashi ?
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Hi Edwin:

If there are any left, you would not want to.

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If there are any left, you would not want to.

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Really Wayne? Why not?
BTW, there are some left.
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