Spied: 2013 Honda Accord Interior Has Pandora, Manual Transmission

Our spy shooters have once again snared the 2013 Honda Accord in their sights. Though we've seen the car's exterior several times by now, our photographers managed to get a look inside the new Honda midsizer this time.

We've already seen the sedan with its roofline exposed, spied the plug-in hybrid version, and even caught a Honda Accord coupe out testing. This time, however, our spy shooter finally got a peek inside the car.

The first interesting item to notice is the manual transmission used in this prototype. Although the Accord has long offered the option to shift for yourself, we're pleased to see visual confirmation that option will continue in the latest generation of Honda's midsize sedan and coupe. As is the case now, though, manual-transmission Accords will likely be extremely rare.

The next change is an interior revamp, starting with a new instrument cluster matching that of the 2012 Honda CR-V. Instead of the old Accord's pair of dials, the 2013 model gets a large central speedometer, with a digital display in its center. At the left is a smaller analog tachometer, while the right-hand edge of the cluster appears to hold a fuel gauge. In addition, Honda has thankfully simplified and tidied the new car's center stack. As on the 2012 CR-V, air vents now flank the audio and climate controls, which are arranged in tidy straight rows. The current Accord's center stack has a glut of buttons arranged on a convex piece of plastic.

The important piece of news for audiophiles is the presence of a new infotainment system that has Pandora internet radio capability. A larger screen is mounted atop the dashboard clearly shows that Honda's test drivers were enjoying the Celine Dion station on Pandora. Small icons at the top of the display indicate that, as is the case on almost any new car, Bluetooth connectivity is included.

The 2013 Honda Accord bowed in concept form at the Detroit auto show in January. The automaker has so far divulged that the base engine in the 2013 Accord will be a revised 2.4-liter inline-four with 181 hp, which can be mated to a continuously variable or six-speed manual transmission. An optional 3.5-liter V-6 will produce at least 271 hp, and can be coupled to a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

The 2012 Honda Accord is offered with two engines: a 177-hp, 2.4-liter inline-four that could be mated to either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission; and a 271-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 available with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic.

The 2013 Honda Accord is expected to launch this fall.

amy
Seat memory is on the door panel. I work for the company that makes that part.
Daniel
All I can say at this point is it's OK, but nothing spectacular. It is an improvement over the current model, but I think this is a mediocre redesign not unlike the Toyota Camry. The new Camry is terrible, though I think this Accord is slightly better. I'm not that impressed with the interior. Again, it's better, cleaner. But I'm not wowed. I'm glad to see the indention lines are gone from the body sides, and instead there are nice clean lines. Overall, it's a little sportier which is good. But.....OMG.....are those Hyundai Genesis taillights???? lol tell me I'm crazy.
ben
Center console and glovebox look very similar to current model. Nothing wrong with that I guess, but I'm not sure I'll trade my current gen for one of these. I'll more likely be checking out the Fusion or Altima.
Jordan
Omg!!! Im waiting to buy a new car, owned honda since 1999. No push button start and memory seat for the driver if & when another person drives it and adjust the drivers seat....really?! Come on Honda you gotta step up or my new car will be a maxima really nice nice and features are awesome.
Random
this is a very BMW looking interior. i like it. it doesnt look ridiculous like the sonata's
lgp1981
Ugh...I was hoping the interior would give me a reason to buy a new Accord to replace my '02. Not sure this is a winner. I'll have to see it in person.
go global
suddenly best interior in class.the accord will be the king again.
alex
Wah no push button start ! Come on Honda you were the first to offer it in 2000 with the S2000!
btc909
Hopefully the Plug In Hybrid isn't crazy expensive.
William
Due to the manual transmission, come this fall the Accord will have my close attention....

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