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The latest generation of Accord has arrived at Honda Tucson, and it’s smaller, lighter, and sleeker. There’s not a single ounce of carryover sheetmetal. The front fascia has been redesigned with LED accent lights, the hood sports new sculpting, the beltline is lower, and the character creases running down the sides are more strongly defined. The classic Accord keeps its easily recognizable style but adds some upgrades both inside and out.

Historically the Accord has always been ranked in the top of its class and that in part is due to its amazing agility. The newest generation of Accord is no different. Depending on trim and model levels the agility differs slightly, but there is no doubt the accord not only drives well but offers a quiet ride as well. Honda offers a new electric system that is programmed for an improved road feel with the sport suspension package—but even the most basic Accord LX is quick on its feet. With other upgrades to this generation, like firmer suspension and aggressive tires, the Accord can now easily be classified as a sports sedan.

The 2013 Honda Accord has two engine choices: the company’s 2.4-liter four, updated with direct fuel injection, rated for 185 horsepower (189 with sport package); and the familiar 3.5-liter V-6 option, up seven horsepower to 278. Both engines are paired with six-speed manual transmissions as standard equipment, and the V-6 continues to offer a six-speed automatic option. The option for the four, however, is a new continuously variable automatic, or CVT, and this combination yields the Accord’s best EPA fuel economy ratings: 27 mpg city, 36 highway. However, the CVT/four-cylinder combo will be upstaged in early 2013, when a new plug-in hybrid joins the Accord lineup.

Although the new Accord is slightly smaller in dimension, the interior gained space. Honda was able to create a roomy interior without adding excess weight and keeping the exterior slim. It still has reminiscent design influences from past Hondas and keeps its excellent forward sightlines. Which is a safety plus and has always been a top priority for Honda. From basic LX to top-of-the-line EX-L trim levels, the new Accord interiors are markedly improved, with better materials, extensive soft-touch surfaces, a unique one-piece (i.e., rattle-free) dashboard, supportive seats, enhanced telematics, and a long list of new features that includes active noise cancellation.

Come by Chapman Honda for more information on the newest generation of the Honda Accord.

The new 2013 Accord will debut with a new addition, HondaLink. Honda has announced a new smartphone integration system that is a cloud-based telematics system. It is different than in-car Siri integration; it actually uses a smartphone’s data connection. HondaLink has the abilitiy to stream radio, podcasts, Facebook, Twitter, Yelp!, and other apps through a new partnership with Aha Radio. Consumers will be able to customize their interface directly through their own smartphone, PC, or tablet, it even supports multiple users. This HondaLink integration provides information to drivers in a whole new way and will reduce the amount of time Honda Tucson consumers are looking at their phone while driving. The system is able to read a Twitter feed, Facebook newsfeed, or even a book stored on your mobile device, however customers won’t be able to interact with their social media accounts. There is no ability to tag or post while driving. The HondaLink system does allow voice text messaging though, where a text can be written and sent through voice commands.

The new HondaLink system is compatible with the iPhone and Android based smartphones, with up-to-date operating systems. Tablets, such as the iPad, are not currently supported, but Honda has announced that may change before the time HondaLink officially launches. The connection is made via Bluetooth for Android users and a choice of Bluetooth or USB cable for iPhone users.

HondaLink will make its certified debut with the 2013 Honda Accord, the ninth generation of the longest-running 10 Best Cars winner. Honda Accord Tucson, customers will still be offered the option of purchasing either a coupe or a sedan. The new Accord will be slightly smaller and lighter than the current model. The newest version will have softer lines and more cohesive styling. This Accord will come with a more power version of its familiar 3.5-liter V6 with cylinder deactivation. There will also be a direct inject 2.4-liter four cylinder option that produces 181 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual will also be offered; the automatic will be a CVT. A plug-in-hybrid version will couple a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a 161-hp electric motor.  A 6-kWh lithium-ion battery will offer 10 to 15 miles of city driving range and will recharge in less than four hours using a standard 120-volt outlet.

Find out more about HondaLink and the 2013 Honda Accord by stopping by Chapman Honda, either in person or online.