2013 Honda Accord: Explaining The Trim Levels

2013 Honda Accord

Buying a Honda traditionally has been an all-or-nothing affair. If the 2012 Honda Accord SE has everything you want except Bluetooth, that would mean paying an extra $3,000 for an EX-L to get that common feature … plus a bunch of other stuff you may not want. The ninth-generation 2013 Honda Accord retains the mostly all-or-nothing trim setup, but now many more features are standard, including the common Bluetooth and not so common standard dual-zone climate control.

2013 Honda Accord Review

We'll walk you through the 2013's trim levels, what they include and their pricing below.

The new Accord comes equipped with a 185- or 189-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission; there’s also a 278-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The four-cylinder gets an EPA-rated 27/36/30 mpg city/highway/combined, while the V-6 can achieve 21/34/25 mpg, according to Honda.

The 2013 Accord sedan is available in nine exterior colors; the coupe is available in seven.  

The 2013 Accord sedan starts at $22,470, including the $790 destination fee.

Sedan Pricing

  • 2.4-liter LX with manual: $22,470
  • 2.4-liter LX with CVT: $23,270
  • 2.4-liter Sport with manual: $24,180
  • 2.4-liter Sport with CVT: $24,980
  • 2.4-liter EX with manual: $25,395
  • 2.4-liter EX with CVT: $26,195
  • 2.4-liter EX-L with CVT: $28,785
  • 2.4-liter EX-L with navigation, CVT: $30,785
  • 3.5-liter EX-L with automatic: $30,860
  • 3.5-liter EX-L with navigation, automatic: $32,860
  • 3.5-liter Touring with navigation: $34,220

Coupe Pricing

  • 2.4-liter LX-S with manual: $24,140
  • 2.4-liter LX-S with CVT: $24,990
  • 2.4-liter EX with manual: $25,815
  • 2.4-liter EX with CVT: $26,665
  • 2.4-liter EX-L with CVT: $28,860
  • 2.4-liter EX-L with navigation, CVT: $30,860
  • 3.5-liter EX-L with manual: $31,140
  • 3.5-liter EX-L with automatic: $31,140
  • 3.5-liter EX-L with navigation, manual: $33,140
  • 3.5-liter EX-L with navigation, automatic: $33,140

All prices include a $790 destination charge

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The Accord sedan goes on sale Sept. 19, followed by the coupe on Oct. 15. A plug-in hybrid model follows in early 2013. A non-plug-in hybrid Accord will also become available later in summer 2013. Pricing info for the Accord coupe and Accord plug-in hybrid isn’t available yet.

Here are the six trim levels and what they include.

Accord LX sedan and LX-S coupe:

2013 Honda Accord EX Sedan int 001

Standard features on these trims and all Accords.

  • 16-inch alloy wheels (sedan) or 17-inch alloy wheels (coupe)
  • Automatic headlights with daytime running lights
  • Noise cancellation and engine noise cancellation systems
  • Body-colored folding side mirrors
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with air filtration system
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power door locks and power windows with auto up/down driver’s window
  • Tilt/telescoping steering column
  • 160-watt AM/FM/CD stereo with  four speakers (six speakers in LX-S coupe)
  • USB audio input
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • 8-inch color display
  • Backup camera with guide lines
  • Pandora internet radio compatibility
  • SMS text message function
  • Illuminated steering-wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls
  • Speed-sensitive volume control
  • Maintenance reminder system

Accord Sport sedan

2013 Honda Accord Sport Sedan

Adds these features:

  • Fog lights
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Illuminated power window switches
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Immobilizer theft-deterrent system

Accord EX sedan and coupe

2013 Honda Accord EX

Adds these features:

  • Fog lights
  • Side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals
  • Power moonroof with tilt feature
  • Passive keyless entry and push-button start
  • Camera mounted in passenger side-view mirror (sedan)
  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support (sedan)
  • 160-watt, six-speaker stereo with 6-inch touch-screen (coupe)
  • Auto up/down front passenger window

Accord EX-L sedan and coupe

Adds these features:

  • LED brake lights (sedan)
  • LED daytime running lights (coupe)
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • 360-watt premium stereo with seven speakers (including subwoofer) and 6-inch touch-screen
  • HondaLink interface
  • Satellite radio
  • Compass
  • Driver’s memory seat
  • Four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat (sedan)
  • Heated front seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror (sedan)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Multiple-angle backup camera
  • Forward collision warning  
  • Lane departure warning

Accord EX-L V-6 sedan and coupe

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Adds these features:

  • LED daytime running lights
  • 18-inch alloy wheels (coupe)
  • HomeLink remote system
  • Available navigation system with voice recognition, FM traffic and 15-gigabyte hard drive

2013 Honda Accord EX-L V-6 Sedan int 004

Accord Touring sedan

2013 Honda Accord Touring Sedan

Adds these features:

  • Automatic LED headlights
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Navigation system with voice recognition, FM traffic and 15-gigabyte hard drive
  • Adaptive cruise control 

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By Colin Bird | September 10, 2012 | Comments (58)



and here is the "catch" with the continued V6 offering in the Accord- you have to spend $31k to get the V6. They are essentially making it a niche offering for those willing to spend over $30k on an accord. Something most people arent trying to do. The standard equipment is nice, but I dont like how you have to chose between the larger wheels on the Sport or the features of the EX. Why cant you get a sunroof with the sport model? Why cant you get push button start with the Sport model?


-Nice to see the manual transmission still on offer, and not crammed down into a super-strippo base model either.

-Bit more surprising to still see a coupe.

-I agree with sheth on the wheels/sunroof thing. Leather, too, if it wasn't axiomatic that you want cloth on a Honda because they do the industry's best cloth interiors and worst leather.

-Crosstour soldiers on for a while. Would it be too much to ask for the replacement to be a real wagon, identical with the sedan from the C-post forward?


forgot about no leather with sport model. when you look at how the sport model is equipped its hard to see many people choosing that particular car. Toyota used to do the same thing with the camry SE, it was missing several features available on the LE or XLE which made no sense. Another thing, everyone else is reducing the price of navigation but Honda is charging $2000 even though the 8" screen is STANDARD. I believe nav is around $1100 on the camry and even cheaper on new Malibu.

Rorey Alberts

The paid GM shill has spoken. Twice.


the points made are valid. I was pointing out the obvious. Twice. And nothing said was any recommendation of anything made by GM. Thanks for your contribution.


CVT kills the Accord as a future new car choice for me.


I'm already bored of this vehicle. ZZZZZZzzzz....


The paid GM shill had spoken. 3 times now and counting.

Ed Perry

should i go for the 2013 sport or just get a leftover 2012 lx 5 speed and save a few grand.


I don't understand why the CVT would kill a person's choice. Have you driven an Altima with the CVT or one of the Subarus such as the new Impreza? CVT's take a little adjustment, but I found that acceleration in both of those cars is much more smooth and the engine pulls strongly.


I suspect most people dont really care what kind of automatic they have, they only care that they dont have to do anything but shift into drive. CVT hasnt hurt Altima sales at all.


The paid GM shill had spoken 4 times, still counting.

Yet, "I suspect", "I think", "I believe", these personal thoughts keep coming constantly with nothing backing up.


Well said.


My 20 yr. old son drove the Sport model yesterday and loved the acceleration and smooth CVT transmission. The cloth seats in the Sport model look better than the velour seats in the EX and my son preferred the overall styling of the Sport compated to the EX. We wish there was a Navigation, moonroof and push button start option but it is still a great car. He is deciding between having the looks and performance of the 2013 Accord vs. the fuel economy of the Prius which comes with NAV and A solar moonroof.

Maria Thomas

Bought the 2013 Honda EXL with Navi..... And I'm loving it!!! The safety features are great and the ride is smooth. I'm so glad about the noise reduction... I certainly am enjoying this. But, I feel slightly cramped, in comparison to my V6 EXL I had before trading. Beautifully made automobile , though.


Just bought the sedan ex-l and am loving it. I'm not a car guy so I can't chime in on the cvt. My only disappointment is the high cost of the Navi which I din't purchase. That screen is begging for it, but 2k s more than I could justify.


Newbie question about honda Accord - does the cruise control show readout of the set speed in MPH, allowing the driver to increment up or down in 1 MPH increments, or is it more analogue, where there is no direct digital readout of the set speed?


Does the EX-L come with the cool lights in the front for the sedan? Or is that only for the v6?


I like cars. Cars are nice. I want a car. Thank you very much

I drove the EX-L 4 cyl. and was comfortable and enjoyed the ride. However, you can't get Homelink remote system with it, you must get a V-6 and that to me is a big negative which makes no sense. Also, if you need to put the back seat down you must put down the entire back seat as it's a bench seat so you now have a 2 passenger car when you need that space. Sadly not a 50/50 or 64/40 back seat. That's another negative. Also, no 2yrs. or more of roadside service and no free maintanence oil change or tire rotation like the competition. Another negative. Lastly, like Toyota the lowest new car warranty at 3yrs. 36,000 miles. Just a few things to keep in mind.


Cruise control always bumps up or down 1 MPH at a time, regardless of digital or analog readout. And Homelink as a dealbreaker?? That's a new one - those garage remotes too clumsy for ya?


Thank you for all the opinions and comments. I am reading all because I am buying a 2013 accord EXL (w/0 nav.& V6). Will owners of that model tell me please if $27,700 is a good price? Thank you for saving me some bucks. And how much you think is a fair price for a EX-L V6, no nav.?

The 2013 Honda Accord looks like an exceptional vehicle. I'm a professional window tinter and have seen quite a few of the 2011 and 2012 models that are very similar. It seems like each year Honda continues to step up their game and introduces new, affordable, luxurious, and long-lasting vehicles for consumers. What's not to love about a car like that.


I'm test driving a standard LX and Sport model this weekend. Have already walked the lot and poked my nose into them. I sense the Sport will be my choice, the tufted seats look much more attractive than the bland large sectioned ones in LX. Seats are a big deal. These look really wide for a broad um...person. I'm a lean runner and drive a Volvo R model, and the bolstering is so tight for my wide berthed passengers, it's almost a joke to people...like someone is gripping them. lol. I owned one Honda, before, and I traded it after 6mos, because it was so tinny, noisy on the highway. I could hear the road through the doors. And, when the power windows sealed closed, the inner door panels buckled inward! Went right back to Volvo, but that was 3 years ago...now, I read where Honda used "tensile" steel (what is that), and increased the strength and noise reduction on the car...though some reviewers say a few more pounds of sound deadening in the firewall and A-pillar area would've been well spent. Hope so, the price is right! "J" why do you waste time talking about other peoples' comments and all this GM hate stuff. go away if you don't care about the car enough to comment and add something, please, it's rude and irritating to read personal attacks...grow up.


You shouldn't be posting about anyone's comment given how long your boring commentary was. You should stick with Volvo as it's befitting of your personality. Dull and annoying.


The just got the 2013 Accord Sport with the 6 speed manual transmission. I love this car! It's very quick and nimble, along with some touches of luxury. The sport looks better than the EX and feel just as fast as the V-6 with better gas mileage. Oh and I forgot to mention, a lot better gas mileage.


I drove a 2013 sport last night. I own a 2012 SE right now. I like the 2013 layout of instruments and the bluetooth function. I agree the leather of the 2012 SE leaves much to be desired as does the driver seat comfort and I'm a big dude at 6'5" 260. I purchased a Belkin bluetooth aftermarket from amazon for 50 $ for streaming audio via cell. The actual phone function is so so on it. I get around 27 mpg city 37 hwy on the 2012 4 cyl auto. I assume the 2013 cvt will be the same.

Thank you for all the inputs and comments. My husband and I are planning to buy our very first car and we are surfing the net to look for the best option available for us. Nice post.

simba hondo

big improvement over 2012 model. Peppie accelaration and getting 37 mph highway in my 4 cylinder cvt coupe


sheth it just sounds like your cheap. I sell cars and I cant stand people like you. You got champagne taste and budweiser pockets.NOBODY whats on the sticker anyway. So dont you dare bring price into your lame argument. Save up some money and all the things you THINK you should have for a lower price buck up and pay for it.


Just scored a off the truck 13 Accord EX-L for $26K. I thought that was a pretty good deal!


Has anyone done a comparison on the differences in construction of the driver's seat between the LX-EX-EXL?


DMBarman- The 26K price sounds really good. I am using buying service through credit union and that is the price I'm being quoted.


Just brought home 2013 Accord EX-L. Paid $25,553.00 before Tax/license,Dealer DOC fees. Total, out the door, with $500.00 off for financing at .9%, was 27,400. Florida.


Can I request the dealer put the 18" wheels from the Sport model on an EX? I want a moonroof on the EX but I also want the look and feel of the 18" rims. Is this possible?


Larry what dealership did you go to in FL?


Just got my 2013 EXL for $25,208. out the door.
Oklahoma :)


Jp sounds like you traded in your gm to get your exl model for a price like that.The sport model is certainly the best bang for the dollar with it's stylish looks and an extra 4 hp, paddle shifters.The lx model has 8 in display,bluetooth,backup camera, iPod hookup,dual climate control,alloy rims and that's standard. In my opinion the 2013 accord is by far the best one yet any model


Just bought the Sport model. I didn't need anything that the next trim up was offering. I was happy with the standard dual automatic AC, backup camera, bluetooth streaming audio and phone function. I love the big 18 inch rims and dual exhaust. I did have the dealer install leather heated seats for an additional $1400. I thought it was a great deal and it is a fun car to drive

I went to a Honda deal and did find some of the features kind of odd, such as the EX-L only has a right-side camera mounted on the mirror. The sales rep said that only the Acura has both the left and right side mirrors equipped with cameras. I would think taking left and right turns is about 50/50. Also the navigation system is definitely problematic seeing that you would need to remove the entire dashboard if you want Honda it install the navi system or have an after market dealer hot-wire the system to get a nav on the monitor.

Overall thought the redesign is pretty sleek. Almost looks like a 7-Series BMW.


I just bought the 2013 honda accord ex-6 v6 navigation included. and I love it!!!
I just wonder if i paid the correct amount $29,600
i down i would say it is the voice over I wish I can shut it off. (dont really like that voice) besides that it is awesome!!!


I am looking to get the 2013 LX-S Coupe. Are the tinted windows standard?? Thanks

Honda Butch

I have a 2012 Civic HF. Very nice fuel efficient car but lot of road noise and feels like a tin can! I had a 2003 EX-L Navi Accord prior to this Civic and would like to trade in for a 2014 Accord Sport model! I love everything about the car except for one STUPID ommission by HONDA which is making me hesitate to perhaps wait until they refresh this model to make factory MOONROOF available for 2015! Does anyone know if they are planning on doing that?

mike h

It doesn't matter what trim level you buy. Many Honda owners report SEVERE BACK PAIN after driving their vehicle after 15 minutes. For some, they traded in their Honda for a huge loss. There a many many complaints about seat discomfort all over the internet.


Avoid the Accord at all costs or potentially, and literally, SUFFER the consequences.


I have had 3 Hondas now and just got into another EX-L coupe 2013. I love the cars. I get around 36-40 mpg highway or otherwise. I drive 55-60 mph mostly everywhere. I love that there are all the extras this year. I too wish I could have gotten the nav. but away too $$$$

Honda's have the best gas mileage around!


I traded my 2010 LX-P sedan for the 2013 Coupe EX back in July. I love it. The CVT was a big plus for me. It's super smooth and compliments the 4 cylinder well. The lack of road noise compared to the 2010 is amazing. Getting an average of 25 mpgs with primarily city driving (though not intense city driving) is a major plus as well.


Does anyone know if the Heated Seats in the EX-L heat the lumbar or just the seat? Seems most manufacuters are heating only the seat, the lumbar heating is a great comfort on long drives.

@ Cold-north, I believe you are correct in this case. But many luxury lines do include this feature

Mike Hock

I would avoid any Honda Accord unless you enjoy severe back pain. Many customers have complained of severe back pain dating back as far as 2008.

If you enjoy the feeling of being stabbed in the back, then the Accord is right for you!

Andy Morgan

Mike H and Mike Hock, the completely not-the-same-person two of you, I have a question. Would either of you consider the Honda Accord to alleviate and soothe back pain, or cause it? Just wondering because you were so vague.

I have a bad back. Have had it for 15 years. Long car rides are excruciating for me. I bought a 2012 LX Accord sedan back at the end of 2011. It is the most comfortable car my back has ever felt. All those complaining about back pain likely have poor posture (as do I), and they may wish to look into a particular standard feature on not just Hondas, but pretty much any make of car: seat adjustments!

Oh, and just so the two Mike's won't have to post again: Honda Accord blah blah... if you like backstabbing blah blah... neither of us Mike's own an Accord but we can tell you firsthand blah blah... twice... and incognito!

We ought to be hearing from MICHAEL Hock anytime now.

I love my 2013 Honda Accord Sedan EX-L. No back pain, plenty of features, and a comfortable ride overall. I recommend a Honda Accord for those looking for a reliable, no b.s., very little maintenance needed type of car. Great write up to explain the trim levels. Thanks!


I'm about to purchase a 2013 accord ex. cost 21,600 out the door taxes included $23,000.. Would this be my best offer with 22k miles?

Lenny O

2010 Honda Accord. 2009 Honda Civic. 2014 Honda Accord Sport. 2014 Honda CRV.

Lenny O

Just picked up a 2014 Honda Accord Sport. White. I've been eyeing this car for about a year. It looks way more expensive than the sticker price. Smooth. Quiet. Quick. CVT is something I'll get use to. Wheels are amazing.


I have a 2013 Honda Accord EXL
with the 4cly engine.. (love the car 37mpg) How much would the led lights cost that are in a 13 Accord EXL v-6?

Steve Howard

I bought a 2013 Honda Accord EX-L Coupe. It has the 2.4 and the CVT. This is an awesome car! It has 60 more horsepower than my old Accord, and gets better gas mileage.

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