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2013 Honda Accord Sport Long-Term Update 1

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/2/2014 Ron Kiino, Motor Trend Staff

After a few months with the Accord Sport, I've compiled a healthy list of pros and, alas, a few cons. But let's start with the good news: Thus far, I'm getting an impressive 29.2 mpg, just above the EPA combined rating of 29 mpg. Even better, I can usually go roughly 500 miles on a tank, and that's with a lot of stop-and-go L.A. traffic and not a ton of highway cruising. The ride is comfortable and composed, with just enough sportiness to make me want to take the back way home through Malibu Canyon. The electric power steering serves up nice linearity -- though I wouldn't mind a bit more heft to improve feel -- and the four-wheel disc brakes deliver a reassuring pedal with solid bite.

I'm quite fond of the Sport's standard cloth seats – the coarse texture actually feels as good as it looks, and it's surprisingly a breeze to clean, something I do often with two kids. Last, I love the big, airy cabin. Even loaded up with five passengers, the Sport's interior provides praiseworthy levels of leg-, head-, and shoulder room, never feeling claustrophobic – pretty rare for the class.

2013 Honda Accord Sport© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Honda Accord Sport Now for the handful of cons: If I plug in my iPhone to the USB input prior to starting the car and then bring up Pandora audio once the car's on, the display shows that a song is playing, but there's no sound. I have to unplug the phone, plug it back in, and then I get sound. Annoying. Also annoying: no trunk-release button above the rear license plate. Sure, the Accord has an interior release latch on the floor to the left of the driver as well as a release button on the key fob, but neither is especially handy when I'm holding bags or a kid in my left arm and I just want to quickly reach out with my right hand to open the trunk.

Finally, thank you, Honda, for equipping the CVT with a Sport mode, but what's up with not being able to return to Sport Auto after engaging Sport Manual? For instance, if I drop the gearshift down to S, which keeps the revs higher but still "shifts gears" (aka adjusts ratios) automatically, and then pull on one of the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, I'm now stuck in Manual mode. In many other performance cars with a Sport mode and paddles shifters, if you engage Manual mode and then hold the upshift paddle for a couple seconds, the transmission will return to Sport Auto. Not so in the Accord.

Our Car
Service life5 mo/10,016 mi
Average fuel economy0.66 lb/mi
CO2 emissions29.2 mpg
Energy consumption115 kW-hr/100mi
EPA City/Hwy/Comb Fuel Econ26/35/29 mpg
Unresolved problemsNone
Maintenance cost$86.38 (oil change, tire rotation, inspection)
Normal-wear cost$0

2013 Honda Accord Sport© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Honda Accord Sport

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