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2013 Accord EX-L V6: two-year review
My odometer turned 20,000 miles today, so I thought I'd write up a review of my 2013 Accord EX-L V6.
I took delivery at the end of January 2013. The out-the-door price was $28,500 + tax. Cash deal, so no financing.
My Accord is modern steel metallic with gray leather interior. I keep it in the garage and wash it almost every week at a do-it-yourself car wash. A towel dry when I get home along with Armour All tire foam, and the car still looks brand new.
The dealership installed Clear Bra on the hood/leading surfaces and side mirrors. I had 3M Color Stable window tint installed at a local shop, which really gives the car some character, and helps with sun glare.
I've only had two oil changes (at the dealership). And, surprisingly, have yet to have the original Michelin tires rotated. All four tires are wearing the same. Based on the current tread, I expect to get at least 60K before replacing.
Other than an audio system firmware update that was performed during my first oil change, I only had the car in for one problem. During cold weather, I can hear occasional brake "squeal." The brake system was checked and no problem was found. The pads and rotors are in good shape. No issues during warmer weather -- only when it's cold. The dealer could find no issues, but the problem still persists.
The mileage has been good. I average 24 mpg in mixed city/highway driving. I've hit 38 mpg on long road trips.
Speaking of long trips, I've done two round-trips from Denver to Michigan.
Living in Colorado, we do get some snow storms. The car handles well in snow and ice. The front wheel drive does a respectable job.
The V6 power is quite impressive. It's a rocket. Shifting is smooth and handling is sound. It's a fun car to drive. Sport mode really turns it up a notch. The ride is a touch stiff. Soundproofing is decent.
The lane watch camera and FCW are excellent safety features. I don't use LDW nor the Econ mode.
The seats are very comfortable and the visibility is great. The gray leather looks nice, and I like the "two-tone" interior of black and gray, rather than all black. I wear jeans quite often, and the drivers seat now has a blue tint to it, but it's not too noticeable, and I use leather seat wipes to help keep things clean.
I'm glad I didn't go with the navigation model. The price simply didn't make sense to me. Instead, I have a Garmin GPS mounted on the windshield and plug it into the arm storage box. The cord slips nicely between the seat and center console, plus I have a small clip to keep the cord tight. I love the fact that the power outlets turn on and off with the car.
While it's not a true "premium" sound system, it's not bad. I mainly listen to AM radio and XM. AM sound is very good with plenty of bottom end, and XM is good. XM quality, of course, depends on the channels you're listening to -- music channels are a bit narrow, but still sound decent. The news, sports and talk channels sound fine for voice. Both Howard Stern channels have much higher bandwidth. FM audio is just OK. I also listen to music and podcasts via the USB drive. That audio is very good. I've never streamed music from my phone nor have I used the CD player. The bluetooth for my iPhone works really well.
Storage is good. Trunk space is excellent.
So, that sums it up after 20,000 miles and just over two years on the road. It's a great car, and I can see myself driving it for at least another 80K miles.