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2013 Accord Coupe

The 2013 Honda Accord EX-L V-6 Coupe is the best-looking Accord made in 27 years. Acceleration and handling are excellent, but the ride proved a bit bumpy and tight for some passengers, the author writes. Illustrates WHEELS-ACCORD (category l) by Warren Brown, special to The Washington Post, Moved Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (MUST CREDIT: Honda)
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The 2013 Honda Accord EX-L V-6 Coupe is the best-looking Accord made in 27 years. Acceleration and handling are excellent, but the ride proved a bit bumpy and tight for some passengers, the author writes. Illustrates WHEELS-ACCORD (category l) by Warren Brown, special to The Washington Post, Moved Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (MUST CREDIT: Honda) Modified 3-4-13

Bottom line: I like the new Accord coupe. But if it were my money, I’d buy the new sedan, which starts at $23,350 for the base Accord LX, or wait and save for the new plug-in Accord, which looks spectacular.

Ride, acceleration and handling: The ride proved a bit bumpy and tight for some passengers. Acceleration and handling are excellent.

Head-turning quotient: The 2013 coupe is the best-looking Accord made in 27 years.

Body style/layout: The Accord coupe is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive midsize car with two wide side doors and a rear hatch. It is available in three trim levels — the base LX-S, the mid-grade EX and the top-of-the-line EX-L.

Engines/transmission: The Accord EX-L coupe driven for this column was equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine with variable valve timing (278 horsepower, 252 foot-pounds of torque). The engine is linked to a six-speed manual transmission.

Capacities: There are seats for five people. Maximum cargo space with all seats in place is 13.7 cubic feet. The fuel tank holds 17.2 gallons of gasoline (regular grade is recommended).

Mileage: I got 26 miles per gallon in mostly highway driving.

Technological highlight: The HondaLink communications system with Aha Radio. This is the next step in Internet/satellite radio. Listen to what you want when you want the way you want to listen.

Safety: Just don’t mess with the radio when you are driving. Standard safety equipment includes four-wheel disc brakes (ventilated front, solid rear); four-wheel anti-lock brake protection; emergency braking assistance; electronic brake-force distribution; electronic stability and traction control; Honda ACE crash-mitigation build structure; and side and head air bags.

Prices: The price for the 2013 Honda Accord EX-L with six-speed manual transmission starts at $30,350 with a dealer’s invoice price of $27,757. The destination fee on this model is $790. The price as tested is $31,140 with a dealer’s invoice price of $28,547.

— Warren Brown