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Hybrid notched minimal sales and was soon dropped from the line-up. They’re unicorns on the used market but are desirable with 4.6L/100km economy as well as all the fruit from the V6L.
The Accord was facelifted in May 2016 with new front end, alloys and bumpers, plus seveninch touchscreen with smartphone connectivity. The VTi got 17-inch wheels and blind spot monitor while the VTi-L got standard driver assist.
The next generation isn’t due until late 2019, so any used examples will look very similar to Accords currently in Honda showrooms.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
These Accords have proved impressively reliable with no common big-ticket failures. But Honda’s warranty before July 2017 was just three years/100,000km (it’s now five years), so favour used examples with some warranty intact.
Accords need servicing every six months, except the Hybrid, which at 12 months is more typical for modern cars. Annual service bills are above average as a result, so make sure the logbook has all the stamps, preferably by Honda dealers.
If you have a dodgy left knee or leg, check you can engage the foot parking brake.
(Honda sold the “Accord Euro” until 2015, despite it being from the previous generation. The Euro had sportier ride and handling and was sold alongside the new Accord from mid2013. Don’t confuse the two.)
Some Accord owners complain about excessive wind noise at speed, a troublesome audio head unit, dodgy Bluetooth and paint imperfections. Pay careful attention to these when inspecting.
Check all recalls have been carried out. There was one in July 2017 for a battery sensor, the Hybrid had an electric fault fix in September 2015 and the model years 2013-15 needed an auto emergency braking software update in June 2015.
Enter the car’s registration at Honda.com.au/ recall to check whether all work has been done.
Honda’s flagship sedan is a comfy cruiser, practical and very reliable. Passenger cars of this size are out of fashion while SUVs sizzle, so you get great value for money, especially with the well-equipped VTi-L or V6L. Target cars with fastidious owners — there’ll be plenty out there. The V6 will be a more enjoyable driving experience but running costs will be higher.
JOHN GRASKA: I bought my 2013 VTi-L new. I’ve done 27,000km, had it serviced by the dealer and it runs like new. It’s safe, reliable and fairly inexpensive to run. Performance, interior space and the driver’s view make you think you’re in a much larger six-cylinder vehicle. I’ve no complaints with the audio, the navigation is excellent and the Bluetooth connection is simple and convenient to use. There’s plenty of rear legroom plus plenty of boot space — and there’s a full-size spare. The turning circle is poor when doing U-turns in tight car parks or negotiating corkscrew ramps — and the tyre pressure warning alert illuminates needlessly. MICHAEL PRIOR: I have done 85,000km in my 2013 V6L. When new it had all the gear being fitted to current vehicles. There is a full-size alloy spare in the huge boot. Its performance and economy amaze owners of expensive European vehicles. The brakes are still in good condition and I got 43,000km from the original Michelin tyres. Service charges have been minimal, though the most recent one included a new timing belt and platinum tipped spark plugs. I am extremely disappointed that this is the last Honda V6.
WADE TURNER: My 2013 V6L is my fourth Accord and first V6 and is quiet, super responsive, comfortable and reliable. As with the others this one has had no warranty or mechanical issues (except airbag replacement). I regularly get 900km per tank on an interstate run, amazing in a V6. Rear passengers always comment on how much room they have. The constant audio warnings, even when you change the radio station, get tiresome and annoying. I thought I’d get used to the foot-operated park brake but still hate it. Menus for audio/maps/ phone etc are very finicky and illogical to use.