The 2013 Honda Accord has a monumental task ahead of it.
The past few years have not been kind to Honda and this eighth and newest iteration of the Accord needs to prove to the American public that Honda is focused on building capable, high-quality cars again.
It also needs to sell in big numbers, and the first vehicle it needs to leapfrog is the Nissan Altima.
For 2013 the Nissan Altima got a full redesign. The already athletic Altima shed 80 pounds and got Nissan's next-generation CVT that allows for better acceleration and improved fuel economy.
The Altima has always been the driver's choice in the midsize sedan segment, but can the 2013 Honda Accord EX-L V6 with less weight, a six-speed automatic, a new front suspension and 7 more horsepower pull off an upset?
2013 Honda Accord 2013 Nissan Altima
0-30 (sec.): 2.5 2.8
0-45 (sec.): 4.1 4.3
0-60 (sec.): 6.1 6.2
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec.): 5.7 5.9
0-75 (sec.): 8.6 8.6
1/4-mile (sec @ mph): 14.3 @ 98.1 14.4 @ 100.1
30-0 (ft): 33 28
60-0 (ft): 128 114
Skid Pad Lateral Accel (g): 0.82 0.86
Slalom: 63.5 66.6