2013 Honda Accord gets a redesign!

The new 2013 Honda Accord will have a redesign for its fall release. The Accord will have a shorter overall length, new engine family, and a continuously variable valve transmission. It will also weigh less than its current design; have daytime led running lights, and more passenger/cargo room. Seems as though it will be a lot more comfortable for taller passengers.

The accord will have a lane departure warning, forward collision warning technology, blind spot detection, and a standard rearview back-up camera. Great options to come standard on a car like this. Options that some people shop for and want!

The base model car will have a 2.4L engine with more than 181 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. This gives the new accord a slight horsepower jump and a considerable torque increase. The engine will also have a  10% increase in fuel economy. Most of these base model Accords will have a CVT transmission, which is alright as long as the car isn’t plagued with CVT problems like other models were.

Honda also reworked the new 3.5 Liter V6 engine that will also be an option for the new accord. The V6 will also put out more horsepower than it’s current V6 engine, the V6 will have better fuel mileage than its current model. This engine option will be paired with either a 6 speed automatic transmission or a 6 speed manual transmission.

Last but not least Honda will offer a Hybrid model Accord. The two motor system will run continuously through three modes, all electric gasoline-electric and direct-drive. These modes will maximize fuel economy and driving efficiency.

The interior of the Accord hasn’t really been shown, so far we have to use our imagination and hope that the interior isn’t all plastic and cheesy looking like the current accord. Honda did comment on it by saying the interior will be reworked and look a lot better.

What kinds of things are you hoping for with the new Accord? What kinds of options would you like to see in the new Accord? Do you prefer the coupe or the sedan? Would you buy a CVT transmission or the regular transmission? Would you want a 4 or 6 cylinder engine? 

The pros and cons of owning a CVT Transmission.

Today I am going to talk about the pros and cons of owning a CVT transmission. First of all I would like to explain what a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) is. A CVT uses a pulley and belt system to change the vehicle’s drive-wheel speed and torque in relation to the engine speed and torque so as to provide an unlimited range of gear ratios. This is different from an automatic transmission in a way as that automatic transmissions have a set ratio and gears. The CVT essentially has an unlimited amount of ratios because of the way it works. Now that we have that out of the way let us go over some pros and cons of owning one.

The advantage you have of owning a CVT can be noticed in fuel mileage your car can get. Because the CVT can keep the engine at an optimal power range in order to keep fuel emissions low. CVT’s also provide quicker acceleration than a normal automatic transmission. You also don’t get any sensation of shifting so this makes for a very smooth ride when you are in stop and go traffic and under acceleration.

Now for the cons of owning a CVT transmission. Some people complain about a constant noise while driving, almost like the sound of a slipping clutch. The CVT in a vehicle could cost you a bit more money than a normal automatic. If you are new to owning a CVT it may take you some time to get used to driving a car without the feeling of it shifting. There have been complaints of lack of power but this is contributed to the CVT always keeping the car in optimal fuel saving range so you are not over stressing or opening the vehicle wide open and wasting gas. The final disadvantage is that it is a very complicated piece of machinery which could have the potential for higher repair costs.

My personal thoughts about a CVT are that I love it! I have owned 2 cars that have had automatic transmissions and two cars that have had CVT transmissions and I prefer the CVT over the normal automatic. The smoothness of the ride is incomparable to anything else. I love how I don’t feel it shift and you don’t get the jerkiness of an automatic transmission. I do a lot of highway driving and this transmission keeps the RPMS low and keeps my fuel MPG up. I have yet to do any maintenance on any CVT I have owned so I can’t comment on the price to fix it but that is also a good thing because I have not had to fix it. I also have not gotten any kind of noise with the CVT so I am not sure what other people are hearing. I hope this blog helped you in understanding the Pros and Cons of CVTs and please comment below on your thoughts.