The Difference Between the 2013 Honda Accord and the 2013 Honda Civic

May 11th, 2013 by
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Both the 2013 Honda Civic and the 2013 Honda Accord continue to be two of most popular models in Honda’s lineup, as well as on roads all over the world, but drivers unfamiliar with Honda may find themselves asking: What’s the difference? Below we break down how the models differ and which one may be best for you.

Both Vehicles at a Glance

The 2013 Accord:

  • More passenger room (103.2 cu. ft.)
  • More power (base 2.4L I4 engine provides 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque)
  • Larger gas tank (17.2 gal.)
  • Higher cargo capacity (15.8 cu. ft.)


Learn More About the Accord


Learn More About the Civic

The 2013 Civic:

  • Lower starting price ($18,165 MSRP*)
  • Higher fuel economy (28 mpg city/39 mpg highway on LX models w/automatic transmission**)
  • Tighter maneuverability (35.4 ft. turning diameter)
  • Performance-oriented Si models available


Both models are available in sedan and coupe body styles, are given consistently high safety ratings, boast industry-leading fuel efficiency, and provide some of the latest features — but as you can see, the 2013 Accord and the 2013 Civic are expertly designed to cater to different types of drivers with different sets of needs. Some things to consider include:

What is Your Ideal Vehicle Size?

One of the easiest ways to distinguish between the Accord and the Civic is their size. The Civic is classified as a compact vehicle with a total length of 179.4 inches and a cargo area of 12.5 cubic feet. On the other hand, the Accord is a mid-sized sedan, measuring in at roughly 10 inches longer than the Civic, and increasing its cargo area by over 3 cubic feet. The cabin is also a little roomier, so while both vehicles can easily fit five passengers, those looking to transport a full car most of the time may be more comfortable in the Accord.

Where and How Do You Typically Drive?

Owners who find themselves in tighter urban areas may favor the Civic due to its slightly smaller size. While both models come with a standard rearview camera, the Civic’s shorter wheelbase makes parallel parking even easier.

While both the models get great fuel economy, families and drivers who spend a lot of time on the road will appreciate the Accord’s 17.2-gallon gas tank, which can hold 4 more gallons than the Civic. In addition to stretching each stop at the gas station a little further, the Accord’s optional V6 engine is great for drivers who really want to be able to get up and go on the highway.

Vehicle Price and Features

There is about a $3,500 price difference between the base Civic and the base Accord models ($18,165 vs. $21,680)*, but no matter which you choose, you’ll still get an impressive array of standard features from Honda.

Both come standard with:

  • Honda’s i-MID system
  • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
  • Rearview backup camera
  • Expanded-view driver’s mirror
  • Alloy wheels

Which One is Right for You?

While you’re the only one who can decide on the right car for your specific needs, we generally think that the Accord and Civic are best suited to these types of drivers:

  • The 2013 Accord may be ideal for professionals in need of a reliable business vehicle, families with one or two children, and drivers who want to take advantage of Honda’s reliability and efficiency with more room than a standard compact.
  • The 2013 Civic is a great fit for first-time drivers in need of a safe and affordable compact, city-dwellers who primarily use their car around town, and those who want a great bang for their buck when it comes to fuel economy.

Compare Both Models at Middletown Honda

The best way to know if either the Accord or the Civic works for you is to take them out for a spin. Visit our showroom or contact Middletown Honda to set up a test drive. We’re located on Route 211 in Middletown, right next to the Gander Mountain.


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $790.00 destination charge and options.
**Based on 2013 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.