|Reviewed By||Chad Tyson|
|Price as Tested||$34,220|
Comfortable seats and seating position. Very quick with the 278-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. Ride quality is excellent. The VCM (Variably Cylinder Management) can activate and deactivate engine cylinders during steady cruising speeds. Getting 34 mpg (the same as the i-VTEC 4-cylinder) on the highway makes commuting easier on the wallet. The Honda Navigation System is easy and quick to use. The audio system doesn’t disappoint, with 360 watts and seven speakers. The interior is plastic, but the panels don’t feel cheap. The passenger’s side blind spot protection (Honda calls it LaneWatch) is a camera mounted under the side mirror and comes on with a flick of the turn signal to the right or by pressing a button on the end of that stalk. Go ahead and buy that overstuffed chair, the trunk is nearly enough to haul it home.
Steering feels detached — more twitchy than anything else. It still goes exactly where I point it, however. Inconvenient place for hazard light switch, as it’s centered right below the stereo and nav touch screen. I inadvertently pressed it about half a dozen times over a weekend. Also, several of us momentarily lost it in a parking lot full of other silver 4-doors. That is to say, the car doesn’t stand out. It won’t in Crystal Black Pearl, Basque Red Pearl II or Hematite Metallic, either. Lastly, the driver’s side mirror has an odd convex portion on the end to act as blind-spot help. “Expanded view driver’s mirror” is what they call it. I found it more distracting than useful.
Redesigned for 2013, it’s Honda’s entry for the high-selling midsize market, and is definitely one to check out before buying a Camry, Taurus or Malibu. Honda has been a major force in this segment of the market for years, and this car continues to be a solid contender in every way. There is enough technology to transition from home or office to car and not miss the next song on Pandora, or interrupt your phone call. Honda reliability is legendary, and this one’s VCM system is a great addition in a world where a few mpgs really do make a difference.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
|Horsepower||278 @ 6,200 rpm|
|Torque||252 @ 4,900 rpm|
|EPA Mileage||21 city/34 highway|
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