If you are looking to save money and can get a substantial discount on a 2012 model compared to a 2013 — such as $2,000 or more — then you should give strong consideration to the 2012 version. If the price difference isn't nearly that much, we think you're better off paying more for a 2013 because it is improved in several ways, including fuel economy. The majority of new Accords on sale are 2013s as 2012s have been sold off many dealerships, which will make finding a 2012 more difficult.
Base prices on the 2013 EX-L four-cylinder and V-6 models are up by $340 to $27,995 and $30,070, respectively (not including the $790 destination charge), but that includes a standard backup camera, a noise-cancellation system that makes the interior quieter, forward collision and lane departure warnings, and other new features.
The fuel economy ratings have increased to 27/36 mpg city/highway for the four-cylinder model and 21/34 for the V-6. Last year's ratings were 23/34 for the four and 20/30 for the V-6, so you will recover some of what you spend on a 2013 at the pump over time.
The 2013 Accord isn't perfect (read our detailed review for more information), but it has enough significant changes to make us think that buying a 2012 model means we settled for less. And if it didn't cost a lot less than a 2013, then we would probably have buyer's remorse from time to time.
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