After focusing on SUVs for two decades, car companies are back to making sure their bread-and-butter family sedans are up to snuff. Since 2011, all the heavy-hitters have been redesigned, including the 2013 Honda Accord, and the redesigned Accord rolls onto the midsize car battleground at the same that Chevrolet debuts a new Malibu, that Ford introduces a new Fusion, and that Nissan launches a new Altima. The paint on the redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry and 2012 Volkswagen Passat is barely dry, and Mazda is already selling the all-new 2014 Mazda 6.
To be fair to Honda, the company has always understood the importance of fielding a competent midsize sedan, and consumers have rewarded the automaker with consistently strong Accord sales irrespective of how car-buying patterns have shifted with the wind. Despite stronger and more sophisticated competition than ever, and based on more than 1,200 miles driving the 2013 Honda Accord EX pictured here, my bet is that Honda will continue to dominate sales charts and enjoy a starring role in the nightmares of competing car manufacturers.