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Old 12-02-2012, 09:27 AM
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Paddle Shifters

I drove the 2013 Honda Accord Sport version yesterday and had some fun with the paddle shifters. Was just curious if the EX model has paddle shifters? From my internet searching it appears that the EX model doesn't but that is just basing it off of pictures and the sort.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:33 AM
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Only the sport model has paddle shifters.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:34 AM
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Refer to the 9th Gen FAQ. The 2nd post has the Accord specs and features. The answer lies within.
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My exl v6 coupe has them
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My exl v6 coupe has them
I stand corrected. I was not aware that they were available on the coupe.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:22 PM
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They're kinda fun, especially when you want to force the motor to hit higher RPMs (passing, getting away from a left-lane bandit, or killer bees or zombies). I don't notice any appreciable power increase like I did when I hit 6,000 RPM on my Civic Si (due to the VTEC cam lobes). But it's still more fun than simply flooring it in "D" and letting the CVT guess what you're up to.

That said, I think someone linked to a lab test where using fully auto CVT yielded better acceleration than rowing through the "gears" using the paddles.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:11 AM
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The paddles are overrated. No dual clutch no care. Just a gimmick for Honda to sell.
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The paddles are overrated. No dual clutch no care. Just a gimmick for Honda to sell.
Have you tried one yourself?

I don't know how good it is on the V6 Coupe with a 6-Speed Auto, but on the Sport Sedan CVT it is quite responsive and this is not an overstatement.

Sure it isn't instant response like a GTR, M3 with a proper dual clutch tranny, but it is pretty dang close I would say.
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I have tried it on a 2011-12 model and I am assuming it is the same with the 2013. The transmission uses a torque converter so there will be a delay. My brother has a '12 and even said so. It is still fun to use but not as precise.
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However it does not rev match on downshifts.
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However it does not rev match on downshifts.
The Camry rental I used last month did o.0 Not very good rev matches, mind, though shocked me when I heard it.
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Will it harm the transmission to shift into S from D while moving?
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I asked this question on a previous thread; since I don't think it was answered, I'll pose it again...

Anyone know if replacing an EX steering wheel with a Sport wheel w/ paddles would work (i.e. plug-and-play)? I was contemplating ordering a leather wheel down the road, so I might be looking to try. Perhaps a question for College Hills?
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I really doubt it...the paddles are just part of the shift system...90% chance the firmware would have to be updated...
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