The 2013 Honda Accord Coupe marks the beginning of the ninth generation of Honda’s best-selling midsize car. It’s more luxurious, more sophisticated, better performing and better equipped than any other model in the Accord’s 37-year history.
This week I’ve been driving the Accord EX-L V-6 Coupe which is available with a unique 6-speed manual transmission, a carry over from the previous-generation Accord Coupe V-6. With closely spaced gear ratios and a short-throw shifter, the 6-speed manual is the perfect compliment to the Accord V-6 Coupe’s sporting side.
The engine is a 3.5L V6 that gets 278 HP, 7 more than the previous model and 252 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy in the manual is 18 miles per gallon in the city and 28 on the highway. I’ve been getting in the mid-20’s in real world driving. The automatic is rated at 21 in the city and 32 on the highway.
As you may notice, the exterior length and wheelbase of the Coupe is slightly more compact than the prior generation Accord while still providing improvements in key interior dimensions including rear legroom and trunk volume. Overall, the result is a spacious all-new Accord that boasts a sportier appearance, more responsive handling and improved driving dynamics.
To say there’s tons of power being the wheel is an understatement. As the Everyman Driver it’s almost too much. I know, you can never have too much power but unless your ready for it, 278 ponies can be a little overwhelming. I’ve been able to go from 0-60 in about 6 seconds; give or take half a second.
The manual transmission is matched with a compact clutch unit that is self-adjusting and it’s dual-mass flywheel cuts down on the transfer of engine vibration which in turn gives you a very quiet ride inside. Steering is quite responsive with an emphasis on being sporty and the handling follows suite.
Interior-wise, from a driver’s point of view, I’m still not a fan of the Accord’s center stack configuration. I feel like the four tiers of information could easily be consolidated into three or possibly two. That being said, the processor speed for this multi information display is above average, and there are tons of high level standard features including a leather wrapped steering wheel with mounted controls, push button start, heated front seats, navigation with voice controls, rear-view camera, dual-zone climate control and one touch power moon roof to name a few.
New visibility technologies include an expanded-view driver’s mirror and Honda new Lane Watch Blind Spot Display which provides an expanded rear view of the passenger side roadway along with available features such as LED headlights, daytime running lights and brake lights.
New safety advancements include an available Forward Collision Warning which alerts the driver when the system detects a potential collision with another vehicle ahead – and – Lane Departure Warning systems alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use.
As you’d expect, rear-seat space is not a priority here. Since Coupes, by design, are notorious for having sloping rooflines, headroom is usually the first thing you sacrifice. The new coupe has actually lost a few cubic feet of rear-seat space compared with its predecessor. But lets be honest, you’re not getting this vehicle to haul 4 to five passengers. If that was the case, you’re better off going with the sedan.
The M.S.R.P. on the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V6, as tested is $33,140 which is about the same as the Accord Touring with the V6. It’s still worth a look and a test drive.
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