Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
March 16, 2017 10:57 a.m.
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Honda has been pumping out Accords for over 40 years now. Obviously they have a recipe that just plain works. Our test car this time was the two-door, V6 model with an automatic transmission.

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Kreb UltraDork
March 16, 2017 11:25 a.m.

OK, nice read, but vague. It's not an M3, but is it enjoyable to drive a backroad on, or does understeer make it a chore? Does it leave its comfort zone at 7/10ths or 9/10ths?

David S. Wallens Editorial Director
March 16, 2017 12:10 p.m.

Yeah, you push it, it's going to understeer. And get on the throttle too much, it torque steers. If you keep it within its limits, it's fine. Just remember that it has way more engine than chassis.

Klayfish UberDork
March 16, 2017 12:39 p.m.

I've always been a huge fan of the Accord coupe, still wish I had one. As I said in other threads about them, I think they compare favorably to a V6 Mustang. I'm talking DD use only...not hard track use or autox, but just fun commuting and occasional twisty road use. From that perspective, I think it slots nicely between the V6 Mustang and the Infinity G37 coupe (or whatever they call it now). Yeah, it's FWD, but as the review said, it's quick, smooth, handles pretty well, very comfy, huge back seat, huge trunk, unbreakable, good mpg. Hard to ask for more.

David S. Wallens Editorial Director
March 16, 2017 10:17 p.m.
Klayfish wrote: I've always been a huge fan of the Accord coupe, still wish I had one. As I said in other threads about them, I think they compare favorably to a V6 Mustang. I'm talking DD use only...not hard track use or autox, but just fun commuting and occasional twisty road use. From that perspective, I think it slots nicely between the V6 Mustang and the Infinity G37 coupe (or whatever they call it now). Yeah, it's FWD, but as the review said, it's quick, smooth, handles pretty well, very comfy, huge back seat, huge trunk, unbreakable, good mpg. Hard to ask for more.

That's a good way of looking at it.

irish44j UltimaDork
March 16, 2017 10:48 p.m.

So clarify....what is the "touring" part? It's a nice looking coupe for sure, but usually the touring moniker is applied to sportwagons or at least something like the Crosstour, or at least something with a hatchback, it seems. Or is that just a trim level for Honda?

Klayfish UberDork
March 17, 2017 5:49 a.m.

It's a trim level. They offer Touring packages on the Oddity for sure, and I believe the Pilot too.

pinchvalve MegaDork
March 17, 2017 7:38 a.m.

I have always felt that the Accord Coupe would benefit greatly from an "Si" version. Consider the 2010 Coupe with the V6 against the new Civic TypeR:

2010 Accord Coupe
271bhp / 251 ft.lb.
3401 lbs
191"L x 73"W
108" wheelbase

2017 Civic Type R
306bhp / 295 ft.lb.
3000 lbs (est.)
182"L x 71"W
106" wheelbase

Talk to Brembo and Bilstien and you've got a pretty awesome sports car there!

mazdeuce UltimaDork
March 17, 2017 8:50 a.m.
David S. Wallens wrote: Just remember that it has way more engine than chassis.

I've been eyeballing a four cylinder manual Accord sedan for just this reason. Yes it's slower, but I think the engine and chassis capabilities are closer to matching than the V6 cars. I'm also smitten with the design and visual details on the newest sedans. Don't know why, but they're head turners to me.

MadScientistMatt PowerDork
March 17, 2017 9:08 a.m.
pinchvalve wrote: I have always felt that the Accord Coupe would benefit greatly from an "Si" version.

Wasn't that a Prelude?

This one looks a lot better than the previous "Angry Russet Potato" school of design that Accord coupes seem to have fallen into since the 2003 version.

Brian MegaDork
March 17, 2017 9:14 a.m.

In Hondas case, Touring is the current top trim. Big engine, auto only, all the electronic extras. Adaptive cruise and emergency auto stop doesn't play nice with manual gearboxes. I'll take an EX 6spd.

If you really wanted to get into a sporty Accord, find a '12 LX-S coupe with a manual. DWB front, well matched drivetrain for the chassis, and a nice mesh/micro suade interior.

NickD SuperDork
March 17, 2017 9:25 a.m.

Needs to sit about 2 or 3 inches lower. Sits like a 4x4 from the factory

ProDarwin PowerDork
March 17, 2017 9:36 a.m.
pinchvalve wrote: I have always felt that the Accord Coupe would benefit greatly from an "Si" version. Consider the 2010 Coupe with the V6 against the new Civic TypeR: 2010 Accord Coupe 271bhp / 251 ft.lb. 3401 lbs 191"L x 73"W 108" wheelbase 2017 Civic Type R 306bhp / 295 ft.lb. 3000 lbs (est.) 182"L x 71"W 106" wheelbase Talk to Brembo and Bilstien and you've got a pretty awesome sports car there!

A while ago they had one. It was called the Acura TL or TL type S.

6 speed
Brembos
Limited slip
270-285 hp
And double wishbones

And most importantly: 4 doors

Datsun310Guy PowerDork
March 23, 2017 6:45 p.m.

I lived with a 2011 Accord sedan 4cylinder 5-speed. I have to admit I liked rowing the gears and accelerating like Mario Andretti. 152,000 miles with minor issues and that Honda just ran and ran. Trouble is I need a truck to haul stuff to customers and the Accord was finished.

I spy a new Si coming out......

Gearheadotaku PowerDork
March 23, 2017 8:05 p.m.

I'm glad they keep building these, wish other car makers would follow suit.

mazdeuce UltimaDork
March 24, 2017 3:29 p.m.
NickD wrote: Needs to sit about 2 or 3 inches lower. Sits like a 4x4 from the factory

Just a heads up, you can buy completely bolt in air suspension for these that will lower them up to four inches. Not sure how low you can actually drive it around but they can be dropped very low. Not that I've researched this because I want to lay car out in the car rider line at school or anything........

DirtyBird222 UltraDork
March 24, 2017 3:54 p.m.
Datsun310Guy wrote: I lived with a 2011 Accord sedan 4cylinder 5-speed. I have to admit I liked rowing the gears and accelerating like Mario Andretti. 152,000 miles with minor issues and that Honda just ran and ran. Trouble is I need a truck to haul stuff to customers and the Accord was finished. I spy a new Si coming out......

Yea and the brilliant Marketeers at Honda just released torque numbers only. I get it, they are happy their new Si makes 192 torques but really? Why not release the power numbers as a whole. I really don't get Honda sometimes. So covert with info pertaining to new models.

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