2013 Honda Accord Coupe

Monday April 15th, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Posted by: Francois

Hypes: Dynamic driving experience, Honda Goes Green with “ Earth Dreams Technology”
Gripes: Sheeps clothing will disuade the ideal driver for this car

This car is fast. One could call it a BMW or INfiniti and the person behind the wheel will not be disappointed. It is just an exhilirating drivng experience in an unexpected package. The power and flexibility of this engine is impressive and the chassis can handle it. So color us impressed.

I spent most of my week in the new Accord driving around like a demented octogenarian with my right turn signal perpetually blinking to indicate a turn I never took. What, you may ask, prompted this bit of imbecility? Honda’s new feature called LaneWatch. If you flick your right turn signal on, an incredibly clear, continuous picture of the road adjacent and behind your Accord displays itself in full color on an 8 inch i-MID (Intelligent Multi Information Display) screen on the dash. The LaneWatch camera, mounted beneath the passenger side exterior rear view mirror, affords a mesmerizing view of the world gone by. It’s like watching a newsreel of your travel unfold at the instant it’s happening. Of course, Honda provides it, not as entertainment, but rather as a useful safety device to keep you informed of traffic patterns and help you avoid collisions when changing lanes.

What I didn’t realize until after my week in the Accord was nearly up: you can simply depress a button on the end of the turn signal stalk to activate LaneWatch without signaling for a right turn. I’m not sure why there was no provision for a left side LaneWatch, but as it stands the right side only monitor is one of the most udeful safety advances devised in the last decade. But it’s just one hors d’oervre in the tasty feast that Honda has whipped up for the 2013 Accord banquet. For a base price of $25,405, the EX offers a lot of family sedan for the money.

Starting under the hood, you’ll find a willing performer in the gas miser 2.4 liter inline four. Direct Injection is new for 2013, an improvement that ups horsepower to 185hp (from last year’s 178), and torque to 181 lb.-ft. (from 161). Even when saddled with the vagaries of the belted CVT automatic gearbox, the Accord jumps smartly to attention when prodded with the accelerator. If you select Sport Mode from the floor mounted CVT lever, the Accord picks up an instant 1000rpm which eases passing anxiety considerably. This velocity increase is unfortunately accompanied by a hellish racket from the intake and exhaust systems that underlines just how hard the four banger is straining to get the job done. You will be thrilled at the mileage, however, which pays off with an overall combined rating of 30MPG.

For a family sedan with four full-size doors, and a spacious and comfortable back seat, backroad handling is beyond respectable. Throw the EX into a series of bends, and you’ll be amazed at just how well balanced and competent the twin anti-roll bar equipped suspension system is. The new Accord corners flat. Information passed through the steering wheel is accurate and encyclopedic. To look at the wheel and tire fitment – which consists of 7.5” x 17” alloys rims mounting all-season Michelin MXMV4 215/55R17 tires – you wouldn’t give the EX much of a chance of success on a twisty road. The truth, however, is just the opposite. On a light traffic, mid-week run from Mill Valley to Point Reyes Station, this Honda proved itself to be agile, quick and confidence-inspiring. The steering wheel could do with a thicker rim, and the front seats are deficient in side bolstering. But the chassis dynamics are spot-on.

This is the 9th version of the Accord that Honda has offered in the 30 years they’ve been building this model in the USA. While it may look little different from version 8, it is deceptively improved. Lighter and dimensionally smaller on the outside, the new EX is inexplicably more spacious in terms of headroom and shoulder room on the inside. If you’re looking for a sedan in the mid-$20K range, you need to consider this latest Honda before making any final decision.

Specifications
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 2-door coupe
PRICE AS TESTED: $33,140 (base price: $31,140)
ENGINE TYPE: SOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
Displacement: 212 cu in, 3471 cc
Power: 278 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 252 lb-ft @ 4900 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual
DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 107.3 in
Length: 189.2 in
Width: 72.8 in Height: 56.5 in
Curb weight: 3399 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 5.6 sec

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2013 Honda Accord EX 4-DR Review

Friday January 11th, 2013 at 8:11 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By David Colman

Hypes: Honda Goes Green with “ Earth Dreams Technology”
Gripes: Erratic RPM of CVT Gearbox

I spent most of my week in the new Accord driving around like a demented octogenarian with my right turn signal perpetually blinking to indicate a turn I never took. What, you may ask, prompted this bit of imbecility? Honda’s new feature called LaneWatch. If you flick your right turn signal on, an incredibly clear, continuous picture of the road adjacent and behind your Accord displays itself in full color on an 8 inch i-MID (Intelligent Multi Information Display) screen on the dash. The LaneWatch camera, mounted beneath the passenger side exterior rear view mirror, affords a mesmerizing view of the world gone by. It’s like watching a newsreel of your travel unfold at the instant it’s happening. Of course, Honda provides it, not as entertainment, but rather as a useful safety device to keep you informed of traffic patterns and help you avoid collisions when changing lanes.

What I didn’t realize until after my week in the Accord was nearly up: you can simply depress a button on the end of the turn signal stalk to activate LaneWatch without signaling for a right turn. I’m not sure why there was no provision for a left side LaneWatch, but as it stands the right side only monitor is one of the most udeful safety advances devised in the last decade. But it’s just one hors d’oervre in the tasty feast that Honda has whipped up for the 2013 Accord banquet. For a base price of $25,405, the EX offers a lot of family sedan for the money.

Starting under the hood, you’ll find a willing performer in the gas miser 2.4 liter inline four. Direct Injection is new for 2013, an improvement that ups horsepower to 185hp (from last year’s 178), and torque to 181 lb.-ft. (from 161). Even when saddled with the vagaries of the belted CVT automatic gearbox, the Accord jumps smartly to attention when prodded with the accelerator. If you select Sport Mode from the floor mounted CVT lever, the Accord picks up an instant 1000rpm which eases passing anxiety considerably. This velocity increase is unfortunately accompanied by a hellish racket from the intake and exhaust systems that underlines just how hard the four banger is straining to get the job done. You will be thrilled at the mileage, however, which pays off with an overall combined rating of 30MPG.

For a family sedan with four full-size doors, and a spacious and comfortable back seat, backroad handling is beyond respectable. Throw the EX into a series of bends, and you’ll be amazed at just how well balanced and competent the twin anti-roll bar equipped suspension system is. The new Accord corners flat. Information passed through the steering wheel is accurate and encyclopedic. To look at the wheel and tire fitment – which consists of 7.5” x 17” alloys rims mounting all-season Michelin MXMV4 215/55R17 tires – you wouldn’t give the EX much of a chance of success on a twisty road. The truth, however, is just the opposite. On a light traffic, mid-week run from Mill Valley to Point Reyes Station, this Honda proved itself to be agile, quick and confidence-inspiring. The steering wheel could do with a thicker rim, and the front seats are deficient in side bolstering. But the chassis dynamics are spot-on.

This is the 9th version of the Accord that Honda has offered in the 30 years they’ve been building this model in the USA. While it may look little different from version 8, it is deceptively improved. Lighter and dimensionally smaller on the outside, the new EX is inexplicably more spacious in terms of headroom and shoulder room on the inside. If you’re looking for a sedan in the mid-$20K range, you need to consider this latest Honda before making any final decision.

2013 Honda Accord EX 4-DR

  • Engine: 2.4 Liter DOHC, 16-Valve iVTEC Direct Injection Inline 4
  • Horsepower: 185hp
  • Torque: 181 lb.-ft.
  • Fuel Consumption: 27 MPG City/36 MPG Highway
  • Price as Tested: $26,195
  • Star Rating: 8.5 out of 10 Stars

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2011 Honda Accord SE Sedan Review – European aspirations found in a stalwart Japanese package

Friday December 24th, 2010 at 9:1212 PM
Posted by: the911guy

By Dan Tsuchiya

Pros

  • A very functional sedan – built for the family or for the office
  • Great interior and lots of trunk space
  • Efficient four cylinder engine mated to a well matched transmission

Cons

  • Front seats almost as hard as a park bench
  • Mid-year refresh actually made the rear less attractive
  • Styling does not stand out over the competition

How does a Japanese automaker, or for that matter any automaker, build a car that will appeal to American families or office workers who just don’t have the means to lay out fifty-large for a four door luxury sedan? Well you build a car (or try to) that has the looks and quality of those $50k+ sedans at half the price… in other words you try and emulate. This has been a winning strategy for Toyota and more recently Hyundai, where they chisel the body to emulate a Mercedes, stuff the interior with leather faced seating, shoehorn a diminutive 4 cylinder or barely satisfying 6 cylinder under the hood, and add all the usual bells and whistles, all for under thirty-large.

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Best Mid-size Sedans of 2010 That Cost Less Than $30,000

Monday November 22nd, 2010 at 8:1111 AM
Posted by: AKramer

best_sedans_2010For a little while, it seemed like the mid-size family sedan was going to go the way of the dodo bird. Starting in the late 90s, folks across America began snapping up SUVs like hotcakes, and those still sticking with four doors and a trunk often migrated upmarket to luxury nameplates.

Take one great recession, add some higher gas prices, and viola, the times have sure changed again. Buyers are downsizing away from expensive, gas-guzzling SUVs, and the market for mid-sized sedans is as competitive as it has ever been. Sure, smaller crossovers are popular and wagons are making a small comeback, but for basic transportation that is also practical and affordable, nothing beats a well made four door sedan.

Selecting just 5 excellent mid-size sedans was tough, as almost every manufacturer offers a competitive product these days. Our top 5 needed to really excel in all areas, including build, performance, design and functionality, and of course value. With this in mind, we feel our finalists are all truly well balanced cars, with no major flaws and a lot to admire.

HONDA ACCORD FORD FUSION CHEVROLET MALIBU MAZDA MAZDA6 HYUNDAI SONATA

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2010 Toyota Camry Review

Monday May 24th, 2010 at 1:55 PM
Posted by: Derek

2010 Toyota Camry

by Derek Mau

Pros:

  • A much needed bump in power of 11 hp
  • Resale value and reliability make Camry a safer investment than the S&P 500
  • Auto up/down for ALL four window switches

Cons:

  • Missing iPod and iPhone interface
  • Hard plastic steering wheel and too many interior hard plastic surfaces
  • Driving excitement on the same level as doing your laundry

Toyota has had its share of ups and downs lately, but popularity of their #1 sedan remains strong. The Toyota Camry has been America’s best-selling car for seven consecutive years and 11 of the past 12 years.

For 2010, the Camry receives a midcycle rejuvenation. Most notably, the base four-cylinder engine increases in size from 2.4 to 2.5 liters, with a corresponding 11-hp bump (21 hp on the SE). Now, both the manual and automatic transmissions have six speeds instead of five. Other changes include a restyled grille and taillights, a new optional audio system with satellite radio and Bluetooth® for base and LE models, and auto up/down windows all around. Finally, stability control is now standard across the model range for improved safety.

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Honda Accord Type-S With 180HP Diesel For Euro, Not U.S.

Thursday February 12th, 2009 at 10:22 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Honda Accord with 2.2 liter i-DTEC diesel motor

Here’s another car that we should have in the U.S., but sadly, it’s Euro only for the moment.

At Honda’s Geneva Motor Show booth this year will see the debut of the Accord Type-S decked out with a new 180-horsepower derivative of the firm’s 2.2-liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine. Yes it’s a wagon, but that from-factor is very popular in Europe, and if you think that wagons can’t be fun, you need to play around with more Audi & BMW wagons.

Anyway, since this is a diesel the torque is impressive: 380Nm at a low-low 2000rpm. Fun. And the wagon also features a discreet aero-package. Oh, and in case this “Accord” looks familiar, yet odd, to some, that’s because it is, in reality, the Euro version of the Acura TSX (there’s no Acura nameplate outside of North America).

According to Graham Avent, Manager – Corporate Operations, Honda (UK), the new car, “…will be a welcome addition to the Accord range, especially for company car drivers that want a high-specification car in an even sportier package. This model will undoubtedly appeal to high-performance diesel enthusiasts, looking for that something extra, but we hope it will also create a halo-effect across the diesel Accord range.”

And we agree with him. Just one thing Graham: BRING IT TO AMERICA!!

Source: CarScoop

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2008 Honda Accord EX-L Coupe Review – Bringing Style and Performance to an Automotive Benchmark

Wednesday May 14th, 2008 at 9:55 AM
Posted by: AKramer

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By Alex Kramer

2008 Honda Accord EX-L Coupe


Pros:

  • Wonderfully responsive engine and transmission
  • Nicely balanced suspension
  • Luxurious and roomy interior
  • Aggressive, yet sophisticated design

Cons:

  • Hard to use navigation system
  • Cluttered dashboard
  • Could use more road noise insulation

Over the past 32 years, the Honda Accord has been a benchmark in the automotive industry. Loved by both critics and consumers alike, the Accord is the rare car that is a both a perennial bestseller and annual top-ten list contender. As the standard bearer of the Honda lineup, the Accord has always personified the reliability and refinement that Honda is known for. Yet for all its success, the one thing the Accord has lacked is a more spirited and daring personality. Those looking for a rip roaring ride or striking visual appeal have had to look elsewhere. Until now. Read the rest of this entry »

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2008 Honda Accord EX-L Review – The King of the Mid-Size Family Sedans

Tuesday May 13th, 2008 at 9:55 AM
Posted by: hollyrrr

By Holly R.

Pros

  • Comfortable ride
  • Good pick-up acceleration on flat terrain (felt sporty)
  • Easy to see out of the car (no blind spots)
  • Really decent mileage for a V6 engine with 268-hp
  • Easy to get out of the trunk, should you ever find yourself locked in it
    • Weak acceleration going up steep, narrow, winding roads
    • Headlamp covers are in need of a re-design
  • Cons:

    Introduction:

    I’ve never driven an Accord before. I used to want one, quite a bit actually. I’ve ridden in a few, but one of the things that struck me about this car is the sheer volume of Accords I saw on the road. All styles, years and colors! That speaks volumes as to how popular and long-lasting these vehicles really are, and just how much Accord owners love their cars.

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2008 Honda Accord EX-L Sedan First Impressions Review

Wednesday April 2nd, 2008 at 10:44 AM
Posted by: Francois

By Francis Cebedo

Setting the bar… that’s what the Honda Accord specializes in and that’s exactly what it does with the new 2008 Honda Accord EX-L

I’ve driven the past four generations of Honda Accords and was not to eager to try out the new 2008 model. They had a tendency to keep going and going in a utilitarian but uninspiring way.

But when I got this new Accord for review, I was stopped in my tracks. It is gorgeous inside and out. It seems that Honda has really put in an effort to build cars that have a personality. They do their job well but now they’re interesting and inspiring to drive. Then Honda Element, Odyssey and Fit are fine examples of this.

The Accord is now a big car. It’s about the size of a 5 series BMW or an Acura TL. The exterior design is sculpted with a modern eye. The front of the car is not very distinctive but the side and rear profiles are stunning.

2008 Honda Accord sedan interior

Inside the car, the magic continues. The cabin is so nicely laid out and finished that it rivals those of the Acura, Lexus and BMW marks. The steering wheel is attractive, ergonomic and functional. The dashboard has smooth flowing lines that lead to the center console controls. The navigation screen is recessed high on the dashboard so the driver’s eyes don’t stray too far from the road.

And finally the driving experience is impeccable. It is still swiss-watch reliable and predictable. But now, with the V6, the power is deliberate and generous. The shifting is flawless. And the ride is supple and achieves a great balance of handling and comfort for an everyday passenger car.

We know Honda Accords are good but we are truly floored by this one. The bar has been set again.


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2007 SEMA News: 2008 Honda Accord Coupe HFP and HF-S Concept

Thursday November 1st, 2007 at 4:1111 PM
Posted by: Derek

SEMA: 2008 Honda Accord Coupe HFP

2008 Honda Accord HFPAlbeit less impressive than the Accord Coupe HF-S Concept that we showed you yesterday (click here), the Accord Coupe HFP is a nicely customized vehicle that’s sporty but not flashy. It is equipped with dealer-installed Honda Factory Performance (hence the name “HFP”) components including a sports suspension package, 19-in. alloy wheels in 245/40R-19 rubber and a full aerodynamic body kit (front, sides and rear).

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