12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2014 Honda Accord EX-L V-6 - Making a Case for the Coupe

December 16, 2013
2014 Honda Accord EX L V6 Front Left View
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Long-Term 2014 Honda Accord Update - WINTER 2013 (1 OF 1)
Staffers are just beginning to get acquainted with our 2014 Honda Accord, which is something of an iconoclast in the Accord universe, by virtue of its two doors, V-6 engine, and manual transmission.
"Yes, it would have been more sensible to order the sedan, with the four-cylinder and the CVT, as that's what most people will buy," acknowledged associate web editor Jake Holmes. But the V-6 coupe is more sporty and cool, "yet it's still understated enough that it flies under the radar -- neither your wife nor your mom would think you had bought a car with 278 hp."
2014 Honda Accord EX L V6 Front Left View
Associate editor David Zenlea contends that the V-6 coupe makes its own kind of sense. "This Honda is unambiguously an enthusiast's car," he argues, "and the engine lives up to that billing."
With the hegemony of the four-cylinder, and even the turbo four-cylinder, in midsize applications, a naturally aspirated V-6 begins to seem like something special. But does this engine live up to that billing? Its aforementioned 278 ponies is certainly a hearty output, and 252 pound-feet of torque is not bad either. But what about its more subjective qualities?
2014 Honda Accord EX L V6 Left Side View
"I'm not in love with the engine note," says road test editor Chris Nelson. "It's loud without being sporty." "Funny that Chris doesn't like the engine note'" countered Zenlea. "I was just thinking how much I liked it. It's growly and mechanical yet not raspy -- very Honda. I love the instantaneous power, too."
Lots more staffers still have yet to weigh in on the V-6's character, and whether this coupe's configuration makes a case for itself. It's looking like this Accord's outside-the-mainstream spec will give us plenty to talk about over the coming year.
In the meantime, associate editor Greg Migliore suggests that we sit back and enjoy the ride, calling the Accord coupe "a nice change of pace from our usual diet of sedans and crossovers."
Body style 2-door coupe
Accommodation 5-passenger
Construction Steel unibody
Base price (with dest.) $31,415
As tested $33,190
Engine 24-valve SOHC V-6
Displacement 3.5 liters (212 cu in)
Power 278 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque 252 lb-ft @ 4900 rpm
Transmission 6-speed manual
Drive Front-wheel
EPA Fuel Economy 18/28/22 (city/hwy/combined)
Steering Electrically assisted
Lock-to-lock 2.5 turns
Turning circle 39.0 ft
Suspension, Front Strut-type, coil springs
Suspension, Rear Multilink, coil springs
Brakes F/R Vented discs/discs
Wheels 18-inch aluminum
Tires Michelin Primacy MXM4
Tire size 235/45R-18 94V
Headroom F/R 37.2/37.2 in
Legroom F/R 42.2/33.7 in
Shoulder room F/R 58.9/55.1 in
Wheelbase 107.3 in
Track F/R 62.4/62.4 in
L x W x H 189.2 x 72.8 x 56.5 in
Passenger capacity 93.1 cu ft
Cargo capacity 13.4 cu ft
Weight 3400 lb
Weight dist. F/R N/A
Fuel capacity 17.2 gal
Est. fuel range 370 miles
Fuel grade 87 octane (regular unleaded)
STANDARD EQUIPMENT LaneWatch 10-way power driver's seat Homelink LED DRLs Chrome exhaust tips 18-inch aluminum wheels Paddle shifters Leather-trimmed seats and steering wheel Rearview camera 7-speaker audio system SiriusXM satellite radio w/3-month trial subscription Bluetooth Keyless entry and ignition Automatic dual-zone climate control Heated front seats Cruise control Tilt-and-telescopic steering column Auxiliary audio jack USB port Power sunroof Fog lights Automatic headlights Heated exterior mirrors Rear spoiler
Navigation package $1775 Navigation Steering wheel-mounted controls Song by voice 16GB audio hard drive

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