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1312 2014 Honda Accord Ex L V6 Four Seasons Introduction
four seasons long-term tests

2014 Honda Accord EX-L V-6 - An Outside-the-Mainstream Accord

Paul Barshon
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That latest Honda Accord marks a major change from the previous car in several important ways, all of which we find appealing: it's smaller outside though still roomy inside, it's much more economical, and it also manages to be sportier to drive. When a new Accord won our mid-size sedan bakeoff, that cemented the case to revisit the Accord for a long-term test.

What is perhaps harder to argue for is our selection of the V-6 coupe rather than the vastly more popular four-cylinder sedan.

It could be that we were feeling a bit retro. Six-cylinder engines used to be common in mainstream mid-size cars like this; now only Honda and Nissan offer one. Most other manufacturers have switched to turbocharged fours as their higher-output engine option, but there's a certain charm to the effortless power and linear response of a good, naturally aspirated V-6. The Accord's makes a stout 278 hp and 252 pound-feet of torque. For a real throwback experience, we paired that engine with a six-speed manual, another increasingly rare offering in this -- or any -- segment. Completing our out-of-the-mainstream Accord, we opted for a coupe, Honda being one of the very last automakers to offer the option of two doors (Nissan dropped its Altima coupe this year).

Looking at our final spec, it could be that we should blame Ezra Dyer. He took an Accord V-6 coupe just like this on a trip from its birthplace in Marysville, Ohio to the Charlotte Auto Fair, where he dressed up as Elvis (don't ask -- we didn't). The point is, he came away particularly enthused about the V-6 coupe, saying: "I know it's front-wheel-drive, but the soul of the NSX is in there, I tell you."

We have the next twelve months to determine whether he's onto something with that -- or if maybe he was under the influence of a few too many peanut-butter-and-barbiturate sandwiches.

2014 Honda Accord Specs
  • Overview
  • powertrain
  • chassis
  • measurements
  • equipment
  • options
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
  • Packages & Options
    • Navigation package
    • $1775
    • Navigation Steering wheel-mounted controls Song by voice 16GB audio hard drive

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