12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2014 Honda Accord EX-L V-6 - An Outside-the-Mainstream Accord

November 1, 2013
2014 Honda Accord EX L V6 Front Left View
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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.
2014 Honda Accord EX L V6 Front Left View
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).
2014 Honda Accord EX L V6 Front Left View 2
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.
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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2014 Honda Accord EX-L V-6 - An Outside-the-Mainstream Accord
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