12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2014 Honda Accord EX-L V-6 - Winter Update

February 3, 2014
2014 Honda Accord Coupe V6 Front Three Quarters Snow
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Long-Term 2014 Honda Accord Update - WINTER 2014 (2 OF 2)
Miles To Date: 5899
"The Honda Accord is fun and easy to chuck around with all nannies disabled, a credit to its progressive throttle and honest-to-goodness handbrake."
As many of you are painfully aware, much of the country has spent the last few weeks in the grip of a Polar Vortex—what people used to just call miserable cold and snow. It’s as if the Cold Miser himself has had our little corner of Michigan in his icy clutch. Naturally, this has made for some challenging driving conditions.
2014 Honda Accord Coupe V6 Snow Tire
Of course, we have outfitted our 2014 Honda Accord coupe with winter rubber, in this case the Michelin X-Ice Xi3, as recommended by our tire and wheel partner, The Tire Rack. When it comes to braking, the Michelins have been up to task. But when it’s time to put the power down, they’re struggling here, as the Honda Accord’s torquey V-6 easily overwhelms the front tires. To be fair, that’s a frequent issue even in nice weather on the original equipment rubber. “I’ve taken to doing second-gear starts almost everywhere,” says associate web editor Jake Holmes. “But the Accord also tends to understeer and wash out quite a bit when you try to accelerate when the wheel isn’t perfectly straight.” Unfortunately, there’s no easy workaround for that.
Associate editor David Zenlea notes that you can’t disable the Honda Accord’s traction control without giving up stability control as well—a less-than-ideal situation for coping with deep snow. “I often like to disable traction control so as not to get bogged down accelerating from a stop, but almost never disable stability control—you never know when a patch of black ice is going to send you spinning through a corner,” he explains. Although, sometimes, that does sound like fun: “That said,” he adds, “the Honda Accord is fun and easy to chuck around with all nannies disabled, a credit to its progressive throttle and honest-to-goodness handbrake.”
Mostly, though, there’s little to incite levity in this crushing cold. “I wish the seat heaters would get warmer and heat up faster,” says Holmes, “but that’s a small problem in the grand scheme of things.”
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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Cost to Own
Depreciation
36%
Depreciation
$11107
Insurance
$6065
Fuel Cost
$8631
Financing
$2335
Maintenance
$1779
Repair Costs
$558
State Fees
$391
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own