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

By - May 12, 2014
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Long-Term 2014 Honda Accord Update - SPRING 2014 (1 OF 2)
Miles To Date: 12,560
""It’s a sensible sedan turned into a personal luxury car, and this just seems wrong to me.""
The Honda Accord was named to our All-Stars roster of the ten best cars you can buy in America. In celebration of the All-Stars award, we took our ten winners on a multi-state road trip from Detroit to New Orleans. Our red Four Seasons coupe represented the Accord, and it acquitted itself well despite running with some heady company.
The All-Stars road trip was the first opportunity that our West Coast editor, Michael Jordan, had to spend time with our Accord. Predictably, his views represent a particular California sensibility: “Google and Tesla have made a lot of headlines with their efforts to build a new kind of car that incorporates all the modern thinking of Silicon Valley, something that looks ahead to simple, well-ordered transportation,” he said. “Well, Google and Tesla are just kidding themselves, because the Honda Accord already embraces the future. It’s affordable, clean, and modern, and even better, it’s here today.”
“When you drive a Honda Accord, it’s like shaking hands with Bill Hewlett and David Packard, who did the whole Silicon Valley thing long, long before Google and Tesla, and did it better too.”
2014 Honda Accord EX L Front Three Quarters
Like other staffers, though, Jordan found our V-6/manual coupe to be “the wrong version of the right car.”
“It’s a sensible sedan turned into a personal luxury car, and this just seems wrong to me,” he said. “Of course, I have to admit that this has always been the classic formula for a personal luxury car, so I should probably just get over it. Fortunately, the Accord coupe V-6 is pretty good at being a Ford Thunderbird. It looks decent, proves genuinely fast, and follows a winding road with some enthusiasm -- until the brakes predictably start smoking.”
That will happen when you send a sensible sedan -- or a personal luxury car -- chasing after the likes of a Porsche Cayman, a Jaguar F-type, or an Audi RS7. Like we said, pretty heady company.
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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