The Accord coupe is one of those cars that we take for granted. Then you get in it and realize why the Accord is one of the best-selling cars year after year. For many buyers, the coupe has just enough flair, even if it's far from a sports car. And although no one will ever confuse the Accord coupe with a BMW 3-series coupe, the Honda is no slacker in the performance department, because it's got a smooth and refined V-6 making a completely respectable 271 hp. Actually, when you think about it, 271 hp for a front-wheel-drive coupe is more than respectable: it's impressive. I also liked our car's silky six-speed manual transmission.
I drove home last night and back again this morning in our first major snowstorm of winter 2010, and the Accord coupe plowed through 3-5 inches of the white stuff quite handily, even though it has only all-season tires rather than dedicated snow tires. The two-setting seat heater warmed up quickly and soon became hot enough that I needed to turn it to low, and both the front and rear defrosters did their thing rapidly as well.
The interior of the Accord coupe is pretty luxurious, also, for a mainstream car, and the ergonomics are generally first-rate. There are quite a few buttons in the center stack to control radio, climate, and such, but they are easy to figure out quickly.
Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor