2010 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L

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

Who needs Acura when you have Honda? There isn't enough distinction between Acura and Honda, much to the former's destriment. In some cases, Honda is even better than Acura. Perhaps Honda should incorporate Acura completely into its folds instead of having two branches that are barely distinctive from one another.

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