The Honda Accord is something of a dark horse candidate if you're looking for a sporty, comfortable, and relatively affordable coupe. What never ceases to amaze me is just how FAST the Accord is when tied to a six-speed manual. How fast? Try 5.7 seconds from 0-60 mph and 14-flat through the quarter-mile, according to our sister magazine Motor Trend. If you're in an older Mustang or Camaro and see one of these pull up next to you at a light, don't laugh. Power delivery is silky smooth, with just the right amount of V-6 growl. The gearbox isn't quite up to Honda's best-in-the-business standards, but is still very precise and smooth in its action.
The Accord reminds you it's not a sports car in corners. Yes, it's still better than most other front-wheel-drive mid-size cars, but it's nowhere near as sharp as the rear-wheel-drive two-doors in this price range.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor