i-VTEC just kicked in! Let me start off by saying hats off to Honda. This all-new redesigned Accord for model year 2013 is an absolutely phenomenal looking vehicle.
Let me start off by saying hats off to Honda. This all-new redesigned Accord for model year 2013 is an absolutely phenomenal looking vehicle. I can safely say I’m in love at first sight; even in this lovely brown colour. By far, this is one of the best moves they’ve made for the Accord throughout its 36-year reign. Even the interior is far from being an eyesore. In no way is the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe V6 boring, nor does it make you feel in any way as though you are driving a car from the year 1999 with a calculator-style radio display.
Our test vehicle was generously equipped with an as-tested price of $35,390. At this price it comes with a huge change-up in its suspension. For this year they went to a MacPherson strut design for the front end, whereas the rear stayed the same with a multi-link setup. This setup has helped this coupe with high-speed hairpins such as the ones we enthusiasts love so dearly.
Off the line, this car is a pleasure to drive. Gobs of torque, which can also be its downfall due to the enormous amount of torque steer you get when you stomp on it. Don’t get me wrong: once you get past the torque steer, dropping down to third, this car could bring the kid out of anyone. I could not help but make excuses to downshift the 6-speed manual just to hear the amazing sounding 3.5L i-VTEC V6 while I rowed through the gears. The shifter is just about perfect; shifts are “snick-snick” precise in typical Honda fashion and effortless to find.
This Accord Coupe has a 24-valve SOHC V6 paired to a 6-speed manual that pumps an exhilarating 278 HP @ 6200 rpm and 252 lb·ft of torque @ 4900 rpm. Although unlike our old friend, the Civic Si HFP we tested earlier this year, there are no i-VTEC lights to add to our experience. Believe me though; you can feel the i-VTEC kick in!
The Accord’s interior is well-equipped with a gorgeous black on cream two-tone leather interior. The front seats are also heated, along with dual climate control, and a dual-screen display. The smaller of the two screens, designated for audio control, is touch-intuitive. Audio is provided by a 360-Watt premium sound system with a subwoofer. The Accord also comes a leather wrapped steering wheel with all the expected controls. Bluetooth and GPS navigation bring this coupe into the luxury books. The interior is quite roomy as well, and with it being -2*C outside, the heated seats are a welcome addition. I can’t say that someone 6’ and over can comfortably sit in the back seats, but they’re roomier (naturally) than those in the Civic Coupe.
One niggle with the car that I must add though, is the lack of user-friendliness with the iPod integration. Overall, it seems to be rather tedious to navigate through everything, and don’t even get me started on the voiceover mentioning the captions on every single menu. To add to this, the voice recognition is horrendous overall. After many failed attempts to play “Hotel California” by The Eagles through my connected iPod, I ultimately just gave up and decided to listen to the radio. Once you get past the primitive stereo controls as well as the annoying beeping from the LDW (Lane Departure Warning) and the FCW (Front Collision Warning), this car is a true pleasure to drive.
Regardless of the area its in, driving the new 2013 Honda Accord Coupe V6 is guaranteed to get attention. The fun of i-VTEC can bring out the teenager in anyone. It certainly does have the lines of the Civic Si Coupe, albeit a little bit bigger. If anything, it’s a Civic in a three-piece suit.
Approaching my 30s, I now find myself looking into cars I could see myself owning in the future. This car is great for the 26-29 year old me looking for a little more fun, but ultimately the real-world practicality this car is unjustifiable. I have always had a warm place in my heart for Hondas; therefore I might steer my decision-making towards the redesigned sedan. It has very similar lines with the added convenience of the four doors, added trunk room, and the space to take the whole family out.