2009 Honda Accord EX-L V6 Review: Car Reviews

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Honda’s front-drive, two-door is but lost in the marketplace


1. The Accord Coupe starts at with V6 models at $28,955.

2. A manual is available for the V6, helping to a 0-60 mph time of just 5.9

3. V6 automatic models get a PZEV V6 with Honda’s Variable Management (VCM) technology and mpg, while six-speed gets an older VTEC V6 and 17/25 mpg.

And for those out there Honda even an amazing performance option… the manual transmission. Normally a has advantages over an automatic in the arena, but on the Accord Coupe the is remarkable.

Performance figures for the V6 with the five-speed automatic are a respectable 0-60 mph time of 7.0 and a quarter mile time of sec. Choose the six-speed however, and you’ll be treated to a to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds and a blast a drag strip in just

In other words… it’s more so than speedy-looking like the new 300hp Camaro V6, or a lot of European coupes.

Power is at 271hp and 251 ft-lbs of torque – automatic models get 3 more Even more strange is both the auto and manual get their own individual engines. The gets a more modern V6 with i-VTEC, while the gets a 3.5-liter six with sans the “i”.

And here’s where the down of the added performance comes in; the less sophisticated engine as fuel-efficient. What this lacks is Honda’s new Variable Management (VCM) technology allows the V6 engine to run on either 4 or 3 It’s also not a PZEV

Why Honda couldn’t use the newer with the six-speed is a bit of a mystery, but it came down to a cost and they figured the sort of who want a six-speed manual easily trade some performance for decreased fuel-economy.

As a the six-speed box gets just 17 mpg and 25 mpg highway, as compared to 19/28 the five-speed automatic. We’re big of performance but these fuel numbers are pretty low for a Honda. again, if it weren’t for this measure, Honda would just can the six-speed altogether.

A down side to the six-speed is that, unlike almost car made since the dawn of the it isn’t any cheaper. No matter transmission you choose, the V6 Accord starts at $28,955.

Four-cylinder models (5AT or can be had for $5,000 less, but only less comparably equipped.


Six-speed manual aside, what the Accord adds on top of the sedan’s great is a wonderful design. As a larger the Accord has an imposing presence, out by the very-European flat-fronted nose. also a long hood and nicely flared fenders.

In ways it resembles a Mercedes

The britework grille frame and detailing on the window surrounds adds a touch of class. A set of rollers sits on the larger of what you’d expect an OEM, although the design overly compelling. Still, the wheel does suit the and allows for some reasonably low rubber for a more engaging experience.

If you don’t mind the cost, we highly recommend the aero kit. Honda’s packages always made a difference in how their cars although the Accord Coupe look good just the way it is. And as for wheels, Honda offers a set of looking 19s, but at $3,000 you want to try aftermarket.


The long includes: one-touch power remote entry, power one-touch power moonroof, climate control, heated seats with a 8-way adjustability with lumbar for the and 4-way power adjustability for the a leather coated tilt and wheel with redundant controls and cruise control, a 270-watt AM/FM 6-Disc system with MP3/MWA an auxiliary jack and speed volume control.

While all does sound great and we enjoyed every bit of it on our tester, we when manufacturers package together, forcing you to get an added you might not necessarily want. In case, it’s the leather, as all V6 models come with it, you have to pay the extra $2,000 if all you wanted was the powerful V6.

Otherwise we fault any part of the interior as has the ergonomics down pat. control is easy to use and close at and all the gauges are well lit. In Honda even lights the controls and audio controls (aqua green and white) to it easier to distinguish between at night.

Everything looks reasonably quality and while the leather overly high-grade, it’s not you’re spending $40,000 to get an Accord Coupe. The design of the is typical straightforward Honda, and the stack looks modern and especially when flanked aluminum trim.

As driving the windows down and the sunroof just feels right in a I found myself doing of that and really appreciated the windows and sunroof.

The driving does seem a bit high for a but that is no doubt as a result of car’s sedan underpinnings.

In the department there are the usual six (front, side and curtain) as as ABS, EDB and Brake Assist. A Pressure Monitoring System is standard, as are stability and traction


As mentioned, behind the you do feel a little high up for a sporty car, but that matter. Again, it’s not a sports car and it is front-wheel drive, but for a toy the two-door Accord corners well. This is partly to do its size, as the coupe cuts from the sedan’s wheelbase, with 3.2-inches overall.

It’s also 1.7-inches and a tenth of an inch wider. even moved the fuel lower and more forward for weight distribution a lower of gravity.

Still, the biggest in this car come from a right foot and some shifting. The acceleration is impressive and feels even faster the 5.9 seconds to 60 time.

Curb is set at 3,446 lbs, which too bad. Add an extra 100 lbs to that if you opt for the transmission though.

Due to all the power, the font wheels is easy and is a car that just begs for a slip differential. This was noticeable as I hopped into the Coupe after a week in an Civic Si.


When the Accord Coupe launched the sedan in 2008, the car didn’t much competition. Honda the Toyota Solara and Altima as rivals. In top-level trim the isn’t in the same league of (and Toyota doesn’t make it any more) and the Altima hasn’t caught on, despite a price and lots of power.

Now is another rival, the Hyundai Coupe. Sure it’s RWD and not but that is only likely to the Hyundai more enticing. even the 306hp 3.8-liter V6 costs just $25,000 – and you do get for that price.

It also rips to 60 in somewhere 5.5 seconds and gets better too with 21/30 mpg (city/hwy).


Despite the poor fuel-economy we do have to recommend the manual the automatic for V6 models, as the performance when opting for the auto-box seems like a rip off.

a starting price of $22,406 for the the V6 model begins at $28,955, when compared to new offerings the Genesis Coupe seems Still, the Accord Coupe is enough while supplying of speed. It’s also to argue with Honda’s reputation for dependability, quality and

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