2013 Honda Accord Coupe
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Vital Stats

Engine:
3.5L V6
Power:
278 HP / 252 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
Drivetrain:
Front-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
3,400 LBS
Seating:
2+3
Cargo:
13.4 CU-FT
MPG:
18 City / 28 HWY
One of the first cars I reviewed for Autoblog was – say it with me now – a 2010 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V6 w/Navi 6MT, perhaps the rarest of all modern Accord models. I mean, think about it: Of all the different Accord variants on the road, how many are coupes? And how many of those have the larger V6 engine? And how many of those are fully loaded with leather, navigation and all the trimmings? And finally, how many of those have option sheets where the only box that isn't checked is the automatic transmission?

That has to be something like one percent of one percent, right?

So when Honda started rolling its all-new 2013 Accord into the test fleet, I was happy to hear that yet another Coupe EX-L V6 w/Navi 6MT model was available out of the Detroit pool. And while this really isn't the car that serves as the control for judging the entire Accord line, it's still one heck of a sweetheart.

It's the Journalist Special all over again.

Driving Notes
  • This thing is quick. Honda's revised Earth Dreams 3.5-liter V6 produces 278 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque in this application, and that's plenty in a car that weighs in at just 3,400 pounds. Honda does not release performance data, but instrumented buff-book testing has revealed 0-60 times as low as 5.6 seconds. For reference, that's three-tenths of a second quicker than the bonkers Ford Focus ST.
  • Straight-line acceleration isn't the only bit of behind-the-wheel joy here. The steering is nicely weighted with plenty of feedback, the chassis is well-tuned to handle the V6 grunt (though you can get the front wheels to spin on hard launches), and the whole package feels tossable and nimble. As Executive Editor Chris Paukert said to me, it's sort of like a lux'd-out latter-day Honda Prelude. Or to my mind, a more civilized, grown-up version of the current Civic Si.
  • Accord V6 sedans aren't available with the six-speed manual transmission found here in the coupe, and for those who do opt for it, they're in for a treat. Quick shifts are easy to knock off thanks to pleasantly short throws and well-placed pedals with a nicely weighted clutch.
  • I've really warmed to the Accord's new styling... mostly. The front fascia with its LED running lamps is an attractive, aggressive sight, and I like the profile stance with the handsome 18-inch alloy wheels of this test car, but I'm not too keen on those small faux air vents with reflector strips that are housed above the dual exhaust pipes. The chrome trim on the bottom of the rear bumper could certainly go away, too.
  • There's a lot to like inside the Accord, too. Everything in the cabin feels solid and well-built, and the overall design is fresh and modern. I don't quite get the whole dual-screen center console design, and I'm still not a big fan of Honda's new Lane Watch blind spot monitoring system. Yeah, it's cool, but it'd be even cooler if it showed the driver's side trouble spots. Even with the camera in place, I still find myself using the mirrors.
  • But here's the tough part: this whole package, as tested, is $33,140. It's a fantastic car, this Accord Coupe, and for the enthusiast who wants a sort of sporty, larger, surprisingly luxurious coupe, you could certainly do worse. That said, we imagine this build combination will account for maybe one percent of all Accord sales, and at the end of the day, it's a $33k Honda coupe. Fun and stylish, for sure, but a car that is seemingly destined to be more commonly spotted with manufacturer plates than hard tags.


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      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      i like this honda accord alot i wonder what the altima coupe will look like
      wfmsu7
      • 2 Years Ago
      More of a 2-door TSX (aka Euro Accord) than a 2-door U.S. Accord. The closest modern successor to the Legend coupe.
      dude
      • 2 Years Ago
      overall nice car and at 30k you really wont have to worry about this car falling apart past 50-60k leaving you some time of non car payment hooning fun.....
      rex
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well just drove one as compared to the desk drivers here. It was an auto, did not have time to drive the stick on the lot. This thing corners like no other FWD. It uses the braking system to go around corners with almost no body roll and little if any understeer. Plenty of power unless you want to red light race a Camaro or something such.. I do not care for the wheels. Like the the ones on the 4dr. Really good for a FWD. They are discounted about 2,000 to 2,500 here in S TX
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't see myself buying one of these but this is probably the only Accord (maybe even only current Honda?) that I could imagine actually wanting or enjoying.
      audisp0rta4
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish they carried the quarter window a little farther back into the C pillar (like the previous gen), but other than that...I'm glad they at least offer a 6mt with the top spec motor.
      Ace Ratbang
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still love my 2005 EX-L coupe with the 2.4 The 2008-2012 Accord lost me, but this new one looks really good. I'd still probably go with the 4 though. Just don't need/want that much front drive power.
      Joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have the 2008 Coupe EX-L V6 6MT and I still enjoy it very much after almost five years.
      BC
      • 2 Years Ago
      "And how many of those are fully loaded with leather, navigation and all the trimmings?" Just about all of them, since the V6 coupe only comes as an EX-L or EX-L with Navigation.
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      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      33 grand? Seriously? No thanks. I'd rather have an FR-S or finance a Mustang GT Premium.
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