Road Test Review – 2014 Honda Accord Coupe V6 is Family Sports Coupe of the Year

As you can see from this first video – taken moments after I first sat down in the Accord Coupe – the car is really fun and fast. That is the key take-away if you read nothing else below!


I thoroughly enjoyed the 2014 Honda Accord V6 Coupe that spent a few weeks here this summer. Two previous articles followed the Accord Coupe’s adventures here in the Carolinas, with…

— a mega photo shoot from historic Charleston

— as well as the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway up toward Tennessee.

And this really hones in on the best benefit and summary of the Accord Coupe V6: it is awesome to drive, and makes the road feel endless underneath you. Let’s dive into the full review categories of Exterior, Interior, Mechanical/Drive Impressions and Summary.

Through here you will find five of my best videos with the Accord, covering driving feel in the mountains, cabin tech, and a few other topics.



The Accord Coupe initially looks much like the regular loaded Accord sedan, but subtle tweaks become apparent after spending some time with the car. The grille is darker and finished in a sportier mesh inset, while the front air-dam and foglamp area is totally unique for the coupe.

There is also a unique bit of chrome accent running the lowest portion of the bumper width, increasing the sense of low and wide coupe proportions.

With the EX-L trim come the LED accents in the headlights, which are really critical to dressing up with Accord Coupe’s style. From afar, the LEDs are very similar to those in many Lexuses these days, which is not a bad thing. After all, the Accord Coupe is much cheaper than any Lexus GS or LS.

In profile, the Accord Coupe has a strongly sloped roofline and arcing glass area below the C-pillar. It looks admirably sporty and is a touch of class that recalls the C-Class Mercedes-Benz Coupe. The sloped roof emphasizes the upright windshield and chopped front overhand nicely. It all blends well, and the swage line flips to convex over the rear wheels to form a subtle flared fender.

Out back, another chrome lower piece dresses up the EX-L Coupe nicely and is unique versus any Accord sedan. It really looks handsome from the back. The EX-L brings upgraded LED brake lights in a twin-tube design that is fresh and classy – without the bright dot-LED bulb effect of previous loaded Accords.

Finally, the V6 engine adds twin exhaust pipes that not only looks great but sound good too.


The first thing you will note when driving the Accord Coupe V6 is that it is fast and sounds really terrific! There is induction whoosh and exhaust bellow that is completely unexpected – and delightful at all times. The engine makes known how big its displacement is with a deep-voiced growl at low speed and low revs – but the power builds dramatically from big to seriously zoomy as the tach peels toward its redline.

There is less VTEC cam-change effect than the old days thanks to the continuous camshafts setup – which simply ensures that there is huge throttle response and urgent power in almost any gear.

The manual transmission is incredible. It is light and flicky, but almost effortless with the lightweight clutch and short-throw shift patterns for each of the six gears. It makes my Subaru Legacy GT’s manual shift and clutch feel like a 1970s Corvette– wayyy too heavy and slow.

Reflexes stay quick with the throttle, brake and steering inputs, which are all direct and rapid in their responses. Again, the Subaru felt like a cement truck after driving the Accord Coupe — which has seriously quick and light steering, strong brakes and no turbo lag (of course.)

The Accord’s steering is progressive in how it weights up, and is solid and firm in how it holds the dead-ahead tracking on the highway. Excellent.

INFOTAINMENT TECH VIDEO – Pandora is wireless!

INTERIOR SAFETY TECH VIDEO – Side-mirror camera eliminates blindspot completely!


Excellent steering, great seating comfort and position, snicky manual shifter… what else?

It is FAST!!

So fast and smooth, you cannot help but wring out the 278-horsepower from the 3.5-liter V6 as much as possible. It has a characterful bellow and accurate handling that feels playful and rarely front-drive.

The Accord Coupe under-steers very, very little — with a rear-end that feels engaged and involved in the handling. This was especially apparent on the twisty roads of the Blue Ridge Parkway, seen in the video below.



The Accord Coupe V6 is’s Family Sports Coupe of the Year!

What is a family sports coupe?

A fast and fun car for driving thrills when you want them, but an effortless luxury cruiser when you do not. All at a base price of just above $30,000 makes this Accord Coupe V6 one of the best cars tested this year.

Check out the Accord Coupe’s features, pricing and colors over at

Or check out the previous articles here for 200-plus additional photos!


MEGA Road Test Review – 2014 Honda Accord Coupe – SPECIFICATIONS


LX-S $23,625*
EX $25,300*
EX-L $28,345*
EX-L V-6 $30,625*
Engine Type In-Line 4-Cylinder In-Line 4-Cylinder In-Line 4-Cylinder V-6
Engine Block/Cylinder Head Aluminum-Alloy Aluminum-Alloy Aluminum-Alloy Aluminum-Alloy
Displacement (cc) 2356 2356 2356 3471
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net) 185 @ 6400 185 @ 6400 185 @ 6400 278 @ 6200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm, SAE net) 181 @ 3900 181 @ 3900 181 @ 3900 252 @ 4900 (6AT) 251 @ 5300 (6MT)
Bore and Stroke (mm) 87 x 99.1 87 x 99.1 87 x 99.1 89 x 93
Compression Ratio 11.0 : 1 11.0 : 1 11.0 : 1 10.0 : 1 (6MT) 10.5 : 1 (6AT)
Valve Train 16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC® 16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC® 16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC® 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC®
Fuel Injection Direct Direct Direct Multi-Point
Drive-by-Wire Throttle System
Eco Assist System
Variable Cylinder Management (VCM®) 6AT
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
Active Sound Control
Hill Start Assist
Direct Ignition System with Immobilizer
100K +/- Miles No Scheduled Tune-Ups[2]

Starting MSRP
LX-S $23,625*
EX $25,300*
EX-L $28,345*
EX-L V-6 $30,625*
6-Speed Manual Transmission
Gear Ratios: 1st: 3.643, 2nd: 2.080, 3rd: 1.361, 4th: 1.024, 5th: 0.830, 6th: 0.686, Reverse: 3.673, Final Drive Ratio: 4.105
6-Speed Manual Transmission
Gear Ratios: 1st: 3.933, 2nd: 2.478, 3rd: 1.700, 4th: 1.250, 5th: 0.976, 6th: 0.771, Reverse: 4.008, Final Drive Ratio: 3.550
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with Sport Mode Available (with Paddle Shifters) Available (with Paddle Shifters) with Paddle Shifters
Gear Ratios: 4.123~0.631, Reverse: 2.645~1.800, Final Drive: 3.238
6-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sport Mode Available (with Paddle Shifters)
Gear Ratios: 1st: 3.359, 2nd: 2.095, 3rd: 1.485, 4th: 1.065, 5th: 0.754, 6th: 0.556, Reverse: 2.269, Final Drive Ratio: 3.941
Unit-Body Construction
MacPherson Strut Front Suspension
Multi-Link Rear Suspension
Stabilizer Bar (mm, front/rear) 18 / 16 18 / 16 18 / 16 19 / 16
Front Shock Tower Bar
Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering (EPS)
Steering Wheel Turns, Lock-to-Lock 2.54 2.54 2.54 2.47
Steering Ratio 13.23 13.23 13.23 13.49
Turning Diameter, Curb-to-Curb (ft) 37.6 37.6 37.6 39.0
Power-Assisted Ventilated Front Disc/Solid Rear Disc Brakes (in) 11.1 / 11.1 11.5 / 11.1 11.5 / 11.1 11.5 / 11.1
Wheels 17″ Alloy 17″ Alloy 17″ Alloy 18″ Alloy
All-Season Tires P215/55 R17 93V P215/55 R17 93V P215/55 R17 93V P235/45 R18 94V
Compact Spare Tire T125/80 D16 97M T125/80 D16 97M T125/80 D16 97M T125/80 D16 97M
Exterior Measurements  
Wheelbase (in) 107.3 107.3 107.3 107.3
Length (in) 189.2 189.2 189.2 189.2
Height (in) 56.5 56.5 56.5 56.5
Width (in) 72.8 72.8 72.8 72.8
Track (in, front/rear) 62.4 / 62.3 62.4 / 62.3 62.4 / 62.3 62.4 / 62.4
Curb Weight (lbs, 6MT/CVT) 3186 / 3252 3229 / 3298 NA / 3320
NA / 3322 (with Navi)
Curb Weight (lbs, 6MT/6AT) 3397 / 3528
3400 / 3536 (with Navi)
Weight Distribution (%, front/rear, 6MT) 60 / 40 60 / 40 61 / 39
Weight Distribution (%, front/rear, CVT) 61 / 39 61 / 39 61 / 39
Weight Distribution (%, front/rear, 6AT) 63 / 37
Interior Measurements  
EPA Mileage Ratings[3] / Fuel  
6-Speed Manual (City/Highway/Combined) 24 / 34 / 28 24 / 34 / 28 18 / 28 / 22
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) (City/Highway/Combined) 26 / 34 / 29 26 / 34 / 29 26 / 34 / 29
6-Speed Automatic (City/Highway/Combined) 21 / 32 / 25
Fuel (gal) 17.2 17.2 17.2 17.2
Required Fuel Regular Unleaded Regular Unleaded Regular Unleaded Regular Unleaded
Starting MSRP
LX-S $23,625*
EX $25,300*
EX-L $28,345*
EX-L V-6 $30,625*
Exterior Measurements  
Interior Measurements  
EPA Mileage Ratings[3] / Fuel  
Active Safety  
Passive Safety  
Exterior Features  
One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
Integrated Rear Window Antenna
Security System with Remote Entry with Smart Entry with Smart Entry with Smart Entry
Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
Projector-Beam Halogen Headlights with Auto-On/Off
Fog Lights
Hood Struts
Chrome Door Handles
Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors with Expanded View Driver’s Mirror
Heated, Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors with Integrated Turn Indicators and Expanded View Driver’s Mirror
Chrome Exhaust Finisher Dual Exhaust
Comfort & Convenience  
Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control System
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition, FM Traffic and Interface Dial [8] Available Available
i-MID with 8-Inch High-Resolution WVGA (800×480) Screen and Customizable Feature Settings
Rearview Camera with Guidelines Multi-Angle Multi-Angle Multi-Angle
Honda LaneWatch[9]
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®[10]
SMS Text Message Function[11]
Push Button Start
Power Windows with Auto-Up/Down Driver’s Window
Power Windows with Auto-Up/Down Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Windows
Illuminated Power Window Switches Driver’s only
Power Door Locks/Programmable Auto-Locking Doors
Cruise Control
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
Illuminated Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls Cruise / Audio / Phone / i-MID Cruise / Audio / Phone / i-MID Cruise / Audio / Phone / i-MID / Navi (available) Cruise / Audio / Phone / i-MID / Navi (available)
Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
HomeLink® Remote System[12]
Center Console with Armrest and Storage Compartment
Beverage Holders, Front and Rear
Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
Map Lights
Sunglasses Holder
12-Volt Power Outlets
Lockable Glove Compartment
Driver- and Passenger-Side Seatback Pockets Passenger-Side only
Remote Fuel Filler Door Release
Remote Trunk Release with Lock
Electronic Remote Trunk Release
Rear Window Defroster
Cargo Area Light
Floor Mats
Side Door Pockets
160-Watt AM/FM/CD Audio System with 6 Speakers
360-Watt AM/FM/CD Premium Audio System with 7 Speakers, including Subwoofer
HondaLink featuring Aha Compatibility[13]
Audio Touch-Screen
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) including 16-GB Audio Memory[14] with Navigation with Navigation
Pandora® Compatibility[15]
XM® Radio[16]
Bluetooth® Streaming Audio
Song By Voice® (SBV) with Navigation with Navigation
USB Audio Interface[17]
MP3/Auxiliary Input Jack
MP3/Windows Media® Audio (WMA) Playback Capability[18]
Radio Data System (RDS)
Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC)
Multi – Information Display  
Average Fuel Economy Indicator
Digital Odometer and Digital Trip Meters (2)
Engine Oil Life Indicator
Exterior Temperature Indicator
Instant Fuel Economy Indicator
Maintenance Minder System
Miles-to-Empty Indicator
Shift Lever Position Indicator CVT CVT CVT 6AT
intelligent Multi – Information Display  
Average Fuel Economy Indicator
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
Bluetooth® Streaming Audio
Customizable Feature Settings
Instant Fuel Economy Indicator
Miles-to-Empty Indicator
Rearview Camera with Guidelines Multi-Angle Multi-Angle Multi-Angle
Pandora® Compatibility
SMS Text Message Function
Welcome Screen
12-Volt Battery-Charging System Indicator
ABS Indicator
Airbag System Indicator
Backlit Gauges
Brake System Indicator
Coolant Temperature Indicators
Cruise Control Indicators
Door- and Trunk-Open Indicator
ECON Mode Indicator
Electric Power Steering (EPS) Indicator
Fog Lights Indicator
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) Indicator
Fuel Level Indicator
Headlights-On Indicator
High-Beam Indicator
Immobilizer System Indicator
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) Indicator
Low-Tire Pressure Indicator
Low-Fuel Indicator
Low-Oil Pressure Indicator
Maintenance Minder Indicator
Malfunction Indicator
Passenger-Side Airbag-Off Indicator
Seat-Belt Reminder Indicator
Security System Indicator
Smart Entry System Indicator
Starter System Indicator
System Message Indicator
TPMS Indicator
VSA System and VSA-Off Indicators

Check out the Accord Coupe’s features, pricing and colors over at

Or check out the previous articles here for 200-plus additional photos!

Tom Burkart is the founder and managing editor of, an innovative and rapidly-expanding automotive news magazine.

He holds a Journalism JBA degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Tom currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina with his two amazing dogs, Drake and Tank.

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