For those who need a bit more oomph out of their 2-door Accord, Honda offers its top-shelf 2012 Accord Coupe EX-L V6. Toting a variable-valve-timed (VVT) 3.5-liter V6 powerplant and shiftable 5-speed automatic transmission, this sleek and agile 5-passenger commuter-friendly coupe pushes out 271 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque to the tune of 19 mpg city/29 highway, with the variable cylinder management (VCM) system shutting down a number of cylinders at highway speeds. To really appreciate the “sport” in this coupe’s sporty nature, though, throw in the available 6-speed stick shift, but be advised that mileage drops to 17/26. Needless to say, all Accord trims, sedans and coupes, are offered only in front-wheel drive (FWD).
In either case, look for the traditional top-shelf creature comforts, like leather upholstery, leather and simulated alloy cabin accents, heated front seats with power-adjustable driver’s seat and driver's memory settings in this classy coupe. Gracing the outside, meanwhile, are 18-inch alloy wheels, as well as a rear spoiler, power moonroof and heated power-adjustable mirrors. The cabin, of course, offers such further amenities as dual-zone climate control, a universal remote garage door opener, remote power door locks and windows, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and Bluetooth hands-free communications. Finally, entertainment is provided by the standard 270-watt audio system that sports an MP3-capable 6-CD changer, 6 speakers along with a subwoofer, a USB connection and auxiliary iPod interface. As with all the Accord Coupe trims, a marginally smaller overall length and that gently swooping roofline mean less rear-seat headroom and a single-piece folding rear seatback, but perhaps the track-ready look of the rear fascia will make up for this deficiency.
To further upgrade the already upscale 2012 Accord Coupe EX-L V6, a sport-tuned suspension kit is available, as are flashier wheels, added spoilers, splash guards, a moonroof visor and body side moldings.
Of course, Honda’s traditional safety standards are upheld in the top-shelf Accord EX-L V6 with 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags and front headrest whiplash protection. Daytime running lights also come standard, as do front fog/driving lights, dusk-sensing headlights and a remote antitheft alarm.