2017 Honda Accord Coupe Review

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2017 Honda Accord Coupe Overview

In the modern car market, the personal commuter coupe is something of a dying breed. This was once a segment dominated by cars like the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Ford Thunderbird, and other American models. Then Japan took its turn, with coupe versions of the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, and others. What remains is the Honda Accord Coupe, a prime example of how some things are just better with fewer doors.

Like its sedan counterpart, the Accord Coupe is in its ninth generation. It was first shown in its current generation at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It featured the same crisp lines and angles of the sedan, and both were updated with more advanced LED headlight clusters and a revised grille and taillights.

Trims for the Accord Coupe are the LX-S, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6, and Touring. The base trim comes standard with a chrome-tipped exhaust, dual-zone automatic climate control, an i-MID trip computer screen, Bluetooth hands-free calling, Bluetooth streaming audio, Pandora capability, SMS text message functionality, and an auxiliary audio jack. The base stereo is a 160-watt 6-speaker system, while all others feature a 360-watt 7-speaker premium audio system.

All trims but the base LX-S are also equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. By now, you have likely heard of these systems, which offer easy-to-use operation of paired smartphones via the center touchscreen.

That touchscreen is part of the Accord Coupe’s two-tier infotainment system. The lower touchscreen allows operation of the audio, phone, and available navigation controls, as well as various vehicle settings. The menus and screens for these various functions, including the navigation display, appear on the upper screen. This system is not the most intuitive and may take some getting used to, but it's somewhat more ergonomic than past iterations.

The navigation system is available on EX-L and EX-L V6 trims and comes standard on the Touring. It includes real-time traffic updates and has an enhanced voice-recognition system that includes the “song by voice” function, which allows you to ask questions about the music currently playing--like “Who’s this?” or “What album is this?”--which the system will answer by naming the artist or album.

Move up to the Touring and you get all the goodies standard, including push-button start, leather seating, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and auto-on/off high beams.

The base engine is a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) making 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. EX-L V6 and Touring trims come with a 3.5-liter V6 putting out 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. LX-S, EX, and EX-L V6 trims come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. The EX-L comes with a continuously variable transmission with paddle shifters, which is also available on the LX-S and EX. A 6-speed automatic is available on the EX-L V6 and standard on the Touring. Fuel economy for I4 trims with the manual is 23 mpg city/32 highway/26 combined. With the CVT, that rises to 26/34/29. The EX-L V6 with the manual gets 18/28/21, and the V6 with the automatic gets 21/32/24.

The Accord Coupe comes standard with a full array of front and side airbags, vehicle-stability assist with traction control, antilock braking, electronic brake-force distribution, a multi-angle rear-view camera with guidelines, and a tire-pressure monitoring system. All trims also come standard with Honda LaneWatch: like a rear-view camera for your right passenger-side blind spot, LaneWatch monitors the space on the right side of the car and presents the image live on one of the digital screens. It activates with the flip of the right-side turn signal and even has guidelines for determining how close a vehicle is in the lane to your right.

Standard on the Touring and available on all other trims is a suite of advanced safety technologies called Honda Sensing. This array of equipment includes adaptive cruise control that will automatically match the speed of the car in front of it, a collision-mitigation braking system, lane-keeping assist, and a road-departure warning system. Together, these technologies ensure you have a greater chance of avoiding an accident by notifying you of the unexpected or alerting you if you become distracted while driving.

Base MSRP for the 2017 Honda Accord Coupe is $24,025 for an LX-S with a manual transmission. An EX will set you back $26,150, while an EX-L will cost $28,995 before options. The EX-L V6 starts at $31,175, and a range-topping Touring trim costs $34,375.

On paper, the notion of a coupe based on a family sedan might sound sedate. But the Honda Accord Coupe has strong DNA, ensuring this 2-door 4-seater will be fun to drive in the daily commute. It also has the comfort and safety features to get you through that commute with peace of mind. Give us the EX-L V6 with the 6-speed manual and we’ll have one truly enjoyable commuter coupe!

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From open-wheel racecars to specialty off-road vehicles, George Kennedy has driven it all. A career automotive journalist, George has been a contributor, editor, and/or producer at some of the most respected publications and outlets, including Consumer Reports, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Autoblog.com, Hemmings Classic Wheels, BoldRide.com, the Providence Journal, and WheelsTV.

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