Car Review: 2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring V6 – Driving


Overview

2016 Honda Accord

Stylish front-wheel-drive, mid-size coupe is the last of a dying breed

Pros Brawny and smooth V6 engine; good looks; comfortable and feature-packed interior; usable spine seats and spacious trunk

Cons Family sedan-adore driving dynamics; touchy touchscreen volume control; standard fuel economy; awkward placement of hazard light button

Value for money Average

What would certainly I change? I’d make the V6 available on the lower trim EX model and stiffen up the suspension a bit for much more sporty handling

How I would certainly spec it? Touring V6 along with manual transmission

Honda should have actually a secret. It’s Accord Coupe remains the only front-wheel-drive, mid-size coupe available on the market. It has actually outlived, among others, the Toyota Solara, Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger Coupe, and, most recently, the Nissan Altima Coupe. In Just what was already a niche market, the Honda Accord Coupe can easily say it sits in a class all its own – a true living rarity.

But the question remains: why? Why has actually the two-door version of Honda’s best-selling sedan continued to live on while various other family sedan-based coupes have actually dropped adore flies? And who, exactly, is buying this car as soon as other, much more powerful rear-wheel-drive coupes could be had for similar money?

First introduced in 1990, the Accord Coupe found an audience, and continues to locate an audience, as it offers the same comfortable driving experience as the sedan, yet along with the much sleeker, eye-friendly proportions of a two-door. The 2016 version stays true to the formula, along with an emphasis on amped-up styling this year. Make no mistake, this is no bulbous Solara.

From certain angles, you’d swear you were looking at a Mercedes C-Class Coupe, that is, until you spot the H badge on the new chrome-happy grille. Among various other adjustments to the Coupe’s look for this mid-cycle refresh are sleeker LED headlights and taillights, a revised lower air consumption and LED fog lights, and a larger, much more sculpted rear bumper. The styling tweaks, along along with the Coupe’s contoured physique lines, provide it more road presence. Our top-line Touring V6 tester’s attractive 19-inch wheels finish the sporty look. There’s a requirement Honda charges much more for this six-speed-auto-equipped model ($36,830 prior to freight and PDI) compared to the similarly spec’d Touring V6 sedan ($35,790) – there’s a premium to be paid on looks alone.

Thankfully, equipped along with the V6 engine, the Coupe has actually the chops to spine up its aggressive appearance. The 3.5-litre naturally aspirated i-VTEC V6, the same engine from last year, produces a robust 278 horsepower and 252 lb.-ft. of torque. Not pretty on par along with a V8-equipped Ford Mustang GT, yet it offers much more compared to enough oomph for everyday driving. The car’s drive-by-wire throttle input is quite responsive and the engine has actually no trouble getting the automobile off the line in a hurry. Hitting the gas encourages a satisfying growl from the V6, which sounds fuller compared to various other turbocharged four-cylinders, and low-end grunt comes on quickly, carrying smoothly to the mid-range along with enthusiasm. Fuel economy, as you’d expect along with a V6, is not stellar, yet it’s likewise not outright punitive. The V6 is rated at 11.4 L/100 km in the city and 7.3 on the highway. I averaged a reasonable 9.8 L/100 km over a span of regarding 750 kilometres.

In the Touring V6, a six-speed manual (yet another rarity these days) can easily be had for a grand much less compared to the auto-equipped model, yet the tester’s six-speed automatic transmission was a smooth shifting affair. Paddle shifters are likewise available in this trim, and I gained good use of them throughout the week. It helped pull much more performance from the mill as soon as needed, and gained highway passing method much more fun. In a straight line, the Coupe, adore its sedan brother, feels quite poised and confident.

Unfortunately, and this is the same fault that befell the Accord’s defunct rivals, there is not much to differentiate the two-door’s driving dynamics from the sedan. While the suspension setup (MacPherson struts up front, multi-link independent suspension in the back) feels adequately firm, it’s still tuned primarily for family-hauling comfort. The automobile feels heavy as soon as cornering or navigating a twisty stretch of road, leading to ponderous handling that could stand to be tighter. There is likewise some nosedive evident as soon as hitting the brakes. And, finally, torque steer can easily rear its ugly front-wheel-steered head as soon as accelerating hard from a stop. On the plus side, the electric power steering in the Accord Coupe is well weighted and gives good feedback from the road.

2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring V6

2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring V6
Paul Choi, Driving

The 2016 Accord Coupe comes in four trims — EX, EX-Honda Sensing, Touring, Touring V6 — and starts at $27,090 for the base EX model. The V6 engine can easily only be had in this fully loaded model, which likewise features a handsome dual exhaust along with chrome tips, while the same 2.4-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder found in the sedan (185 hp and 181 lb.-ft.) is standard on the various other three trims. The V6 can easily likewise be had in the sedan, yet you can easily only get hold of it along with the optional manual in the Coupe. 

So, Just what do you get hold of in the loaded Touring V6? Simply regarding anything you can easily name. There are heated perforated leather seats, along with a 10-method power adjustable driver’s chair and two memory settings, Bluetooth, a power moonroof, dual-screen display, wireless phone charging, navigation, and a multi-angle rearview camera. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are likewise supported, and I found the system a breeze to use. Just plug your phone in the USB port and use voice controls to make phone calls, get hold of directions, play music and send messages. There’s likewise energetic safety tech adore forward collision warning, lane sustain assist, adaptive cruise control, and Honda’s quite practical LaneWatch blind spot display, which sends a video feed of the car’s passenger edge to the upper 7.7-inch screen. along with greater and greater beltlines reducing modern cars’ field of view, every car must adopt similar technology.

2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring V6

2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring V6
Paul Choi, Driving

Controls are basic to use and decipher, save for a few annoyances. For instance, the gimmicky touchscreen volume control, adore a few of the various other touchscreen functions, was laggy and not quite responsive. I defaulted to using the bodily volume manage on the steering wheel, which saved a lot of hassle. Also, the placement of the hazard lights button (directly below the touchscreen) is awkward, to say the least. Frequently, I’d inadvertently press the button as I rested my hand on it while operating the screen.

Elsewhere in the cabin, components feel higher quality, yet there is an overabundance of black and grey, along with the seats, centre console and its glossy plastic trim sharing the same drab colour theme. The seats, however, are well bolstered and there’s a lot of space to move about up front. And, unlike some various other mid-size muscle coupes, there’s actually room in the spine for two standard sized adults, despite the fact that it’s still a royal pain to get hold of in and out of. Leg room in the spine is 855 millimetres, compared to 977 mm in the sedan. Similarly, the trunk space is surprisingly generous at 379 litres compared to 439 in the sedan, and much more space can easily be opened up by dropping the rear seats. Overall, it’s a quite quiet and comfortable interior, along with a surprising quantity of room on tap for a coupe.

2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring V6

2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring V6
Paul Choi, Driving

But is every one of this worth that $36,830 fee tag? Well, that depends on Just what you’re looking for. It’s true you can easily get hold of much more power and a much more dynamic drive for close to the same quantity of cash if you look to the midsize, RWD coupe segment. For instance, the Dodge Challenger SXT Plus starts at $35,795 and comes along with a 305-horsepower 3.6-litre V6. The aforementioned Mustang GT starts at $38,398 and pumps out a whopping 435 hp from its 5.0-litre V8 engine. Meanwhile, a similarly equipped Hyundai Genesis Coupe, along with a 348-hp 3.8-litre V6, starts at $39,249. yet these cars don’t have actually the same degree of comfort, usable space, and, dare say, looks of the Accord Coupe, not to mention all the available tech and energetic safety systems. Perhaps Honda would certainly do well to offer the V6 in the base EX trim, allowing buyers to get hold of the enjoyable engine, and the manual transmission, free of a few of the costly extras.

As it stands, the Honda Accord Coupe doesn’t deal with pretty as sporty as it looks, yet it does Simply regarding every little thing else well, striking a good balance between power, comfort and practicality in a stylish two-door body. And that, perhaps much more compared to anything, is the secret to this car’s continued existence.

2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring V6

2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring V6
Paul Choi, Driving

  • Type of vehicle

    Front-wheel-drive mid-size coupe

  • Engine

    3.5-litre V6

  • Power

    278 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 252 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,900 rpm

  • Transmission

    6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic

  • Brakes

    Four-wheel disc brakes along with ABS

  • Tires

    P235/40 R19 96V

  • Price: Base / As Tested

    $27,090/$36,830

  • Destination Charge

    $1,872.25

  • Natural Resources Canada Fuel Economy

    (L/100km) 11.4 city, 7.3 highway, 9.8 as-tested

  • Standard Features

    Apple CarPlay and Android AUto, HandsFreeLink Bluetooth interface along with steering-wheel mounted controls, SMX text message/E-mail function, 10-method power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, proximity crucial entry and push-button start, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, power windows, wireless charging, SiriusXM, auto-dimming rearview mirror, perforated leather-trimed seats, LED daytime operating lights, LED headlights, LED taillights, LED fog lights, power moonroof, multi-angle rearview camera, 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, driver’s seat placement memory, dual screen infotainment display, car Stability aid along with Traction Control, 4-wheel ABS, Honda LaneWatch blind spot display, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, rain-sensing windshield wipers

  • Options