By KBB.com Editors
Despite having a sales volume far lower than its sedan sibling, Honda continues to polish and improve the Accord Coupe to make it one of the most desirable two-doors on the road. Not that we're complaining, we love this car. Its sleek exterior gives the appearance of something much more expensive and its lush interior not only pampers its occupants, but can accommodate four adults in comfort. Buyers can opt for a peppy and frugal four-cylinder engine or a potent V6, and both can be had with either a manual or automatic transmission. Of course, like all Honda products, among the Accord Coupe's most endearing attributes are its bullet-proof repair history and unbeatable resale value.You'll Like This Car If...
If you like the feeling of a powerful coupe that can comfortably seat four adults, you'll like the Accord. The six-speed manual is a rarity in this class.You May Not Like This Car If...
If you're looking for a flashy exterior with long hood scoops and side louvers, this is not the coupe for you. Rear-seat passengers may not enjoy climbing in and out through the narrow front seat opening.What's Significant About This Car?
No major changes for 2007.Driving It Driving Impressions
The Accord's handling is nothing short of brilliant, especially for a front-wheel-drive car. Racing through winding back roads or opening the Accord up on a long stretch of empty highway, the coupe will be completely in its element. Only when passing at high speeds or charging up a steep grade does the 166-horsepower four-cylinder fall short.
If you can swing the extra cash, the 3.0-liter V6 really is the way to go. Rated at 244 horsepower, the V6 moves the Accord with such authority you'll think you've entered into BMW territory. V6 models come standard with a close-ratio six-speed manual that feels terrific, with quick precise throws and no trace of rubbery or notchy linkage.
The smooth, short throws of the six-speed manual are addicting.
Wide bucket seats with perfectly placed side bolsters feel terrific on long drives.
The Accord Coupe shares its dash and brilliant blue instrument lighting with the Accord Sedan. The differences are subtle but definitely welcome. Take, for example, the coupe's center console where, on V6 models, a short-throw six-speed manual shifter awaits the driver. The Accord Coupe's instruments sit up higher and the driver and passenger seats are lower than in the Accord Sedan. Interior room is good, but rear-seat entry and exit can be a bit of a climb. A folding rear seat helps expand the already generous trunk space.Exterior
The Accord Coupe's exterior is very clean, using the high angle of the belt line and trunk to form its wedge-like profile. The flush-fitting wrap-around headlamps punctuate a new chrome grille and front air dam design. The tolerances between parts are so tight it looks as if the plastic tail and headlamp assemblies are actually part of the metal body panels.Notable Standard Equipment
The Accord Coupe LX is equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, a five-speed manual transmission, 16-inch alloy wheels, dual power mirrors, auto-off headlamps, remote keyless entry, manual height-adjustable driver's seat, air conditioning, power windows, power locks, cruise control, AM/FM stereo with CD and six speakers, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, front side-impact airbags, front and rear head-curtain airbags, rear-seat pass-through and remote trunk release.Notable Optional Equipment
Options are tied directly to trim level, so if you want a power moonroof, for example, you have to order the EX model. Available equipment includes heated leather seats, power driver and passenger seats, voice-activated navigation, premium audio, driver's seat adjustable lumbar and 17-inch alloy wheels.Under the Hood
The Accord's standard 2.4-liter engine is one of the few four-cylinders we'd be perfectly content to keep as is. It has plenty of zip, runs smooth as an ice skating rink and delivers impressive fuel economy figures. Best of all, Honda makes the four-cylinder available in both the LX and EX trims, so you don't have to compromise economy for luxury. If you feel the need for speed, the V6 is an excellent choice. Like the four, it offers excellent power, silky-smooth operation and even earns an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle rating. The only drawback we can think of against getting the V6 is its added cost.
2.4-liter in-line 4
166 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
160 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/34 (manual), 24/34 (automatic)
244 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
211 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 (manual), 20/29 (automatic)
The Accord Coupe LX has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $21,070, while the upscale EX starts at $23,245. Adding an automatic transmission, leather seats and navigation brings the EX total to $27,745. That's a pretty nice price range for a car as well-built and well-equipped as the Accord. A look at the Fair Purchase Price page shows the typical transaction price for the Accord Coupe, so be sure to check it out before you begin negotiations. As for resale, Kelley Blue Book estimates that at 24 months the LX four-cylinder will retain 67 percent of its original value. At 48 months, the number remains at an impressive 53 percent. That's higher than the Toyota Solara, Chrysler Sebring, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Pontiac G6 and Ford Mustang.