By on July 31, 2017

Honda Accord Coupe V6 - Image: © Timothy CainAt The Truth About Cars, we’ve paid a lot of attention to the demise of the Honda Accord coupe. And for numerous good reasons.

In TTAC’s long-term fleet, for instance, there’s Jack Baruth’s own 2014 Accord Coupe V6 6MT. In the TTAC audience’s fleet, there are more Honda Accords than any other car. Furthermore, Honda revealed earlier this month the all-new, 10th-generation 2018 Honda Accord.

First we learned the naturally aspirated V6 engine would no longer be part of the Accord’s lineup. Then we discovered that the Accord coupe, responsible for only around 5 percent of total Accord sales, would be the last player to leave the mainstream two-door midsize car category.

On Friday, as we reported the enticing deals American Honda is offering on 5,000 remaining Accord coupes, a discussion ensued at TTAC’s digital HQ. It was decided that — as a memorial, as a final send-off, as a fond farewell — we should drive one of these final ninth-generation Accord coupes.

So I made a call.

Honda Accord Coupe Touring V6 front - Image: © Timothy CainObviously, sourcing a 2017 Honda Accord coupe from the North American press fleet was a no-go, particularly in this rural part of Prince Edward Island, 1,100 miles from Honda Canada’s Markham, Ontario, headquarters and 3,600 miles from American Honda’s Torrance, California home base.

Fortunately, I have friends who own the local Honda dealer — Centennial Honda in Summerside, PEI.

First question: do you have any remaining Accord coupes? They have one, the last new Accord coupe Centennial Honda will ever see.

Second question: Can I drive it? At my leisure.

Third question: Does it have a V6? Hot diggity dog, it do.

Fourth question: Three pedals? No, this car did not have Honda’s six-speed manual transmission, which would have dropped its price by CAD $1,000.

Minutes later, Friday afternoon saw me in the driver’s seat of a CAD $39,085 Honda Accord Coupe Touring V6, the equivalent of a U.S.-market $35,350 Accord Coupe Touring.

I’m away from Centennial, onto South Drive, and turning quickly toward Linkletter in order to escape the snarl of big city traffic about an hour after the plan was originally devised. From the first turn you’re sensing proper heft — not a feeling of excessive girth, just solid, solidified solidity. Don’t go into the experience expecting Civic-like litheness — the Accord coupe is a properly big car: 190 inches long and 73 inches wide.Honda Accord Coupe V6 - Image: © Timothy CainIt all pays off inside, however, where rear seat access isn’t really all that awkward and, aside from the removal of the Accord sedan’s middle perch, legroom is sufficient as well. A trunk with 13.4 cubic foot makes the Accord coupe a car with which a family of four could easily live.

Families of four, of course, don’t drive Accord coupes in 2017. They drive Nissan Rogues and Toyota RAV4s and Honda CR-Vs, far from the possibility of major-league V6 horsepower and torque. In the coupe, Honda’s Accord emits plenty of noise, enough to feel like you’re not driving a regular humdrum family sedan. Paired to a six-speed automatic, the 3.5-liter 278-horsepower V6 produces its power with wonderful progression.

While so many modern 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinders are like slowly letting water pour out of a bucket and then simply dumping out that bucket from 2,000-4,500 rpm, the Accord’s 3.5-liter V6 is a cresting wave, timed to reach its peak under full throttle at 6,200 rpm and then find the next gear. That progressive delivery limits torque steer, somewhat, though you can turn the Accord V6 coupe into an unruly performer if you choose to.

The Accord is well-behaved in most other aspects, too. The ride is firm enough to feel athletic, soft enough to be compliant. The weighty steering is odd at first but ends up suiting the characteristics of the car. Once the road gets twisty, there’s a great sense of control even if the Accord won’t juke and jive through S-turns with the precision of a Civic Si. Just because there are only two doors and more than four-cylinders doesn’t make the Accord Touring a sports car. It’s more car than that. It’s a family car with sportiness, a sporty car with familial capabilities.

And it’s not the Accord your neighbors or co-workers bought.

At its origin in 1989, there was no point in the Accord coupe being perceived as a sporting car. This was simply an Accord with two fewer doors — Honda had the Prelude to serve other duties, eventually adding cars such as the Acura Integra to the mix, as well.

After seven generations of Accord coupes, the Prelude and Integra are gone, the Honda Civic coupe has grown to feature a useable rear seat, and Honda believes the 2018 Accord sedan has the roofline and personality to capture many would-be Accord coupe buyers. Even if there are other avenues that would-be buyer can go down, the Accord coupe’s discontinuation is nevertheless a shame. Not because I was going to buy one, not because you were necessarily going to buy one, but because an Accord coupe sent an entirely different message than an Accord sedan or a Prelude.

The Accord coupe buyer is a serious, rational, reasonable car buyer for sure. After all, it’s an Accord she’s after. But an Accord sedan is too normal, too conventional, too much like something her father would drive. She’s also not the sort of person who’s going to enlarge a Prelude’s rear wing or put a diffuser on the back of an Acura RSX. The Accord coupe is fun, but not immature. Different, but not different merely for the sake of being different. A serious car that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Alas, such a specific niche is not large enough to hold many buyers, so the three-decade run of the Honda Accord coupe now comes to an end.

After Honda dealers like Centennial sell their last copies. At a hefty discount.

[Images: © Timothy Cain]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and and the founder and former editor of Follow on Twitter @timcaincars.

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29 Comments on “We Take One Final Drive in the Honda Accord Coupe Before It Dies (One Final Accord V6 Drive, Too)...”

  • avatar

    Want an Accord coupe? Go buy a Civic coupe, it’ll be the same thing as an Accord but less fat.

    Want a V6 Accord? The Acura TLX has you covered, or the Oddyessy if you seriously want a V6 Honda Accord wagon.

    Want both? Uhm….engine swap!

    • 0 avatar

      It is worth mentioning that the Civic coupe is about as big, heavy and powerful as any Accord was 20 years ago.

      Of course, the Civic’s new platform is the basis for the new Accord. And when you walk up to a new Civic, it is a pretty big car. To me, surprisingly so.

      The Fit would be a logical successor to the old Civics, and the entire Honda sedan lineup would be rationalized in three sizes, if only Honda would stop saddling the Fit with absurdly high gearing at highway speeds. It almost seems like a GM-style “we’re going to handicap the smaller one to upsell you to the larger one.”

  • avatar

    w less than 5% of Accord sales not many in the real world will miss this , but on the internet many many will miss this and all were ready to pick one up w the redesign. Outside of a stick w a 6 and that is a very small group who would want that combo, why get this over the 4 door?

    • 0 avatar

      5% of total Accord sales is still a pretty significant number of sales FWIW, obviously the marketing/sales analysts figured they’d save more on production efficiencies than they would with the loss of Accord Coupe stalwarts.

  • avatar

    I’ve never been a fan of the Accord coupe. If you want 4 seats with less doors Honda has always had a better alternative. And I don’t think they ever offered the V6 with a much needed LSD without an Acura badge. Transmission aside, the TLX is the better buy, even with the price premium. #SedansAreTheNewCoupes

    • 0 avatar
      Jean-Pierre Sarti

      unless i am mistaken acura no longer sells a car with a manual…that is important to some people.

      you are right they never did offer an accord coupe with lsd which i never understood but oh well.

      something tells me this car won’t be missed.

      i’ll miss it though, i guess i am one of the few nut jobs that like non small 2 door cars. i won’t go into how much i miss my ’87 g-body cutlass supreme.

  • avatar

    I’m surprised Honda milked this coupe as long as they did.

  • avatar

    Only 5% want coupe – cut the coupe. Only 5% drive stick – cut the stick. Only 5% drive upholstery seats – cut that too – leatherette for the masses.

    Using this logic, I can say that only 2.5% of people pick a hybrid. Lets kill them too.

  • avatar

    My last Accord – a 2001 Coupe with the pre-good hp V6 and even worse auto – certainly didn’t handle like a sports car. It was a decent handler but always felt a bit too heavy in the nose for aggressive cornering.

  • avatar

    I drove a V6/6MT version a few years back and really liked it a lot. I remembered that I had written an article about it back in 2013. It’s one of those cars that is so ubiquitous that it’s nearly invisible, but I hated to give it back after spending a week with one.

    Alas, I in a family way and another unlikely buyer of a coupe over a sedan (or wagon). As a replacement the new Civic looks good on paper, but to my eye, looks terrible everywhere else.

  • avatar
    cimarron typeR

    Agree the SI coupe vs. Accord coupe is a win for the Accord, but I think the SI coupe is much better looking than the SI sedan. That and no available leather or pleather in SI family is a turn off for those of us with little kids.I think the Elantra sport would probably get my money vs. Civic SI.
    I’d be really, really intrigued by a 2018 Accord Type R with the hyperstrut front susp. and full zoot 2.0T. I just can’t imagine having to look at a Type R every day . I’m just too old to drive ugly, even if it means several seconds around the Ring or Dragon or Lightening Lap.
    Why in the world would I need Red cloth seats like 2000 era Sparco F&F tuner car?

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    PEI has big city traffic?

  • avatar

    My roommate is part of the Death of Accord V6 Coupe statistic. She owned a 6G EX V6 coupe that was coming up on 250k miles and signs of an expensive AT repair. After considering a Prius and CT250h, she decided on another Accord; alas a 9G LX sedan, adding yet another little nail to the coffin we mourn today.

  • avatar

    I’ve always wanted an Accord coupe, until I drove the Civic Sport hatch.

    As much as I love the Accord, it’s almost too big for my taste (I prefer smaller cars).

  • avatar

    Funny how appealing a car I never liked becomes once I realize it’s going away forever.

  • avatar

    I’m still waiting for the return of the accord hatchback – and no, don’t even mention the hideous crosstour.

  • avatar

    1. Does the Accord V6 couple have limited-slip differential? That would be nice. Torque steer is a monster in my parents sedan.

    2. Makes me wonder if Acura could have done anything with this variant (2dr large coupe). Then again, they struggle with any non-SUV offerings right now.

  • avatar

    I’m a sucker for the Accord coupe. Loved my 7th gen and wanted a 9th gen v6/6speed but I went cheaper and dumber and got a Focus ST instead. Oh well.

    I won’t moan about it going away. I’ll just be thankful that Honda is keeping the 6 speed in the new model.

  • avatar

    Does this mean my ’89 Accord SEi coupe is now collectible? Probably not…

  • avatar

    In addition to the slightly reduced practicality vs. its sedan sibling, the Accord Coupe simply isn’t good looking. Its proportions are all off, looking as if the greenhouse from some much smaller car has been grafted on. Good riddance, I say.

    The robust V6, on the other hand, is a true loss.

  • avatar

    Rather than a coupe, I’d rather have a hatchback. My last Accord hatchback was an ’87 LXi 5MT. Was durable, comfortable, reasonable noise levels, etc. The hatchback made it versatile which is more important the smaller the vehicle.

  • avatar

    73″ wide is a big car? Since when?

  • avatar

    I dunno, I love the styling of the accord coupe just like i love the TL of the same generation.
    But you cannot deny how awful these cars are to drive with the v6/fwd drivetrain.
    You cannot put the power down to the pavement!

    First off these cars are more touring then sports, so they are already too heavy.
    Second, any more then half throttle will get the front tires in a tizzy, with wheel hop, dash board rattle. Try doing this while mid curve or uphill and you will get massive torque steer.. enough to pull you into the opposite lane of traffic. Things get even worse with wet and uneven pavement.

    I honestly think these fwd’s have always been best suited to I4’s with high revving engines, modest Hp, low torque applications. I guess Honda knew what they were doing from the start.

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