Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Honda Accord Coupe

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Honda Accord Coupe

... and one reason it's not

The Honda isn’t a victor in all categories, however. For starters it’s expensive and starts at $30,350 for a V6 model compared to just $23,345 for a Camaro. One could argue the Accord gets better content for the price, but that doesn’t change the fact that you have to pony up over $30K to get a V6.

Other factors that weigh in the Camaro’s favor include the fact that its rear-wheel drive. The Honda might be a bit more tossable but without a limited slip differential good luck putting the power down on this front-driver in a corner.

One can’t overlook styling either. The Accord may be handsome but it’s not what you’d call cool.

A genuine hoot to drive the single biggest factor against the Accord Coupe is that it is… an Accord Coupe. A genuine fun-to-drive, front-drive rival to the V6-powered pony cars, were it restyled and rebadged it might get more takers. As it stands, the biggest knock against the Accord Coupe is that it’s the exact car you expect your mother to drive.

  • tochiro

    honda-better quality
               -reliability           -lower maintenance 

  • Camaro:  built in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.  That’s Canada.  Some may even speak French.
    Accord:  built in Marysville, Ohio, USA.  USA.  By American workers.

  • Martowt6

    Have a 2011 6 speed coupe with the sport suspension and ground effects turns heads everywhere!

  • jmr3

    By American workers, many of whom may have been born in (shudder) other countries and even (horrors) speak Spanish

  • Dee

    Bought my 2009 beginning Sept. 2009, totally brand new (0K’s), full sports package and my car has been awesome as well as attracting attention since Day 1.  (Think the dealership may owe me since my car & I have made them some sales just drivin’ around, lol).  And that’s just the looks, car has never cost me a dime (other than oil changes) which beats GM (had a Gran Prix before), two years old and the ignition refused to accept my key…over $900.00 later as well as a tow as well as other small issues that wound-up costing thousands over the years, I was just waiting for the day to say good-bye to GM (and I live close to a GM town).  You may pay a bit more for a Honda but knowing your car will work is a huge incentive. Maybe my GP was a lemon but I wasn’t going to take a chance again and so far my Coupe hasn’t locked me out like the GP did, lol. 

  • Have the 2012 Acura TL V-6; love this car’s ride and want the V-6 Accord Coupe; they’re holding them back; the “Dreams engine” Honda V-6 sedan is out now; however the coupe is platform that the Acura TLX will be built upon next year, and that explains my quest for locating a v-6 Coupe, now; they don’t exist because they haven’t delivered them yet. 
    Love the accelerator “by wire” that is on the V-6 cars; one-to-one foot pressure and acceleration; press the accelerator and a commensurate amount of power is delivered in a 1:1 ratio.
    It’s so reassuring to feel that control.  

  • Whajac

    a car my mother would drive, in other words; A Sleeper?

  • I wonder just how good a pony car built by Honda would be.  Probably just the best.

  • Melissa

    Yes, I loved my Prelude. Would like to see a Honda sports car again.

  • I’ve owned older iterations of both cars..and there is NO COMPARISON in quality. Like they said…like a Swiss watch versus a sun dial. Honda owners repeat for a reason. Once you own one you’ll understand.

  • gradyphilpott

    “…the biggest knock against the Accord Coupe is that it’s the exact car you expect your mother to drive.”

    Well, if you like performance more than you like looking like a “boy racer,” mom’s car isn’t a bad choice, if you’re over the age of, say, 25.

  • zerophile

    Your ignorance is amazing Marysville and the state of Ohio is about as American as you get.