Road Test

2011 Honda Accord Coupe exudes muscle

The Accord Coupe is the hip model among its sedan and Crosstour siblings.

To my eyes, Honda’s Accord Coupe is the hip model among its sedan and Crosstour siblings. I’ve always been a fan of the Coupe’s styling, which for 2011 gets a refreshed front fascia and rear bumper.

I particularly like its muscular road presence, whether it’s in the shape of its long, chiseled hood or the 3.5L, V-6 engine underneath it. With a total output of 271 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque, it’s not shy in the get-up-and-go department.

On the inside, an updated instrument panel graces the cabin. For my taste, I still find there are too many buttons on the centre stack. Nevertheless, the cabin is fairly easy on the eyes and has a modern twist to it. And since my tester is the EX-L Navi trim level, it comes complete with leather seating surfaces, heated front seats and, you guessed it, Honda’s navigation system.

As I entered the cabin of the Coupe I jokingly said, "What’s this third pedal for?" It has been some time since I’ve been behind the wheel of Honda with a manual transmission so this was quite the treat. The standard transmission on the EX-L V-6 is a six-speed, which is both a blessing and a curse. I would take a manual transmission over an automatic most days except when it comes to driving around in traffic. Then again, it’s a price I am willing to pay. Luckily, the clutch was nice and springy. It had a nice weight to it so it wasn’t too much of a chore in stop-and-go traffic.

Because the Coupe is, well, a coupe the accessibility to the rear seats isn’t very convenient. On the driver’s side, the handle to fold the seat down is awkwardly small. Headroom in the rear is limited but aside from that, when I climbed back there, I found the seats to be very comfortable and relaxing. All things considered, those who buy the Accord Coupe most likely will not be entertaining the masses inside.

The only other criticism/observation I have with the Coupe is the lack of an exterior trunk button. It can either be accessed via the keyless remote or the trunk release lever in the cabin. For me, it’s not a huge deal, but it’s something to note.

The MSRP for the 2011 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L Navi is $35,890 (excluding freight).

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