2013 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V6
2013 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V6. Click image to enlarge

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2013 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V6

The Honda Accord is the hallmark of the family sedan segment. Like the BMW 3 Series in the compact luxury segment, the Accord is what all other manufactures benchmark when designing a new family sedan. When everyone is gunning for you, it is hard to stay on top. So for 2013 the Accord has been completely redesigned inside and out. Unfortunately, so have the Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima and Chevrolet Malibu. But during a recent comparison test, the Accord Sedan proved up to the challenge and beat these fellow newcomers as well as the perennial sales champ, the Toyota Camry, in an Autos.ca Comparison Test.

But, contrary to most other mid-size family cars, the Accord has a second personality – a sporty, fun-loving side – the Coupe. Unlike the carryover 2013 Nissan Altima Coupe, the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe received a full redesign along with its sedan counterpart this year. That means the Accord Coupe receives the new pair of ‘Earth Dream’ engines and a pair of new automatic transmissions; a 6-speed automatic for the V6 and continuously variable unit for the four-cylinder. The 6-speed manual transmission is also still available, paired to both engines, and was thankfully installed in my test vehicle.

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2013 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V6. Click image to enlarge

While other manufacturers are experimenting with turbocharged four-cylinders, Honda is staying the course. Take a look under the hood. There you will find a 3.5L ‘Earth Dreams’ V6 producing 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. There are no turbochargers, no direct injection and just a single overhead cam. The V6 is just a lump (and I mean lump in the most affectionate way possible) of engine engineered properly from the start to be both efficient and high performing. It is the best proof that mid-size vehicles do not need to go to smaller displacement turbocharged engines. This 3.5L V6 is smoother, just as powerful and just as efficient in the real world when compared to its turbocharged four-cylinder competition that pull out every trick in the engineering manual.

During a test drive of the 2013 Honda Accord V6 Sedan, West Coast Editor Greg Wilson achieved a 9.0 L/100 km fuel consumption average, which is actually a lower observed fuel consumption average than most four-cylinder turbocharged family sedans we have test driven in the past two years. Even in my row-your-own-gears sporty V6 coupe, I still averaged 10.0 L/100 km; not too far off Natural Resources Canada’s official ratings of 11.5 L/100 km city and 7.1 L/100 km highway.

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