I actually like that year’s offering…
When you get inside a used 2007 Accord Coupe, you realize that Honda had actually made an effort to make their car look stylish and refined on the interior, however, when you look at it carefully, you can see the discreet spoiler on the boot lid, the two big exhaust pipes on the back of the car, the increased tire size and low profile tires, and the barely visible V6 badge on the back of the car. YIKES…
Some other points to look at though are the rear taillights that look like aliens and the angry looking front end that looks like it’ll eat you up in one bite. The interior is also the same, very basic, with discrete elements to show you that this car has sporting pretensions. This car has sport seats that will grip your body when cornering quickly and hard, a VSA (traction control) button, with an option to turn it off, fist grips on the steering wheel to help you hold it when turning quickly from bend to bend, and a speedometer that goes all the way up to 160!
Reliable Daily Driver
The Honda does all of the boring things really well; it looks good, its comfortable, has a great audio system with a 6 disc in-dash CD changer. Like most Hondas of this vintage, the Accord Coupe has cup holders in the front and back seats and the basic air conditioning cooling system. This is all fine, but can this car actually drive well and handle well unlike the Accords of the 90s? When you are driving along the ride is really smooth and quiet, which is surprising since the tire size is larger and the low profile tires cause more friction with the road.
It has very good acceleration and the shifting is very smooth as well. The 3.0-liter V6 engine delivers a colossal 244 BHP (brake horsepower) with 215FT LBS of torque. That is a lot in such a small and lightweight car. When you put your foot down on the accelerator off the line, it is exactly the opposite of what you are thinking. The tires squeal off the line, all the skin on your face gets stretched backwards, your organs all fly into the back of your body and your skull gets smashed into the back of your head as if you had just been punched in the face. You are then taken to a place where you loose the power of speech and all other important bodily functions. You are off like a cheetah that has just escaped from the zoo. You find yourself halfway down the road before the people behind you have even had a chance to accelerate. It is amazing how fast this car can go in a straight line.
Comparable to Modern Handling
This is where the Accord starts to get really scary. You would think that a car with this much power and front wheel drive would not be able to handle all of that power for corners, since the front wheels are being asked to do the steering, braking, and accelerating, but this is where you would be wrong. When you flip off the traction control and drop it down a gear and start to throw it into corners, it feels like you are making a groove into the pavement whenever you turn the wheel. It is almost as if you are defying the laws of physics when you turn the wheel. It just has amazing amounts of grip! Why did they even fit it with traction control?
The only real thing that I can find wrong with this car is that every time that you get past the limit of handling you get rampant understeer, which means that the front of the car will head face first into the tree that you were trying to avoid in the first place. If you want to get rid of that problem you can; and since the Accord is so well balanced and nimble you can get aggressive with it. If you flick the steering wheel right and then left, you can get the tail out on the car and hold the slide through the turn and then power out extremely hard with your foot to the floor, and the whole time not feel any sort of incompetence.
Another great point about this car is the gas mileage. I recently drove one up from Los Angeles to Monterey, California. The sticker that comes with the vehicle says that the most you can get is 28 mpg on the highway. I beg to differ; I used a half a tank of gas and averaged 34 miles to the gallon. I found this extremely impressive considering how big the engine is, and how on the drive up I was pinning it to passing people who were driving too slow for my taste.
You can get into this car and drive safely from point A to point B, but if you fancy a drive, you can drive it home as if you have just sat on a bee and gotten stung. If I were in the market for a car I would get one of these. Not only is it affordable at 24,000 dollars, but it is also fun, fast, nimble, economical, stylish, and comfortable. It is far from being considered a boring car, and for many it could be deemed all things to all men.