Before we even get into the story let us say, YES we know a Honda Accord V6 isn’t exactly the most exciting car to take on a road trip across the Pacific Northwest. No it’s not turbo charged, no it doesn’t have an insane amount of horsepower, and no it’s not built for a racetrack, but what it is built for, it’s exceptional at.
You could say that the 2014 Honda Accord V6 is the perfect Grand Touring car, and that’s exactly why we were excited to put over 2,000 miles on this bad boy on a trip up the coast.
First off, let’s start off with why…. Why did we grab an Accord and head north? Well, to be completely honest, the only way you can get to know a new car is by putting in some serious windshield time and with a total of 2,200 miles behind we really got to know what this car was all about. Why did we choose an Accord? If you think about it, it’s the closest thing that Honda has to a sports car that’s out right now. Lucky for us, the Accord we chose featured Honda’s 6-speed Manual transmission with hill assist, (no more rolling backwards down a hill at a stop light) and their 278 horsepower V6. Mate a manual transmission to just about any peppy motor and you will always have a fun car on your hands just about every time.
Speaking of, the V6 that Honda features in the new accord is beyond fun. Speed builds very quickly in that car and multiple times we had to have a double take at the speedo because we were doing triple digit speeds without knowing it. On top of that, the motor just sounds so good inside the cabin; you just want to rev it out all the time. While 278 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque don’t seem like a lot, somehow in that car it seemed like it was almost too much. In fact, after we pulled over to take a picture of the Oregon / CA border we decided to gun it back on to the freeway and we legitimately smoked the tires all the way through second gear.
Other than the motor and transmission, two of our other favorite features on the accord had to have been the fuel economy and the side view mirror camera. Honda claims an average of 28mpg’s highway in the new Accord but even with us behind the wheel, we set a cruising speed of 80mph and got a surprising 26.9-mpg’s. Over the course of 2,200 miles that great gas mileage really added up.
The side mirror rear view camera was one of the coolest things we’ve seen in a moderately priced production car yet. Every time you initiated the right blinker the entertainment display switched to the side mirror rear camera so you could see when you were clear to merge over. There was even a button on the blinker lever that allowed you to turn that camera on an off anytime you wanted.
Overall, we’d like to say that this Accord is a major step in the right direction for Honda. Not only did the big bodied Grand touring coupe make us feel like we were in a sports car at some points, but it got exceptional gas mileage, was packed with technology goodies and it didn’t look all that bad. Remember the 90’s when Accords were the golden children of the British Touring Car Championship? All your friends who owned one thought they had raddest touring car in town. I doubt that the Accord will ever be that car again, but we can say this is probably the best Accord we’ve driven in the past 20 years.