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PERFORMANCE | 9 out of 10
wonderfully smooth and powerful" [sedan]
throttle responds to your right foot as if reading your mind" [sedan]
Kelley Blue Book
“simply excellent fuel economy" [coupe]
certainly fast" [coupe]
Car and Driver
Whether you go for the sedan or coupe, the 2010 Honda Accord offers a nice combination of sporty handling and a quiet, refined ride.
The front-wheel-drive Accord remains powered by either four-cylinder or V-6 engines, both with a five-speed automatic transmission; for those who prefer to do the shifting themselves, a five-speed manual can still be specified with the four-cylinder model.
Either way you go, the 2010 Honda Accord performs well and still has some of the most powerful, refined engines in its class. Both of the 2.4-liter fours are smooth operators, but the EX sedan (and all four-cylinder Coupes) have 190 horsepower instead of 177 hp; you can sense the added pep in passing, though both feel about the same from a standing start. The preferred engine for hauling lots of people or cargo is the V-6. In the Accord it makes 271 hp and incorporates Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), which helps improve fuel economy. Simply put, it's a refined engine that gives the Accord a luxurious feel. Overall, the four delivers up to 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and the V-6 at 2 mpg less with both. In the Coupe, ratings are 22/31 mpg for the four and 19/28 mpg with the V-6.
Four-cylinder engines in the Honda Accord "can team with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission," says Cars.com, but the "V-6 sedan is only available with a five-speed automatic." ConsumerGuide notes that "all manual-transmission Accords are faster than their automatic counterparts, with smooth clutch engagement and a precise feeling shifter."
Edmunds reports that this "wonderfully smooth and powerful 3.5-liter V6 is an excellent engine, producing strong acceleration and fuel economy," but notes that "the 190-hp four-cylinder provides more than enough motivation." According to ConsumerGuide, "several 4-cylinder models tested have suffered from a rough idle and pronounced vibrations felt through the body and steering wheel."
Popular Mechanics believes that Honda will probably sell more Accord Coupes with the 190-hp four-cylinder engine, and those who opt for this package will be pleased with the engine's silky smooth operation and seamless power delivery. They also praise the Accord Coupe for its miserly fuel consumption, saying the four-cylinder Accord has "simply excellent fuel economy for a car this size." The base 2009 Honda Accord Coupe features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out an impressive 190 hp and an estimated 21/31 mpg.
Motor Trend reports that the 268-hp Accord Coupe EX-L they tested "drives like a dream." It also has 248-pound feet of torque, "and yet at WOT, there's no wheelspin or torque steer.” Car and Driver believes that the Honda Accord Coupe is a better machine than its chief competitor, the Nissan Altima. "It's certainly fast," the reviewer notes, and even though the Accord Coupe has fewer ponies under the hood, it's quicker and has a "slick and easy to use" six-speed gearbox.
The 2010 Honda Accord handles very well, too. Edmunds compares the Accord Coupe's performance to that of the discontinued Acura CL Type-S. The Honda Accord Coupe has more power, however, and the six-speed shifter and clutch mechanism "feels exactly the same" as the Acura's. They report the six-speed shifter also shares the CL's notchy feel, "and the clutch take-up is abrupt, making an Accord Coupe with its powertrain difficult to drive smoothly." They have no gripes about the Accord Coupe's power and report that even though it "is narrowly outgunned by the 270-hp Altima Coupe," the Honda's engine is "far smoother" than the Altima's VQ-Series V-6.
Edmunds declares that the Accord Sedan’s suspension has a "balanced approach to handling and ride comfort...[maintaining a] traditional mix of both sporty handling and comfort." When it comes to stopping power, "braking feel, response and feedback are also top-notch," according to Kelley Blue Book.
Steering the 2009 Honda Accord Sedan may take some getting used to, according to Automobile Magazine: "variable-ratio steering rack that offers nuanced responses just off-center but quickens the ratio near the ends of steering lock, to help you swing into parking spaces a bit quicker." This source also notes that "thanks to a standard strut-tower brace and reasonably stiff suspension, this car doesn't mind corners."
You’re bound to be happy with the refined performance of the 2010 Honda Accord whether you opt for the Sedan or the Coupe.