The Honda Accord has been one of the auto industry's most popular vehicles since it was first introduced to the public in 1976. The styles have changed throughout the decades and this particular model seems to continue to grow as one of America's top choices. The coupe version has an edge with the in crowd over the sedan type and it's gained honorable mentions along with way. In 2016, it was named in Car and Driver's "10 Best" list.
Here are our picks for the top five Honda Accord Coupe models in the history of the car.
1. 1997 Honda Accord Coupe
The 1997 is a model that fans of the car went crazy over. This special edition 2 door coupe featured an automatic transmission with a 2.2 liter engine. A compact car with an attractive presentation that now retails for an average price of $20,200 in pristine condition. The front wheel drive feature made this car more reliable in slick conditions. It holds 5 persons and the two door feature was and is another bonus. It has a sporty look, but more than two people can comfortably ride. The fuel economy is average with 23 mpg city and 30 on the highway.
2. 1998 Honda Accord Coupe
Fans of the popular 1997 Coupe were excited about the new version and were even more enamored of the 1998 5 Speed Manual LX Coupe. The fuel economy for the 5 speed was only changed with the addition of a single mpg on average over the 4 speed automatic which still averaged 23 city and 30 highway. The fuel tank for the next year model holds 17.1 gallons giving this car a decent range in between fill-ups. The In-Line 4 cylinder has a displacement of 2.3 liters with a horsepower of 150 at 5700 RPMs with the torque at 152 at 4900. The compression ratio is 9.3:1.
The 1998 comes stocked with an electronic fuel ignition system with immobilizer and a multi-point fuel injection system. It also features a road gripping front wheel drive with a multi link four wheel double wishbone suspension, disc brakes in the front and drum brakes in the rear. A leather wrapped steering wheel, power height adjustment for the seats, power windows, door locks and cruise control were great features that made the car more luxurious. The rear seat heater ducts made it more comfortable for back seat passengers.
3. 2003 Honda Accord Coupe
This was the year that Nissan rolled out the famous Altima that grabbed the attention of luxury lovers. Honda, being the third largest automaker in the industry at the time had to come up with an answer because Nissan and Toyota were cleaning up with their innovative designs that made people pull out their checkbooks. The answer that they came up with was the 2003 Honda Accord Coupe that featured new seats that offered some of the most comfortable support on the market. To sweeten the deal, they offered LX and EX trims and a choice of engines that ranged from a 4 cylinder to a V6 in automatic or manual transmission. You had your choice of a 2.4 liter inline 4 that delivered 160 horsepower or an upgrade to the powerful 3.0 liter V6 for 240 horses. Safety was one of the topics of focus this year and the new Accord coupe threw in side airbags for driver and passenger, emergency trunk release and ABS brakes. They keyless entry was a welcome convenience along with the new AM/FM/CD system that included MP3 compatibility, which was just becoming the rage.
4. 2009 Honda Accord Coupe
This model kicked it in gear with an increase from 160 horsepower to a range between 190 and 271 so how's that for an upgrade? No longer considered a compact car, the mid-size Coupe had a larger fuel tank that holds 18.5 gallons of fuel with an average fuel economy of 22 in the city and 31 on the highway. The ratings held at 4.75 out of 5 making it one of the top models for 2009. It was available in an LX-S Manual, an LX-S Automatic, an EX Manual and EX automatic and the EX-L Manual for drivers who wanted to feel extra special. The fuel economy only increased an average of one mpg from automatic to manual.
5. 2016 Honda Accord Coupe V6 Automatic
This model is we--loved for its strong engine and roomy interior for a Coupe. The appearance is understated yet beautiful in a classic sense. The biggest drawback has been the info screens which are a little fussy, but once you get the hang of it, they perform great. The styling and features of the 2016 model are updated while the manufacturer chose to stay with the 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 181 lb ft of toque. They did offer the option of a generous 3.5 liter V6 for 278 horsepower and 252 lb ft of torque for those who didn't mind a small sacrifice in fuel economy. This new touring coupe was an instant success as a 6 cylinder that didn't need to ask permission to tear up the road.
Written by Garrett Parker
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