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REFINED HONDA ACCORD COUPE IS COMPOSED, SUPPLE

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Close on the heels (bumper in this case) of our 2016 Honda Accord sedan test drive, we received the 2017 coupe version. Like its counterpart, the coupe received a slight refreshing, so it will continue mostly unchanged into next year. Once again, the 3.5-liter V-6 engine cranks out 278 horsepower @ 6200 rpm and 252 pounds-feet of torque @ 4900 rpm. The 6-speed auto transmission is standard.
Ensconced on the unit-body structure (made up of aluminum and steel front sub frame) is a MacPherson strut front. Along with the independent multilink rear, the system works splendidly to absorb unpleasant highway bumps and unexpected sharp turns. The direct electric power rack-and-pinion steering offers a tight-turning radius.
Aggressive is the keyword as far as looks go in this stylish and sporty coupe. Take the rakish roofline, long hood and wedge-shaped rear windows. The front fascia sports projector-beam headlights with a centered H in the chrome-slathered grille. Greeting the driver are large analog instruments for the tachometer, centered speedometer with an information center, and readings for fuel and coolant temp. The 7-inch Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID)  displays information for audio, navigation, Bluetooth, rearview camera, fuel economy, texting, compass, clock, etc. Metallic accents on the audio/climate controls give the airy cabin an inviting and lavish look. Boosting the aura are blue ambient console lights and red-on-white needles in the instrument panel. Other amenities are plush leather seats and tilt/telescopic steering wheel, push-button start, 10-way driver power seat, dual-zone a/c, center console with armrest and heated front seats.
Base-priced at $34,375, the Accord delivers an energetic and competent ride with plenty of passing ability. Its muscular stance and awesome performance make this coupe a win-win in our eyes.

ACCORD (TOURING)
Tires: 235/40R19
Wheelbase: 107.3 inches
Length: 189.5 inches
Weight: 3,554 pounds
Fuel capacity: 17.2 gallons
City: 21 mpg
Highway: 32 mpg
Web site: www.honda.com

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