The Honda Accord V6 was one of those cars that American families once loved for its comfort, reliability, responsiveness, and speed. It was a stalwart in the Accord lineup and the go-to choice for power-hungry parents.
You might have noticed the past tense I used just now. Over the last couple of years, people stopped buying the V6 Accord in favor the more fuel-friendly 4-cylinder version. Plus, the V6 engine in the Accord was basically a 20-year-old design that didn’t hold up to today’s emissions and performance standards.
With the unveiling of the new 2018 Accord, we’ve learned that the V6 is the latest casualty of turbo-powered 4-cylinders. While the Accord V6 is officially a thing of the past, there’s plenty to look forward to as the big Honda sedan morphs into the future.
Not only is the Accord V6 gone, but the coupe version will be discontinued as well. That has some die-hard Honda fans more than a little disappointed, but hopefully the new Accord’s engine helps make up for it.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four is heavily based on the new Honda Civic Type R engine, and there are few complaints about it in that car. Yes, it’s been reworked and returned for use in the Accord, but the bones are still there. With 252 horsepower, it is down on power compared to the V6, but torque is up 21 lb-ft from 252 to 273 lb-ft. Since it comes on as soon as 1,500 rpm, it will feel stronger pulling away from stop lights.
Those numbers are fairly impressive, but remember that the same motor in the Type R delivers 306 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm. Honda obviously sees value in keeping the Type R as the performance benchmark in its lineup.
The good news is that the 2.0-liter turbo can be tuned on the aftermarket to deliver even more power. Plus, Honda will offer it attached to a manual transmission. That combo could make it an easy choice over a V6-powered Camry.
Sedans continue to fall prey to crossovers, but would a 4-cylinder turbocharged manual Accord be enough to convince you to buy one?
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