Honda Accord V6

It may not be obvious just from looking at it, but the latest Honda Accord is definitely the most refined version of this once popular sedan among the Asians. The latest generation Accord gets fresh new styling for a more distinctive and less cumbersome look. The nose is smoothened and the boot lid tapered, but most significantly, the latest Accord is slightly larger than the previous model with more agile handling. It is very identifiably a Honda Accord that lets you have it all, without compromise.

Honda V6

Interior space is unchanged, and as always not even the smallest detail has been overlooked. The optimised cabin feels more spacious, with much more elbow room and good leg room. The Accord has a noticeably more enjoyable ride too. The Japanese carmarker has gone to great lengths to achieve a quieter cabin and smoother ride. Stiffer body, and modified front and new rear suspension systems, mounted on vibration-absorbing sub-frames, all help reduce noise, vibration and harshness.

Honda engineers have managed to reduce body weight whilst increasing rigidity. They have also introduced a brand new suspension system that features front MacPherson struts with a spring mechanism to control rebound. This results in improved ride comfort even though the car is rather firmly sprung, which allows the latest Accord to handle well with precise steering and that typically unflappable Honda quality when driven sportily.

Under the bonnet a new Earth Dreams engine drives the front wheels via the familiar six-speed automatic transmission. This 3.5-litre VTEC fitted V6 version was engineered to produce improved performance without compromising environmental goals. Best of all, you will barely hear it, thanks to the Active Noise Control (ANC) system blocking sound interruptions from the outside world, where two microphones in the cabin monitor ambient noise and enable the generation of opposing sound waves for continuous noise cancellation.

The V6 engine features Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), which shuts down half its cylinders (to three) to save fuel when it can, boasting just 9.3L/100km. The top spec V6L Honda Accord variant we drove has the v6 engine, but the other variants Vti and Vti-L utilise a 2.4Litre 129kW/225Nm engine that uses only 8 L/100km.

All of these improvements translate into a mass market model that has the refinement of a car a class above, with its good ride quality and almost tranquil cabin ambience. The goal of increasing refinement includes raising the level of equipment and the latest Accord has impressive specifications. These include LED projector headlamps, a 360-watt audio system, LaneWatch blind spot display and multi-angle rear view camera system.

As for the LaneWatch blind spot display, this clever features uses a camera mounted in the passenger door mirror housing to show what is behind the Accord whenever the left turn signal is activated. The image is displayed on the eight-inch information screen on the dashboard, which also displays map data. A rotary knob on the centre console controls the navigation system.

The latest Honda Accord 3.5L V6 i-VTEC V6 has plenty of power, delivered smoothly and almost silently until the rev-happy motor approaches the upper reaches and starts to give out a sporty sound.

The latest Accord stands out from its rivals.
  • Engine: 3.5-litre SOHC i-VTEC V6
  • Power: 206kW at 6,200rpm
  • Torque: 339Nm at 4,900rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed auto FWD with paddle shifting
  • Dimensions mm: L 4935 W 1850 H 1465 WB 2775 Turning 11.8metres
  • Tare mass 1674kg
  • Safety: 6 airbags stability control
$56,392 drive away

Servicing: Honda’s ownership promise includes a three-year/100,000km warranty and six-year rust warranty, while capped-price servicing is also available – intervals for both engines are set every 10,000km or twelve months (whichever occurs first), up to 100,000km.

Maintenance will average out at about $300 per visit.