HONDA ACCORD V6L
Two top Japanese sedans propelled by very different means vie for a diminishing market. PAUL POTTINGER chooses
The top spec Accord is a ‘‘premium package without the premium price tag’’, Honda claims — a boast as outdated as aspects of the new car. Though superbly equipped, it costs too much even with 18s, leather, sunroof, safety package, eight-inch screen with satnav. Warranty’s three years and servicing’s twice yearly.
The 3.5-litre V6 is yester-tech, carried over from the previous generation. And the one before that. It’s also thirsty at 9.2L/100km, even with the ability to deactivate three cylinders. The VF Commodore runs almost a litre lighter. Drive goes to the front via six-speed auto. Lesser Accords get only a five-speeder.
It requires a keen eye to detect the major departures from the previous generation. Yet it’s functionally fine with excellent all-round vision. Honda also bangs on about craftmanship but some $30K cars have nicer interior plastics. And what’s with the foot-operated parking brake? Come on . . .
Class leading. The Accord has a camera in the passenger side mirror. When the indicator is tapped left it plays a video view of the blind spot on the multimedia screen. There’s autonomous braking, pretensioning seat belts and lane departure warning. The spare’s a full-size alloy.
If you’re undemanding, this is a capable, if thirsty, kilometre crusher. Maximum torque turns up late but response off the mark is satisfactory. Dispense with any notion of sportiness — the heavy nose might have been designed to instigate understeer.