With Honda deciding not to continue the V6 variant in the next model refresh, this may be the last chance to drive the Accord with the bigger engine.
The Japanese maker is planning to focus on smaller, turbocharged engines to headline their mid-sized sedan.
At $52,590, it’s a big step up from the other model in the range, the Accord VTi-L priced from $43,990, so aside from a larger powerplant, what else does it come with?
I never hide the fact that I haven’t always been keen on the style of the Honda vehicles in general both inside and out.
There’s just something about them that doesn’t fit in with the current trends.
Mind you, that does make them all the more unique with a flavour of their own.
The current range has improved from the dated, boring design of old, with a more aggressive grille and sharper lines, however, is still comparatively conservative.
Though, what may looks sedate on the exterior belies the extra cylinder that sit under the bonnet.
The cabin of the Honda Accord is as family-sedan-friendly as they get.
Comforts like a retractable, rear electric sunshade and rear door blinds are thoughtful features giving the driver one less thing to worry about.
Once again, the interior of the Honda doesn’t quite tickle my fancy, and while there are good points, it doesn’t quite match it with competitors.
At first glance everything appears to sit neatly together and is certainly an improvement on previous models.
The focus is on the centre with the main 7” touchscreen surrounded by large air vents and the secondary screen above at the top of the dash which shows extra info but is sort of redundant.
For the most part it displays mundane information such as the time or the channel.
But most disappointing is probably the driver info display in the instrument cluster.
Improvements were made to the rest of the interfaces and displays but this simplistic, monochromatic screen doesn’t seem to match the rest of the outfit.
The best feature, which seems to be common with Honda vehicles, is the very quick Bluetooth connection. Many other test vehicles take forever to link up if at all.
The rest of the interior is plush but not too flash. Smooth leather seats, leather on the steering wheel, gear knob and centre bin, and soft touch materials on the dash and doors enhance the appeal.
Storage is acceptable throughout though I took issue with the console ones.
There are two hutches; the one below where most cubbies are located houses a cigarette lighter and an ashtray – almost unseen nowadays.
While the one above (in the middle) has a door that opens upwards making it hard to see the USB connection inside.
The front seats are where it’s at in the Accord V6L, with heating, electrical adjustment and memory function and they move back for the driver when entering.
The touchscreen is installed with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and below that dual climate control.
Beyond this is keyless entry, rear air vents and a foot operated parking brake.
As mentioned, storage is ample with pockets on the doors, at the back of the seats and in the centre and the boot