Does anybody buy the Accord coupe?

Discussion in 'Accord' started by JXStern, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. JXStern

    JXStern Guest

    Happened to see a new one drive buy, thought it looked pretty nice,
    and might actually fit my need. I previously owned an Acura CL, was
    pretty happy with that, have been driving the Accord sedan for going
    on three years now.

    But hey, the coupes (and CL) were never common, and the current sales
    of the coupes appears to be tiny. Anybody comment on volumes, target
    market, etc?


    JXStern, Aug 18, 2006
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    John Horner Guest

    If I were king I would stop building the coupes and offer station wagon
    versions in the US again. Few vehicles are as flexible and useful as an
    Accord sized wagon!

    John Horner, Aug 18, 2006
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    jim beam Guest

    that's the truth, but minivans are much more profitable, as are suv's!
    no wagon [in our market at any rate] means you have to buy one of these
    alternatives. thank the marketing droids that persuaded honda to go
    with red rear turn signal lenses for this market segmentation "wisdom".
    jim beam, Aug 18, 2006
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    « Paul » Guest

    I'm in Houston. From what I see on the freeway 60 miles each day most of the
    Accords are coupes. 4 doors are rare. I've been looking at the coupes myself. I
    need to test drive one and compare to Mazda 6.
    « Paul », Aug 18, 2006
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    nm5k Guest

    Dunno, for a little car, I want all the room I can get.
    The coupes are fun to drive, but not overly practical for all
    the stuff I do, unless maybe a hatchback. I actually prefer
    having the 4 door accord, cuz on mine, the back seat folds
    down and you can use it sort of like a wagon. Which I do
    most of the time. I checked it out, and I could actually sleep
    back there if I had to. If I go diagonal across, with my head
    up by the front seat back, and my feet towards a tail light,
    I can fully stretch out, with room to spare. I was sorta
    amazed actually... I do camp , etc quite a bit, and it's
    quite possible I will sleep in the thing eventually. I actually
    want a small wagon, but I stumbled into the honda and
    decided to try it for a while. I still may buy a wagon of some
    type, and sell the accord at some point. But the accord is
    usable for what I want it for. Which is mainly to save gas $$$
    vs the ford trucks I've been driving, getting appx 16 mpg
    highway. I still have two of those, both with camper shells.
    I see a return to more small wagons to tell you the truth. The high
    gas prices will be converting a goodly number of large
    SUV drivers before too long.. For me with a small honda size
    car, a wagon is the #1 config for me.. I wish my 89 was a aerodeck
    or whatever they called it. The selection of decent small wagons
    is not overly large it seems.. There are a few though.
    nm5k, Aug 18, 2006
  6. JXStern

    nm5k Guest

    LOL...I see we think about alike in that regard. Hard to beat a
    good wagon. You got some room, but it still drives like a car.
    nm5k, Aug 18, 2006
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    John Horner Guest

    Indeed! I am still miffed that the minivan and SUV craze all but killed
    station wagon availability. Volvo, VW & Subaru are about the only
    companies now which offer wagon versions of most of their sedans.

    John Horner, Aug 18, 2006
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    N.E.Ohio Bob Guest

    Way back in '92 I decided on buying the two door. I was commuting
    (solo) on I77 for fifty miles every day. I liked the room and the fact
    that I wasn't looking at the back edge of the side window frame when I
    turned to look left.
    Over the years I have removed the back seat and installed a bed and
    mattress and camped at the air show in Oshkosh, folded the rear seat
    down and hauled a dozen 2x4's and hauled a lot of things.
    I have found the wife's Mazda ProtÈgÈ 5 to be a better vacation vehicle
    when we both travel for a week or so.
    If I were to replace the ole '92 today, I would look at the Accord two
    door, but just from seeing them on the road it seems to me to be more
    like the old Prelude (too small) bob
    N.E.Ohio Bob, Aug 18, 2006
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    John, you mentioned Volvo, VW & Subaru . . . . I like wagons too, but
    the only way I'd drive (own) the first two would be under a COURT ORDER.
    I have a very bad taste in my mouth :-(

    'Curly Q. Links', Aug 18, 2006
  10. JXStern

    JXStern Guest

    Interesting geographic difference in taste, I'm in Los Angeles.

    The Accord is just a little larger than I really like driving around,
    and I often find myself with work gigs 50+ miles away, so I've been
    looking longingly at the Civics, 2d and 4d, but, well, traffic being
    what it is, maybe they're just a bit too small. And it never fails -
    when I buy a 4-door I end up commuting alone in it, and when I buy a
    2-door I end up driving the gang around. Guess that's another
    argument for the 4d!

    I guess the TSX is about what I want, but I don't like to have to feed
    it premium, and don't like feeding Acura the premium price (also my
    local Acura dealer is a bit of a dog). If it were also available as a
    Civic SI sedan (w regular gas), that would probably sell me! But
    they'll have to bring it out in the next few weeks for me to get one
    this go-round.

    JXStern, Aug 19, 2006
  11. Until last week, I didn't even know they existed. I'm sure I've seen
    them, but never identified them as being an Accord. A cow orker just
    bought a shiny new red one, and I've been checking it out with some

    With the spacious rear seats begging to be used, the whole two door idea
    seems a little silly. I've always felt slightly claustrophobic in the
    back of a 2 door car, and sliding/tilting the seat to escape is a PITA.
    If you're not going to carry more than 1 passenger, why not get a
    slightly smaller car? If you're the carpool king, a 4/5 door would
    clearly be the way to go.

    As others have mentioned, the 4 door Accord wagon is a handy beast. In
    the 6 months I've owned mine, I've had three people ask "how do you like
    it." When I mention that Honda stopped making them some time back, all
    three displayed disappointment. I'm sure wagons will come full circle
    soon, now that the minivan fad has peaked and big SUVs are rapidly
    becoming even more stupidly expensive to drive.

    Greg Campbell, Aug 19, 2006
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    John Horner Guest

    You might like the Mazda 6 then. A touch bigger than the Civic and a
    touch smaller than the US Accord. Available as a sedan, hatchback or
    wagon with a good selection of engines as well.

    John Horner, Aug 19, 2006
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    Eric Guest

    You can add BMW to the list of manufacturers offering a wagon both in the 3
    series as well as the 5 series.

    Eric, Aug 19, 2006
  14. Actually, the V6 engine is made by Ford. Case closed.
    High Tech Misfit, Aug 19, 2006
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    John Horner Guest

    And by all reports it is a good one. Let us not be so small minded :).

    John Horner, Aug 19, 2006
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    Tom Levigne Guest

    2 door coupes and hatchbacks are completely out of style in US and Canada
    these days.

    SUV's and 4 door sedans are what sells.
    Tom Levigne, Aug 20, 2006
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    Tom Levigne Guest

    station wagon sell if you market them as an SUV or "crossover" and offer
    optional all wheel drive.
    Tom Levigne, Aug 20, 2006
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    John Horner Guest

    All of which compromise handling in order to offer the vehicle-on-stilts
    stance which some fools think looks cool. Most of the crossovers also
    get relatively poor fuel economy and lack interior space.

    Four wheel drive is great if you need it, but if you don't need it then
    the extra weight and complexity means lower fuel economy and higher
    running costs for no real benefit. Here in coastal CA there is no good
    reason to own four wheel drive for on road use.

    John Horner, Aug 20, 2006
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    Tom Levigne Guest

    true. people are stupid. its that simple. why don't some people understand
    Tom Levigne, Aug 20, 2006
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    JXStern Guest

    Civic coupe is common enough in LA, commuter-specials and/or
    ricemobiles. Acura RSX is respectable, though I think less common
    than a few years ago.

    JXStern, Aug 22, 2006
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