When you hear people talking about sporty Honda models back in the early 2000s until today, it is most probable that they’re talking about the Civic SiR. It was, of course, the cream of the crop when it came to what Honda was offering the Philippine market at that time in terms of performance. Then again, some people have forgotten that the Japanese marque has also released a legitimate sleeper car for the Philippine market back in 2011.
The 2011 Honda Accord EX 3.5 V6
Enter the Honda Accord EX 3.5 V6. It is a midsize car that has grown larger than its previous version. It offers a lot of premium features like HID headlamps, electronic seats, rear sunshades, keyless entry, leather seats, and loads of space. As a midsize sedan, the eighth-generation Accord was quite large. Even the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said that it was reaching executive car levels of standard.
So yes, the eighth-gen Accord EX was large and luxurious. But guess what, it wasn’t exactly a “land yacht.” Instead, it was actually quite an agile sleeper. Some even call it a Japanese muscle car. So, what makes the Accord 3.5 EX quick?
The 2011 Accord offers a roomy, well-arranged interior
Well, the Honda Accord EX was powered by a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter J-series V6 paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The said engine was capable of making up to 271 horsepower and 339 Nm of torque. Like most Honda sedans, the Accord is a front-wheel-drive vehicle.
Combined with the double-wishbone front and multi-link double-wishbone rear suspension setup, the Accord was a hoot to drive. From a standstill the Japanese-made sedan is said to reach 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds. It also had a top speed of 225 km/h.
While the Accord 3.5 EX V6 was indeed fast, we didn’t get the Honda Accord Coupe that the US market received back in 2008. It came with the same engine, but it was lighter, and it had a six-speed manual transmission. It also had VTEC, which kicked in at around 4,750rpm. So yes, Pinoys can only imagine how a six-cylinder engine with VTEC sounds like.
For the most part, it looks like a sensible and practical sedan
Overall though, the Accord EX 3.5 V6 that we did get was a great car. For that matter, it still is. So if you want one, do check out our car for sale section.
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Know more about Honda Accord
The entry of the Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. to the executive sedan segment is the Honda Accord. The current Honda Accord is in its 10th generation. It features sharper-looking LED headlights, restyled grille, LED multi-projector lamps, revamped front bumper, and C-shaped LED taillights. Overall, the current Honda Accord has a sportier design execution. The instrument cluster receives a full-color TFT display along with improved resolution to accommodate Honda Sensing – the newest addition to the current-generation Honda Accord. Honda Sensing is the brand’s newly-introduced suite of safety features that includes the utilization of radar technology to assist the driver. Honda Sensing comes with the following car technologies: road departure mitigation, low-speed follow, adaptive cruise control, lane keeps assist system, collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, and forward-collision warning. With the help of the new safety technology, the latest Honda Accord is presently the safest version of the model. Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. offers the Honda Accord with a single variant only – the Honda Accord 1.5 EL Turbo CVT (with Honda Sensing) priced at Php 2,288,000. The Honda Accord's power comes from the 1.5L Earth Dreams Technology DOHC 16-valve VTEC Turbo engine that produces 187 horsepower and 260 Newton-meter. It is the upgraded version of the engine used in the Honda Civic RS Turbo.
Cesar G.B. Miguel