Pros: Attractive interior, good gas mileage.
Cons: Styling bland, handling and braking average.
I've owned this car for over a year now. Overall I would say the car is OK , but nothing really stands out about it. I would recommend it since it's not a bad car, but this review is basically to point things out that I wish Honda had done differently.
I wanted a 2 door car, but nothing really caught my attention while car shopping, and I basically settled on this car (I will drive it until something more interesting comes on the market).
I will say that it gets good gas mileage. On straight highway driving, it gets the 34 MPG that the window sticker says, and in mixed city driving I have been getting around 25-26 MPG. I think the 4 cylinder engine has enough performance for my taste. I haven't owned it long enough to know how the resale value and reliability will be. It made it to 6100 miles before the "oil change reminder" lit up.
My biggest pet peeve about this car is the locking and unlocking of the doors. Honda could have made this a lot more user-friendly, but for some reason didn't.
First of all, why don't the doors lock automatically? On my last car, and on a rental I just had (small foreign car), the doors lock automatically when you put the car in gear. I think this is a nice safety feature that my Honda lacks. On a Pontiac Vibe I rented, you can program the power door locks in all sorts of ways.
On the Accord, if you unlock the doors using the remote control keyfob, they will automatically re-lock all by themselves if you don't open a door in about 30 seconds. I was at a hotel and unlocked the doors from the room, then grabbed my suitcases to walk out to the car and the doors locked just as I was about to lift the door handle. Why is this necessary? I then had to fidget around in my pocket to pull out the key and unlock the door again.
Once you're inside the car, the annoyance continues. When the door is locked, you have to physically unlock the door before you can open it. I can understand this feature being on the back doors of a 4-door car because of kids, but is this really necessary in an Accord Coupe? Certainly there's an adult driving (me, for instance), and certainly I can decide when it's safe to open my door. On most cars I've driven, you simply pull the handle and that both unlocks the door and unlatches it. With BMWs, you pull the handle once to unlock, and again to release the latch. To add to the problem, the power lock switch isn't lit at night, as the window switches are. It would have been better to put the power lock switch near the door handle instead of down on the armrest.
In my Accord Coupe, you can't adjust the shoulder belt height. It seems to be the height for a person about 5'9". My cheap little Ford Focus (and the cheap Chevy Cobalt I just rented) would let you adjust the height of the shoulder belt, and I can't remember seeing any new car in the last few years that doesn't have this feature. I saw the new re-styled 2008 Accord Coupe at the car show, and it's still this way.
The interior is attractive, but the exterior is bland. They should have done more to differentiate the coupe from the sedan, especially in the front. I really don't know why car magazines (and Consumer Reports) have so many positive things to say about this car; I really preferred driving my Focus; the brakes and handling were much better and it was more fun to drive.
All the other features on the car are pretty much average; the same that you'd find on any other car. I've had no problems in the first 12 months of ownership. Everything works as expected.
I know many of you are thinking "why did you buy the car then"? And it's because there was nothing else out there that captured my fancy. There aren't that many 2-door cars to choose from any more. I thought at least this car will hopefully hold its value until something more interesting comes along. You simply don't notice all the flaws of a car on a 20 minute test drive. I guess the letdown for me is that this is a wedge-shaped coupe which certainly looks sporty, but I doubt that it drives any differently than the Accord 4-door. There is a general smoothness and refinement to the car which is nice, but I'd gladly give up some of it for better handling.
Honda lovers will flame me for this review, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
I noticed that there's one other review of this car model on Epinions. The person based his review on an "extensive" test drive, and much of the review was simply presenting information that comes from the owner's manual and Honda brochures. I actually *own* the car. Any car might seem great during the test drive, but actually living with it is another story. However, I've actually started to like the car more than I did in the beginning; it kind of grew on me. After seeing the new restyled 2008 model, it made me glad that I bought the 2007.