CARS.COM — When Honda took the wraps off its redesigned-for-2018 Accord last month, the sedan’s two-door sibling didn’t make the cut. The Accord coupe, a sporty accomplice through umpteen generations of the sedan, will not get a 10th-gen redesign. The 2017 model year is the end of the road.
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Fans of the coupe can cry foul, but there may not have been enough buyers to make a business case for it. Honda claims just 6 percent of all Accord sales in 2016 — roughly 20,000 cars — were coupes. So far through 2017, it’s down to just 5 percent. Still, those sales in 2016 are about as many as all sales for the Buick Regal, a car GM saw fit to redesign in a big way.
So, what’s a fan of the Accord coupe to do? Honda hopes they’ll instead buy the Accord Sport, a sedan trim that continues its run from the ninth-generation Accord. Slotting between the LX and EX, the Sport comes with either of the new Accord’s turbocharged engines — a 1.5-liter (192-horsepower) or 2.0-liter (252-hp) four-cylinder — and Honda promises to offer a bona fide manual transmission with either one. The Accord has long offered a stick shift with its higher-powered engine for the coupe, but it’s been a decade since any Accord sedan did that.
It remains to be seen whether Accord coupe shoppers will make the shift, so to speak. Some of that depends on pricing: The outgoing 2017 Accord coupe starts at around $23,000 for the four-cylinder, including destination, and tops out in the high-$30,000s with a V-6. Honda has yet to reveal pricing for the redesigned Accord sedan, but if a sedan doesn’t appeal to you — nameplate notwithstanding — consider these alternative vehicles: