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Old 21 Apr 2012, 05:01 pm
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Default Whats better a V6 accord coupe or an accord coupe without the V6?

Hello I'm looking to buy a 2012 Honda Accord Coupe with Automatic Transmission but can't decide whether I should get a V6 engine or not. I want a fuel efficient car and was told the V6 will be efficient in the long run? What are the pros and cons for V6 compared to one without?

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Old 21 Apr 2012, 05:19 pm
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The 4 cylinder Accord has plenty of power and better gas mileage. I wouldn't bother with the 6 cylinder unless you want to go fast enough to get speeding tickets. I have a 99 Accord with plenty of power and the 2012's have quite a bit more.
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Old 21 Apr 2012, 05:32 pm
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The V6 will provide better performance/acceleration, but the 4 cylinder will provide better mileage and generally acceptable performance.
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Old 21 Apr 2012, 05:46 pm
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One thing you should at least know, is that the V6 in the Accords, has what Honda called VCM (Variable Cylinder Management), which will deactivate 2 or 3 cylinders, based on your throttle. If I'm not mistaken, this engine will runs in 6-4-3 cylinders. 6-cylinder in full throttle, and 4 or 3 when power is not needed.

So if you're cruising on the freeway at 70mph (flat road), I'm sure this V6 will deactivate 3 cylinders and just run on 3 cylinders and keep your car running at 70mph, yet save that little gas doing that.

2013 V6's will have 6-automatic gears instead of 5 gears in the 2012. More gears, more gas savings.

Overall, I'm sure a 4-cylinder will still save more gas than a V6 w/ VCM, but the fun you will have with a V6, steers me to recommend you getting the V6 instead.

BTW, 2013 Accords are coming. I'm guessing late August or early September. If you absolutely need to get a car now, maybe you can consider buying a cheap, used car to tide you over until the 2013 comes. Or make sure you get a killer deal on the 2012's.

Technological gizmos unveiled on the 2013 models are very promising, especially if you're getting the V6 model (rumored to be around 301hp vs. 271hp on the 2012's, yet delivering more miles per gallon?!?). So if you don't want to get a car now and lose all the attention it gets in 4 months, you may want to wait for the 2013's.

You can read a bit about it and see what the coupe may look like here:

Good luck.
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