Honda Accord Sport V6

The 2017 Honda Accord is the last model to offer buyers an optional 3.5-liter V6 engine. The Sport trim, however, does not support a V6 engine.
Written by Jacqulyn Graber
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
The Honda Accord Sport remains a popular and impressive sedan after many years in production, but the optional 3.5-liter V6 engine is only available in 2017 and older models and higher trim levels, not including the Sport. The V6 produces 278 horsepower via an automated six-speed transmission. 
You might not be overly excited by the Accord, but it’s earned Car and Driver’s 10 Best Award more than any other vehicle—and for good reason. It’s balanced, efficient, and reliable, with the higher trim levels including upgrades like navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a premium sound system. The optional six-cylinder engine allows the 2017 sedan to take on a sportier persona, offering a driving experience that’s much more fun than most of its competitors.
If you’re considering a Honda Accord V6, read on! We've compiled a guide to the 2017 model, along with information about older models that still include the sought-after V6 engine.
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2017 Honda Accord V6

Starting price: $26,720
Engine: 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower: 278 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 252 lb-ft @ 4900 rpm
0 to 60: 5.8 seconds
With any other engine, the
Honda Accord
performs like a simple family-style sedan, perfect for the level-headed driver trying to get from point A to point B. The 3.5-liter V6 engine significantly ups the car’s ante, transforming it into a sporty vehicle that’s ready for spirited driving whenever you are. The Accord’s wide range of trim levels allows you to choose between cloth and leather seats, as well as manual or automatic seat controls. 
It’s important to note that the V6 engine is only available in the highest trim levels of the Honda Accord, including the
options. Lower trim levels, including the Sport, cannot be fitted with the V6 engine.
Other exciting features of the Accord’s highest trim levels include: 
  • Plenty of space for adults to stretch out in the front or back seat, an impressively roomy trunk, and abundant storage room for small items throughout the cabin
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity, Pandora streaming, and a USB port, as well as optional amenities such as navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a premium sound system
  • An overall
    NHTSA Safety Rating
    of 5 stars thanks in part to VSA Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ABS And Driveline Traction Control, side impact beams, and HondaLink Emergency SOS. 

How’s the fuel economy?

While the V6 engine will give your Accord a more powerful feel, it will also use more gas compared to the Honda’s standard four-cylinder engine. When fitted with a V6 engine, the 2017 Honda Accord gets an average of 21-26 mpg—that’s compared to the four-cylinder’s 29-30 mph and the hybrid’s 48 mpg. 
Estimated annual fuel costs for an Accord V6 are about $3,100

Which Honda Accord models have the V6?

The 2017 Honda Accord comes in several trim levels: the
, the Sport, the
Sport SE
, the
, the EX-L, and the Touring. Only the EX-L and Touring trim levels can be fitted with a V6 engine. MSRP prices start at $26,720, but you might be able to save a bit of cash since you’ll be shopping used. 
Older models of the Accord also include V6 options, but the upgrade was discontinued in 2018

How fast is the Honda Accord V6? 

Even with the V6 engine installed, the Accord doesn’t quite live up to the status of a genuine sports car. The EX-L and Touring trim levels can go from 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds, with four-cylinder models accelerating at even slower rates. 
Nonetheless, this number holds up to the competition—and even performs better than comparable 2022 models. 
Key Takeaway The now-discontinued V6 engine gives the Honda Accord more speed and power, but at the expense of fuel economy. 

Which is better: Accord Sport, Accord EX-L, or Accord Touring?

The 2017 Accord Sport, EX-L, and Touring have several different qualities, with the Sport being the most affordable of the bunch. As mentioned earlier, however, only the EX-L and Touring options can be outfitted with a V6 engine.
Luxury finishes such as heated leather automatic seats and a sunroof are reserved for the highest trim levels. The Sport remains far less assuming with manual fabric seats and plastic trim. The Sport, however, performs much more efficiently, consuming far less fuel than its fancier siblings.
So which is the best trim level? If sporty driving is your priority, the EX-L or Touring options are definitely worth the additional dough. You simply won’t be able to achieve peak performance without the upgrade. On the other hand, if you’re on a budget, the Sport will save you money at the dealership and year-round when it comes to fuel and car insurance costs. 
Ultimately, all three are great options, but if it’s about the drive for you, go with the EX-L. 
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The Honda Accord came with an optional V6 engine in models from 2017 and older—but the Sport trim level does not include this option. To ride around town with a V6 engine, you’ll have to go with higher trim levels—either the EX-L or the Touring.
The Accord has earned
Car and Driver’s 10 Best Award
more than any other vehicle—and for good reason. J.D. Power gave the 2017 Honda Accord an 82/100 rating for quality and reliability and the V6 engine doesn’t change those ratings!
In 2017, there were no all wheel drive models available in the Accord lineup.
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