Pecheles Automotive Compares 2017 Honda Accord Coupe VS 2017 BMW 6 Near New Bern, NC

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2017 Honda Accord Coupe

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2017 Honda Accord Coupe

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2017 BMW 6

Safety Comparison

Both the Accord Coupe and the 6 Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and front parking sensors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Accord Coupe the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 103 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 6 Series has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Accord Coupe 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 6 Series. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 6 Series ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Accord Coupe’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Accord Coupe third among midsize cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The 6 Series isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 14th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Accord Coupe V6 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the 640i Coupe RWD (21 city/32 hwy vs. 21 city/30 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Accord Coupe V6 Automatic’s fuel efficiency. The 6 Series doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Accord Coupe uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 6 Series requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Accord Coupe’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The 6 Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Accord Coupe LX-S’ turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the 6 Series’ (37.6 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Accord Coupe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 1100 pounds less than the BMW 6 Series.

The Accord Coupe is 3.1 inches shorter than the M6, making the Accord Coupe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Accord Coupe uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The 6 Series doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Accord Coupe is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the 6 Series Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The Accord Coupe has standard seating for 5 passengers; the 6 Series can only carry 4.

The Accord Coupe has 8.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 6 Series Coupe (95.6 vs. 87).

The Accord Coupe has .1 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the 6 Series Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Accord Coupe has a larger trunk than the 6 Series Coupe (13.7 vs. 13 cubic feet).

The Accord Coupe’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The 6 Series doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Accord Coupe EX/EX-L/Touring Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 6 Series doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Accord Coupe has standard extendable sun visors. The 6 Series doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accord Coupe is less expensive to operate than the 6 Series because it costs $747 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Accord Coupe than the 6 Series, including $504 less for a water pump, $299 less for an alternator, $91 less for front brake pads, $226 less for a starter, $106 less for fuel injection, $16 less for a fuel pump, $389 less for front struts, $662 less for a timing belt/chain and $3097 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Accord Coupe will be $44294 to $53348 less than for the BMW 6 Series.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Accord Coupe has won recognition from these important consumer publications:


Accord Coupe

6 Series

Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 22 of the last 24 years. The 6 Series has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Accord was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 4 years. The 6 Series hasn’t been picked since 2005.

The Honda Accord outsold the BMW 6 Series by over 67 to one during the 2016 model year.

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