Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda Accord Coupe VS 2017 Lexus RC Near Houston, TX

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2017 Honda Accord Coupe

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2017 Lexus RC

Safety Comparison

The Accord Coupe has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The RC doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Collision Mitigation Braking System optional in the Accord Coupe as “Superior.” The RC scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

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

Warranty Comparison

There are over 4 times as many Honda dealers as there are Lexus 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 RC isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Accord Coupe V6 is faster than the RC 350 (automatics tested):

 

Accord

RC

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.8 sec

14.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.9 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

100 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Accord Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the RC:

 

 

Accord

RC

 

2WD

4 cyl./Auto

26 city/34 hwy

22 city/32 hwy

200t/Auto

 

V6/Auto

21 city/32 hwy

19 city/28 hwy

350/Auto

AWD

 

n/a

19 city/26 hwy

300/Auto

 

 

n/a

19 city/26 hwy

350/Auto

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 RC 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 RC requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Accord Coupe stops shorter than the RC:

 

Accord Coupe

RC

 

70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

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 RC doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Accord Coupe EX-L V6 handles at .86 G’s, while the RC 350 pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Accord Coupe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 550 pounds less than the Lexus RC.

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 RC 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 RC is rated a Subcompact.

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

The Accord Coupe has 11.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RC (95.6 vs. 83.8).

The Accord Coupe has 1.5 inches more front hip room, 4.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.4 inches more rear headroom, 6.4 inches more rear legroom, 4 inches more rear hip room and 4.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the RC.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Accord Coupe has a much larger trunk than the RC (13.7 vs. 10.4 cubic feet).

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 RC doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Accord Coupe’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The RC’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Accord Coupe Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The RC doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Economic Advantages Comparison

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Accord Coupe will be $7425 to $12538 less than for the Lexus RC.

Recommendations Comparison

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

 

Accord Coupe

RC

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 22 of the last 24 years. The RC 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 RC has never been an “All Star.”

The Honda Accord outsold the Lexus RC by almost 28 to one during the 2016 model year.

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