Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda Accord Coupe VS 2017 BMW 4 Near Katy, TX

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2017 Honda Accord Coupe

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2017 BMW 4

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 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Accord Coupe and the 4 Series Coupe 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, 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 4 Series Coupe 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 4 Series Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 4 Series Coupe 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

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Accord Coupe’s reliability will be 43% better than the 4 Series Coupe.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Accord Coupe third among midsize cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The 4 Series Coupe 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.

Engine Comparison

The Accord Coupe EX-L V6/Touring’s standard 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 30 more horsepower (278 vs. 248) than the 430i Coupe’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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 4 Series Coupe 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 4 Series Coupe requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Accord Coupe has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the 4 Series Coupe (17.2 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Accord Coupe stops shorter than the 4 Series Coupe:


Accord Coupe

4 Series Coupe


70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Accord Coupe EX/EX-L’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 4 Series Coupe (235/45R18 vs. 225/40R19).

The Accord Coupe has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 4 Series Coupe, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

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 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Accord Coupe is 1.6 inches wider in the front than the track on the 4 Series Coupe.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Accord Coupe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 350 pounds less than the BMW 4 Series Coupe.

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 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Accord Coupe has 5.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 4 Series Coupe (95.6 vs. 90).

The Accord Coupe has 3.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom and 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the 4 Series Coupe.

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 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Accord Coupe’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. BMW does not offer a locking feature on the 4 Series Coupe’s standard power windows.

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 4 Series Coupe 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 4 Series Coupe because it costs $441 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Accord Coupe than the 4 Series Coupe, including $544 less for a water pump, $413 less for an alternator, $93 less for front brake pads, $149 less for a starter, $24 less for a fuel pump, $127 less for front struts, $572 less for a timing belt/chain and $275 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 $15567 to $17707 less than for the BMW 4 Series Coupe.

Recommendations Comparison

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


Accord Coupe

4 Series Coupe

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 4 Series Coupe hasn’t been picked since 2014.

The Honda Accord outsold the BMW 4 Series by almost six to one during the 2016 model year.

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