Sensible Purist Fun From the Model A Ford to the Honda Accord
Attention driving purists, you can still go back in time a bit to find the pure, unadulterated ride you want with the latest Honda Accord.
When you think of driving purists and what they want in a car, you almost expect to look all the way back to the early days of the car of the Model A Ford and the wooden spoked wheels that make it so recognizable. For the most part, the purists among us and those of us who want to experience the fun and active driving of a car that allows us to do the shifting ourselves are simply looking for a manual transmission for the car we want to drive.
Unfortunately, most of the market has turned away from the traditional manual transmission and the ability to row your own gears. This is especially true in a midsize sedan where the space is limited and having a stick shift in the floor only takes up space that could be used for storing a cell phone or other items. Thankfully, there is still one model that enters the 2018 model year to give us a manual transmission in the midsize sedan segment to make those of us that want to be or are purists of driving, smile a bit at what we can use for the drive.
The 2018 Honda Accord is a car that’s offered with a smooth operating six-speed manual transmission for the drive desired on the road. This car has been part of the ten best cars on the market for many years and is one that you might have thought had moved on from the manual transmission, but thankfully Honda continues to offer it for this car. You can have this transmission for the drive you want with either of the engines offered in the Accord to make sure you can have an excellent drive.
How do you get the manual in the Accord?
With two engines to choose from one being a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps out 192 horsepower and the other a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that gives you 252 ponies for the drive, you will have to opt for the Sport trim if you want to have the manual transmission for the drive. The rest of the lineup for the Accord bring you a couple different automatic transmissions, which means you’ll have to experience what the Sport model offers you in order to have the pleasure this shifter can give you for the drive.
When you put the manual transmission inside this car you’re going to have fun on the road. Don’t expect to win any drag races because the 1.5-liter model reach sixty in 7.2 seconds while the larger model can achieve this in 6.1 seconds, which certainly isn’t going to leave anyone shaking in their shoes, but you can have a lot of fun when you take off and make use of this impressive layout and the car that offers you the drive you’re looking for when you head out on the road for some fun.
Other items you’ll have when you choose the Accord Sport model for your drive include rotors that are larger, 19-inch wheels, a set of Goodyear Eagle Touring tires, a more active steering system, and a sport-tuned suspension for the drive you want to enjoy. You’ll be able to have the connectivity you want with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the Bluetooth connectivity that can be put through the 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. You’ll also enjoy the benefits of blind spot monitoring, a sunroof, heated front seats, the proximity key, and push-button starting to make this car feel like it’s a step up for your drive.
More Fun but Still Practical
The reason you buy a midsize sedan is because it’s the right size and right build for what you need to get done on the roads you drive on a daily basis. That doesn’t mean you have to choose a model that’s not fun to drive with the active features you need. The Honda Accord Sport model can give you the fun of shifting your own gears while also giving you the benefit of an efficient and energetic drive on the road, to be the practical choice that gives you driving pleasure during your daily ride. Besides, these days, it might not be so easy to get around in your Model A Ford.