January 08:  Exterior of a red Honda Accord V6, 2011 model photograped for a review by Neil Vorano in the Motoring section on January 08, 2011 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Photo No Byline)
The Honda Accord Coupe is a good-looking car and a solid, reliable choice, but it comes up a little short on stirring emotions.

2011 Honda Accord Coupe 3.5 EX



Procrastination. It's the bane of a writer, but it's what we do best, really. Why do now what you can put off until deadline? And there's plenty out there to make the situation worse, what with the internet and all its diversions being just a tab away on the computer.

I'm struggling with procrastination right now. Really struggling. Usually I can sit down and fire off a car review pretty easily; if it's a great car or a terrible car, the story really writes itself (don't tell my editor that). But when it's a car that doesn't really raise any emotions, that's a good, solid machine but not outstanding, then what? How do you make it an entertaining yet informative story for you, our dear readers?

And so it is with the new Honda Accord Coupe. After giving it back, I'm still not sure what to make of it. Let me close Facebook right now and search my soul.

Well, to start off, it admittedly is a good-looking car. It carries over the sharp angles of its four-door sibling, but the higher, muscular rear end and a different treatment for the front really makes this a standout from the saloon; it definitely looks sportier, but carries over the quality construction that Honda does so well; all the panel lines are straight and the paint is flawless.

And, it's big. It just looks like a large car sitting there, and if you're looking for a big, two-door executive vehicle, this wouldn't be a bad choice in your driveway. But do people want a big, luxury coupe in this price bracket?

I think I'll get a coffee and think about it; be back in a second.

At least that generous size is reflected in the cabin. There's more than enough room for four adults inside, with plenty of elbow room and wide seats (though I would have preferred a bit more plush in the leather chairs). Even with the sunroof, only the tallest of occupants will brush their hair on the headliner. In fact, it feels almost too spacious; I'd prefer a more cosy driving cockpit, but the Accord is more about luxury than sport.

Excuse me, but I really need to check out some movie trailers on iTunes for a minute.

And it does have the luxury feel inside - to a point. The leather is confined to the seats, steering wheel, gear selector and a bit of the doors; the rest is pretty much softer-touch plastic, mostley in black with a few aluminium-look plastic accents. It's not what I'd call a creative display, but it's a cohesive and straightforward layout. And that's even with the myriad of buttons on the centre of the dash to control the stereo, sat/nav and climate; it's quite imposing at first, and I'm not a fan of such a cluttered dashboard, but the buttons are all labelled clearly and logically laid out, and it didn't take long to appreciate things like the "return" button that brings you back easily to the main menu on the video display. But it could have been done with more simplicity.

I'm going to stretch my legs a bit. But this story is going well, no?

Disappointing on this higher-end model, however, is that there are no parking sensors or reversing camera, features that are not only very handy but can be found on other, even more lower-end, cars.

Let me just see what my friends are doing on Facebook.

Driving is also a bit of a trade-off, but not in an entirely bad way. It's solid on the motorway with a fairly comfortable, if somewhat firm, ride. And the handling is surprisingly good, with tight, responsive steering. But it feels like a big car in the corners, and it doesn't make a driver want to test its handling limits, which kind of spoils the "sport" part of this "sports-luxury" coupe, doesn't it? There was also a noticeable amount of torque steer on hard acceleration with this front-wheel-drive car, surprising on higher-end models these days.

I'm just going to check my e-mail; it won't take but a few minutes, really, and then I'll be back to writing.

At least there are no complaints with the powertrain. The 3.5L V6 is able if not scintillating. It's quiet, smooth and powerful enough at speed, and it has a feature that turns off three cylinders when cruising, which helps with the fuel economy. In fact, it works so well that the only way I knew it was enabled was when the green "Eco" lit up on the dashboard during operation. And when you need to accelerate quickly, just stomp the throttle and all cylinders fire up seamlessly and instantly. It works very well.

The engine is paired with a five-speed automatic, which sounds antiquated given that many competitors have gone on to six and even seven gears, but it, again, works beautifully. It pops into the right gear whenever you need it, and it has a "sport" feature that holds the gears longer for spritely performance. There are paddle shifters behind the steering wheel but, really, they're not needed given the manner of driving this car will probably see.

All right, focus for the finale.

Overall, the Accord Coupe is a solid, well-made car, and you certainly can't go wrong with the Honda nameplate. But this two-door is neither really sporty nor truly luxurious, and you're giving up the convenience of having those extra doors. It's a car that tries to be too many things, and, in this price bracket, I'm not sure I see the point.

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How it works

A $10 hand-powered LED light and battery bank

Device is operated by hand cranking it at any time during the day or night 

The charge is stored inside a battery

The ratio is that for every minute you crank, it provides 10 minutes light on the brightest mode

A full hand wound charge is of 16.5minutes 

This gives 1.1 hours of light on high mode or 2.5 hours of light on low mode

When more light is needed, it can be recharged by winding again

The larger version costs between $18-20 and generates more than 15 hours of light with a 45-minute charge

No limit on how many times you can charge

 

JERSEY INFO

Red Jersey
General Classification: worn daily, starting from Stage 2, by the leader of the General Classification by time.
Green Jersey
Points Classification: worn daily, starting from Stage 2, by the fastest sprinter, who has obtained the best positions in each stage and intermediate sprints.
White Jersey
Young Rider Classification: worn daily, starting from Stage 2, by the best young rider born after January 1, 1995 in the overall classification by time (U25).
Black Jersey
Intermediate Sprint Classification: worn daily, starting from Stage 2, by the rider who has gained the most Intermediate Sprint Points.

Top Hundred overseas picks

London Spirit: Kieron Pollard, Riley Meredith

Welsh Fire: Adam Zampa, David Miller, Naseem Shah

Manchester Originals: Andre Russell, Wanindu Hasaranga, Sean Abbott

Northern Superchargers: Dwayne Bravo, Wahab Riaz

Oval Invincibles: Sunil Narine, Rilee Rossouw

Trent Rockets: Colin Munro

Birmingham Phoenix: Matthew Wade, Kane Richardson

Southern Brave: Quinton de Kock

Indika

Developer: 11 Bit Studios
Publisher: Odd Meter
Console: PlayStation 5, PC and Xbox series X/S
Rating: 4/5

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: OneOrder
Started: March 2022
Founders: Tamer Amer and Karim Maurice
Based: Cairo
Number of staff: 82
Investment stage: Series A

Profile

Co-founders of the company: Vilhelm Hedberg and Ravi Bhusari

Launch year: In 2016 ekar launched and signed an agreement with Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi. In January 2017 ekar launched in Dubai in a partnership with the RTA.

Number of employees: Over 50

Financing stage: Series B currently being finalised

Investors: Series A - Audacia Capital 

Sector of operation: Transport

ALRAWABI SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

Creator: Tima Shomali

Starring: Tara Abboud, Kira Yaghnam, Tara Atalla

Rating: 4/5

Results

3pm: Handicap (PA) Dh40,000 (Dirt) 1,000m; Winner: Dhafra, Antonio Fresu (jockey), Eric Lemartinel (trainer)

3.30pm: Maiden (PA) Dh40,000 (D) 2,000m; Winner: Al Ajayib, Antonio Fresu, Eric Lemartinel

4pm: Handicap (PA) Dh40,000 (D) 1,700m; Winner: Ashtr, Abdul Aziz Al Balushi, Majed Al Jahouri

4.30pm: Handicap (TB) Dh40,000 (D) 1,700m; Winner: Falcon Claws, Szczepan Mazur, Doug Watson

5pm: Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Cup – Prestige Handicap (PA) Dh100,000 (D) 1,700m; Winner: Al Mufham SB, Al Moatasem Al Balushi, Badar Al Hajri

5.30pm: Sharjah Marathon – Handicap (PA) Dh70,000 (D) 2,700m; Winner: Asraa Min Al Talqa, Al Moatasem Al Balushi, Helal Al Alawi

'C'mon C'mon'

Director:Mike Mills

Stars:Joaquin Phoenix, Gaby Hoffmann, Woody Norman

Rating: 4/5

Brief scores:

Everton 2

Walcott 21', Sigurdsson 51'

Tottenham 6

Son 27', 61', Alli 35', Kane 42', 74', Eriksen 48'​​​​​​​

Man of the Match: Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur)

SPECS

Engine: 1.5-litre turbo

Power: 181hp

Torque: 230Nm

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Starting price: Dh79,000

On sale: Now

A QUIET PLACE

Starring: Lupita Nyong'o, Joseph Quinn, Djimon Hounsou

Director: Michael Sarnoski

Rating: 4/5

Company Profile 

Founder: Omar Onsi

Launched: 2018

Employees: 35

Financing stage: Seed round ($12 million)

Investors: B&Y, Phoenician Funds, M1 Group, Shorooq Partners

THE FLASH

Director: Andy Muschietti
Stars: Sasha Calle, Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller
Rating: 3/5

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3. Don't max out all your debts: how much you maximise those credit facilities will have an impact. If you have five credit cards and utilise 90 per cent of that credit, it will negatively affect your score.

Results

Stage 5:

1. Jonas Vingegaard (DEN) Team Jumbo-Visma  04:19:08

2. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates  00:00:03

3. Adam Yates (GBR) Ineos Grenadiers

4. Sergio Higuita (COL) EF Education-Nippo 00:00:05

5. Joao Almeida (POR) Deceuninck-QuickStep 00:00:06

General Classification:

1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates 17:09:26

2.  Adam Yates (GBR) Ineos Grenadiers 00:00:45

3. Joao Almeida (POR) Deceuninck-QuickStep 00:01:12

4. Chris Harper (AUS) Team Jumbo-Visma 00:01:54

5. Neilson Powless (USA) EF Education-Nippo 00:01:56

COMPANY PROFILE

Company: Eco Way
Started: December 2023
Founder: Ivan Kroshnyi
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: Electric vehicles
Investors: Bootstrapped with undisclosed funding. Looking to raise funds from outside

The Bio

Favourite place in UAE: Al Rams pearling village

What one book should everyone read: Any book written before electricity was invented. When a writer willingly worked under candlelight, you know he/she had a real passion for their craft

Your favourite type of pearl: All of them. No pearl looks the same and each carries its own unique characteristics, like humans

Best time to swim in the sea: When there is enough light to see beneath the surface


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