It appears that 2,000 rpm at 60 mph is correct. According to the spec page in this Motortrend test below, the V6 auto operates at 2,100rpm @60 mph.Is it normal that a 8gen Coupe at 2000rpm only does 60mph. Im asking this because the 7 gens V6 were doing about 65-70 mph at 2000 rpm. Do the new accords have a different transmission. By the way both cars are AT
It appears that 2,000 rpm at 60 mph is correct. According to the spec page in this Motortrend test below, the V6 auto operates at 2,100rpm @60 mph.
According to this I4 auto test below, the Accord's 5th gear moves the car 29.7mph for every 1,000rpm. That means the car should crank 2,020 at 60 mph.
If you add in your fudge factor (speedometer error, tire inflation, tachometer error, mathematical rounding), you can probably trust that 2,000 rpm at 60 mph is pretty accurate. So yes, it seems normal.
With regard to your general question, "Why would Honda gear the new Accord lower than the previous generation Accord," I don't know. If I were to brainstorm, I would consider the fact that because the Gen8, auto, V6 Accord does not have VTEC, it may have significantly less usable low rpm torque. Perhaps Honda wanted to keep the rpm higher to enhance highway throttle response. Even though the slightly higher rpm MAY increase fuel consumption, Honda may have calculated that the VCM will offset that cost. Also, Honda may have calculated that when VCM cuts off those extra cylinders, the engine requires a few more rpm to run well. Just ideas.