I have to agree with you on this, that unibar doesn't translate at all well. The Accord was always squarer, but the reason that the arrangement worked on the Civic as it did (I vastly prefer the black bar over the chrome) is because it was well tapered and had some kind of, well, to sound a bit wanky, dynamic flow. This doesn't. It's like we can't decide what the defining feature is here and there's a massive gaping hole underneath the badge. It does explain why the Hyundai and Audi grilles are the way they are though:
The Accord's face reminds me of this guy I saw in ENT clinic, who had undergone extensive resection of his palate, maxilla, most of his nasal sinuses, mandible, and tongue to try to remove a particularly invasive nasopharyngeal cancer. He had to go around wearing a handkerchief taped to some very large glasses, because when he took them off you could see directly down his windpipe. Yeah, it's a bit like that.
The Corolla E120 hatchback called from 2001, it wants its facelift back.