2005 Honda Accord Reviews Auto and New Car Test Drive

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The Honda Accord may be the best car sold in America today. in spite of fierce competition and the of several all-new models for The Accord simply does well. It may not be best in class in single area, but we can’t of anything it does poorly.

available as a four-door sedan or coupe. Each offers a of four-cylinder or V6 engine and there’s a of interior trim levels. All choices make the Accord for many different types of

For these reasons and others, the Accord continues to be one of the best-selling in the U.S.

Honda redesigned and the Accord for 2003. The big news for is the introduction of the Accord Hybrid, achieves excellent fuel and generates almost no emissions. more impressive, the Hybrid improved performance as well, to its hybrid gas-electric powertrain.

no, you don’t have to plug it in.

The sedans combine high and high quality with economy of operation and keen to detail. The popular LX and EX models are cars with comfort and features that make for daily drivers. Order the interior, and the EX becomes an affordable sedan.

The four-cylinder VTEC is powerful and responsive, delivering acceleration performance for passing. The is also available with a V6 engine, which adds level of sports appeal.

A coupe is available, featuring styling that’s unique the sedan. The LX Coupe starts at than $20,000 and makes for a no-hassle, high-quality, sporty, coupe that’s great for Add the V6 and leather and it’s an executive for fast trackers. For enthusiast there’s the Accord Coupe EX V-6 MT, with the V6 and a close-ratio six-speed gearbox that will your preconceived notions the Accord right off the road.

If isn’t enough, a Factory Package is available for the V6 Coupe.

has been enhanced for 2005: All are equipped with side-impact and airbags. Otherwise the Accord is relatively unchanged for 2005.

The Honda Accord comes in three dozen combinations all the engines, body styles, and trim levels are taken account. Choosing one is easier it may sound. The first choice is to whether you want a two-door or four-door sedan.

The second is whether you want a V6 or four-cylinder and whether you want a manual or transmission. The third choice is you want cloth or leather

Sedans are available in DX, LX, and EX trim. The DX comes with a 2.4-liter engine. Buyers can choose the five-speed manual or a five-speed transmission ($16,995). The LX ($19,675) and EX sedans add a higher level of equipment.

The EX is available with upholstery, a DVD navigation system, and XM Radio at extra cost. The LX V-6 and EX V-6 ($26,700) sedans come with the V6, automatic and more equipment. Leather is standard on the EX

New for 2005 is the Accord Hybrid The Hybrid combines a V6 gasoline and an electric motor to provide more power: 255 horsepower vs. 240 for the V6.

It also gets substantially fuel economy: 30/37 per gallon City/Highway vs. 21/30 for the V6.

Coupes are available in LX ($19,775) and EX trim and come standard the four-cylinder engine and five-speed transmission. An automatic transmission is The LX V-6 coupe ($23,900) comes the V6 and automatic.

The EX V-6 coupe ($26,800) is a model, and comes with the five-speed automatic or a six-speed transmission as a no-cost option; it has leather seating surfaces.

coupes also come a cross-brace between the front towers. The new Factory Performance for the EX Coupe V6 combines a lowered with an aero body kit and a exhaust extension, all dealer-installed. For models, the package includes the 17-inch wheels and tires are standard with the six-speed

Safety: Anti-lock brakes are on all Accord models. EX V6 models with traction control. As side-impact and curtain airbags are on all 2005 Accords, in addition to the dual front airbags.


The Accord is bigger the pre-2003 models, yet it looks thanks in part to its sleeker, windshield. The sharpened noses of the sedan and coupe are reminiscent of an RSX. The corners and sides of bodies are carefully sculpted a combination of concave and convex in an attempt to achieve a muscular and look, with subtle and three-dimensional window glass, intended to reduce wind The aerodynamically efficient side-view are one of the results of wind tunnel

The sedan’s drag coefficient (a of how easily it moves through the is 0.30, which is quite The Accord Hybrid sedan is more aerodynamic, with a Cd, thanks to its rear spoiler and antenna.

The Accord sedan and share no sheet metal, their faces do look partly because they have angular headlamps. The is a completely different beast the sedan, however. Its flanks and deck are more shapely, naturally and gracefully from the

It yields a very aerodynamic drag coefficient.

The Accord’s are built using a unique that makes them and strong. You can clearly hear the in the sound when you close You feel quality, also, in the touch required to open the

Honda engineers are particularly of the fact that all Accord achieved five-star safety for driver and front-seat passenger in the frontal crash test. the coupe earned a five-star for front- and rear-seat passengers in the test, even without the side-impact airbags.

All Accord and the majority of sedans are assembled in Marysville, Ohio, plant, some of the sedans come Japan and Mexico.


The Accord’s interior is smooth, and quiet. For starters, it comes great seats.

The seats in the are generously wide and tall, springs and urethane padding to reduce vibration. The driver’s provides a one-with-the-car feel good side support. It a manual height adjustment or adjustments on premium models. It up plenty high for even the drivers and offers good for taller drivers.

Front legroom is generous. A steering wheel comes

The seats in the coupe seem a bit and feel even better those in the sedan. You sit lower in the The side bolsters are more providing a more secure fit at the

The cloth looked classier in the light-colored cloth looked it would show dirt time. The leather is nicer the cloth.

The sedan’s bench is roomy and comfortable, especially for two with the center armrest out. The back seat decent support, though fairly flat. Rear-seat is slightly better than in the Altima, but the Toyota Camry an inch more.

The Accord’s is smaller than that of mid-size sedans, but the flat floor makes loading The Accord’s trunk measures 14 feet (though only for the Hybrid version because of its computer and battery pack), with the Camry’s nearly 17 feet and the Altima’s 15.6. The trunk is slightly smaller the sedan’s, holding less 13 cubic feet.

The instrumentation is comprising large, clear faces with LED illumination, the a feature associated with luxury cars. A big speedometer in the dominates the instrument panel. The primarily three big dials in the center of the dash, is simple, if not attractive.

And automatic dual-zone control is available on EX models.

interior fit and finish is good. The bird’s-eye wood grain trim looked interesting, the carbon fiber trim nice, and the brushed aluminum wasn’t bad either.

Interior is used efficiently, with the climate and optional navigation controls integrated into a unit. This frees up for exceptional cabin storage, a good-sized glovebox, a big center a bin under the audio system will hold 12 CDs, and pockets deep and wide for a purse.

Attention to detail shows in corner: coinholders, cellphone hooks, grab handles every door, console power outlets, sunglasses sliding armrests for different-sized convenient and versatile access to the from the rear seat. The can open or close all four on LX and EX models. Up to eight cupholders are a couple of them are big enough to a liter-sized water bottle yet spring-loaded prongs that can a paper coffee cup.

But if you distill this attention to one example, it would be the solid, and unique sound of the turn-signal

Three sound systems are LX V-6 models and above come a six-disc in-dash CD changer, a amplifier, and four twin-neodymium with polypropylene cone and soft dome tweeters. But the real-world test: We took the V-6 six-speed on a flat-out blast the Malibu hills, engine to redline, windows wide CD celebrating Bob Marley, and even all that exterior noise, max on the sound system wasn’t for the full effect.

The available XM Radio is a great feature to when traveling, because the don’t change as you drive the country. You still get ads, but and less obnoxious ads than you hear on FM. XM Satellite Radio is

Driving Impression

From a standpoint, you’re getting an automobile whether you choose a Accord sedan four-cylinder a sporty V6 coupe or anything in

We think the four-cylinder Accord is the best car in its price class. It a perfect balance between and handling. The Accord rides smoothly and more comfortably the Nissan Altima.

Yet its handling is The Accord handles better the Toyota Camry yet it rides Its suspension smooths out bumps and in the road, but isn’t so mushy your back-seat passengers get sickness.

When pushed it’s balanced and fun to drive. We it inspired confidence at high on winding roads. It’s poised and supremely stable.

The four-cylinder engine is smooth and with a high-quality, mature It’s strongest at higher but never gets buzzy. 2.4-liter twin-cam four-cylinder delivers 160 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 161 of torque at 4500 rpm. equipped with Honda’s valvetrain, which means the timing is continually adjusted to demands for strong torque the entire rpm range. (Torque is force that propels you from intersections and up hills.) In it’s responsive at all engine

Yet it delivers excellent fuel 24/34 mpg City/Highway with the It gets even better around town when with the manual, earning an 26/34 mpg. And it qualifies as a low-emissions vehicle.

The five-speed transmission is incredibly smooth. The throttle is programmed to cut the gas during and its timing is perfect. It’s not that the performance of an automatic is so tight that it stands

The five-speed manual gearbox is wonderful. The gear ratios are and the shifting is buttery smooth. It beautifully, and seems to love downshifts. Acceleration with the transmission was decent.

With the manual, acceleration was strong, you still need to downshift to the revs above 4000 if you to accelerate quickly.

The V6 is light and This 3.0-liter V6 is rated 240 and 212 pound-feet of torque. Equipped Honda’s VTEC, its torque broad and begins at relatively low

The V6 gets excellent fuel 21/30 mpg with the automatic

The Accord is a carefree car. engines run on regular gas, and no scheduled maintenance for at least miles, except for oil changes, and those are required only 10,000 miles. It’s a clean car: LX and EX four-cylinder sedans are available in California, New Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine are rated as PZEV cars for Partial Zero Emissions which emit almost no emissions.

The Hybrid combines fuel economy with better performance. With 255 and 232 pound-feet of torque, the Hybird the regular V6 sedan from 0 to 60 per hour by half a second, but much better gas mileage and has a of 633 miles, 120 miles more fill-ups than the Accord with a gasoline-only V6.

The Accord Hybrid doesn’t ‘environmentally friendly’ to those or outside the car. A small spoiler and a small HYBRID on the trunk lid barely hint this car has a different powertrain. the only change is the addition of a bar below the speedometer that the driver know when the are recharging and when the V6 engine is in its mode.

Yes, you read correctly: When cruising or in light-load situations, the engine is to operate on just three of its six though while driving you do not it make that transition. The also shuts off comp.

The Accord delivers high of quality and performance and ranks at the top of among mid-size, medium-priced

The four-cylinder models deliver that has made the Accord the car of the last decade, while the level of what it means to be a four-cylinder sedan. Accord V6 deliver sporty performance. The new Hybird combines the sporty V6 with the fuel efficiency of an motor.

New Car Test Drive Larry Edsall reported on the Hybrid from San Diego, Sam Moses reporting from and Mitch McCullough reporting Los Angeles.

Model Lineup

Accord DX Sedan ($16,195); LX ($19,675); EX Sedan ($22,100); LX V6 ($23,8); EX Sedan V6 ($26,700); sedan; LX Coupe ($19,775); EX ($23,000); LX Coupe V6 ($23,900); EX V6 ($26,800).

Assembled In

Marysville, Sayama, Tokyo, Japan; El Mexico.

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