|Midsize car; Built in USA|
|Good condition price range: $5,000 – $13,300*|
2003 Honda Accord 4-door sedan
2004 Honda Accord 4-door sedan
2004 Honda Accord Hybrid 4-door sedan
Honda Accord interior
Accords successfully straddle the Passat and Camry, offering some of the pricier VW’s confident road manners matched with the more conservative Toyota’s isolation. Augmented by precision engineering, enviable refinement, and Honda’s own envious record of reliability, that hit-making blend helps make the Accord a Best Buy. Accord popularity keeps resale values high, so used-car prices tend to be somewhat hefty.
For 2003, Honda answered arch-rival Toyota and its 2002 Camry redesign with a reworking of its midsize front-drive Accord coupe and sedan. In addition to new styling and more power, Honda added several first-time features. Dimensions changed only modestly, but for the first time, Accord offered curtain side airbags, a five-speed automatic transmission, and a 240-horsepower V6 (40 more than before).
Returning were four-cylinder and V6 sedans and coupes, in LX and upscale EX trim, plus a price-leader four-cylinder DX sedan. The four-cylinder grew from 2.3 to 2.4 liters, to gain as much as 25 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission was standard on four-cylinder models. Optional for them, and included with all V6s, was a five-speed automatic (replacing a four-speed).
Also new for 2003 was a sportier V6 EX coupe with a six-speed manual gearbox–Accord’s first–plus special trim and 17-inch wheels (versus the usual 16s or 15s).
ABS became standard for all Accords, not just high-line models. V6s and four-cylinder EX models continued with four-wheel disc brakes. Traction control was exclusive to V6 models, where it was standard. Front side airbags were standard on V6 models and the four-cylinder EX, and available on LX models. Curtain side airbags were exclusive to EX V6s, where they were standard.
EX models could have an optional navigation system with voice control for navigation, audio, and climate functions. All models got a tilt/telescope steering column, and all but the base DX included remote keyless entry that could open the side windows from the keyfob.
Joining leather upholstery as standard on EX V6 models were dual-zone automatic climate control and heated seats, which were also available in leather-upholstered four-cylinder versions. V6s and four-cylinder EXs included an in-dash CD changer.
Compared with previous Accords, sedans added an inch to wheelbase, were fractionally taller and wider, and had slightly more head room. But they lost a little rear leg space. Coupes grew an inch wider and slightly longer and taller, on an unchanged wheelbase, but shrunk a bit in rear head and leg room. Curb weights changed little. Rivals included the Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, and Volkswagen Passat.
Satellite radio and expanded availability of curtain side airbags highlighted the 2004 modifications for Honda’s popular midsize. V6 models added traction control. Head-protecting curtain side airbags were standard on EX V6 models, and for now also available on EX four-cylinders. For 2004, EX V6 and EX-L (leather) models added standard satellite radio. Chevrolet’s reworked Malibu was a new competitor.
Honda expanded its gasoline/electric-powertrain lineup for 2005 with the addition of an Accord Hybrid sedan. Developing 255 horsepower, the V6 engine was assisted as needed by an electric motor and used a five-speed automatic transmission. As a fuel-saving measure, a new Variable Cylinder Management System deactivated three cylinders when cruising or deceleration.
Like the Civic Hybrid, the Accord version could not be driven on electricity alone, and no plug-in charger was ever needed. The Accord Hybrid featured a unique grille, decklid spoiler, special instrumentation and electric power steering. According to Honda, its new active-noise-control system electronically quelled mechanical, road and wind sounds.
Curtain-type side airbags were now standard on all Accords, along with front torso airbags. EX-L, EX V6 and Hybrid models had leather upholstery, satellite ratio, dual-zone automatic climate control and heated front seats. Those models also could be equipped with a navigation system.
Freshened styling highlights 2006 for Honda’s popular midsize coupes and sedans. For ’06, nose and tail styling is revised, and interior trim is altered. EX V6 sedans are newly available with a 6-speed manual transmission.
Honda’s popular midsize sedans and coupes are little changed for 2007 pending a redesign for the ’08 model year.