2000 Accord New Car Test Drive
Honda Accord is arguably the best mid-size sedan available. It does everything well. The interior is roomy and comfortable, the suspension is responsive and well damped, the brakes are excellent, and both of its VTEC engines-a 3.0-liter V6 and a 2.3-liter four-cylinder-are incredibly smooth. It is a remarkably easy car to drive and every aspect of it is user friendly.
But most people buy an Accord because they feel it is a safe choice. It is, after all, a Honda, so reliability should not be an issue. The Accord is a car that a family can buy, then turn its attention back to the other concerns of a hectic daily life. An entire generation has grown up with Hondas and the Accord has been one of America's best-selling cars for the past 10 years.
For 2000, all Accords feature Honda's patented dual-stage inflator airbag technology, which automatically adjusts the deployment of the front passenger airbag based on the severity of the crash and whether seatbelts are being worn. Top Sedan trim levels are also fitted with a side airbag system; the system is capable of deactivating the passenger's side-airbag if a matrix of seven sensors determines the passenger is too small or out of position.
Two body styles are available, a four-door sedan and a sporty coupe. They are nearly identical from an engineering standpoint, though the Coupe features some performance tweaks designed to make it more fun to drive
Trim levels and pricing for Sedan and Coupe are nearly identical. Each comes in LX ($18,540) and EX ($21,050) trim levels. The sedan is also available as a DX base model ($15,350). For 2000, Honda sells the Accord Special Edition, or SE ($20,490), which adds anti-lock brakes (ABS), alloy wheels and other popular features to the LX.
Accord LX, SE and EX come with Honda's 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 150 horsepower. DX comes with a 135-horsepower version (lower compression ratio and sans-VTEC) of the same engine. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard on all four-cylinder models; an automatic transmission adds $800. EX models come standard with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and offer leather seating surfaces for $1250.
LX V-6 ($21,950) and EX V-6 ($24,550) are powered by a 200-horsepower V6; both come standard with a four-speed automatic transmission and ABS. EX V-6 comes fully loaded with leather seating surfaces.
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