2009 Accord New Car Test Drive
The Honda Accord comes in sedan and coupe versions. Either way, the Accord is big on efficiency, be it getting the most power and range from a gallon of gas with the least emissions, making the largest interior available given the exterior space it takes up, or providing the smoothest, quietest ride possible in the lightest weight. Whether moving four people comfortably at 30 mpg or enjoying the long way home, the Accord is up to the task.
Completely redesigned for 2008, the Honda Accord grew in exterior dimensions and interior roominess, safety, and value.
The 2009 Accord is available with a choice of four-cylinder and V6 engines, two transmissions, and LX and EX trim levels. A new premium package adds more convenience bits to an LX, and EX-L models add leather and luxury features.
The Honda Accord competes with the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda 6, Saturn Aura, and Chevrolet Malibu. The extra space offered by the current-generation Accord means that shopping list might also include the Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon and VW Passat.
The Accord Coupe competes directly with the Nissan Altima coupe. The stylish, two-door Coupe is available with a six-speed manual and V6, the only Accord with that combination, and it comes with larger anti-roll bars and low-profile 18-inch tires and wheels.
The 2009 Honda Accord is offered in coupe and sedan forms, with three engine choices.
Accord LX sedans are equipped with a 177-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The LX Sedan ($20,905) comes standard with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, power mirrors and door locks, variable intermittent wipers, tilt-and-telescoping steering column and illuminated wheel-mounted controls, folding rear seats, and an MP3/WMA/auxiliary input 160-watt sound system. The LX-P Sedan ($21,905) is an LX with a premium package that adds alloy wheels, a power driver's seat, power windows with illuminated switches, security system, and a chrome tailpipe. LX models come with a choice of five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission ($800).
The Accord EX Sedan ($23,605), EX Coupe ($23,705) and LX-S Coupe ($22,455) get a higher-revving, 190-horsepower version of the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. They also come with five-speed manual or automatic transmission ($800). All three add an in-dash CD changer, an information screen controlled by a selector knob, and 17-inch alloy wheels with P225/50 all-season tires; while the two EX models also benefit from a power moonroof, heated mirrors, driver power lumbar adjustment, and premium interior accents. To this the EX Coupe adds a 270-watt stereo.
The EX Sedan is available with a 271 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and five-speed automatic ($26,605). Along with the V6 engine, you get fog lights, chrome door handles, and dual exhausts.
EX-L stands for leather on the seats and steering wheel. The four-cylinder EX-L Sedan ($25,605), EX-L Coupe ($25,705) also come with dual-zone automatic climate control, the 270-watt sound system, XM Satellite Radio, heated front seats and, for the sedan, an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The EX-L V6 Sedan ($28,705) adds a four-way power adjustment for the front passenger seat and Homelink universal remote. The EX-L V6 Coupe ($28,955) offers a choice of six-speed manual or five speed automatic transmission for the same price. It comes with most of the same amenities as the EX-L V6 sedan, and adds 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/45R18 tires and a rear decklid spoiler.
The navigation system is packaged with Bluetooth, voice-activation and steering wheel controls. Accords with this package are priced as separate models of the EX-L Sedan ($27,805), EX-L Coupe ($27,905), EX-L V6 Sedan ($30,905), and EX-L V6 Coupe ($31,155).
Safety equipment is standard, with six airbags, including two-stage front airbags, dual-chamber front side airbags, side curtain airbags; active front head restraints, electronic stability control, antilock brakes with electronic brake distribution, and tire pressure monitors.