2009 Honda Accord | road test

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 by

 

 

FORAGAINST
QuietEuropean Accord is better
Well madeDisappointing V6
ComfortableOverly light steering

 

SUMMARY

The Accord sedan we get in the Middle East is the American version – a completely different car to the (superior) Accord found in Europe.

We found the Accord to be competent in all areas, but no more. It’s the ultimate average car, with very little to get excited about. We were underwhelmed by it, especially having tried the European model on our travels and found it much sharper.

That said, it’s decent value at less than 110,000AED for the top-spec model, and well made. If your emotional attachment to your cars is minimal, you are unlikely to be unhappy with the Accord.

 

 

Engine size (litres)*:2.4 3.5 Driven wheels:Front
Cylinders:4 V6Weight (kg):1,540 (2.4), 1,580 (3.5)
Max power (bhp/rpm):178/6,500 271/6,200 Trim levels available*:LX, EX, EX Leather (2.4). LE, EX (3.5)
Max torque (Nm/rpm):220/4,300 339/5,000 Price range (AED)75,999 to 109,999

*Bold = model tested

2009 Honda AccordPERFORMANCE

The four-cylinder 2.4-litre engine is pretty good with good pick up and decent acceleration. Power delivery is smooth and refined. It is quite noisy when worked hard though.

The 3.5-litre V6 engine is not particularly quick and doesn’t sound that great. It’s not bad or offensive  – it just whirrs and whines away and does its thing with no fuss. Nothing about it is outstanding, but nothing is noticeably terrible either.

Gears are shifted by a five-speed automatic gearbox, which does the job nicely. The shifts aren’t lightning fast, but they’re not too slow.

HANDLING AND RIDE

The steering weight is very light. The rim wafts around in your hands with only the vaguest notion that it might be connected to the front wheels.

 

 

That said, the handling of the chassis is better than the steering would suggest – it goes around corners quite nicely. However, it’s no sports car and won’t be happy if pushed.

2009 Honda AccordCOMFORT

The whole interior feels good and solid, there’s nothing wrong with it, but it doesn’t feel particularly premium or classy. The quality of materials is average and the seats are comfortable enough for long journeys.

Hondas of late have all had attractive dashboard designs, and the Accord is no exception, with swooping curves and multiple layers and a shield-like expanse of buttons in the centre. Higher level models have plenty of leather on the seats and door cards but it’s quite a cheap-feeling hide.

A nod to the environment is given by an Eco light that flashes on the dashboard if you’re using the throttle in a particular efficient manner –not mashing it to the floor for example.

Sound insulation and wind noise reduction is good, making the Accord a fairly quiet vehicle to run about in.

2009 Honda AccordPRACTICALITY

There are plenty of storage options around the car, with a cubbyhole under the dashboard in the centre console, deep door pockets and good amounts of room under the centre armrest.  Between the armrest and the gear stick is another cubbyhole and two cup holders. The glove box has plenty of room and there are more door pockets in the back.

There’s a decent amount of room for three passengers in the back – no headroom or leg space worries to be had here.

2009 Honda Accord

FEATURES

Standard features in the entry-level 2.4-litre LX model include 16-inch steel wheels, power windows, manual air con and cruise control, as well as fabric seats and cruise control. Music fans will be glad of the auxiliary socket for MP3 players.

The EX adds 17-inch alloys and a six-CD changer while the EX Leather package covers the seats in cow skin and includes fog lamps and a sun roof.

The 3.5-litre is available in LX trim with xenon headlights, 17-inch alloys and a sunroof, parking sensors and dual zone AC, as well as active noise control, which uses the stereo to counteract the boom of the engine. The top-level EX includes leather seats, fog lamps and an upgraded stereo.

2009 Honda AccordSAFETY

Safety features are largely standard across the range. All model feature ABS with electronic brake force distribution as well as Vehicle Stability Assist – Honda’s name for electronic stability control. All five occupants get a three-point seatbelt while the front occupants get airbags and active headrests to reduce whiplash injuries.

The 3.5 LX also gets front side and curtain airbags.

COSTS

The Accord represents decent value, with prices starting at 75,999AED for the entry-level 2.4 LX and rising to 109,999 for the 3.5 EX with leather.

Official fuel economy figures aren’t available, but Honda Middle East says you can expect around 9l/100km in the 2.4 and 11.1l/100km in the 3.5.

Major services are due at 40,000km and 80,000km and at the time of writing (January 2010) cost 1,010AED.

 

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