I liked the exterior styling and body design a lot. It's much more exciting than a Camry and not as controversial as a Maxima. It is contemporary and non-offensive. The coupe models look awesome, but this was a sedan.
The interior ergonomics were very well done in typical Honda fashion with all controls logically placed and easy to get to. Seats were comfortable on long trips and there was plenty of room in the back seats. Quality and "rattle engineering" could have used a bit more work, though - see comments above on rattle issues.
Feature wise there is a very high bang for the buck factor. Leather, moonroof, power everything, 6 CD changer, automatic climate control, etc all for US $2-3k less than Camry and Maxima at the time of purchase. Although the stereo was a 6 CD changer, the sound quality was not very high, but oh well.
Handling was sloppy at the limit because of the luxury tuned suspension and high profile tires, but the car is very compliant and steady over bumpy roads. The fully independent suspension is very good at filtering out rough roads and the car is very easy to drive.
I'm sorry to say that the V-6 engine was a very big disappointment. You would think that a 200HP engine would be pretty powerful, but not this one. The engine has so little power below 4000rpm that it almost makes you think you're driving a 4-cylinder, because that's about what it feels like. There is some nice pull above 4000rpm, but this is a "family sedan". 95% of driving is below 4000 rpm so having lots of power above 4000 rpm is nearly useless and not what's needed. I think Honda really missed the point. Both the Toyota and Nissan V-6 engines have more than enough low-end and mid-range power and are simply better engines than this Honda. If you want an import V-6, stick with those and avoid this one. You pay $3000 extra for the V-6 engine in this car, and you certainly do not get your money's worth.
The last thing I'll comment on is mileage. Not once did I ever make the rated 28 mpg highway. The best I ever got was 26 mpg, even with cruising at 60-70 mph on the highway for long trips with the tire pressures cranked up to 36 psi. I have no idea why. Maybe it was related to the lack of torque and constant downshifting that was needed, but expect to be pumping lots of gas.
The Accord is not a bad car overall. It is a "good" car. But all the hype that surrounds it (Car & Driver 10 Best forever, countless comparison test wins, etc) makes you believe that it's a much better car than it really is. Excessive hype just leads to disappointment, and that is how I feel - disappointed. When it comes down to it, the Accord is just an ordinary unexciting family sedan that is really nothing special.