I used to own a '97 Honda Accord 4D LX, but I had to return it because I couldn't afford the high monthly payments at the time. I got a '96 Chevrolet Lumina and after running into a slew of problems after just a year, I really missed that Honda.
I have family in Ohio and Rhode Island, so I do a lot of driving from Wisconsin to those states.
In my current car the interior is surprisingly roomy for my 6'3 height in the front, but the rear leg room leaves adults wanting more. The cloth seats fit my longer torso quite nicely, the stereo is of excellent quality (Honda stock speakers are made by Pioneer), every control, gauges, etc. are within easy reach and view. Speaking of views, the longer windshield creates a much bigger picture of the outside for drivers to see, enabling them to be better drivers! The SE model (Special Edition) includes just about all the options of the EX model, minus the leather seats, integrated garage door opener and V6 option, plus a different style of wheels from the EX version.
The ride is firm, but not rough, which makes you feel in more control of the car. I noticed that major difference from my Chevy Lumina's cushy ride, but lack of road feeling. That's also a difference between Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, road feel. (The Camry has a softer ride)
This is a great car. I know for a fact that after this generation Honda accidentally backed off on the quality for a little bit and the year models of '03-05 have a bunch of problems, but they should be back up to par in the '06 models.
The 150hp 4 cylinder engine could use more power, the A/C takes up a lot, but when I turn it off I get a nice boost for passing/taking off, etc. I was surprised that the engine was that low in horsepower, but it feels like it has more than that. I am considering adding some stuff to get more power.
My average mileage is from 26-29mpg.
The downside is that the paint scratches easily, and I need to start watching for rust spots that will need to be "nipped in the bud" before they grow.
If you find a used Honda with a good history and you keep up the maintenance in a timely manner, the phrase "Take care of it and it will take care of you" literally becomes true. Hondas are built to last if well cared for, and they retain their value quite well.