A BMW with a Honda badge and not much flash
Well I have not had the car for too long, but there were two things I noticed while driving it 2000 km before I crashed it and it was repaired.
After having the car for 2 weeks, I noticed a bit of a panel sound that annoyed me, and somehow managed to fix it.
Then after 3 weeks, I noticed that when I put the blinker on and turn the blink ticking thing inside, the car makes an awful extra sound like some plastic is breaking.
Otherwise the car has been great on reliability (so far) and I expect it to continue to be like that because it is a Honda.
This is a mid range family car. Lets start with the room and comfort.
The seats are extremely comfortable on long runs and short, and the cabin is quite big; I can fit 5 people in there for 2 - 3 hours, but the shoulder room is only normal, so it could be better.
The interior is quite nice. Actually a lot of compartments to put all your nice little stuff.
The stereo is OK. It looks nice and the car has a standard 6 speaker system. It is good but not as good as in the VW Passat 2003 that my parents have.
The ride is tip top; it is not too soft, not too harsh, just perfect. It does not bunch around in the corners, but there is a problem: the standard wheels are just 15", which is just not good enough to keep you on the road in this size of car in the bends, and at speeds over 75mph. For an example, I have the 15" wheels with the 15" nailed snow tires, and to be honest it ruins the car a bit. I have been told that this car has really good handling, and I think so too, even with the winter tires, but I think it would just do so much better on 17" or 18" low profile wheels, which I plan on getting in the summer.
NOW the power... The car has a 2.0L 155-Bhp I-vtec engine, which is a really good piece from my experience. It is smooth and powerful; 0-60 takes about 8.5-9.5 seconds, which is good for this size of car, but like I said before, I feel the car would be faster on better tires. I really do, but it is still a fast car.
For example, I tested a BMW 520 2003 and it had 170bhp and a 2.2L. It was 1.5 tons and mine is 1.4, and it felt a bit slower than the Accord; I don’t know why. But the BMW was nicer looking and better handling.
I chose the Accord because it is more practical. But do not try to solve any speed problems with the Honda Accord Type-S; it has a 2.4L and 190 bhp. I personally think you are better off with an older BMW or a new Golf GTI; the Type-S is the same, only 40 more bhp and stiffer; it is not worth the money.
The Accord looks good and handles well. It will get you where you want and you will feel good when you get there.
I love my Honda. I think it has character, which is rare in a car from Japan.
And one more thing; the economy is OK. You will get 40-45mpg, but not much more.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st November, 2008