Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book
KBB.com 2002 Honda Accord Overview
Worth Every Penny
The Accord is probably one of the most familiar cars on the road. Its reputation for solid dependability, bulletproof build quality and high resale has made it the sweetheart of the American highway. With the pressure on to keep sales moving upward, the Honda team has consistently improved and enlarged the Accord platform; they also have become more and more reserved with the car's styling and interior design. The Accord is schedule to undergo a complete redo in 2003; the current 2002 model represents the last year of a 5-year run.
The Accord's fit and finish is, as expected, first rate. All the body panels and interior trim pieces are perfectly aligned and held solidly in place. You will be hard pressed to find a rattle or vibration anywhere inside the tightly-screwed-together cabin. The plastics used on the dash and door panel could do with a bit more padding, not to mention color. The dash is laid out in typical Honda efficiency, with everything it its proper place. The amazing thing about a Honda is that even if you have gone through life without ever having driven one, the minute you do, you just intuitively know where everything is. We still haven't figured out how they do that.
The multi-adjustable front seats are comfortable and supportive, as is the rear bench seat. Interior room is good for the front seat passengers, but if they are tall and have the seat slid all the way back, the ample rear seat legroom quickly evaporates. You'll like the thoughtful little features such as the lockable pass-through behind the rear center armrest and the lockout device for the lever-operated interior trunk and fuel door releases. One gripe with the trunk; though it is plenty big with a nice low lift over, the lid hinges intrude deeply into the cargo space when closed, threatening to crush items loaded near the top of the trunk.
On the road, the Accord's V6 performs without complaint; its silent, smooth operation is enhanced by a 4-speed automatic transmission. There are traces of road vibrations and harshness that are not present in newer designs; suspension and isolation technology evolves quickly in the automotive industry and what was above average just five years ago may now be old hat. The variable-assist power steering does a good job around town but feels a bit over assisted on twisty back roads. Larger, more aggressive tires would probably help, but would also be out of character for the LX sedan.
Looking at the big picture, the Accord represents the best in safe, reliable family transportation and holds its resale value well. As such, it's easy to understand why so many Americans have made the Accord their car of choice.