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Pros: the engine
Cons: the stock tires are the first to leave the party
Advice: research, researchexcellent
Pros: 3.0 Liter 240 hp VTEC
Cons: sound distribution in cabin, visibility
Advice: Definitly put this car at the top of your test drive list.I still remember when I tore out of the dealership parking lot for the first time with the Accord. I brought it up to about fifty-five and I could literaly feel myself being pulled back into the fabric of the seats. I swear the whole time I never even felt it shift. The kick off the starting line (or green traffic light) is really a treat. Maybe its just cause I'm used to my Mazda 626, but I have never seen this much power in a family sedan before. The inside feels very refined and the entire dashboard is very high tech. I like how the climate and audio controls are grouped into one well layed out console. There is just something about this car where it seems like everyting is always in the right place, as if Honda read my mind before designing the interior. The large LED instrumentation also adds a nice touch, as the car almost seems to come to life when you start it up. The sound is very sharp but the rear speakers create too much bass in the back and not enough in the front, which for me has led to battles between front and rear passengers. Overall comfort is more than well above average. My only complaint here is the lumbar support, included in some models. It is too large and for shorter people winds up pushing against the mid-back, causing fatigue after long rides. Visiblity is limited in some areas due to wide pillars. Trunk space is very wide and very deep. Unless you're staying for months at a time, you won't need a big SUV when going on long road trips. The Accord's been around for a long time and Honda has had a long time to get things right. With this new 2003 model, you can tell they spent that time wisely. I wish I could say more, but I think I've already gone over the limit.
Pros: Best car value I've ever seen
Cons: Low grip tires
Advice: Get two!Great control harmony;advanced engineering and build quality;elegant styling with good attention to refective light accents;fast warmup with cast in block exhaust manifold;240HP on regular gas with no torque steer;feels as solid as an ingot and all with super dependability and low price.
Pros: 6 CD changer
Cons: Spoiler it blocks part of the lower window
Advice: Great riding vehicle always expect the best from HondaThe vehicle drives very smooth quick pick-up when needed to enter or exit the highway.
Pros: Seats, LED lighting, V6 pull, stereo
Cons: A pillars sometimes hamper view
Advice: Go to more than one Honda dealer with online quotesThis car is just ridiculously easy to drive. The V6 pulls strongly from lights, the ride in incredibly compliant and smooth, but also a little sporty when you want to have fun. The interior sold me on the car. It's modern, luxurious, and panel gaps are almost WMD-like in their non-existence. I never disliked the exterior design, but having lived with the car for just over a week, I find the styling definitely growing on me.
Pros: radio and environment controls are higher on the control panel.
Advice: Look else where, Camry, AltimaWhats with Honda and there Automatic transmissions. I know there are others out ther that have had problems. The transmissions of today should shift smoothly, they don't. The ride is to stiff and rough like your driving a truck. Road noise is loud. In a nut sheel this is just an econo box. I have a 1991 Honda Accord LX that drives better than my 2002. Honda's reputation is overrated and is headed in one direction, down. I have been a loyal Customer for years. Loyality lasts as long as the quality of the product. Buyer Beware, I hear that the 2003 hasn't faired any better.This will be my last purchase of a Honda.
Pros: The quality of the build, handling, power.
Cons: The driver seat lumbar needs an adjuster. There should be a power seat option w/ the 4 cylinder Accord.
Advice: You can't go wrong with an Accord.. Honda leads again.Just bought the LX 6 cyl. which turns out 240 hp and 30 mpg on the highway,traction control, front and side air bags and a multi disc CD player, along w/ all the goodies you could want, including a driver's power seat. Did I mention that even in the 110 degree heat on the road from Tucson to Phoenix, the a/c was COLD? My only wish, after picking up the car 2 days ago, is that there was a driver seat lumbar support adjustment. As for handling, in town and on the freeway, it's superb. The power crusing at 85 was noticeable as the engine never even labored.The cabin is quiet, though maybe not as much so as the Camry I tested. But the handling and power are better in the Accord. If there is a nicer car for under 23K, I haven't heard of it. And, I got a deal here in Tucson at Beaudry Honda, with Bryan M in the net dept., at considerably less than invoice, along w/ free tint and an extra 2 yrs on the 3 yr warranty. Tell him John sent ya!! John in Tucson