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Author Jeff Palmer
Categories TOV Road Test, Accord
Create Date May 13, 2003 18:00
Last Update May 21, 2003 02:13
2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4 5MT

It's been over 7 months since the 7th Generation Accords hit the streets, and by most accounts, it's doing pretty well. While the Accord's styling has been the subject of somewhat heated debate, it doesn't seem to have impacted sales in a negative way. In fact, considering the market factors, sales have been pretty respectable, and it has won several shootouts against competing models in major magazine tests. As the old saying goes, "Beauty is more than skin deep". As it should be, the car has been evaluated based upon its undisputable strengths: driving dynamics, refinement, and strong value.

Regardless of the styling, the Accord merits your attention if you can appreciate excellence in engineering and execution. Whether you choose the smooth and torquey 2.4L 160hp DOHC I-VTEC inline 4-cylinder, or opt for the ripping 3.0L 240hp SOHC VTEC V-6, you won't be disappointed.

We have already sampled the Accord EX V6 sedan several times, and we were quite impressed by its refinement, luxurious appointments, and especially the straight-line potency of the car, not to mention the sticker price. For the most part we were very pleased, but we would have liked at least the option of sportier suspension tuning and a manual transmission, although the automatic is so good we almost don't miss the manual transmission. However, as we're helpless speed freaks, we're always looking for the last ounce of performance and control, and a manual transmission is the only way to go.

For those who absolutely cannot live without a manual transmission(and can't live with a coupe), there's relief in the form of a smooth shifting 5-speed manual, if you opt for one of the three 2.4L 4-cylinder models. Despite the fact that you're giving up 80 hp (on spec sheets, at least) to the 3.0L V-6, the 4-cylinder Accord is by no means a penalty box.

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05-15-2003 15:55 More low-end than 6th gen V6?   (Score: 1, Normal) uoiea
05-15-2003 18:49 SteVTEC
05-16-2003 05:48 uoiea
05-21-2003 10:39 vtechbrain
11-20-2004 13:17 civic_cx_92
06-18-2003 00:29 140hp && 175hp   (Score: 1, Normal) PowerWheel
06-18-2003 00:28 140hp && 175hp   (Score: 1, Normal) PowerWheel
06-07-2003 11:23 Shift Point for 5-spd   (Score: 1, Normal) 99SI
06-07-2003 12:12 uoiea
06-17-2003 16:24 PowerWheel
06-07-2003 17:46 bacevedo
06-07-2003 20:42 25psi
06-14-2003 13:38 Seats   (Score: 1, Normal) thern
06-06-2003 14:53 Are Accords cursed?   (Score: 1, Normal) DV
05-30-2003 17:55 K24 5MT vs 5AT   (Score: 1, Normal) K24VTEC
05-30-2003 10:02 Question about article   (Score: 1, Normal) bacevedo
05-30-2003 15:12 DV
05-15-2003 12:45 OMG...the K24 is a "mini" Nissan VQ!!   (Score: 1, Normal) SteVTEC
05-15-2003 13:35 JeffX
05-15-2003 13:53 SteVTEC
05-29-2003 16:53 ckrll1
05-28-2003 23:18 Accord EX 5MT WAGON please!   (Score: 1, Normal) glycinemax
05-14-2003 21:18 Thanks for the great review!   (Score: 1, Normal) AccordMan
05-16-2003 11:50 own4
05-16-2003 12:10 JeffX
05-20-2003 21:00 Computer_Tech
05-20-2003 21:07 JeffX
05-16-2003 13:45 JeffX
05-20-2003 17:33 great review, wish 4dr v6 came in manual...   (Score: 1, Normal) REDRIDER
05-13-2003 19:52 Seems like a smart tradeoff   (Score: 1, Normal) NSXman
05-13-2003 20:11 ragnarok1014
05-13-2003 20:30 Lynx
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05-18-2003 21:56 boogs
05-19-2003 15:19 TonyEX
05-15-2003 17:37 great article   (Score: 1, Normal) boogs
05-14-2003 09:46 TSX 3rd that motion   (Score: 1, Normal) hpower
05-15-2003 15:47 STL
05-14-2003 22:51 Have the '02 Passat and '03 EX-L 5MT   (Score: 1, Normal) dankatzzz
05-14-2003 09:48 This is the same engine that is in the Element right? n/t   (Score: 1, Normal) hpower
05-14-2003 13:12 hondas2k
05-14-2003 13:11 Prefer the 4 -- Bought it   (Score: 1, Normal) Daddy-O
05-14-2003 10:48 Two driving styles per torque curves?   (Score: 1, Normal) TonyEX
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