January 16, 2007 > 2007 Honda Accord Sedan
2007 Honda Accord Sedan
The 2007 Honda Accord 4-door sedan is a very nice family car. It will comfortably seat four adults, five with a touch of crowding. The interior is well designed and constructed. Honda always had great fit and finish standards and they show in this car. It also has a large trunk that opens wide. The 2006 Accord (really the same as the 2007 except for some minor rear end styling changes) received Consumer Report's coveted "Best All Around Family Sedan" award (along with the Toyota Camry).
The sedan line has many models with various trim levels to choose from. You can get a nicely equipped 4-cylinder car starting at $18,625. Moving up to the EX for $22,550 gives you 4 wheel disk brakes, 6 disk CD, moon roof, and other items. Base price V-6 sells for $23,350. The top of the line EX-L V-6 starts at $27,400 adding things like leather seats, 180-watt sound system, XM Satellite radio, and a dual zone climate control system.
An Accord Sedan can be ordered with two basic engine options. (There is also a hybrid version available.) Base power plant is a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder, 166 HP motor teamed up with a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. The upgrade is a 3-liter, V-6 with 244 HP with a 5-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission. Both motors use Honda's proven variable valve timing and lift technology. The bumper-to-bumper warranty is 3 years or 36,000 miles; power train warranty is 5 years or 60,000 miles.
Our test car had the 6-speed V-6 combination. It had good, strong acceleration after the valve shift occurred at about 4000 RPM. This car will keep up with or outrun most family sedans for sale in the USA. My only performance complaint was minor, the shift lever was too long which made shift throws take too long.
The car didn't handle like a sports sedan, and it was never intended to be one. It rode smoothly but just a little too bouncy with too much body roll for my taste. I would have liked a little more stiffness in the shock and spring setup, but I'm sure that 99% of Accord Sedan owners think it is just right.
From a safety standpoint, all Accords get front and side curtain airbags. ABS is also standard throughout the line. V-6 cars get Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist system with traction control.
As a corporation, Honda has spent a lot of money and time on engineering to meet or exceed emissions standards. In 1995 they unveiled a prototype Accord that met the toughest standards in place at that time. Honda went on to become the first manufacturer to offer an Ultra-Low-Emission Vehicle (ULEV) production vehicle. Today, the V-6 Accord meets the current California Air Resources Board's ULEV-2 requirements. The 4-cylinder Accord with the automatic transmission meets the even stricter standard as a Partial-Zero-Emission Vehicle (PZEV) level. These emissions controls are so good, that if a PZEV vehicle is driven in a very smoggy urban area, the stuff coming out of the tailpipe is probably cleaner than the surrounding air.
It is no wonder that the Accord line has been one of the best selling models in the USA for years. Each one offers a lot of value at a good price.
By Dick Ryan
Freelance Automotive Journalist
Member of the Western Automotive Journalists