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2003 Honda Accord

  • 2003 Honda Accord DX Sedan

    DX Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      33
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      160/161
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,600
  • 2003 Honda Accord EX Coupe

    EX Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      33
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      160/161
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $22,500
  • 2003 Honda Accord EX Sedan

    EX Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      33
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      160/161
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $22,550
  • 2003 Honda Accord LX Coupe

    LX Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      240/212
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $23,100
  • 2003 Honda Accord LX Sedan

    LX Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      240/212
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $23,000
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2003 Honda Accord Review

The 2003 Honda Accord is a mixed bag, offering plenty you want, and a few things you don’t.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2003 Honda Accord receives a huge refresh. Honda is the type of company that hates to see their vehicles age. This refresh is updating a still competitive vehicle. This eagerness is almost a negative–while Honda has introduced a lot of new, key features, they left out a lot of features Honda owners may want to see, while adding some that will leave other owners scratching their heads in confusion.

Still, the Honda Accord has a lot going for it. It is cheap to buy, has great fuel economy, boosted engine performance and more. If you are looking for a reliable vehicle with a lot to offer, check out the Honda Accord.

The Range

Body Styles: four-door sedan, coupe
Engines:2.4-liter inline four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6 engine
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, six-speed manual transmission
Models: Honda Accord DX sedan, Honda Accord LX sedan, Honda Accord LX V-6 sedan, Honda Accord EX sedan, Honda Accord EX V-6 sedan, Honda Accord LX coupe, Honda Accord EX coupe, Honda Accord LX V-6 coupe, Honda Accord EX V-6 coupe

What's New

The 2003 Honda Accord has been refreshed. Several changes have been made to the powertrain, including a more fuel efficient, yet more powerful engine. New features are strewn throughout the interior. Also available is an optional GPS navigation system. The sporty EX coupe is also introduced for 2003.

Exterior

The Honda Accord is a four-door sedan or two-door coupe. According to the Honda designers, they used the cheetah as inspiration for the body design so that it looks like it is in constant motion. Geometric headlights and faceted corners are the vehicle’s trademarks. The windows are nearly flush, which complement the soft lines and curves of the vehicle well. For a cheap vehicle, the Accord looks well dressed.

The new unibody design is 27-percent stiffer than previous models, and the double-wishbone suspension is also rehashed, giving the driver a better ride. The new Accord rides on a 107.9-inch wheelbase, one inch longer than the previous version.

Interior

The interior of the 2003 Honda Accords greatly changed as well. The bucket seats are larger and have greater support than before. There is also a fair bit more legroom than on previous models. There are lots of pockets for storage, making this the perfect vehicle for the family on the go. There is plenty of space on the interior, but the trunk space only measures 14 cubic feet, a bit smaller than the competition.

Standard features on the base model include one-touch power windows, remote trunk release, speed-proportional power steering, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, trunk light, front and rear floor mats, in-dash single-CD player, and more. Standard on the LX is an air conditioner, keyless entry, rear stereo speakers, and a seat height adjuster.

Performance and Handling

The Honda Accord comes equipped with a standard 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower. A 3.0-liter V-6 engine is also available that produces 240 horsepower. The four-cylinder engine comes with a five-speed automatic transmission that replaces the old four-speed automatic. A manual transmission is available on the EX model equipped with a V-6 engine.

Oddly, the four-cylinder model is more fun to drive. The handling on the V-6 engine feels sloppy and incomplete. Likely it is the weight of the V-6 that causes the problems with handling–less weight over the front-driven sedan means better handling and cornering. The V-6 does shine when it is on the freeway, overtaking and otherwise blowing other sedans out of the water in terms of acceleration power.

Performance & Handling

The Honda Accord comes equipped with a standard 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower. A 3.0-liter V-6 engine is also available that produces 240 horsepower. The four-cylinder engine comes with a five-speed automatic transmission that replaces the old four-speed automatic. A manual transmission is available on the EX model equipped with a V-6 engine.

Oddly, the four-cylinder model is more fun to drive. The handling on the V-6 engine feels sloppy and incomplete. Likely it is the weight of the V-6 that causes the problems with handling–less weight over the front-driven sedan means better handling and cornering. The V-6 does shine when it is on the freeway, overtaking and otherwise blowing other sedans out of the water in terms of acceleration power.

Safety

The2003 Honda Accord was not tested by the NHTSA. Previous versions of the Honda Accord were very safe scoring five out of five stars for most tests, and a “good? rating from the IIHS. Unfortunately, only the EX V-6 comes with optional side airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

2003 Honda Accord Sedan DX: 23/31 mpg city/highway
2003 Honda Accord Sedan LX: 23/31 mpg city/highway
2003 Honda Accord Sedan LX V-6: 19/27 mpg city/highway
2003 Honda Accord Sedan EX: 23/31 mpg city/highway
2003 Honda Accord Sedan EX V-6: 19/27 mpg city/highway
2003 Honda Accord Coupe LX: 23/31 mpg city/highway
2003 Honda Accord Coupe EX: 23/31 mpg city/highway
2003 Honda Accord Coupe LX V-6: 23/31 mpg city/highway
2003 Honda Accord Coupe EX V-6: 23/31 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Great build quality
  • Quiet cabin
  • Amazing powertrain
  • Navigation system

You Won't Like

  • Bad V-6 handling
  • Small trunk in comparison to competition
  • Key features missing

Sum Up

The 2003 Honda Accord is a mixed bag, offering plenty you want, and a few things you don’t.

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