The 2006 Honda Accord falls in the car’s seventh generation, and Honda continues to keep this ever-popular auto as appealing and up-to-date as ever. With two bodies, two engine options, and a wide range of models and trim levels available, the Honda Accord easily fits the needs of almost any car buyer.
The thoughtfully furnished Accord looks as attractive as it is practical, easily keeping pace with the always-favorite Toyota Camry in comfort, space, and overall cabin design. The sedan makes an ideal option for anyone in the market for a high-end family car, with its ergonomic layout, spacious cabin, quality sound system, and practical storage space offerings.
Body Styles: sedan, coupe
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6, 3.0-liter V-6 hybrid
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, five-speed manual, six-speed manual
Models: Honda Accord Value Package, Honda Accord LX, Honda Accord LX Special Edition, Honda Accord EX, Honda Accord LX V-6, Honda Accord EX V-6, Honda Accord Hybrid
The Honda Accord boasts a refreshed interior design for 2006, along with a handful of technical tweaks. Both the four-cylinder and the V-6 engines receive a small boost in horsepower, and a six-speed manual transmission provides an option on the V-6 sedan. All V-6 models also benefit from updated suspension settings, stability control, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
A number of changes in the Accord’s different trim levels have also been made this year. The former DX model gets replaced by the Value Package (VP), which provides standard air-conditioning and cruise control. The new LX V-6 and Hybrid trims both include a moonroof. Stability control and a temporary spare tire also get added to the Hybrid–which sees a decline in fuel economy as well. New for all models across the board, Honda adds a smart maintenance system and daytime running lamps.
The modern, sleek-profiled 2006 Accord comes as both a four-door sedan and a two-door coupe, with a range of trim levels available for each body style. Standard exterior features for all models include daytime running lights, a front air dam, power windows, interval wipers, and a rear window defogger. A long list of optional equipment includes chrome or alloy wheels, mud guards, a rear spoiler, and fog lights.
The interior design of the 2006 Accord keeps comfortable family riding in mind. Seating feels roomy and ergonomically designed, with high-quality materials and an overall appealing style. While the rear seat marks one of the most spacious among family sedans, trunk space seems a bit limited.
Standard interior features for all models include cruise control, air-conditioning, a radio with a CD player, and a second-row folding seat. The list of options includes a cassette player, a CD changer, a DVD player, and a hands-free telephone. Additional features and optional equipment offerings vary with each trim level.
Performance & Handling
The two main engine options for the 2006 Honda Accord include a 2.4-liter, inline four-cylinder, rated at 166 horsepower and a 244-hp, three-liter V-6. The Accord Hybrid draws power from a standard V-6 paired with an electric motor. This hybrid machine serves as the most powerful option, offering 253 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. Its impressive power also sets the Accord Hybrid above most other family cars in terms of acceleration, although with a fuel economy that matches the regular four-cylinder. Most average buyers won’t appreciate this advantage.
The Accord’s handling feels smooth and sharp, with a cushy suspension and good control around tight corners. Braking seems firm, but does not act as fast as it could. Overall, the Accord’s performance doesn’t measure up to the more exciting Mazda MAZDA6 or Nissan Altima, but it offers a comfortable, reliable ride that makes it a smart choice for anyone shopping for a reliable family sedan.
All 2006 Accords come standard with anti-lock brakes, vehicle-anti theft, power windows, power door locks, and child safety door locks. Both side and head curtain airbags come standard with some trims and optional on others. Only the V-6 models provide standard stability control. The 2006 Honda Accord boasts a perfect five-star rating for frontal-impact protection in government crash tests, with four stars in front-side impacts. Rear side-impact protection earns five stars for the coupe and four stars for the sedan. The IIHS awards the Accord its best rating of ?good? for frontal-offset protection. When equipped with side airbags, the Accord gets a ?good? rating for side-impact protection, but this falls to ?poor? without them.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda Accord Value Package: 23/31 mpg city/highway
Honda Accord LX: 23/31 mpg city/highway
Honda Accord LX Special Edition: 23/31 mpg city/highway
Honda Accord EX: 23/31 mpg city/highway
Honda Accord LX V-6: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Honda Accord EX V-6: 18/27 mpg city/highway
Honda Accord Hybrid: 22/31 mpg city/highway
- Spacious, stylish cabin
- High-quality construction
- Good safety ratings
- Reliable reputation
You Won't Like
- Mediocre handling
- Not the most powerful brakes
- Mediocre fuel economy in the hybrid
Puts all the top qualities you look for in a family sedan in one classic, well-built package.
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