Midsize family sedans are some of the most popular and widely available vehicles on the market. They combine fuel efficiency, handling, and space to make for a great family car that can fit several people comfortably. Since these selections enjoy so much popularity, automakers provide many models to choose from. However, for the past few decades, the easy and quick pick for such a car has been the 2009 Honda Accord.
The 2009 Honda Accord provides a great choice for someone who wants an affordable vehicle with great style, strong reliability, and solid drivability. With the redesign of the Accord in 2008, the car has grown in size to the point where the EPA actually classifies it as a large car despite the fact that its fuel economy numbers fall within the midsize range. The 2009 model has a massive interior cabin and one of the most accommodating back seats of any family sedan. It offers plenty of luxury features and styles that make it seem even better than its affordable price would suggest. The exterior style is just as sharp as the interior, with an almost sporty look for such a large sedan.
Body styles: sedan, coupe
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, upgraded 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Honda Accord LX, Honda Accord LX-S, Honda Accord LX-P, Honda Accord EX, Honda Accord EX-L
Since Honda redesigned the Accord in 2008, the 2009 Accord model carries over without any changes. However, the 2009 does show an increase in engine power for the V-6 models due to an error in earlier testing.
The 2009 Honda Accord comes in two different body types: the standard sedan and the sporty coupe. It remains the only family sedan available in a two-door configuration. The sleek and stylish swoop-back of the exterior’s design resembles a sports car more than the old-fashioned broad and clunky family sedans of a few years before. Even though the starting price for the 2009 Accord remains relatively low compared to others in the mid- to full-size category, it has the outer appearance of a much more expensive luxury car. To add to this feel, a sunroof can be added to both body styles with the upgraded trims.
The Accord’s tight interior design emphasizes the massive amount of space in the cabin. The interior employs high-quality materials for the features and accents in all of the models. The center stack console is very sophisticated in the control area layout, but the 2009 Accord does have a large number of buttons, which all look very similar. Many people might find the design of the controls confusing when compared to past Accord models because of these identical buttons. The optional navigation system has voice commands, a high-mounted screen, and a multipurpose knob. Reviewers remain torn about the top-of-the-line leather seating of the Accord; it offers firm support and has bold contours, but long trips can lead to numbness.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Honda Accord offers three engine choices. The LX and LX-P sedans contain a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder that generates 177 horsepower and 161 lb-ft of torque. An upgraded version of the 2.4-liter four-cylinder is available on the EX sedans and all coupes; it produces 190 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard with the four-cylinder engines, while the five-speed automatic offers an additional option. The EX trim levels feature a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 271 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque. Sedans that feature the V-6 engine can only be purchased with a five-speed automatic transmission. Yet, V-6 coupe selection offers a six-speed manual at no additional cost.
All 2009 Honda Accord models have standard safety packages that feature anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, front side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda Accord with four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission: 21/30 mpg city/highway
Honda Accord with four-cylinder engine and manual transmission: 22/31 mpg city/highway
Honda Accord with V-6 engine and automatic transmission: 19/29 mpg city/highway
Honda Accord with V-6 engine and manual transmission: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- High-quality interior
- Ample space
- Outstanding steering
You Won't Like
- Loud road noise
- Exaggerated brake pedal vibration during hard stops
Smooth design, nifty features, and plenty of room at a great price.
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