For years, the only “status” the Honda Accord ever seemed to equate was that of a recent college grad with no credit history or a 16-year old girl with her first set of wheels. While arguably higher-end then the bare-bones Honda Civic, the Honda Accord was still rarely ever the go-to car for drivers who had any say in the matter, until now. With fuel prices constantly fluctuating, many consumers have ditched their old rides in favor of hybrids. Since hybrid cars are a relatively new introduction to the automotive world though, its difficult (if not downright impossible) to find one used and many eco-friendly consumers balk at the sticker price of a brand new Prius. In search of a green middle ground, people began looking towards cars like the Honda Accord – nearly as fuel efficient as a comparable hybrid, but about $20,000 less.
So if you’re in the market for a new car and you’re especially interested in the newly-popular Honda Accord, take advantage of the review summaries, technical specificifications, and photo gallery we’ve assembled for the 2009 Accord.
Edmunds reviews the 2009 Honda Accord
Although they do salute the Accord’s famed longevity and as well as Honda’s attempt at padding the Accord’s list of luxury options, Edmunds is quick to point out that it’s still little more than a budget sedan. They do admit that Honda has taken great strides in elevating the Accord to the same status as its biggest competitor (and reigning market champ), the Toyota Camry, but it still has a difficult time seperating itself from the pack of mid-size sedans once you hit the open road. Despite that fact that it’s solid car with a good reputation and a decent resale value, the Accord is no longer the only sedan on the road that earns that distinction, and despite the revisions to the ’09 Accord, it still hasn’t quite regained that competitive edge. Bottom line: the 2009 Honda Accord would be a smart buy, but you’re money might still be better spent elsewhere.
The Auto Channel reviews the 2009 Honda Accord
Certainly more glowing than the Edmunds’ review, Auto Channel seems to evaluate the value of ’09 Accord based on how much its evolved over the years rather than how it stacks up against competitors. In that sense, the 2009 Accord is illustrated as possibly the most innovative vehicle engineered since the Model T, replete with about as many standard luxuries too.
Motor Trend reviews the 2009 Honda Accord
Certainly the most thorough of the three, Motor Trend assessed the ’09 Honda Accord as both an individual update to well-established, popular line and as a competitor in the mid-size sedan market. Individually, Motor Trend found the ’09 Accord to be as impressive as Auto Channel did, but their market evaluation was slightly more positive than Edmunds’. Placing in the top 5 of Motor Trend’s “Familial and Frugal” list of budget-friendly family sedans, the Accord earned very high marks overall for what reviewers referred to as “inoffensive modernity.”
2009 Honda Accord tech specs
The cold hard facts:
|2009 Honda Accord||LX/LX-P||EX/EX-L||EX V-6/EX-L V-6|
|Engines||2.4L I4||2.4L I4||3.5L V6|
|Horsepower @ rpm||177 @ 6500||190 @ 7000||271 @ 6200|
|Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)||161 @ 4300||162 @ 4400||254 @ 5000|
|Transmissions||5-sp auto, 5-sp manual||5-sp auto, 5-sp manual||5-sp auto|
|EPA (city/hwy/comb.)||21 mpg/30 mpg/24 mpg (auto); 22 mpg/ 31 mpg/ 25 mpg (manual)||21 mpg/30 mpg/24 mpg (auto); 22 mpg/ 31 mpg/ 25 mpg (manual)||19 mpg/29 mpg/ 22 mpg|