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Honda Accord (2003-08)

Overall Rating

5 stars

This high quality family car is almost an executive contender. It has a fine range of engines, is a pleasure to drive, and offers above average refinement, equipment and space.

  • Spacious, refined, well equipped and keenly priced
  • An enjoyable drive with precise handling and good grip
  • Well built; comfortable cabin
  • Other rivals offer hatchback practicality
  • Big front pillars produce blind spots
  • Not special enough to rival 3-Series
Road Test

No longer is Accord a worthy but ultimately forgettable middle-market model. This is a sharply styled, well built and characterful car that does everything well. Honda has always fitted brilliant engines to its cars; the Accord is no exception. The petrol engines are very lively; the 2.0 litre is more than adequate, and the 2.4 delivers very brisk performance. And the manual gearboxes are slick and easy to use, enhancing the sporty feel. Probably the pick of the range though is the sophisticated modern 2.2 I-CTDi turbodiesel, which manages to be refined, frugal and quicker in acceleration terms than the 2.0 litre petrol. Inside, Accord has a high quality executive feel. Honda have used first class materials. The instrumentation is clear, all the controls are easy to use, and the driving position is almost perfect. The high level of standard equipment across the range helps to make any journey a pleasure.

Need To Know

JD Power stars: 4


Worst Models: 2.4 versions

Replacement: 2008

Honda Accord (2003-08)
Star Ratings


4 stars


5 stars

Quality & Reliability

5 stars


5 stars


4 stars

Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

5 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

4 stars
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