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Author Jeff Palmer
Categories TOV Road Test, Accord
Create Date May 13, 2003 18:00
Last Update May 21, 2003 02:13
2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4 5MT

It's been over 7 months since the 7th Generation Accords hit the streets, and by most accounts, it's doing pretty well. While the Accord's styling has been the subject of somewhat heated debate, it doesn't seem to have impacted sales in a negative way. In fact, considering the market factors, sales have been pretty respectable, and it has won several shootouts against competing models in major magazine tests. As the old saying goes, "Beauty is more than skin deep". As it should be, the car has been evaluated based upon its undisputable strengths: driving dynamics, refinement, and strong value.

Regardless of the styling, the Accord merits your attention if you can appreciate excellence in engineering and execution. Whether you choose the smooth and torquey 2.4L 160hp DOHC I-VTEC inline 4-cylinder, or opt for the ripping 3.0L 240hp SOHC VTEC V-6, you won't be disappointed.

We have already sampled the Accord EX V6 sedan several times, and we were quite impressed by its refinement, luxurious appointments, and especially the straight-line potency of the car, not to mention the sticker price. For the most part we were very pleased, but we would have liked at least the option of sportier suspension tuning and a manual transmission, although the automatic is so good we almost don't miss the manual transmission. However, as we're helpless speed freaks, we're always looking for the last ounce of performance and control, and a manual transmission is the only way to go.

For those who absolutely cannot live without a manual transmission(and can't live with a coupe), there's relief in the form of a smooth shifting 5-speed manual, if you opt for one of the three 2.4L 4-cylinder models. Despite the fact that you're giving up 80 hp (on spec sheets, at least) to the 3.0L V-6, the 4-cylinder Accord is by no means a penalty box.

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  More low-end than 6th gen V6?
uoiea 4
  140hp && 175hp
PowerWheel 0
  140hp && 175hp
PowerWheel 0
  Shift Point for 5-spd
99SI 4
  Seats
thern 0
  Are Accords cursed?
DV 0
  K24 5MT vs 5AT
K24VTEC 0
  Question about article
bacevedo 1
  OMG...the K24 is a "mini" Nissan VQ!!
SteVTEC 3
  Accord EX 5MT WAGON please!
glycinemax 0
  Thanks for the great review!
AccordMan 5
  great review, wish 4dr v6 came in manual...
REDRIDER 0
  Seems like a smart tradeoff
NSXman 14
  great article
boogs 0
  TSX 3rd that motion
hpower 1
  Have the '02 Passat and '03 EX-L 5MT
dankatzzz 0
  This is the same engine that is in the Element right? n/t
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  Prefer the 4 -- Bought it
Daddy-O 0
  Two driving styles per torque curves?
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  Thank you!
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