The 2009 Honda Accord lineup is designed to impress with premium features, accommodating technology and efficient performance geared for both the finish line and the bottom line.
Available in sedan and coupe versions, and powered by advanced 4-cylinder or V-6 engines, the Accord embodies a sophisticated design and provides an accommodating, spacious interior. An emphasis on safety includes such highlights as standard electronic stability control, standard side curtain airbags and the advanced compatibility engineering (ACE) body structure. Premium technologies available on certain models include the Honda satellite-linked navigation1 system with voice activation, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and XM Satellite Radio2.
The Accord exterior design is intended to communicate a prestigious and substantial presence. The Accord's muscular stance is further heightened on the coupe by a longer hood with sharp character lines and a tapered C-pillar with wedge-shaped rear side windows for a fast, aerodynamic look. Interior styling on all models provides world-class ergonomics and intuitive vehicle controls. Sporty, yet comfortable seats are equipped with leather-trimmed surfaces on the Accord EX-L. The double wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension, a premium arrangement for the mid-size segment, inspires spirited handling performance while also providing a comfortable ride.
The Accord is available with 2.4-litre 4-cylinder and 3.5-litre V-6 engine choices. Available transmissions include a 5-speed manual (standard with all 4-cylinder engines), a 5-speed automatic (standard on V-6-powered sedan models, available with all 4-cylinder engines and V-6-powered Accord Coupes,) and a 6-speed manual transmission (available on the Accord Coupe EX-L V-6).
The 3.5-litre i-VTEC V-6 engine implements the latest generation of fuel-saving variable cylinder management (VCM) technology from Honda and achieving a partial zero emissions vehicle (PZEV4) rating from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The VCM system operates in 6-cylinder mode for power and 4- and 3-cylinder modes for efficiency, resulting in an EPA city/highway fuel economy rating of 19/295 miles per gallon in the Accord sedan V-6. The additional power of the V-6 engine has minimal impact on the fuel economy rating when compared to the 4-cylinder engine, which achieves 21/305 miles per gallon city/highway in the Accord Sedan with a 5-speed automatic transmission.
The ACE body structure enhances frontal collision compatibility with vehicles of different sizes and bumper heights. Additional safety equipment standard to all Accord models includes vehicle stability assist (VSAŽ), also known as electronic stability control; side-curtain airbags; dual-chamber front side airbags with passenger-side occupant position detection system (OPDS), active front seat head restraints, anti-lock brakes and more.
Sedan trim levels range from the well-equipped Accord sedan LX and plus-featured LX-P (177-horsepower 4-cylinder engine), to the nicely-equipped Accord Sedan EX (190-horsepower 4-cylinder engine or 271-horsepower V-6 engine), to the premium and upscale Accord sedan EX-L (190-horsepower 4-cylinder engine or 271-horsepower V-6 engine). Coupe trim levels range from the well-equipped Accord coupe LX-S (190 horsepower 4-cylinder engine), to the nicely-equipped Accord coupe EX (190-horsepower 4-cylinder engine) to the premium and upscale Accord coupe EX-L (190-horsepower 4-cylinder engine or 271-horsepower V-6 engine).
The Accord interior sports a zone styling approach separating operation-related instruments (top) and information-related instruments (lower). At night, the controls are further separated by color to distinguish between climate controls (aqua green) and audio controls (white). Front bucket seats provide generous lateral support and complement the Accord's sporting side. The fold-down, lockable rear seatback increases cargo-carrying versatility. The sedan rear seat includes a lockable pass-through for long items like skis.
Three audio systems are available - all with MP3/Windows media audio (WMA) playback capability and an auxiliary input jack. The standard system provides a single-disc CD player, six speakers and 160 watts of power. A radio data system (RDS) displays information broadcast by participating radio stations that often includes call letters, station type (searchable by genre) and programming information. Steering wheel audio controls come standard with every car. The Accord sedan EX and coupe LX-S add a 6-disc in-dash changer.
The latest-generation of the Honda satellite-linked navigation system with voice activation (available on EX-L) uses an 8-inch screen and an interface dial for user input. Features include the Zagat Survey guide for restaurants, nightlife, hotels and attractions. Navigation-equipped models also include Bluetooth HandsFreeLink.
The 2008 Accord sedan comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, or 16- to 17-inch aluminum wheels depending on the model. (The Accord coupe has 17-inch aluminum wheels standard, with 18-inch aluminum wheels available on the coupe V-6). Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS are standard equipment.
Accord engines are designed to deliver powerful performance with high fuel efficiency and low emissions.
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