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2009 Honda Accord

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2009 Honda Accord Review

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While the Honda Accord-versus-Toyota Camry debate hasn't sparked nearly as many family feuds or bar-room brawls as Ford vs. Chevy, Coke vs. Pepsi or Mac vs. PC, it is nevertheless one of consumerism's biggest rivalries. Their continuous run as the two of the best-selling cars in America extends back to the second millennium, and they combine to account for roughly 40 percent of sales in a segment that numbers about 20 nameplates. As American, Korean and other Japanese manufacturers continue to roll out worthier and worthier competitors, however, choosing the right midsize sedan is no longer as straightforward as flipping a coin.

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With styling and performance that splits the difference between the sportier Nissan Altima and softer Toyota Camry, the Honda Accord embodies the very balance that attracts so many buyers to the midsize sedan segment in the first place. In terms of all-around quality and refinement, the Accord registers off the chart.

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In a category that offers sportier, softer and lower-priced options, the same well-rounded nature that makes the Accord so appealing to many can make it less attractive to some.

What's New for 2009

Other than a slight bump up in the V6's horsepower and torque, there are no major changes for 2009.

Driving the Accord

Driving Impressions The refinement with which the 2009 Honda Accord delivers its distinctive brand of relaxed enthusiasm is almost uncanny. In pulling away from a stop, plodding along in traffic and passing...

on the highway, the throttle responds to your right foot as if reading your mind, seamlessly delivering exactly as much or as little power as you want. Steering, likewise, is perfectly weighted and the car tracks straight down the highway requiring very little driver input, thanks in part to variable-ratio steering that improves both high-speed cruising and parking-lot maneuverability. Rounding out a theme, braking feel, response and feedback are also top-notch. Topped off by a familiar blend of comfortable cruising and eager handling, the 2009 Honda Accord continues to do the same 'ol thing better than ever.
Favorite Features

Excellent Throttle Response
Even though throttle response isn't exactly a feature, the Accord responds so naturally to the driver's gas pedal inputs that we're compelled to note it here.

Voice-Controlled Navigation System
The Accord's intuitive DVD-based navigation system – featuring an 8-inch screen and Zagat restaurant ratings – is further enhanced by an accurate and easy-to-use voice-recognition system.

2009 Honda Accord Details
2009 Honda Accord photo Interior

That the inside of the 2009 Honda Accord feels so familiar is a tribute to the successful transference of Honda design DNA over the years. Although most view it as a midsize sedan, the Accord's interior volume is big enough to move it into the EPA's Large Sedan category. The added interior volume helps provide room for wider seats and a big, two-arm center console. Every Accord features steering wheel-mounted audio controls and a dial-controlled eight-inch LCD display, while EX models and above offer blue ambient console lighting and highway-hushing active noise control. There are plenty of bins and cubbies throughout and the backseat and trunk qualify as roomy in every dimension.

Exterior

A bold front end, deeply angular side sculpting and more pronounced fender flares give the 2009 Honda Accord Sedan a fresh and substantial look. The largest Accord to date, the 2009 is some three inches longer than the last-generation Accord and five inches longer than the Toyota Camry. The base models come well-dressed, and climbing the trim ladder nets different wheels, chrome door handles, chrome exhaust finishers, fog lights and a rear spoiler (coupe only). Beneath it all is Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure that improves collision compatibility with SUVs, among other advantages. The 2009 Accord Coupe shares the same design elements but to a much sportier effect.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The standard equipment list for a 2009 Accord LX sedan includes air conditioning, power windows, locks and mirrors, AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA sound system, auxiliary audio input and steering wheel-mounted audio controls (illuminated). Standard safety equipment includes front, front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags, as well as stability and traction controls and a sophisticated braking system.

Optional Equipment

Features are grouped by trim level and include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation system with voice recognition, leather seats, heated front seats, Bluetooth hands-free cell phone compatibility, a 270-watt premium audio system, six-CD changer and XM Satellite Radio.

Under the Hood

The jewel of the Accord Sedan's three-engine lineup is its 3.5-liter V6 featuring an updated version of Honda's Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology that saves fuel by allowing the engine to run on six, four or three cylinders, according to demand. A five-speed automatic transmission is available on four-cylinder models and is standard on V6 models. Four-cylinder models sold in California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont have less horsepower but qualify as Partial Zero Emissions Vehicles (PZEV).

2.4-liter in-line 4
177 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
161 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 (manual), 21/30 (automatic)

2.4-liter in-line 4
190 horsepower @ 7000 rpm
162 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 (manual), 21/30 (automatic)

3.5-liter V6
271horsepower @ 6200 rpm
254 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/29

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2009 Honda Accord Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 948 Ratings for the 2008 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Best Car I've Ever Owned

By on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price, comfortable, horse power, looks sharp"

Cons: "None!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had four Hondas in my lifetime (including this one) and this is by far the best. The V6 really gets you to where you need to go, while the leather seats provide the comfort of a true luxury vehicle. There is nothing that I would change about this car; everything is perfect and I could not be happier."

Awesome handling with lots of gitty-up!

By on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun drive. nimble. reliable. good sound system."

Cons: "road noise a little loud."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is a great switch from driving a van! Awesome handling, turning ratios, nimble, with a V6 there is no fear of passing on the freeway. I put the trim package on with some cool wheels and it rocks. I little noisier cabin than say, an Acura. But-its not an Acura. Great style, and comfy seats. The seats and cabin fit small driver frames nicely. A little tight for a 220 lb guy. I Love it! Coupe style limits your passengers but perfect if its just 1-2. Trunk fits 2 full golf bags without flipping rear seat down. Plenty of trunk space."

This car is sharp looking!

By on Thursday, April 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Awesome looking!"

Cons: "Blind spots."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I LOVE the look of this car, but there are a couple of things that I miss from my old Accord. One thing that the dealer did not tell me is that the tinted windows are too dark to pass inspection in ME. There are blind spots that make it kind of scary backing up and/or passing another vehicle. My old Accord was a Special Edition & had the extenders on the sun visors - never realized how great that was until I didn't have it anymore!"

Best Overall Value

By on Monday, April 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "this is a great and reliable car. Excellent MPG."

Cons: "brakes and driver's window were faulty"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I was on the fence with a lot of the vehicles in the market at that time, but I was sold once I jumped into the Accord. It's quick, reliable and has pretty good mpg. The backseat is very roomy and the trunk has plenty of space for just about anyone. The Accord had squeaky brakes at around 15k miles and once it was replaced, everything was back to normal. The driver's side window became faulty a few years in, and seems to have a mind of its own at times. Overall, those issues were relatively minor and I expect to drive this car until the very end!"

I Love My Accord

By on Saturday, April 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Gas mileage when serviced regularly and Roomy"

Cons: "The cloth interior if you have smaller kids."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great smaller family car. I am going to keep this car serviced at the dealership and in 3+ years give it to my daughter for her first vehicle."

Great car...Worth its money buying a great product

By on Saturday, April 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,587

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "great ride, powerful engine, handling, great price"

Cons: "uncomfortable seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"handles excellent. Good gas mileage. Not too comfortable in seating but great interior features. Have a 4 cylinder makes car have a superb ride. Got a pretty good value. No issues after 6yrs now with a low mileage vehicle. Its a reliable vehicle with the Honda engineers."

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