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2009 Honda Accord

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2009 Honda Accord Review

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The 2009 Honda Accord Sedan is a car that needs no introduction; the popular four-door has been a mainstay of the mid-size market for years. However, the Accord Coupe is a different story. Here is a Honda that many people couldn't pick out of a lineup. Though unknown to many (and sure to undersell the sedan by a considerable margin), its availability offers buyers more choice in the form of a two-door alternative to the familiar Sedan. The Coupe shows Honda's sporty side and competes in a narrow segment that includes the 2009 Nissan Altima Coupe and the aging Toyota Solara.

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The 2009 Honda Accord Coupe straddles the sporty-or-sensible divide as well as any car in its segment. It's quick and responsive enough to satisfy all but the hard-core enthusiasts, and its rear seat and trunk are large enough that it makes a great daily driver.

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If you're a hard-core enthusiast, the Accord Coupe may be too big to be truly satisfying. And if you plan on making use of the back seat on a regular basis for passengers, you might want to opt for the Sedan.

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 Accord Coupe feels more lively than the Accord Sedan. That's partly a function of size: The Coupe is a few inches shorter in both wheelbase and overall length than...

the Sedan and also weighs slightly less. Honda's four-cylinder engine gets good gas mileage and has enough power to handle all normal driving needs. But the V6 has a satisfying surplus of power and its crisp responsiveness makes for fun driving. The six-speed manual transmission that's exclusive to the EX-L V6 matches the engine's power band nicely and, so equipped, the Accord Coupe still earns respectable fuel economy. However, the shifter isn't as impressive; some of the gear-to-gear exchanges feel less precise than we might prefer. The independent suspension is firm enough to deliver a responsive level of handling, yet ride quality remains quite good.

Distinctive Styling
Designers tend to take more chances with the styling of coupes than with sedans; they can make the roofline rakish, because they know there's seldom anyone sitting in back. As a result, the Accord Coupe's design is a lot edgier than that of the Sedan and, from the wedge-like front end to the refined rear view, the Accord Coupe is easy on the eyes.

Responsive V6
Looking sporty is good, but having enough power to back up the looks is even better – especially in the coupe category, where performance can be relatively more important. Honda's 3.5-liter V6 has a silky power flow that adds greatly to the Accord's driving enjoyment.

2009 Honda Accord Details
2009 Honda Accord photo Interior

Overall, the quality of fit and finish in the 2009 Honda Accord Coupe is first-rate. The dual-level dashboard has a curving, "V" shape, and the driver's view of the oversized speedometer and tachometer is framed by a handsome, three-spoke steering wheel. The center stack is tightly packed with buttons for various functions and a central control knob. The layout is widely spaced, but the grouping of some of the switchgear isn't very intuitive. Front seats are comfortable and highly adjustable, the back seat will hold a pair of adults – unusual in this segment – and the trunk measures a respectable 11.9 cubic feet.

Exterior

Although the Accord Coupe and Sedan share a nameplate, the only shared exterior parts between the two models are the side mirrors and door handles. The sporty Coupe has an aggressive-looking front end, with a recessed grille framed by narrow, wraparound headlights and chrome exhaust tips. The V6 is differentiated by projector-beam headlights and 18-inch wheels. The curvy roof and high waistline give the car a low-slung look. Balanced proportions make the Coupe seem smaller than it actually is.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All sound systems in the 2009 Honda Accord Coupe have steering wheel-mounted controls, MP3 playback capability, a six-disc CD changer and an auxiliary input jack. XM Satellite radio is standard on Accord EX-L models. Safety equipment includes electronic stability control, plus front, front-side and side-curtain airbags. Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) is standard on all trims except the EX-L with the six-speed manual transmission. ANC monitors low frequency noise entering the cabin (such as a "boomy" exhaust note), and sends an audio signal to cancel out the noise.

Optional Equipment

The optional navigation system on the EX-L has voice activation and a Bluetooth hands-free link for your cell phone. It also includes information from the Zagat Survey guide for restaurants, hotels and attractions. The eight-inch screen is an easy read and the unit itself is straight-forward in operation. And to up the sporty quotient, 18-inch wheels are standard on the EX-L V6.

Under the Hood

All three trim levels (LX-S, EX, EX-L) of the 2009 Accord Coupe offer a 190-horsepower, four-cylinder engine matched with either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. In addition, the automatic-equipped EX-L offers a 3.5-liter V6 with 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. When paired with the available six-speed manual, the engine loses VCM and gains increased low- and mid-range power, making it the most powerful engine ever offered in a Honda (even though the peak horsepower and torque figures are the same).

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
271 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
254 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (manual), 19/28 (automatic)

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2009 Honda Accord Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 1089 Ratings for the 2008 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

RELIABLE AND STYLISH!

By on Sunday, January 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Looks like a Beemer without the tag price...MPG!"

Cons: "Brakes tend to be noisy with particular break pads"

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

"I did a trade-in (After many $$$ fixing a mysterious mechanical problem) for this 2008 Accord. With regular TLC, this vehicle has been the most stylish, smooth driving and amazing MPG I've experienced - it has been my best car yet. Drove from San Diego, CA to Dallas, TX without a hiccup. I am a happy driver and will continue to drive it until the wheels fall off!"

I love my Honda Accord

By on Wednesday, January 06, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Dependable, great responsive driving, looks exec."

Cons: "Elbow rests built for a man (too far back).Seat be"

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

"Great car and Honda dealerships provide excellent service and support throughout the life of the vehicle."

I ONLY HAVE DRIVEN CAR 4000 A YEAR I AM HANDYCAPED

By on Friday, January 01, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,123

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "JUST HAD NEW INSP. AN BATTERY AND OIL"

Cons: "ENGINE TO SMALL FOR CAR . NOT ENOUGH POWER FOR ME"

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

"I HADE THE DEALER INSTALL A REMOTE STARTER AND PROTECTIVE MOLDING TO PREVENT DOOR DINGS AT A COST OF $800."

Love this car. I am going to miss it when it sells

By on Thursday, November 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 121,695

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, great pick up, strong engine"

Cons: "none"

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

"Very dependable, safe vehicle. Good sound system with sub-woofers, heated seats, navigation system, sun/moon roof, power steering, locks, and windows, hands free navigation and phone, automatic climate control, beautiful alloy wheels, a/c, cruise control, front wheel drive, shiny blue luxury Honda vehicle!"

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Reliable, low maintenance drive

By on Monday, November 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,700

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "trustworthy, inexpensive, and great mileage value"

Cons: "not cheap to repair body; mediocre floor mats"

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

"We have purchased seven Honda Accords starting in 1984. The only problems we have ever had with any of them were self-inflicted, like not timely changing the timing belt (it broke) in one, or hitting a deer in another. As Montana is large state, every one of our Hondas -- with the exception of the current two we own -- have been driven more than 140,000 miles. The creature comforts in the cars have consistently covered the gamut of what we need and want. (Always wanted to buy an Acura, but would have to travel out of state to purchase and for warranty work.) We have purchased other vehicle, i.e., vans (kid) and pickup (dogs), but always end back with Honda Accords V-6's for most highway and in-town driving. Just too good of a value to change our loyalty."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Not what I expect from Honda

By on Sunday, November 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Looks nice. Holds value."

Cons: "Miserable, rock-hard seats, engine malfunctions."

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

"Initially, my excitement over owning my first new Honda automobile took a big hit from the rock-hard seats, and ergonomically-impossible headrests. The fact that the "auto-dimming" mirror had to be shifted to a non-visible position to keep from being blinded was another annoyance. After I reversed the front two headrests, they were more comfortable, if somewhat less effective in a crash. I added a thickly-padded seat cover to make the driver's seat bearable (negating the effectiveness of the side airbags), and I removed the rear headrests for visibility. At about 68,000 miles, the solenoid that turns off several cylinders during low-demand cruise conditions malfunctioned, leaving the car partially driveable. It goes in and out of that "limp home" mode, meaning you can't count on being able to pull out into traffic. As yet, Honda hasn't issued a recall on this issue, and local mechanics aren't familiar with it. The car is a few thousand past warranty, and rather than be their guinea pig (at my expense), I am choosing to live with this debilitating issue until I see a way to fix it. Overall, the rock hard seats have been a daily annoyance, and the engine trouble has shaken my confidence in Honda quality. When I say hard seats, don't think I'm being a prissy wimp about it; these babies are HARD! A 30 minute trip has you squirming and juggling seat positions so that other parts of your body can share the misery. A couple hours in the saddle, and you're snapping at friends and loved ones because you're calculating the dollar-per-mile-of-misery cost of the car. Overall, this is the worst Honda experience I've had, and I've owned many Honda motorcycles and one Honda car."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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