Honda's very popular mid-size car, the Accord, received significant updates for the 2006 model year, so there aren't many major changes for 2007. However, there are three new exterior colors-Moroccan Red Pearl, Cool Blue Metallic, and Tango Red Pearl-and a Special Edition V-6, a new trim package that includes 17-inch wheels, four-wheel disc brakes (instead of rear drums), audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, a 6-disc CD changer, and an alarm system.
Along with the Toyota Camry, the Honda Accord has been the most popular model in the mid-size family car category, and is available in both four-door sedan and two-door coupe versions. For 2006, the venerable Honda was updated with freshened exterior styling, more power for both four- and six-cylinder models, plus new comfort and convenience features and such safety equipment as standard side curtain air bags.
Accord buyers can choose among four-cylinder and V-6 gasoline engines or a hybrid version that stretches stops at the gas pump by combining a V-6 with an electric motor system. However, the hybrid is only available in the four-door sedan, not the coupe. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder generates 160 hp and is rated at 26 mpg in town and 34 on the highway with the standard 5-speed manual transmission, and 24 city/33 highway mpg with a 5-speed automatic. The 3.0-liter V-6 pumps out 240 hp and is rated at 21/30 mpg in city/highway driving with its standard 5-speed automatic in the sedan. The coupe comes with a 6-speed manual as its standard transmission. The Accord Hybrid is rated at 28 city mpg and 35 highway.
Honda offers a wide array of Accords, with the sedan available in nine trim levels and the coupe in five. All come with dual-stage front air bags, front side air bags, side curtain air bags, anti-lock brake systems, and daytime running lights. Standard equipment also includes a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, an AM/FM stereo with CD player, power windows, and light-emitting diode (LED) instrumentation. All upscale EX models add a 6-disc CD changer, alloy wheels, a power moon roof, and a power driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support.
The Honda Accord competes in the Midsize Conventional segment, which consists of 18 models. Buyers in this segment look for reliability, fuel economy, and performance, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Toyota Camry (397,630 units sold), Honda Accord (354,441), and Nissan Altima (232,457). The Honda Accord's 354,441 sales in 2006 represent a decrease of 4 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize Conventional segment include the Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6, Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion, and Subaru Legacy. Joining the segment in 2007 is the Saturn Aura.
|2.4 LX (M5)||5 speed manual||$20,475||166-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||26/34|
|2.4 EX (M5)||5 speed manual||$22,650||166-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||26/34|
|3.0 LX (A5)||5 speed automatic||$25,300||244-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl||20/29|
|3.0 EX (M6)||6 speed manual||$27,500||244-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl||21/30|