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2009 Honda Accord Sedan - Overview

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Overview

What Changed for 2009:

  • Unchanged after 2008 redesign
  • V-6 engine horsepower re-rated from 268 to 271
  • V-6 engine torque now quoted at 254 versus 248 lb.-ft.
Overview
In 1976, Honda introduced the Accord to America. The little 3-door hatchback was a bit bigger and more powerful than the Civic, while riding on a wheelbase shorter than today's Honda Fit. Over the years, the Accord grew larger as its loyal customer base grew older, adding a sedan body style in 1979, becoming the first Japanese-nameplate car to be manufactured in the U.S. in 1982, taking the title of best-selling car in America in 1990, and ultimately dropping the original hatchback configuration for a coupe and a station wagon. In 1998, the wagon vanished and the Accord sedan graduated from the compact car class to the midsize segment. The current-generation Accord is offered as a 4-door sedan or 2-door coupe, both with front-wheel drive (FWD) and seating for 5. It is also larger than ever-classified as a Large Car by the EPA in sedan form-and offers more interior space, more horsepower, and more standard features than ever before.

All 2009 Honda Accords are covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. The powertrain limited warranty is extended for 5 years/60,000 miles. A corrosion limited warranty is in effect for 5 years/unlimited miles.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Honda Accord sedan is available in six trim levels: LX sedan, LX Premium sedan, EX sedan, EX-L sedan, EX V-6 sedan, and EX-L V-6 sedan. The coupe is available in four trim levels: LX-S coupe, EX coupe, EX-L coupe, EX-L V-6 coupe.

Standard equipment on the LX sedan includes cloth upholstery; air conditioning; interior air filter; power windows, locks and mirrors; remote keyless entry; cruise control; 6-speaker, 160-watt stereo with CD/MP3 player; auxiliary input jack; tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls; height-adjustable driver's seat; folding rear seat; trunk pass-through; and P195/60R16 tires on steel wheels with wheelcovers. The LX Premium sedan includes the Premium package with 16-inch alloy wheels, 8-way power driver's seat, one-touch front passenger window, security alarm, and a chrome exhaust outlet. The EX sedan adds a more powerful version of the 4-cylinder engine, plus a moonroof; 6-disc CD changer; heated side mirrors; power lumbar support for the driver; Active Noise Cancellation technology; and P225/50R17 tires on alloy wheels. Adding the Leather package creates the Accord EX-L sedan, which has leather seats; heated front seats; leather-wrapped steering wheel; premium audio system with XM satellite radio; dual-zone automatic climate control; auto-dimming rearview mirror; compass; exterior temperature display; and automatic headlights. The EX V-6 sedan and EX-L V-6 sedan are equipped with the more powerful 271-hp engine, fog lights, and a universal garage door opener. Also available is a navigation system with a Bluetooth wireless cell phone link.

The LX-S coupe shares much of its equipment with the LX Premium sedan but adds the more powerful 4-cylinder engine; sport-tuned suspension with shock tower brace; 6-disc CD changer; Active Noise Cancellation technology; and P225/50R17 tires on alloy wheels. The EX coupe mirrors the similarly trimmed EX sedan, but it adds the upgraded audio system and lacks the 8-way power driver's seat. The EX-L coupe gains P235/45R18 tires on alloy wheels. The EX-L V-6 coupe adds the V-6 powerplant. For sportier driving, a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission is available for the EX-L coupe, and on this model the V-6 engine is tuned to deliver more torque at low- and mid-range speeds for livelier response, Honda says.

Powertrain
The LX and LX Premium sedans are equipped with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 177 hp at 6500 rpm and 161 lb.-ft. of torque at 4300 rpm. The LX-S coupe, EX sedan and EX-L sedan share the same 4-cylinder engine, but it's tuned to produce 190 hp at 7000 rpm and 162 lb.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm. On all of these models, a 5-speed manual transmission is standard, with a 5-speed automatic transmission optional. Accord V-6 models have a 3.5-liter V-6 engine rated at 271 hp at 6000 rpm and 254 lb.-ft. of torque at 5000 rpm. The V-6 engine is equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission, but a 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission is available on the Accord EX-L V-6 coupe. EPA fuel-economy estimates range between 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway for the 4-cylinder engine with the manual transmission and 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the V-6 coupe, also with the manual transmission. All three Accord engines meet the stringent standards for a Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle (PZEV).

The 2009 Honda Accord rides on a double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension. Variable Gear Ratio steering is designed to provide lighter and quicker response at low speeds, and better on-center stability and feel at higher speeds, the automaker says.

Safety
The Accord has Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which is designed to enhance frontal collision compatibility with vehicles of different sizes and bumper heights, reduce intrusion into the passenger cabin in front end collisions, and mitigate pedestrian injury. Dual-stage front air bags, dual-chamber front side-impact air bags, and side curtain air bags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System are standard, along with active front head restraints. Also standard are 4-wheel-disc brakes with anti-lock control (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist, traction control, and electronic stability control.

The Honda Accord has been named a "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). That means it scored "Good" ratings for frontal offset, side-impact and rear crash protection and offers electronic stability control. In tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), both Accord body styles have earned 5-star ratings for the driver and front passenger in front impacts and for rollover resistance. In side-impact tests, the sedan earned a 5-star rating for the driver and a 3-star rating for the rear passenger, while the coupe earned a 4-star rating for the driver and a 5-star rating for the rear passenger.

Technology
The Honda Accord's V-6 engine has Variable Cylinder Management, which lets the engine run on six, four or three cylinders, depending on driving conditions, to help conserve fuel and increase mileage. This feature debuted on the 2005 Odyssey minivan, and it helps the Accord V-6 with an automatic transmission achieve an EPA-estimated 29 mpg on the highway. The Accord also offers an optional voice-activated navigation system with Zagat Survey information for restaurants, hotels and attractions, in addition to other features. Finally, all Accords-except for the LX and LX-P sedan-have Active Noise Control for a quieter interior.

Available Trims for the 2009 Honda Accord Sedan

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
2.4 LX (M5) 5 speed manual $20,905 177-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 22/31
2.4 LX-P (M5) 5 speed manual $21,905 177-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 22/31
2.4 EX (M5) 5 speed manual $23,605 190-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 22/31
2.4 EX-L (M5) 5 speed manual $25,605 190-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 22/31
3.5 EX (A5) 5 speed automatic $26,605 271-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl 19/29
3.5 EX-L (A5) 5 speed automatic $28,705 271-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl 19/29

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