favorite with young families, over the years the Accord grew with
its customers while attracting new converts. This 6th
generation example pushed that mission further, while still
retaining the sportiest driving characteristics of its market
There are two
body styles available: a coupe and
a 4-door sedan. Both come in three trim levels: DX, LX, and
the top of the line EX. A station wagon, which had been
offered since 1991, was dropped. You’ll find one of two
engines in these Accords, a 2.3 liter four cylinder or a
200hp, 3.0 liter V6. Both are SOHC designs. A 4-speed
automatic was optional on 4cyl Accords, all of which sported a
5-speed manual as standard equipment. V6 equipped models came
only with the automatic.
sedan is very conservatively styled – a true three box affair.
Perhaps the new coupe had something to do with the conservative
styling of the sedan. Previous coupes had been merely 2-door
versions of the sedans, this time it boasted a completely
differently styled coupe with a design that shared no sheetmetal
with the sedan. Somehow, though, that too came off very
pleasant, but somewhat dull.
Cookie cutter styling
V6 automatic transmission
always been a class leader when it came to interior design.
That’s true for all it’s vehicles, not just the Accord. This
Accord is no exception. Everything fits well, nothing clashes
and even the DX looks far richer than it’s price would suggest.
Nothing fancy, mind you, just an overall impression of quality.
The crisp feel of all the controls adds to the feeling.
There is also
a great deal of storage space in the cabin. Bins, pockets, a
large glove box, and cup holders will hold your stuff.
is substantially larger – on the inside – than any previous version.
Still, it’s less than an inch longer and 50lbs heavier than the
model it replaced. All the increases were achieved through
lighter weight materials and more efficient design. It’s the
Honda Way and they are better at it than anyone.
As usual, the
front seats are generously padded, firm and supportive. The
big improvement is in the rear. Three adults can sit in
reasonable comfort, a first for the Accord despite the previous
claims of the marketing folks. Two adults have ample room,
with headroom, legroom and shoulder room all squarely in mid-size
territory. Even the coupe can fit two in the rear without
having to pull off any yoga moves.
four year run, no vehicle in its market segment put these three
driving characteristics together better than the Accord.
Handling is direct, responsive and imparts confidence at all speeds.
The ride is compliant, yet at higher speeds it still keeps a measure
of control lacking in the butter smooth Camry.
with the 4-cylinder is amazingly brisk. The six is faster, of
course, but not as much as you would expect.
automatic and manual 4-cylinder sedans, and a V6 coupe. All
were still impressively tight, even the 5-speed with 116,000 miles
(admittedly, 116,000 very well card for miles!). There were no
rattles, no funny noises, no “loosey goosey” feeling. It
wasn’t, of course, showroom tight, but it had aged much better than
most cars of this vintage.
noise was prevalent in all. At idle Honda’s are very quiet,
but at speed they do allow a fair amount of road and wind noise in.
We’d say they are no better than mid pack in this area – at best.
breaks with most other Honda’s by getting the driver and passengers
up off the floor. There’s good visibility all around, too.
were optional on LX 4-cylinder models, standard on EX and V6 models.
An optional front side curtain air bag system complemented the dual
crash tests of Accords resulted in four stars for both the driver
and front passenger, with a good, but not great, showing overall.
Accords are known for their reliability and longevity. All is
not perfect here, though. There have been issues with the
automatic transmission, particularly when mated to the V6.
There have also been sporadic problems with the ECM (Engine Control
Module), the black box that controls the interaction of the
Brakes are a service area on Honda’s that seem to require a bit more
attention than most cars. Perhaps it’s because Honda drivers
drive a bit more enthusiastically!
built their reputation over a long period – longer than any mid-size
sedan, including the Camry. While other companies constantly
change model names, size, and mission, the Accord has always tried
to provide reasonable room in a reasonable sized package for
families. As a bonus, it has been the best all-around
performer during most of those years, with near top of the class
reliability. It’s a winner any way you slice it.
1998: 6th generation Accord. All-new design.
1999: No major changes
2000: Reworked taillights. EX model gets standard side
2001: Many styling updates. Most significant is
a greatly improved interior. DVD Navigation system now
available. V6 bumped to 250hp. SE-R performance
model debuts with 260hp.
2002: No changes. As is standard practice
with Honda, a new SE model joins the lineup in it's last
DX, LX, EX
4-dr Sedan, 2-dr Coupe
Dimensions & Capacities (may be rounded)
Trunk Vol :
14.1 cu ft
Front-engine, Front-wheel drive
DX 2.3L (4cyl-135hp)
4spd automatic w/od
DX/LX 4cyl: front disc/rear drum
EX and all V6: front and rear discs (ABS standard)
Optional on LX 4cyl models. Standard on V6 And EX
Dual front standard, front side optional
NHTSA Safety Rating:
Front: Driver & Passenger ****
Side: Front *** Rear ****
Best: ***** No or minor injuries probable
Worst: * Serious injury probable
IIHS Front Crash Rating:
3yr/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, 5yr/unlimited mile