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2005 Honda Accord Test Drive Review

The Honda Accord provides comfortable and reliable daily transportation with styling that sets the bar for the sedan segment.

7.3 /10
Overall Score

The seventh generation of the Honda Accord was introduced for the 2003 model year and carried over to the 2005 model year with minimal changes, one of which was additional airbags. A more significant update is expected to arrive for the 2006 model year, but the 2005 Accord is the heart of this generation of the vehicle. Domestic rivals of this model year just can’t compete with the Accord on substance or style. The Accord is efficient, has a smooth ride, and has a high-quality cabin.

Look and Feel

8/ 10

The Accord’s forward-thinking design serves it well. It has the conventional three-box layout for which sedans are known, but Honda takes the details in a different direction. The headlights are plucky-looking triangles. And while the taillights are a bit more conventional, they still have a futuristically clean design.

Trims for the 2005 Accord are DX, LX, EX, EX-L, LX-V6, and EX-V6. Standard features in the base DX include a two-speaker stereo, 15-inch steel wheels with plastic covers, manually adjustable four-way driver and front-passenger seats, power windows, heated side mirrors, and rear-seating climate-control ducts.

Available features and features found on upper models include alloy wheels, a power sunroof, a power driver’s seat, power side mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, and a multi-function steering wheel with audio and cruise toggles. The EX-L comes with leather upholstery and is available with a GPS navigation system.

Performance

7/ 10

There are two engines available on the Accord, a base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, and a 3.0-liter V6. The 4-cylinder sends 160 horsepower through either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0-liter V6 can be had with only the 5-speed automatic. Both engines route power to front-wheel drive. If you demand a manual with your V6 Accord, look to the Coupe, though it’s a bit less practical than the sedan.

Handling is comfort-oriented, meaning it can also be a bit vague at times. The brakes are not as strong as they could or should be, but overall, the Accord delivers a smooth ride that is optimal for highways, boulevards, and neighborhoods.

Fuel economy estimates for the 2005 Honda Accord are 23 mpg city, 31 highway, 26 combined when the 4-cylinder is paired to the manual transmission. With the automatic transmission, the 4-cylinder returns 21/31/24 combined. The V6 returns a claimed 19/28/22 combined. Your fuel economy may vary.

Form and Function

7/ 10

The cabin of the Accord defies convention, especially compared to contemporary rivals. Honda blends radio and climate controls to the point where temperature and fan speed dials could be confused with the volume dial.

Below those controls is a helpful tray with a retractable cover. The doors and center console have helpful trays and bins, and the trunk has 14 cubic feet of cargo space, which is adequate, but less than the Camry, which has 16.7 cubic feet.

The Accord has a spacious backseat with plenty of legroom and headroom. Even if the front seat passenger slides their seat all the way back, the backseat passenger will have usable space.

Tech Level

5/ 10

The Accord comes standard with a very basic two-speaker stereo and an AM/FM radio receiver… and that’s about it. The LX ups the stereo to 6 speakers, while the EX adds a CD player, and the EX-L adds satellite radio.

The EX V6 and EX-L are available with a navigation system. The system and graphics are quite basic, but they get the job done. Competitive cars have little else in the way of tech features.

Safety

8/ 10

The 2005 Accord comes standard with four-wheel antilock brakes (front disc/rear drum), electronic brake-force distribution, an engine immobilizer, and an emergency interior trunk release. It also comes with a full complement of front- and side-impact airbags, including dual-stage front side-mounted airbags, which are new additions for 2005. Moving up to the LX trim adds auto shut-off headlights while selecting the EX adds rear disc brakes as well as a remote anti-theft alarm system.

The Accord earned its best score of Good from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the categories of Moderate Overlap Front and Side Impact crash tests. It scored a Poor for its head restraints. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) testing, the Accord earned five out of five stars for Front Drivers Side and Front Passengers Side crash tests. It earns four out of five for side-impact testing and rollover testing.

Cost-Effectiveness

9/ 10

Priced competitively within its market, the Accord appears to be a good value. Further, a well-maintained Accord can run well past 200,000 miles, and even beyond 250,000 miles. Hitting these milestones requires careful driving and keeping up on routine service intervals. In doing so, you are maintaining the value of your investment by prolonging it, and in the case of the Accord, that means many years of no-fuss driving.

Updated by George Kennedy

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