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2007 Honda Accord Test Drive Review

Promising reliability and refinement, efficiency and enjoyment, and safety and sophistication, the 2007 Honda Accord remains one of the best midsize cars you can buy.

8.7 /10
Overall Score

As faithfully as the sun rises and sets, Honda redesigns the popular Accord every five years. If you’re good with math, that means 2007 is the final year for the current version of the car. But that doesn’t mean you should skip it in favor of newer designs from competitors like Ford, Nissan, and Toyota.

Continuing in 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan body styles, the 2007 Honda Accord is offered in Value Package, LX, Special Edition, EX, EX-L, and Hybrid trim levels. Most Accords have a 4-cylinder engine, some have a V6 engine, and a few have a gas-electric hybrid powertrain.

As far as changes to the 2007 Accord go, the V6 engine is now offered with Special Edition trim. Otherwise, the car is the same as it was in 2006.

Look and Feel

9/ 10

Honda took a dramatic turn with the Accord’s last redesign, for the 2003 model year. An update for 2006 added a completely restyled, and more conventional, rear-end design. To many eyes, the changes were for the better, and the 2007 Accord remains an appealing midsize car despite its age.

Climb aboard, and you’ll face a neatly organized dashboard. Simple white-on-black instrumentation is a model of clarity, the radio controls include large buttons and knobs, and the climate controls are arrayed in a logical horizontal row. Versions with navigation have a good-size display screen.

Furthermore, though the hard plastic that is common in the midsize car segment is on clear display, the Accord exudes quality and refinement for the class.

Performance

9/ 10

Most 2007 Honda Accord models have a 166-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission. A 5-speed manual gearbox is also available. This engine provides decent acceleration and sewing-machine smoothness, and if you know how to row your own gears, the manual transmission is a true delight.

For greater power and acceleration, a 244-hp 3.0-liter V6 engine is available. Like the 4-cylinder, it also comes with a 5-speed automatic, though a 6-speed manual is available on select versions of the Accord. Creamy, effortless power is the V6 engine’s hallmark, but it comes at a cost in terms of price and efficiency.

Choose the Accord Hybrid and you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds. It uses a modified version of the V6 that employs cylinder-deactivation technology, and at stoplights, the engine shuts off to conserve gas. The Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid technology boosts power output to 253 hp, making the Hybrid the most powerful version of the Accord. It’s also the thriftiest with fuel. But it comes fully loaded with a commensurate price tag.

No matter which Accord you choose, the front and rear double-wishbone suspension design delivers an expertly-tuned balance between ride comfort and driving enjoyment. Not as outright fun to fling about as some competitors, the Accord’s silky dynamic refinement is worth the tradeoff. It sounds, feels, and drives like a more expensive vehicle.

However, drum rear brakes are standard with Value Package and LX trim, making the case for an upgrade to Special Edition trim at a minimum.

Form and Function

9/ 10

One of the roomiest cars in its class, the 2007 Honda Accord seats five people, though four will be more comfortable, especially in the Accord coupe.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, and a CD player. Upgrades, depending on the trim level, can include leather upholstery, heated front seats, 8-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat, a power sunroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Honda provides plenty of storage space within the Accord’s cabin, and the huge covered bin forward of the transmission is especially helpful. Sedans hold more luggage in the trunk, which measures 14 cubic feet. The coupe’s trunk is 12.8 cubic feet. Hybrids can hold only 11.2 cubic feet due to the car’s battery pack.

Tech Level

8/ 10

Every 2007 Accord has a CD player, and both a CD changer and an MP3 player are available. For all of the advanced infotainment goodies, though, you’ll need to get the Accord EX-L, which has satellite radio, a premium sound system, and a DVD-based navigation system with voice-recognition technology and a good-sized display screen.

However, unlike Honda’s luxury brand, Acura, the Accord does not offer a wireless Bluetooth cell phone connection for hands-free calling capability.

Safety

8/ 10

In terms of safety equipment, every 2007 Honda Accord includes six airbags. They include dual frontal-impact, front and rear side-impact, and side curtain restraints. Stability control is also available, but only with the V6 engine.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Accord sedan gets a Good rating for moderate-overlap frontal impact and side-impact collision protection. However, the head restraints and seats do a Poor job of protecting occupants. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Accord sedan an overall crash-test rating of 5 stars.

Cost-Effectiveness

9/ 10

Prices for the 2007 Honda Accord range from $19,220 for the Value Package sedan to $31,685 for the Accord Hybrid. That’s a little more than the competition, but with its track record for reliability and resale value, an Accord is worth the extra expense.

Within the Accord lineup, though, which is the best bet? The Hybrid offers a compelling blend of power and efficiency (24 mpg city, 32 highway, 27 combined), but it comes only with EX-L trim and suffers a loss of trunk space. Plus, it commands a $1,690 premium over the EX-L Nav V6 and $4,840 over an equivalently outfitted EX-L Nav 4-cylinder.

Save money and get the V6 for its impressive performance, and you’ll travel three fewer miles on every gallon of gas (18/26/21) compared to the 4-cylinder.

Still, the standard 4-cylinder engine costs thousands less and delivers 21/31/25 when paired with the popular automatic transmission. It might not be quite as fast as the V6 or Hybrid, but from a cost-effectiveness standpoint, it can’t be beaten.

Updated by Christian Wardlaw

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