1995 HONDA ACCORD LX SEDAN 4D
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1995 Honda Accord ReviewThis car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale.
Highly popular - and with good reason.
The real battles for your car-buying dollars are fought in the midsize sedan category. Whatever you call these vehicles - bread and butter or meat and potatoes - midrange sedans remain the heart and soul of the auto industry.
One of the all-time favorites is the Honda Accord. From the very start, Honda has set the standard in innovative products that feature benchmark user-friendliness and thoughtful details.
Hondas are not like other cars, and their many unique aspects have earned them a strong following of loyal, satisfied owners.
For 1995, Honda has added the availability of a V6 engine to the ever-popular Accord. This will make it even more competitive with models such as the Toyota Camry and the new Ford Contour and Chrysler Cirrus. Needless to say, we like the new V6 Accord - a lot.
The Honda Accord was completely redone from stem to stern for the 1994 model year. As a result, it remains pretty much unchanged for 1995, and a good thing, too - it's a wonderful sedan.
Honda leads the world in thoughtful innovation, and the Accord is so driver-friendly that the first-timer is often amazed by the sheer thoroughness of all the little details and nice touches that make the driving task - and the ownership experience - something special.
One thing that always strikes us about the Accord is its jewel-like fit-and-finish. Everything about the Accord is finely crafted and carefully fitted like a true work of art, from its elegant body lines to its smooth powertrain.
The Accord is available in three body styles: 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe and 4-door wagon. The sedan comes in three trim levels: DX, LX and EX.
The V6 engine is offered only in the sedan and only in the LX and EX trim levels. The EX V6 is a high-line vehicle with standard equipment that includes 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking - perhaps the most significant safety feature from an accident-avoidance standpoint; automatic transmission; air conditioning; an AM/FM cassette stereo system; power windows, door locks and mirrors; and other convenience features.
In addition, the EX receives a leather-trimmed interior, an 8-way power driver's seat, power moonroof, 6-speaker sound system and alloy wheels.
The Accord's base powerplant is a 2.2-liter in-line 4-cylinder, with 130 hp in the DX and LX trim levels and 145 hp in the EX. The base transmission is a 5-speed manual, and a 4-speed automatic is available as an option.
The V6 is a 2.7-liter, based on the original Acura Legend engine, rated at 170 hp and 165 lb.-ft. of torque. It's mated with a new 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, with lock-up torque converter and Grade Logic programming, which allows the transmission to select and hold the gear ratio that best suits the ongoing driving situation.
One thing that hurts the Accord is that its interior volume is slightly smaller than the interiors of some of its competitors. The roomier Toyota Camry, for example, is rated by the EPA as a midsize car, but the Accord is a compact. Still, the Accord is on the upper end of the compact range, and it does make efficient use of its space - however limited.
It will seat five reasonably sized adults just fine, and the front seats are supportive and comfortable. With two in the rear there's plenty of room. However, three across in back may be a little tight, especially if the riders are on the larger size. On the bright side, there should be plenty of headroom for most folks.
As is typical of Honda, the instrument panel is arranged for near-ideal operation of the car and its functions. Every instrument, knob, switch and button is easy to see, reach and twist, flick or push.
There's lots of storage, including a coin tray to the left of the steering wheel and dual cupholders in the center console. And even with the passenger airbag, there's still a good-sized glove box.
The trunk is larger than it looks, measuring 13.0 cu. ft. A clever over-center mechanism that allows the trunk lid to open past vertical, as well as a low liftover height, aids in loading luggage or groceries.
In addition, the trunk stretches a good distance under the rear window. And for even more added versatility, the rear seat folds down to expand storage space.
Standard safety features include dual airbags and 3-point seat belts in the four outboard positions. The Accord also meets the 1997 federal side-impact standards.
From the base Civic to the Acura NSX, Honda products have always offered a superior driving experience, and the Accord is no exception. It's a wonderful driving car, offering nifty handling and maneuverability, excellent steering feel, a good ride and a light, yet precise, touch to the controls.
The 4-cylinder engine is crisp and responsive, but the optional V6 really transforms the Accord's performance into a quick, lively sedan that's able to dart through traffic with athletic ease. Seldom do you find such a willing engine in a sedan, and the characteristic Honda silky smoothness of this powerplant is an added sweet benefit.
The transmission fitted to the V6 is also a model of seamless operation. Its Grade Logic programming will be appreciated by those who drive through hilly terrain because it acts like a skilled driver. It works by sensing the driving conditions and automatically selecting - and holding - the most appropriate gear for the task.
This means it may, for example, stay in third gear while driving up and down hills, and it won't hunt between gears on long, gentle upgrades.
The Accord EX's front and rear suspension consists of double wishbone arms, coil springs and stabilizer bars.
This is one of the most sophisticated layouts to be found on any midrange sedan. The Accord matches an even, well-controlled ride with crisp steering response and a nimbleness to the handling that is almost sports carlike. Of all sedans in this price and size range, the Accord definitely offers one of the best driving experiences.
Another driving benefit is the seating position and large window area resulting from the low beltline, a Honda trademark that gives exceptional outward vision. Even shorter drivers can see well out of the Accord. This lends a feeling of security because you're able to place the car on the road when you're in tight spots.
What's not to like about the Honda Accord? Through several versions over the years, the Accord has developed a strong, loyal following - and for good reason. It's simply an excellent product, near faultless in many ways.
The overall layout is intelligent, efficient and thoughtful. From the neat packaging to the ease of operation to the nice touches such as chrome inside-door handles and the soft tick of the turn signal flasher, you can tell the Honda people have tried very hard not to have anything on the car that would be in the slightest way annoying. And they've succeeded.
The addition of the V6 only makes it sweeter. The EPA fuel economy numbers for the V6 are not yet available, and it will probably use a little more gas than the 4-cylinder versions. We think that's a small price to pay for such a pleasant driving experience in such a well-packaged, finely executed 4-door sedan.
As you can gather, we really like the Accord. And we also like V6 power. If you feel the same way we do, you'll gladly buy a little extra gas to gain the performance, response and smoothness of a V6 engine in the Accord.An outstanding world car from Marysville, Ohio.
The Accord is one of the best-selling car lines in America. No surprise there.
But it is surprising that the Accord Wagon doesn't contribute very much to this ongoing success story. It's surprising to Honda, which had somewhat higher expectations for this trim midsize wagon. And surprising to us.
Never mind. Coupe, sedan or wagon, an Accord is an exceptional automobile - cleverly engineered, thoughtfully designed and beautifully assembled.
The assembly, incidentally, takes place right here in the United States at Honda's manufacturing facility in Marysville, Ohio. It's interesting to note that Marysville has be-come the worldwide source of Accord wagons and coupes. Which tells you something about Honda's confidence in its Ohio workforce.
Completely redesigned for '94, the Accord family is now in its fifth generation. Though the wagon has only been in the lineup since '91, it benefits from 18 years of on-going development and refinement.
The Accord's 1994 makeover was arguably the most sweeping in the car's long history. Beyond the quietly stylish exterior, it included a redesigned interior plus extensive chassis stiffening.
Obviously, the wagon doesn't have the same clean, wedge-shaped look as the sedan and coupe. But the look is thoroughly contemporary. The rounded rear contours and molded-in taillights make it look like something other than an Accord sedan with an extra section grafted on.
With flush-mounted glass and cleaner lines, all the Accords have improved aerodynamic efficiency, which pays off in reduced wind noise and quieter all-around operation. The Toyota Camry Wagon may still hold a slight edge in this department, but it would take a very keen ear to pick up the difference.
The Accord Wagon is a little smaller than its principal competition - the Camry, Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable wagons. The Accord's more compact design and sophisticated suspension combine to provide better handling, but for larger family purposes one of the bigger midsize wagons might be a better bet.
Unlike the sedan lineup, there are only two Accord Wagon models: LX and EX. The LX is the middle grade in Honda's model designations and it includes as standard equipment most of the comfort and convenience features that make driving more pleasurable.
The EX version, of course, adds more - a power moonroof and standard anti-lock brakes (ABS), for example - and offers the option of leather upholstery.
The standard powertrain for the Accord LX Wagon is a 130-hp 2.2-liter 4-cylinder with a 5-speed manual transmission. EX editions get a more powerful VTEC version of this same engine.
Honda's smooth-shifting 4-speed automatic is an extra-cost option for both models.
Although our LX test wagon had the base engine and manual transmission, a word on Honda's VTEC and Grade Logic automatic transmission is in order here.
The VTEC engine extracts an extra measure of performance from the 2.2-liter engine by automatically shifting over to a second set of camshaft lobes at higher engine speeds. The effect is similar to the extra power provided by a turbocharger, without the turbocharger drawbacks in durability and operation.
Grade Logic is programmed into the computer interface between the engine and automatic transmission. When the computer sees that you've got your foot off the gas pedal but the car isn't slowing down - a condition you might encounter when descending a steep hill, for example - it automatically shifts down one gear so that you don't have to ride the brake all the way to the bottom.
Few carmakers can match Honda's expertise in control layout, and it's hard to think of any that exceed it. If you visit a Honda showroom, try this experiment. Sit down in an Accord, close your eyes and then reach out to where you think a particular control should be located. Chances are it'll be right at your fingertips.
Besides the presence of dual airbags, another nice feature of the Accord dashboard is its smooth surface. Although most passenger-car dashboards have an organic, flowing appearance these days, many of them have a fussy, patchwork look - lots of smaller pieces assembled to produce the whole.
The Accord dashboard, in contrast, seems to be one big molding, a subtle reinforcement of this car's excellent quality.
The wagon is equipped with bucket seats up front and a split bench in the rear. The front seats are well shaped, with relatively firm padding that seems to get more comfortable the longer you drive.
There's not quite as much lateral support as you might find in seats from other manufacturers, but Honda doesn't expect Accord Wagon buyers to be attacking back roads or mountain switchbacks. This is a family act.
Front-seat legroom is plentiful and headroom is very good throughout, but we found the wagon's rear seat to be a little restrictive for adults.
Access to the cargo area through the wide rear hatch opening is excellent. The lift-over is low, and there's a security cover for valuables.
Although the Accord engineering team saw the wagon's basic purpose as refined family transportation, this car is far from boring.
Its power steering system, which varies steering effort according to road speed - low effort for low speed, higher effort and increased road feel at freeway speeds - is unusually precise for a family wagon. And even though it can't be confused with, say, a BMW sport wagon, the Accord's handling responses are crisp and prompt.
Our test car had ABS as one of its few options, and as a result braking performance was very good. We'd prefer to see ABS included as standard equipment right across the line, but we'd recommend it regardless of price.
Honda chose ride comfort over sporty handling in tuning the Accord's suspension, and we endorse the priority. Our test car was smooth with no hint of mushiness. The overall feel was faintly European, and it enhanced our sense of control.
We also liked the Accord's large window area that gave us a good view of what was going on, particularly up front. This, too, is a Honda trademark.
The Accord's standard 2.2-liter engine doesn't deliver neck-snapping performance, but we think it might surprise some. With the 5-speed manual transmission - clean gear engagements, easy shifts - our tester moved along respectably, with effortless freeway manners.
Hitching the standard engine to the 4-speed automatic transmission diminishes performance, of course, but not as much as you might expect.
This is an exceptionally smooth engine, free from vibration at all speeds. It may be the best 4-cylinder in the business.
If you want V6 power, you'll have to shop elsewhere. A V6 engine option won't be available in the wagon for another year.
The Accord Wagon does have some limitations. It's not as roomy as its key competition, its price range is on the high side and the absence of a V6 engine option is a turnoff for some.
But you do get what you pay for, and then some. This is a refined, sophisticated automobile by any measure - quiet, comfortable and thoroughly competent. Inside and out, it's a festival of good design, and its quality is virtually flawless.
The best index to this quality story is how well Accords hold their resale value. That's easy to quantify: They're tops.
When someone says their next car is going to be an Accord, we always say, 'Good choice.
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