Honda Accord Performance
The 2007 Honda Accord hits all the right notes on ride quality. Capturing the spirit of many test drives, Car and Driver reports that "the entire driving experience is much like Goldilocks's third bowl of porridge -- just right. Everything feels exactly as it should."
Reviewers are generally pleased with the Accord's power and handling with both available engines and the performance of both the manual and automatic transmissions. Autobytel recalls that "it is refreshing to get into a car that looks and feels as good as the Accord does, and has the performance to enhance the experience." Cars.com claims that "any Accord model is exceptionally pleasant in virtually every respect."
Acceleration and Power
Reviewers have good things to say about the Accord's base DOHC 2.4-liter four-cylinder with valve-variable timing. It's "ultra-smooth," to Car and Driver, "peppy enough to be entertaining" for Road and Track, and "marvelous" for Kelley Blue Book, who further describes the engine as "arguably one of the best-built, smoothest-running four-cylinder engines on the planet." The four-cylinder engine is matched with either a five-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission.
Experts admit that part of the attraction is fuel economy. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, buyers should expect an Accord with a four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission to run 23 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on highways. For the five-speed automatic, anticipate 21 miles per gallon in the city, and 31 on the highway.
The four-cylinder engine makes 166 horsepower and has 160 pound feet of torque, which, according to Car and Driver, are not "earth-shattering numbers, but the automatic's wisely selected gear ratios and quick shifts help harness the motor's full potential." However, Kelley Blue Book has love for the five-speed manual and recommends it "for those who enjoy more spirited driving."
For a more powerful engine, the 2007 Honda Accord offers trims with a SOHC 3.0-liter V6 engine souped up with 244 horsepower and 211 pound-feet of torque. CNET appreciates the fact that even with the extra power, it still has Accord's trait for subtlety. "It's a pretty quiet engine, refusing to call attention to itself," the reviewers note. Consumer Guide describes the V6 as "lively, satisfying." Kelley Blue Book summarizes that if you can swing the extra money, the V6 is "really the way to go," because it "moves the Accord with such authority you'll think you've entered into BMW territory."
On most trims, the V6 is paired with either a five-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. Manual transmissions are unavailable on the V6 versions of the SE and LX trims. Consumer Guide says that acceleration "feels markedly quicker" with the stick shift, while the says that the manual is "an absolute joy to use. Honda must have a design sub-team whose only job is to make sure that the synchronizers in the gearbox do their job flawlessly each time." Meanwhile, reviewers from Cars.com suggest the automatic "excels by delivering quick bursts of acceleration."
However, buyers will be trading off fuel efficiency for more power. The Environmental Protection Agency rates the six-cylinder engine with an automatic transmission at 18 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on highways. With the six-speed manual, the Accord rates at 18 mpg city, 27 mpg for the highway.
Handling and Braking
Reviewers praise the overall handling capabilities of the 2007 Honda Accord. The Accord's dynamic chassis, which, as Kelly Blue Book say, is "that harmonious spot between a comfortable ride and agile handling," is provided by a unit-body construction, double wishbone front suspension and five-link double wishbone rear suspension with stabilizer bars for front and rear. MSN says the suspension is "supple" and "delivers a mostly smooth ride and adroit handling," while the writes, "Honda is known for sporty cars, and the Accord's suspension is dialed in for a firm ride and responsive handling."
The 2007 Accord placed first in a Car and Driver comparison test, also featuring the Chrysler Sebring, Toyota Camry, Saturn Aura, Kia Optima and Nissan Altima. Car and Driver especially noted the Accord's handling. When compared to the others, drivers recall the car performs "as if made out of titanium and carbon fiber, with a center of gravity just below the catalytic converter. The delicate steering wheel, dimple-patterned for grip, is light and precise, the body motions clipped, the turn-in sharp, the chassis rigid."
For both the Accord coupe and sedan, steering is variable power-assisted rack-and-pinion, which Edmunds describes as having a "slick, precise feel." While many reviewers praise the Accord's maneuverability, some note when the steering falters. Cars.com reports a "slight steering deadness on-center," and an Autobytel writer finds "a hint of road feel...requires mid-course correction when driving hard on sweeping curves."
The top-of-the-line EX-L coupe has a sport-tuned suspension -- a front shock tower bar that makes suspension "noticeably stiffer and not particularly compliant," to Autobytel, which also finds the Accord "gets a bit more woozy than expected" over dips.
Experts from MSN and the categorize the Accord's anti-lock brakes as smooth and strong. And while Car and Driver says the brakes "feel firm without being grabby," others reviewers hold the Accord to a higher standard by now. Edmunds says the brakes "should be more powerful" and that they're "missing some of the premium features being offered by newer competitors." And although its writers say the pedal is reassuring, "stopping distances are longer than those of competing cars." In addition, Autobytel wishes for "brakes that didn't fade after short bursts of spirited driving." The sedan's Value Package and both the sedan and coupe's LX come with front-disc and rear-drum brakes, but other models upgrade for solid discs in the rear.
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