- The Washington Times - Friday, February 20, 2009

TORRANCE, Calif. | The 2009 Honda Accord lineup is designed to impress, with premium features, accommodating technology and efficient performance geared for both the finish line and the bottom line.

Available as a sedan or a coupe and powered by advanced 4-cylinder or V-6 engines, the Accord embodies a sophisticated design and provides an accommodating, spacious interior. An emphasis on safety includes such highlights as standard electronic stability control, standard side curtain airbags and the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. Premium technologies available on certain models include the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice activation, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and XM Satellite Radio.

The Accord exterior design is intended to communicate a prestigious and substantial presence. The Accord’s muscular stance is further heightened on the coupe by a longer hood with sharp character lines and a tapered C-pillar with wedge-shaped rear side windows for a fast, aerodynamic look.

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Interior styling on all models provides world-class ergonomics and intuitive vehicle controls. Sporty, yet comfortable seats are equipped with leather-trimmed surfaces on the Accord EX-L.

The double wishbone front suspension and multilink rear suspension, a premium arrangement for the midsize segment, inspires spirited handling performance while also providing a comfortable ride.

“As one of the best-selling cars in America, the popularity of the Accord can be traced to its combination of refinement, quality, sporty feel, safety equipment, fuel efficiency and long-term value,” said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

“Other cars can claim some of those traits, too, but only the Accord reaches consistently higher in more of the areas that matter most.”

The Accord is available with 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and 3.5-liter V-6 engine choices. Available transmissions include a 5-speed manual (standard with all 4-cylinder engines), a 5-speed automatic (standard on V-6-powered sedan models, available with all 4-cylinder engines and V-6-powered Accord coupes) and a 6-speed manual transmission (available on the Accord coupe EX-L V-6).

The available 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine produces 271-horsepower - the most ever for any Accord - while implementing the latest generation of fuel-saving Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology from Honda and achieving a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) rating from the California Air Resources Board.

The VCM system operates in 6-cylinder mode for power and 4-cylinder and 3-cylinder modes for efficiency, resulting in an EPA city/highway fuel economy rating of 19/29 miles per gallon in the Accord sedan V-6.

The additional power of the V-6 engine has minimal impact on the fuel-economy rating when compared with the 4-cylinder engine, which achieves 21/30 miles per gallon city/highway in the Accord sedan with a 5-speed automatic transmission.

The ACE body structure enhances frontal collision compatibility with vehicles of different sizes and bumper heights. Additional safety equipment standard on all Accord models includes Vehicle Stability Assist (also known as electronic stability control), side-curtain airbags, dual-chamber front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System, active front seat head restraints, anti-lock brakes and more.

Sedan trim levels range from the well-equipped Accord LX and plus-featured LX-P (177-horsepower 4-cylinder engine) to the nicely equipped Accord EX (190-horsepower 4-cylinder engine or 271-horsepower V-6 engine) to the premium and upscale Accord EX-L (190-horsepower 4-cylinder engine or 271-horsepower V-6 engine).

Coupe trim levels range from the well-equipped Accord LX-S (190 horsepower 4-cylinder engine) to the nicely equipped Accord EX (190-horsepower 4-cylinder engine) to the premium and upscale Accord EX-L (190-horsepower 4-cylinder engine or 271-horsepower V-6 engine).

The Accord interior is designed for a dynamic, intuitive and upscale presence. A zone styling approach separates operation-related instruments (top) and information-related instruments (lower). At night, the controls are further separated by color to distinguish between climate controls (aqua green) and audio controls (white).

Front bucket seats provide generous lateral support and complement the Accord’s sporting side. The fold-down, lockable rear seatback increases cargo-carrying versatility. The sedan rear seat includes a lockable pass-through for long items such as skis.

Three audio systems are available - all with MP3/Windows Media Audio playback capability and an auxiliary input jack. The standard system provides a single-disc CD player, six speakers and 160 watts of power.

A Radio Data System displays information broadcast by participating radio stations that often includes call letters, station type (searchable by genre) and programming information.

Steering-wheel audio controls come standard on every Accord. The Accord EX and LX-S add a six-disc in-dash changer.

A premium 270-watt audio system comes standard on Accord EX and EX-L models, and includes a six-disc CD changer and seven speakers, including an 8-inch subwoofer. XM Satellite Radio is standard equipment on all Accord EX-L models.

The latest-generation of the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice activation (available on EX-L) uses an 8-inch screen and an interface dial for user input.

Features include the Zagat Survey guide for restaurants, nightlife, hotels and attractions. Navigation-equipped models also include Bluetooth HandsFreeLink.

The Accord sedan embraces a traditional three-box shape that emphasizes both a dynamic and athletic feel with the sophistication of a timeless sedan form. Dimensionally, the Accord sedan’s overall length measures 194.1 inches. The width totals 72.7 inches, and the height equals 58.1 inches. The Accord sedan wheelbase measures 110.2 inches with a front and rear track width of 62.2 inches at each axle (62.6 inches LX and LX-P).

The Accord coupe styling radically breaks from the sedan with a uniquely aggressive image. Its long hood, sleek roofline and muscular lines suggest power and a heightened agility compared with the sedan. Dimensionally, the Accord coupe’s overall length measures 190.9 inches, width measures 72.8 inches and height totals 56.4 inches.

Compared with the Accord sedan, the Accord coupe is 3.2 inches shorter in length, 1.7 inches shorter in height and 0.1-inch wider. The Accord coupe wheelbase measures 107.9 inches (track is identical to sedan).

The 2009 Accord sedan comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, or 16- to 17-inch aluminum wheels, depending on the model. (The Accord coupe has 17-inch aluminum wheels standard, with 18-inch aluminum wheels available on the coupe V-6). Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS are standard equipment.

Approximately 80 percent of the Accords sold in the United States are produced at Honda of America Manufacturing Inc.’s Marysville auto plant in Marysville, Ohio. The Marys ville plant is the sole global source of the Accord coupe.

The Accord Coupe serves as the official pace car for the 2009 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series.

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