One thing is for sure, however: The new Accord still looks like an Accord. The things that differentiate the Hybrid from other Accords are the different rear light clusters, the antenna, the wheels, the mirror turn signals and the lack of a folding rear seat. The revised exhaust manifold actually became part of the cylinder head casting itself. Due to these improvements the V6 engine was renamed the J30A5 from the previous J30A4, and the 4-cylinder from the K24A4 to the K24A8. Interior accessories included a factory performance shift knob and trim.
The 2006 model year is also the first year in which the V6 sedan was offered with a 6-speed manual transmission as an option. While the car's design wasn't really head-turning, the seventh generation Accord sported a new level of refinement for the interior with higher grade materials. The Navigation system was updated 4th generation with a faster processor, more memory, and several new features, such as restaurant information from. A revised maintenance minder system was also added which gave owners reminders for scheduled maintenance such as based on operating conditions. The 2006 model year was also the first year in which the sedan was offered with a 6-speed from the coupe as an option. This was motivated on the Accord's 30th anniversary.
The sedan was also marketed as the in parts of , , , , and markets, also being related to the available in Japan from 2003. The 2006 model year also featured new wheel designs. Due to these improvements the V6 engine was renamed the J30A5 from the previous J30A4, and the 4-cylinder from the K24A4 to the K24A8. This nifty packaging means the catalytic converters are further upstream, for quicker light-off and reduced emissions. The 6-cylinder models had the same as the sixth generation's, but revisions to the intake and exhaust systems contributed to a 40 hp increase, bringing the total power to 240 hp. Horsepower gains were achieved with extensive improvements to the airflow of the intake and exhaust systems.
The driver is treated to a tilt and telescope-adjustable steering wheel. Although the 6-speed coupe is by far the sportiest Accord, my favorite is the 4-cylinder sedan with the 5-speed manual. Mechanically, the 4-cylinder engine was the new K-series, and the 6-cylinder was the same J-series V6 as the sixth generation's, but its intake runners, exhaust, and headers contributed to a 40 hp 30 kW increase. A wedge-shaped profile courtesy of the high shoulder line, and a sharply-raked windshield and backlight give the Accord coupe a sleek look that combines luxury with sport. For the first time the 4-cylinder Accord gained a distributorless coil-on-plug ignition system, which had previously been introduced on the V6.
No matter how much front-wheel drive advances, I just don't think it can deliver the balanced dynamics of rear-wheel drive. Yes, it has been almost three decades since the debut of first Honda Accord. The new bodywork is also very functional, designed for low aerodynamic drag to increase fuel efficiency and stability and decrease wind noise. Powertrain and chassis modifications included a high-flow intake and exhaust, 295 bhp 220 kW 3. Accelerates nicely and handles well.
It handles fairly well for a front-wheel drive car. A 5-speed automatic transmission was also new for 2003. That produced a moment of surprise and reflection. And with no sacrifice in power or fuel economy, says Honda. Now a vastly different car to the worldwide Accord, the North American model grew larger still, gaining more interior room and weight then its international counterpart. Slight changes in geometry, together with a new front subframe and softer lower control-arm bushings, help the Accord's overall ride comfort without hurting the car's sporty feel.
After a week in the V6, automatic transmission version, I've found that it's a typical Honda. Honda positioned the Accord Hybrid at the top of its non- lineup in North America. Powertrain improvements were made across the Accord line-up in 2006. Great looking interior with a very high level of fit and finish that belies its price point. In unusual fashion, the aluminum cylinder heads now incorporate the tuned ports of the exhaust manifolds into their castings.
Seating surfaces and the steering wheel rim are leather, the console trim is aluminum veneer for a contemporary sport look, and carefully-designed soundproofing results in low noise levels. The 2003 model year also debuted Honda's assisted Navigation system as an option for the Accord. A larger car than its predecessor, the North American Accord was given a new level of refinement with chrome interior accents and higher grade materials. Like the newest Accord sedan, with which it shares underpinnings, the 2003 Accord coupe has gone upscale in size, equipment, and performance. Oh yeah, and don't forget to add a heavy duty trans cooler and torque converter, honda missed that. Features that differentiate the Hybrid from other Accords are the different rear light clusters, the antenna, the wheels, the mirror turn signals and the lack of a folding rear seat. Honda fitted the 2003 Accord model with the new K-series engines and a revised J-series V6.