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2000 Accord

2000 Accord

Honda Accord is arguably the best mid-size sedan available. It does everything well. The interior is roomy and comfortable, the suspension... Read More
Honda Accord is arguably the best mid-size sedan available. It does everything well. The interior is roomy and comfortable, the suspension is responsive and well damped, the brakes are excellent, and both of its VTEC engines-a 3.0-liter V6 and a 2.3-liter four-cylinder-are incredibly smooth. It is a remarkably easy car to drive and every aspect of it is user friendly. Minimize
Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars
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By:   Dr.P
Oct 14, 2000
2000 Accord

2001 HONDA ACCORD EX V-6 SEDAN

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: I loved the audio controls on the steering wheel.

Cons: You can hear unwanted road noise at highway speeds and slower.

Author's Review
Even before I was old enough to drive, I always waited with anticipation for the Fall to come, because it was then that I could see the new model cars debut for the upcoming year. Now that I am old enough to drive, I can go the the dealers and test drive those beauties.

I had the thrill of test driving the 2001 HONDA ACCORD EX V-6 SEDAN today. The first thing that I am attracted to by a new car is it's styling, and this Honda has gorgeous, sleek aerodynamic lines that make it appear to be moving even when it is standing still. The next thing I look for is the interior. The leather seats were so comfortable, both in the front and the back, that I began to wish Honda also made easy chairs so I could get one for my living room. The driver's seat has an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, and the lumbar support is something that a driver will really appreciate on those long trips to visit the relatives, or when stuck in rush hour traffic.

The next impressive feature was the leather-wrapped steering wheel on the EX V-6, with the Audio controls built right into the wheel. This feature is great for a number of reasons. Besides the obvious convenience of being able to adjust the volume or change stations on the audio system, this innovative feature permits you to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. I began to think of the person who rear-ended me a few years ago, in rush hour, on the highway because they were adjusting their radio, and I wished that their car had possessed this feature. We both would have appreciated it. By the way, the car comes with an AM/FM, 6-disc CD changer, and cassette player, so that any listener can be happy. The sound system was also exceptional, especially the enhanced bass response.

The instrument panel was both attractive to the eye, and very ergonomically designed as well, with excellent ease of use, both visually and manually. As with previous late model Accord Sedan's, there was a center console with two built in storage bins, and two cup holders for those long trips, or for that extra cup of coffee on the way to the office.

I was also impressed with the micron air-filtration system that's capable of filtering out allergens and dust. The fan on the climate control system was also both powerful and quiet. There were also many other interior features too numerous to mention in this short space.

Now for the test drive. I drove the 200-hp, 3.0 liter EX-V-6. The engine ran smoothly, quietly and powerfully, and I had no difficulties entering highway traffic, and rapidly accelerating to highway speeds. The transmission changed gears smoothly and seamlessly both accelerating and in going up steep hills. The Accord's Traction Control System also enhances traction and vehicle control by preventing wheelspin when starting out on a slippery surface. I had to take Honda's word for this though because it was a beautiful Fall day.

If there is any drawback to this Honda, it's the one complaint that I also had about my 1996 and 1998 Honda Accord's, and that is that they do not have a very quiet ride. One can hear unwanted road noises, especially in the rear of the car while it is driving. This unwanted noise can prevent the accomplished audiophile from appreciating the subtle nuances of a good piece of music as you are driving. HONDA, please do a better job of insulating and sound proofing!

Oh well, nothing is perfect, not even the HONDA ACCORD, but for the money it is pretty darn close.

 


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