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2002 Honda Accord

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5 Seats
24-29 MPG
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2002 Honda Accord Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
An all-new version of Honda’s top-selling model is scheduled to debut for 2003. Following a freshening last year, the midsize front-drive coupe and sedan are essentially standing pat for 2002.

A new SE edition is expected to account for about 25 percent of sales. Priced near the LX model, the SE includes 15-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, wood interior trim and a cassette/CD stereo system. A new Value Package has been introduced, based on the low-priced DX sedan with an automatic transmission. The Accord comes with either a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.0-liter V-6.

If the Accord seems to be everywhere, it’s because Honda sold more than 404,000 of them in the United States during 2000. Taken together, the two-door coupe and four-door sedan are perennial contenders for the title of best-selling passenger car in this country. The Accord’s top rivals, the Ford Taurus and Toyota Camry, come only with four doors.

Exterior
The Accord coupe and sedan share major styling themes, but they differ in many areas. The coupe, for instance, is shorter and flaunts less exterior ornamentation. The coupe rides a 105.1-inch wheelbase and measures 186.8 inches long overall, while the sedan has a 106.9-inch wheelbase and stretches to 189.4 inches long. Both body styles are 70.3 inches wide.

Interior
Seating five people, the Accord has spacious front buckets. Trying to fit three adults in the backseat results in a tight fit, but that’s true of most midsize models on the mark...

Vehicle Overview
An all-new version of Honda’s top-selling model is scheduled to debut for 2003. Following a freshening last year, the midsize front-drive coupe and sedan are essentially standing pat for 2002.

A new SE edition is expected to account for about 25 percent of sales. Priced near the LX model, the SE includes 15-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, wood interior trim and a cassette/CD stereo system. A new Value Package has been introduced, based on the low-priced DX sedan with an automatic transmission. The Accord comes with either a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.0-liter V-6.

If the Accord seems to be everywhere, it’s because Honda sold more than 404,000 of them in the United States during 2000. Taken together, the two-door coupe and four-door sedan are perennial contenders for the title of best-selling passenger car in this country. The Accord’s top rivals, the Ford Taurus and Toyota Camry, come only with four doors.

Exterior
The Accord coupe and sedan share major styling themes, but they differ in many areas. The coupe, for instance, is shorter and flaunts less exterior ornamentation. The coupe rides a 105.1-inch wheelbase and measures 186.8 inches long overall, while the sedan has a 106.9-inch wheelbase and stretches to 189.4 inches long. Both body styles are 70.3 inches wide.

Interior
Seating five people, the Accord has spacious front buckets. Trying to fit three adults in the backseat results in a tight fit, but that’s true of most midsize models on the market. A folding rear seatback supplements trunk space, which is 14.1 cubic feet in the sedan but half a cubic foot smaller in the coupe. The seatback can be locked to prevent access to the trunk from the interior.

The dashboard has a simple, functional design that is convenient and attractive. The EX model has a standard cassette player and an in-dash CD player, and the new SE edition includes keyless entry and a security system.

Under the Hood
Two basic engines are available, with three power ratings. The DX sedan comes with a 135-horsepower, 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, and the same engine in the LX and EX models has variable valve technology, which boosts output to 150 hp. A 200-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 is also available for LX and EX models.

The four-cylinder Accord can have either a five-speed-manual or four-speed-automatic transmission, but the V-6 comes only with an automatic gearbox. Accords sold in California meet that state’s Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV) standards, which are the strictest in the world.

Safety
Dual-stage front airbags deploy at one of two levels, depending on crash severity and whether the seat belts are buckled. Side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard on V-6 models and on the four-cylinder EX and are optional on the DX and LX. The side airbag next to the front passenger seat will not deploy if sensors detect that a child or small adult is leaning into the deployment path. Traction control is standard on V-6 models. In addition, antilock brakes are standard on EX models and an option on the LX.

Driving Impressions
Trying to pick the winner between the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry is like insisting that your city’s baseball team is the best. Both are outstanding automobiles that set the standard in the midsize league. Several competitors approach the Accord and Camry in specific attributes, but Honda and Toyota are consistently at the top of the game. Either one makes an excellent choice.

Equipped with ample safety features, the Accord promises well-known reliability and durability in a coupe or sedan that’s easy and enjoyable to drive. Prices might seem steep at first blush, but they aren’t bad when you consider the high resale value these vehicles enjoy later on.

As is usually the case, the V-6 models are the most refined and best equipped. But even Honda’s four-cylinder engine promises brisk acceleration and capable handling talents.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
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Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(5.0)

Best car I've owned to date

by Nic's Electronics from Bethlehem, PA on July 3, 2020

Previous car was an 03' 1.8t Jetta which was zippy and fun to drive but always needing repairs. This Accord is like a Swiss watch compared to that it's just so solid and well built. Everything works ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable car I ever owned

by SILVI from Trumbull, CT on May 13, 2020

Excellent value for the money. I owned it for almost 20 years. Other than oil changes, breaks, tires and some belts, the car gave me no problems Read full review

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Accord received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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