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2004 Honda Accord

$2,199 — $8,051 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
25-30 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Spirited acceleration with V-6
  • Reputation for reliability
  • Instrument readability
  • Easy to drive and maneuver
  • Visibility

The Bad

  • Over-abundant controls with navigation system
  • Snug passenger compartment
  • Short seat bottoms

What to Know

about the 2004 Honda Accord
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Sedan and coupe body styles
  • Six-speed manual in EX V-6 coupe
  • XM Satellite Radio available
  • Optional navigation system

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Last year, Honda’s strong-selling midsize Accord sedan underwent a massive redesign that included a new 240-horsepower V-6 and a more powerful four-cylinder engine. A five-speed-automatic transmission replaced the former four-speed unit. Early in 2003, a special Accord coupe with a V-6 and six-speed-manual gearbox joined the lineup.

For 2004, XM Satellite Radio is available in selected models, and the four-cylinder EX may be equipped with side curtain-type airbags. The sedan comes in DX, LX and upscale EX trim levels, as well as LX V-6 and EX V-6 versions. The coupe is offered in LX and EX trims and also is available with the V-6 engine.

At the 2004 North American International Auto Show, Honda announced that an Accord Hybrid with a gasoline/electric powertrain would go on sale around November as a 2005 model. Honda already offers two smaller hybrid vehicles: the Civic Hybrid and the Insight.


Exterior
Honda designers said they used the cheetah as an influence when styling the latest Accord, because it runs low to the ground. As Honda put it, “even at rest, it appears to be ready to move.” The sedan’s styling features faceted corners and geometric headlights. Sculpted bodysides are accompanied by nearly flush window glass. The coupes and sedans share nothing other than their headlights.

Honda says the current chassis is tuned for a sportier, more European feel by using larger, more performance-oriented tires: 15-inchers for the DX and LX sed...
Vehicle Overview
Last year, Honda’s strong-selling midsize Accord sedan underwent a massive redesign that included a new 240-horsepower V-6 and a more powerful four-cylinder engine. A five-speed-automatic transmission replaced the former four-speed unit. Early in 2003, a special Accord coupe with a V-6 and six-speed-manual gearbox joined the lineup.

For 2004, XM Satellite Radio is available in selected models, and the four-cylinder EX may be equipped with side curtain-type airbags. The sedan comes in DX, LX and upscale EX trim levels, as well as LX V-6 and EX V-6 versions. The coupe is offered in LX and EX trims and also is available with the V-6 engine.

At the 2004 North American International Auto Show, Honda announced that an Accord Hybrid with a gasoline/electric powertrain would go on sale around November as a 2005 model. Honda already offers two smaller hybrid vehicles: the Civic Hybrid and the Insight.


Exterior
Honda designers said they used the cheetah as an influence when styling the latest Accord, because it runs low to the ground. As Honda put it, “even at rest, it appears to be ready to move.” The sedan’s styling features faceted corners and geometric headlights. Sculpted bodysides are accompanied by nearly flush window glass. The coupes and sedans share nothing other than their headlights.

Honda says the current chassis is tuned for a sportier, more European feel by using larger, more performance-oriented tires: 15-inchers for the DX and LX sedans and 16-inchers for the EX and V-6 models. The EX V-6 coupe with a six-speed gearbox gets 17-inch tires. Sedan models ride a 107.9-inch wheelbase, while the coupe rides a 105.1-inch span.


Interior
All models seat five people and feature a relatively high belt line. A sliding center armrest is standard, and the driver faces a large round speedometer. Dual-zone climate control is optional.

All models have LED instrumentation, and a multifunctional key eliminates the need for a separate remote key fob. An optional DVD-based navigation system features Touch by Voice voice recognition and 3-D route visualization.


Under the Hood
Honda’s 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine develops 160 hp. In LX V-6 and EX V-6 models, the 3.0-liter V-6 generates 240 hp. A five-speed-manual or five-speed-automatic transmission can mate with Honda’s four-cylinder engine, but V-6 sedans come only with the automatic. The EX V-6 coupe uses a six-speed-manual gearbox. In California, four-cylinder Accords with the automatic earn a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV) rating.

Safety
Antilock brakes, dual-stage front airbags and rear headrests for all seating positions are standard. Side curtain-type airbags are standard in the EX V-6 model. Side-impact airbags are standard in all V-6 models and the four-cylinder EX and optional in the four-cylinder LX. LATCH child-safety seat anchors and tethers are installed.

Driving Impressions
The Accord is solid, quiet and refined, and it makes a fine family sedan. Any Accord model is exceptionally pleasant in virtually every respect, but the sedan trails just a bit in ride comfort. Generally, the ride is smooth, but some bumps are bothersome.

The firm suspension pays off in confident handling — apart from slight steering deadness at the on-center position. Performance with the V-6 and automatic transmission also excels by delivering quick bursts of acceleration. Seat comfort and support are appealing, the brightly lit gauges are great, and the air conditioner is potent. Space is adequate or ample all around, but the cockpit feels cozier than those in some midsize cars.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
113 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

Amazing car. Got to 235K with minimal maintenance.

by dantheobserver from Providence, RI on November 14, 2018

I had the EX-L V6 model. It felt and drove the way a top-tier model should. The seats were very comfortable, and adjustability and heated seats were great. The engine was very quiet for day-to-day ... Read full review

(5.0)

Is wonderful I don't got no problem with the headl

by Jony from Connecticut in Bridgeport on November 2, 2018

This card means everything for me because I'm a new beginner student and employ for the Army it's not love it it made my life easy to go places with my family Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2004 Honda Accord currently has 18 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

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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