2006 Honda Accord

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$18,225

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2006 Honda Accord

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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
  • Imperfect operation of Accord Hybrid powertrain

5 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Sedan and coupe body styles
  • Six-speed manual in EX V-6 models
  • Available XM Satellite Radio
  • Optional navigation system
  • Accord Hybrid model

2006 Honda Accord review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

Honda’s Special Edition Accord is an intriguing combination of value and performance.

Honda says the SE is “more luxurious than ever, yet it has stayed true to its original mission as a practical automobile that combines economy and value with sporty style and spirited performance.”

The SE won’t knock your socks off with any one feature, but considering its sticker price of just over $22,000, it has a lot to offer at a very reasonable price.

The four-cylinder test car had a base price of $21,625, not including destination fees. The SE has four-wheel anti-lock brakes; front, side and side-curtain airbags; a fold-down rear seat; power windows; power locks; cruise control; alloy wheels; steering-wheel-mounted audio controls; and an AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD changer and six speakers.

Unlike some middle-of-the-pack sedans, the Accord SE isn’t a price leader intended to lure buyers into the showroom in hope that they will buy a more expensive model once there. It comes popularly equipped, has sharp looks and is the kind of reliable everyday car that will make its owner happy for many years.

The 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine has 166 horsepower and 160 pound-feet of torque. Even coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission, this engine feels lively from the first twist of the key. Dab the throttle and you’re greeted with more than adequate acceleration. The fact that this engine produces maximum torque at relatively low rpm means that its low-speed throttle response is more like a small V-6’s.

This engine has four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing and Honda’s i-VTEC system that enables the engine to produce both low- and high-speed power. Another plus is the fact that this engine is rated at 24 miles per gallon in the city and 34 on the highway. Assuming that these numbers are a bit optimistic because they are generated by the Environmental Protection Agency in a controlled setting, highway mileage of 30 mpg or more is excellent given the size of the vehicle.

The current Accord is not a small car. The 107.9-inch wheelbase is long enough to create a cabin that easily has room for four people. Guests who rode in the back seat of the test car were quite complimentary about the roominess and comfort of the back seat. A fold-down center armrest contains two cup holders.

For hauling things like bikes, bags of mulch or boards, the back seat folds down to expand the trunk space. The size of the pass-through from the trunk to the back seat is fairly small, but it is large enough to be useful for many items.

The trunk has plenty of space in its normal configuration.

The test car’s cloth seats were quite firm and had excellent lateral support, particularly for the upper body. These seats don’t get soggy or soft during long drives, and that prevents driving fatigue.

The test car’s seats, covered in light tan upholstery, looked like they would show dirt easily.

The faux carbon fiber trim panels on the console and door panels looked tasteful. The bottom of the center stack has a handy cubbyhole with a flip-up lid. The center armrest also opens for storage.

Honda is known for sporty cars, and the Accord’s suspension is dialed in for a firm ride and responsive handling. The four-wheel, anti-lock brakes were quite powerful. Price

The test car’s base price was $21,625. Add destination and the sticker price was $22,220.

Warranty:

Three years or 36,000 miles, with a five-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Specifications:

Engine: 2.4-liter, 166-hp 4-cyl.

Transmission: automatic

Front-wheel drive

Wheelbase: 107.9 inches

Curb weight: 3,192 lbs.

Base price: $21,625

As driven: $22,220

MPG rating: 24 city, 34 hwy.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

4.3

Fast car for its time

The car is a very good car, speeds up very fast and has a great performance when tested on highway and city,fuel economy is also fantastic

5.0

Very reliable and comfortable

I thoroughly love driving the accord. It was roomy, comfortable, and drove extremely smoothly. It was a perfect for my family, at the time I owned it. I went to a smaller model because I no longer needed the extra room.

5.0

THE MOST FUN I'VE HAD DRIVING A CAR

I bought this used and it had over 100,000 miles.It is a 6cyl with 6 speed manual transmission and it will get up and fly. There are some s curves where i live and it's a blast to go into them at 60 mph or more. For the size of the car it hangs the curves tight to the road. I can be in 6th gear on the highway and if i need to accelerate it stills has more power. It has 160 i believe on the speedometor and i am willing to bet it will do every bit of it. Haven't gone that fast yet. Just a truly fun driving experience. I am having some issues but it's got close to 200,000 miles on it. Doesn't leak or burn oil. I'm redoing the front end and motor mounts, but love this car so much i am going to hang onto it and replace things slowly til it's all done.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Honda
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
HondaTrue Certified: More than 1 and less than 6 years/more than 12,000 miles HondaTrue Certified+: Less than 1 year/less than 12,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
HondaTrue Certified: 12 months/12,000 miles HondaTrue Certified+: 24 months/50,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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