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2006 Honda Accord

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$2,486 — $8,246 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
24-30 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
  • Imperfect operation of Accord Hybrid powertrain

What to Know

about the 2006 Honda Accord
  • 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

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2006 Honda Accord Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Honda’s strong-selling midsize Accord sedan underwent a massive redesign for 2003 that included more-powerful engines. A five-speed-automatic transmission replaced the former four-speed unit, and a V-6-powered coupe with a six-speed-manual gearbox joined the lineup. For 2005, side-impact and side curtain-type airbags became standard in all models.

Restyling of the front and rear ends marks 2006 models, which also contain more standard equipment. Output of the 3.0-liter V-6, which operates with drive-by-wire throttle control, has been boosted to 244 horsepower, and the four-cylinder engine increases to 166 hp. All V-6 models adopt Vehicle Stability Assist and brake assist. The sport-oriented EX V-6 sedan is available with a six-speed-manual transmission. All V-6 models have revised suspension bushings and damping rates to complement the upgraded 17-inch wheels.

A Value Package replaces the DX sedan trim level for 2006. Sedans also come in LX and upscale EX trim levels, along with LX V-6 and EX V-6 versions and a new LX Special Edition. LX and EX coupes are offered with four-cylinder or V-6 power.

An Accord Hybrid with a gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain went on sale late in 2004 as a 2005 model.
(Skip to details on the: Accord Hybrid)

Exterior
Honda designers said they used the cheetah as an influence when styling the latest Accord. The sedan features faceted corners and geometric headlights. Sculpted bodyside panels are accompanied by nearly flush window...

Vehicle Overview
Honda’s strong-selling midsize Accord sedan underwent a massive redesign for 2003 that included more-powerful engines. A five-speed-automatic transmission replaced the former four-speed unit, and a V-6-powered coupe with a six-speed-manual gearbox joined the lineup. For 2005, side-impact and side curtain-type airbags became standard in all models.

Restyling of the front and rear ends marks 2006 models, which also contain more standard equipment. Output of the 3.0-liter V-6, which operates with drive-by-wire throttle control, has been boosted to 244 horsepower, and the four-cylinder engine increases to 166 hp. All V-6 models adopt Vehicle Stability Assist and brake assist. The sport-oriented EX V-6 sedan is available with a six-speed-manual transmission. All V-6 models have revised suspension bushings and damping rates to complement the upgraded 17-inch wheels.

A Value Package replaces the DX sedan trim level for 2006. Sedans also come in LX and upscale EX trim levels, along with LX V-6 and EX V-6 versions and a new LX Special Edition. LX and EX coupes are offered with four-cylinder or V-6 power.

An Accord Hybrid with a gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain went on sale late in 2004 as a 2005 model.
(Skip to details on the: Accord Hybrid)

Exterior
Honda designers said they used the cheetah as an influence when styling the latest Accord. The sedan features faceted corners and geometric headlights. Sculpted bodyside panels are accompanied by nearly flush window glass. Updates for 2006 include a new grille and bumpers, LED taillights and a trunk lid with an integrated brake light.

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

Interior
All models seat up to five occupants and feature a relatively high belt line. A sliding center armrest is standard, and the driver faces a large round speedometer.

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

Under the Hood
The Accord’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder now develops 166 hp. The available 3.0-liter V-6 generates 244 hp. A five-speed-manual or five-speed-automatic transmission can mate with the four-cylinder, but V-6 sedans come only with the automatic. EX V-6 models can be equipped with a six-speed-manual gearbox.

Safety
Antilock brakes, dual-stage front airbags and rear head restraints for all seating positions are standard. Side-impact and side curtain-type airbags are standard in all Accords. Daytime running lights are new for 2006.

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

Apart from slight steering deadness on-center, the firm suspension pays off in confident handling. 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 either adequate or ample all around, but the cockpit feels cozier than in some midsize cars.

Accord Hybrid
Introduced for 2005, the Accord Hybrid uses a next-generation gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain that promises the power and performance of the regular Accord’s 3.0-liter V-6 and the fuel economy of a four-cylinder-powered Civic sedan. Rated at 253 hp with its 3.0-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine, the Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system can deliver near-peak torque across its full operating range, according to Honda.

For additional economy, Variable Cylinder Management technology deactivates three cylinders while cruising and during deceleration. Special touches on the Accord Hybrid include a unique grille, a trunklid spoiler and special 16-inch wheels. Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard.

Vehicle Stability Assist and a power moonroof are standard on the 2006 Accord Hybrid, which also gets a temporary-use spare tire. Spoilers have been revised, and mirrors now have built-in turn signals.

The Accord Hybrid performs as promised — delivering energetic acceleration — but its auto-stop system can be somewhat overzealous. In stop-and-go city driving and even in rush-hour highway traffic, the gasoline engine tends to shut off and restart repeatedly. The transition between gasoline-only operation and kick-in of the electric motor is often accompanied by a light thump. Honda’s Civic Hybrid is more seamless in operation. Fuel economy in a moderate-length trial fell well short of the EPA’s estimates. Otherwise, you get all the virtues of the Accord experience, including a generally comfortable — though less than gentle — ride, and confident, controlled handling. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
128 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

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(4.0)

Very reliable

by Donshonda from Waynesboro on November 5, 2019

I bought the car used with 120k miles. Fully loaded, leather sun roof heated seats power windows locks. I paid $6100. The car was 10 years old and driven only highway miles Read full review

(4.0)

Disappointed First-Time Honda Owner

by KarMet from Sacramento, CA on November 2, 2019

I bought this car used, expecting a low-maintenance, long-lasting car like my Toyotas. I certainly never expected to have to replace the transmission, but that's the facts. I overpaid (my fault) but ... Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2006 Honda Accord currently has 13 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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