Northwest NEWS

March 5, 2001

Features

TEST DRIVE HONDA ACCORD EX-VL

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Honda
The 2001 Honda Accord remains one of the best selling cars in the US. It is easy to see why. My test drive model was a four-door EX-VL satin silver sedan. It is solid, attractive, comfortable, easy to drive and affordable when compared to other sedans in its class.
   New styling changes inlcude body-color side moldings, front and rear bumper styling, body-colored front grille, enhanced body colored grill, a new tailight and rear deck lid design, illumination of the power window switches, a reduction in cabin noise and a new alloy wheel design.
   All V6 Accords now come equipped with Honda's TCS traction control system, intermittent windshield wipers, dual power remote control mirrors, rear window defrosters, fold-down seatback and an Immobilizer anti-theft system.
   The EX is powered by a 200-horsepower, 3 liter, SOHC 24-valve VTEC V6 engine producing 200-horsepower and 195 pounds-feet of torque.
   And like all Accord engines, the EX requires no tune-up for the first 105,000 miles.
   The four-speed automatic transmission has grade logic control. The EX has variable-assist power steering with an adjustable steering column.
   The double-wishbone front and rear suspension provides for a smoother ride.
   The inside is spacious with plenty of elbow room for five passengers. The center console has cupholders and a two part storage area. The three-in-one audio system with AM/FM stereo, cassette and an in-dash 6-disc CD player as standard equipment is a plus.
   Standard items on the Accord EX -VL include cruise control, power moonroof, remote security and keyless entry and auto-off headlights, leather interior and wood trim, a fully automatic climate control system and programmable HomeLink(r) universal remote control for garage and home security systems, floor mats and an 8-way power driver's seat. New for 2001 is a 4-way power passenger seat control.
   The new dual-stage, dual-threshold passenger front airbags that monitor seatbelt use and crash severity and adjust bag deployment force accordingly are new. Side airbags are now standard equipment on all V6 and EX models. The system prevents the passenger side airbag from deploying if a child or small-stature adult is leaning into the side airbag deployment path. All Accords feature a high strength body and subframe, side impact door beams, 5-mph bumpers and adjustable three-point seatbelts in all five seating positions. In addition, all new Accords feature the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child seat tether system.
   The truck has plenty of room with a pass-through. New this year is an illuminated anti-entrapment trunk release.