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by Steve Siler

Honda Accord
2003 Honda Accord

Like a gifted student, Honda seems to always know the right answer to a problem. Even the hard ones. Like how do you build the perfect family sedan? Well, the Accord has always been a good response to that question at any point in its twenty-something-year history. And 2003 has brought us an all-new Accord, one that blows the curve once again, just as expected.

Seriously, the new Accord is stellar. The new interior, though different in many ways than the last one, is no different in the way that its controls are simple to understand, low effort in operation, and intuitively located. Interior space has increased, with rear seat headroom now near the top of its class.

The base engine now makes 180 hp, which quite frankly, is more than enough for most Accord buyers. But the optional V-6 now produces a whopping 240 horses! We suggest hiding the keys from your 16-year-old.

Now if you're like us, you might have gotten annoyed during high school when that goodie-two-shoes would sit in the front row, gleaming upon hearing her name called first as the highest scores were called out. Now think of it this way: a good number of those goodie-two-shoes are now working for Honda, evidently, and the result of their work is something that you can acquire for not a heck of a lot of money. Furthermore, the quality and efficiency of their work means that you won't be spending a lot of your resources correcting their mistakes. Makes you like 'em a little bit more, huh?