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The aforementioned navigation system is one of easiest and most efficient systems I've tried. The directions are simple, including destination address data entry. The system has straightforward, nicely illuminated maps and a pleasant, clear direction-giver's voice.
Through its nearly 30 years, Accord's appeal has been its overall presentation, not just strength of some of its individual features. The 2005 Accord takes vehicle's well-respected total package to a new standard.
Acceleration, quietness, ride quality, steering and handling and instrumentation – Accord gets high marks in all categories. All gauges are keenly styled and legible and positioned well on dash and console. The car maneuvers moves well in and out of traffic. While not a sports car, its testing rating of 0-60 mph in 7.0 seconds is hardly pedestrian for midsize car category.
The only less-than-sterling marks for new Accord are its fuel economy and rear seat room. The EX model has a rating of 21 and 30 mph averages in city and highway driving, respectively. Those numbers could be higher, particularly in age of higher fuel costs.
The Accord has plenty of headroom in front and back seats. But rear seat is snug for three adults, despite its five-passenger designation.
Regardless, reasons are aplenty why Accord is so popular. And if all is still well even when you're stuck in rush-hour traffic on a late weekday afternoon, is there any higher praise?
2005 Honda Accord
Safety features -- Driver and front passenger and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes; Traction control system.
Fuel Mileage (estimates) -- 21 mpg (city), 30 mpg (highway).
Warranty -- Bumper to bumper, 3 years/36,000 miles; Power train, 3 years/36,000 miles; Corrosion, 5 years/unlimited miles.
Base price -- $28,700.
James Raia is a Sacramento, Calif., journalist who writes about sports, fitness, travel and lifestyle topics as well as the car review colum, The Weekly Driver.
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