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2007 Honda Accord Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: A great car - with reservations by Willow999

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Introduction

Like anything in life, there's pros/cons.

The car is reliable, yet the buzzy engine and squeak clutch can be annoying at times.

Reviewed: 2007 Honda Accord

4dr Sedan 166-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Why the 2007 Honda Accord?

Exterior styling

It's attractive enough, your typical non-offensive honda/toyota appearance. The tail lights are the nicest aesthetic feature of this car. It's not going to turn heads at your local car show, yet most of us buy these cars for reliability, not sex appeal.

Interior styling

I have the EX-L with Navi model, so it's pretty swanky inside. The leather is nice, as is the large navigation screen, that also functions as your radio/climate control screen. Heated seats/mirrors and a sunroof all function as intended.

Powertrain performance

Highway driving: quite smooth and non-offensive sound. City: annoying drone of a 4-cylinder in 1st and 2nd gear. Yet quiets down by the time I shift to 4th. That is typical of most all i4 engines, so it wasn't a surprise, nor a deal breaker. The acceleration feels sluggish in 1st and 2nd, yet once 3rd gear is used, the car seems to pull very well. It's a spunky sounding car that like most Hondas, feels and sounds great in the upper revs.

Handling

Multi-link suspension in the front gives decent front-wheel drive handling around corners. It's fine for the occasional squirt around the corner.

Why Not the 2007 Honda Accord?

Quietness

It's a i4 engine that sounds quite busy/noisy when accelerating in 1st - 2nd - 3rd. That's just the way i4's are for the most part. From a stop light, it sounds like you're trying to race, when all you're doing is trying to get up to speed. That's just the way it goes. I do miss the effortless/quieter acceleration of a V6.

Powertrain performance

The clutch creaks in warmer weather. It's annoying and sounds like an old bed or rocking chair. This is a known complaint in the manual transmissions of this generation car, (2003-2007). It's not a safety issue though.

Conclusion

I still like the car alot with all it's interior features and smooth driving, yet do have a preference for the quieter and effortless acceleration of a V6.

In the future, I'd likely not squander over the savings of an i4 vs V6. (gas mileage,timing belt vs. chain, tires etc.) and look harder for a V6 with similar options.
I'd still recommend these cars to anyone, yet know that i4 do come with busy-body sounding acceleration. Once again, not a big deal, but it is something to consider for a vehicle that we have to live with for 'x' years to come.

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