Honda Accord Tourer Review (2003)

Honda Accord Tourer 2.4 i-VTEC Executive
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The Tourer’s ride is exceptionally smooth, and around town the suspension eagerly absorbs pot holes and speed humps.

How It Drove - Ride and Handling

The Tourer’s ride is exceptionally smooth, and around town the suspension eagerly absorbs pot holes and speed humps. The bodyshell is packed with strong, lightweight, sound absorbing materials to minimise vibration and enhance the driving experience.

It is a well known fact that estate cars do not handle like saloon cars however the Tourer benefits from a particularly stiff bodyshell resulting in excellent balance, greater lateral responsiveness at the front and improved vertical stability at the rear. Excellent aerodynamics and a tauter, more finely tuned chassis also add to the Tourer's surefootedness. It is only when you step up the pace on winding 'B' roads that the Tourer reminds you that it is an estate car and not a saloon although the Tourer is reassuringly nimble for such a large vehicle

VSA (vehicle stability assist) is standard on the 2.4 models and is designed to assist the driver in maintaining control during acceleration, cornering and avoidance manoeuvres. VSA has a traction control function and can detect wheel slip and adjust power and braking to the affected wheel until traction is regained. The system also reduces engine output to minimise wheel spin. All models are equipped with all round disc brakes with ABS (anti-lock brakes), EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) and Brake Assist as standard.

The Accord Tourer also features ETCS (electronic throttle control system) Honda's name for drive-by-wire (standard on the 2.4 Type S and 2.4 Executive) which ensures particularly smooth throttle responses. When coupled with the automatic gearbox and cruise control the ETCS enhances the precision of those systems for maximum driver enjoyment. The organ style accelerator pedal is larger and hinged from the bottom so it is easier and more comfortable to use, the response is almost instantaneous.

The power steering is both responsive and direct, it is only when pushed hard that the steering begins to lack feedback and the Tourer begins to lose composure. However, this is to be expected as it is an executive estate and not a sports car, none of this would present a problem under normal driving conditions.

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Honda Accord Road Test Data
Model ReviewedHonda 2.4 i-VTEC Executive Tourer
  
Body TypeEstate
ColourArctic Blue Pearl
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph10 Seconds
Top Speed 133 mph
  
Transmission5-speed Automatic with Sequential Shift
  
Fuel TypePetrol - Unleaded
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban19.8 mpg
Extra Urban37.7 mpg
Combined28.2 mpg
  
Insurance Group14
Euro NCAP Rating4
Warranty3-year/90,000 mile (whichever comes first) mechanical warranty
3-year paint surface warranty
6-year rust through warranty
Price (when tested on the 07/09/03)£ 23,100.00

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