The Tourer is exceptionally relaxing to drive around town and visibility is good although it can be awkward to reverse into tight spaces, parking sensors would be a very welcome addition and should be standard on the 2.4 Executive.
Ease of Use
The Tourer is exceptionally relaxing to drive around town and visibility is good although it can be awkward to reverse into tight spaces, parking sensors would be a very welcome addition and should be standard on the 2.4 Executive. Bearing in mind that this model already has a colour TFT display for the Satellite Navigation System/ICE/Climate Control why not incorporate a rear view video camera?
The cabin is uncluttered, ergonomically laid out and the controls are easy to use. However, the touch screen Satellite Navigation system (standard on the 2.4 Executive) which incorporates the controls for the climate control and audio system are a little awkward to operate whilst moving. The navigation system is simple to use and worked well on our trip to Yorkshire from Devon, we didn't have to look at a map at all and we arrived at all our destinations with post code accuracy. One slight niggle is the 'dummy' warning screen which is displayed every time you power the car up, it requires you to accept that you have read Honda's warning about using the system on the move. Of course we agree with the warning, but asking us every time we started the the car became a little trying.
The Tourer has a very spacious interior and has the biggest load space capacity in its class even with the seats up you have 626 litres of storage space. One particularly useful feature is the ‘one motion’ single action folding rear seats which are standard in all Accord Tourer’s. Due to their fully interlocking design collapsing them into their folded position to open up the luggage area is simple and quick.
Safety and Security
The name Honda is synonymous with safety and the Honda Accord Tourer is equipped with a comprehensive package of safety and security features. Including 5x3 point seat belts with ELR, dual front SRS (supplemental restraint system) airbags, dual side SRS airbags, dual curtain SRS airbags (front and rear), front seat belt pre-tensioners, front seat belt height adjustment, twin ISOFix child seat anchor fitting (with top tether), external temperature monitor, ABS (anti-lock braking system), EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), brake assist, side impact protection beams, high level rear brake light, Honda advanced pedestrian safety system, VSA (vehicle stability assist standard on the 2.4 Type S and 2.4 Executive), CAT1 ultrasonic alarm system with remote control (standard on the 2.0 Executive, 2.4 Type S and 2.4 Executive), rolling code ECU engine immobiliser, remote entry (including boot), Honda superlocks (deadlocks), locking wheel nuts, lockable glove box storage, 2 remote entry keys and visible V.I.N.
Honda Accord Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Honda 2.4 i-VTEC Executive Tourer|
|Colour||Arctic Blue Pearl|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10 Seconds|
|Top Speed||133 mph|
|Transmission||5-speed Automatic with Sequential Shift|
|Fuel Type||Petrol - Unleaded|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||37.7 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
|Warranty||3-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|