2004 Honda Accord LX, 4 - Door, with stick
The Affordable and Practical "Sports Car" for the Baby Boom
Goal: Find an affordable and
reliable second car that is fun to drive to replace our 1993 Volvo that we sold
to our nephew.
The Car: 2004 Honda Accord LX,
4-door sedan, 4 cylinder, manual transmission, the LX comes standard with power
windows, locks, AC, cruise control, ABS brakes, 6-speaker stereo.
Price (new car) - My local Honda dealer
matched the price quoted on CarsDirect.com of $17,500. This is the
bargain of the year - an affordable, high-performance car that is
practical and fun to drive.
The standard 4-cylinder engine in the 2004 Accord is a
real high-performance engine when combined with the manual transmission. This is a very sophisticated
engine that can match the performance of more expensive 6 cylinder midsize cars.
It was tested at 7.9 seconds from 0 to 60mph. Amazingly, it is also rated 26 / 34
in city and highway miles per gallon
Interior with the stick shift. The manual
transmission is a dream to use with a short-throw stick and very smooth clutch
action. The LX comes standard with a 6-speaker stereo with great sound.
Side-view of the Accord. The somewhat
boring exterior hides a powerful sports car on the inside.
Front-end of the Accord. This color is
called satin silver.
On the practical side, the 4-door Accord is
surprisingly roomy on the inside with more rear- seat room than most
The backend of the Accord
Michelin radials and ABS brakes are
standard. The car has a firm suspension that feels like a European touring
This site created on June 27, 2004. Photos by Mark Gallagher using a Canon S400